Robert Wilson Cassels

Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentHighland Light Infantry, 17th Battalion
Military Service

1914 Commissioned Lieutenant on 10th September. Appointed to ’D’ Company on the formation of the 17th HLI (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion) in September. ‘C’ and ‘D’ Companies were recruited from the business houses of the city.
The 17th HLI trained for a year before crossing to France in November 1915. During this period it spent time at Gailes and Troon, Ayrshire, Prees Heath, Shropshire, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, Totley Rifle Ranges, Derbyshire and finally Codford St Mary on Salisbury Plain. In January 1915 Cassels was promoted Captain.
Finally on 22nd November 1915 the battalion, part of 32nd Division, sailed from Southampton for Le Havre and proceeded to the Amiens area. Much of the following months were spent gaining experience of trench warfare and from May 1916 the Battalion was engaged in preparations for the Battle of the Somme which began on 1st July.


c1885, Glasgow

Death1st July 1916
Circumstances of Death

Nothing is recorded in the Battalion War Diary of the circumstances of Cassels’ death.

BurialLonsdale Cemetery, Authuille, II. F. 20.
CWGC Information

Son of Robert and Marion Cassels, of Huntly Lodge, Moffat, Dumfriesshire. Native of Glasgow.


Robert Cassels (c1849-1913) & Marion Cross (c1853-1940)

Father's Occupation

Company director


William C (c1888- ), Gladys M (c1890- )




Kelvinside Academy
Fettes School, Glencorse House from 1900


Chartered accountant with M’Clelland, Ker & Co

1891 Census

Park Circus, Glasgow

1901 Census

Fettes School, Edinburgh

1911 Census

6 Princes Gardens, Partick

Home Address

Not known

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Epsilon Lair 611
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial (Robert Wilson Cassells)

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry (, Findmypast (

Commonwealth War Graves Commission –

Family Search –

The Long, Long Trail –

Scotlands People –

The Scottish War Memorials Project –

The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion), Record of War Service, 1914-1918.  1920.



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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