Ross Drysdale Plews

RankPrivate 331452
Medals1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentHighland Light Infantry, 9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion
Military Service

The 9th HLI landed at Le Havre on 5th November 1914 and served in
France from then on, initially in 5th Brigade 2nd Division. The Battalion
transferred to 100th Brigade, 33rd Division 29 May 1916 in the run up to
the Battle of the Somme. According to his records Plews reached the
front on 13th October 1915 towards the end of the Battle of Loos. At
that point the Battalion was taking its turn in the trenches near
Cambrin. On the 23rd October there is a comment in the Battalion War
Diary that “The men of the last draft received by us from our 3rd Battn
are exceedingly good and all the company commanders report
favourably upon them” and it seems likely that Plews was one of this


c1897 Glasgow

Death15th July 1916
Circumstances of Death

Nothing specific is known about Plews’ death but it is noteworthy that in one of the Medal Rolls he is described as “presumed dead 15.7.16.”  This suggests he was posted missing after the action of High Wood on 14th/15th July in which the 9th HLI suffered severely.

MemorialThiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 15 C.
CWGC Information

Son of John and Christina Plews, of 34 Wilton St., Glasgow.


John Plews (-1913) & Christina Ross (1854-1931)

Father's Occupation

Warehouseman, at a pork butcher (1911)


George R (1884-1889), John C (1886-1967), George R (1889-1958), Agnes G (1891-1951), Margaret C (1894-1969)




Not known


Tramway assistant.  This is Plews’ occupation in the 1911 census when he is only 14 so it is probably his first job after leaving school.  It is not known how he was employed when he enlisted.

1901 Census

48 Oran Street, Maryhill, Glasgow

1911 Census

11 Braeside Street, Woodside, Glasgow

Home Address

1915 – 34 Wilton Street, Woodside, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Mnema Lair 128
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
East Park Church War Memorial (now in Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church)

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, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project

Colonel A K Reid Shoulder to Shoulder: The Glasgow Highlanders, 9th Bn Highland Light Infantry 1914-1918.  1988

9th Battalion Highland Light Infantry, War Diary 1 November 1914-30 April 1916 (TNA WO95/1347/3)

9th Battalion Highland Light Infantry, War Diary 1 May 1916-31 May 1919 (TNA WO95/2431/1)



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

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