Wilfred Robert Whitson

RankMajor Wilfred Robert Whitson
Medals1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentHighland Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion, attached 9th Battalion Suffolk Regiment
Military Service

1909 Wilfred Whitson was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in 9th Battalion Highland Light Infantry on 21st May.

1914 It is not known where Whitson was serving at the outbreak of war.

1915 At the beginning of October it was reported that Whitson had been wounded but no further details are known.

1916 Captain WR Whitson from the 3/9th Battalion HLI reported for duty at St Omer on 7th March where the 1/9th Battalion was serving as Lines of Communication troops. He seems to have remained with the battalion and presumably took part in the Battle of the Somme and some of the fighting round Arras before he was posted to the 9th Suffolks the following year.

1917 Whitson was attached to 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment on 1st August as second in command while the battalion was at Frevillers in training.  The battalion spent much of August to the first half of November in training according to its War Diary.

The 9th Suffolks took part in the successful opening day of the Battle of Cambrai on 20th November.  With the assistance of the tanks it took about 150 prisoners and suffered only light casualties.

The war diary for 30th November 1917 has the following entry “Enemy attacked a post held by C Coy. and post withdrew, but was afterwards re-established.  Enemy attacked British line on our right flank and penetrating to Gouzeaucourt compelled Regimental transport to evacuate their lines.”  Casualties were 1 officer and 4 O.R. killed, 2 officers and 12 O.R. wounded.

The officer killed was Wilfred Whitson.

So far no evidence has come to light that Whitson served with the 2nd Highland Light Infantry as his family record on their grave stone.


30th May 1888

Death30th November 1917
BurialFins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand, II. C. 18.

On his gravestone is engraved ‘He nobly lived and gladly gave his life for his country’.

CWGC Information

1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal


Alexander Whitson (1845-1928) and Isabella M Carrick (1853-1929)

Father's Occupation

Iron & Coal Merchant


Maud (1881-), Ralph (1882-), Edith (1884-), Ernest (1886-), Gilbert (1891-1925), Harold (1896-1915)



University of Glasgow BSc 1910


Regular soldier

1891 Census

Ardlui, New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire

1901 Census

7 Windsor Quad, Partick

1911 Census

Not found

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Quartus Lair not known
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information

Wilfred Whitson’s 4 brothers all served during the First World War. Lieut Harold White Whitson, HLI, was killed on 25th September 1915. Ralph and Gilbert served with the RFA and Ernest with the HLI.

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 (www.ancestry.co.uk), Findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk),

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org

Family Search – www.familysearch.org

The Long, Long Trail – http://www.1914-1918.net/

Scotlands People – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

The Scottish War Memorials Project – www.warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com



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

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