William Downs Bryson

RankPrivate 40930
MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentCameronians (Scottish Rifles), 9th Battalion
Military Service

Nothing is known about Bryson’s service except that he originally enlisted in the Lanarkshire Yeomanry as Private 1582 probably sometime in 1916 before transferring to the 9th Cameronians, 9th (Scottish) Division before his death. In 1916 the 9th Division took part in several phases of the Battle of the Somme before moving to the front line near Arras in December.


c1885, Bothwell

Death21st January 1917
Circumstances of Death

Killed in action.
9th Cameronians war diary for 21st January records that they were stationed in the trenches and “Hostile Trench Mortar activity continued. Our casualties 10 killed and 5 wounded.

BurialFaubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, II. C. 9.
CWGC Information

Son of Janet Bryson, of Molendinar, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, and the late Robert Bryson.


Robert Bryson (1839-1895) & Janet Downs (1847-1925) married 1867 Bothwell

Father's Occupation



Arthur (1870-1872), Christian (1871- ), Christina (1873- ), Jeannie M (1877-1923), Arthur (1883-1940), Robert (c1886- )




Uddingston Grammar School


In the counting house of Messrs Halton Ltd, Vale of Clyde Preserve Works, Uddingston

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1891 Census

Molendinar, Bothwell, Lanarkshire

1901 Census

Old Mill Road, Bothwell, Lanarkshire

1911 Census

Molendinar, Bothwell, Lanarkshire

Home Address

Molendinar, Bothwell, Lanarkshire

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Omicron Lair 21
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Chalmers Church, Uddingston

Viewpark Parish Church (formerly Thornwood Church of Scotland Mission Church)

Uddingston Grammar School Roll of Honour

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

Thanks also to Alasdair Fergus



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

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