William Thomas Kedie

Medals1914 Star (and Clasp), British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentBlack Watch, 1st Battalion
Military Service

1901 Gazetted Second Lieutenant 8 May in 1st Battalion Black Watch. He served in the closing stages of the South African War.

1904 Promoted Lieutenant 13 September

1913 Promoted Captain 20 March

1914 Studying at the Staff College during January. Went to France on 14 August. It was probably at this time that he served as transport officer at a base port [unidentified].

1915 Kedie returned to his battalion and was wounded in January. He was shot through the head and at first refused to go to hospital but was later invalided home. He was wounded again in April 1915 at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle by a shot through his side and spent time in a nursing home in London recovering. When fit for duty he was appointed to the Headquarters Staff of 29th Division in the Dardanelles and arrived there about the end of July.


26 August 1881 Cathcart, Renfrewshire

Death21st August 1915
Circumstances of Death

Killed in action in Gallipoli, probably at the Battle of Scimitar Hill, Suvla (though this has not been verified). There is a major discrepancy between the information from the CWGC which says Kedie is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial in northern France and his parents’gravestone in the Necropolis which says he was killed in action in Gallipoli. Newspaper reports also report him as killed in Gallipoli.

MemorialLe Touret Memorial, Panels 24 to 26.
CWGC Information



Robert Kedie (1844-1915) and Jeanie Forsyth (1854-1911). Married 1877.

Father's Occupation

Drapery warehouseman, Stewart & Macdonald.


Annie (c1879-), Mabel (c1885-)




Kelvinside Academy


Regular soldier

1891 Census

Not found

1901 Census

Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst

Home Address

1915 – 15 St James Terrace, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Zeta Lair Not Known
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Hawick Municipal Roll of Honour

Other Information

He left personal estate in UK to the value of £17,733.  He left £50 to the officers of the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch to purchase a point-to-point race cup to be ridden for by catch-weights of 14 stone and over.

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), etc, etc

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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