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John Glen Paton

royal scots fusiliers

2nd Batt. Royal Scots Fusiliers
He is remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial, the St. Columba’s Church Roll of Honour, Helensburgh and Gareloch Unionist Association Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 4.

The family home was 27, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh The son of Lilias Paton
Siblings: John had two sisters, Lilias and Jeannie and two brothers James and Adam. Adam also served and survived.
John Paton was born in Row (Rhu) and was brought up by his widowed mother. After serving his apprenticeship in the stationery trade with Macneur and Brydon, he attained a senior position with William Lyon, Stationers, Glasgow.
John, first trained with the King's Own Scottish Borderers before being transferred to the Royal Scots Fusiliers.
John died, killed in action, at the age of 33 years. His remains were not recovered.

Roy Paterson

Argylls

14th Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Old Parish Church Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 3 Line 24.

The family home was 57, West King Street, Helensburgh The son of John Paterson (draper’s assistant and Elizabeth Ann Paterson (nee Crighton).
Siblings: Roy had a brother, Fred who fought with the Scots Guards.
Roy Paterson was born in Aberdeen where his father was a draper’s assistant.
There is no definite connection to Helensburgh, but as both of his parents were deceased at the time of his death, relations in the area were, perhaps, next of kin.
Roy died as the result of an accident at the age of 22 years.

Joseph Paterson

Gordon highlanders

1st Batt. Gordon Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial, the West United Free Church Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 4.

The family home was 75, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh The son of the late Joseph and Mary Paterson (nee McDonald).
Siblings: Joseph had one younger brother, James and two sisters, Hannah and Euphemia.

Joseph Paterson was born in Helensburgh, where his father was a mason journeyman.

On leaving school, he joined the Gordon Highlanders at the age of 16 and trained as a piper.

Initially reported missing on 28th August 1914, it was later confirmed on 1st January 1915 that he was killed in action on that date. He was 20 years old. His remains were not recovered.

Donald MacLachlan

Royal Scots

1st Batt. Royal Scots Fusiliers
He is remembered with honour on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Park Church memorial and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 2 Line 11.

The family home was 47, Grant Street, Helensburgh The son of Donald and Jane McLachlan.
Donald MacLachlan was brought up by his parents at 47, Grant Street in the town.
He served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers and was killed at Ypres, aged 31.
His remains were not recovered.

William Archibald Robertson

Black Watch

2nd Batt. Black Watch
He is remembered with honour on the Le Touret Memorial, St. Bride’s Church Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 36.

The family home was Hopewell Cottage, Helensburgh The son of William Robertson, (widower) and Jane Robertson.
Siblings: William had one brother, Samuel, serving with the Seaforth Highlanders who died at Loos in September, 1915. He also had another brother, Malcolm and four sisters, Isabella, Chrissie, Winifred and Catherine. 
William Robertson was born in Fife and brought up in Helensburgh where his father was an engineer with the North British Boats.
William was a professional soldier, joining the Scots Greys in 1910 and served in India, then transferring to the Black Watch.
William died at Loos, only a few months after being promoted to Corporal.
He was killed in action in what was described as a 'gallant but unsuccessful attack at the front'. He was 27 years of age.

Peter G. Nicholson

Argylls

1/7th Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 3 Line 23.

The family home was 73, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh The son of Jessie Nicholson Shanks
Peter Nicholson was born in Leith and came to Helensburgh to work as a ticket collector on Craigendoran Pier.
He married Cissie Wyllie in 1914 in St Joseph's Church and was at that time living with his in-laws in East Clyde Street.
Having previously been wounded in 1915, Peter died, killed in action, at Arras in 1917. He was 30 years of age.

Alan Hope Smith Nicholl

Artillery

Royal Field Artillery
He is remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial, Larchfield School memorial, Sebergh School Cloisters, at the Old Parish Church and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 25.

The family home was 15, Havelock Street, Helensburgh The son of Charles and Christina Nicholl (nee Morrison).
Siblings: Alan had two older brothers, Charles and John, and two sisters, Noel and Mary.
 Alan Nicholl was born at 15, Havelock Street in Helensburgh where his father was a Clerk (mercantile). He was educated at Larchfield School Memorial and Sedbergh School in Cumbria and entered the Royal Field Artillery as a gunner.
He was promoted to Second Lieutenant in the 24th Batt.
Alan died, killed in action, at Arras. He was 19 years old. His remains were not recovered.

Alexander Neish(Neill)

Artillery

Royal Garrison Artillery
He is remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 3 Line 22.

The family home was Elderslie Cottage, 135, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh The son of Mr & Mrs Alexander Neish of Huntly.
Siblings: Alexander had one sister, Jessie. 
Alexander Neish was born at Huntly, Aberdeenshire and later came to Helensburgh to live with his sister. He was employed by J.B. Watson & Co., Gents Outfitters, Union Street, Glasgow as a hosiery salesman before enlisting.
In 1911, he married Lizzie Laird Beattie from Huntly, and went to live at Danes Drive, Scotstoun.
Alexander died, killed in action at the age of 31 years leaving a wife and two children. His remains were not recovered.

Robert Neil (Neill)

Argylls

10th Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Old Parish Church Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 36.

The family home was 10, Glenfinlas Street, Helensburgh. The son of Claude and Margaret Neill.
Siblings: Robert was one of five children. His older brother Alexander, and his two younger brothers Thomas and George all served during the war and survived. He had one sister, Annie.
Robert Neill was born in Shandon where his father was a coachman (omnibus). He was employed as an under-gardener by Mrs Young at Rockmount, Helensburgh before enlisting in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Robert was severely wounded at the Battle of Cambrai but survived. He was to die, post war, at the Military Hospital in Lincoln from heart trouble at the age of 25.
His body was returned to his family for burial.

Samuel McWilliam(s)

Cameronians

Cameronians, 5th Batt. Scottish Rifles
He is remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Helensburgh Post Office Memorial and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 2 Line 13.

The family home was 4, Houston Square, Johnstone. The son of John and Elizabeth McWilliam
Siblings: Samuel had three brothers, James, Edward and Joseph.

Samuel McWilliams was born in Ireland and brought up in Paisley. He was a telegraph messenger and then a postman before enlisting in the Scottish Rifles.

Samuel died at the Battle of Beaumont- Hamel at the Somme.

His remains were not recovered. He was approximately 32 years of age.

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