Gordon Highlanders and H.L.I.
Seen here is 5636 Private Kenneth McArthur
sporting an IGS with clasps for Punjab Frontier and
Tirah. The picture showing the Number 1 tropical
dress helmet was likely taken in India when he was
His regimental number would suggest an enlistment
date of early 1896 and he would have been 18 at the
time. After a short period at home he would have
been sent to India to join the Tirah Field Force and
take part in the famous storming of Dargai Heights
in Oct 1897.
Along with many of his comrades in the 1st battalion,
he elected to remain in India in 1898 rather than
return to Scotland and he transfered to the second
battalion not expecting that he would later see those
men he served with once again when the battalions
met near Belfast in South Arfica in 1900.
In September 1899 he would have sailed to South
Africa in preparation for fending off the Boer
attack at Ladysmith and while there he earned the
QSA with 4 clasps ( Elandslaagte, Defence of
Ladysmith, Laing's Nek and Belfast) and the KSA
and returned to India with the regiment in January
To the left he is pictured wearing
"Indian Tropicals" this picture was also
taken before he earned his medals for
service in South Africa.
Pictured below, is the gift he and his
comrades received from The Queen. 100
years later, this souvenir from his time in
South Africa is faithfully cared for by
He joined the 7th Battn. Highland Light Infantry in 1908 (territorial force) and then in 1914 he
was with the 5th Battn.which included a posting to "Kent" in 1917 with the 21st Battn. H.L.I.
shortly afterwards he was "Pensioned Out". While serving as a Sergeant in the 5th Battalion in
the first war his regimental number was 355715.
Sadly he died in September 1920 aged 42 and is buried in Glasgow's Southern Necroplis. The
Commonwealth War Graves Site adds that he was married to Elizabeth McArthur and they had
lived in Bridgeton, Glasgow.
The circumstances of Kenneth's death remain a bit of a mystery since the cause of death
resulted from gas poisoning during the war yet there is a suggestion that he never left the U.K.
Was he poisoned while serving his country in Kent?
Glasgow (Eastwood) Cemetery
contains 47 scattered burials
of the First World War and
100 from the Second World
In addition there is a small
garden of remembrance where
servicemen from both wars
buried in Glasgow's Sighthill
and Southern Necropolis
Cemeteries are commemorated.
The memorial consists of
headstones removed from the
actual graves, which could no
longer be properly maintained
when the cemeteries closed in
March 1954. There are now 153
servicemen and women of the
First World War and 121 from
the Second World War buried
or commemorated in this
This page dedicated to Alex and Catherine Airlie.