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Robert Ernest FERRIER

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Surname: FERRIER

Forename(s): Robert Ernest

Place of Birth: Newport-on-Tay, Fife, Scotland

Service No: ---

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Battalion / Unit: 4th/5th Battalion

Division: 39th Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1916-10-15

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VIII. A. 3.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

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Robert Ernest Ferrier was the son of David and Margaret Ferrier, née Glenday. David was born at Edinburgh, Midlothian and Margaret at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland.

1901 Parish of Forgan, Fife Census: Woodhaven Road - Robert Ernest Ferrier, aged 4 years, born Newport, Fife, son of David and Margaret Ferrier.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Robert Ernest Ferrier, 2170 & 2nd Lt Royal Highlanders. Theatre of War first served in: (1) [France]. Date of entry therein: 24 February 1915. Commissioned, 20 September 1915. Killed in action: 13 [sic] October 1916. Correspondence: 1. 1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, Beaumont Barracks, Aldershot. 2. 7, Youngsdale Place, East Newport, Fife.

On 15 March 1916 the 1/4th (City of Dundee) Battalion amalgamated with the 1/5th (Angus & Dundee) Battalion to form the 4th/5th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).

Robert is commemorated on the Newport-on-Tay War Memorial and in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

Photograph: 'Dundee Courier' (20 October 1916).

Data Source: Craven Herald Article


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 39th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 39th Division

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Surname: FERRIER

Forename(s): Robert Ernest





Rank: 2/Lt

Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Battalion: 4th (City of Dundee) Battalion (Territorial)


Died Date: 15/10/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:


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Surname: FERRIER

Forename(s): Robert Ernest

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Unit: 4th Bn.

Age: 20


Died Date: 15/10/1916

Additional Information: Son of David and Margaret Ferrier (née Glenday), of Youngsdale Place, Newport, Fife.

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‘Dundee Courier’ (6 July 1915)

The following casualties were officially notified in Dundee yesterday.

Sick and Wounded
2170 Private R. E. Ferrier, admitted Rouen, sick.

‘Dundee Courier’ (20 October 1916)



Mrs Ferrier, Youngsdale Place, Newport, yesterday received intimation that her son, Lieutenant Robert Ernest Ferrier, had been killed in action. Deceased who was the youngest son of the late Mr David Ferrier, music master, High School, Dundee, was in the office of Messrs Moody Stuart & Robertson, C.A., and is the third member of their staff killed during the last three months, while two former members also fell in action during the present year.

Lieutenant Ferrier was wounded last year. He was one of six Dundee officers who left for the front four weeks ago, his comrades being Lieutenant Walter T. Smith, 27 Lammerton Terrace (killed); Lieutenants J. Crichton Ross, 16 Shamrock Street; R.M. Fergusson, 2 Hyndford Terrace; and W.C. Dickson, Victoria House, Tayport (wounded); and Lieutenant L.F.D. Sheriff, Broughty Ferry. The last-mentioned is the only one of the six who has escaped injury.

Lieutenant Ferrier was a great favourite in the burgh, while cricketing comrades were proud of him as one of the first to volunteer from Newport. Zealous in his training as a private in the Black Watch, he saw hard fighting before gaining his commission. Educated at Dundee High School, the Lieutenant was only in his 20th year.

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27 October 1916

FERRIER – Killed in action, October 15th, Lieutenant R. E. Ferrier, Black Watch, aged 20 years, youngest son of the late Professor D. Ferrier and Mrs. Ferrier, Newport, Dundee.


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