Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Mill, William Guthrie

Private, 1st/ 7th Battalion. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Service Number
about 1899 at North Queensferry
William Guthrie Mill, master mariner and Elizabeth Mill, Seabank, North Queensferry.
Date of death
25 March 1918 (Aged 19)
Has no known grave
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Bay 9, Arras Memorial
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Census 1911 at Seabank, William G. Mill (12) born North Queensferry, son of James G. (81) retired master mariner born Arbirlot, Forfar and Elizabeth (49).

William enlisted in Dunfermline at an unknown date and served with the 1st/7th Battalion the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. The battalion were part of 154th Brigade in the 51st Highland Division.

On the 21st March 1918 the German Army launched the huge offensive which became known as Operation Michael – named after the patron saint of Germany.

This offensive resulted in the Division suffering some 5,000 casualties, of which William was one.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Census 1901, 1911

National Archives. Medal Card. Soldiers Effects

Scottish War Memorials Project

Soldiers Died in Great War

Alex Morris

Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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