Gilroy, Kenneth Reid

Lieutenant / Black Watch

1892 - 1915

Kenneth Reid Gilroy was born 13 March 1892, the son of George and Annie Gilroy of Clatto, Cupar, Fife, and younger brother of Captain George Bruce Gilroy, M.C. (H 1902-1908) of the same regiment, who was killed in July 1916. In the Second World War his youngest brother, John Douglas Gilroy (H 1912-1916) served with the 9th Lancers before transferring to 24th Lancers  in 1940 and then joined Movement Control later that year.  He died in 1983.  

Kenneth came to Winchester College in September 1905 from Ardveck School. He was in H House, Bramston's, and stood on Dress for Commoner XV.

He left Winchester in the summer of 1910 and in 1911 he gained a commission in the 2nd Battalion Black Watch, joining them in India. He was home on leave when war broke out and soon afterwards sailed for Egypt to meet his regiment on its way to France. He was shot at short range in the stomach by a German officer near Neuve Chapelle on 12 March 1915, the day before his 23rd birthday,  and died a few hours afterwards. He is buried in Grave II.E.10 of Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue.

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