Gilroy, Kenneth Reid


He was 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 entered the Reverend Bramston’s House from Ardveck School, and stood on Dress for Commoner XV.

In 1911 he left to take 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 March 12th 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.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Gilroy
  • Forenames or initials: Kenneth Reid
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1905-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Black Watch
  • Date of Birth: 13th March 1892
  • Date of Death: 12th March 1915
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: LE TOURET MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave II.E.10.