Military

Honouring those RETTIE men who fought for their country.

World War I

Army

Guardsman Alexander RETTIE1,4
Date of Birth: Abt 1886, New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire.
Date of Death: 14 Oct 1917
Service No: 15545
Unit: 1st Battalion, Scots Guards
Cemetery: Bleuet Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Grave Reference: II. A. 15.
Family: Son of Jessie RETTIE, of 6, School St., New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, and the late William RETTIE.
Source: Will of 15545 Private Alexander RETTIE, National Records of Scotland, Reference: SC70/8/734/20

Sapper David RETTIE1,2
Date of Birth: 24 Feb 1889
Date of Death: 23 Feb 1919
Service Number: 261107
Unit: 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Canadian Engineers
Cemetery: Cruden Parish Churchyard And Extension, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom.
Grave Reference: A. A. 610.
Family: Son of Mrs. John ROSS, of Chapelhill, Port Erroll, Aberdeen.

Driver Frank RETTIE1,4
Date of Birth: N/A, Aberdeen.
Date of Death: 2 Jun 1917
Service Number: T4/083047
Unit: Army Service Corps, Base Horse Transport Depot (Salonika).
Memorial: Chatby Memorial, Egypt.
Notes: Horse Transport Cameronian was torpedoed and sunk north of Alexandria 2 June 1917.
Source: Shipwrecks of Egypt

Private George Alexander RETTIE1
Date of Birth: Abt 1895
Date of Death: 21 Nov 1915
Service Number: 7465
Unit: 16th (The Queen’s) Lancers
Enlistment Location: Peterhead
Memorial: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.
Panel Reference: Panel 5.
Family: Son of Alexander Thomson RETTIE and Kate Anne RETTIE (nee WILL). Native of Cullen, Banff. Resident in Ceylon. Came to England to enlist in Nov 1914.

Private James RETTIE1,4
Date of Birth: Abt 1894
Date of Death: 25 Sep 1915
Service No: 265408
Unit: 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Memorial: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Panel Reference: Panel 115 to 119.
Family: Son of Mr. A. RETTIE, of 16, Shore St., Golspie, Sutherlandshire.

Private James RETTIE1,4
Date of Birth: N/A
Date of Death: 10 Apr 1917
Service No: 202628
Unit: 4th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Cemetery: Roclincourt Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Grave Reference: II. A. 30.
Family: Son of James RETTIE; of Sefton, Bieldside, Aberdeen.
Source: Will of 202628 Private James RETTIE, National Records of Scotland, Reference: SC70/8/553/17

Corporal James Cheyne RETTIE1,4
Date of Death: 19 Jan 1917
Service No: 607
Unit: 8th/10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Enlistment Location: Fraserburgh
Medal Awarded: Military Medal (in December 1916 whilst Acting Corporal)
Cemetery: MartinPuich British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Grave Reference: C. 1.
Family: Son of David RETTIE, Road Foreman, 2 South Braeheads, Fraserburgh.
Source: Supplement to the Edinburgh Gazette, 21 Dec 1916, p. 2291

Private John RETTIE1,4
Date of Birth: 19 May 1896, Kilsyth, Stirlingshire.
Date of Death: 3 May 1917
Service No: 25861
Unit: 6th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers
Memorial: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Panel Reference: Bay 6.
Family: Son of James and Janet CARRUTHERS, of Carlisle Place, Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire. My first cousin twice removed.

Private (Patrick) John Kelly RETTIE1,4
Date of Death: 6 Apr 1917. Died of Wounds, Etaples Hospital, France.
Service Number: 10710
Unit: 8/10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Family: Son of Thomas Leith Rettie; of 167 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen.
Source: Will of 10710 Private John RETTIE, National Records of Scotland, Reference: SC70/8/597/16
Source: Will of John Patrick Kelly RETTIE, 5 Jun 1917, Aberdeen Sheriff Court Wills, Reference: SC1/37/138
Source: Inventory of John Patrick Kelly RETTIE, 5 Jun 1917, Aberdeen Sheriff Court Inventories, Reference: SC1/36/175

Private Norman Stephen RETTIE1
Date of Birth: Abt 1897
Date of Death: 1 Sep 1918
Service No: 295406
Unit: ‘B’ Company, 4th (City of London) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Cemetery: Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery, Somme, France.
Grave Reference: VIII. B. 6.
Family: Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Rettie, of 153 Praed Street, Paddington, London.

Gunner William RETTIE1,4
Date of Death: 31 Aug 1916, France.
Service Number: 63839
Unit: 116th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 8 A.

Private William RETTIE1,3,4
Date of Death: 31 Jul 1917
Service Number: 241264
Unit: 5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Enlistment Location: Peterhead
Memorial: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.
Panel Reference: Addenda Panel 58.
Source: Will of 241264 Private William RETTIE, National Records of Scotland, Reference: SC70/8/644/47

Private William RETTIE1,2
Date of Birth: 16 Apr 1888
Date of Death: 15 Aug 1917
Service Number: 829860
Unit: 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
Cemetery: Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Lance Corporal William John RETTIE1,4
Date of Birth: Abt 1894
Date of Death: 25 Jan 1915
Service Number: 9702
Unit: 1st Battalion, Scots Guards
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Panel Reference: Panel 3 and 4.
Family: Son of Annie RETTIE, of 23, Hunter St., Glasgow, and the late Robert RETTIE.

2nd Lt. William Philip RETTIE1,4
Date of Birth: 4 Nov 1892, Dundee.
Date of Death: 1 Jul 1916, France.
Unit: 1st Battalion, Border Regiment.
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.

Navy

Lieutenant Archibald RETTIE
Unit: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Clyde Division (HQ Whitefield Road, Govan, Glasgow)
Date Joined Service: 18 Mar 19111
August 1912: Acting Sub-Lieutenant5
Where Served: 20 Jan 1915 onwards – Cochrane, Cruiser (Portsmouth), 13,550 tons, 6 x 9.2 inch and 4 x 7.5 inch guns.2
April 1915: Sub-Lieutenant4
October 1916: Sub-Lieutenant (Acting Lieutenant)3
Date of Seniority (i.e. promoted to Lieutenant): 5 Feb 19171
1. Source: Ancestry.co.uk. UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970. Peter Singlehurst; Year: 1919.
2. Source: Ancestry.co.uk. UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970. Peter Singlehurst; Year: 1917.
3. Source: Ancestry.co.uk. UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970. Peter Singlehurst; Year: 1916.
4. Source: Ancestry.co.uk. UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970. Peter Singlehurst; Year: 1915.
5. Source: Ancestry.co.uk. UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970. Peter Singlehurst; Year: 1912.

Captain Edward Wilson RETTIE
Unit: Merchant Marine
Medal Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross
Date of Gazette: 30 Nov 1917
Source: Ancestry.co.uk. UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970. Peter Singlehurst; Year: 1919.

World War II

Army

Sapper William James RETTIE1
Date of Birth: Abt 1914
Date of Death: 11 Mar 1946
Service Number: 1916706
Unit: 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Royal Engineers
Cemetery: Aberdeen (Allenvale) Cemetery, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Grave Reference: Sec. 1. Grave 71.
Family: Son of William James RETTIE and Elspeth Grant RETTIE; husband of Christina Annie RETTIE.

Sources

1. Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2. Canadian Virtual War Memorial
3. Military-Genealogy.com, UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
4. The Scottish War Memorial

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