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Pvt Charles Lawson McCulloch

A number of items belonging to a Pvt Charles Lawson McCulloch have appeared at auction this week in Glasgow, Scotland. It is always very poignant to me when this happens - the personal belongings of someone appearing in a public auction, not knowing where they came from and equally where they will end up. You always hope that they will go to a good home.

A collection of items pertaining to the military career of Private Charles Lawson McCulloch (3658) of the Highland Light Infantry, comprising death plaque with oak mount and accompanying framed scroll and letter (loose); 1914-15 Star; portrait photograph; inscribed bible; and another bible inscribed to a family member; together with an interesting sketch book containing drawings and inscriptions by various hands and a Victory Medal to 14191 Pte. R, McGavin S. Gds. Source: Great Western Auctions

A search of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission provided additional details including his date of death, age at death, parent's names, location and occupation. It also revealed he was the youngest son.

Service Number: 3658
Regiment & Unit/Ship: Highland Light Infantry, 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Bn. [Glasgow Highlands] [Battalion]
Date of Death: Died 03 November 1916
Age 24 years old
Buried or commemorated at GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE
Plot: II. F. 17.
Country: France
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Country of Service
United Kingdom
Additional Info
Son of the late Henry and Margaret McCulloch. Native of Glasgow.
Personal Inscription

From this we can infer that Charles was born around 1892 in Glasgow. A search in the birth indexes returned a positive result:

MCCULLOCH CHARLES LAWSON    M    1892    644/9 826    Kelvin

A search of the Scottish Death indices for Henry McCulloch in Lanark provided a death in 1913 at age 64 and mother's maiden name of Monteith. This places Henry's birth at about 1849.

A search of the Scottish Birth indices for Henry McCulloch born about 1849 returned no matches.

A search of the Scottish Marriage indices for Henry McCulloch and Margaret returned no matches. Refining to spouse name beginning "M" and limiting to Lanark returned one match.

MCCULLOCH HENRY    CRUICKSHANKS    MAGGIE    1875    644/1 28    Bridgeton

A search of the 1901 Scottish Census at Ancestry provided additional details including eight children with Charles listed as the youngest child. This also revealed a connected branch now living in Australia.


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