In Memory of


8th Bn., Gordon Highlanders
who died on
Saturday, 25th September 1915. Age 33.

Additional Information:

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Son of John and Elizabeth Dustan ms Coutts.b 10/8/1882 at Rhynie, B Cert

Sgt 8 GH, Wardhouse on Roll of Honour. Cults on Memorial..

Wm Coutts Dustan b 10/8/1882 at Rhynie, B Cert

Married Adeline Kennedy at Cork Nov 1904, she died at Cork 26 Nov 1905.

27 March 1908 Married Helen Stoddart at Rhynie. Children later born Rhynie, Keith and Glenlivet.

SDGW - born Kennethmont, enlisted Stirling, served France & Flanders.

In Special Reserve, mobilised at Drymen on 16th Aug 1914, Occupation Blacksmith

Commemorated on Drymen War Memorial.

Oct 1916 Helen Dustan residing in Dalkeith.

PRO; 1914/15 Star, War & Victory Medals, France 10/5/1915, L/Sgt- A/Sgt, d on or since 25/9/1915

Army Casualty Returns: Wm Dustan A/Sgt age 33 d 25/9/1915 (Presumed), Died in the field.

William was killed at The Battle of Loos

1901, Kirkhill, age 18 Distillery Worker, unm, b Rhynie / Ab.


From Service Record

Served 7831, Pte, 1st Gordon Highlanders. Enlisted July 1901 for 12 years ( 3 with Colours and 9 in Reserve) at Aberdeen. Discharged unfit at Cork March 1906

Enlisted at Drymen into Special Reserve, 3rd Battn. Gordon Highlanders, 16 August 1914. Occ Blacksmith. Previous T.F. service.

1 Dec 1914 - Appointed Corporal
Jan 1915 in 8th Gordon Highlandrs at Aldershot. March / April 1915 at Borden Camp, Hants.
10 May 1915 - B.E.F to France
Sept 19 1915 - Appointed Acting Sergeant
Sept 25 1915 - Missing in Action
Sept 25 1915 - Died, on or since

Service Notes
8th (Service) Battalion Gordon Highlanders - Pioneers

Formed at Aberdeen August 1914 - Kitcheners 1 - to Aldershot
in 26th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division.
February 1915 to Bordon.
10/5/1915 landed at Boulogne.
7/5/1916 transferred to 44th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division
near Bethune and on 11th May ammalgamated with 10th Battalion
to form 8/10th Gordons.
6/6/1918 reduced to training cadre - surplus personnel to 1/5th Battalion. Cadre to 118th Brigade, 39th Division.
17/8/1918 cadre disbanded.

Commemorative Information

Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
Panel 115 to 119


Loos Memorial

Loos-en-Gohelle is a village about 5 kilometres north-west of Lens. The Loos Memorial forms the side and back of Dud Corner Cemetery where over 1,700 officers and men are buried, the great majority of whom fell in the Battle of Loos. Dud Corner Cemetery, which stands almost on the site of a German strong point, the Lens Road Redoubt, captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the first day of the battle, is located about 1 kilometre west of the village, on the N43, the main Lens to Bethune road. The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, and who have no known grave. It covers the period from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the date of the Armistice. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.