Remembering those who fought in the Great War.

John Donaldson Kinniburgh

Eldest son of Thomas Dowie Kinniburgh and Margaret Kinniburgh, 221 Folkestone Road, Dover, Kent. Grandson of the late John Donaldson.

Born Langside, Glasgow. Educated at Stirling and at the Grammar School, Ayr. 

Worked at Scotts of Greenock.

Enlisted at Greenock, 6th September 1914. Attached to Black Watch 14th Battalion.

Served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli from May 1915, until the evacuation, and proceeded to Egypt, and after a period of training at Zeitoun, was gazetted 2nd Lieutant to 1/5th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 19th January 1917. He was killed in action at Sheria, Palestine. 6th November 1917.

Quote from his Commanding Officer "Your son led his men most gallantly against the Turkish position on the morning of the 6th Nov., when the battalion led the attack and fell close to the trenches, which were stoutly defended by the Turks. I have lost one of my most reliable officers, and one who had, I think, made a position for himself in the battalion, and gained the affection and respect of all ranks"

Quote from another officer (Second in Command) "The garrison at the last moment appeared to put up their hands, but as your son and his men went up to take them, a German Officer treacherously shot him point-blank, and he died almost at once. The revenge was complete, and a few minutes saw them all settled by the survivors. He was up to the time of his death gallantly leading his men, and had he survived would have been recommended for mention. We have had many subalterns in this battalion during the past eighteen months, good, bad and indifferent, but your son was the best of the new blood we got. He was an expert at instructing both in the bayonet and musketry, and was so keen that himself that he never failed to keep all his classes interested, and the good he did lived after him. Both with officers and men he was a prime favourite, and nothing was ever a trouble to him if he thought it would help the battalion in the slightest degree, and we were very, very sorry to lose him. Since christmas I have been in ------, and have been surprised how many of his old friends have followed up his career with us, and asked me about his end. This, is a time when few ever remember to what regiment a subaltern is attached, shows what a genius for friendship he had, but it does not surprise us who knew him."

Buried at Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel. Grave Reference L.38.

John Donaldson Kinniburgh