Mastertons at War: World War I

Mastertons at War

Like any family living through periods when their countries went to war, a number of Mastertons fought in conflicts across the world. Some never returned. These pages are dedicated to those who fought and died fulfilling their duty to their country.

World War I

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The Roll of Honour

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

from "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon, 1914

The National Archives records 141 Mastertons who were awarded a World War I Campaign Medal by the Army, and 4 by the Royal Naval Division. Canadian Archives identify 15 Mastertons who joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The Australian War Memorial site has 11 Mastertons and one Mastertoun from Australia and New Zealand on the Embarkation Rolls.

A total of 29 Mastertons were killed: 24 from the United Kingdom, 2 from Australia (both of whom were grandsons of Scots immigrants) and 3 from Canada (of whom 2 had been born in Scotland, and the other was the son of a Scots immigrant). The names below are listed in order of date of death. Where there is a link, it will take you to their family tree. Those with names in bold, regiments and dates only, centred in the list, are linked to a full tribute page.


1) Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle.
2) Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
(Nationality British, unless stated.)


Prisoners of War