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
The Roll of Honour
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 and regiments only, centred in the list, are linked to a full tribute page.
- Masterton Forbes. Clyde Z/654 Leading Seaman. 189th Machine Gun Coy. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 24.4.1917. Arras Memorial. Bay 1.
- Masterton George. 4271 Private. 15th Battalion. Highland Light Infantry. b.Forfar. Died of wounds. France and Flanders. 25.4.1917. St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. P.I.C. 3A.
- Masterton James Frederick. Second Mate. Mercantile Marine. S.S. "Harberton" (London). b. Guernsey. Died 29.3.1917. Aged 35. Tower Hill Memorial.
- Masterton Robert. 43619 Private. 15th Battalion. The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). b. Alloa. Died 28.4.1917. Arras Memorial Bay 1 and 2.
- Masterton William. 275607 Corporal. 1st/7th Battalion. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. b. Kinniewood, Kinross. Died 23.4.1917, France and Flanders. Aged 20. Arras Memorial Bay 9.
- Masterton John. S/40212 Private. 1st Battalion. The Gordon Highlanders. Died 14.5.1917. France and Flanders.
- Masterton William Murray. Second Lieutenant. 6th Battalion (T). The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Died 10.6.1917. Aged 19. Duisans British Cemetery. Etrun IV. J. 8.
- Masterton John L. 33447 Private. 15th Battalion. The Highland Light Infantry. Formerly S/10970 Royal Highlanders. Killed in action. France and Flanders, b. Aberdour, Fife. Died 9.9.17. Aged 24. Coxyde Military Cemetery. III. G. I.
- Masterton William Anderson. 305234 Corporal. 3rd Highland Field Ambulance. Royal Army Medical Corps. Attached 1st/6th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). b. Maxwellton, Forfar. Died 11.9.1917. Aged 33. Gwalia Cemetery II. A. 12.
- Masterton Charles. PLY/1122 (S) Private. 2nd R.M. Battalion. R.N. Division. Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 24.9.1917. Arras Memorial. Bay 1.
- Masterton George. S/8476 Private. 8th. Battalion. The Black Watch. (Royal Highlanders). b. Alva, Clackmannanshire. Killed in action, France and Flanders. 12.10.1917. Aged 35. Tyne Cot Memorial. Panels 94 to 96.
- Masterton Alexander, Australian. 2718 Private. 55th Battalion. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died 19.10.1917. Age 25. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 7-17-23-25-27-29-31
- Masterton James, Canadian. 439013 Corporal. 1st Coy. Canadian Machine Gun Corps. Died 10.11.1917. Aged 27. Nine Elms British Cemetery. VIII. E. 20.
- Masterton William Nimmo. 45924 Private. 4th Battalion. The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). b. Dalkeith. Died 12.11.1917, Egypt. Jerusalem Memorial Panel 10.
- Masterton William. Clyde Z/3970 Acting Leading Seaman. Drake Battalion R.N. Division. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 30.12.1917.Aged 23. Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1A.
- Masterton James. 42676 Lance Corporal. 15th Battalion. The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). b. Bathgate. Died 22.3.1918. Arras Memorial Bay 1 and 2.
- Masterton Frank. Second Lieutenant. 9th Battalion. Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died 5.4.1918. Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, Albert. II. O. 20.
MASTERTON, F., Lieut., 9th Royal Fusiliers: He was serving at Dover on the outbreak of war as an Instructor and in 1916 was drafted to France, where he was gazetted to a commission. He fought at Arras, and in numerous other engagements until April 1918, when he was unfortunately killed in action at Albert. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
"Whilst we remember the sacrifice is not in vain."
322, Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich, S.E.22. TZ7999B. National Roll of the Great War.
Masterton Frank of 42 Hunny-hill, Newport, Isle of Wight, second-lieutenant R. Fusiliers died 5 April 1918 in France. Administration (with Will) London 5 July to Lizzie Masterton widow. Effects £178 1s. 9d. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941.
- Masterton Alexander. 386366 Private. 1st/1st Northumberland Field Ambulance. Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 27.5.1918. Age 29. Soissons Memorial.
- Masterton James. S/18387 Private. 8th Battalion. The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). b. Dunfermline, Fife. Killed in action, France and Flanders. Died 15. 6. 1918. Aged 20. Meteren Military Cemetery. I. D. 117.
- Masterton John Douglas. S/11489 Corporal. 2nd Battalion. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. b. Dundee. Died 21.6.1918. Aged 24. Nine Elms British Cemetery. XIV. D. 20.
- Masterton Henry, Australian. 3423 Private. 54th Battalion. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died 1.9.1918. Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension. V.G. 18.
- Masterton Douglas. S/44773 Private. 1st Battalion. Gordon Highlanders. Died 23.10 1918. Age 18. Forfar Cemetery. J. 216 (1 and 2).
George Masterton 1/6th Cameronians - killed 15th June 1915
David Masterton 10th Gordon Highlanders - killed 25th September 1915
George Masterton 7th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders - killed 3rd November 1915
James Masterton 1/3rd Scottish Horse - killed 3rd November 1915
George Ellis Masterton Army Cyclist Corps - died 15th May 1916
Allan George Masterton 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion - died 24th July 1916
James Masterton 78th Canadian Infantry Battalion - died 9th April 1917
WOUNDED. HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY:- ...Masterton, 4271, G. (Forfar.)... Scotsman, Edinburgh, 19th October 1916
RANK AND FILE. SCOTTISH LOSSES. The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates. All are Privates except where otherwise shown. The town shown against each soldier's name is the home of his next-of-kin, except when followed by the abbreviation "Enlt.," when it is his place of enlistment.
KILLED.- ...Masterton, 275607, Cpl. W. (Laurieston);... Scotsman, Edinburgh, 30th May 1917
MASTERTON:- On 10th inst., of wounds received in battle, Sec. Lieut. W. M. MASTERTON, Royal Scots, elder son of James Masterton, Headmaster, Albion Road School, Edinburgh. Scotsman, Edinburgh, 12th June 1917
Sec. Lt. W. M. MASTERTON, Royal Scots (died of wounds), was the elder son of Mr James Masterton, headmaster of Albion Road School, EDINBURGH. He was gazetted in March last. Scotsman, Edinburgh, 12th June 1917
A son of Mr. J. Masterton, B.A., Edin., was born in 1898, and, having attended G.W.. 1910-12, was entered as an actuarial apprentice in the Century Assurance Office. He enlisted in the 4th R.S. in 1914, and served through the Gallipoli campaign. After training at Gailes, he was gazetted to the 6th R.S., then attached to the 16th Bn., and fell on June 10, 1917, aged 19.George Watson's College: Watson's War Records
SECOND LIST. KILLED. HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY. ...Masterton. 33447, J.L. (Aberdour);... Scotsman, Edinburgh, 13th October 1917
SECOND LIST. KILLED. R.A.M.C., ATT. BLACK WATCH.- ...Masterton. 305234, Cpl. W. (Dundee);... Scotsman, Edinburgh, 9th October 1917
MISSING:- THE BLACK WATCH.-...Masterton, 8476, G. (Alva);... Scotsman, Edinburgh, 27th November 1917
SECOND LIST. KILLED. ROYAL SCOTS. ...Masterton. 45924, W. (Dalkeith);... Scotsman, Edinburgh, 29th December 1917
Official intimation was received this week of the death in action in Palestine on 12th November last of Pte. W.M. Masterton, Royal Scots. The deceased who was a native of Dalkeith, was the youngest son of the late Mr Jas. Masterton, West Mill, Lasswade and was 33 years of age. Prior to enlisting he resided at Back Street and was employed as a baker with the Dakeith Co-Operative Society. He leaves his widow and four young children whose present address is West Mill, Lasswade and to whom much sympathy has gone out. Dalkeith Advertiser 31 January 1918
- Masterton, A. 6121, Private. MORE SCOTTISH LOSSES. [Except where otherwise stated, the rank of soldiers in the following lists should be read as Private.] The following casualties amongst non-commissioned officers and men of the Expeditionary Force are reported from the Base under date 21st November:- This list shows 5 killed (all Royal Engineers), 8 died of wounds (5 Scottish) 143 wounded (113 Scottish, of whom 52 are Royal Scots Fusiliers and 39 Gordon Highlanders), 2 wounded and missing and 56 missing (55 Royal Scots Fusiliers and 1 of the Black Watch.) WOUNDED. ROYAL IRISH RIFLES. -...6121 Masterton, A....Scotsman, Edinburgh, 14th December 1914
- Masterton, A. J., 4???, L.-Cpl. HEAVY SCOTTISH LOSSES. [Except where otherwise stated, the rank of soldiers in this list should be read as Private.] The following casualties amongst non-commissioned officers and men of the Expeditionary Force are reported from the Base under date 25th November 1914:- WOUNDED. SCOTTISH REGIMENTS -...Masterton, 4??? L.-Cpl. A.J. , 12th Lancers...Scotsman, Edinburgh, 11th January 1915
- Masterton, C., C.S.M., Australian Impl. Forces. He volunteered in September 1914, and proceeded to Egypt for training. In 1915 he was sent to France, where he was in action at Pozieres, Albert, and Passchendaele. He also served in the Retreat and Advance of 1918, and was severely gassed and invalided to England. Later he returned to Australia, where he was demobilised in 1919, holding the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. 322, Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich, S.E.22. TZ7999C. National Roll of the Great War.
- Masterton, D. Tpr., WOUNDED SOLDIERS AT MILNATHORT. The following wounded soldiers have arrived at Tillyrie Hospital, Milnathort:-...Tpr. D. Masterton. 1/3rd Scottish Horse....Scotsman, Edinburgh, 8th November 1915
- Masterton, F., Ord. Smn., R.N.V.R.- DRAKE BATTALION. WOUNDED. ...Masterton, F., Ord. Smn., R.N.V.R...Reported under date 12th May.Scotsman, Edinburgh, 17th May 1915
- Masterton, George., Lance-Corporal. DUNFERMLINE:- Lance-Corporal George Masterton, 1/7th Black Watch (T.F.), son of Mr William Masterton, mechanic, Ross Lane, Dunfermline, shrapnel wound to left hand. Scotsman, Edinburgh, 23rd June 1915
- Masterton, J., 920 The following casualties among non-commissioned officers and men of the Expeditionary Force are reported from the Base under date 13th January:-WOUNDED.- GORDON HIGHLANDERS...Masterton, 920, J. ...Scotsman, Edinburgh, 27th February 1915
- Masterton, J., 5503, WOUNDED. CAMERON HIGHLANDERS, 1ST BATTALION. -...Masterton, 5503. J....Scotsman, Edinburgh, 8th November 1915
- Masterton, J., 29687, Act. Bdr.- WOUNDED. ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY. -...Masterton, 29687., Act. Bdr. J. (Glasgow);...Scotsman, Edinburgh, 25th December 1916
- Masterton, J., 8444 WOUNDED.- GORDON HIGHLANDERS...Masterton, 8444, J. (Tillicoultry.)...Scotsman, Edinburgh, 23rd September 1916
- Masterton, J., 10359, WOUNDED IN GLASGOW - A further contingent of 126 wounded soldiers arrived in Glasgow yesterday, and (with the exception of a few who were taken to Merryflats Hospital) were accommodated in Stobhill No. 4 Hospital. Those belonging to Scottish regiments are:- SCOTS GUARDS...Masterton, 10359, J. Scotsman, Edinburgh, 4th January 1917
- Masterton, J., 306175, , Gnr.- WOUNDED. R.G.A. -...Masterton, 306175., Gnr. J. (Glasgow);...Scotsman, Edinburgh, 13th September 1917
- Masterton, P.S., 126134 Gnr.- WOUNDED. R.G.A. -...Masterton, 126134., Gnr. P.S. (Dundee);... Scotsman, Edinburgh, 30th October 1917
- Masterton, R., 4605, Under Date 6th February. WOUNDED. ROYAL SCOTS-...Masterton, R. 4605....Scotsman, Edinburgh, 4th March 1915
- Masterton, S. A., 542, WOUNDED. 2ND AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE: -...Masterton, 542. S.A.....Scotsman, Edinburgh, 3rd June 1915
- Masterton, W., 35, C.S.M. The following casualties among non-commissioned officers and men of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force are among those reported under various dates:-. WOUNDED. ROYAL SCOTS-...Masterton, 35. C.S.M. W. ...Scotsman, Edinburgh, 10th June 1915
- Masterton, W., 35, C.S.M. MEDITERRANEAN FORCE. WOUNDED. ROYAL SCOTS, 5TH BATTALION (T.F.)-...Masterton, 35. C.S.M. W. ...Scotsman, Edinburgh, 2nd November 1915
- Masterton, W., Ldg. Smn., R.N.V.R.: ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION (CLYDE). WOUNDED.-...Masterton, W., Ldg. Smn.,R.N.V.R.... Scotsman, Edinburgh, 28th July 1917
- Masterton, Sgt. W.J., 1941, MORE WOUNDED IN GLASGOW - A party of 100 wounded soldiers reached Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, by special train yesterday morning. The men belonged to British regiments, and of the total number, 31 were members of Scottish battalions. All were stretcher cases. The work of transferring them from the adjoining railway platform to the wards was carried out smartly by the men of the R.A.M.C. attached to the Third General Hospital, and they had the use of motor ambulances belonging to St Andrew's Ambulance Association. The following are the names of the men of the Scottish regiments:- BLACK WATCH...1941 Sgt. W.J. Masterton... Scotsman, Edinburgh, 4th November 1914
- Masterton, W., Cpl.,2nd London Regt. (Royal Fus.) he volunteered in August 1914 and in the following month was sent to Malta, but in January 1915, was transferred to France, where he was in action at Hooge, Grandecourt and Bourlon Wood and was wounded. He was invalided home and after a period in hospital, was discharged in March 1919, holding the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. 322, Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich, S.E.22. TZ7999A. National Roll of the Great War.
Prisoners of War
- Masterton, J. 896. PRISONERS OF WAR. 14TH BATTALION INFANTRY...Masterton, 896, J. ...Scotsman, Edinburgh, 27th September 1915
- Masterton, W. 40792, PRISONERS OF WAR IN GERMAN HANDS. THE BLACK WATCH.- ...Masterton, 40792, W. (Dunfermline.)...Scotsman, Edinburgh, 28th July 1917