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Pte David Niven 202574 Cameronians [1st Scottish Rifles]


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Hi

Would anyone with a SDGW CD-Rom, or the SDGW Cameronians book, be willing to look up the following soldier for me? His name is recorded on a WW1 memorial I'm investigating.

Pte David Niven [possible middle name is McArthur]

Number: 202574 Scottish Rifles, also 2151 Scottish Rifles, also 1599 [or 1590] Royal Scots

KIA 26/11/1917

Listed: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

What I'm really interested in is whether the SDGW list his previous Royal Scots regiment. His medal card states that he served in the Royal Scots but doesn't say what regiment. His 'Theatre of War first served in' was 2B [balkans], 6/6/1915, which could imply he was initially with the 4th, 5th or 7th Royal Scots.

Many thanks

LIT

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LIT - he's listed as just David Niven and there's no reference to any other regiment in the "Supplementary notes" section.

Tom

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SNWM has nothing further either.

Details

Surname NIVEN

Firstname D

Service Number 202574

Date Death 26/11/1917

Decoration

Place of birth

Other 1st Bn.

SNWM roll THE CAMERONIANS (SCOTTISH RIFLES)

Rank Pte

Theatre of death France.

Aye

Malcolm

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hi.

SDGW list as follows

Niven David

b. Portobello, Midlothian

enlisted. Edinburgh

202574

Pte.

Kia France and Flanders

26/11/17

no mention of any previous regiment

steve

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Many thanks Malcolm and Steve for your replies. I suspect that the first two digits of his territorial number '20' imply he was intially with the 4th Royal Scots. There are a couple of other men on the same memorial, and from the same Church, who also served with the 4th. The Church seems to have had a strong connection initially with the 6th Royal Scots at the beginning of the war, but I know that many of the men from this battalion were then transferred to the 4th Royals before they moved on to their first theatre of war.

Thanks again to all for taking the time to research and reply.

Regards

LIT

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