2nd Lieutenant William Sewell Calderwood

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant William Sewell Calderwood

William (Willie) Sewell Calderwood was born on the 31st July 1897 in Garelochhead, Dunbartonshire. He was the second son of the Reverend Robert Sibbald Calderwood (1864-1960), and the late Annie Calderwood (née MacFarlane) (1863-1910), and the family lived at the 'The Manse', Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.

He was educated at Glasgow High School and George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and was a law student at the University of Glasgow. He enlisted on the 1st February 1916 and obtained his commission on the 12th August of the same year directly from the Glasgow University Officers' Training Corps to the 8th Bn. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). He was attached for 12 months with the 11th Bn. Highland Light Infantry. He arrived in France on the 18th October 1916.

2nd Lieutenant William Sewell Calderwood was killed in action on the 31st July 1917, his 20th birthday. No body was found. He is remembered at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. His entry in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919 contained a quote from his Colonel. He wrote:

"He was a good and keen officer, much loved by all his comrades and men. He died while leading the charge... He did not know what fear was."


2nd Lieutenant William Sewell Calderwood
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 8th Bn. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 31 July 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/994
Photo ID: ACCN4060


University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry records.

Biographical information: Extra information and photograph supplied by family member.

Biographical information: Additional information and quote contributed by De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919, Vol 4, p26.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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