Tour Scotland Video 2nd Lieutenant Ian Campbell Chrystal Memorial Gravestone Necropolis Glasgow



Tour Scotland video of the 2nd Lieutenant Ian Campbell Chrystal memorial gravestone on ancestry visit to the Necropolis a Victorian cemetery in Glasgow, Scotland. Son of WJ and Marie Chrystal, of Auchendennan, Arden, Dunbartonshire. Killed in Action near Cavrelle, France, 1st May 1917, aged 29. Remembered here but buried at Point-du-Jour Military Cemetery, Athies, France. Chrystal started military service as Private 7721 in an Inns of Court battalion on 22nd November 1915. In March 1916 he transferred to 9th Scottish Officer Cadet Battalion and from there was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders, a training and reserve battalion in July 1916. He was posted to the 9th Battalion of the regiment which he joined on 19th September 1916. This was a pioneer battalion attached to the 9th Scottish Division and had been in France since the summer of 1915. Although fully trained as infantry and able to fight as such if required the pioneer battalions’ main tasks were digging trenches and gun pits, building huts and maintaining roads. Even when not working in the frontline trenches they were generally well within range of enemy artillery. Also, William James Chrystal of Auchendennan, born 1854, died 1921.

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