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/ New Zealand from Embarkation Rolls.


A total of 28 Mastertons were killed: 20 from Scotland, 4 from England (three of whom are known to be of Scots descent), 2 from Australia (both of whom were grandsons of Scots immigrants) and 2 from Canada (of whom 1 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 listed in the table are linked to a full tribute page. A CWGC certificate exists for Corporal James Masterton, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, killed 10 November 1917, but this should be "Masterson" - one of the Leith Mastersons, often misrecorded as Mastertons.

The distribution of those who died is: Forfar 9; Cramond 4; Culross 4; Largo 3; Biggar 2; and one each for the Bathgate, Dunfermline (3), London, Newburgh, Newcastle and Peebles branches.

Name Battalion and Regiment Died Masterton Branch
Gilbert Newnes Masterton 4th Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 9th May 1915 Largo
George Masterton 1/6th Cameronians 15th June 1915 Cramond
David Masterton 10th Gordon Highlanders 25th September 1915 Peebles
George Masterton 7th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 3rd November 1915 Biggar
James Masterton 1/3rd Scottish Horse 3rd November 1915 Largo
George Ellis Masterton Army Cyclist Corps 15th May 1916 Forfar
Allan George Masterton 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion 24th July 1916 Cramond
James Frederick Masterton Mercantile Marine 29th March 1917 Forfar
James Masterton 78th Canadian Infantry Battalion 9th April 1917 Forfar
William Hill Masterton 1/7th Princess Louise's (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) 23rd April 1917 Culross
Forbes Masterton 189th Machine Gun Coy. R.N. Division 24th April 1917 Largo
George Masterton 15th Highland Light Infantry 25th April 1917 Forfar
Charles Masterton 2nd R.M. Battalion. Royal Naval Division. Royal Marine Light Infantry 28th April 1917 Dunfermline (3)
Robert Masterton 15th Royal Scots 28th April 1917 Newburgh
William Murray Masterton 6th Royal Scots attached 16th 10th June 1917 Forfar
John Lochtie Masterton 15th Highland Light Infantry 9th September 1917 Culross
William Anderson Masterton RAMC attached 1/6 Black Watch 11th September 1917 Forfar
George Masterton 8th Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 12th October 1917 Culross
Alexander Masterton 55th Australian Infantry. A.I.F. 19th October 1917 Culross
William Nimmo Masterton 4th Royal Scots 12th November 1917 Biggar
William Low Masterton Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division 30th December 1917 Forfar
James Masterton 15th Royal Scots 22nd March 1918 Bathgate
Frank Masterton 9th Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 5th April 1918 London
Alexander Masterton 1/1st Northumberland Field Ambulance. Royal Army Medical Corps. 27th May 1918 Newcastle
James Masterton 8th Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 15th June 1918 Cramond
John Douglas Masterton 2nd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 21st June 1918 Forfar
Henry Masterton 54th Battalion, Australian Infantry Force 1st September 1918 Cramond
Douglas Masterton 1st Gordon Highlanders 23rd October 1918 Forfar

James Masterton, a Private in the 14th Battalion Australian Infantry was reported killed in Gallipoli in 1915 but was repatriated after the war ended, having been a Prisoner of War.


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


Name Battalion and Regiment Wounded Masterton Branch
George Masterton 1st/7th Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)(T.F.) June 1915 Cramond
James Christopher Masterton Royal Garrison Artillery July 1916 Culross
Peter Stewart Masterton Royal Garrison Artillery October 1917 Forfar

Prisoners of War