Sapper William Crawford Mitchell, Royal Engineers


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Sapper William Crawford Mitchell  167615, 108th Field Company Royal Engineers (previously Highland Cyclist Battalion)

William Crawford Mitchell was born on 13th May 1894 in Scone, Perthshire.  He was the second and youngest son of David and Catherine Mitchell.  The Mitchells were a farming family.  William attended Scone Public School and, after his education, he worked as a joiner.  William enlisted as a territorial in March 1911, serving with the Highland Cyclist Battalion.  He re-enlisted into the Royal Engineers in May 1916 and was sent to Salonica in January 1917.  Sapper William Crawford Mitchell was killed in action on 8th May 1917.  He had been part of a volunteer party that had been sent out to destroy the wire entanglement positioned in the front of the enemy trenches.  He has no known grave.  William was 5 days short of his 23rd birthday.  He was awarded the Victory and the British War medals.



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