Nationality:-   United Kingdom

Age :-   36

Rank:-   Engineer Lieut Commander



Service:-   Royal Navy Unit

Regiment / ship:-  H.M.S. "Mary Rose"

Date of death:-   17th October, 1917

Cemetery / Memorial:-    CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL

Area of cemetery / memorial :-    20

Family information:-    Son of John and Margaret Cleghorn, of "Clifton," Alyth, Perthshire

1901 Census

Bayfield, Dundee Road, Alyth, Perthshire

William Cleghorn, head, 44, Jute Spinner & Manufacturer, b. Dundee

Jeannie R Cleghorn, wife, 45, b. Alyth

William H Cleghorn, son, 17, clerk, b. Alyth

James Cleghorn, son, 16, clerk, b. Dundee

Jeannie Cleghorn, daughter, 15, scholar, b. Dundee

Elizabeth Cleghorn, daughter, 13, scholar, b. Dundee

Charles R Cleghorn, son, 10, scholar, b. Dundee

Mary Cleghorn, daughter, 9, scholar, b. Dundee

Frank Cleghorn, son, 7, scholar, b. Bro Ferry, Forfar

Ann Cleghorn, daughter, 5, b. Bro Ferry, Forfar

George M Cleghorn, son 4, b. Dundee

Harry Cleghorn, son 4 months, b. Bro Ferry, Forfar

Ann Brown, servant domestic, 44, b. Kinnell, Forfar

Betsy Farmer, servant domestic, 41, b. Gauldry, Fife

Ellen Shepherd, servant domestic, 2 (?), b. Edinburgh, Midlothian

Extra information:-

THE Alyth GUARDIAN: 26th October, 1917
"In the action in the North Sea on the 17th, when the destroyer “Mary Rose”, after a magnificent resistance against the fast and heavily-armed German ships, was sunk fighting to the last, the officers, including Engineer Lieut.-Commander Wm. H. Cleghorn, and men were officially reported lost.
Lieutenant Cleghorn is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs John Cleghorn of Clifton, the third son to fall for king and country in this great war. It is only five weeks since a brother, Captain Herbert Cleghorn, R.E. attached to R.F.C., was killed at the Front, while a little over a year ago, the youngest of the brothers, Lieut. Allan Cleghorn, Gordons, died in France, and two still remain, Lieutenants in the R.E., keeping the flag flying in the face of the enemy."

Confermations & Inventories 1918

Cleghorn, William Howie, Engineer-Lieut. Commander, R.N., sometime of H.M.S. 'Conqueror' afterwards of H.M.S. 'Mary Rose', a native of Scotland, was killed in action, 17 October 1917, testate.  Confirmation granted at Edinburgh, 8 January, to Hilda White or Cleghorn, Clifton, Alyth, County of Perth.  Executrix nominated in Will or Deed, dated 5 September 1913, and recorded in the Court Books of Commissariot of Edinburgh, 7 January 1918.  Value of Estate £1025 5s 6d.

(2006 value using average earning is £170,160.91p)

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