Yearly Archives: 2020


Flight Lieutenant Alexander Henry Thom DFC

Battle of Britain pilot, Sergeant Alexander Henry Thom 114075 RAFVR was born in Perth on 29 May 1919. He was educated at Perth Academy and Dundee Technical College; and later trained as a quantity surveyor. Thom was the son of  George Thom and his wife, 44 Crieff Road, Perth. Prior […]


Second Lieutenant Howard Watson

Howard Watson was the son of Robert and Margaret Irons Chalmers Watson, Birnam View, Coupar Angus. His father was the Town Clerk of Coupar Angus. Watson was formerly engaged in the Bank of Scotland and enlisted in 1917. Watson died age 18 whilst training with RAF 64 Training Squadron at […]


Sergeant William McDougall

Sergeant William McDougall, wireless operator and air gunner (mid-upper) was the only son of the McDougalls of 29 Whitefriars Street, Dovecotland, Perth – his father was employed at the Perth abattoir. Sergeant McDougall was brought up in Dundee and was educated at Morgan Academy and the family came to Perth […]


Margaret Watson-Watt

‘The Mother of Radar’, Margaret Robertson was born in St Catherine’s Road, Perth. Her father, David, was a draughtsman and her mother was employed in Campbell’s Dyeworks. Her father was a partner for a few years, along with Alexander Robertson in the Perth Foundry business, Paul Street, off the Old […]


Flight Lieutenant William Walton DFC and Alexander McInnes

Acting Flight Lieutenant William M Walton from Guildtown, Perthshire, was awarded the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) during the Second world War. Walton, the son of Mr and Mrs Edward Walton, Mavisbank, Guildtown was educated at Guildtown School and Balhousie Boys’ School. He was later employed at  Newmiln Estates where his father […]


Leading Aircraftman Thomas Ralph Morton

On 23 August 1940, Leading Aircraftman Thomas Ralph Morton RAFVR (1005871) died age 20 on active service . He served with No. 3, Radio Maintenance Unit (RMU). Morton was the son of Andrew Gray Morton and Grace Hood Morton, 31 Muirton Place, Perth. He is buried in Perth Welshill Cemetery. […]


Flight Sergeant Ian Graham Campbell Miller

Flight Sergeant Ian (Graham) Miller was an air gunner on an Avro Lancaster Mk1, LM127, KO-H with RAF 115 Squadron. He was the son of Kathleen Graham Miller (née Lipp) of 51 Priory Place, Craigie, Perth. Avro Lancaster Mk.1, LM127, code KO-H, took off from RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire, at […]


Flying Officer James Harper Greig Horne

Flying Officer James (Jimmie) Harper Greig Horne was the eldest son of Peter Bathie and Bessie Crichton Horne, 18 Breadalbane Terrace, Perth. James who was 23 years old at the time of his death. James was brought up in Laurencekirk being adopted by his uncle and aunt, Mr David Stewart […]


Corporal Colin Mackenzie

Corporal Colin Mackenzie died in Perth Royal Infirmary on 25 November 1942, he was 22 years old. Mackenzie served as an aircraft fitter with RAF 222 (Natal) Squadron. The squadron was initially formed on 5 October 1939 at RAF Duxford to act in a shipping protection role . They were […]