No. 18115, 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
Killed in action on Saturday 25 September 1915
No known grave
Loos Memorial, France (Panel 108 to 112)
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Private William Blair (No. 18115) was born in ‘Ballywalter Co Antrim’ and enlisted in Clydebank, Dunbartonshire.
There is a townland named ‘Grange of Ballywalter’ in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.
Private William Blair (No. 18115) served with the 12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry and was killed in action on 25 September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos.
Private William Blair (No. 18115) has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.
In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects his mother’s name is recorded as Mrs Jane McKernan.
Jane Blair and James McKernon were married on 24 October 1906 in Carrickfergus Methodist Church. James McKernon, a full-age bachelor from Pound Street, Larne worked as an insurance agent and he was a son of John McKernon, a salesman. Jane Blair, a full-age spinster from Ballypriormore, Islandmagee was a daughter of James Blair, a farmer.