Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour

King, John Alexander

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment: 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

Biography: Son of John Alexander King, headmaster, Brodiesord ; born at Brodiesord, Cornhill, 8 July 1885 ; educated at Fordyce Academy ; entered Aberdeen University in 1905 as 21st Bursar ; graduated in 1909 with Second Class Honours in Classics. While a student he was one of the Moray Team who gained the Strathcona Cup in 1907. King became a teacher, and held posts at Fordyce, Cullen, Aberdeen Grammar School, and was finally appointed Assistant Classical master at Kirkcaldy. In his student days he joined “U” Company, 4th Gordon Highlanders, and whilst teaching at Kirkcaldy was Junior Officer to the High School Cadet Corps. He held this post from November 1914 till he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Gordon Highlanders, and crossed to France. He was killed in action, September 1916, at a spot 2 miles N.E. of Armentières.

Date of Death: 12 September 1916

Burial Details: Buried at Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentières, Plot 2, Row F, Grave 28.

Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.

If you have photographs of anyone listed in the Roll of Honour (preferably in service uniform) or have any questions about this resource, please email