William Sawers was born in 1888 at Cowcadden, Glasgow.
William had previously been a volunteer for the Militia from 1905 and was an Upholsterer by trade and not married at this point.
Records show that William signed for the Royal Field Artillery in May 1908 and agreeing a further 2+1 years service.
William married Agnes Smith on the 7th of September in 1912 and his daughter Agnes Hunter Simpson Sawers was born on the 5th of December in 1912.
Trumpeter William Sawers served during pre-war training camps and also agreed on overseas service.
Confirmation on War services includes 5th of August 1914 to the 31st of May 1915 with the Mediterranean Expeditionary force in Gallipoli via Egypt.
The brave trumpeter was awarded the 1914 and 1915 Territorial Forces Star, The British War Medal, and the Victory medal for his services to the British Armed Forces.
William served a total of 7 years in service, serving as a trumpeter before being appointed as a driver for The Royal Artillery.
During July 1915 William was in Hospital for injuries and had 14 teeth extracted but remarkably returned to service to rejoin his unit only two weeks later.
After receiving injuries and returning to War, William was admitted back to the hospital on the 30th of October 1915.
William was diagnosed with Jaundice and died of Pneumonia on October 30th, 1915 aged only 27 on board the ship Kildonan Castle.
There’s a grave doon in the water that we ken we’ll never see,
There’s a picture hanging up that brings the saut tear tae orr e’e,
For noo we’ll never see him mair, so he alone we sit,
Wi only this comfort, that he did his little bit, With arching hearts, we shook his hand,
Tears glistened in our eyes;
We wished him luck,
but never thought It was our last good-bye.
No green grass grows above his head, Nor over his grave a tear we shed;