William Watson Cheyne

M, #235, b. 5 October 1886, d. 1971
William Watson Cheyne (1886-1971)
     William Watson Cheyne was born on 5 October 1886 at Saltoun Place, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of William Cheyne and Margaret Watson.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1891 census at 82 Commerce Street, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Cheyne, head; Margaret Cheyne, wife; William W Cheyne, son; Margaret H Cheyne, daughter; Amelia C Penny, servant.2
Ian Pirie said "As a young man, Uncle Willie went to Canada and worked for the Hudson Bay Company. He became disillusioned working in the dark sheds and warehouses of the Hudson Bay Company and took up the offer of work on a farm in Canada, including fencing. At the weekends, he would go off in to the woods with a 22 calibre rifle and practice by shooting squirrels. As a result he became a marksman. Uncle Willie did military service with the 'Scottish Horse' and in World War I was posted to the Western Front where he was a casualty of a gas attack." The album of Margaret Helen Cheyne contains several photographs of him working on the farm and then in the 'Scottish Horse'.3
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1901 census at Elmbank, Grattan Place, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William Cheyne, head; Margaret Cheyne, wife; William W Cheyne, son; Margaret H Cheyne, daughter; Cummine J Cheyne, son; Mary Mackie, servant.4
William Watson Cheyne was a driver in the Scottish Horse Brigade, Army Service Corps. He married Viola Harwell Sim at 35a Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, on 9 August 1916.5 William Watson Cheyne was a crofter after 1918 at Knock Croft, Stuartfield, Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. William W. Cheyne received the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for service in the First World War with the Royal Highlanders, Regiment of Corps, Army Service Corps as a driver. Regimental number: 203558. Rank: Private.6,7 They was a witness at Alexander Pirie "King" and Margaret Helen Cheyne's wedding at 3 King Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, on 13 September 1923.8 He was the informant for, and present at, Viola Harwell Cheyne's death at Knock Croft, Stuartfield, Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 1 November 1954.9 William Watson Cheyne died in 1971 at Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.10

Child of William Watson Cheyne and Viola Harwell Sim

Citations

  1. [S630] William Watson Cheyne, Register of Births in the Parish of Fraserburgh in the County of Aberdeen, "William Watson Cheyne, 1886, October Fifth 6h 20m A.M. at Saltoun Place, Fraserburgh, Male. Father: William Cheyne, draper, master. Mother: Margaret Cheyne M. S. Watson, married 1885 December 31st Kininmonth. Informant: William Cheyne, father. Registered: 1886 October 25th at Fraserburgh, Tho: Lawrence, Registrar."
  2. [S19] 1891, Scottish Census, "William W Cheyne, son, unmarried, male, age 4, born in Fraserbugh, Aberdeenshire, resident at 82 Commerce Street."
  3. [S437] Ian Alexander Pirie, Ramsgate, Kent,.
  4. [S16] 1901, Scottish Census, "William W Cheyne, son, unmarried, male, age 14, born in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, scholar, resident at Elmbank, Grattan Place."
  5. [S634] William Watson Cheyne, Viola Harwell Sim, "1916 on the Ninth day of August at 35a Union Street, Aberdeen. By declaration in the presence of Cummine John Cheyne, Elmbank, Grattan Place, Fraserburgh and Robina Mabel Morrison, 5 Mackie Place, Peterhead. William Watson Cheyne, Farmer (Driver - Scottish Horse Brigade - A.S.C.) (Bachelor), age 29, usual residence Elmbank, Grattan Place, Fraserburgh. Presently stationed at Allford, Lincoln. Parents William Cheyne, Draper (Master) (dec) and Margaret Cheyne M.S. Watson (dec) sic. Viola Harwell Sim, Shop assistant (Spinster), age 29, usual residence 10 Maiden Street, Peterhead. Parents George Sim Draper (Master) (dec) and Margaret Jane Sim M.S. McDonald (dec). Warrant of Sherriff substitute of Aberdeen, Kincardine and Banff, dated 9th August 1916. Registered 1916 August 9th at Aberdeen, W A Ellis Assistant Registrar JP Regr."
  6. [S2288] Cheyne William W, Campaign Medal Card Index - First World War, Medal Card of Cheyne, William W., Army Service Corps, Driver,T4/242418, Royal Highlanders, Rgtl No 203558
    Medal: VICTORY, Roll: G/102B22, Page: 1825
    Medal: BRITISH, Roll: G/102B22, Page: 1825.
  7. [S2289] Cheyne William W, Roll of individual entitled to Victory Medal and British War Medal, Royal Highlanders, Regiment of Corps, Roll of individuals entitled to the VICTORY MEDAL and BRITISH WAR MEDAL granted under Army Orders 266 of 1919 and 301 of 1919.
    Regtl. No: 203558, Rank: Pte., Name: Cheyne. William. W., A.S. CORPS., Drvr., TH/242418, 2/RH. 203558.
  8. [S421] Alexander Pirie, Margaret Helen Cheyne, "1923 On the Thirteenth day of September at 3 King Street, Aberdeen. By declaration in the presence of William Pirie, 10 Seafield Street, Portknockie and William Cheyne, Knock Croft, Stuartfield, Old Deer. Alexander Pirie, Fisherman (widower), 39 years, resident at 28 Seafield Street, Portknockie, Father: John Pirie, Fisherman (dec), Mother: Elizabeth Pirie M.S. Ritchie (dec). Margaret Helen Cheyne, Nurse (spinster), 35 years, resident at Knock Croft, Stuartfield, Father: William Cheyne, Draper (dec), Mother: Margaret Cheyne M.S Watson. Warrant of Sheriff substitute of Aberdeen, Kincardine and Banff dated 13th September 1923. Registered 1923 September 17th at Aberdeen. T W Whitchell Assistant Registrar. Extracted from The Register Book of Marriages for the District of St. Nicolas in the Burgh of Aberdeen this 20th day of September 1923."
  9. [S5903] Viola Harwell Cheyne née Sim, Register of Deaths in the District of Old Deer in the County of Aberdeen, "Viola Harwell Cheyne, (Married to William Watson Cheyne), Farmer, died 1954, November First 7h 30m A.M. at Knock Croft, Old Deer, Female, 68 years. Father: George Sim, Draper (Deceased), Mother: Margaret Jane Sim M.S. McDonald (Deceased). Cause of death: Coronary Thrombosis, 1 month 12 days, As Cert. by Andrew Dickson M.B. Ch.B. Informant: William W Cheyne, Widower, Present. Registered: 1954, November 1st at Old Deer, Helen G. Horne, Registrar."
  10. [S700] William Watson Cheyne, Death index entry, "Deaths Registered in January, February and March 1971, Cheyne, William Watson, Date of Birth: 05 Oc 1886, District: Kettering, Vol: 3c Page 1577."