John Findlay was born on 28 November 1893 in the village of Kirkton, East Kilbride. He was the fourth child of Charles and Henrietta (Riddell) Findlay. In 1901 he was living with his family on Strathaven Road in the village of East Kilbride and in 1911 at 10 Main Street.
Some time after 1916, he was drafted as a private in the 1/5 Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry. The regiment was part of the 157th Brigade, 52nd (Lowland) Division during the Great War. The division served in Gallipoli, Palestine, and France, but we do not know exactly when John Findlay was called to serve.
We do know he was in the military when he married Susan Dundas on 8 June 1918 at the Manse in East Kilbride. John was 24 at the time of his marriage and also worked for the parish water committee. Susan was 23 and work as a domestic servant.
John and Susan and four known children between 1919 and 1926.
John died on 17 January 1972 at the Lauriston Kirkliston Homes in Queensferry, West Lothian. He was 78 years old and he died of lung cancer. His wife lived until 1994.
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Findlay, Charles (Census 1901 643/00 002/00 009)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: East Kilbride; ED: 2; Page: 9; Line: 6; Roll: CSSCT1901_262
1911 Scotland Census 02/04/1911 Findlay, Henrietta (Census 1911 643/00 002/00 014)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1893 Findlay, John (Statutory Births 643/00 0117)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1918 Findlay, John R - Dundas, Susan (Statutory Marriages 643/00 0003)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, Extract of an entry from the Register of Deaths in Scotland 651471 CE
Thompson, R. R. The Fifty-Second (Lowland) Division 1914-1918, (Glasgow:MacLehose, Jackson & Company, 1923)