On 19 August 1919 Pipe Corporal John Murray Matheson died at Johannesburg, South Africa from phthisis and cardiac failure.
The son of William Matheson and Annie née Murray, Bardachan, West Langwell, John had served in 2nd Bttn Seaforth Highlanders and 1st Scottish Horse during the Boer War and was discharged in South Africa in 1907. John’s brother, Wattie (Lance Sergeant Walter Matheson) had also served in the Boer War and had died of enteric fever in 1902.
John had formerly been with the Transvaal Scottish and subsequently with the 4th (South African Scottish) Regiment, South African Infantry (regimental number 5790). He is remembered on Rogart’s war memorial, at Johannesburg’s Brixton Cemetery and on his family’s grave in Rogart’s new cemetery.
The picture shows the two brothers – John and Walter Matheson, piping, whilst father looks on.