Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Lieutenant John Watson McCash, 6th Battalion, the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), attached to 3 Squadron, the Royal Flying Corps, was posted as missing, presumed killed, during a flight over France.
Lieutenant McCash was educated at Clifton Bank School, St. Andrew’s, and St. Andrew’s University. He studied civil engineering and gained a position with the Caledonian Railway Company in Perth. At the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted in the Scottish Horse and achieved the rank of corporal before being commissioned into the Black Watch and then attached to the Royal Flying Corps.
On the day of his death he was known to have been on a flight over France and presumed killed. His body was not recovered and he is remembered on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, as well as on the war memorial at the parish church in Tibbermore, Perthshire, and the Book of Remembrance in St. Andrew’s University.
John, from Perth, was 24 years old.