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Wartime Dons
Aberdeen Football Club has a mixed history during the First and Second World Wars. The Great War saw 33 players and staff give service for their country, 8 of whom lost their lives.

The club continued to play football during the Second World War, and won the Southern League Cup, the precursor to the current League Cup, in 1946.

We hope to develop this section to document the Club's wartime history.

Wartime Roll of Honour
Wartime Roll of Honour

At the Annual General Meeting of Aberdeen Football Club on 1st August 1919, Mr Tom Duncan, Chairman, paid tribute to the thirty-three Players and Officials who gave service in the Great War, eight of whom made the supreme sacrifice. Other men who had been associated with the Club also died in that conflict, as did two others in the Second World War. They are all remembered here as members of the Aberdeen FC Roll of Honour.


World War I
John Mackay Sergeant-Major John Mackay (Aged 53)

Royal Engineers

Died of wounds, France, 21st April 1916

Director of Aberdeen FC
John MacKay Profile>>
Charles Neilson Company Sergeant-Major Charles Neilson (Aged 26)

Gordon Highlanders

Killed in action, France, 1st June 1916

1910-11 to 1911-12, Apps 8, Goals 0
Charles Neilson Profile>>
Joseph Ellis Milne Captain Joseph Ellis Milne DSO (Aged 48)

Royal Army Medical Corps

Killed in action, Belgium, 22nd February 1917

Medical Officer Aberdeen FC
Joseph Milne Profile>>
Image Unavailable Gunner John Munro (Aged 24)

Royal Field Artillery

Killed in action, France, 8th May 1917

1914-15 to 1915-16 Apps 15, Goals 0
John Munro Profile>>
Image Unavailable Lance Corporal Angus McLeod (Aged 27)

Gordon Highlanders

Presumed dead in field, France/Belgium, 16th May 1917

1913-14 to 1915-16, Apps 22, Goals 6
Angus McLeod Profile>>
Fred Watson Trimmer Frederick Watson (Aged 28)

Royal Naval Reserve, HM Drifter "Petrel"

Died 29th June 1917

1913-14, Apps 2, Goals 0
Fred Watson Profile>>
Image Unavailable Sergeant James Hadden Neilson (Aged 29)

Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Died Greece, 28th October 1917

1911-12, Apps 1, Goals 1
James Neilson Profile>>
Herbert Murray Captain Herbert Murray MC (Aged 32)

Gordon Highlanders

Killed in action, France, 20th July 1918

1908-09 to 1913-14, Apps 43, Goals 6
Herbert Murray Profile>>
Alex Halkett Gunner Alex Halkett (Aged 35)

Royal Field Artillery

Killed in action, Belgium, 22nd February 1917

1904-05 to 1908-1909, Apps 129, Goals 2. Team Captain 1907

Alex Halkett Profile>>
Andrew Hamilton Private Andrew Hamilton (Aged ?)

Gordon Highlanders

Killed in action, France, 20th July 1915

1905-06, Apps 1, Goals 0.

Andrew Hamilton Profile>>
Allan Lawrie Private Allan Lawrie (Aged 29)

Cameron Highlanders

Killed in action, France, 10th May 1915

1906-07 to 1907-08, Apps 1, Goals 0.

Allan Lawrie Profile>>
World War II
Image Unavailable Sergeant Observer George Scott (Aged c26)

Royal Air Force

Died over Tain, Rosshire 26th July 1942

1935-39, Apps 28, Goals 3
George Scott Profile>>
John Waran Campbell Flying Officer John Waran Campbell (Aged 23)

Royal Air Force

Reported missing, Andaman Islands, 24th August 1943 body not recovered

Reserve team only.
John Waran Campbell Profile>>