Lieutenant (Quartermaster) 3rd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
William Christie’s Army Pension Record reveal that he joined up 26 October 1914, with the Gordon Highlanders (S/6608) aged 38. He gave his his occupation as Asylum Attendant and his address as Stonehaven Kincardineshire. He was 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 148 lbs, and had blue eyes and dark brown hair. He had previously served for 4 years in the 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders. He had married Eliza M Lean in June 1906 in Edinburgh, and they had three children.
William was discharged as medically unfit at Aldershot 24 November 1914, due to “high myopia”, and was “not likely to become an efficient soldier”.
Amongst the correspondence of the Ash War Memorial committee is a letter sent in October 1921 by William Christie's wife, who lived at West View, Frimley Road, Ash Vale. "Dear Sir, I did not send my husband's name for the War memorial when I sent my small subscription as at that time I was under the impression it was only for those killed in the war. But my husband a Lt Qtr Master in the Gordon Highlanders died in hospital of disease attributable or aggravated by military service. So will you please enter his name with the rest. William Menzies Christie. I enclose 2/6 as an extra subscription."