2825 PRIVATE JOSEPH DOCHERTY
1st Bn Gordon Highlanders
K.I.A. 17-4-15 Aged 21
Interred in La Laiterie Military Cemetery, Kemmel, Belgium. Plot 1, Row B, Grave 20.
Joseph Docherty was born in the Ballymoney district but full time work was hard to find at the time and William and Elizabeth decided to take the family to Scotland in an attempt to find employment. They eventually settled in the Springburn district of Glasgow. The huge ship- building yards of the Clyde provided work for many of the local population and it was probably there that William found work. At any rate the family settled in Glasgow and it was there that Joseph eventually enlisted. The 1st battalion were involved in heavy fighting in the area to the north of Kemmel in April of 1915. Kemmel is the only hill of any commendable size in the area and was of immense strategical importance. Whoever held the summit could see for miles and had a good view in all directions. Joseph was involved in very heavy fighting about a mile to the north of this hill and it was here that he was killed. His battalion were very heavily shelled in the trenches at this time and many casualties were suffered during this bombardment.