David Tait

Bank: The Royal Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Edinburgh Haymarket branch

Died: 11 August 1918


David Borthwick Tait was born in Cramond on 30 March 1895, the son of James Guthrie Tait, an inspector of the poor, and his wife Annie. In March 1912 he went to work for the Royal Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Edinburgh Stockbridge branch. He transferred to Edinburgh Haymarket branch in June 1913 and subsequently moved temporarily to the bank's head office in January 1916.


During the First World War Tait left the bank to join the army. By 1918 he was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). He died in France on 11 August 1918. He was 23 years old.


David Tait is commemorated on a bank war memorial at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

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Mary Tait September 25 2019 4:41PM

Many thanks for including my late father-in-law’s Uncle David in your remembrance pages.  My husband (his great-nephew, Michael Guthrie Tait) is currently taking boat, train and push-bike to his David’s war grave in Bouchoir and is expected to be there tomorrow (26th September).  It’s something he has wanted to do for some time to pay his respects.  A few years ago, I also visited the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle to see his name in the roll-book (and to pay my respects also). 

While so much time has passed, it is imperative that we never forget the great sacrifice made by these brave young people.  RIP.