IGS 1895 (2) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (5261 Pte. Fr. Pirie 1st Bn. Gord: Hrs.)
QSA (3) Elandslaagte, Defence of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek, Belfast (5261 Pte. F. Pirie, Gordon Highrs:)
KSA (2) (5261 Pte. F. Pirie. Gordon Highrs:)
Francis Pirie was born in December 1876 in the parish of St Nicholas, Aberdeen, Scotland. The 1881 census finds him living at Duncan’s Court in Aberdeen with his widowed mother and 4 brothers ages 13, 8, 3 and 1. Pirie enlisted for service with the Gordon Highlanders 11 December 1894, having previously worked as a Labourer, and having spent some time with the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He served with the first Battalion in India but when the 2nd Battalion came to replace the first he elected to remain in India. The battalion did not remain there long and were shipped to Natal in anticipation of hostilities with the Boers. Francis married Jane Slaven on Feb 24th, 1896 at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Glasgow and had two daughters and a son. (Ellen, Elizabeth and Francis).
In 1911, he joined the HLI and served in the early part of the Great War earning a 1914 trio.