Scotland (North) Branch

Centenary Project

1917

 

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Skipper Alexander Mowat, Royal Naval Reserve, was the skipper of H.M. Drifter Ruby Gem. He suffered from cancer and following an operation he died at his home in Cullen on 16 February 1917. He was 40 years old and was buried in Cullen Cemetery.

The poppy cross was laid by Fiona Fraser.

Skipper George Anderson, Royal Naval Reserve, died when His Majesty's Drifter Campania II, was sunk with the loss of all twelve crew in a gale off St Abbs Head on 5 March, 1917. He is buried in Rathven (Hillhead) Cemetery.

The poppy cross was placed by Derek Bird.

Second Lieutenant John Leask, 56 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, was killed in an accident when flying a SE5 in bad weather near Farnborough on 26 March, 1917. He is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.

The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

Deck Hand, Alexander Petrie, Royal Naval Reserve, died as the result of an accident and was found drowned in Buckie Harbour on 3 April, 1917. He is buried in Buckie Cemetery.

The cross was placed by Catherine Hepburn.

Lieutenant, William Anderson, Seaforth Highlanders attached to the Royal Flying Corps, died as a result of illness in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 8 April, 1917. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.

The cross was placed by Catherine Hepburn.

M/299057, Private James Gill, Army Service Corps, had joined the army in February, 1917, but underwent an operation to remove his appendix a few weeks later. He did not rally after the operation and died at the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, on 24 April, 1917. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.

The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

265435, Private, Peter Mackenzie, 6th Gordon Highlanders, had served in France since February, 1915. He was wounded at the Battle of Arras, but died of his injuries in hospital in Newcastle on 27 April, 1917. He is buried in Aberlour Cemetery.

The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.

265325, Sergeant, Alexander Burnett, DCM, 6th Gordon Highlanders, had gone to France with the battalion in mid-November, 1914. He was seriously wounded during the Battle of Arras in the fighting near Fampoux on 23 April, 1917, which led to the amputation of a leg. He was hospitalised in the UK and succumbed to his injuries on 28 April, 1917. He is buried in Cullen Cemetery.

The poppy cross and family flowers were placed by Jackie Burnett, great great-niece of Alexander Burnett.
202104, Private, Robert Gordon, Gordon Highlanders, died of illness at the Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, on May 21, 1917. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
71160, Lance Corporal, George Geddes, Canadian Engineers, who died of illness at Bangour War Hospital, Linlithgow, on 17 June, 1917. He is buried in Enzie (St Ninian's Burial Ground).
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
636848, Quartermaster Sergeant, Edward McCall, Canadian Forestry Corps, who died as a result of a motorcar accident at Forres on 18 June, 1917. He is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy
Finnegan.

4510254, Lance Corporal, William Barron, Canadian Engineers, had emigrated to Canada around 1912 and joined the Canadian infantry in June, 1915, but was later transferred to the 2nd Canadian Tunnelling Company. He was severely wounded in the spine on 29 June, 1917, and was subsequently transferred to Dover for further treatment but died on 11 July, 1917. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Catherine Hepburn.
   
265125, Sergeant, Alexander Smith, 6th Seaforth Highlanders, was a pre-war Territorial and had served in France since May, 1915. He was wounded on 9 April, 1917, had a leg amputated, and was transferred to the UK for further treatment but died of blood poisoning at the Northern General Hospital, Leicester, on 23 July, 1917. He is buried in Bellie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Michael Reid.
X/319, Sapper, James Macdonald, South African Engineers. Moray born James Macdonald had emigrated to South Africa, however he returned in March, 1917, to enlist. He drowned at Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire, on 5 August, 1917.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
1164, Private, William Scott, 6th Seaforth Highlanders, was a pre-war Territorial. He served in France from May to November, 1915, before being invalided home suffering from pneumonia. Never fully recovering he was discharged from the Army in March, 1917, and died of TB in the City Hospital, Aberdeen, on 24 August, 1917.
The poppy cross was placed by Maureen Thomson.
S/40516, Private, Charles McLennan, Seaforth Highlanders. was born in Burghead in 1895 and joined the Seaforths in October, 1914. He went to France in May, 1915, and just over a year later was serving with the 2nd battalion on the Somme when he was seriously wounded in the chest and spine. Returned to the UK for treatment he was discharged from the Army a year later, but was still receiving treatment when he died of his wounds at the King George Hospital, London, on 19 September, 1917. He is buried in Burghead Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.
5947, Lance Corporal, John Brown, Royal Engineers, was born in Bishopmill, Elgin, in November, 1869. A plumber, he enlisted into the Royal Engineers in December, 1914. He died of heart disease in the military hospital Colchester on 11 October, 1917, and is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

3211/B, Leading Deckhand, Adam Main, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Lossiemouth in October, 1876. A fisherman he had served in the RNR for 21 years, and had been on HMS Canopus during the Dardanelles campaign, later transferring to minesweeping duties. He died of a cerebral thrombosis at Devonport on 22 October, 1917, and is buried in Lossiemouth Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

40860, Sergeant, James Griffin, Royal Field Artillery, was born in 1887 in Aberdeen, with the family later moving to Forres. He had enlisted into the army in 1906 and been placed on the reserve in 1912, before being re-called upon the outbreak of war. He died of gas shell wounds to the thigh in the Passmore Edward Auxiliary Hospital, London on 6 November, 1917, and he is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
2989, Private, William McDonald, Seaforth Highlanders, was born in Elgin in April 1880. A tailor, he enlisted in 1914 but was accidentally drowned at Blairgowrie on 6 November, 1917, but his body was not found until 1 January, 1918. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Maureen Thomson.

12537, Private, Alfred Witton Sharp, Gordon Highlanders, was born in Rothiemay in August 1898. It does not appear that he served overseas and died in the Military Hospital at Newhills of an infection of the neck and lungs on 10 November, 1917. He is buried in Rothiemay Parish Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

     
     
 

 

 

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