Scotland (North) Branch

Centenary Project

1918

 

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265780, Private, William Guthrie, 6th Gordon Highlanders, was born in Portsoy in November, 1896, and enlisted in October, 1914. He served on the Western Front from December, 1915, and was wounded at Ypres in September, 1917. He died in Frensham Military Hospital, Farnham, Surrey, on 12 January, 1918, and is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

12372, Private, John Mackay, Scots Guards, was born in Keith in May, 1884. He had served overseas with the Scots Guards since May, 1915, but was later discharged and was awarded the Silver War Badge in May, 1917. He died in Inverness of tuberculosis on 17 January, 1918, and is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

18963/DA, Deck Hand, John Reid, Royal Naval Reserve, was born at Sunnyside, Portgordon, on 26 August, 1899. An apprentice at Elgin solicitors, Hamilton & Reid, he joined the Royal Naval Reserve, but died on 18 January, 1918, in the Naval Hospital, Plymouth, just three weeks after commencement of his training. He is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.

K/47297, Stoker 2nd Class, John Newlands, Royal Navy, was born in November, 1899, at Whiterashes, Keith. He is shown on records as serving on HMS Victory, but this name was used for a number of shore establishments during WW1. He died of emphysema on 20 January, 1918, and is buried in Keith (Old) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

10938/DA, Able Seaman, John Coull, Royal Naval Reserve. John Coull was born in Portgordon in April, 1898, and enlisted under-age in September, 1914, into the Royal Naval Division and was twice wounded at Gallipoli. Transferred to the RNR in April, 1916, he served on HM Trawler Clover Bank and was killed by enemy action off Dover on 15 February, 1918. He is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Catherine Hepburn.

44281, Private, Peter McDonald, 54th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, was born in Fearn, Ross-shire, in January 1875. He joined the Canadian Army in August 1915 and served on the Western Front from the following August. Suffering from myalgia in the shoulder and neck in late 1917 he was transferred to hospital the UK where he was found to be suffering from an aortic aneurism, from which he died on 13 March 1918. He is buried in Rothes Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Sandra Ross.

266036, Private, George Williamson, Seaforth Highlanders, was born at Alves in May 1896. He joined the army in December 1914 and served in France from July 1916. He was invalided back to the UK in October 1916 after having contacted pleurisy attributed to exposure to cold and wet conditions on active service, and was discharged from the army on health grounds in July 1917. He died on 19 March 1918 and is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

Captain James Smith was born in Aberdeenshire in 1865 and had joined the Seaforth Highlanders as a band boy in 1880. He had been the Sergeant Major of the Morayshire Territorials prior to his retirement in 1911. He re-joined the army in November 1914, but was discharged on health ground eight months later. He then later managed to join the Labour Corps, serving in France, but contracted trench fever and died in Netley Hospital, Southampton, on 1 April, 1918. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
29004, Private Alexander Ross, was born in Dufftown in May 1895. He later moved to Glasgow and enlisted into the Royal Scots Fusiliers in October 1916. He served in Salonika from January 1917 until mid-March 1918 when he was granted home leave, however, he fell ill and died on 11 April 1918 from malaria, black water fever and heart failure. He is buried in Mortlach Parish Churchyard, Dufftown.
The poppy cross was placed by Michael Reid.

266960, Private John Dunbar, Seaforth Highlanders, was born in Forres in July 1883. He been given temporary exemption from enlistment after the introduction of conscription at the beginning of 1916 as he had a tailoring business and also was volunteer quartermaster to the Forres VAD Hospital, but he was then called up later in the year. He served in France from mid-December 1917 and was shot in the ankle in March 1918. Evacuated back to Aberdeen he died of septicaemia on 12 April 1918. He is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

M/377421, Private Alexander Robertson, was born in Huntly in October 1897. He enlisted at the age of 17 in October 1914, but was discharged the following month. He later volunteered to work for the Red Cross in Rouen, France, until December 1917 when he returned to the UK due to health problems. He then enlisted into the Army Service Corps in Aberdeen in January 1918, serving in the south of England, but contracted meningitis and died in the Royal Herbert military Hospital, Woolwich, on 21 April 1918. He is buried in Keith (Broomhill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
2228381, Private Antonio Hebert, was born in Stottsville, Quebec, Canada, in March 1896. He joined the Canadian Forestry Corps in March 1917 and was posted to Morayshire, arriving in June 1917. In April 1918 he was reported missing from Sluie Camp, near Forres, and a court of inquiry came to the conclusion that he had deserted, however, three years later human remains were found by the River Findhorn near Logie. Evidence pointed to them belonging to Antonio Hebert and that he had committed suicide by hanging on or after 30 April 1918. He is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
Captain John Corrigall was born in April 1886, and at the outbreak of war he was working in a bank head office in Edinburgh. He mobilised as a private in the Royal Scots and went to France in 1915. He was later commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders, and was wounded on 9 April 1918, but, despite treatment in Whitworth St. Military Hospital, Manchester, he died on 8 May 1918. He is buried in Duffus Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy
Finnegan.

2626910, Private, George White, was born in London, Ontario, in April 1895. He enlisted in the Canadian Forestry Corps in October 1917 and after transfer to the UK was sent to work at the Orton lumber camp. On 14 May 1918 Private White was accidentally crushed and killed by a tree. He is buried in Rothes Old Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
265760, Private, John Gault, was born in Lossiemouth in August 1892. A marine engineer he enlisted into the Seaforth Highlanders in September 1914. He was invalided home with trench fever, but died suddenly after an operation on 17 May 1918. He is buried in the Lossiemouth Burial Ground.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
490579, Private, Robert Clark, was born at Grange, Banffshire, in June 1899. In 1918 he was serving in an agricultural company of the Labour Corps and accidentally drowned in the River Deveron on 23 May 1918. He is buried in Rothiemay Parish Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
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81595, Private, John Collins, was born in Keith in January 1879. Before the war he worked as a dispensing chemist, and he enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps in November 1915. He served in France from August 1916 but was later taken ill and returned to the UK in 1917, where he was subsequently discharged as unfit for further military service. He died in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on 29 May 1918. He is buried in Keith (Broomhill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
S/41551, Private, James Cantlie, was born at Craggan, Glenlivet, in October 1897. A farm servant he was enlisted into the Cameron Highlanders in February 1917 and went to France in the August. He was later transferred to the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, and on the night of 19 - 20 May 1918, while on working parties, they were subjected to a gas shell barrage that caused 120 casualties. James Cantlie was evacuated back to the UK for treatment at the Queen Mary Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire, but died on 30 May. He is buried in Inveravon Parish Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Brigadier (Rtd) Hughie Monro; a wreath was placed by Claire Russell, Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire and the Rev. Mary Duncanson said prayers during the ceremony.
266114, Corporal, David Dunbar, 6th Seaforth Highlanders, was born in Elgin in December 1896, and worked in the town's Commercial Bank prior to enlisting in February 1915. Serving overseas from November 1915, he was wounded on 21 March 1918 and had a leg amputated, but subsequently died in the Huddersfield War Hospital on 9 June. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.
20680/DA, Deck Hand, James Gault, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Lossiemouth in June 1900, and enlisted into the RNR in June 1918. Just a fortnight after enlisting he became seriously ill with pneumonia, and died in Haslar Hospital on 1 July 1918. He is buried in Lossiemouth Cemetery with his elder brother John (see 17 May 1918).
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

S/24605, Private, Lewis Campbell, 4th Gordon Highlanders, was born in Torry, Aberdeen, in August 1899. He enlisted into the Gordon Highlanders, but fell ill and died in hospital in Aberdeen of acute nephritis and lobar pneumonia on 4 July 1918. He is buried in Grange Old Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

Second Lieutenant Robert Duncan, Royal Air Force, was born at Blacksboat in October 1897, and joined the Royal Flying corps in June 1917 to train as a pilot. After a five-month interruption caused by a crash in January 1918 he resumed his flying but was killed in a mid-air collision on 16 July 1918. He is buried in Knockando Parish Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.

S/24757, Private, William Rennie, Gordon Highlanders, was born in Fordyce in November 1899. He enlisted into the Gordon Highlanders but fell ill while training near Edinburgh and died in the city's 2nd Scottish General Hospital of meningitis on 20 July 1918.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

Second Lieutenant Murdo Fraser, Royal Air Force, was born in Stornoway in December 1893, and enlisted into the Royal Flying Corps as a mechanic. Shortly after being commissioned he died in York Military Hospital following an operation for peritonitis on 22 July 1918. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.


58988, Corporal, Robert Henderson, Royal Garrison Artillery, was born in Drybridge in October 1890. A policeman in Glasgow he enlisted into the RGA in September 1915, but was discharged on health grounds in January 1918. He died of tuberculosis and the effects of gas and wounds on 24 July 1918. He is buried in Cullen Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
110331, Flight Cadet, Duncan Garden, Royal Air Force, was born at Gollanfield in June 1899, and enlisted into the Royal Flying Corps in June 1916. While training to be a pilot he was flying an RE8 on the evening of 24 July 1918 when the aircraft suffered structural failure of the tips of both lower wings and the aircraft side-slipped and turned over out of control. He is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
S/25385, Private, Alexander Kessack, 3rd Gordon Highlanders, was born at Rathven in September 1891. Shortly after enlisting into the Gordon Highlanders he died of pneumonia on 27 July 1918 in the 1st Scottish General Hospital, Aberdeen. He is buried in Enzie (St Ninian's) Burial Ground.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

9057, Lance Corporal, James Younie, Scots Guards, was born in Findhorn in March 1887, and joined the Army in August 1914. He served in France from November 1914 until January 1916 when he was discharged on health grounds. He died of tuberculosis on 19 August 1918 and is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Sue Finnegan.
21518/DA, Deck Hand, John Thomson, Royal Naval Reserve, was born at Buckie in May 1900. He had been called up in August 1918, but he was taken ill and died two weeks later, on 2 September, at Haslar Naval Hospital, Gosport. He is buried in Buckie New Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
K/52685, Stoker 2nd Class, Ronald Barron, Royal Navy, was born in Dufftown in April 1899, his family later moving to Forres. He enlisted into the Royal Navy in July 1918, but died of pneumonia at Haslar Naval Hospital on 10 September 1918 and is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
1505, Private, William Culbard, Seaforth Highlanders, was born in New Elgin in September 1898. He enlisted into the 6th Seaforth Highlanders in December 1913 and mobilised with the battalion in August 1914. As he was underage he was discharged in July 1915, and his military records indicate that he'd suffered from debility due to exposure while with the battalion at Bedford. He subsequently died of tuberculosis on 30 September 1918 and is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
Stoker, William Geddes, Mercantile Marine Reserve, was born in Buckie in December 1901. He served on HMD Mishe Nahma, but died on 1 October 1918 on the hospital ship Soudan; at only 16 years of age he is the youngest war casualty buried in Moray. He is buried in Buckie New Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
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2204511, Private, Walter Corser, Canadian Infantry, was born in Fochabers in January 1884. A cartwright he emigrated to Canada in 1907, and later moved to California, but returned to Canada to enlist in October 1917. He suffered gunshot wounds to his head and jaw in early September 1918 and died of septicaemia in the Military Hospital, Devonport, on 3 October 1918. He is buried in Bellie Burial Ground.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
S/28707, Private, Alexander Masson, Black Watch, was born in Glasgow in February 1891, but spent much of his life with his grandparents in Hopeman and followed his grandfather in becoming a baker. He enlisted in September 1918, but died of pneumonia at Edinburgh Castle Military Hospital on 15 October 1918 before his training was complete. He is buried in Duffus Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
3313/ES, Engineman, John Thomson, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Buckie in August 1892 and joined up in May 1915. He served on HMT 'Olive' and HMS 'Pembroke' patrolling home waters, but died of influenza in Chatham Naval Hospital on 18 October 1918. He is buried in Rathven Parish Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
3210424, Private, James Smith, Canadian Infantry, was born in Buckie in March 1895, and the family later emigrated to Canada. James joined up in May 1918 and had only been in Britain a few weeks when he was taken ill and died in Bramshott Camp Hospital on 20 October 1918. He is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Derek Bird.
S/28395, Private, Andrew Brown, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was born in Newmill in March 1900 and while training at Dunbar he contracted influenza. He died in the Battery Hospital, Dunbar, on 20 October 1918 and is buried in Keith Old Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Derek Bird.
S/41097, Private, Robert Cormack, Black Watch, was born in Lossiemouth in April 1899. He had been wounded in late July 1918, but died of pneumonia in the VAD Hospital, Burton-on-Trent, on 20 October 1918. He is buried in Lossiemouth Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Derek Bird.
22770, Private, David Campbell, South African Infantry, was born in Lossiemouth in May 1880. He enlisted in South Africa to the 4th Battalion, the South African Scottish, in July 1918, but died of influenza in Woking Military Hospital on 21 October 1918. He is buried in Lossiemouth Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.

26503, Gunner, Joseph Miller (served under the surname Brown, his third Christian name), Royal Field Artillery, was born at North Shields, Northumberland, in 1890. He enlisted in September 1914 and served overseas from July 1915. He died of influenza, gastro enteritis and gas poisoning on 22 October 1918 while staying at his father-in-law's home in Buckie. He is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Sue Finnegan.
5635/DA, Deckhand, Alexander Simpson, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Lossiemouth in January 1876, and joined up in April 1915. He served on the 'Coral Hill' and 'Attentive II', but died of influenza on the hospital ship 'Liberty IV' on 28 October 1918. He is buried in Lossiemouth Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
22218/DA, Deckhand, James Coull, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Buckie in October 1900. He joined the RNR and served on the drifter 'Ray' for about four weeks before contracting influenza and dying of pneumonia at Ingham Infirmary, South Shields on 29 October 1918. He is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
4003/DA, Deckhand, Peter Gordon, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Lossiemouth in November 1898 and enlisted into the RNR in February 1915, serving on HMS Vigorous. He contracted influenza and died of pneumonia at Larne on 29 Oct 1918. He is buried in Lossiemouth Burial Ground.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
11293, Private, Leonard Grant, Gordon Highlanders & Labour Corps, was born in Elgin in July 1896. He enlisted into the 6th Gordons in October 1914, and served in England until being transferred to the Labour Corps in 1918. He was with the 454th Agricultural Company when he contracted influenza and died of pneumonia in the Turner Memorial Hospital, Keith, on 30 October 1918. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
1959/SA, Second Hand, Joseph Hendry, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Portgordon in April 1890 and served in the RNR from 1915 onwards. In May 1917 he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal when his boat was sunk in the Adriatic; he refused to leave her and spent many hours in the water before being rescued - the remainder of the crew had taken to a small boat and were captured. Later serving in home waters he was at home on leave when he contacted influenza and died of pneumonia. he is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

1787/SA, Second Hand, Peter Geddes, Royal Naval Reserve, was born at Portgordon in October 1889. He enlisted into the RNR in April 1915, but was medically discharged due to tuberculosis in December 1917. He died at Cellardyke, Fife, on 31 October 1918 from influenza and pulmonary tuberculosis. He is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Sue Finnegan.
12436, Private, John Farquhar, Gordon Highlanders, was born at Aberchirder in September 1895. He had originally enlisted into the Gordon Highlanders and did not serve overseas, but was later transferred to an Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps. He died of influenza and pneumonia at Keith Hospital on 31 October 1918. He is buried in Keith Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
     
 

 

 

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