Scotland (North) Branch

Centenary Project

1919

 

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37668, Private, George Miller, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), was born in November 1891 and worked as a stonemason. He served in France and has suffered from shell-shock but returned to duty. He was invalided home in November 1918 suffering from pneumonia and died on 14 January 1919 in the Northern General Hospital, Leicester. He is buried in Alves Parish Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

M2/051766, Lance Corporal, Alexander Murdoch, Army Service Corps, was born in June 1889 and worked on the family farm at Birnie. He enlisted in August 1914 and served in France from May 1915 and went to Germany with the Army of Occupation after the armistice. While travelling home on leave he contracted influenza and died on 22 January 1919, just four days after arriving at the family home. He is buried in Birnie Parish Churchyard.
The poopy cross was placed by Derek Bird.

3036/ES, Engineman, George Thomson, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Buckie in August 1894. He enlisted into the RNR in April 1915 and later served on H.M.D. Cheery. He died at Haslar Hospital, Gosport, of pneumonia following influenza on 9 February 1919. He is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Hollie Fraser.

3071/ES, Engineman, John McKenzie, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Nairn in January 1893. He enlisted in April 1916, later serving on H.M.D Cheery and he died (as did his crewmate George Thomson) of influenza at Haslar Hospital, Gosport, on 9 February 1919. He is buried in Rathven (Hillhead) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Sue Finnegan.

50451, Rifleman, Charles Grant, Rifle Brigade, was born in Elgin in October 1880, and the family later moved to Forres. He was working in London as a baker when he enlisted in May 1918 and served in France for six months before arriving back in Scotland for demobilisation. He died of pneumonia in Dunfermline on 17 February 1919. He is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.

4857/DA, Deckhand, Alexander Geddes, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Buckie in August 1894 and later became a fisherman. He joined the Royal Naval division in October 1914 and in the following January transferred to the RNR. He was demobilised in February 1919, but died of pneumonia and influenza in his Buckie home on 19 February 1919. he is buried in Buckie Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Derek Bird.

974076, Mate, Eardley Woodliffe, Mercantile Marine Reserve, was born in Alford, Lincolnshire, in 1870. Having lost his first wife in 1912 he married Jeannie Paterson in Elgin in February 1918. He served on H.M. Minesweeper 'Nile'. he died of influenza and pneumonia in the Infectious Diseases Hospital at New Spynie on 20 February 1919. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Maureen Thomson.


8002A/DA, Deckhand, James Crawford, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in Findochty in May 1895. He served on H.M. Drifter ' Bloenfontein' and on 21 February 1919 he left the vessel to visit his aunt in Fraserburgh, but never arrived. His body was found in the harbour the following day. He is buried in Rathven (Hillhead) Cemetery.

The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

263015, Private, John McGovern, Seaforth Highlanders, was born in Hawick in June 1890. He enlisted into the Seaforths in April 1916 and served in France but was later transferred to the Labour Corps. He died at Keith of pneumonia and influenza on 23 February 1919, just two days after his wife's death from the same cause. He is buried in Keith Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

987087, Fireman, James Wilson, Mercantile Marine Reserve, was born in Lossiemouth in December 1900. He enlisted at Scapa Flow in March 1917, aged 16 and served on the H.M. Drifter 'Roosevelt', but was later discharged unfit. He died of tuberculosis at the Seaforth Sanatorium, Dingwall, on 24 February 1919, and is buried in Lossiemouth Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.

6787/DA, Deck Hand, Alexander Murray, Royal Naval Reserve, was born in the parish of Rathven in August 1887 and later worked as a herring fisherman. He enlisted in May 1915. He died at sea on 25 February 1919, having apparently hung himself during a fit of depression. He is buried in Rathven Parish Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.

24079, Private, William Cameron, Highland Light Infantry, was born in Forres in June 1887. He enlisted into the Cameron Highlanders in November 1909; serving in France from February to November 1915, before being discharged at the end of his engagement. He re-enlisted into the Highland Light Infantry and served with them in Egypt and France where he was gassed. He died of influenza and pneumonia at his home in Forres on 27 February 1919. He is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

241959, Private, William Simpson, Seaforth Highlanders, was born in Garmouth in May 1895, and later worked as a farm servant and van driver. He enlisted into the local Territorials, the 6th Seaforth Highlanders in 1912 and mobilised with them upon the outbreak of war. He served in France from the autumn of 1916 and was wounded on several occasions. While serving with the 8th Seaforth in July 1918 he was badly wounded and lay on the battlefield for three days before being picked up by the Germans. Repatriated to Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, after the armistice he underwent several operations but after one to remove shrapnel from a leg bone septicaemia set in and he died on 2 March 1919. He is buried in Essil Burial Ground.
The poppy cross was placed by June Mackay.

2388, Private Thomas Robertson, Seaforth Highlanders, was born in Rothes in October 1867. He served in the Seaforth Highlanders during the 1890s, was recalled to serve during the Boer War, and re-enlisted, over-age, in September 1914. He served in the UK and was discharged due to ill health in March 1918, and died of stomach cancer on 23 March 1919. He is buried in Alves Parish Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
128271, Private, George Duncan, Machine Gun Corps, was born in Dufftown in May 1898. He enlisted into the Machine Gun Corps and served overseas, but died of illness in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on 30 March 1919. He is buried in Mortlach Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Sandra Ross.
1875, Private, William Grant, Seaforth Highlanders, was born at Hopeman in May 1888, and later worked as a forester on the Darnaway Estate. Details of his service are unknown but he appears to have only served in the UK. He died of tuberculosis on 19 April 1919, and is buried in Dyke Parish Churchyard.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.
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2nd Lieutenant, James Duncan, Tank Corps, was born at Huntly in April 1883, and later worked as a telegraphist in Shrewsbury. He appears to have first served in the ranks of the Royal Scots Fusiliers before obtaining a commission in the Tank Corps. He died at Whitechurch, Shropshire on 19 April 1919 and is buried in Mortlach Churchyard, Dufftown.
The poppy cross was placed by Fiona Fraser.
3690, Private, James Couper, London Scottish, was born in Cullen in 1892 and later worked in London as a draper. He enlisted in November 1914 and served at home until being discharged as medically unfit in May 1916. Suffering from tuberculosis he successfully fought for a pension as he felt the condition had been aggravated by a lengthy period living under canvas. He lived for almost three more years but died on 20 April 1919. He is buried in Cullen Cemetery.
The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.
       
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