Scotland (North) Branch

Centenary Project



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24772, Private, John Milner, King's Own Scottish Borderers, was born in Tomintoul on 16 December 1891 and later worked in the village as a carpenter / blacksmith before becoming a farm servant. He married in December 1914 and a son was born in October 1915. He served in a reserve battalion of the KOSB before transferring to the 257th Company of the Labour Corps. He died of influenza and pneumonia at home on 8 March 1920, and is buried in Tomintoul Parish Churchyard.

The poppy cross was placed by Sue Finnegan.

J/70426, Telegraphist, John Macdonald, Royal Navy, was born in Dufftown on 29 May 1900. He served as a Telegraphist on HMS Iron Duke, but appears to have been discharged, most likely due to the tuberculosis that claimed his life on 1 April 1920. He is buried in Mortlach Churchyard, Dufftown.

The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.

1042181, Private, John Macdonald, Canadian Army Medical Corps, was born at Forres on 11 December 1898, and later emigrated to Canada. He enlisted in May 1917 but does not seem to have served outside of Canada and England. He was declared fit on discharge in late 1918, but died on 13 May 1920. He is buried in Forres (Cluny Hill) Cemetery.

The poppy cross was placed by Timothy Finnegan.
S/11213, Private, John West, Cameron Highlanders, was born in Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire, on 25 May 1885, but the family later moved to Portknockie. He was working as a grocer when he enlisted into the 5th Cameron Highlanders in September 1914. He was wounded in the elbow on the first day of the Battle of Loos, 25 September 1915, and was subsequently discharged on health grounds in April 1917. He died at his parent's house in Portknockie of tuberculosis on 2 Jun 1920.

The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.

265868, Sergeant, Daniel McLeod, DCM, Seaforth Highlanders, was born in Elgin on 18 March 1885. He worked as a plasterer and having married in 1912 had a young son born in January 1914. He enlisted in 1914 and went to France with the Morayshire Seaforths on 1 May 1915, shortly after his wife had died of influenza. In May 1917 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery leading bombing parties and counter-attacks over open ground at Roeux, near Arras. After the war he lived with his mother in Elgin's High Street but died on 22 August 1920 of pernicious anaemia and cardiac failure deemed to have been contracted on service. He is buried in Elgin Cemetery.

The poppy cross was placed by Jim Kilpatrick.