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2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

   2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers were in Gibraltar when war broke out in August 1914. They returned to England, landing in September 1914 and joining 21st Brigade, 7th Division who were concentrating in the New Forest in Hampshire. The Division landed at Zeebrugge in the first week of October 1914, to assist in the defence of Antwerp, they arrived too late prevent the fall of the city and took up defensive positions at important bridges and junctions to aid in the retreat of the Belgian army. The 7th Division then became the first British Troops to entrench in front of Ypres, suffering extremely heavy losses in the The First Battle of Ypres. By February 1915 the Division had been reinforced to fighting strength and they were in action at The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers, The Battle of Festubert, The second action of Givenchy and The Battle of Loos. On the 19th of December 1915 the 2nd Royal Scots transferred with 21st Brigade to 30th Division. In 1916 they were in action during the Battle of the Somme, in which the Division captured Montauban. In 1917 they took part in the pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the Arras Offensive and The Battle of Pilkem Ridge. In 1918 They were in action on The Somme and in the Battles of the Lys. On the 7th of April 1918 the Battalion transferred to 120th Brigade, 40th Division and on the 26th of April moved to South African Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. they fought on the Somme, in the Battles of the Lys and The Advance in Flanders, capturing the Outtersteene Ridge and seeing action in in the Battle of Courtrai and the action of Ooteghem. On the 13th of September 1918 they transferred to 28th Brigade still with 9th (Scottish) Division. They were resting in billets at the Armistice. 9th (Scottish) Division was selected be part of the occupation force and on the 4th of December they crossed into Germany to take up a position at the Cologne brideghead on the Rhine. In late February 1919, the original units were demobilised, being replaced by others and The Division was renamed the Lowland Division.

11th Mar 1915 Intense Cold

1st Jul 1916 Thrilling Advance

1st Jul 1916 Montauban Captured

23rd Apr 1917 Attack made

24th Oct 1917 Attack Made

24th Aug 1918 Praise for 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers  2nd Bn., Royal Scots Fusiliers Extract from Battalion Routine Orders by Lt-Colonel J.E. Utterson-Kelso, D.S.O., M.C. dated 24th August 1918.

The Commanding Officer desires to bring to the notice of all ranks his appreciation of the gallant conduct & fine spirit shewn by 'B' Company whilst holding the line on 18th August. During the progress of a minor operation on our right flank, an exceptionally heavy enemy barrage was put down on this Coy. area & was maintained throughout the greater part of the day. The behaviour and steadiness of the Company under the barrage in which they suffered nearly 50% casualties reflect the greatest credit on itself, and also on the Battalion.

Signed: D.M. Nelson, Captain, A/Adjt. 2nd R.S. Fusiliers

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2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Binns Reginald. Pte. (d.31st Jul 1916)
  • Bonnar John. Sgt.
  • Bowman Matthew Nielson. Cpl.
  • Brown Joseph. Sgt. (d.12th Mar 1915)
  • Brown Joseph. (d.21st May 1917)
  • Brown William. Pte. (d.13th March 1915)
  • Burtenshaw Percy. Pte. (d.30th July 1916)
  • Crossan Bernard. Pte. (d.22nd March 1918)
  • Drummond James. Pte. (d.16th May 1915)
  • Duffield Charles. Cpl.
  • Eady Amos. Pte. (d.30th July 1918)
  • Geddes James. Pte. (d.27th Mar 1917)
  • Gould Albert. Pte. (d.6th May 1918)
  • Harris Arthur. Pte.
  • Harris Arthur. Pte.
  • Hodge John. Fus. (d.1st oct 1915)
  • Jenkins Walter Cecil. Pte. (d.30th June 1916)
  • Kennedy James. Pte. (d.27th Feb 1915)
  • McRobbie George. Pte. (d.9th July 1916)
  • McSherry Terence. L/Cpl. (d.30th July 1915)
  • McSherry Terence. L/Cpl. (d.30th July 1916)
  • McSherry Terence. L/Cpl. (d.30th July 1916)
  • Mellon Patrick. Pte. (d.13th March 1915)
  • Mellon Patrick P.. (d.13th Mar 1915)
  • Nicholson . George . (d.30th June 1916)
  • Skidmore DCM. William Elias. Sjt. (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Stewart Stanely. Pte. (d.29th Aug 1917)
  • Stringer Herbert. Sgt. (d.22nd Oct 1914)
  • Turnbull Andrew. Pte. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Walker Jacob. Pte. (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Walker Robert Nicol. L/Cpl. (d.30th July 1916)
  • West Robert. Pte.
  • Whitlie Peter. Pte. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Wilson Samuel. Pte. (d.31st Oct 1914)

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Pte. Bernard Crossan 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.22nd March 1918)

Bernard Crossan was killed in action on the 22nd of March 1918.



Pte. William Brown 2nd Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.13th March 1915)

William Brown was my great uncle and I only knew about him by doing family research. His story was rather sad. He had a son early on in the war but he died. He must have got leave before going over to France and his wife Dora had a baby girl who was named Williamina. William died at the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle. Unfortunately, his daughter died when she was three years of age. His wife remarried and William's direct line came to an end.

Jessie Sword


Joseph Brown 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.21st May 1917)

Joseph Brown was born in Carlisle on 17th of July 1879. He married Catherine Duff from Ayr in 1905 while stationed at Ayr Barracks with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He retired from the army, had 4 children (3 of which survived) and rejoined the Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Battalion, arriving in France in September 1914. Joseph's battalion suffered grave losses at the 1st Battle of Ypres, and Joseph was sent home with 'stress of active service' in November 1914. He was declared insane and died in Garlands Asylum, Carlisle on 21st of May 1917 aged 37.

Joseph was accepted for commemoration by the Commonwealth Grave Commission in May 2015, after the In from the cold project presented his case. A gravestone was erected in 2016, almost 99 years after his death.


L/Cpl. Terence McSherry 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th July 1916)

L/Cpl Terence McSherry was my great uncle. My father was named after him although he never met him. Terence died during the attack on Guillemont on 30th July 1916 when the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers were all but obliterated.

I am still trying to find a photograph of him.

I will be visiting Theipval & Guillemont in July 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

Terence's older brother James 7th (Leith) Battalion, The Royal Scots was killed in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster, near Gretna on 22nd May 1915 whilst enroute to fight in Gallipoli.

Both brothers were lost at the young age of 24.

Carol Nowell


L/Cpl. Terence McSherry 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th July 1916)

Terence McSherry was my Great Uncle. My Father was named after him. I do not have a photograph of Terence, although I continue my search to find one.

Terence's older brother, Pte James McSherry, 7th Battalion (Leith) died whilst enroute to Gallipoli in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster on 22nd May 1915.

Carol Nowell


Pte. Peter Whitlie 2nd Btn Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.23rd April 1917)

Peter Whitlie joined the 3rd battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers on the 26th June 1916 and then transferred on 5th October 1916 to the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was posted to France on 5th Oct 1916. Between 26th March and 14th April 1917 he was attending a course at the School of Cookery. He returned to the 2nd Battalion RSF on 15th April and was killed in action on 23rd April 1917. His name is on the missing at Arras memorial.

He was married with three young children. The youngest was born 24th April 1916. He was married at Paxton on 28th Dec 1912. The family lived at Ayton when Peter was called up. His widow was awarded a pension of 26/3 a week for herself and three children. She spent some months trying to get this. The local vicar wrote on her behalf.

Diane Taylor


L/Cpl. Terence McSherry 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th July 1915)

Terence McSherry was my great uncle, and the uncle my father Terry was named after. If anyone has a photograph of him, we would be very grateful to see it.

Terence's brother James died in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster 22nd May 1915 on his way with his unit the 1/7th Battalion (Leith) Royal Scots to serve in Gallipoli.

Carol Nowell


Pte. Robert West 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers

I don't know much about my father's time during WW1 I have his regimental numbers, he was Pte 40420 Robert West in the Royal Scots Fusiliers and 6157 in Royal Scots. He was wounded in 1917 and sent to Yeovil Hospital. Any help would be appreciated.

George West


Pte. Arthur Harris 2nd Btn. D Coy. Royal Scots Fusilliers

Arthur Harris joined 9th Service Battalion, York and Lancs Regiment in 1914 (a Battalion is a unit made up of between 800 and 1000 men). His Regimental number was 14432. His medals record card shows he entered the "Flanders theatre of war" on 27th August 1915. This is the date of his arrival in Boulogne as a soldier of the 8th and 9th Service Battalion of the Y&L's to join the 23rd Division, a new army division, the so-called "Kitchener's New Army" or "K3" as it was officially designated. His unit established itself in the area around Tilques in France and subsequently was engaged in various actions on the Western Front.

On 2nd July 1916 he was wounded in the leg by enemy machine-gun fire during the first or second day of the Battle of Albert, (the opening action in the Battle of the Somme). He was treated in the field at No 3 Casualty Clearing Station in Puchevillers, Pickardie and recuperated at No.9 Base Hospital on the racecourse at Rouen. In consequence of this and of the unit decimation and chaos of the Somme Offensive, he was transferred to D Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. This was his unit until his demobilisation at the end of the war. His Royal Scots Fusiliers service number was 43468.

His rank was Private throughout his service. His discharge documents show both of his regimental service numbers and his military occupation at discharge as “Officer’s Servant” (Batman). His military commendation says “First-class shot", a thought-provoking compliment indeed . His Lt Col’s recommendation for employment says “Smart and Intelligent”.

He was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914/15 Star. The 1914/15 Star was awarded to all who served under fire in any theatre of war against Germany between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915, except for those eligible for the 1914 Star (the so-called Mons Star, awarded to those serving under fire during The retreat from Mons - 1914). These three service medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

David Brown


Pte. Walter Cecil Jenkins 2nd Btn Scots Fusiliers (d.30th June 1916)

Walter Jenkins was born in Reigate in 1896 and was baptised on 19 July 1896 at St Phillips Church, Nutley Lane, Reigate. He was the son of Walter and Fanny Jane (nee Bryant) Jenkins. In 1901 they were living at 6 Nutley Lane Reigate, and in 1911 they had moved to Clyde Cottages, New North Road, South Park, Reigate.

Walter enlisted at Guildford Surrey into the Scots Fusilier’s 2nd Battalion, Service No 16863. He first went to France on 30 July 1915. He was killed in action on 30 July 1916, probably at the Battle of the Somme, his body was never found. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and was awarded the 1915 star, British and Victory Medals

From Surrey Mirror dated 1 June 1917: "Pte. Walter Cecil Jenkins Royal Scots Fusiliers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins of South Park, reported missing on 30 July 1916, is now reported killed on that date. He started his career at Dale’s Nursery Reigate, from whence he went to Hethersett Gardens and upper Gatton Park and later to Cobham. He made rapid advance as a gardener, and before he was 18 years of age went to a good berth in Belgium in the early part of 1914. He escaped from Belgium at Christmas in that year, after some exciting experiences, and it was with great joy to all his friends when he suddenly turned up, as nothing but one post card had been received from him since the outbreak of war. He had a fortnight’s holiday, and joined up in the Royal Scots Fusiliers. After six months training in Scotland he went to France in July 1915. Having been wounded in the ankle by Shrapnel, he was three months in hospital, and went out again in March 1916. In the following July he was in the big push, and was then as stated above reported missing. Now the news has arrived that he was killed. He was only 20 years of age, and had given promise of considerable success in life."

Jim Isard


Pte. James Drummond 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.16th May 1915)

My Great Grandfather, James Drummond, who joined the Royal Scots at 19 yrs old in 1914 and was killed in action at the Battle of Festubert France on 16 May 1915 leaving his only son William aged 4 (my grandfather) an orphan as his wife Catherine had died previously. My grandfather was left with his bloodstained and holed army paybook and some letters written by his friend J Anderson and sent to his aunt Jean who was looking after little Willie while he was away fighting for King & Country.

I include some excerpts from letters sent home. one in particular sent the day before he was killed where he mentions how lucky he is by "not stopping a bullet"

Dear Aunt and Uncle

I now take the pleasure of answering your kind and welcome letter and parcel I was very glad to receive it. Did you get the letter about Johnny Gallagher Garrety and Mather Mulhand that he has not come to this battalion he must have gone to the first battalion. You was saying I was very lucky that I have not stopped one but it will be a lucky one that will see it over. Bobby as you was telling me is he not thinking about coming out and having a shot of this ……….. as I have been holding it all the winter for Johnny G.

Dear Aunt and Uncle I will now draw this letter to a close.

From your nephew James.

With love to Willie and Aunt and Uncle God spare Big Will’s strength to work and we will do a bit for him when he gets old.

Dear Mrs Black

I now write these few lines just to let you know that your nephew James Drummond got killed in action on Sunday 16 May he did not linger long he got struck with a shell and got killed instantly. Well Mrs Black all the men of this company express their feelings of regret and all his friends and especially his little son who will be left without any parents. I buried him at the same spot where he got killed we all went through a terrible day just after he died but it will cost a few more lives yet before we beat the Germans. The sergeant of the company got his parcel and divided it among all the men as they thought there was no use sending it back.

Well Mrs Black I know it will be a hard blow to you but I had to let you know that he died fighting for his King and country and he was a good soldier. I think I will stop now as I can’t express our feelings any more. Hope you will answer this just to let me know you received it.

I remain one of his chums.

James Anderson

To Mrs Black

I received your kind and welcome letter and was glad to see by it that you received mind but was very sorry to hear you were lying ill but I hope by the time you receive this you will be alright again. I know it will be a long time before you get over it. As I told you before he died a heroes death far better than some able bodied men who I expect are still knocking about the street corners of Glasgow at the present time. But I don’t know what they would do if the Germans were coming to Britain. Well Mrs Black I am writing this letter and all the time the guns are roaring. We have just come out of the trenches for a few days rest I’ve been through a few battles myself but I have been home for a few weeks. I got wounded at the battle Aisne but if I get home again I will come through to you and let you know everything. I was making a cross for his grave but we got orders to shift I am very sorry to tell you that I did not finish it. You were asking me for his small book but we had to had it in to the Sergeant so you will get everything from Headquarters. The only thing we are frightened of now is poisonous gas they are using. Well I think I will draw to a close as I have no more to say. I hope to see you soon.

I remain yours, most sincerely.

Private J Anderson.

Xxxxx to the little boy from me

David Smith


Pte. Samuel Wilson 2nd Battallion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.31st Oct 1914)

Samuel Wilson was shot by a sniper and died on the 31st of October 1914. He was aged 28 and had served in the South African Campaign with the Highland Light Infantry. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and was the son of Alexander Wilson and the husband of Agnes Berriman Wilson, of 19 Gutries Rd., Irvine, Ayrshire.

Allan Gemmell


Fus. John Hodge 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.1st oct 1915)

John Hodge was my great uncle. I have no further information about him.

P. Mcfadzean


Pte. Andrew Turnbull 2nd Batalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.21st Mar 1918)

Andrew Turnbull was my great grandfather.`he served as a private with the Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Battalion, No. 26587. He was killed in action on 21st March 1918 at The Somme. This was the first day of the last big offensive against the Germans.

He was born in November 1876 in Glasgow and was a Plasterer by trade. He married Alexanderina McInnes in 1899. Alexanderina was from the Highlands of Scotland, they had eight children together but their youngest, Robert, died as a baby in 1914. My Grandpa, Charles Fyfe Turnbull was the second child and eldest son in the family. My Great Grandpa arrived in Boulange, December 1916 and served in France till March 1918 when he was killed in action. He is commemorated at Pozieres Cemetery, and is also named in the Roll of Honour which is kept in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. According to his Service Records, he was wounded in February 1917 and was not fit to return to the front till March 1917. He was granted a short leave to return home from 27th January to 10th February 1918. He was killed on 21st March 1918. His beloved wife, Alexanderina, lived till the age of 88.

My Great Grandpa and all soldiers suffered horrors unknown to us in the trenches of the First World War and we would not have our freedom today if it were not for them. We must never forget their sacrifice.

Lorna Sinclair


Sgt. John Bonnar 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers

Sgt. John Bonnar served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers2nd Battalion. Hewas treated at Red Gables Hospital, Bletchingly where he signed an autograph book belonging to Sister May Atkins on 12th December 1915.

Nora Pearce


Pte. Stanely Stewart 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.29th Aug 1917)

Stanely Stewart was born at Liverpool the son of Mrs. Sarah Stewart, of 12, Bentick St., Kilmarnock. He served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Battalion and was executed for desertion on 29th August 1917, aged 21. He is buried in Kemmell Chateau Military Cemetery in Belgium.

s flynn


Pte. Jacob Walker 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th Jul 1916)

Jacob Walker was the son of Alexander Walker and Jane Stoba of New Abbey in Dumfrieshire. Jacob was born in 1884. He served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers and was killed in action at the Somme on the 30th July 1916. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial.

Jacob was the brother of my husband's great grandmother. His brother Alexander, who was in the Black Watch, also died during WW1.

Dr A Brown


Pte. Albert Gould 2nd Btn Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.6th May 1918)

Nobody in my family spoke about the first world war and I only found out about my great uncle Albert Gould who enlisted in February 1915 and was wounded in the knee in February 1916. He recovered at home and then returned to the front in May 1917 and was again wounded and taken prisoner in April 1918. Albert then died on the 6th May 1918 in a German prisoner of war camp and is buried in Rue - Petillon Military Cemetery in Fleurbaix in Northern France. If anyone else has information I would very much appreciate it.

Update: More details about Albert Gould are on the Saltaire pages at

Albert Gould was the son of George Gould. George Gould was born 12 July 1857 in Suffolk. He married 14 October 1877 in Bradford Cathedral. From 1881 to 1901 they lived at 10 Waverley Street in Shipley with George working as a labourer in a chemical works. Albert, the youngest of six children, was born 1890 in Shipley. By 1911 the family lived at 2 Argyle Street in Shipley with Albert working as a bricklayer’s labourer. He played football for Shipley Celtic. Albert married Edith Midgley 25 May 1912 at St. Pauls Shipley. Edith lived at 5 Higher School Street in Saltaire.

Albert enlisted as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Royal Scot Fusiliers 26 February 1915. He was an engineer working at Crabtree Red Beck Mills in Shipley and living at 3 Rosslyn Terrace in Shipley. Albert went to the front in July 1915 and was wounded in the knee 25 February 1916. He recovered at home, which was by then 10 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. He returned to the front in May 1917, and then he was wounded and taken prisoner 10 April 1918. Albert died 6 May 1918 in a German Prison of War Camp. Albert is buried in Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery in Fleurbaix in Northern France. He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Pauls.

Joseph Cooper


Pte. Arthur Harris 2nd Battalion, D Coy Royal Scots Fusilliers

Arthur Harris joined 8th/9th Service Battalion, York and Lancs Regiment in 1914 – Regimental Number. 14432. His medal record card shows he entered the "Flanders Theatre of War" on 27th August 1915. This is the date of his arrival in Boulogne as part of the 8th and 9th Service Battalion of the Y&L's to join the 23rd Division, a division of the the so-called "New Army".

In 1916 (probably July) he was transferred to D Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers after an action on the Somme in which almost all of his original company were killed, effectively wiping-out the unit. His Royal Scots Fusiliers service number was 43468. He was wounded in action several times but along with all of his eight brothers he came home safely.

His rank was Private throughout his service. His discharge documents show both of his service numbers and his military occupation at discharge as "Officer’s Servant" (Batman). His military commendation says "First-class shot". His Lt Col’s recommendation for employment says "Smart and Intelligent".

I'm his very proud grandson. I remember him well with much love as a gentle and wise counselor whose influence on me is as strong today as it ever was.

David Brown


Cpl. Charles Duffield 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers

Charles Duffield was my Great Uncle. He served in the Great War after enlisting as a drummer boy in the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1904. At the outbreak of WW1 he was sent with his regiment in October of 1914 to Belgium. He was engaged in various bloody and important battles and at some point, which is at this time unknown as I am still researching, was wounded in combat and sent to one of the RSF training battalions after recovering. He left the army on 1/6/18 with a full honourable discharge and his Silver War Badge. He was a holder of the 1914 Star with silver rossette on the ribbon, later became known as one of The Old Contemptibles. Upon leaving the army he had been promoted to Sergeant.


Sgt. Herbert Stringer 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.22nd Oct 1914)

Herbert Stringer is a distant relative who was unfortunately killed in the early stages of the First World War in Belgium. We have inherited a number of his possessions including his "soldiers small book"; a card from Lt Colonel Walsh notifying his wife of his death, and a hand written letter from his friend in the Royal Scots Fusiliers dated 26th October 1915 (a year later?) to Mrs Stringer detailing how and where he died.Fascinating history but very sad. We also have the brass plaque from what must have been his belongings box. We know that his daughter' Lily, (who died aged approx 97 in 2005), had given his uniform and medals to a theatre.

In 2004, while Lily was still alive we went to the Menin gate, found Herbert's memorial and placed a Red Rose on it, we took a photo and gave it to Lily as she had never been able to visit. Herbert was killed in a small village called Geluveld, which we also visited while we were in Belgium. Brave men, very brave.


Pte. Patrick Mellon 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.13th March 1915)

Patrick Mellon was my Great Uncle. I have no specific information except that my Mother always kept an 'In Memoriam' card in his memory. He was 36 years old when he was killed at Neuve Chapelle. He lived in Limonds Wynd, Ayr

James Wilson


Pte. Reginald Binns 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.31st Jul 1916)

Reginald Binns was one of four children born to the Binns family, Leeds UK. All 3 brothers - Clifford, Sydney and Reginald joined up for the war through Leeds Pals, but Reggie was sent to join the Royal Scots Fusiliers. As a fast runner, he was appointed as a runner. This was a job that involved being sent to run through No Mans Land with messages to other trenches. He was inevitably killed in 1916.

Both his brothers survived and returned to Leeds after the war. Clifford married Gladys May and they had a son whom they named Reginald after the first, Clifford's brother. Tragically, aged just 19, Reginald Binns II died in Italy on 04/02/1944 whilst serving in the second world war. The first Reginald Binns is commemerated at Theipval memorial in France, whilst the second is at Casino Memoria, Italy



Pte. James Geddes 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.27th Mar 1917)

I am the only grandson of James Geddes and since my mother and uncle are now deceased I would like to find out more about him, perhaps his service record and how he died. I only know he was killed at Arras on the 27th of March 1917.

G. Mackenzie


Sjt. William Elias Skidmore DCM 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th Jul 1916)

Willia Elias Skidmore's name appears on the war memorial of Marston Montgmery church, Derbyshire and I have been asked to write a short artice on him for their parish magazine. I have gained some details, that he gained the DCM during the battle of Festubert 1915 and his date of death. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. The family kowledge is that he was killed at the battle of Guillemont, but this was of course after his date of death [30/07/1916] and I have come across mentions of the Royal Scots being engaged in the battle of Delville Wood during July, and also in Chris McCarthy's 'Day-by-day' Somme account that the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers were engaged on 30 July 'astride the Trones-Guillemont track' and ultimately 'were cut off and eventually overrun'. [p.63] This rather sounds like the place where William Skidmore met his death. Would anyone be able to shed more light on this particular action?

Simon Barber


Cpl. Matthew Nielson Bowman 2nd Btn. D Coy Royal Scots Fusiliers

Matthew Nielson Bowman of Irvine Scotland was born in 1883, was a corporal in the 2nd Battalion, Company D of the Royal Scots Fusiliers during WWI. On his arrival in France he was attached to the 9th Infantry Brigade which in turn was subordinate to the 3rd Division. He was captured by the Germans and spent time in a POW camp. The Red Cross Archives in Geneva attest that he was captured March 23, 1918 at Ham, France. He was a prisoner of war in German hands, present in the camp of Soltau coming from Aachen (according to a German list dated 23.9.1919). Family anecdotes say that he was captured when he was shot in the knee and that he was made to work in the salt mines while he was a prisoner. Like many veterans, he never liked to talk about his wartime experiences.

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