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Those known to have served with

Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Allen A.. Private 1st Battalion (d.9th Mar 1915)
  • Archibald James. Pte. 17th Btn. (d.4th Jun 1916)
  • Baird James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.11th May 1915)
  • Beaton Kenneth. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th June 1915)
  • Beattie Walter John. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.26th April 1917)
  • Begley William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st Mar 1915)
  • Bell John. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Aug 1917)
  • Bell Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Feb 1915)
  • Beresford William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.17th Feb 1915)
  • Binns Reginald. Pte. 2nd Btn. Runner (d.30th July 1916)
  • Birket Victor. Pte. 5/6th Btn. (d.16th April 1918)
  • Black Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Blackstock Duncan. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.31st June 1915)
  • Boss John William. Sgt. 42nd Battalion
  • Bouglas Andrew. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d. 26/09/1917)
  • Bourhill Robert. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.23rd Mar 1915)
  • Boyce John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.11th May 1915)
  • Boyle Allan. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st Oct 1915)
  • Brand John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.11th June 1915)
  • Bridger Bertie William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.18th Jan 1915)
  • Brown David. Pte. 17th Btn. (d.27th Aug 1918)
  • Brown George William. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.16th Apr 1918)
  • Brown George Middlemas. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • Burgess Frank. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.11th June 1915)
  • Burns John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.5th Feb 1915)
  • Cairns James Lawson. L/Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Calder Peter. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd May 1915)
  • Callister Herbert. Pte.
  • Campbell Alexander. Pte. (d.24 May 1918)
  • Campbell Donald. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.23rd May 1915)
  • Campsie William. Piper. 15th Bn. (d.19th April 1920)
  • Carmichael John. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.24th Feb 1915)
  • Caroll Thomas. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1917)
  • Carr John. A/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Carstairs George Shivas Ross. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.18th Feb 1915)
  • Chapman Cecil. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.21st Apr 1915)
  • Charles George. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th May 1915)
  • Clark John Hood. Sjt. 12th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Cleveland Joseph John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.19th May 1915)
  • Cochrane Samuel. Pte. 1st Garrison Bn. (d.29th October 1919)
  • Coles John Godfrey. 2/Lt.
  • Compton Herbert James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.18th Feb 1915)
  • Connelly John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Conroy John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.17th Apr 1915)
  • Cook James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st Feb 1915)
  • Copeland William Alan. 2nd Lt. 1st Battalion (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Cormack Kenneth. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.15th May 1915)
  • Craig Robert. Pte 1st Btn. D Coy. (d.22nd Jan 1915 )
  • Crawford David Paul. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.27th Mar 1915)
  • Crawley Arthur Edward. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Jan 1915 )
  • Cruickshank S. C.W.. Capt.
  • Dale A.. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.3rd Mar 1916)
  • Dalton Charles. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.28th June 1915)
  • Delargy Edward. Pte. 1/8th Btn. (d.6th Sep 1917)
  • Dennis Charles. L/Cpl. 1st/9th Btn (d.9th April 1917)
  • Dickerson Edward. Sgt. 1st Garrison Bn. (d.8th April 1917)
  • Dickson Charles. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.23rd Mar 1915)
  • Dillon Robert. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th June 1915)
  • Divers Hugh. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.8th June 1916)
  • Donaldson Alexander. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.10th Mar 1915)
  • Donkin Harry Semmons. Private (d.17 May 1918 )
  • Donnan George Albert. Pte. 15th Btn.(1st Edinburgh) (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Dougan William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.17th Feb 1915)
  • Dover Frank Blackburn. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.2nd Feb 1915)
  • Downie George Ure Russell. Pte. 5th Btn. (Queen's Edinburgh Rifles) (d.7th May 1915)
  • Downie John. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.1st August 1918)
  • Downs Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Feb 1915)
  • Duffy James. Pte. 1st Garrison Bn. (d.15th November 1918)
  • Dumma James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Duncan George. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th June 1915)
  • Dundas Richard Charles. Lt.Col. 11th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Dundas Richard Charles. Lt.Col. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Dunmore John Henry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.20th Apr 1915)
  • Dunsire Robert. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.30th Jan 1916)
  • Dyce William Irvine. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.18th June 1915)
  • Early Richard. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.15th May 1915)
  • Edwards George Alexander. Pte. 16th Btn.
  • Emslie William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.10th May 1915)
  • Farquharson Leslie Shaw. Capt. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Feeney Patrick. L/Sgt. 11th Btn. (d.17th October 1918)
  • Fennick James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.18th May 1915)
  • Fenwick James Douglas. Pte.
  • Finlay James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Feb 1915)
  • Finnigan James. A/LCpl. 1st Battalion (d.20th June 1915)
  • Finnigan James. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.5th Jun 1917)
  • Finnigan James. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.5th June 1917)
  • Florence Adam. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Forrester William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th Jan 1915)
  • Forster Ernest. Pte 19th Btn (d.1st Aug 1918)
  • Foxob Ernest Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th Sep 1914)
  • Fraser Evan. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd Aug 1915)
  • Frew Alexander Ramsay. Sgt. 13th Btn. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Frew Alexander Ramsay. Sgt. 13th Btn (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Gallacher John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.1st Sept 1915)
  • Gibson D.. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.24th Sep 1918)
  • Gibson Walter Young. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.20th May 1915)
  • Gillies Malcolm. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.11th Nov 1917)
  • Gledhill John Edward. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.26th Sept 1917)
  • Gourley James. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Gow William. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1917)
  • Grant Robert Alexander. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.23rd Apr 1915)
  • Halliday William. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.25th Feb 1915)
  • Hanning James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.20th Apr 1915)
  • Henderson Thomas. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Hendry Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd Apr 1915)
  • Hepburn Andrew Campbell. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.24th Apr 1915)
  • Heritage George William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Feb 1915)
  • Hermiston James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Feb 1915)
  • Higgins James. L/Cpl. 17th (Rosebery's Bantams) Battalion
  • Hill James Lawrie. L/Cpl. 13th Btn.
  • Hiney John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.27th Apr 1915)
  • Hislop William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Hobbs John. 2nd Lt. 1st Battalion (d.28th June 1915)
  • Hodgson Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th Feb 1915)
  • Hogg E.. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.16th June 1915)
  • Holdcroft Deggory. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.23th Mar 1918)
  • Holsgrove Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.10th May 1915)
  • Horner Joseph Richard. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.17th Apr 1915)
  • Howare Robert. Pte. 1st Garrison Bn. (d.2nd July 1918)
  • Hunter Daniel. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.17th Apr 1915)
  • Hunter Robert. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.23rd Mar 1915)
  • Hutchison Alexander. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.24th Apr 1915)
  • Irvine Benjamin Bichan. Colour Sgt. 9th Btn.
  • Jack Gardner. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.30th Apr 1915)
  • Jacks Robert Frater. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th Oct 1915)
  • Jay Frederick A.. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.23rd Mar 1915)
  • John Shaw. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Johnston Edward John Farquharson. Capt. 1st Battalion (d.12th Apr 1915)
  • Kelly James. Pte.
  • Keohane Daniel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.19th Jun 1915)
  • Kerr John Brodie. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1918)
  • Kerr Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th May 1915)
  • Knox Ralph. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.14th May 1915)
  • Laidlaw Arthur. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Lamb Gideon. Pte. 5/6th Btn.
  • Lambert James. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.18th Jan 1915)
  • Lamont Robert. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Lancastle William. L/Cpl 2nd Btn (d.14th Dec 1914)
  • Larkin John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Lawley T.. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.1st June 1919)
  • Leash Harold Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th May 1915)
  • Love J.. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.26th Jan 1919)
  • Machin Raymond. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th May 1915)
  • MacIver Robert Troutbeck. 2nd Lt. 1st Battalion (d.11th Sep 1915)
  • Mackay Angus. Cpl. 1/5th Btn.(Queens Edinburgh Rifles) (d.5th May 1917)
  • Mackay Angus. Cpl. 1st/5th Btn. (Queens Edinburgh Rifles) (d.5th May 1917)
  • Maddock Thomas H.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Feb 1915)
  • Main William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.26th Feb 1915)
  • Marr Archibald. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Marr George. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.26th Feb 1915)
  • Marshall Malcolm. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.20th May 1915)
  • Martin Francis. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.5th May 1915)
  • McAloon Peter. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.10th Mar 1915)
  • McBain Peter. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.10th Apr 1915)
  • McClure James. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • McDonald Edward. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • McDonald Patrick. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • McEachin William. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.4th May 1914)
  • McGachie James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.14th May 1915)
  • McGee Bernard. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.18th Jan 1915)
  • McGhee John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd Apr 1915)
  • McGow H.. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.1st June 1915)
  • McGregor David Stuart. Lt. 6th Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1918)
  • McGuire John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.30th Apr 1915)
  • McGurk James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Feb 1915)
  • McIlraith Duncan. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Mar 1915)
  • McIver Hugh. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • McLaughlin Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • McLean David Aitken. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • McLennan John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • McLoughlin John. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.7th May 1915)
  • McMillan Allan. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Feb 1915)
  • McMillan John. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.21st Apr 1915)
  • McMunigal James. Pte. 16th Btn (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • McNulty James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.15th May 1915)
  • McQueen Ronald. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st Feb 1915)
  • Melville Alexander. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.27th Mar 1915)
  • Miller Peter Stalker. 2nd Btn.
  • Milligan John Donaldson. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.21st Sep 1918)
  • Milne John. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.12th October 1917)
  • Milne William. Pte. 1st Battalion "C" Coy. (d.23rd Apr 1915)
  • Monaghan William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Mongan John James. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.27th Sept 1915)
  • Mongan John James. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.27th Sep 1915)
  • Mongan John James. Pte. 11th Btn (d.27th Sept 1915)
  • Moore Richard. Pte 19th Btn (d.18th Jun 1918)
  • Moyes William B.. Lt (d.7th Apr 1917)
  • Muir James. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.11th Nov 1917)
  • Mullen Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Mulroy Martin Andrew. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Munro Hugh. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Feb 1915)
  • Murphey William. Rflm. 5th/6th Btn. (d.7th Feb 1917)
  • Murray Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.11th May 1915)
  • Naylor Hubert Hepworth. 15th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Neil William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th May 1915)
  • Ness Richard. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Newall Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th Feb 1915)
  • Norris John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Feb 1915)
  • O'Brien James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th Jan 1915)
  • O'Hanrahan Redmond. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Feb 1915)
  • O'Neill George. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.18th Jan 1915)
  • O'Neill Patrick. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Paintin Shayler. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Payne Walter. Sgt. 11th Battalion (d.12th Mar 1916)
  • Pecker Henry Cyril. 2nd Lt. 1st Battalion (d.20th Apr 1915)
  • Pennington Davenport. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Feb 1915)
  • Pollock Peter. Cpl. 13th Btn. (d.20th August 1916)
  • Priestley Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Feb 1915)
  • Rackstraw Robert Baxter. Dvr. 6th. Reserve Battery
  • Ramsey G.. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.18th June 1919)
  • Redpath William. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.28th June 1915)
  • Reilly Patrick. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd Apr 1915)
  • Rennie Charles. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.11th Apr 1915)
  • Rennie William. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.17th Sep 1918)
  • Richardson John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th June 1915)
  • Robertson Alexander. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.31st Jan 1915)
  • Robinson Harold. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Rock Patrick Joseph. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th May 1915)
  • Rodney Wilfred David . Pte. 11th (Service) Btn. B Coy. (d.28th June 1918)
  • Rorrison John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Rosie George. L/Sgt. 7th Btn. (d.28th June 1915)
  • Ross James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.18th Feb 1915)
  • Rough William Wallace. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.2nd November, 1917)
  • Sangster David. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Feb 1915)
  • Scott Alexander. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Feb 1915)
  • Scott David Cousins. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd Apr 1915)
  • Scott Henry. Pte. 2/4th Btn.
  • Scott James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Shaw Alonza. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th May 1915)
  • Sim Andrew. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.11th Mar 1915)
  • Simmers R. W.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.19th May 1918)
  • Slattie David. 7th Btn. (d.28th Jun 1915)
  • Smith Bernard. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.19th Mar 1915)
  • Smith John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.13th October 1915)
  • Smith John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.21st June 1915)
  • Smith Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Mar 1915)
  • Smith William Thomas. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.28th Apr 1915)
  • Staples John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Feb 1915)
  • Stark Martin. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.14th May 1915)
  • Stephen George Gibson. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Feb 1915)
  • Stevenson Archibald McNaught . Pte. 4th Bn. (d.2nd November 1917)
  • Stevenson Archibald McNaught . Pte. 1/4th Bn. (d.2nd Nov 1917)
  • Stevenson Archibald McNaught . Pte. 1st Btn. (d.2nd Nov 1917)
  • Stevenson Frank. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14th January 1916)
  • Stewart Alexander Russell. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.11th Feb 1915)
  • Stewart G.. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Stewart Samuel. Private 6/7th batallion (d.23rd October 1916)
  • Stewart William Paul Sandford. Cpl. 13th Battalion (d.13th August 1916)
  • Swanney William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Sweeney W.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Nov 1915)
  • Swift John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.11th June 1915)
  • Taylor Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Feb 1915)
  • Thompson George. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Thompson James. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Tierney Patrick Michael. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1915)
  • Todman Walter. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.17th Feb 1915)
  • Tonner Peter. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th May 1915)
  • Trinder George. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.6th May 1915)
  • Wackett Henry Oscar. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Feb 1915)
  • Wadlow Alfred. Act/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.3rd May 1915)
  • Walker Joseph. L/Cpl. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Wall James Victor. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.25th Feb 1915)
  • Wallace Thomas. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Warhurst Harold Bown. Pte. 15th Service Battalion (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Watson John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th May 1915)
  • Watt James. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1916)
  • West Robert. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Williams Joseph Edwards. RSM. 1st Btn. (d.31st Jan 1916)
  • Williamson Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.30th Jan 1915)
  • Wishart W. G.. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.9th Apr 1915)
  • Wolstenholme William . Sjt. 2nd Btn.
  • Young John. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.30th Apr 1915)
  • Young N. M.. Lt. 1st Battalion (d.23rd Apr 1915)
  • Young William Clark. Pte. 2nd Batalion

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Sgt. Alexander Ramsay Frew 13th Btn. Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) (d.28th Mar 1918)

Thomas McGill Frew, who was a driver in the Army Service Corps.

Alexander Frew was my paternal grandfather's youngest brother. He was born on the 10th of January 1898 in Kinghorn, Fife, and enlisted in the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)in Kirkcaldy, Fife on the 28th of August 1915, aged 17. He was killed on the 28th of March 1918, aged 20, at the battle of Arras. He is commemorated on the Arras memorial, located in the Faubourg d'Amiens British military cemetery. I have no memory of anyone speaking of Alexander, I only found him while researching my family tree, it's sad that a lot of these hero's were never spoken about by those they left behind. I will remember him. I have no photo of Alexander, but I have one of my grandfather, Thomas McGill Frew, who was a driver in the Army Service Corps.

Sgt. Alexander Ramsay Frew served with the 13th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) during WW1 and was killed in action on the 28th March 1918 aged 20. He is commemorated on the Arras memorial, located in the Faubourg d'Amiens British military cemetery. He was the was the son of Mrs. Helen Frew, of 64, High St., Kinghorn, Fife.

Joyce Strachan




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Pte. Robert Dunsire VC 13th Btn. Royal Scots (d.30th Jan 1916)

Photos courtesy of WW1cemeteries.com

Robert Dunsire died on the 30th of January 1916, aged 24. An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29371, dated 16th Nov., 1915, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery on Hill 70 on 26th Sept., 1915. Pte. Dunsire went out under very heavy fire and rescued a wounded man from between the firing lines. Later, when another man considerably nearer the German lines was heard shouting for help, he crawled out again with utter disregard to the enemy's fire and carried him in also. Shortly afterwards the Germans attacked over this ground."

s flynn




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Pte. William Gow 13th Btn. Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) (d.29th Sep 1917)

William Gow was the eldest son of my Great Grandparents William Gow and Marion Holland. He was the eldest of 6 boys. Until the death of my Grandfather, no one knew about William. His mother suffered a stroke on hearing of his death and she died just six months later. His father William, never claimed his medals and they were returned to the War Office under Kings regulations in 1923.

William was just 16 years old when he enlisted after Kitchener's appeal for volunteers. At 17 years of age he was deployed on the Western Front in July 1915. In the Autumn he fought in the Battle of Loos over Hill 70. Moving deeper into the Somme, he fought in the battle of Flers-Courcelette and the capture of Martinpuich from the Germans in a surprise attack which rendered very few casualties and little resistance.

In 1917 his battalion played their part in the Spring Offensive, emerging from Wellington Cave tunnels in Arras heading toward Blangy in a hard fought battle which resulted in many casualties for the 13th Royal Scots. He survived this battle and little more is known except he died on 29/9/1917. Location and offensive unknown. His name is on the Faubourg D'Amiens British Military Memorial in Arras.

Somme map

Ellen Hackett




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L/Cpl. James "Dodger" Higgins 17th (Rosebery's Bantams) Battalion Royal Scots

My grandad James Higgins volunteered to fight in WW1, I don't know much about my grandfather's time in WW1 (I think he fought at the Somme) other than my mum said he sent all the money he could home to my grandmother who was expecting their first child.

One Christmas he received a letter from my granny from home in which she said she'd included a postal order for him to treat himself. He delightedly told all his mates that he'd treat them all to a drink only to find she had sent him a postal order for a shilling!! Hahaha!! He said if she'd have been standing in front of him he'd have shot her, she later told him she didn't send more incase he was dead by the time her letter arrived as she didn't want to waste good money.

During WW2 he dyed his hair (it had turned white after his time in France) forged his d.o.b and volunteered and went off to train for the barrage balloons down south, until they discovered his true age and sent him home, I think he got drunk and spilled the beans. He was a real old soldier and when I was little I loved how he would fold all my clothes and stack them up neatly on the chair every night before I went to bed.

Jeanette Burns




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Hubert Hepworth Naylor 15th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regt) (d.1st July 1916)

Hubert Naylor served with the 15th Battalion, Royal Scots and was killed on the 1st of July 1916.

Thorla Langley




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Lt William B. Moyes 20 Sqd. (d.7th Apr 1917)

Lt Moyes, a former construction engineer from Edinburgh, was killed whilst flying with Capt Mahony-Jones when their aircraft was shot down by Maximilian Muller of Jasta28 on the evening of the 7th of April 1917. The FE2d was brought down over the Front lines whilst returning from the second bombing raid of the day on Mouvaux aerodrome. The allied aircraft came under attack from a formation of Albatros scouts, Mahony-Jones turned back to assist Lt Lawson whose FE2 had been hit. Moyes and Mahony-Jones engaged the enemy allowing Lawson to land behind the British Lines.

Lt W.B.Moyes and his pilot were laid to rest in a German cemetery, after the war they were transferred to the CWGC cemetery at Bailleul.

  • Moyes had served in the ranks of the 9th and 6th Battalions of the Royal Scots before gaining a commission in the RFC, he was 24 years old.





  • 235902

    Sgt. John William "Jock" Boss MM. 42nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps

    With the outbreak of the WWI, John Boss enlisted in the Royal Scots on the 16th of December 1914, and was assigned to B Company of the 1/8th Battalion. B company was located at Tranent, and had their drill station at Ormiston. His battalion initially took up position on the Scottish coastal defences. John received his six week gunnery training at the Training Centre at Belton Park, Grantham, Lincolnshire, and served in the Machine Gun section of the 1/8th Battalion. He was then sent to France around early to mid 1915 to join up with the battalion.

    On the 24th of July 1916 John was compulsorily transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and was based temporarily for further training at the MGC base in Camiers on the northern coast of France. In early 1917, he was transferred to the 126th Brigade Machine Gun Company. On the 23rd of Feb 1918, the 126th Brigade Machine Gun Company, along with the 125th, 127th and 268th Brigade MG companies combined to form the 42nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps, attached to the 42nd Division of the British Army. Combining the machine gun companies took place to more efficiently utilise the Vickers guns and men. This allowed them to be moved quickly and placed where they were most needed, instead of remaining attached to specific brigades. It also allowed the division to develop and use sophisticated MG tactics, which became the hallmark of the MGC in 1918.

    At this point the 42nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps was about 800 strong with 64 Vickers guns. The Battalion was divided into 4 Companies (A, B C and D), with each Company consisting of several Platoons. Each Platoon contained 8 sergeants, and each sergeant led a Section. By now a Sergeant John was in D Company, which was affiliated with the 126th Infantry Brigade, and he had charge of four Vickers machine guns and 24 men.

    During 1918, Sergeant Boss with his 42nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps was heavily engaged in the battles along the Western Front. And it was near Solesmes, during the Battle of The Selle in October 1918, that She was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. His citation read:

    No. 44491 Sgt. J.W. Boss, 42nd Machine Gun Corps Awarded the Military Medal: For great gallantry and devotion to duty near Solesmes on 20th of October 1918. During the advance of his unit, one of his guns came under heavy fire with some of the team wounded. He personally mounted the gun and continued to fire until the "spare numbers came up". His magnificent conduct and gallantry during the operations have been a fine example to the men under him. Signed: A. Solly-Flood, Major General, Commanding 42nd Division.

    With shells, both explosive and gas, accompanied by strafing machine gun fire from the German 25th Division. The decision had been made for a surprise night attack by the Third Army, at 2am on the morning of the 20th of October. However, before it could make the all-important thrust forward, the 42nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps and 42nd Division were tasked with the operation to push the allied line to the west, beyond the River Selle. It was during this action that his bravery won him the Military Medal.

    The section of the Selle that the Third Army had to contend with was more difficult terrain than that further north and south, and heavily defended. The river was about 30feet wide and 6-8feet deep and all bridges had been destroyed, making advance of the Third Army impossible. Along the eastern side of the Selle was a railway embankment with branch lines forming an elongated triangular plateau, an ideal defensive position where numerous German machine gun posts had dug in. Above that was a very steep ridge providing the German 25th Division with the high ground covering the north, south and west.

    On the evening of the 19th of October, D Company along with the 126th Infantry Brigade, moved into assembly positions west of the Selle River. The situation of the front during the day was relatively normal, with hostile artillery and machine gun activity. At 2am on the 20th of October, the offensive resumed. Conditions were dark with heavy rain and the slopes on the eastern side of the river muddy and slippery. The 42nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps was crucial in providing a barrage for the assault, as well as moving forward with the 42nd Division across the Selle. C company along with the Auckland NZ MG company provided the machine gun barrage cover for the 126th Infantry Brigade who, along with A and D companies of the 42nd Battalion MGC, pushed across the Selle River. Intense fire from enemy machine guns could be seen raining down onto the river while John in D company and A company carried their Vickers across with pack animals. Once the plateau was taken, both companies set up their HQs in the railway cutting. A and D companies proceeded to attack the ridge. During this operation they encountered hostile patrols, dug-in infantry and machine gun posts. Once the ridge and high ground to the east had been secured, A and D companies dug in to defend their position. From their positions, during the morning in very dull conditions with fine rain, they provided the barrage cover for the 127th Infantry Brigade, who pushed forward and leapfrogged the 126th Infantry Brigade. During this assault they fired 57,000 rounds fired from their Vickers. At around 13.00hrs, D company consolidated their position and A company took up fresh positions to protect the right flank, owing to the neighboring Division to the right of the 42nd Division not having been able to take the high ground. Later that afternoon, A and D companies provided barrage cover when the neighboring division re-attacked with the assistance of the 127th Infantry Brigade to gain and secure the high ground on the right flank.

    The official war diaries of the 42nd Battalion MGC states "Throughout the day hostile artillery and MGs displayed great activity. The whole area was consistently shelled". The assault by the 42nd Division on the 20th of October paved the way for heavy artillery to be brought forward ready for the final assault on the 23rd October, through the town of Solesmes and onto Maubeuge.

    John Boss survived the war, and soon afterwards immigrated to Mildura in Victoria, Australia. With the outbreak of WWII he enlisted in the Australian Army, served as a machine gun trainer and attained the rank of Warrant Officer II. He died in Mildura in 1975.

    Sergeants of the 42nd Batallion MGC. John William Boss is second from the right, back row.

    Wal Collins




    235475

    Pte. George Alexander Edwards 16th Btn. Royal Scots

    George Edwards served with the 16th Royal Scots. After the war he and his wife ran a grocery business in Downfield and was an active member of the local golf club.

    Scott Chambers




    235335

    Pte. Hugh Divers 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Scots (d.8th June 1916)

    Private Divers was buried in the Troodos Military Cemetery in Cyprus, Grave 62.

    S Flynn




    235308

    Pte. Robert Howare 1st Garrison Bn. Royal Scots (d.2nd July 1918)

    Robert Howare was buried in the Nicosia British Cemetery in Cyprus, Grave 2.

    S Flynn




    235296

    Pte. William Rennie 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Scots (d.17th Sep 1918)

    William Rennie was buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus.

    s flynn




    235295

    Pte. G. Ramsey 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Scots (d.18th June 1919)

    Private Ramsey was buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus.

    s flynn




    235293

    Pte. William McEachin 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Scots (d.4th May 1914)

    William McEachin was buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus.

    s flynn




    235292

    Pte. James Muir 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Scots (d.11th Nov 1917)

    James Muir was buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus.

    s flynn




    235290

    Pte. J. Love 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Scots (d.26th Jan 1919)

    Private Love was buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus.

    s flynn




    235276

    Pte. T. Lawley 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Scots (d.1st June 1919)

    Private T. Lawley was 44 when he died and is buried in the Famagusta Militay Cemetery in Cyprus.

    s flynn




    235275

    Pte. Malcolm Gillies 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Scots (d.11th Nov 1917)

    Malcolm Gillies was buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus.

    s flynn




    235273

    Pte. James Duffy 1st Garrison Bn. Royal Scots (d.15th November 1918)

    James Duffy was buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus, Grave 11.

    s flynn




    235272

    Sgt. Edward Dickerson 1st Garrison Bn. Royal Scots (d.8th April 1917)

    Edward Dickerson was the Son of G. and B. Dickinson, of Bowness-on-Windermere; husband of Mary Dickinson, of Marlors, Arundel Avenue, Bispham, Blackpool.

    He was 35 when he died and is buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus, Grave 6.

    s flynn




    235232

    Pte. Samuel Cochrane 1st Garrison Bn. Royal Scots (d.29th October 1919)

    Private Cochrane was buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus, Grave 12.

    s flynn




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    History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918

    F.W. Bewsher


    The Highland Division was one of the pre-war Territorial divisions. Its HQ was in Perth with brigade HQs in Aberdeen, Inverness and Stirling. On mobilization the division moved down to its war station in Bedford where it remained, carrying out training till embarking for France in May 1915. During this period six of its battalions were sent to France, three in November 1914 and three in the following March, replaced by two Highland battalions and a brigade of four Lancashire battalions; it is not clear whether the latter were required to wear kilts. They were transferred to the 55th (West Lancashire) Division when that division reformed in France in January 1916 and were replaced, appropriately, by Scottish battalions. It was in May 1915, just as the division arrived in France, that it was designated 51st and the brigades 152nd, 153rd and 154th; by the end of the war the 51st (Highland) Division had become one of the best known divisions in the BEF.
    Somewhere in Blood Soaked France

    Alasdair Sutherland


    This book follows the life of a crofters son from the Highlands of Scotland to Edinburgh and beyond and is a very rare example of a Brave man who secretely kept a diary during his military service from the Campaigns in Dardenelles, Egypt, the Somme, Ypres and every other battle he fought in, most not as memorable and probably long forgotten but every bit as Bloody. Angus's diary gives a modest and unique version of events he lived through and also the horrific conditions which he had to face on a daily basis. The author Alasdair Sutherland paints a bigger picture of what really took place on those diary entry dates looking back in time to the battlefields filling in the detail and giving the diary more depth and perspective. This is a unique story brought to life by a very knowledgeable author who researched the subject in great detail.
    Somewhere in Blood Soaked France

    Alasdair Sutherland


    From the heat and dust of the Dardanelles to the mud of the Western Front, Corporal Angus Mackay had one constant companion, his diary. He wrote of the battles and campaigns he fought in, names that would go down in history: Gallipoli, the Somme, Ypres and Arras. Serving in the the 1st/5th Battalion (Queens Edinburgh Rifles) Royal Scots and later the 88th Brigade Machine Gun Corps, he left a record of one man's extraordinary and tragic war. In Somewhere in Blood Soaked France, Alasdair Sutherland reveals this previously unpublished account of the First World War, complete with historical context, orders of battle and extracts from official war diaries. This rare source - it was an offence to keep a record in a case of capture - offers a stirring insight into the bravery of Mackay and his companions, who were not afraid to die for their country. 'If I go under it will be in a good cause, so roll on the adventure.'




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