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Those known to have served with

Gordon Highlanders

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Alderman Percy Robert. Pte. 51st Btn.
  • Alexander Edward Lyon. Pte. 5th Battalion (Buchan & Formartin),D Company
  • Angus Henry. Pte. 1st/7th Btn. (d.13th June 1916)
  • Barr David. 2nd Lt. 12th Btn
  • Blackmore Arthur James Cyril. Pte 1st/6th (d.29th May 1915)
  • Booth Cecil Richard. 2nd Lt. 1st Battalion, A Company. (d.21st March 1916)
  • Brooke James Anson Otho. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.29th Oct 1914)
  • Bruce John Robert. Capt. 2nd Btn.
  • Bruce Robert. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Burgess Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Burgess Robert. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Carnegie James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Sept 1917)
  • Carrick John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Cassie Omond Stewart. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.13th May 1917)
  • Cassie William. Pte. (d.13th November 1916)
  • Cleary Peter Flemming. Pte. Highland Light Infantry
  • Coles Herbert Thorwald. 2/Lt.
  • Coles John Godfrey. 2/Lt.
  • Cowie Walter James. Pte. 1st Bat. B Co. (d.23rd Aug 1916)
  • Craigmile Francis. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Craigmile James. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Craik William. Pte 2nd (d.13th Mar 1915)
  • Davion Henry. WO1 (RSM) 2nd Battalion
  • Dawson William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.8th Apr 1917)
  • Dooner Patrick. L/Cpl
  • Duguid Peter. L/Cpl. 8/10th Btn.
  • Duncan J. Cpl. 1st Btn., Attchd. 40th Trench Mortar Bty. (d.13th Sep 1915)
  • Easton William. Pte. 8th/10th Btn. (d.4th Jul 1916)
  • Finlayson Robert Watson Golan. Pte. 1st Btn (d.29th Aug 1918)
  • Forbes Alexander W.. Sgt. 1st Btn.
  • Forbes-Sempill Robert Abercromby. Lt. 5th Battalion (d.2nd Jun 1915)
  • Gillespie Peter. L/Cpl. 9th Service Battalion (d.24th March 1918)
  • Gordon Albert. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.10th Aug 1915)
  • Gove Andrew. Pte. 7th. Bn "C" Coy. (d.14th Nov 1916)
  • Grant Alexander John. Pte. 6th Btn. B Company
  • Grant Charles. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.5th June 1916)
  • Grant Francis Morrison. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd April 1915)
  • Hardie George. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.14th Dec 1914)
  • Hart David Hynd. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.2nd Mar 1916)
  • Hay William. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.14th Dec 1914)
  • Henderson John. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.19th July 1918)
  • Heron George. CCpl. 2/5th Battallion (d.20 November 1917)
  • Heron Lewis. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Heywood John Charles. Pte. 9th (Pioneers) Btn. G Coy. (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Hines John Cecil Newhall. CSM. 10th Btn.
  • Jackson Joseph. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Johnstone Barclay. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Jones Stanley. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Kay Elias James. Pte. 9th (Pioneers) Battalion
  • MacDonald . Pte.
  • Main Alexander. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.23rd November 1916)
  • Manson Magnus. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Martin Edward. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.29th Mar 17)
  • McDonald John Christopher. L/Cpl (d.24th Feb 1919)
  • McIntyre Sinclair. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.29th June 1917)
  • McKnight William. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.22nd July 1915)
  • McLauchlan James Smith. Pte. 44th MGC (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Mcleod James Goodall. Sgt. 5th Btn.
  • McMeeking Robert. 1st Btn.
  • McNeill John. Cpl. 2nd Btn (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • McQuillian Peter B.. Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • McRae James. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.2nd Dec 1916)
  • Michie Joseph. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.1st June 1917)
  • Morrison Alexander. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.4th June 1915)
  • Murray Francis. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1916)
  • Murray James. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Parkinson J.. Pte. 1st Btn. B Company
  • Paterson John. Pte 10th Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Pitblado Edward Stevenson. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.26th Aug 1917)
  • Radcliffe William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd September 1917)
  • Richmond Malcolm R.. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.26th May 1918)
  • Robertson David. Pte.
  • Robertson James Simpson. Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Robertson Robert. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.27th September 1915)
  • Robertson Thomas Paterson. Pte 9th Btn (d.23rd May 1916)
  • Rogers John. Lt. (d.13th June 1918)
  • Ross James Milne. Sgt. 6th Btn.
  • Ryrie David Ross. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.28th Aug 1916)
  • Scott James. Lt. 6th Btn. (d.25th Sept 1915)
  • Scott Joseph McKnight. Private 6th Battalion (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Slorach James. Pte. 1st/4th Battalion
  • Smith Albert Duncan. Pte. 8th/10th Btn. (d.1st August 1917)
  • Smith Leonard Francis. 1st/6th Bn. (d.12th Apr 1917)
  • Stephens George. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Stevenson William. Sgt. 1st Btn (d.2nd Mar 1916)
  • Taylor Peter. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.3rd March 1917)
  • Ward Thomas. Pte. 8th/10th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1917)
  • Webster Alexander. L/Cpl. (d.24th July 1916)
  • Westhorp Robert. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.29th August 1916)
  • Wightman Archie. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.28th June 1917)
  • Young Thomas.

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Sgt. William "Willie" Stevenson 1st Btn Gordon Highlanders (d.2nd Mar 1916)

My grandfather, William Stevenson was born in Middlesbrough. He joined the Police Force in 1907. He and my grandmother were married in 1910 and lived in South Hetton, Durham. They had three children, the eldest being my mother. William travelled to Sunderland where he enlisted on 22nd March 1915; he resigned from the Police the following day. His war records, though badly burnt, have provided a few details.

He embarked at Southampton 29th April that year and joined the Battalion on 1st May. He was promoted to Corporal then Sergeant in September, 1915. He went on leave to the UK from 2nd to 10th January, 1916.

According to a war diary on the Gordon Highlanders website an assault began in the Reninghelst area at 4.30am on 2nd March, 1916. Witnesses, L/C Hughes and Pte Ledlingham, told of my grandfather being wounded in a Bombing Post which was subsequently blown up. About a week later, while trench clearing, his body was found and reburied.

My grandmother was awarded a pension of 21/6d per week for herself and the three children with effect from 25th September, 1916. My grandfather's body was found again and reburied in trenches south of Verbrande Molen. However, it wasn't until some time between 1924 and 1928 that his body was discovered once more and identified by a ring he was wearing. He was finally laid to rest in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery. I have visited his grave a number of times and plan to go there once more for the Armistice Centenary in November.

Patricia Galley


Pte. John Henderson 1st/4th Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.19th July 1918)

John Henderson was killed in action on the 19thof July 1918, aged 34. Buried in the Marfaux British Cemetery in France, he was the husband of Betsy Henderson and father of Janet Henderson, 2 Fleuchar Street, Dundee, Scotland. In 1915, John enlisted in the Highland Cyclist Battalion and was later transferred to the Gordons. He had been in France for 10 months.

s flynn


Pte. Edward Stevenson Pitblado 7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders (d.26th Aug 1917)

Edward Stevenson Pitbladdo 7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders died on 27th August 1917 Aged 39. He was the husband of Mary Jane Sandison Pitblado of 45 Sandport Street Leith. His name is inscribed on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.


Pte. Robert Watson Golan Finlayson 1st Btn Gordon Highlanders (d.29th Aug 1918)

Robert Finlayson joined on his 18th birthday in October 1917. He was sent to France in June 1918, was wounded August 27th and died two days later. He was the son of John and Catherine Finlayson, 5 Shore Street, Cromarty. His occupation, upon enlistment, is shown as Rivet Boy. He is buried in the Ligny-sur-Canche cemetery in France.

Sister Kathleen Flower who tended Robert prior to his death and wrote letter to his relatives.


Pte. William Easton 8th/10th Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.4th Jul 1916)

William Easton died on the 4th of July 1916, aged 20. He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France, son of Henry and Mary Easton, of 91, Albert Buildings, Burnbank, Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

s flynn


CSM. John Cecil Newhall Hines MC DCM MM. 10th Btn. Gordon Highlanders

John Hines served with the 10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders during WW1.

David Collin


Pte. Edward Martin 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders (d.29th Mar 17)

This young soldier, resplendent in the smart uniform of the illustrious Gordon Highlanders, is my great uncle, Private Edward Martin, a working lad from Longton, Staffordshire. At the age of just 19 he died on the killing fields near Arras, on the 29th March 1917.

After 97 years, I was the first in his family to be able to see where he lies. I travelled in the anniversary year of 2014 to pay my respects on behalf of us all, and to say Thank You on behalf of the nation. How blind we are to our great good fortune, in living our lives in this country and in these times.

Julia Callaghan


Pte. Charles Grant 1st/4th Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.5th June 1916)

Charles Grant was killed in action on the 5th of June 1916, aged 25. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of John and Mary Grant, of 62 Gordon St., Aberdeen.

s flynn


Capt. John Robert Bruce 2nd Btn. Gordon Highlanders

Captain John R Bruce served in the Second Battalion, Gordon Highlanders during WW1.

Sue Horn


Capt. James Anson Otho Brooke VC. 2nd Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.29th Oct 1914)

James Brooke was killed in action on 29th of October 1914, aged 30 and isburied in the Zandvoorde British Cemetery in Belgium. He was the son of Sir Harry Vesey Brooke, K.B.E., and Lady Brooke, of Fairley, Countesswells, Aberdeenshire. Awarded the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 16th Feb., 1915, records the following:- "For conspicuous bravery and great ability near Gheluvelt on the 29th October, in leading two attacks on the German trenches under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, regaining a lost trench at a very critical moment. He was killed on that day. By his marked coolness and promptitude on this occasion Lieutenant Brooke prevented the enemy from breaking through our line, at a time when a general counter-attack could not have been organised."

s flynn


Pte. Stanley Jones 1st Btn. Gordon Highlanders

My husband's father Stanley Jones was born in the parish of Mynyddislwyn, Monmouthshire, Wales, in 1895. Stanley travelled all the way to Perth to join the Gordon Highlanders on 4th August, 1914. Unfortunately his records were lost in the "burnt papers" but we have pieced together his records as far as we can. Stanley was in the Battle of Loos, September 1915 - 13 months in line. Battle of the Somme July 1916 - 7 months in the line. Battle of Arras April 1917v- 5 months in the line - Battle of Paschendele October 4th - November 27th 1917. Stanley was shot and gassed in 1917 and he was sent home to Perth in Scotland then to the hospital in Cardiff.

Recently going through his papers we found a faded photograph of a Gordon Highlander, on the back is written James Carnegie (Barry Carnoustie). This gentleman appeared to have been a great friend of his. Researching on the internet we have found that a James Carnegie S/17411 lst Btn. Gordon Highlanders died at the age of 22 on 26th September, 1917 and is remembered with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Stanley was in the lst Btn Gordon Highlanders (service number S/6402) so we think we have found the young James Carnegie in the picture lovingly kept by Stanley in his precious papers of the Great War.

If anyone of James's family would like to get in touch we would be so happy to hear from them.

Irene Jones


WO1 (RSM) Henry Davion MC MM 2nd Battalion Scots Guards

My grandfather, Henry Davison, served in WW1 as did his 3 brothers, William, Alfred George and Frank. Henry enlisted into 2nd Battalion Scots Guards in 1905 and completed various courses including a Physical Training course from which he was attached to the Lincolnshire Regiment as a PT Instructor (L/Sgt).

He returned to the Guards before leaving UK for France in June 1915. He fought at the Battle of Loos winning the Military Medal. Very soon after this he took over as RSM of this battalion. In the New Year honours list he was awarded the Military Cross.

On 17th January 1917 he took over as RSM of 6/7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders. He continued to serve with the Gordons eventually serving as depot RSM from where he retired in 1926 and returned to Faversham.

Whilst researching our family history I noted that he had been married and divorced in August 1918. Whilst going through his regiments war record it states that in August 1918 the 'RSM on leave'.

After the war ended he took over as RSM of 2nd Battalion Gordons and was based in Glasgow where he married my grandmother whose husband had been KIA whilst serving with the Argyles. It was after this that he was posted to the depot who were based in Aberdeen and this is where my father was born. After he retired the family moved back to Faversham. During the 2nd WW he was the Chief Air Raid warden in Faversham.

He passed away in September 1953 just as I was starting school, my other grandfather passed away on Boxing day the same year.

Ian Davison


Pte. Robert Bruce 1st Btn. Gordon Highlanders

My great uncle Robert Bruce served in WW1. He was a prisoner of war for two and a half years. I don't have much more information on this but I do have his letters from the War office.

Jackie Dixon


Pte. John Charles Heywood 9th (Pioneers) Btn. G Coy. Gordon Highlanders (d.26th Sep 1915)

John Charles Heywood's Battalion, the 9th Pioneer Gordon Highlanders, assisted the Cameron Highlanders in capturing Hill 70 on 26th September before having to withdraw under great pressure. The Hun used artillery fire and JC's body was never found. RIP

Denis Haslam


Pte. James Murray 8th Btn. Gordon Highlanders

James Murray died in 1922 as a result of war wounds.


Pte. William Dawson 10th Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.8th Apr 1917)

My great uncle, William Dawson was killed in action on the 8th of April 1917, at Arras. I have been collecting as much information about him as possible. Fortunately, I have the location of his grave in Faubourg D'Amiens. I will keep searching for his dog-tag and any other information.

B Dawson


Pte. Archie Wightman 9th Battalion Gordon Highlanders (d.28th June 1917)

Archie Wightman was my grandfather's brother. One of six brothers in the Army. He enlisted into the Gordon Highlanders at Berwick, Nov 1914. I have a letter written to my grandfather from Archie dated 13th of June 1917. Archie died 28th of June 1917 aged 23. He was laid to rest at Menin Road South Cemetery.

Lindsay Wightman


Pte. William Radcliffe 1st Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.23rd September 1917)

William Radcliffe was shot and suffered severe injuries. He was sent to hospital in Rouen but was unable to be returned home until August. On returning he was sent to Southampton hospital but by then he was suffering from gangrene of the lungs due to a chest wound.

His wife was informed but denied permission to visit him. Later she was sent a telegraph telling her he had died and she could now have his body to return to Aberdeen. He was 31 and he left three small children. William was my great uncle and he had two other brothers who also lost their lives WWI.



Pte. Joseph Jackson 6th Btn. Gordon Highlanders

My grandad, Joseph Jackson, joined the Camerons in 1915. He went to Inverness to train, then down to Ripon and became a full booted kilted jock. He was put on draft and transferred from the 3rd Camerons to the 6th Gordons. He arrived at Delville Wood in 1916 and went through all the fighting to the end of the war. He went over the top 21 times at Beaumont Hamel rock, Arras chemical works, Ypres, Bapaume - that was just a few. "Life was no picnic, I was a signals scout with a storming division of the 51st Highland Division. We had some hectic times. After four years I was demobbed having, I must say, a charmed life. Incidentally, I got a dose of gas but I was immune from any serious injury." He led a full life and died in 1959 indirectly from the "dose of gas" sustained in the war.

Janice Coulbeck


Pte. Alexander Main 6th Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.23rd November 1916)

Private Alexander Main was killed on 23rd November 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 15B and 15C.

Neil MacLennan

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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.


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