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- 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)
- 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.
- Burgess Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1915)
- 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)
- 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)
- Craik William. Pte 2nd (d.13th Mar 1915)
- Duguid Peter. L/Cpl. 8/10th Btn.
- 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)
- 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.
- Hines John Cecil Newhall. CSM. 10th Btn.
- Johnstone Barclay. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
- Jones Stanley. Pte. 1st Btn.
- Kay Elias James. Pte. 9th (Pioneers) Battalion
- MacDonald . Pte.
- 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)
- 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)
- Morrison Alexander. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.4th June 1915)
- Murray Francis. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1916)
- 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)
- Richmond Malcolm R.. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.26th May 1918)
- 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.
- 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 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)
- 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.
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 HighlandersJohn 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 HighlandersCaptain 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 HighlandersMy 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
Pte. Alexander Morrison 6th Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.4th June 1915)My Dad, George Wm Morrison over the years has often spoken of an uncle he never met as this uncle, affectionately known as Sandy, went off to war and died in action as a young man about 9 years prior to Dad's birth. With age Dad speaks of all his uncles and recollects those he had fond memories as a child, teen or as a grown man. Sandy still gets honourable mention by my Dad who is 91 years of age. I have a photo of a young Gordon Highlander soldier but were unsure who he wass ...one of two possible relatives. Today I searched the Internet for uniform info and service records. So happy to find my Great Uncle Alexander Morrison. May he rest in peace knowing I admire the photo and his courage.June Morrison
Pte. MacDonald Gordon HighlandersPrivate MacDonald was a prisoner at Westerholt POW Camp, from which he escaped.
Sgt. David Hynd Hart DCM. 1st Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.2nd Mar 1916)David Hart was my mother's grandfather and was from Mossend, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was of the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, S/2506. I can see from his medal card that France was the first theatre of war served in, and he first entered on the 18th of December 1914.
David was killed in action at 22 years old on 2nd of March 1916, in 'The Actions of the Bluff' in Ypres. He was awarded the DCM for saving the life of his commanding officer. He was also awarded the 1915 star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.Lorin Freeman
Cpl. John McNeill 2nd Btn Gordon Highlanders (d.4th Oct 1917)My great-great Uncle John McNeill of Rothesay, Scotland served in the 2nd Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders from the 10th of October 1915 to his death, on the 4th of October 1917. He won three medals: the British War Medal, the Allied Victory Medal, and the 14-15 Star. He was missed greatly by his mother and father, his three brothers, and his sister. He is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.James MacConnachie
Pte. James Smith McLauchlan 44th MGC Machine Gun Corps (d.18th Aug 1916)James McLauchlan served with the 10th Gordon Highlanders and 44th MGC. He was killed in action at the Battle of Pozieres in 1916, age 24. He was formerly a coal miner at Logan's Pit in Motherwell. He left all his worldly goods to his nephew and namesake, James Smith McLauchlan Blunn age 6. He was remembered in the Motherwell Times, on the 15th of September 1916 by his sister, Mrs Sophia Blunn and also remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial.Janice Baird
Pte John "Jock" Paterson 10th Battalion Gordon Highlanders (d.25th Sep 1915)John Paterson was my maternal grandfather. He was born in Banff on 2nd October 1878, the son of James and Barbara (nee Morrison), and spent his childhood and early adulthood in the town. On his mother`s side he came from generations of farmers in Auchterless who all enjoyed longevity; his great grandmother lived to 108! He left Banff around 1900 and moved to the industrial town of Bellshill to find work and be near his brothers and sister; he began work in the mines as a coal hewer. He married Elizabeth Steele on 23rd December 1911 and they went on to have three daughters - Elizabeth, Christina (my mother) and Helen. John`s first daughter died in infancy of whooping cough and he was haunted by the sight of his baby daughter lying in her white coffin. His wife Elizabeth`s family had moved to Bellshill from their small holding near Cullybacky in County Antrim and all her brothers served in various regiments in WW1 and two survived.
John was recruited in Hamilton into the 10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, part of the 15th Scottish Division S/5531. He cut quite a dash back home in his uniform; his nephew told me that there was no finer kiltie in Bellshill! He had a premonition that he would not be returning home and said his goodbyes before leaving for France, and making provisions for the care of his wife and daughters. Sadly, this was realised. He was struck by an enemy shell on the Loos Redoubt Road on the first day of the Battle of Loos on 25 September 1915.
John`s daughter Christina married George, the son of Samuel McGarrity - another soldier in the same division lost in the same battle on the same day. Christina and George had five children and there are grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren in England and the United States of America.Georgina McGarrity
Pte. Elias James Kay 9th (Pioneers) Battalion Gordon HighlandersMy great-grandfather, Elias James Kay, was a Lancastrian working at Denny's shipyard, Dumbarton, Scotland, when he joined the Gordon Highlanders in 1914. He was allotted to 9th Battalion, which was later designated as the Pioneer Battalion. After training at Aldershot and Haslemere in Hampshire and Perham Down in Wiltshire, the battalion, as part of 15th (Scottish) Division moved to France. There Elias saw service at Loos, some of the Somme battles, Arras, Third Ypres and many others.
When the Pioneer battalions were reorganised Elias was transferred to the Division's 46th Brigade and 10th Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). It was with the Scottish Rifles that he was wounded and invalided home, never to return to combat.
His father (also Elias) had died in 1916 and of Mrs Alice Kay's three other sons who had enlisted Harold, was also invalided home in November 1916 from 1/4th Loyals. John and Albert were bothkilled on the same day the 20th of September 1917 in the 'Passchendaele' offensive (Third Ypres) serving with 1/7th King's (Liverpool) Regiment.
Elias married Alice Thompson in the last few months of 1917, perhaps when granted compassionate leave following the death of his brothers. He raised a family after the War (including my Nanna, Ena Elizabeth Kay) and served in the Admiralty Civil Police at a naval air base at Inskip during the Second World War. He had flecks of shrapnel leaving his body right up to his death in Preston in 1951. Elias was much-loved, his son Elias (known as Ellis) even inherited a love of the pipes from him.
It has been a moving and illuminating process to trace Elias's wartime service and I have recorded the story in a book: "The Road Unknown - With Private Elias Kay and 15th (Scottish) Division in the Great War."
Sgt. Alexander W. Forbes DCM. 1st Btn. Gordon HighlandersCitation of the Distinguished Conduct Medal 1914-1920, S/6948 Sgt. A.W. Forbes (Aberdeen). "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst commanding a platoon. The enemy posts in front of his platoon had not been knocked out by the artillery barrage. These he rushed at the point of the bayonet and accounted for many of the enemy. Then, with five machine guns against him and two thirds of his platoon becoming casualties, he led on through all opposition to the final objective, where he arranged his dispositions with great skill, gaining touch with the unit on his left and protecting his right flank, which remained in the air for some considerable time. (3.10.18)." I'm currently researching my grandfather's combat in WW1. I believe his DCM was from the first phase of the 1918 Battle of the Somme.Steve Forbes
Lt. James Scott MiD. 6th Btn. Gordon Highlanders (d.25th Sept 1915)James Scott's name is recorded on the Loos Memorial.Donald Scott
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History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918
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.More information on:
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