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Cameron Highlanders (Queens Own)

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Those known to have served with

Cameron Highlanders (Queens Own)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adamson James Stark. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.23rd Nov 1917)
  • Alexander William. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Bateman Arthur Cyril. Capt. att. 7th Btn. Cameron Highlanders (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Black James. Pte. 6th Btn (d.24th April 1917)
  • Blades David. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th July 1915)
  • Blair William. Pte. 5th Btn . (d.16th Jul 1916)
  • Brown Donald Morton. Lt. 7th Btn then 1st Btn (d.17th October 1918)
  • Brown John. L/Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.26th September 1914)
  • Chalmers Ewan. L/Cpl. 7th Btn.
  • Chapman Horace J. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th May 1915)
  • Chapman Horrace John. (d.5th May 1915)
  • Christie John. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.28th Sep 1915)
  • Clark John Rattray. Sgt. 7th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Clayton James. Pte B Coy, 7th Btn (Queens Own) (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Cochrane William. Sgt. 5th Btn. (d.17th Jul 1916)
  • Cruickshank Alexander. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.14th July 1916)
  • Deary Robert R. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Doig William. Pte. 2nd Btn., A Coy.
  • Donaldson Alexander Allan. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.11th May 1915)
  • Donaldson John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.5th March 1915)
  • Douglas Dugald. Pte. (d.21st September 1917)
  • Douglas-Hamilton Angus Falcolner. Lt-Col. 6th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Douglas-Hamilton Lesley Reginald Coventry. Mjr. (d.24th Jul 1916)
  • Downie Thomas. Sgt.
  • Frew Andrew Cunninghame. Cpl. 6th Btn. C Coy. (d.30th April 1917)
  • Fyfe Alexander. Cpl.
  • Hall William. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1917)
  • Hanna Frederick George. L/Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.17th Jul 1917)
  • Harris James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.5th Nov 1914)
  • Home William. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.14th Sep 1914)
  • Jackson Joseph. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Johnstone William. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.15th Sep 1918)
  • Kennedy Roderick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.27th January 1915)
  • King John. Pte.
  • Linkston John. L/Cpl 1st Btn (Queens Own) (d.23rd Apr 1915)
  • Macdonald Donald John. Pte. (d.5th October 1915)
  • MacDonald Norman. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.2nd Jun 1916)
  • Macdonald William. Pte. 5th Btn. C Coy. 12th Platoon (d.14th Oct 1917)
  • Macdonald William John. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Macdonald-Kelly Alexander. Pte. 5th battalion (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Mackie William. Cpl.
  • Mackintosh James Samuel. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • MacKintosh James Samuel. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Malpas J.. Lsgt. 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion
  • Marr Hugh. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • McCann Reginald Francis. L/Sgt. 2nd Battalion
  • McLintic Francis Thomas. QMS.
  • Mercer George. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th December 1916)
  • Miles Charles. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Miles Charles. Private 5th Battalion (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Millar Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.26th Mar 1915)
  • Millar Robert. Pte. 1st btn. (d.26th March 1915)
  • Miller James. Pte. 3rd Btn. A Company
  • Milne Charles William. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Mitchell Charles. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Montgomery Alexander.
  • Morrison Alexander. Capt. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Muirhead Thomas Barrie. L/Cpl. 1st Coy. (d.16th March 1917)
  • Munro George. Cpl. Trench Mortor, 5th Btn.
  • Murray Thomas Salton. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th Sept 1914)
  • Murrison William Harry. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.21st October 1918)
  • Newton Cecil. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.15th Spetember 1916)
  • Oatway William. Sgt. 5th Battalion (d.3rd Nov 1918)
  • Pender Jock. Cpl.
  • Pickard Claude. Pte,. 5th Battalion (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Pickard Claude Ernest. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Ramsay George. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.11th March 1915)
  • Reid Archibald. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915 )
  • Ridge Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Jan 1915)
  • Savage Frederick Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Scott John. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Small John. Sgt. 7th Btn.
  • Smith Alexander. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.10th Jul 1915)
  • Smith John William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.8th July 1918)
  • Snowie Hugh Alexander. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.23rd July 1918)
  • Spurr Douglas Bateman. Pte. 1/4th Battalion (d.10th March 1915)
  • Stokes Samuel Frederick Bellwood Douglas. Pte 7th Battalion (d.22nd Aug 1917)
  • Taylor Andrew Miller. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Tollerton Ross. Sgt.
  • Walker . Cpl. 1st Btn.
  • Whigham James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.11th Nov 1914)
  • Wilson Robert Sharpe. Sgt.
  • Woods Andrew. 2nd Battalion
  • Youell Stanley John. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.14th Oct 1915)
  • Young Stephen. Pte. 5th Btn (d.16th Jul 1916)

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Lt-Col. Angus Falcolner Douglas-Hamilton VC. 6th Btn. Cameron Highlanders (d.26th Sep 1915)

Whilst commanding 6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders Lt-Col. Angus Douglas-Hamilton was killed in action on the 26th of September 1915 age 52 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 18th Nov., 1915, recorded the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when commanding his battalion during operations on 25th and 26th September, 1915, on Hill 70. On the 26th, when the battalions on his right and left had retired, he rallied his own battalion again and again, and led his men forward four times. The last time he led all that remained, consisting of about fifty men, in a most gallant manner and was killed at their head. It was mainly due to his bravery, untiring energy and splendid leadership that the line at this point was enabled to check the enemy's advance."

s flynn


Pte. Thomas Salton Murray 1st Btn. Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (d.14th Sept 1914)

Pte. Thomas S. Murray, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Doing genealogy research of my mother's side of the family, I came across Pte. Thomas Salton Murray. I had already researched his brother, Cpl Andrew Murray MM, killed during the Battle of Cambrai, as my mother's middle name was Andreen to commemorate him. Both had joined the 1st Btn. The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders; Thomas in 1914 and his brother a little later.

The tragic thing is that neither body was found and therefore they did not have a grave; what this did to my great-grandmother is unimaginable. Fortunately, all seven of the other children survived. The family has a picture of each soldier and my cousin has the medals of both men.

Pte. T. S. Murray and Cpl. A. Murray

Tony Sheffield


Cpl. Andrew Cunninghame Frew 6th Btn. C Coy. Cameron Highlanders (d.30th April 1917)

Andrew Frew died on the 30th of April 1917 of gunshot wounds received on 14th of April. He was aged 21 and is buried in in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France, son of Francis Frew and Jessie Jaffray Paterson Frew. Native of Irvine, Ayrshire.

s flynn


Cpl. Jock Pender Queens own Camerion Highlanders

On the 31st July 1917, the first day of the battle of Ypres, my Father Jock Pender was repairing telephone communication cables close to Square Farm near Frezenberg, just east of Ypres with L/Cpl "Wee" Hanna. Jock was sniped and hit on the right shoulder. He fell and Wee Hanna ran over to help him, at which point Hanna was also sniped presumably by the same sniper. He fell dead on top of his friend. My Father used to tell how he lay there for hours, till darkness fell and allowed him to struggle from under Hanna's body and make his way back to his base. When Hanna was searched for later he couldn't be found, presumably buried in the Flanders mud.

Burnett Pender


Pte. John "Jock" Scott 5th Btn. Cameron Highlanders

In December 1914, five months after the start of the Great War, my grandfather, John Scott, known as Jock, volunteered for service as a private with the 5th (Service) Queens Own Cameron Highlanders a new battalion, formed as part of Kitchener's Army. He was immediately posted to Aldershot for training and was later transferred to France as part of the 26th Brigade in the 9th (Scottish) Division. He first saw action at the Battle of Ypres in April and May 1915.

Four months later, Jock was posted to Loos where he sent a postcard to his fiance, Nan Wighton, on 16th of September 1915. The words were brief and simply read: "Just a P C to let you know that I am getting on all right and keeping well. Hope this finds you keeping well. Jock"

Following the commencement of the Battle of Loos on 25th of September 1915, the 5th Camerons were heavily involved in the early fighting, particularly in the assault on Hohenzollern Redoubt. However, the attack went badly wrong and they suffered horrific casualties. Jock was hit in the leg by a large piece of shrapnel and had to crawl over a mile back to the allied lines. However, he would later say that he was one of the lucky ones, since many of his friends and comrades either didn't survive or were maimed for life.

Following field surgery in France, Jock was returned to the United Kingdom for further treatment and recuperation at Swinton Grange Red Cross Hospital in Malton in North Yorkshire. After he was wounded, Jock was no longer fit for combat duties but his war was not over. He was assigned to the Cameron Labour Corps, which carried out a whole range of defence works duties in the UK and in overseas theatres, especially in France and Flanders.

John Scott (Front Centre) at Swinton Grange Red Cross Hospital, Malton in 1916

Postcard from John Scott 16 September 1915

Text of postcard from John Scott to his fiance

Bill Scott


L/Sgt. Reginald Francis McCann MiD. 2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders

Reginald McCann enlisted in 1908 and served with the 2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders in India and China 1909-1914 and was in India when World War One broke out, stationed at Poona, India. The Battalion, embarked for England from Bombay on the 16th of October 1914 arriving at Devonport, Plymouth and then moved to Winchester joining the 81st Brigade of the 27th Division. On the 20th of December 1914 they landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including The action of St Eloi during The Second Battle of Ypres. On the 29th of November 1915 they embarked for Salonika from Marseilles and engaged in various actions against the Bulgarian Army including The capture of Karajakois, The capture of Yenikoi, The Battle of Tumbitza Farm, The capture of Homondos, The capture of the Roche Noir Salient, The passage of the Vardar river and The pursuit to the Strumica valley. They ended the war at Izlis N.W. of Doiran, Macedonia.

In 1919 Regimald enrolled in Nottingham into a unit formed to clean up the Western Front and moved to Australia in 1921.

Kelvin McCann


L/Sgt. John Brown 2nd Btn. Cameron Highlanders (d.26th September 1914)

Lance Serjeant Brown was 27 when he died and is buried in the Igatpuri Cemetery in India, Grave 87.

s flynn


Pte. William Doig 2nd Btn., A Coy. Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

William Doig served with 2nd Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.

Laura Ashby


Pte. Alexander Macdonald-Kelly 5th battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (d.12th Oct 1917)

My great uncle, Alexander Macdonald, was 17 years old when he joined the Army. He had tried when he was only 16 years old, but his mother found out and he had to wait until he was 17.

Alexander was born at Culloden Ross & Cromarty, he was one of twelve children. His parents were Hector Macdonald of Skye & Christina MacRae. Alexander left many memories his time in service and we have many photographs of him alone and also with his unit during his years from 1913 to 1917. One comment on a photo with his unit " Aye smiling"

First he joined the Lord Lovat Scouts, then transferred to the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. He was called Sandy by his family. His brother Kenneth also died in 1917 from war wounds, at least his mother was able to say goodbye to Kenneth, he was her first born child. He was 25 and married. His daughter, Ivy, was born three months after his death. Alexander was one of 200 men who died on that dreadful day at Passchendaele, Belgium on 12th of October 1917. His name appears in the Roll of Honour page 543 at the Cameron Highlanders Museum. Alexander is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial Cemetery, the largest War Cemetery in the world, where almost 12,000 souls are buried.

Alexander was 21 years old when he died, he was greatly loved by his family, his many photographs, in particular, the one on his horse was on display in his parents home alongside one of his brother Kenneth, for future generations to admire and give eternal thanks to their sons and the many many brave men & women who gave their lives, to enable us to have the freedom we have today.

Their memories will live on forever. I have inherited all the photographs, my cousin has his medals

Flora Macdonald Kelly


Pte. Frederick Thomas Savage 2nd Btn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Frederick Savage served in Malta until the outbreak of WWI. He was brought home and sent to the front with the British Expeditionary Force. He was gassed near Bethune and spent the remainder of the war in hospital.


Pte. Horace J Chapman 2nd Btn. Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (d.10th May 1915)

Horace J Chapman was my maternal grandmother's nephew, who is remembered on the Menin Gate memorial to the Missing in Ypres. I was looking, if possible, for more information about him, and any possible photos. I have a newspaper photo from our local paper The Ross-Shire Journal, which isn't very good. I would dearly love to know more about Horace.

Marcelle Ross


L/Cpl. Alexander Allan Donaldson 2nd Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highalnders (d.11th May 1915)

Lance Corporal Alexander Donaldson was killed on the 11th May 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres. He was involved in fighting near the small village of Hooge, his body was never recovered, he left behind a daughter who was less than one year old. He had previously worked in the Singer sewing machine factory in Clydebank.

Greg Robinson


L/Cpl. Thomas Barrie Muirhead 1st Coy. Machine Gun Corps (d.16th March 1917)

Thomas Muirhead was born at Lochmaben and lived at High Creoch, Gatehouse of Fleet. On the 1891 Maybole Census, he is recorded at Cutroy Bridge: Thomas Muirhead aged 6, born Lochmaben with father Alexander (46, unemployed shepherd), mother Jane (44) and 3 sisters. In 1901 on the Kirkcudbright Census, he is recorded at Greatcross Bothy, Thomas Muirhead aged 16, assistant gamekeeper, born Lochmaben with gamekeeper William Stitt. On the 1911 Girthon Census, at Laghead, Thomas Muirhead aged 26, gamekeeper, born Lochmaben was a boarder with the Caig family.

He enlisted at Dumfries in September 1914, joining the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders and transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He served on the Western Front (Loos, Neuve Chapelle, Somme) and was killed on the Somme on 16th March 1917. He is remembered on the Anwoth and Girthon War Memorial, at Gatehouse and on the Girthon Church Memorial. He is buried in Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu, Somme, France.

He was awarded the Victory, British and 15 Star medals which were applied for by his brother on the 27th March 1923 and sent to Mr J. Muirhead, Dungarg Cottage, Castle Douglas.

The Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser reported on the 30th of March 1917 "Thomas Muirhead (previously gamekeeper at Cally when he lived at High Creoch) was killed on 16/03/1917. A letter to his sister in Kirkmahoe says that he was struck by a shell and killed instantly. He said that the whole company mourned the loss of one of their gallant comrades and that he would be missed as a brother. He had enlisted on 28/08/1914 in the Argyll & Southern Highlanders but later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He was one of the first men from Gatehouse to enlist. He was 31 years old. In more than 2 years at the Front he had never been ill. He was a very popular man."

Sue Colville


Pte. Stephen Young 5th Btn Cameron Highlanders (d.16th Jul 1916)

Stephen Young served with the 5th Btn (Queens Own) Cameron Highlanders.

Anne Young O'Leary


Pte. William Blair MID. 5th Btn . Cameron Highlanders (d.16th Jul 1916)

William Blair was Mentioned in Dispatches 31st of May 1915. He died of wounds on the 16th of July 1916.

Peter McKain


2nd Lt. Cecil Newton 6th Btn. Cameron Highlanders (d.15th Spetember 1916)

I have just found my great uncle, Cecil Newton's, will on Scotland's People website and it states the date of his death in France. I know very little else I am afraid.

Ian Hards


Alexander Montgomery Cameron Highlanders

My uncle Alec Montgomery served in the Cameron Highlanders in WWI and survived the war. Sadly, he died several years later of a burst appendix, and I never knew him. I had his C.H. badge for many years. I am the daughter of Arran natives, born in the U.S. in 1933, and the last of our Montgomery line.

Janet Chandler


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


Lt. Donald Morton Brown 7th Btn then 1st Btn Cameron Highlanders (d.17th October 1918)

Donald Brown corresponded with Helen Isabella Wilkie throughout the war period having known each other at university. His last correspondence was dated 26th May 1918.


Pte. Alexander Cruickshank 5th Btn. Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (d.14th July 1916)

Alexander was the son of James Emslie Cruickshank and Isabella Smith Cruickshank (nee Jamieson) of 146 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, Forfarshire. He was one of eight children. He was the only one of the family to die in the war. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Elizabeth Merchant

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