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Seaforth Highlanders

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Those known to have served with

Seaforth Highlanders

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Allan Alfred. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.4th July 1917)
  • Allan Robert.
  • Barclay Andrew. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Begg George M.. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.22nd August 1917)
  • Bennett Thomas. Pte 8th Battalion (d.13th Mar 1917)
  • Bentley George Albert Alexander. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1918)
  • Bruce Francis. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.29th Aug 1918)
  • Cameron John. Pte. 1/6th Btn.
  • Causer Albert Victor. A/Sgt 1st Battalion
  • Clark Andrew. L/Sgt. 8th Btn
  • Clark Andrew. Segt. 1st Btn.
  • Clegg William Thomas. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.5th March 1917)
  • Clethero Edgar. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Coles Herbert Thorwald. 2/Lt.
  • Cull Samuel. Pte. 6th (Morayshire) Battalion (d.8th Dec 1916)
  • Dalande Hector. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th Mar 1918)
  • Dignan Bartholemew. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Dowling William Joseph. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.27th Oct 1916)
  • Dunnett Daniel D.. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.27th Mar 1916)
  • Dunnett George. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Edwards Alexander. Sgt. 1/6th (Morayshire) Btn. (d.24 Mar 1918)
  • Edwards Alexander. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.24th March 1918)
  • Ellwood Mark. Pte.
  • Ewan Alexander. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.13th Apr 1917)
  • Ewan Alexander. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th April 1917)
  • Fisher Oscar. (d.30th Jul 1918)
  • Frame John Wallace. Pte 8th battalion (d.7th May 1916)
  • Gillies John. Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Gilmour David. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.20th May 1918)
  • Gilmour David. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.20th May 1918)
  • Gjers Lawrence. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Goldie Robert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.19th Jan 1915)
  • Goldie Robert. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.19th Jan 1915)
  • Gourlay Benjamin. Sgt. 142nd Coy. (d.18th May 1917)
  • Green Harold. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Feb 1917)
  • Hamilton William. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Harper Robert Laughton. Sjt. 5th Battalion
  • Hay Arthur Sydney Lennox. L/Cpl. 1st/6th Btn. (d.4th April 1918)
  • Houghton Frederick James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Apr 1916)
  • Houghton Frederick James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Apr 1916)
  • Hughes John. L/Cpl. 1/4th Battalion
  • Jarvie William. Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.12th October 1916)
  • Keeton Fred Thomas Bennett. Pte. 9th (Service) Battalion
  • Laing Robert. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1918)
  • Lang John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Apr 1916)
  • Lawrie Alexander. 3rd Btn.
  • Lawrie Alexander. 3rd. Battalion
  • Lovegrove Arthur Stephen Franklin. Pte. 8th Btn (d.10th Apr 1918)
  • Mackintosh Donald. Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.11th Apr 1917)
  • Macrae John.
  • Marks James Ganly. Lt. 1/5th Btn. (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Mcaskill Marcus Mcleod. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.16th Apr 1917)
  • McBeath Robert. L/Cpl.
  • McEwan Alexander Norman. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • McGregor Peter Archibald. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.31st Jan 1915)
  • McIntosh John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Nov 1916)
  • McKenzie Donald. Private 7th Battalion
  • McLeod Ernest. Pte. 1/5 Sutherland & Caithness Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918 )
  • McLeod William. Pte 2nd Bn (d.4th October 1917)
  • McMillan Andrew. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Meikle John. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.20th Jul 1918)
  • Millar John. Pte.
  • Millar William. CSM. 5th Btn. A Coy.
  • Miller James.
  • Mitchell John. L/Cpl. 1/5th Battalion (d.27th Jul 1918)
  • Monteith William. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Morton John. Sgt.Mjr. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Nelson James Punton. Cpl. 2nd Battalion, D Company (d.2nd Nov 1918)
  • Oldershaw Walter. Pte. 4th Battalion
  • Oman James Williams. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.19th Sep 1917)
  • Orr Peter. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Apr 1918)
  • Patience George. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.7th May 1915)
  • Polson Duncan. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.31st Mar 1918)
  • Richardson William C.. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Ross Charles. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Rumbles George James. Pte. (d.12th May 1917)
  • Sharpe William Henry. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • shaw Alan Louis. L/Cpl. 4th Btn, B Coy. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Simpson James Kirk. Lt. 9th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1918)
  • Stephens George. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Stewart Robert. Pte.
  • Stoddart David. Corporal 7th Battalion (d.25 Sept 1915)
  • Storey William. Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Taylor James. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Thrower Robert. Pte 8th Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Tosh David. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion
  • Turner Angus. L/Cpl. 4th Battalion, D Coy
  • Turner Angus. L/Cpl.
  • Type William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.18th June 1916)
  • Urquhart Lockhart. Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.27 August 1917)
  • Ware Sidney William. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.16th Apr 1916)
  • Watson James Nutall. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Wear G.. Pte.
  • Wilson William. Pte. 8th (Service) Battalion (d.14th Oct 1918)

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Sgt. John Meikle VC MM. 4th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.20th Jul 1918)

John Meikle was killed in action on 20th July 1918 aged 19 and is buried in the Marfaux (New Zealand) Memorial in France.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 13th Sept., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and initiative when his company, having been held up by machine-gun fire, he rushed single-handed a machine-gun nest. He emptied his revolver into the crews of the two guns and put the remainder out of action with a heavy stick. Then, standing up, he waved his comrades on. Very shortly afterward another hostile machine-gun checked progress, and threatened also the success of the company on the right. Most of his platoon having become casualties, Serjt. Meikle seized the rifle and bayonet of a fallen comrade, and again rushed forward against the gun crew, but was killed almost on the gun position. His bravery allowed two other men who followed him to put this gun out of action. This gallant non-commissioned officer's valour, devotion to duty, and utter disregard for his personal safety was an inspiring example to all."

s flynn


Lt. Donald Mackintosh VC. 3rd Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.11th Apr 1917)

Donald Mackintosh was killed in action on the 11th of April 1917 and is buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, France.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 8th June, 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and resolution in the face of intense machine gun fire. During the initial advance he was shot through the right leg, but though crippled he continued to lead his men and captured the trench. In the captured trench Lt. Mackintosh collected men of another company who had lost their leader, and drove back a counter-attack. He was again wounded, and although unable to stand, he continued, nevertheless, to control the situation. With only fifteen men left, he ordered his party to be ready to advance to the final objective, and with great difficulty got out of the trench and encouraged his men to advance. He was again wounded and fell. The gallantry and devotion to duty of this officer were beyond all praise."

s flynn


Pte. William Thomas Clegg 9th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.5th March 1917)

William Clegg died on 5th of March 1917, aged 41 and is buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension He was the husband of Alice Clegg, of 9 Valley Gardens, Hapton, Burnley. formerly of 12 Woodsley Street, Rosegrove, Burnley. He died of Bronchitis and prior to enlisting was a weaver at Messrs. Spencer's Imperial Mill, Burnley.

s flynn


Sgt. Alexander Edwards VC. 6th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.24th March 1918)

Alexander Edwards was killed in action on the 24th of March 1918, aged 32. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France, he was the son of A. Edwards, of Stotfield, Lossiemouth. Alexander was born at Drainie, Morayshire.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 14th Sept., 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery in attack, when, having located a hostile machine gun in a wood, he, with great dash and courage, led some men against it, killed all the team and captured the gun. Later, when a sniper was causing casualties, he crawled out to stalk him, and although badly wounded in the arm, went on and killed him. One officer only was now left with the company, and, realising that the success of the operation depended on the capture of the furthest objective, Serjt. Edwards, regardless of his wound, led his men on till this objective was captured. He subsequently showed great skill in consolidating his position, and very great daring in personal reconnaissance. Although again twice wounded on the following day, this very gallant N.C.O. maintained throughout a complete disregard for personal safety, and his high example of coolness and determination engendered a fine fighting spirit in his men."

s flynn


L/Cpl. Alan Louis "Lou" shaw 4th Btn, B Coy. Seaforth Highlanders (d.9th May 1915)

Lou Shaw and his brother Stanley died on the same day in May 1915. The third brother Arthur and brother in law H G Bellamy also joined the Seaforths and they both survived the war. The three Shaw brothers were known as the 19 feet of Shaw as they were all well over 6 feet tall and in total made 19 feet!

Liz Reading


Pte. William Type 9th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.18th June 1916)

William Type was killed in action on the 18th of June 1916, aged 24. He is Buried in theCorbie Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Type, of 8 Garth Terrace, Penyard, Merthyr Tydfil.

s flynn


Pte. Daniel D. Dunnett 5th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.27th Mar 1916)

Having spent the last year researching my family history in depth, I have found that I was related to a victim of this horrendous war who served with the Fifth Battalion Seaforth Highlanders Regiment. His name was Daniel D Dunnett and although some may feel our connection is rather tenuous (my second cousin four times removed) I would love the opportunity to find out more about him, if possible, and assist in this admirable project too.

He was born in Wick, Caithness, Scotland on the 4th May 1899 and died aged only 16 on the 27th March 1916 at Arras, France. Prior to enlistment he was residing at 61 Willowbank, Wick, Caithness, Scotland with his parents Daniel and Mary, and siblings Thomas, Janet, Christina, Mary, William, Lizzie, James, Alexander and Kate. He is buried at the British War Cemetery in Maroeuil, France. He was awarded the Allied Victory Medal, British War Medal and the 1915 Star too, raising the possibility that he may have seen active service as young as 15 years old.

Daniel Rintoul


Pte. Alexander Ewan 2nd Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.13th April 1917)

Alexander Ewen was killed in action on the 13th of April 1917, aged 19. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France, he was the son of James and Marion Ewan, of Craigrothie, Aberdour Rd., Burntisland, Fifeshire

s flynn


Pte. Harold Green 1st Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.22nd Feb 1917)

Harold Green was killed in action 22nd February 1917 age 21 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq. he was the son of Albert and M. Green, of 54, Hebrew Rd., Burnley.

s flynn


Lt. James Ganly Marks 1/5th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.23rd Mar 1918)

Lieutenant James Ganly Marks of the 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders was killed in action on the 23rd of March 1918. The photo is of James Marks standing in front of his home in Belfast Ireland. His father was a linen merchant and had the same name as his son. The second photo is a photo of his grave cross photographed during the war.

Dave Donatelli


Pte. George M. Begg 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (d.22nd August 1917)

On the day in question, according to "Passchendaele, the Day-by-Day Account" by Chris McCarthy, the 8th Battalion went into action on the left of 44 Brigade (15th Division) along with 7th Camerons. Both suffered heavily from machine-gun fire.

It appears they went into action from the Pommern Castle position, attacking towards Hill 35, which is the slight rise in the field to the left of the road from Zonnebeke to Langemark, between Dochy Farm Cemetery and "Bombarded Crossroad" - the crossroads where there is a turn right towards Gravenstafel and Varlet Farm.

Private George M. Begg is buried in the Dochy Farm New British Cemetery. He was born in 1895, the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Begg of Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

Dave Murray


Segt. Andrew Clark MM. 1st Btn. Seaforth Highlanders

Andrew Clark was a career soldier who joined the regular 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders in 1907, and served in India and then on the Western Front.

He arrived in France, direct from India, with the rest of his battalion and other regiments belonging to the Dehra Dunn Brigade of the 7th Meerut Division in October 1914. He was wounded some time in 1914/1915, and sent home to recuperate. He ended up at the depot in Cromarty. There he met and married Helen Gairn Finlayson.

In May 1917 he was again sent to France, but this time to join the 8th Btn. which was one of Kitchener's new battalions. (His original Regiment, the 1st Seaforth had been sent to Mesopotamia in December 1915.) In July 1917, he was involved in a raid on German trenches as a result of which he was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. However, on July 31st, which was the first day of 3rd Ypres, he was wounded by machine gun fire and lay in a shell hole for three days before being recovered. As a result, gas gangrene set in, and his right arm had to be removed. That was basically the end of his military career. He struggled thereafter to look after his wife and three surviving children but the stress and hardship was too much and he and his wife parted company in the 1920s.

Hazel Clark


Pte. George Dunnett 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.23rd Apr 1917)

George Dunnett served with the 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders.

Elaine Hall


Sgt. Benjamin Gourlay 142nd Coy. Machine Gun Corps (d.18th May 1917)

Sargent Gourlay originally of the Seaforth Highlanders joined up in 1908. He died at Messines, killed by shell fire during a raid prior to the main action.

Gordon Gourlay


Pte. Bartholemew Dignan 7th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders

My grandfather, Bartholemew Dignan, was 29 years old, a married man with five young children, and was living in Haddington East Lothian, when he joined the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders on 10th May 1915. His brothers James and Patrick Dignan also enlisted, as did his nephew James. All saw service in France.

Bartley was seriously wounded in 1916 and, as he lay on a stretcher waiting to be carried aboard ship, he saw another hospital ship blown to pieces as it left the dockside. Unfortunately,I have been unable to ascertain where he was wounded or the exact date of his discharge. He was taken to a hospital in Bangor, North Wales, and my grandmother - who had never been outside of East Lothian in her life - travelled with all of their five children to visit him there.

Sadly, Bartley's injuries were so severe, he was disabled for the rest of his life. He died in Haddington in 1958 aged 72 years.

Heather Dignan-Collins


L/Cpl. Robert McBeath VC. Seaforth Highlanders

Robert McBeath from Kinlochbervie lied about his age and joined The Seaforth Highlanders. In November, 1917 - a month before his 19th birthday - Lance Corporal McBeath charged a "nest" of German machine guns in Cambrai, armed with a Lewis Gun and revolver. With the help of a tank, he managed to put five of the deadly weapons out of action and captured 33 soldiers. His actions won him the Victoria Cross.

s flynn


L/Sgt. Andrew Clark MM. 8th Btn Seaforth Highlanders

Andrew Clark joined the 1st Seaforth in 1907 and went to India, where he remained until his Battalion was recalled and sent to France in 1914. They landed in Marseille in October 1914, and thence to Northern France and Flanders.

Some time in late 1914 or early 1915, he was wounded and sent to Britain. When he recovered, he was sent to the Depot in Cromarty, where he met and married Helen Gairn Finlayson. He remained at the Depot for some time where he was involved with training new recruits. In April 1917 he was sent to France again to join the 8th Bn., as his own, the 1st, had gone to Mesopotamia in December 1915.

In early July, he was involved in a raid on German trenches and subsequently received the Military Medal for Gallantry in the field. During the 3rd Battle of Ypres,on July 31st, when he advanced with his regiment, he was wounded and lay in a shell hole for three days before being found. As a result, gas gangrene had set in and his arm had to be amputated. The first his wife heard of this was when she received a letter from the war office asking her to join him in Orpington where he was recovering from his wounds. From there on, his life and that of his family became very difficult. The British Government was not very generous to wounded men and employment was hard to find with only one arm. He died of cancer in 1946.

Hazel Clark


Pte. James Williams Oman 4th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.19th Sep 1917)

My great-grandfather was James Williams Oman. Here is the information that I know so far:

Mrs Oman received a letter from Private William Brodie, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, and her husband's chum, to the effect that her husband had not returned after a recent engagement, and it was feared he was killed. Shortly after receiving this letter she received another letter from one of her husband’s officers to the same effect, but stating that nothing definite could be stated, since no-one had seen him fall, and it was hoped that he had been taken prisoner.

I would love to find out how he died.

James Oman was the son of Daniel and Catherine Oman, husband to Eleanor Oman (née Duncan), and father of three children: Jessie, Jean and Ellen. Before the war he worked as a lorry man with Russell Brothers, wholesale fruiterers, West Main Street, Armadale. He enlisted at Glencorse, and at first served with the Cameronians Scottish Rifles (service no: 26297). He went missing in action aged 33, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.

Diane Little


Pte. Robert Stewart Seaforth Highlanders

My father, 203639 Private Robert Stewart of the Seaforth Highlanders, was nursed back to health by Nurse Bell at Fulham Military Hospital. He claimed that she even saved his life. I remember him saying he would have liked to contact her after the war to thank her (or a member of her family). Some years ago I tried to find a relative but without success. Only recently I have learned that her photo which she signed was not '7' Military Hospital but 'F' Military Hospital and I know he was admitted to Fulham.

Can anyone suggest any lines of inquiry I could follow to try to find a relative?

Graeme Stewart


Sgt. George Patience 4th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.7th May 1915)

It will sadly be 100 years since George Patience was killed at Aubers Ridge just after dawn on the 7th May 1915. George had signed up several times whilst still under age, only to be taken home by his father.

Four members of his family - two of his great nieces, his great nephew, and his great, great nephew will travel to his resting place at Souchez to play tribute to him on the 7th May this year. We will also visit the exact location where he was killed. George's parents also had to endure the pain of losing a second son, William, who was drowned in action when HMS Flirt was sunk by the Germans in the Channel in November 1916. Coming from the North of Scotland, it will be a long journey for us, but one that will be hugely worthwhile and very emotional.

Andrew Patience

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History of the 9th (Scottish) Division

John Ewing

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