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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 Norman Dunstan. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Allan Robert.
  • Awty George William. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • 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)
  • Blair M.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st February 1916)
  • Brown Henry Beattie. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.11th Apr 1917)
  • Brown Robert. Pte 8th Btn. (d.25th Sept 1915)
  • Bruce Francis. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.29th Aug 1918)
  • Cameron John. Pte. 1/6th Btn.
  • Campbell Herbert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1917)
  • Causer Albert Victor. A/Sgt 1st Battalion
  • Chessar Andrew Baxter. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th April 1917)
  • 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)
  • Finch Aubrey Cecil Malcolm. Capt. 4th Btn. (d.7th July 1919)
  • Finch Ernest Wilfred Rupert. Lt. 4th Btn. (d.7th Aug 1916)
  • Firth Wright. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.12th October 1917)
  • Fisher Oscar. (d.30th Jul 1918)
  • Frame John Wallace. Pte 8th battalion (d.7th May 1916)
  • Garley Richard. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • 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)
  • Gordon George Leslie. Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Gourlay Benjamin. Sgt. 142nd Coy. (d.18th May 1917)
  • Graham Andrew. Pte. Machine Gun Section
  • Green Harold. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Feb 1917)
  • Hamilton William. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Hankinson Stephen. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.13th October 1916)
  • Harper Robert Laughton. Sjt. 5th Battalion
  • Hay Arthur Sydney Lennox. L/Cpl. 1st/6th Btn. (d.4th April 1918)
  • Horner Harry Whewell. Sgt.
  • Houghton Frederick James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Apr 1916)
  • Houghton Frederick James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Apr 1916)
  • Hughes John Hughes. L/Cpl. 1/4th Battalion
  • Jarvie William. Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.12th October 1916)
  • Jess Samuel. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Johnson John Thomas. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1917)
  • Justice Thomas John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Jul 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
  • Leys Patrick Collins. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Lovegrove Arthur Stephen Franklin. Pte. 8th Btn (d.10th Apr 1918)
  • Mack William. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.30th May 1917)
  • Mackintosh Donald. Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.11th Apr 1917)
  • MacNeil John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.8th December 1916)
  • Macrae John.
  • Marks James Ganly. Lt. 1/5th Btn. (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Marram Edward. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Mcaskill Marcus Mcleod. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.16th Apr 1917)
  • McBeath Robert. L/Cpl.
  • McDougall William. Sgt. 32nd Btn.
  • McEwan Alexander Norman. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • McGaughery E. S.. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.6th March 1919)
  • McGregor Peter Archibald. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.31st Jan 1915)
  • McIntosh John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Nov 1916)
  • McIntosh John Durrant. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.3rd March 1918)
  • McKenzie Donald. Private 7th Battalion
  • McLeod Ernest. Pte. 1/5 Sutherland & Caithness Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918 )
  • McLeod John. Pte. 5th Bn. A Company (d.5th Dec 1916)
  • 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.
  • Moon Philip Edward. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.28 April 1916)
  • 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)
  • Peers Richard. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.28th Oct 1918)
  • 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)
  • Shepherd John George Allan. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.12th October 1916)
  • Simpson James Kirk. Lt. 9th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1918)
  • Smith Joseph. L/Cpl. 6th Btn.
  • 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)
  • Telfer Richard Russell. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • 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)
  • Wards William Reid . Pte. 8th Btn. (d.28th July 1918)
  • 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)
  • Wood David. Cpl. 1/6 Btn. (d.10th April 1917)
  • Woods Henry A.. L/Cpl. 1st Btn.

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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. Richard Garley 5th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.9th April 1917)

Richard Garley was my great uncle, my grandfather's brother. He and his other brother Tom Westray Garley both fought in WW1 and both died in 1917, Richard on 9th April and Tom on 22nd December. My grandfather was too young to fight in WW1. They are both commemorated on the War Memorial in Disley, Cheshire and in Lyme Hall, Cheshire.



Pte. Wright Firth 7th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.12th October 1917)

Wright Firth served with the 7th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders.

Stephen Warriner


L/Cpl. Henry A. Woods 1st Btn. Seaforth Highlanders

My grandfather, Harry Woods, was a Lewis gunner in the Seaforth Highlanders. He described landing in Basra as one of the most beautiful places he ever saw. He was wounded in the legs by shrapnel and contracted malaria in Mesopotamia.

I have a photo of him in uniform in Cairo. His unit took part in the campaign in Gaza and Palastine. North of Jerusalem his unit was charging a trench when he took shrapnel through his open mouth, knocking him down and paralyzing him. Field medical units placed him in a pile of dead. When he was being stripped of his gear and clothing it was noticed that he had tears in his eyes and so was still alive. He was eventually brought to a hospital in Alexandria where he was recuperating on Armistice day. A very, very lucky man.

Tom Woods


Cpl. David Wood 1/6 Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.10th April 1917)

David Wood was born in 1889 at Lossiemouth in Scotland, the son of William and Catherine Wood. He was a baker to trade. He enlisted in November 1914 at Elgin in Morayshire. He was killed in action on 10th of April 1917 aged 27 and is buried at Aubigny Military Cemetery in Northern France.



Pte. M. Blair 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.1st February 1916)

Private Blair died of wounds at No 16 Stationary Hospital, Le Treport, France on 1st February 1916, aged 21. He was the son of Matthew and Martha Blair of Springburn, Glasgow. Private Blair is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, Plot 2, Row K, Grave 5A.


Pte. Richard Peers 4th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.28th Oct 1918)

All I know is Richard Peers died in the war. He is buried in Aulnoy Cemetery in France. I don't know how or were he died but would love to find out.

Tony Peers


Pte. E. S. McGaughery 3rd Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.6th March 1919)

Private McGaughery was 25 when he died and is buried in the north-west corner of the Ballintra Cemetery in Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. John McLeod 5th Bn. A Company Seaforth Highlanders (d.5th Dec 1916)

John McLeod was born in Kildonan, Sutherlandshire in 1881. John enlisted in Golspie, Sutherlandshire and was in A Company, 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. John died on the 5th of December 1916 along with 9 other men during a night work party outside of Aveluy, France.

Dennis Buckley


Pte. George William Awty 7th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders

George Awty was born in 1899 and joined up in 1915. He was the holder of the silver war badge.

Valerie Beach


Pte. William Reid Wards 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.28th July 1918)

William Wards was my great uncle who has no known grave but is commemorated on the Larecekirk War Memorial

Michael Duncan

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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.
History of the 9th (Scottish) Division

John Ewing

The divisionís record is graphically described in this history - what Field Marshal Lord Plumer in his foreword referred to as ďa record of wonderful development of fighting efficiency.Ē There are useful appendices giving the Order of Battle, command and staff lists with the various changes; a table showing periods spent in the line, with locations; a table of battle casualties and the VC citations. The maps are good with adequate detail for actions to be followed.


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