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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.
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. L/Cpl. 1/4th Battalion
  • Jarvie William. Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.12th October 1916)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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)
  • 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)
  • 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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1206502

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




1206432

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




1206398

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




1206382

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




1206169

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




1205971

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




1205923

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




1205891

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




1205774

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




1205744

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




235264

Sgt. William Mack DCM 2nd Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.30th May 1917)

Sergeant William Mack (birth name W. Kurtzman, but served as William Mack) DCM, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, was the son of Barnett Maurice Kurtzman, a shoemaker, and Esther Sanders Kurtzman, of Ashley Buildings, High Street, Edinburgh, then 71 Rose Street, Glasgow, and later 24 Waverley Buildings, Edinburgh. He married Catherine Goldberg, daughter of Lazarus Goldberg, jewellery traveller, and Rachel Woolfe, on 22 March 1915 at Edinburgh. He enlisted at Edinburgh. He died of wounds on 30th May 1917 and is buried in St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

E Wilson




234914

Sgt. John Durrant McIntosh 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.3rd March 1918)

Sgt John Durrant McIntosh was my Great Uncle.

Andy




234841

Lt. Ernest Wilfred Rupert Finch 4th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.7th Aug 1916)

Ernest Finch was the older brother of Capt. Aubrey Finch, also of the 4th Seaforths. He was promoted to Captain on the battlefield, but did not live long enough to receive papers to that effect and is buried at Puchevillers Military Cemetery, France.

Peter Finch




234840

Capt. Aubrey Cecil Malcolm Finch 4th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.7th July 1919)

Aubrey Finch is believed to have been promoted on the battlefield, due to extremely high casualties. Aubrey married Mabel Dorothy Glover (approx) 1st June 1918 at Woolwich, Kent while on leave. The family has lost track of her. Apparently, he then left immediately aboard RMS Olympic, bound for New York, arriving there on 8th June 1918. He was part of an elite international force sent to Arkangelisk and was killed in action on 7th July 1919.

His older brother, Lt. Ernest Wilfred Rupert Finch, also in the Seaforths, was killed in action in August 1916. He, too, had been promoted to Captain on the field, but did not live long enough to receive papers to that effect.

Inscription, Arkangel Cemetery

Peter Finch




234822

L/Cpl. Joseph Smith 6th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders

According to the Moray Roll of Honour my grandfather, Joseph Smith, enlisted in Elgin on 13th of October 1914. As he was born on 4th June 1899 that would have made him 15 years 4 months & 9 days old at the time. The Roll of Honour only states that he served in France. I would really like to know what such a youngster could have been doing to have earned a promotion to L/Cpl before he was demobbed. One thing is for sure, he enlisted as a boy but demobbed as a man.

George J. Smith




234707

Pte. Norman Dunstan Allan 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.23rd April 1917)

Extract from the Morayshire Roll of Honour: "Allan, Norman Dustan. No. 8447, Pte., Seaforth Highlanders; born at Cullieshangan, Keith, 1892; residing at Braes of Enzie Bellie, for 2 years; joined at Elgin, April, 1915; served in France; killed 23rd April, 1917. Son of Alexander and Anges Stewart Allan, Blinkbonny, Portgordon. Occupation, farm worker."





234547

L/Cpl. Richard Russell Telfer MM 2nd Btn. Seaforth Highlanders

My great great uncle, Richard Russell, was born on 15th April 1885 at Haywood, Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland. His father was Charles Telfer, who was born on 15th August 1826 at Kirkurd, Newlands, Peeblesshire, Scotland; he died on 2nd March 1895 at Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. His mother was Janet Sommerville, who was born in 1842 in the Parish of Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland; she died on 17th November 1904, at Calderhead, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

In the 1891 Census for Calderhead, Lanarkshire, Scotland, he was age 5, living with his parents and siblings at Torbothie Row, Parish of Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland. His father Charles Telfer died on 2nd March 1895, at Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

In the 1901 Census for Calderhead, Lanarkshire, Scotland, he was age 15, a pit labourer, living with his mother and siblings at Torbothie Row, Parish of Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

On 11th January 1904, he enlisted at the age of 18, at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, to the 2nd Btn Seaforth Highlanders. His Service Record did survive and is available to read on the Ancestry website.

On 5th November 1907, he married Margaret Hudson Scott at Edinburgh, Scotland. On the marriage record he shows his address as Edinburgh Castle. His battalion was stationed there at the time.

He was mobilized on 5th August 1914, and arrived in F & F on 23rd August, 1914. He was appointed L/Cpl on 20th October 1916.

On 11th November 1916, he was awarded the Military Medal. The War Diary of the 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders for November 1916, shows a list of those rewarded for gallantry. L/Cpl 8669, Telfer, R., is shown as awarded the Military Medal for two (2) 'Dates of Action' on '25.4.15 and 2.5.15'.

His MIC shows he was awarded the M.M., Victory, British, 14 Star, and Clasp of Roses IV 1760. His MM MIC shows the date of the Gazette as '11.11.16'. The London Gazette 29819, page 10931, shows the award to L/Cpl 8669 R. Telfer. The Edinburgh Gazette 13010, page 2041, also listed the entry of the award.

The Military History Sheet of his Service Record shows that he was awarded The Military Medal. It also shows he was asphyxiated by 'Gas Fumes' on '6/5/15'. He was invalided back to the UK on 15.5.15. He rejoined his Battalion on 31.7.15.

On 30th October 1916 he was injured by "Foreign body - Eye". He was moved to 21 Casualty Clearing Station, then 5 General Hospital at Rouen. He was eventually evacuated back to the UK on 25.11.16. He was discharged on 31st March 1917, having served 13 years and 80 days with the Colours.

He emigrated to Australia on 15th May 1922, with his wife and three children, and died in Lily, Victoria, Australia in 1966 aged 81.

Tom Lang




234262

Cpl. Henry Beattie Brown 2nd Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.11th Apr 1917)

Henry Brown was born on the 5th of March 1896 at Whitehill Colliery Stables, Rosewell, Midlothian, Scotland. Son of William and Grace (nee Paul) Brown. He died at the Battle of Arras. He was my Great Uncle, his sister, Leezie was my Grandmother.

M Woodhouse-Doig




233960

Sgt. John Thomas Johnson 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.22nd Aug 1917)

Jack Johnson was my great uncle, brother to my grandmother on my fathers side. He was born in June 1898 and believed to have joined the Seaforths as a fifteen year old, as recalled by my Gran. He was killed on 22nd of August 1917 aged 18/19 and is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery. His body was identified by tag and was found at grid ref D26.a.30.40. I believe these figures refer to a British army trench map, and if anyone reads this and can shed light on the figures I would be obliged.

Steve Mather




233711

Pte. Herbert Campbell 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.22nd Aug 1917)

As a family we discovered in 2012 that our great-great uncle Herbert Campbell is remembered at Tyne Cot Cemetery. He was missing in action presumed dead on 22nd August 1917 aged 21 years. We are hoping to pay our respects and visit Tyne Cot for the Centenary in August 2017.

Louise Walters




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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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