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2nd Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers
2nd Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers were in Gibraltar when war broke out in August 1914. They returned to England, landing in September 1914 and joining 21st Brigade, 7th Division who were concentrating in the New Forest in Hampshire. The Division landed at Zeebrugge in the first week of October 1914, to assist in the defence of Antwerp, they arrived too late prevent the fall of the city and took up defensive positions at important bridges and junctions to aid in the retreat of the Belgian army. The 7th Division then became the first British Troops to entrench in front of Ypres, suffering extremely heavy losses in the The First Battle of Ypres. By February 1915 the Division had been reinforced to fighting strength and they were in action at The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers, The Battle of Festubert, The second action of Givenchy and The Battle of Loos. On the 19th of December 1915 the 2nd Royal Scots transferred with 21st Brigade to 30th Division. In 1916 they were in action during the Battle of the Somme, in which the Division captured Montauban. In 1917 they took part in the pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the Arras Offensive and The Battle of Pilkem Ridge. In 1918 They were in action on The Somme and in the Battles of the Lys. On the 7th of April 1918 the Battalion transferred to 120th Brigade, 40th Division and on the 26th of April moved to South African Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. they fought on the Somme, in the Battles of the Lys and The Advance in Flanders, capturing the Outtersteene Ridge and seeing action in in the Battle of Courtrai and the action of Ooteghem. On the 13th of September 1918 they transferred to 28th Brigade still with 9th (Scottish) Division. They were resting in billets at the Armistice. 9th (Scottish) Division was selected be part of the occupation force and on the 4th of December they crossed into Germany to take up a position at the Cologne brideghead on the Rhine. In late February 1919, the original units were demobilised, being replaced by others and The Division was renamed the Lowland Division.Can you add to this factual information? Do you know the whereabouts of this unit on a particular day? Which battles they took part in? Or any other interesting snipts?
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- Pte. Amos Eady (d.30th July 1918)
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- Pte. Albert Gould (d.6th May 1918) Read their Story.
- Pte. Arthur Harris Read their Story.
- Pte. Patrick Mellon (d.13th March 1915) Read their Story.
- George Nicholson (d.30th June 1916)
- Sjt. William Elias Skidmore DCM (d.30th Jul 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Stanely Stewart (d.29th Aug 1917) Read their Story.
- Sgt. Herbert Stringer (d.22nd Oct 1914) Read their Story.
- Pte. Andrew Turnbull (d.21st Mar 1918) Read their Story.
- Pte. Jacob Walker (d.30th Jul 1916) Read their Story.
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Cpl. Matthew Nielson Bowman 2nd Btn. D Coy Royal Scots FusiliersMatthew Nielson Bowman of Irvine Scotland was born in 1883, was a corporal in the 2nd Battalion, Company D of the Royal Scots Fusiliers during WWI. On his arrival in France he was attached to the 9th Infantry Brigade which in turn was subordinate to the 3rd Division. He was captured by the Germans and spent time in a POW camp. The Red Cross Archives in Geneva attest that he was captured March 23, 1918 at Ham, France. He was a prisoner of war in German hands, present in the camp of Soltau coming from Aachen (according to a German list dated 23.9.1919). Family anecdotes say that he was captured when he was shot in the knee and that he was made to work in the salt mines while he was a prisoner. Like many veterans, he never liked to talk about his wartime experiences.Eleanor Clouter
Sjt. William Elias Skidmore DCM 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th Jul 1916)Willia Elias Skidmore's name appears on the war memorial of Marston Montgmery church, Derbyshire and I have been asked to write a short artice on him for their parish magazine. I have gained some details, that he gained the DCM during the battle of Festubert 1915 and his date of death. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. The family kowledge is that he was killed at the battle of Guillemont, but this was of course after his date of death [30/07/1916] and I have come across mentions of the Royal Scots being engaged in the battle of Delville Wood during July, and also in Chris McCarthy's 'Day-by-day' Somme account that the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers were engaged on 30 July 'astride the Trones-Guillemont track' and ultimately 'were cut off and eventually overrun'. [p.63] This rather sounds like the place where William Skidmore met his death. Would anyone be able to shed more light on this particular action?Simon Barber
Pte. James Geddes 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.27th Mar 1917)I am the only grandson of James Geddes and since my mother and uncle are now deceased I would like to find out more about him, perhaps his service record and how he died. I only know he was killed at Arras on the 27th of March 1917.G. Mackenzie
Pte. Reginald Binns 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.31st Jul 1916)Reginald Binns was one of four children born to the Binns family, Leeds UK. All 3 brothers - Clifford, Sydney and Reginald joined up for the war through Leeds Pals, but Reggie was sent to join the Royal Scots Fusiliers. As a fast runner, he was appointed as a runner. This was a job that involved being sent to run through No Mans Land with messages to other trenches. He was inevitably killed in 1916.
Both his brothers survived and returned to Leeds after the war. Clifford married Gladys May and they had a son whom they named Reginald after the first, Clifford's brother. Tragically, aged just 19, Reginald Binns II died in Italy on 04/02/1944 whilst serving in the second world war. The first Reginald Binns is commemerated at Theipval memorial in France, whilst the second is at Casino Memoria, ItalyFilippa
Pte. Patrick Mellon 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.13th March 1915)Patrick Mellon was my Great Uncle. I have no specific information except that my Mother always kept an 'In Memoriam' card in his memory. He was 36 years old when he was killed at Neuve Chapelle. He lived in Limonds Wynd, AyrJames Wilson
Sgt. Herbert Stringer 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.22nd Oct 1914)Herbert Stringer is a distant relative who was unfortunately killed in the early stages of the First World War in Belgium. We have inherited a number of his possessions including his "soldiers small book"; a card from Lt Colonel Walsh notifying his wife of his death, and a hand written letter from his friend in the Royal Scots Fusiliers dated 26th October 1915 (a year later?) to Mrs Stringer detailing how and where he died.Fascinating history but very sad. We also have the brass plaque from what must have been his belongings box. We know that his daughter' Lily, (who died aged approx 97 in 2005), had given his uniform and medals to a theatre.
In 2004, while Lily was still alive we went to the Menin gate, found Herbert's memorial and placed a Red Rose on it, we took a photo and gave it to Lily as she had never been able to visit. Herbert was killed in a small village called Geluveld, which we also visited while we were in Belgium. Brave men, very brave.
Cpl. Charles Duffield 2nd Battalion Royal Scots FusiliersCharles Duffield was my Great Uncle. He served in the Great War after enlisting as a drummer boy in the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1904. At the outbreak of WW1 he was sent with his regiment in October of 1914 to Belgium. He was engaged in various bloody and important battles and at some point, which is at this time unknown as I am still researching, was wounded in combat and sent to one of the RSF training battalions after recovering. He left the army on 1/6/18 with a full honourable discharge and his Silver War Badge. He was a holder of the 1914 Star with silver rossette on the ribbon, later became known as one of The Old Contemptibles. Upon leaving the army he had been promoted to Sergeant.
Pte. Arthur Harris 2nd Battalion, D Coy Royal Scots FusilliersArthur Harris joined 8th/9th Service Battalion, York and Lancs Regiment in 1914 – Regimental Number. 14432. His medal record card shows he entered the "Flanders Theatre of War" on 27th August 1915. This is the date of his arrival in Boulogne as part of the 8th and 9th Service Battalion of the Y&L's to join the 23rd Division, a division of the the so-called "New Army".
In 1916 (probably July) he was transferred to D Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers after an action on the Somme in which almost all of his original company were killed, effectively wiping-out the unit. His Royal Scots Fusiliers service number was 43468. He was wounded in action several times but along with all of his eight brothers he came home safely.
His rank was Private throughout his service. His discharge documents show both of his service numbers and his military occupation at discharge as "Officer’s Servant" (Batman). His military commendation says "First-class shot". His Lt Col’s recommendation for employment says "Smart and Intelligent".
I'm his very proud grandson. I remember him well with much love as a gentle and wise counselor whose influence on me is as strong today as it ever was.David Brown
Pte. Albert Gould 2nd Btn Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.6th May 1918)Nobody in my family spoke about the first world war and I only found out about my great uncle Albert Gould who enlisted in February 1915 and was wounded in the knee in February 1916. He recovered at home and then returned to the front in May 1917 and was again wounded and taken prisoner in April 1918. Albert then died on the 6th May 1918 in a German prisoner of war camp and is buried in Rue - Petillon Military Cemetery in Fleurbaix in Northern France. If anyone else has information I would very much appreciate it.
Update: More details about Albert Gould are on the Saltaire pages at http://www.saltairevillage.info/WW1_biography_G_001.html.
Albert Gould was the son of George Gould. George Gould was born 12 July 1857 in Suffolk. He married 14 October 1877 in Bradford Cathedral. From 1881 to 1901 they lived at 10 Waverley Street in Shipley with George working as a labourer in a chemical works. Albert, the youngest of six children, was born 1890 in Shipley. By 1911 the family lived at 2 Argyle Street in Shipley with Albert working as a bricklayer’s labourer. He played football for Shipley Celtic. Albert married Edith Midgley 25 May 1912 at St. Pauls Shipley. Edith lived at 5 Higher School Street in Saltaire.
Albert enlisted as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Royal Scot Fusiliers 26 February 1915. He was an engineer working at Crabtree Red Beck Mills in Shipley and living at 3 Rosslyn Terrace in Shipley. Albert went to the front in July 1915 and was wounded in the knee 25 February 1916. He recovered at home, which was by then 10 Maddocks Street in Saltaire. He returned to the front in May 1917, and then he was wounded and taken prisoner 10 April 1918. Albert died 6 May 1918 in a German Prison of War Camp. Albert is buried in Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery in Fleurbaix in Northern France. He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood and St. Pauls.Joseph Cooper
Pte. Jacob Walker 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th Jul 1916)Jacob Walker was the son of Alexander Walker and Jane Stoba of New Abbey in Dumfrieshire. Jacob was born in 1884. He served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers and was killed in action at the Somme on the 30th July 1916. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial.
Jacob was the brother of my husband's great grandmother. His brother Alexander, who was in the Black Watch, also died during WW1.Dr A Brown
Pte. Stanely Stewart 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.29th Aug 1917)Stanely Stewart was born at Liverpool the son of Mrs. Sarah Stewart, of 12, Bentick St., Kilmarnock. He served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Battalion and was executed for desertion on 29th August 1917, aged 21. He is buried in Kemmell Chateau Military Cemetery in Belgium.s flynn
Sgt. John Bonnar 2nd Btn. Royal Scots FusiliersSgt. John Bonnar served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers2nd Battalion. Hewas treated at Red Gables Hospital, Bletchingly where he signed an autograph book belonging to Sister May Atkins on 12th December 1915.Nora Pearce
Pte. Andrew Turnbull 2nd Batalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.21st Mar 1918)Andrew Turnbull was my great grandfather.`he served as a private with the Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Battalion, No. 26587. He was killed in action on 21st March 1918 at The Somme. This was the first day of the last big offensive against the Germans.
He was born in November 1876 in Glasgow and was a Plasterer by trade. He married Alexanderina McInnes in 1899. Alexanderina was from the Highlands of Scotland, they had eight children together but their youngest, Robert, died as a baby in 1914. My Grandpa, Charles Fyfe Turnbull was the second child and eldest son in the family. My Great Grandpa arrived in Boulange, December 1916 and served in France till March 1918 when he was killed in action. He is commemorated at Pozieres Cemetery, and is also named in the Roll of Honour which is kept in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. According to his Service Records, he was wounded in February 1917 and was not fit to return to the front till March 1917. He was granted a short leave to return home from 27th January to 10th February 1918. He was killed on 21st March 1918. His beloved wife, Alexanderina, lived till the age of 88.
My Great Grandpa and all soldiers suffered horrors unknown to us in the trenches of the First World War and we would not have our freedom today if it were not for them. We must never forget their sacrifice.Lorna Sinclair
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