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8th (Service) Battalion, The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)

8th (Service) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders was raised at Fort George in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Second New Army and joined 44th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. They moved to Aldershot for training and in November moved to Petersfield, then to to Chisledon Camp on Salisbury Plain in February 1915, then to Tidworth for final training in May. They proceeded to France, landing at Boulogne in the second week of July 1915. They were in action in the The Battle of Loos in 1915. In spring 1916, they were involved in the German gas attacks near Hulluch and the defence of the Kink position. They were in action duringthe Battles of the Somme, including The Battle of Pozieres, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette and the capture of Martinpuich, The Battle of Le Transloy and the attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt. In 1917 they were in action in The First and Second Battle of the Scarpe, including the capture of Guemappe during the Arras Offensive. They then moved north to Flanders and were in action during the The Battle of Pilckem and The Battle of Langemark. In 1918 they fought in The First Battle of Bapaume, The First Battle of Arras, The Battle of the Soissonnais and the Ourcq taking part in the attack on Buzancy, and The Final Advance in Artois.

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Those known to have served with The 8th (Service) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders during the Great War 1914-1918.

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Pte Thomas Bennett 8th Battalion (d.13th Mar 1917)

I am looking for final resting place of Pte. Thomas Bennett. I'm compiling data on all names listed on the Shieldhill War Memorial in Falkirk, Scotland. If anyone has any information please get in touch.

William Hunter


Pte. William Wilson 8th (Service) Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (d.14th Oct 1918)

William Wilson was 21 when he died and was buried at St Mary's ADS Cemetery in Haisnes near Lille. We know nothing of his movements or how he died but it is possible that he died on the first day of the Battle of Courtrai during the final advance and just under a month before Armistice Day. William's parents Mr and Mrs Alexander Wilson (to the best of our knowledge) never managed to visit their son's grave. We do not know if any other family relative to has been. This year (2011) I hope to visit on behalf of my family to pay our respects - a journey too long overdue. William does however have an entry in the book of remembrance at Edinburgh Castle.

Lindsay Warren


Pte. Robert Goldie 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.19th Jan 1915)

Private Robert Goldie aged 17yrs from The Kilmarnock Standard of 25 January 1915

My Great Uncle Robert Goldie, was born in Liverpool in 1887, due to the fact that his father was playing profesional Football for Everton F.C. after having been transferred from Celtic F.C. about a year earlier. On moving back home to Scotland in 1898 due to his father being transferred to Dundee and then Morton the family eventually settled in their home town of Hurlford/Crookedholm which, like to day, is a suburb of Kilmarnock. Robert, like most young boys, took part in many organisations including the Boys Brigade and football with the local team, Hurlford. In his early teens he was an apprentice at Glenfield and Kennedy (water valve makers) as well as playing occasionally for Kilmarnock F.C. as a reserve player.

When war broke out he pestered his parents to such an extent that they eventually gave in and allowed him to join up. He was only 17 yrs old and like most young man who were eager to join up lied about his age stating he was 21 yrs. He joined the 8th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders in September and was transferred to Aldershot for training. It was during this time that he sustained a bayonet wound which eventually led to septicemia and pneumonia. He succummed to his injuries on the 19th January 1915.

He was given a full military funeral on his return home with the whole of the populations of Hurlfiord, Crookedholm and most of Kilmarnock attending.

Letter of Condolence to my Great Grandparents on the death of their son Robert.

He is buried in a quiet corner of Kimarnock Cemetery along with his grandparents. He was fortunate he did not befall to the horrors that were about to be unleashed on his Battalion later that year.

John Stewart


Pte John Wallace Frame 8th battalion Seaforth Highlanders (d.7th May 1916)

John Wallace was my uncle. He died near Vermelles. I would like to find out any info in which battle he might have been killed.

John Frame


Pte. Andrew Barclay 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.23rd Apr 1917)

My great grandfather Andrew Barclay was killed in the First World War. I think 1917 was the year of his death. My granny, his daughter, now deceased asked me before she died if I would visit France as no one has been to the grave. My granny had few details only that she thinks it was Guemap Cemetry that he is buried. Is it actually in France? That's how she pronounced it not sure of the spelling. I have a beautiful canvas picture of my great grandad in his uniform. I would love to be able to find out more. Sadly, my father also passed away while still young and he was an only child so I am kind of stuck. I take my family up to Fort George every year and I would like to know more can anyone help or point me in the right direction. He enlisted in Edinburgh and my granny grew up in Newhaven, Leith.

Editors Note: Andrew was killed on the 23/04/1917 during the Battle of Arras, whilst serving with the 8th Battalion, he was 31 years old. He is buried at Guemappe British Cemetery which is about 1 kilometre north-east of the village of Wancourt near Arras, France.

Catherine Urey


Pte. Robert Goldie 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (d.19th Jan 1915)

Robert Goldie was the 2nd oldest son of Hugh and Grace Goldie.He was born in Liverpool, England as his father Hugh( my great grandfather)was a professional footballer at Everton FC at the time. Hugh was later transferred to Celtic FC and as a result the family moved back home to Hurlford near Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Young Robert was a member of the local BB in Hurlford and was a budding footballer and was playing reserve team football with Kilmarnock FC at the age of 17yrs when WW1 broke out. Robert, who was also an apprentice engineer at a local factory in Kilmarnock pestered his parents over several weeks in an attempt to allow him to join up, despite being only 17yrs. They eventually relented and he joined the 8th battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders in October of 1914. In November he was transferred to Aldershot, England for further training. It was at this point during Bayonet training that he was injured and sustained a very serious stab wound which turned poisonous and on the 19th Jan 1915, Robert died of blood poisoning in the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot. He was just 17yrs of age and the first casualty of the War in the Town Robert was brought home to his family and given a full military funeral with pipes and drums as well as a Full Military Escort to the Kilmarnock Cemetery which was 3 miles from his home. The whole route was lined several persons deep. His name is now engraved on the local War Memorial in Hurlford.

John Stewart


Pte. David Gilmour 6th Btn. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (d.20th May 1918)

David Gilmour is buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes. He was born in 1900 to William and Margaret Gilmour, with siblings Neil, Mary, Jean and Kate. He enlisted at Barrhead 29/04/1915 and initially served with the 8th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders.

Alex Glass


Pte. David Gilmour 6th Btn. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (d.20th May 1918)

David Gilmour was born in 1900 to William and Margaret Gilmour, he had five siblings James, George, Robert, William and John. He enlisted at Barrhead on 29th April 1915. He initially served with with the Seaforth Highlanders.8th Battalion., and subsequently with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 1/6th Battalion. He died on 20th May 1918 and is buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes.

Alex Glass


Pte. Arthur Stephen Franklin Lovegrove 8th Btn Seaforth Highlanders (d.10th Apr 1918)

I knew my father had an older brother, Arthur Franklin, but Dad never spoke of him. Only recently have I discovered that his brother served in Seaforth Highlanders 8th Bn . & died in April 1918. He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. I presume he was injured in Battle for Arras in 1917. He died from injuries. I have no idea whether the family have ever visited his grave, as they have all passed on. My Dad came to Australia in 1920 & only had one brief trip back to UK in 1950 & he only had one sister still living then. I was very shocked & dis-appointed that I had never been told of my Uncle's service & death. I have no photos of Arthur.

Editors Note: 235272 Private Arthur Stephen Franklin Lovegrove served with the 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders during WW1 and died from injuries on the 10th April 1918. He is remembered at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. Arthurs medal card records the award of the British War and Victory Medal. It also records him as having served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - Service number 302443 (no dates recorded).

Graham Lovegrove


Pte. Hector Dalande 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.9th Mar 1918)

Hector Dalande served with the Seaforth Highlanders 8th Bsttalion. He was executed for desertion on 9th March 1918 and is buried in St. Nicolas British Cemetery, St. Nicolas, France. Pte. Delande was a French-Canadian. At some point before deserting he had applied to join either the Canadian Army or the French army but was refused. He was the husband of Jessie Henry (formerly Dalande) of 66 Big Vennel, Cromarty, Ross-shire.

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