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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.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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Those known to have served with The 8th (Service) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders during the Great War 1914-1918.
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- Pte. Andrew Barclay (d.23rd Apr 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte Thomas Bennett (d.13th Mar 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte John Wallace Frame (d.7th May 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Robert Goldie (d.19th Jan 1915) Read their Story.
- Pte. Robert Goldie (d.19th Jan 1915) Read their Story.
- Pte. William Wilson (d.14th Oct 1918) Read their Story.
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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.
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.
Pte. Robert Goldie 8th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders (d.19th Jan 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.
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.
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.
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.
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