Sunday, 23 April 2017

In memory of John G. Thomson

Today we recall the sacrifice of John G. Thomson, Pte 266172, of 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  John was 26 years of age when he was killed in action on 23rd April 1917.  His mother, Mrs McKenzie, lived at 5 North High Street in Portsoy.

John is one of over 30,000 war casualties who are commemorated at the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

James Smith, Portsoy war casualty

Today we remember James Smith, Trimmer 5655/TS who was aged just 19 when he was killed on 19th April 1917.  James was serving in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Trawler "Lobelia II" when it struck a mine off the coast of Donegal near Fanad Head.  His parents were Captain James and Lilias Smith, who lived at 59 Schoolhendry Street in Portsoy.

James is one of the many war casualties commemorated by the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

In memory of Colin Still

A century after his death, Portsoy remembers Colin Still, Pte 265104, 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  Colin was 24 years of age when he was killed in action on 9th April 1917 at Roclincourt, Pas de Calais, France.  He was the son of Francis and Elspet Still, whose home was at 1 Culbert Street in Portsoy.

A gravestone at Highland Cemetery, Roclincourt  is dedicated to his memory.


Remembering John McCulloch

On this day we reflect on the sacrifice of John McCulloch, Captain in the 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who was killed in action while leading his men at Roclincourt on 9th April 1917.  John, who lost his life aged 30, was the son of John and Jane McCulloch who lived at 12 Aird Street, Portsoy.  Their eldest son William had also become a war casualty in April 1915.

In 1909 John had graduated with 1st class honours in Classics from the University of Aberdeen and features in the University Roll of Honour.  He is also commemorated at the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Alexander Smart, L/Cpl 578, 2nd Gordon Highlanders

On the anniversary of his death we remember the sacrifice of Alexander Smart, Lance Corporal 578 in the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  Alexander was 24 years of age when he died of his wounds on 3rd April 1917.  His mother, Mrs Isabella Grant  Findlay, lived at 12 North High Street in Portsoy.

Alexander is commemorated by a gravestone dedicated to him at Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, in the Somme area of France.


Casualty Record Detail

Thursday, 22 December 2016

In memory of Alexander Innes

On 22nd December we remember the sacrifice of Alexander Innes, Pte 10947, 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  Alexander was a native of Portsoy and left behind a widow, Alexena, who lived in Cullen Street.  He was 35 years of age when he fell in action on 22nd December 1916.  A gravestone is dedicated to his memory at the Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Casualty Record Detail

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Portsoy remembers William Moir

On this day we remember William Smith Moir, Pte 123698, 60th Canadian Infantry (Victoria Rifles).  William was the son of Alexander and Alexandrina Moir, and his wife Helen lived at 13 Barbank Street in Portsoy.  He was 38 years of age when he fell in action on 26th November 1916 in the fighting at Vimy Ridge.  A headstone is dedicated to his memory in the Nine Elms Military Cemetery at Thelus, Pas de Calais.

Casualty Record Detail