Saturday, 22 October 2016

James Topp, Pte 23679 Machine Gun Corps

On this day we remember the sacrifice of James Topp, who was serving in the 152nd Coy. Machine Gun Corps when he became a victim of the conflict on the Somme and died of wounds on 22nd October 1916.  He had previously served with the Gordon Highlanders and was the son of Alexander & Jane Topp, who lived at 8 South High Street in Portsoy.

James is named on the Portsoy town war memorial and was buried at the Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Extension in France where a headstone is dedicated to him.

Casualty Record Detail

Thursday, 13 October 2016

In memory of Thomas Mair

On 13th October 1916, Thomas Mair, Pte 43137, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, became a victim of the conflict on the Western Front.  Thomas was the son of Helen Slater who had settled at Sinclair Road in Torry, Aberdeen, and was 23 years of age at the time of his death.

The impressive memorial at Thiepval in France bears a dedication to Thomas and over 70,000 of those who lost their lives during this period.  He is also commemorated on the Portsoy town memorial.

Casualty Record Detail

Friday, 16 September 2016

Portsoy remembers William Russell

On 16th September we remember William Russell, Pte 40326, 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, who was 22 years of age when he fell in action on the Western Front.  William's father James worked as a shoemaker and lived with his wife Mary at 9 Seafield Street in Portsoy.

William was buried and commemorated at the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, near Albert, France.

Casualty Record Detail

Thursday, 4 August 2016

In memory of James Duncan & Alexander Robertson

On the second anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, two Portsoy men became casualties of the conflict.

James Duncan, Pte 1467, 6th Bn. Gordon Highlanders fell in action on 4th August 1916 at the age of just eighteen.  James' mother, Mrs Isabella Duncan, lived at 13 Hill Street in Portsoy.  He is commemorated at the iconic Thiepval Memorial near Albert in France.

Alexander Robertson, Captain, 6th Bn. Gordon Highlanders, also lost his life on the same day.  A married man aged 31, he had lived at Dunalistair, Portsoy, with his wife Elsie Geddes.  The couple later settled in Edinburgh.  A headstone is dedicated to his memory at the Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 in Beaumont-Hamel, France.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Remembering the fallen: James Kerr

Today we reflect on the sacrifice of James Kerr, Lance-Corporal 10948, 6th Bn Gordon Highlanders.  James was 22 years of age when he lost his life in battle on 30th July 1916.  He was the son of Forbes Kerr and Annie Milne, whose home was at 10 Shillinghill in Portsoy.  James is commemorated at the iconic Thiepval Memorial in France as well as on the family gravestone in Portsoy.

Casualty Record Detail

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Thomas Murdoch, Pte 1532, Royal Scots

On this day we remember Thomas John Murdoch, Pte 1532, Royal Scots.  Thomas was 22 years of age when he died of wounds sustained in battle on 23rd July 1916.  His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Murdoch of Seafield Street in Portsoy.  Thomas is commemorated at the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery in France.

Casualty Record Detail

Monday, 11 July 2016

Remembering William J Milne

On 11th July we recall the sacrifice of William J. Milne, Serjeant 3220, 1st/4th Bn Gordon Highlanders.  A native of Portsoy, William was brought up there by his grandparents Mr & Mrs W. Milne, who subsequently lived at Gatehouse, Inverurie.  He was 38 years of age when he fell in battle on 11th July 1916 and is commemorated by a gravestone at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France.