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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:19 pm    Post subject: Alness War Memorial, Ross & Cromarty (T) Reply with quote

Alness War Memorial, Ross & Cromarty
Location: At East end of Alness High Street next to junction with Dalmore Road
OS Ref:NH 660 695
Memorial Type: Cross

This sanstone cross is starting to show its age. The names can still be read for now but at some point in the future something will need to be done.

The unsightly railings at the bottom for the poppy wreaths make it difficult to read and photograph the Second World War names.























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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A transcription of the names:

Great War

BAIN , Colin , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
BEALE , J , Lance Corporal , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
CAMPBELL , John , Private , 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
CAMPBELL , Kenneth , Private , 11th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
CAMPBELL , Thomas , Private , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
CLARK , Alexander , Lieutenant & Quartermaster , MC, 9th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
CONNELL , Henry , Private , 1st Bn Scots Guards
CORMACK , James A , Private , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
DARLING , David , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
DOUGLAS , George , Private , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
FARQUHAR , James , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
FERGUSON , Thomas J , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
FINLAYSON , D , Private , 18th Bn Highland Light Infantry
FRASER , Hector , Private , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
FRASER , John , Gunner , 121st battery Royal Field Artillery
FRASER , Roderick J , Quartermaster Sergeant , 178th Coy. Machine Gun Corps
FRASER , William , Lance Corporal , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
GAIR , John , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
GRANT , Hugh , Lance Corporal , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
GRANT , Mark , Private , 5th Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
GRANT , Robert , Corporal , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
GRAY , Robert , Private , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
GUNN , Duncan C , Private  , 15th Bn Highland Light Infantry
HENDERSON , D , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
HENDERSON , J M , Major , MC, 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders
HILL , A , Lieutenant , 9th Bn Highland Light Infantry
HOPE , Donald , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
KENNEDY , N , Sergeant , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACBEAN , William , Private , 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACDONALD , David C , Private  , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACDONALD , Hugh , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACDONALD , J , Corporal , 7th Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
MACDONALD , J , Private , 2nd Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers
MACGHEE , Donald , Private , Gordon Highlanders
MACKAY , George , Sergeant , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACKELLAR , Colin , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACKENZIE , Alexander , Private , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACKENZIE , D , Sergeant , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACKENZIE , D , Private , 29th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
MACKENZIE , George , 2nd Lieutenant , 8th Bn Gordon Highlanders
MACKENZIE , Hugh J , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACKENZIE , J , Private , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACLEAN , D A , Sergeant , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACLEAY , John , Private , 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACLENNAN , R , Lance Corporal , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACLEOD , David , Sergeant , 6th Bn Highland Light Infantry
MACLEOD , Hugh , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACLEOD , Lachlan , Private , 6th Bn Black Watch
MACLEOD , Thomas , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MACULLOCH , Finlay , Lance Corporal , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MANSON , J , Private , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MATHESON , Alexander Donald , Corporal (Trooper) , New Zealand Mounted Machine Gun Squadron New Zealand Expeditionary Force
MATHESON , Angus , Rifleman , 1st Bn Canterbury Regt. New Zealand Expeditionary Force
MATHESON , James , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MATHESON , Roderick , Private , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MILLER , J W , Corporal , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MINTY , J F , Gunner , 36th battery Royal Field Artillery
MORRISON , George , Private , 14th Bn Australian Imperial Force
MUNRO , George , Lance Corporal , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MUNRO , John , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MUNRO , John , Lance Corporal , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MUNRO , Murdo , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MUNRO , Simon , Lance Corporal , 4th Bn Grenadier Guards
MUNRO , William , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MURRAY , Robert , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
ROBERTSON , Ian , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
ROBERTSON , Peter , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
ROSS , Duncan , Sergeant , 4th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
ROSS , George , Private , 310th Regt. Unites States Forces
ROSS , George , Private , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
ROSS , Gilbert , Private , 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
ROSS , Henry , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
ROSS , Hugh , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
ROSS , Hugh , Sergeant Major , 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders
SCOTT , Arthur , Private , 7th Bn Cameron Highlanders
SCOTT , J S , Lance Corporal , 7th Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
SMITH , Alexander , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
STEVENSON , Alexander R , Private , 5th Bn Gordon Highlanders
STEWART , Donald , Private , 1st Bn Otago Regt New Zealand Expeditionary Force
STRACHAN , John F , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
WATSON , George M , Private , 7th Bn Royal Scots
WILLIAMSON , David , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
WILLIAMSON , Donald , Sergeant , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
WILLIAMSON , George , Private , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
WILLIAMSON , Isaac , Private , 5th Bn Cameron Highlanders

Second World War

AIRLIE , Daniel , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
BAIN , John S , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
BROWN , Victor , Sergeant , Royal Air Force
FOWLER , George , CMM? , Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve
FRASER , Joh R , Private , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
FRASER , Wiliam J , Leading Aircraftman , Royal Air Force
GAMMIE , William D D , Lieutenant , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
KERR , Annie Park , Sister , Merchant Navy
MACDONALD , Roderick , Bosun , Merchant Navy
MACKAY , James , Lance Corporal , 2nd Bn Cameron Highlanders
MACKENZIE , Donald J K , Trooper , D-Day. 13th (2/4th Bn. The South Lancashire Regt.) Bn Parachute Regiment
MACKENZIE , William , Guardsman , 1st Bn Scots Guards
MACLEAN , Duncan , Seaman , Merchant Navy
MACLENNAN , Alexander J , Stoker , Royal Navy
MACMULLAN , Neil , Lance Bombardier , Royal Artillery
MACRAE , Dugald J , Warrant Officer , Royal Air Force
MACRAE , Ian T , Flight Sergeant , Royal Air Force
MATTHEWS , Frank G , Air Mechanic , Royal Navy
MIDDLETON , William J G , Sergeant , Royal Air Force
MUNRO , Roderick , Trooper , 15/19 Hussars
SINCLAIR , Kenneth McR , Lance Corporal , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
STEVENSON , William , Driver , 5th Battery Royal Horse Artillery
STEWART , David , Drummer , 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
STODDART , Harry M , Corporal , 4th Bn Cameron Highlanders
SWANSON , William , Private , MM, 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
TAYLOR , David A , Private , Royal Army Ordnance Corps
THOM , William , Private , 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
WINCHESTER , Alexander , Gunner , Royal Artillery

Northern Ireland, 1979

MacMILLAN , Allan M , Private , 1st Bn Queen's Own Highlanders
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ROSS-SHIRE ROOTS » Times Gone By
French tribute to 'forgotten' hero
By Hector Mackenzie
Published: 03 August, 2007

THE war-time contribution of a brave young Ross man who lost his life during a daring air attack on German munitions trains will be marked in a quiet corner of France next week.

Invergordon-born Warrant Officer Donald J MacRae had been serving with the RAF when he was reported missing on operational duty over enemy territory on August 6, 1944.

And while his brave exploits have been recorded in military annals, many from his native land remain unaware that his memory lives on amongst townsfolk in the area he was finally laid to rest. On Monday of next week at 6.55pm, the people of Jonzac in the Poitou-Charente region of France will gather in front of the monument at the Place de la Gare to commemorate the tragic deaths of two airmen who died in their Mosquito at exactly the same date and time in 1944.

Warrant Officer D J MacRae, who was 24, died alongside pilot Clement Fletcher (21) who was from Halifax in Yorkshire. The aircraft was attacking two munition trains containing shells for heavy calibre naval guns. As a result of the attack the trains exploded throughout that night, destroying everything on board. But whilst pulling out of the attack, it appears the aircraft hit the branch of a tree which tore off one of the wings.

The pair had been attached to 151 squadron RAF. Warrant Officer MacRae was the only son of Mr and Mrs John Macrae of The Bungalow, Alness and was on the staff of Messrs D Matheson and Son, architects and civil engineers, Dingwall, prior to joining the RAF.

The Journal was contacted ahead of next week’s commemoration by retired policeman Ian McKillop who has since moved to the Charente area of France. The Jonzac monument was erected by townspeople in 2004 to mark the 60th anniversary of the men’s deaths.

Said Mr McKillop, “There are many monuments to resistance fighters who were killed in my local area and the French, in this area at least, still commemerate their war dead. Flowers are laid at these small memorial stones often placed at the side of a road. This area is full of stories about the wartime years and so when I saw a post in a forum about a memorial to the two RAF personnel I decided to investigate who they were.”

At the time of the tragedy, the Air Ministry wrote to Warrant Officer Macrae’s parents. Poignantly, the letter tells how a piece of paper bearing the young airman’s number, name and initials were found in his pocket, helping to confirm his identity.


The memorial to the airmen in the French town of Jonzac.

The letter goes on to state that he was buried by the Germans with military honours at the cemetery at Jonzac. It goes on, “After the Germans had left the cemetery, the inhabitants of Jonzac paid their last respects and covered the graves with flowers.”

It says how a local Frenchman had taken it on himself to tend the graves and erect crosses with the names of the men.

It adds, “You may possibly like to know that your son’s aircraft was attacking two munition trains containing shells for heavy calibre naval guns. As a result of the attack the trains exploded all night and there was nothing left of them in the morning. Whilst pulling out of the attack it appears the aircraft hit the branch of a tree which tore off one of the wings.”

He is described as being of a particularly bright and amiable disposition and very popular with his comrades.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:43 am    Post subject: James MacDonald Henderson Major MC Gordons Reply with quote

James MacDonald Henderson Act. Major MC 4th Gordon Highlanders b Rosskeen 06/01/1891 Age 27 Killed in Action F & F 11/04/1918 Son of James M Henderson, Farmer. Son of Catherine Isabella Henderson, 6 High St; Ivergordon. & the late James Henderson, Culcairn, Alness. City Roll of Honour: 11 University Rd; Aberdeen. Roll of Service in the Great War : page 87 : photo. Educated Robert Gordon's. Husband of Ellen Turner McNaughton Henderson. MI: Bu20. Loos Memorial M. R. 19 Panel 115 Column 1 BA 18-04-18 1/1 & 2/6 & 4/3: Photo Alness Buckie City & St Machars
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:48 am    Post subject: George Arthur MacKenzie 2nd Lt 8th Gordons Reply with quote

George Arthur MacKenzie 2nd Lt 8th Gordon Highlanders C Coy Age 24 Killed in Action F & F 25/09/1915 City Roll of Honour : Westbank, Inverurie. Son of the late George Grant MacKenzie. Son of Jessie G MacKenzie, Alladale, Alness, Ross-shire. Officers Book page 166. Fettes College. Loos Memorial M. R. 19 Panel 115 to 119 Edinburgh Evening News 02-10-15 Page 6 Alness City & Fettes College
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Alex R Stevenson Private S/30445 5th Gordon Highlanders Age 19 Died Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom 16/04/1919 Rosskeen Parish Churchyards Extensions C. 287. Alness & Ardross Estate
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Name: HILL, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 9th (Glasgow Hds) Bn
Date of Death: 12/10/1918
Age: 38
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Hill, of Millcraig, Alness, Ross-shire; husband of Barbara R. S. Mackenzie Hill, of 192, Bedlay St., Springburn, Glasgow. Teacher under Glasgow Education Authority. Enlisted in Feb., 1915.
Panel Reference: Panel 9 and 10
Memorial: Vis-en-Artois Memorial

Also named on Glasgow City Council Education Department War Memorial.

Wigtownshire Free Press (28/11/1918): Lieut Alexander Hill, HLI, who died on 12th October of wounds received that day, was formerly (1902-5) on the staff of Farraline Park School, Inverness. Thence he proceeded to Stranraer, and for a period of over nine years was an enthusiastic teacher and a great favourite with the scholars in Lewis Street School. Lieut Hill was specially gifted in music, and the school received special mention in the Blue Book for the high standard of voice production reached. Mr hill, who was also choir master at Ivy Place Church, subsequently received an appointment under Glasgow School Board. He was on the staff of Hyde Park School, Springburn, when in 1915 he enlisted in the Glasgow Highlanders, and acted as instructor until he received his commission in 1917. He continued as instructor in the Officers' School, Stirling, till he proceeded to France in April of this year. Hill was the only son of Mr and Mrs Hill, Millcraig, Alness, to whom and to his widow (previous to her marriage, Miss Barbara Mackenzie, of the High School staff), the warmest sympathy is extended.
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