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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:58 pm    Post subject: BLAIRGOWRIE & RATTRAY Reply with quote

TITLE: PARISHES OF BLAIRGOWRIE & RATTRAY WAR MEMORIAL
LOCATION: WELLMEADOW, BLAIRGOWRIE
O.S. REF: NO179452
MAP: CLICK HERE
UKNIWM REF. NO: 8546
UNVEILED: SUNDAY, 21st JUNE, 1921
LISTED: CATEGORY A - 9th JUNE, 1971

NAMES
GREAT WAR: 175
WW2: 71 (DEDICATED SUNDAY, 6th JUNE, 1948)
KOREA: 2 (DEDICATED SUNDAY 8th, NOVEMBER, 1959)



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your memorial is one that I must visit - it's a cracker.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more pics of the sculpture.
More information on the sculptor Alex Carrick can be found at the website:
www.alexandercarrick.webeden.co.uk



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BLAIRGOWRIE & RATTRAY ROLL OF HONOUR 1914 - 1919

FIRST PANEL
Kington Blair Oliphant, Philip Laurence,
Lieut. Col., D.S.O., Royal Irish Rifles (late
the Rifle Brigade)
Allison, James S., Lieut., 6th Black Watch
Bennet, Walter J., 2nd Lieut., 12th Royal Scots

ROYAL MARINES
Stewart, Neil, L-Cpl.

ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION
Ewing, Robert Simpson, Acting Leading Seaman
Easson, William, A.B.
Grant, Hugh, A.B.
Grant, John, H.G.A.B.
Kidd, George P., A.B.
Smith, Thomas L. A.B.
Steven, John Robert, A.B.
Stewart, James, A.B.

3RD DRAGOON GUARDS
Nicoll, Alexander M., Trooper

IST DRAGOON GUARDS
Welsh, Thomas, Shoeing Smith

14TH HUSSARS
M'William, Adam, Sgt.

ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Blair, James, Driver
Hill, Edward, Gunner
Mowbray, William, Gunner
M'Donald, Herbert, Gunner
Stewart, Peter, Driver

ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Falconer, James B., Bombardier

ROYAL ENGINEERS
MacDonald, William Graham, Sgt.
Adamson, Andrew, Sapper
Irvine, Daniel, Sapper

SCOTTISH HORSE
Craigie, David R., Trooper
M'Laren, Alexander, Trooper
Ramsay, James, Trooper
Rintoul, William, Trooper
Robb, David, Trooper
Seaton, Robert, Trooper

SCOTS GUARDS
Adam, Alex. R., Pte.
Eggie, Edward, Pte., M.M.
Robertson, Alexander, Pte.
Robertson, Stewart, Pte.
Russell, Peter, Pte.

ROYAL SCOTS
Mitchell, David, L-Cpl.
Barclay, Robert, Pte.
Barlas, John, Pte.
Currie, William, Pte.
Dickson, John. D., Pte.
Kennedy, James, Pte.
Lauder, William, Pte.
M'Farlane, William, Pte.
M'Lagan, Peter Shaw, Pte.
Millar, James A., Pte.

NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS
Wallace, William, Pte.

ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT
Cameron, Alex. Sim, Pte.

ROYAL FUSILIERS
Grant, Charles T., Pte.
Lewis, Henry, Pte.

SUFFOLK REGT.
M'Gregor, John Daniel, L-Cpl.

ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS
Phillips, William T., Cpl.
Robertson, George, L-Cpl.
Allardyce, John, Pte.
Clarkin, James, Drummer

SECOND PANEL
MacPherson, George Denis, Major
Royal Scots (late Royal Munster Fusiliers)
Proctor, William F., Capt., 1st Scottish Horse
Marshall, David, 2nd Lieut., 2/5th Lancashire
Fusiliers, M.C.

CHESHIRE REGT.
Clark, John, Pte.
Smith, William, Pte.

KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
Boylan, John P., Cpl.
Cameron, John, Pte.
Donald, Graham, Pte.

SCOTTISH RIFLES
Farquharson, David Phillips, L-Cpl.
Methven, John, L-Cpl.
Campbell, James, Pte.
Heron, John, Pte.
Montague, Alex., Pte.
Morrison, John, Pte.
Townsley, John, Pte.

WELSH REGT.
Brodie, Peter, L-Cpl.

BLACK WATCH
Alexander, James MacGilchrist, Sgt., M.M.
Campbell, Alexander, Sgt.
M'Kenzie, George, Sgt.
Black, John, L-Sgt.
Crockart, David, L-Sgt.
Donaldson, John, Cpl.
Gow, William, Cpl.
M'Leod, Harry W. D., Cpl.
Smyth, Colin, Cpl.
Ewing, George Ferguson, L-Cpl.
Gellatly, Robert S., L-Cpl.
Low, David M., L-Cpl.
Lumsden, William, Cpl.
MacNab, John, L-Cpl.
M'Quattie, William Hill, L-Cpl.
Robertson, Duncan, L-Cpl.
Smith, Thomas M'Leod, L-Cpl.
Stewart, David, L-Cpl.
Anderson, George R., Pte.
Bridie, Balfour J., Pte.
Burness, Robert A., Pte.
Campbell, Alister, Pte.
Clark, George, Pte.
Davidson, George, Pte.
Doig, William, Pte.
Duffy, John, Pte.
Eggo, Ross, Pte.
Forbes, Charles, Pte.
Fyffe, Alexander, Pte.
Gellaltly, Thomas, Pte.
Glancy, Patrick, Pte.
Gordon, James O., Pte.
Johnstone, Thomas T., Pte.
Keith, Alexander, Pte.
Low, Andrew, Pte.
Martin, William, Pte.
Milne, George Norman, Pte.
Moon, James, Pte.
Moran, James, Pte.
M'Quattie, John, Pte.
Paterson, Alexander, Pte.
Pearson, David, Pte.
Perks, Harry, Pte.
Robertson, William, Pte.
Shaw, Robert, Pte.
Shepherd, Joseph, Pte.
Smith, Daniel G., Pte.
Thom, Alexander, Pte.
Waddell, David, Pte.

THIRD PANEL
Reid, Adam Alexander, Capt., R.F.A.
att. Black Watch
Robertson, Douglas Hill, 2nd Lieut.,
1st King's Own Scottish Borderers

MIDDLESEX REGIMENT
Hood, George Christie, L-Cpl.

HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY
Gunn, George, Sgt.
Anderson, James L., Pte.
Reid, James, Pte.
Wallace, James, Pte.

SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS
Richardson, James, Cpl., M.M. and Bar
Richardson, Peter W., Pte.
Thompson, John B., Pte

GORDON HIGHLANDERS
Burns, Thomas, Sgt-Major, D.C.M.
Bain, Alexander Gordon S., Pte.
Bell, Joseph, Pte.
Dick, James, Pte.
Dickson, Robert, Pte.
Ferguson, George Soutar, Pte.
Gordon, Edwrad S., Pte.
Hilton, David, Pte.
Law, Robert., Pte.
Robertson, John, Pte.
Tait, John, Pte.
Young, George, Pte.

CAMERON HIGHLANDERS
Wishart, James A., Cpl.
Ayling, William, Pte.
Grant, James, Pte.
Paterson, William, Pte.
Petrie, David, pte.
Smith, John, Pte.

CANADIAN FORCES
Gibson, Andrew, Sgt.
Murdoch, Alex. S., Sgt.
Spalding, James A. S., Scout Sgt.
Doig, David, Pte.
Doig, James, Pte.
Duff, John, Pte.
Fyffe, John, Pte.
Gordon, Robert S., Pte.

Grant, William S., Piper
MacDonald, John, Pte.
Murray, John H., Pte.
Robertson, George, Pte.
Thompson, Edward, Pte.


AUSTRALIAN FORCES
M'Kenzie, John K., Cpl.
Jamieson, Samuel, Pte.

NEW ZEALAND FORCES
Carr, Alexander, Pte.
Smith, Robert, Pte.

MACHINE GUN CORPS
MacDonald, Duncan, L-Cpl.
Smith, Alexander, Pte.

ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Howie, James, Mech. Staff Sgt., M.S.M.
Petrie, Alexander, Pte.

ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
Jamieson, Alexander, Pte.

LABOUR CORPS
Smith, David, Pte.

ROYAL FLYING CORPS
Mann, Charles F., Pte.

MERCHANT SERVICE
Clark, Alfred G., Capt.
Duncan, Daniel, Ch. Engineer
Falconer, David, Ch. Engineer

SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 45

FOURTH PANEL
BLACK WATCH
Black, Blair S. R., Capt.
Davidson, Stewart, Lieut.
Gilchrist, George G., Corpl.
Malone, Thomas, Corpl.
Dawson, Albert, L-Cpl.
Findlay, James W., L-Cpl.
Morrison, David M., L-Cpl.
Morrison, George, L-Cpl.
Baynes, Peter, Piper
Adams, William Lindsay, Pte.
Assenti, Dominic J., Pte.
Fender, Frank P., Pte.
Higgins, John C., Pte.
Hutcheson, David J., Pte.
Morrison, William, Pte.
M'Nab, John, Pte.
Nisbet, Ronald, Pte.
Patterson, James, Pte.
Ritch, Robert, Pte.
Townsley, Andrew, Pte.

INDIAN ARMY (GURKHAS)
Taylor, William N., Capt.

SCOTTISH RIFLES
M'Kerchar, Duncan B., Rflm.

SCOTS GUARDS
Stewart, George P., Gdsm.

CAMERON HIGHLANDERS
M'Phee, John, Pte.

FIFTH PANEL
ROYAL AIR FORCE
Brodie, William F. P., AC1
Burgess, Robert R., AC1
Crockart, William Finlay, (AA) Pilot Officer
Gow, Denholm, Leading ACM
Duffus, Jack, Sgt./Pilot
Kennedy, Thomas, Air-Gunner
M'Gregor, Gregor S., Sgt./Obs.
Neill, David, Sgt.
Neill, Douglas J., Pilot Officer
Smith, Crichton A., Sgt. Pilot
Stephen, James, Sgt. Air-Gunner
Stewart, David, AC2
Stewart, James, Sgt.
Turnbull, Alexander S., Squad. Ldr.

RAFVR
Macaskill, Allan, Sgt.

SEAFORTHS
Thom, William, Pte.
Cuthbert, James G., Pte.

ROYAL ENGINEERS
Brown, James, Sapper
Hutcheon, James, Sapper

ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS
M'Lean, Alexander, Fus.
Petrie, John M., Fus.

ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS
Campbell, Colin, Sign.
Maxwell, George, Sgt.
Moncur, William, Sign.

SIXTH PANEL
ROYAL ARTILLERY
Dove, William S., Bomdr.
Findlay, Robert G., Gnr.
Law, John T., Gnr.
Milne, James, Gnr.

ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Davidson, Kenneth J., Driver
M'Nab, James, Driver
Stevenson, Lancelot, Driver

ROYAL NAVY
Clarkin, John P., Ord. Seaman
Collie, Ian, Telegraphist
M'Lagan, James, A.B.
Steele, John H., Engr. Artifr.
Gellatly, David N., Ord. Sign.
MacDonald, Alastair D., Ord. Seaman

MERCHANT NAVY
Calder, George M. F., Engr.
Cuthbert, John G., Cook
Mackay, James, Ord. Seaman
Matthew, George, Radio Officer

PIONEERS CORPS
Kelly, Alexander, Sgt.
Lindsay, Leslie, L/Cpl.

ATS
Clerk Rattray, Elizabeth, Sen/Cmdr.

WAAF
Christie, Elizabeth M., LACW

NURSING SERVICES
Dowall, Mary O'N., Nursing Sister

KOREA 1950 - 53

BLACK WATCH
Simpson, Ian, Pte.

ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS
Sutherland, Stewart J., Sgt.
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PHILIP LAURENCE KINGTON BLAIR OLIPHANT
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Irish Rifles 11/13th Battalion

Age: 50

BORN: 17th December 1867 at Datchet Lodge, Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England.
Son of Philip Oliphant Kington Blair Oliphant (Landed Proprietor) and Henrietta Yaldwyn.

Husband of LAURA GERALDINE BODENHAM

Died of Wounds, France & Flanders, Monday 8th April 1918
Buried: Grave B. 8. 13 - St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France.

BLAIRGOWRIE ADVERTISER: 13.04.18
It was with the deepest sorrow that the community learned on Tuesday that Lieut.-Colonel Philip Laurence Kington Blair Oliphant, D.S.O., of Ardblair, had died of wounds in a hospital abroad. Last week we reported he had been wounded by gunshot on 28th March, and according to the latest bulletin he was, towards the end of last week, progressing very satisfactorily. On Monday, however, Mrs Blair Oliphant received a telegram that he was dangerously ill, and that afternoon she left to visit him, but was intercepted in London with a message at the War Office that her husband had passed away on Monday afternoon.
Lieut.-Colonel Blair Oliphant, who was the only son of the late Mr Philip Oliphant Kington Blair Oliphant of Ardblair, Blairgowrie, was born at Datchet, near Windsor, on December 17th, 1867, and was educated at Harrow. Choosing a military career, he entered the Rifle Brigade in 1888, and served several years in India. He retired from the Army in 1903 with the rank of Captain, and went into the Reserve of Officers, then taking up residence on his estate at Ardblair Castle. In the Ulster question a few years ago he took a keen interest, and in June 1914, he went to Ireland to help raise the Ulster Volunteers, which were drafted to France in 1915 as the 11th Royal Irish Rifles, with Lieut.-Colonel Blair Oliphant second in command. Subsequently he was given command of the Battalion. He received his D.S.O. (an immediate reward) at Thiepval on July 1st, 1916, and was four times mentioned in despatches.
The circumstances under which Lieut.-Colonel Blair Oliphant won his distinction for conspicuous gallantry were as under: - “When there was difficulty in getting information regarding the situation owing to casualties among officers and runners and the enemy’s heavy barrage, he went forward under very heavy fire, organised scattered parties in the firing lines, repelled a counter attack, and brought back valuable information”.
On 28th March last he was in charge of part of the line, and finding a Corporal of the Battalion badly wounded in the leg, went to help him, and, with the assistance of a Sergeant, dressed the wound. Together they carried the man three-quarters of the way back, when the Sergeant was hit in the leg, and had to limp back to cover. Lieut.-Colonel Blair Oliphant went to get more help, and returned with two men to the Corporal, who was quite helpless. As they were trying to lift him Lieut.-Colonel Blair Oliphant was hit in the thigh and had to come back. He sent two more men to the Corporal, who was hit again, and another n.c.o., who was helping, was hit through the hand. The Lieut.-Colonel’s wound was then tied up by a man in his Battalion, who helped him to walk four miles to the rear, where a stretcher was obtained. He was eventually admitted to a base hospital on 30th March, and died there on 8th April.
The deceased was a well-known writer, having published books on Russia, and several other novels.
As a landlord he was very kind and considerate and he was held in the highest esteem by his tenantry, as by the whole community, with which he was closely connected, and in whose affairs he was always greatly interested.
Sincere sympathy has gone out to Mrs Blair Oliphant, her daughter, and three sons, and to the deceased’s aged mother and his sister, who also resides at Ardblair Castle, in their sore bereavement of one who was held in such universal respect.


N.B.
Philip Laurence Kington Blair Oliphant is also commemorated on the Memorial Board of the former Hill Parish Church.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GEORGE DENIS MACPHERSON

Major
The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 13th Battalion

Age: 53

BORN: 14th December 1861 at Bernera, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia.
Son of Allan Macpherson Esq. (Landed Proprietor) and Emma Blake.

Killed in Action, France & Flanders, Monday 27th September 1915
Commemorated: Panel 10 to 13 - Loos Memorial, France.

BLAIRGOWRIE ADVERTISER: 02.10.15
News was received here on Thursday of the death in action in France on Sunday of Major George Denis Macpherson, fourth son of Mrs Macpherson, Blairgowrie.
The news was conveyed in a letter from his soldier servant, Private James Moss, who stated that Major Macpherson was killed while leading his men on, and that “ he got the praise of every man who followed him”.
Major Macpherson, who was 53 years old, was educated at Winchester, and obtained a commission in the Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1882. He fought with that regiment in the South African War, and was very seriously wounded at the taking of Bethlehem. He received the honour of a Brevet Majority for his services during the War.
Having partially recovered from his wound, he was appointed an instructor at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and occupied the post for eighteen months.
Thereafter he rejoined his regiment in South Africa, and served with it in that country and at Gibraltar till 1905, when, being still in ill-health, he resigned his commission, and since then had resided in Blairgowrie.
At the beginning of the present war Major Macpherson volunteered for active service, and in September of last year he was appointed second in command of the 13th Royal Scots. He went out with his regiment to France on 8th July, and within a fortnight of arriving there was sent to the trenches at the Front.
A private of the 13th Royal Scots, who returned wounded from France this week, informed a correspondent that the late Major Macpherson was remarkably popular with his battalion, and that his death aroused great sorrow.
He took such a deep personal interest in his men that they one and all affectionately named him “Faither”. When offenders were brought before him charged with “crimes” he invariably dismissed them with words of fatherly advice, as to their personal behaviour, instead of imposing a punishment.
One aspect of Major Macpherson’s character that impressed the men was his unfailing courtesy and gentlemanly manner. He never passed without saying “Good Morning”, or another appropriate greeting. He always acknowledged their salutes in such a proper regimental way that a stranger might have thought the major was private and they the superior officers.
Regarding Major McPherson's personal bravery and coolness in the trenches, the soldier had the highest praise to bestow. Before the great charge began the warning was passed along the line - “Charge when you see the major on the parapet”. The last words the informant heard the major say were - “Royal Scots, follow me”, as he shouted and leapt the parapet of the trench. Needless to say, the men sprang en masse under a hail of lead from rifles and machine guns. The soldier did not see the major fall, as he himself was wounded a few seconds after he left the trench.


N.B.

George Macpherson is also commemorated in St. Catharine’s Church.
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I have transcribed and entered the full Roll of Honour for the Blairgowrie & Rattray War Memorial.

I have posted the entries for George Denis Macpherson and Philip Laurence Kington Blair Oliphant.

George's great-nephew Sir William Macpherson of Cluny and Philip's grandson Laurence Blair Oliphant of Ardblair & Gask have agreed to attend the launch this coming Saturday Shocked .
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These photographs have turned up since the Blairgowrie & Rattray War Memorial book was published. I am sharing them with you;

GREAT WAR


Name: MITCHELL, DAVID
Initials: D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Royal Scots
Unit Text: 9th Bn.
Age: 30
Date of Death: 09/04/1917
Service No: 351258
Additional information: Son of William S. Mitchell, of Allan St. House, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. G. 8.
Cemetery: ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY


Name: IRVINE
Initials: D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 52nd Lowland Div. Signal Coy.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 03/11/1915
Service No: 3147
Additional information: Son of Duncan Irvine, of Rosebank, Abbey Rd., Scone, Perth.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: C. 13.
Cemetery: ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY


Name: FALCONER, JAMES BISSET
Initials: J B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit Text: 275th Siege Bty.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 27/09/1917
Service No: 110396
Additional information: Son of Lake Falconer (Architect) and Mary Bisset Falconer, of The Alders, Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Born at Blairgowrie.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XXIV. D. 19A.
Cemetery: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

WW2


Name: LINDSAY, LESLIE
Initials: L
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Pioneer Corps
Unit Text: 59 Coy.
Age: 35
Date of Death: 14/06/1945
Service No: 13085803
Additional information: Son of Mrs. J. Lindsay, of New Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Row 1, grave 2.
Cemetery: TURNHOUT COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Another, of George P. A. Clark, is in the pipeline.

rgs.,
Mark
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SAMUEL JAMIESON



Private 2043
Australian Infantry 6th Battalion

Age: 30

BORN: 5th June 1886 at 116 High Street, Perth.
Son of James Jamieson (Hawker) and Sarah Jamieson.

Enlisted: Melbourne
Killed in Action, France & Flanders, Friday 18th August 1916
Buried: Grave III. F 11 - Courcelette British Cemetery, France.

BLAIRGOWRIE ADVERTISER: 23.09.16
Pvt. Samuel Jamieson, Australian Forces, fourth son of the late Jas. Jamieson, High Street, Rattray was killed by a shell on the 18th August.
He enlisted in Australia two years ago, and was through the Gallipoli Campaign, being in all 18 months on foreign service.
Deceased, who was 30 years of age, was employed at Ballintuim before emigrating to Australia. He has three brothers with the colours.
In a letter from the chaplain to deceased’s sister, Mrs Anderson, Old Rattray, the writer, in tendering the sincere sympathy of the battalion, says:- “Pvt. Jamieson was a good soldier and an excellent comrade. He was highly esteemed, and will be much missed. It will be some comfort to you to know that he suffered no pain, death being instantaneous”.

N.B.
Samuel Jamieson is also commemorated on panel 47 of the Australian National War Memorial.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:58 pm    Post subject: Corporal Thomas Malone Reply with quote

Thomas Malone's name is listed on the Black Watch section of the memorial.

He was my Grandfather and is also commemorated on the Riverside Methodist Church Memorial Roll.

I have a very poor copy of the page on Thomas from the book. I would appreciate it if you could give the information here.
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Name: SMITH, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 9th Bn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 26/04/1917
Service No: S/43462
Additional information: Born at Dundee. Son of John and Annie Rough Smith, of Shawfield, Rosemount, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. D. 5.
Cemetery: GUEMAPPE BRITISH CEMETERY, WANCOURT


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi DerekR
The grave you posted above is my Great Uncle Alex M Smith, can I ask do you have a connection with this chap?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry Perks and John S Donaldson, both of the 6th Black Watch, died on 30th July 1916, and are buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, near Albert. My Dad fought alongside them and in July 1973 we took him to visit their graves. I took slides if anyone would like a copy.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Janet,

My g-uncle John Duffy fell with the 6th B.W. on Sunday 30th July 1916 when they were attacking High Wood. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial & here in Blairgowrie. If you have slides I'd love to see them and some background on your dad - it would be really appreciated.

rgds.,
Mark
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Janet wrote:
Harry Perks and John S Donaldson, both of the 6th Black Watch, died on 30th July 1916, and are buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, near Albert. My Dad fought alongside them and in July 1973 we took him to visit their graves. I took slides if anyone would like a copy.


Prior to the outbreak of war John Donaldson was a painter with Mr Donald, Pitlochry whilst Harry Perks was employed at Faskally Gardens.
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