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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:03 pm    Post subject: John Farquharson Reply with quote

John Farquharson
Pte (on memorial but Cpl according to CWGC) 227017 Canadian Mounted Rifles

Born Portsoy abt 1878
Enlisted Hamilton Nov 19 1915
Died 20/11/1918
Buried Bourdon military cemetery Grave Pres. D. 22.

1891 Census at Shilling Hill St with mother (Jane) and 6 sisters. He's an apprentice baker.

No record found yet of when he went to Canada.

Husband of Isabella Farquharson, of 28, Schoolhendry St., Portsoy


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:15 pm    Post subject: Re: William Gordon Reply with quote

anne park wrote:
William Gordon Sjt nothing on database


I have a possible update. I've found a William Gordon on CWGC, son of William and Isabella Gordon. There is an inconsistency that he's a Pte. Details are:

Pte 5889 William Gordon, 2nd Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died 29/10/1914 aged 35
Panel 38 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Son of William and Isabella Gordon. About 20 years Service. Served in the South African Campaign, and in India.

In the 1911 English Census I have found a William Gordon, born Portsoy, aged about 31, who is listed as

Name: William Gordon
Age in 1911: 31
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1880
Birth Place: Portsoy, Banff, Scotland
County/Island: Military
Country: England
Military Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders
Registration District Number: 641
ED, institution, or vessel: India

I've found a William Gordon in Portsoy in the 1891 census, aged 11, in Old Cullen Street, with his father and siblings (not mother); in the 1881 census he is listed with both parents, resident with grandparents in Old Cullen Street.

A possible match?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:16 pm    Post subject: William Gordon Reply with quote

Things look like they would fit.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:45 pm    Post subject: Hector Guthrie Reply with quote

Updated with information provided by Ken Morrison

Hector MacLennan Guthrie
Lieutenant 3rd (Reserve), attached 1st (20th Foot) Bn Lancs Fusiliers

Also listed on the Urr Parish War Memorial (just north of Dalbeattie) in Kirkcudbrightshire and the Springholm Village War Memorial.

Born Portsoy 11 July 1892
Educated Fordyce Academy and Aberdeen Universit(graduated with 1st Class Honours July 1914)
Gazetted 2nd Lt 3rd Lancs Fusiliers 10 Oct 1914
Served with Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli from May 1915 (assisted in taking out a draft from the 1st Bn)
Was reported wounded/missing after an attack on the Turkish trenches, 4 June 1915 and assumed killed in action on that date.
Helles Memorial Panel 58 to 72 or 218 to 219.

Unmarried.

Second son of James and Isabella (Murray) Guthrie of Springholm Schoolhouse and of Dowan Place, Stirling. (Source: CWGC, the family grave in Bannockburn Cemetery and De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour)

CWGC notes him as second son on of Bella Guthrie, of Dowan Place, Stirling, and the late James Guthrie.

His sister was a teacher at Springholm School. (D&G Standard 24/11/1915 page 5a)

There is a photo of the family grave in Bannockburn on the Scottish War Graves Project.(page 3)
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/scottishwargraves-ftopic22-30.html

He was a sergeant in " U " (University) Company of the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders; he proceeded to Bedford for service with the Battalion in August 1914. Eager to increase his chances of being sent to the Front early in the war, he applied for and obtained a commission in the 3rd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in October 1914. In May 1915 he was sent to the 1st Battalion at Gallipoli. Within a month he was reported missing after an attack on the Turkish trenches.
(Source: De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour and Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen)
For more of Hector's story see www.abdn.ac.uk/historic/mem_single.php?memid=21


1901 census located in Portsoy with parents and 3 siblings:

Name: Hector Guthrie
Age: 8
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1893
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: James Guthrie
Mother's Name: Bella Guthrie
Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Roseacre St
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 2
Household Schedule Number: 102
Line: 16
Roll: CSSCT1901_45


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: John Innes Reply with quote

John Innes
Pte 34322 17th Bn Royal Scots

Husband of Elsie Innes, of 75, Dalry Rd., Edinburgh. Born at Portsoy, Banffshire.


Son of Joseph Innes

Born Portsoy about 1877
Enlisted Edinburgh
Died F&F 29/09/1918 aged 42
Grave I. G. 23. Zantvoorde British Cemetery

Also commemorated Portsoy Cemetery (ANESFHS Portsoy Old Burial Ground grave 315)

1901 Census:

Name: John Innes
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Elsie Innes
Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banffshire
Registration number: 685/1
Registration District: St George
Civil Parish: Edinburgh St Michael
County: Midlothian
Address: 16 Orwell Pl
Occupation: Tailor
ED: 114
Household Schedule Number: 99
Line: 10
Roll: CSSCT1901_368

1891 Census:
Name: John Innes
Age: 14
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: Joseph Innes
Mother's Name: Jane Innes
Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Church Street
Occupation: Tailor's Apprentice
ED: 3
Household Schedule Number: 78
Line: 11
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:16 pm    Post subject: William Littlejohn Reply with quote

William Littlejohn
Gunner 2041 34th Coy Royal Garrison Artillery

Also recorded Newhills
Husband of Jane Morrison

Born Insch, Aberdeen according to SDGW/SNWM or Alloa according to 1901 Census
Enlisted Aberdeen
Died Military Hospital IOW 18/03/1915
Buried Portsoy Old Burial Ground Grave 155 according to CWGC, Grave 96 according to ANESFHS Portsoy Old Burial Ground MI (his wife Jane Morrison died 17/12/1941 and is commemorated on the same stone along with other relations)

1911 Census at Chapel Lane, aged 41, with wife Jane, married 9 years, 0 children, Marine Engineer, born Insch.

1901 Census he's in Portsoy boarding with a William Watson and his niece Jane Morrison (later his wife??):
Name: William Littlejohn
Age: 29
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1872
Relationship: Boarder
Gender: Male
Where born: Alloa, clackmananshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Chapel St
Occupation: Traction Engine Driver
ED: 2
Household Schedule Number: 54
Line: 19
Roll: CSSCT1901_45


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:29 pm    Post subject: James Main Reply with quote

James Main
Pte 10/1901 Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F. (Australian I F on Portsoy memorial)

Son of Mrs. Jane Main, of 24, Chapel St., Portsoy, Banff.

Born Fordyce about 1893
Enlisted Carlton House, Masterton, New Zealand (Wellington Military District)
Embarked Wellington 17 April 1915
Died London from wounds received at Gallipoli 22/09/1915 aged 23
Buried Fordyce Old Cemetery grave 199. 12.

Not found in 1911 census (Jane Main is at 79 Cullen Street, Portsoy, with 4 children).

1901 Census:
Name: James Main
Age: 8
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1893
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: James Main
Mother's Name: Jane Main
Gender: Male
Where born: Fordyce, Banffshire
Registration number: 159
Registration District: Keith
Civil Parish: Keith
County: Banffshire
Address: Edintone
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 5
Household Schedule Number: 20
Line: 3
Roll: CSSCT1901_47

From the Banffshire Journal, 28 September 1915

We regret to have to announce the death in London from wounds received at the Dardanelles of Private James Main, New Zealand Rifles, son of Mrs Main, Cullen Street, Portsoy. Private Main, who was 23 years of age, went out to New Zealand about 5 years ago but answered the call of his country and joined the New Zealand contingent with which he came to the Dardanelles where he received serious wounds in the leg and thigh. He was brought to London where everything possible was done for him but he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday. His mother was sent for by the authorities and spent a few days in London with him. Private Main's remains were brought to Portsoy on Saturday and were met and followed home by a large body of friends.

The article goes on to mention 2 brothers who were present at the funeral: Pte David Main, 1/6th Gordon Highlanders, and Pte Alex Main, 2/6th Gordon Highlanders.

A service in the house was conducted by Rev Wm Browne and at the churchyard at Fordyce by Rev Mr Dickson [my note of the last name is not clear].


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Main did enlist in NZ. See http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/10232.detail?Ordinal=4&c_surname_search=main&c_firstname_search=james&c_warconflict_search=%22world+war+i,+1914-1918%22
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject: James Main Reply with quote

Ken

Many thanks for the link - not a source I'd come across before. I'll annotate my post.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:15 pm    Post subject: John McCulloch Reply with quote

John McCulloch
Captain, 5th Bn Gordon Highlanders

Also recorded on Huntly memorial

Son of John and Jane McCulloch, (sometime draper in Portsoy). Brother of William McCulloch (also recorded here and on Huntly memorial).

Born Huntly about 1887
Commissioned ?
Died 09/04/1917
Commemorated Bay 8 and 9 Arras Memorial

1901 Census:
Name: John Mcculloch
Age: 14
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1887
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: John Mcculloch
Mother's Name: Jane Mcculloch
Gender: Male
Where born: Huntly, Aberdeenshire
Registration number: 202
Registration District: Huntly
Civil Parish: Huntly
Town: Huntly
County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Birchbank
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 4
Household Schedule Number: 89
Line: 14
Roll: CSSCT1901_68

From the Banffshire Journal 17 April 1917:

Information has been received in Portsoy of the death in action on 9th inst. of Captain John McCulloch, Gordon Highlanders, second son of Mr John McCulloch lately of Seafield Street Portsoy and now residing in Glasgow. Captain McCulloch was a pupil at Fordyce Academy and graduated with distinction at Aberdeen University. He held a teaching appointment at Ayr Academy and at the outbreak of war was headmaster at Dollar Academy. Having obtained one of the commissions available to graduates, he was appointed to the Gordon Highlanders with whom he had seen a good deal of service. Captain McCulloch's elder brother who was among the Canadians was killed at Hill 60. Another who came from South America was for some time a Quartermaster Sergeant in the Gordons and had to leave he army through ill health, while the youngest brother is a wireless operator in the mercantile marine.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:13 pm    Post subject: William McCulloch Reply with quote

William Alexander McCulloch
Pte 27289 15th Bn Canadian Infantry (Sgt according to CWGC)

Born Huntly 4 November 1884
Enlisted 18 September 1914 (from attestation paper)
Died 24/04/1915
Commemorated Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30 Ypres Menin Gate

Son of John and Jane McCulloch, brother of Captain John McCulloch (q.v.).

Bank Clerk, unmarried, had previously served 4 years in 4th V Bn G(ordon?) H(ighlanders?) (from attestation paper)

1901 Census:
Name: William A Mcculloch
Age: 16
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: John Mcculloch
Mother's Name: Jane Mcculloch
Gender: Male
Where born: Huntly, Aberdeenshire
Registration number: 202
Registration District: Huntly
Civil Parish: Huntly
Town: Huntly
County: Aberdeenshire
Address: Birchbank
Occupation: Bank Clerk
ED: 4
Household Schedule Number: 89
Line: 13
Roll: CSSCT1901_68
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:30 pm    Post subject: Andrew G McKerrow Reply with quote

Andrew Gibson McKerrow

Born Portsoy 02 Oct 1895
Enlisted Keith (under name of Gibson)
Died Loos 25 Septmber 1915 (based on information from Banffshire Reporter)
CWGC/SDGW - found (23/03/15) under Andrew Gibson 11249

Fourth child and second son of Isabella McKenzie - Benzie was her maiden name. In the 1911 census, it implies that he's going under the name of her 2nd husband, one Andrew Gibson McKerrow. Half-brother to my grandmother, Jessie Benzie, who married Joseph Gray in 1910.

1901 Census:
Name: Andrew Benzie
Age: 5
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Relationship: Son
Mother's Name: Isabella Mckenzie
Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Square
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 4
Household Schedule Number: 74
Line: 14
Roll: CSSCT1901_45

From the Banffshire Journal October 26 1915

It is also intimated from the War Office that Private Andrew Gibson McKerrow, 6th Gordon Highlanders, of the Square, Portsoy, has been wounded in action in France. Private McKerrow was a farm servant before enlisting and this is the second time he has been wounded.

From the Banffshire Journal February 6 1917

LOSSES BY DEATH - On Sunday, Rev. Wm. Browne, who has just returned from taking charge of the church at Cadzow, Hamilton, for three months, preached in his own church on the text "We spend our years as a tale that is told" ..... the report continues with ...

Let us mention by name the unreturning brave - those connected with or who have connections in the congregations. Privates Wm. Russell, James Topp, John Pirie, Alex. Murray, Alex. Main, Andrew Gibson McKerrow, Sergeants Alex. Innes and W.S. Moir. To these honoured dead who have died to save us we render our sincerest homage and with grave pride we inscribe their names on our long roll of honour, and underneath we write 'Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends'.

The sermon continued with mention of two other men of Portsoy who had recently died.

UK Register of Soldiers' Effects entry 336641:
Gibson Andrew 6 Gordon Highlanders Pte 11249
Date of death 25/9/15 on or since
2 sums paid to Fa[ther] Andrew G McKerrow on 14/11/16 and 9/9/19

Many thanks to Anne Park for mentioning the Register of Soldiers' Effects - hadn't come across this before now!

Banffshire Reporter Wednesday October 11 1916 contains the news that Mr Gibson of the Square, Portsoy, has received a letter from the Keeper of the Record Office in Perth to the effect since there was no further news of Andrew Gibson, missince since 25 September 1915, the Army Council have regretfully concluded that he was dead on or after that date. The article also notes he was a farm servant before he joined the colours in 1914 and had been in France since March 1915.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:15 am    Post subject: James Topp Reply with quote

James Topp Pte 23679 152nd Machine Gun Corps (Inf) born Portsoy 19/05/1894 enlisted Keith Age 22 Died of Wounds F & F 22/10/16 Son of Alexander Topp & Jane Low Duncan. Brother of Forbes Topp, of 4, Sutherland Rd., Dornoch, Sutherland. Formerly 10813 Gordons. Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Extension Fr 1013 Row A Grave 13
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:50 am    Post subject: Robert Topp Reply with quote

TOPP, ROBERT A
Rank:Private
Service No:528051
Date of Death:23/08/1918
Age:20
Regiment/Service:London Regiment (London Scottish)
14th Bn. posted 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders formerly 10956 6th Gordons.
Panel ReferencePanel 10.
MemorialVIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of the late Alexander and Jane Topp.
b Fordyce e Keith r Portsoy
1901 Census Cowhythe, Portsoy.
Brother James also died.
BJ 10-09-18 3/6
BA 12-09-18 2/6
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:52 pm    Post subject: James Topp Reply with quote

BJ 31/10/1916

James Topp, 6th Gordons, son of Mrs & Mrs Alexander Topp, South High Street.

Enlisted September 1914, went to France November 1914 [10/11/14 according to medal card]. Was invalided home for some time; left again for the front April 1915, wounded May 1915.

Had been a mason with Provost Gray.

2nd Lt Batchin wrote to Private Topp's parents that he was killed by a shell that wounded one and killed another.

Pte C Riddoch, Church Street, also wrote to say that Pte Topp was killed on Saturday 21st ... they had been working and were on their way to their billet.


His WW1 Medal Rolls Index card has a transfer date (to MGC?) of 12/9/16
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