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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: William McKimmie Reply with quote

William McKimmie
Pte 1466 6th Bn Gordon Highlanders

Born Fordyce about 1897
Enlisted Portsoy
KIA F&F 25 Sep 1915
Commemorated Loos Memorial Panel 115 to 119.

1901 Census living at Fordyce Castle (father John E McKimmie appears to have been the Factor):

Name: William Mckimmie
Age: 4
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: John E Mckimmie
Mother's Name: Isabella G Mckimmie
Gender: Male
Where born: Fordyce, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/1
Registration District: Fordyce
Civil Parish: Fordyce
County: Banffshire
Address: The Castle
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 3
Household Schedule Number: 18
Line: 23
Roll: CSSCT1901_45

From BJ 12/10/1915:

We regret to say that information has been received that Privates Wm McKimmie and John Robertson, 6th Gordon Highlanders, have been killed in the recent fighting in France.

[... details of Private Roberson ....]

Pte Wm McKimmie was the second son of Mr J E McKimmie , Shillinghill Street, Portsoy and a baker with Mr Geo Nicol, Portsoy. He was called up with the Territorials in August 1914 and thereafter to France in November last. He came through all the fighting unhurt till the battle of September 24th and 25th. His other two brothers are serving their country, James a sergeant in 8th [microfiche hard to read] Gordons and a younger brother in the 3/6th Gordons at Keith.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:18 pm    Post subject: Frederick McLean Reply with quote

Corrected - thanks to Ken Morrison for pointing out an error.

Frederick William McLean
Lieut Royal Flying Corps 29th Sqdn. and General List

Born Dollar Vale, Portsoy 2 March 1894
Commission recorded in London Gazette of 25th April 1917 (Royal Flying Corps Military Wing): Temp. 2nd Lt. (on prob.)

Died 14/06/1917 aged 23 from injuries received on 13 June when he crashed while flying Nieuport Scout B1671 from his aerodrome at Izel-le-Hameau. According to the history of No. 29 Squadron, ". . . 2/Lt F W Maclean died in the wreckage of his Nieuport after a faulty take-off" and his is listed as an accidental death.

Buried at Avesnes-le-comte, Pas de Calais Grave I. D. 16

Parents (as recorded in Statutory Births): William MacLean, Head Master Public School; Elizabeth MacLean, M.S. Robertson.

See also Grave R30 ANESFHS MI (Portsoy Cemetery Pt 2) which commemorates his and his parents:
... and of their dearly loved son Frederick William 2nd Lieut R.F.C. pilot who after plane crash on active service in France died there on 14th June aged 23 years ...

1901 Census:
Name: Frederick W Maclean
Age: 7
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1894
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: William Maclean
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Maclean
Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Schoolhendry St
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 3
Household Schedule Number: 15
Line: 2
Roll: CSSCT1901_45
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:31 pm    Post subject: John McWilliam Reply with quote

John McWilliam
Private 906 6th Bn Gordon Highlanders

Born Fordyce abt 1895
Enlisted Portsoy
KIA 10 February 1915 F&F
Buried Grave I.C.34 Rue Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix

Also commemorated (with parents and infant brother) grave 161 Portsoy Old Burial Ground

Aberdeen Evening Express Tues 23 February 1915 (with photos):
"Cpl Morrison and Private John McWilliam, of A Coy 6th Gordon Highlanders, who died fighting for King and Country, were both natives of Portsoy"

Census 1901 possibly:
Name: John Mcwilliam
Age: 6
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
Relationship: Son
Mother's Name: Jessie Mcwilliam
Gender: Male
Where born: Cabrach, Aberdeenshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Church St
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 2
Household Schedule Number: 135
Line: 19
Roll: CSSCT1901_45


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:09 am    Post subject: John Murdoch Reply with quote

Updated after Ken Morrison identified him as Thomas John Murdoch

Thomas John Murdoch
Private 1532 Royal Scots

Born Elgin (?) abt 1894
Enlisted Tyninghame, East Lothian
Died of wounds 23/07/1916
Commemorated Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension

Resident: Prestonkirk, East Lothian (SDGW)

In 1911 census he's a groom (domestic) and resident in the parish of Whitekirk & Tyningham (Haddingtonshire) with his parents Thomas (coachman domestic, born Co Sligo) and Elizabeth (born Banffshire Cornhill) and younger brother and sister.

Aberdeen Daily Journal Tuesday August 8 1916: News has been received by Mrs Murdoch, Seafield Street, Portsoy, that her son Private John Murdoch has died as a result of wounds received in action in France. He was about 22 years of age.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fiona - could this be your man?

MURDOCH, THOMAS JOHN
Rank:Private
Service No:1532
Date of Death:23/07/1916
Age:22
Regiment/Service:Royal Scots
8th Bn.
Grave ReferenceV. C. 28.
CemeteryWARLOY-BAILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Additional Information:
Son of Mrs. E. Murdoch and the late Thomas Murdoch, of Portsoy, Banffshire.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:50 pm    Post subject: John (Thomas John) Murdoch Reply with quote

Ken

Looks like you have found our man!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:20 pm    Post subject: John J Robertson Reply with quote

John James Robertson

Pte 952 "A" Coy. 6th Bn. Gordon Highlanders

Born Cullen abt 1887
Enlisted ?
KIA 25/09/1915
Commemorated Loos Memorial Panel 115 to 119.

Also ANESFHS MI Portsoy Cemetery Pt 2 Grave N35

Son of James and Margaret Robertson, of "Anniville", 58, Aird St., Portsoy, Banffshire.

BJ 12/10/15
(see also Pte Wm McKimmie)
Private John Robertson was the son of Mr Robertson, Blacksmith, Boyne, with whom he wrought prior to the mobilisation of the Territorials in August 1915 [sic in my transcript - probably should be 1914] and he went with his regiment to France in November. He was however invalided home for a good while [...] and he rejoined his regiment in the beginning of summer.

BJ 19/10/1915
ROBERTSON Killed in action in France, on 25 September, Private John James Robertson, 6th Gordon Highlanders, beloved elder son of James and Maggie Robertson, Boyne Smithy, Portsoy

1901 Census:
Name: John J Robertson
Age: 14
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1887
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: James Robertson
Mother's Name: Maggie A Robertson
Gender: Male
Where born: Cullen, Banffshire
Registration number: 149A
Registration District: Boyndie
Civil Parish: Boyndie
County: Banffshire
Address: Whyntie Smithy
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 3
Household Schedule Number: 20
Line: 23
Roll: CSSCT1901_44


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:58 pm    Post subject: John Watson Reply with quote

John Tawse Watson
LCpl 9599 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders "A" Coy

Born Ord, Banffshire
Enlisted Portsoy
KIA 01/07/1916 aged 29
Grave reference Sp. Mem. B. 17. Gordon Cemetery Mametz

Son of Annie Watson, of 30, Church St., Portsoy, Banffshire. Enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders in 1907, served in India until 1913

1901 Census:
Name: John Watson
Age: 16
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885
Relationship: Servant
Gender: Male
Where born: Ord, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/1
Registration District: Fordyce
Civil Parish: Fordyce
County: Banffshire
Address: Lower Hillside
Occupation: Cattleman On Farm
ED: 3
Household Schedule Number: 8
Line: 6
Roll: CSSCT1901_45
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:16 pm    Post subject: Alexander Wright Reply with quote

Alexander J Wright
Fireman RNR (Donkeyman on CWGC)

Born Fordyce abt 1889
Enlisted ?
Died 02/12/1917
Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial

Mercantile Marine S.S. "Copeland" (Glasgow)
Copeland was a 1,184 grt, defensively-armed British Merchant Ship built in 1894 by W.B. Thompson & Co Ltd of Dundee. On the 2nd December 1917, whilst on a voyage from Glasgow to Cork with general cargo, at 15 miles SSW from the Tuskar, South Wales, she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by the German submarine U-57 (Carl-Siegfried Ritter von Georg). 12 lives lost.

Son of Jessie Ann and the late George Wright; husband of Jessie Wright (nee Donaldson), of 73, Crossburn St., Glasgow. Born at Fordyce, Banffshire.

1901 Census:
Name: Alexander J Wright
Age: 12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1889
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: George Wright
Mother's Name: Jessie Wright
Gender: Male
Where born: Fordyce, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Schoolhendry St.
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 3
Household Schedule Number: 9
Line: 23
Roll: CSSCT1901_45
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject: John C Pirie (alias John Perry?) Reply with quote

John Cumming Pirie alias John Perry?
Sergt Canadians - Portsoy memorial
Private 629434 47th Bn Canadian Infantry - CWGC if have identified correctly (attestation document notes alias as J C Pirie)

Born Portsoy abt 1881? (2/11/1881 from Canadian attestation document)
Enlisted ? 2/09/1915
KIA France 10 Nov 1916 aged 35 (from Portsoy gravestone) (11/11/1916 according to CWGC)
Commemorated Albert Communal Cemetery Extension Grave I.Q. 31 and Portsoy cemetery (ANESFHS Portsoy Cemetery Pt2 Grave L77)

Inconsistency in attestation - place of birth given as Portsoy; NoK Mrs J Perry, Portsoy, Scotland.

See also http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=35342

Not yet located in 1901 census or in emigration records.

1891 Census:
Name: John C Pirie
Age: 9
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1882
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: John Pirie
Mother's Name: Lily Pirie
Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Seatown
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 4
Household Schedule Number: 150
Line: 9
Roll: CSSCT1891_43
Household Members:
Name Age
John Pirie 49
Lily Pirie 45
John C Pirie 9
Lily Pirie 5
Mary G Pirie 3
Frances H Pirie 15


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:32 pm    Post subject: Frank Simpson Reply with quote

Frank Simpson
Pte Gordon Highlanders according to memorial BUT
Pte 81798 10th Bn Canadian Infantry looks a good match

These details from Canada, Soldiers of the Great War / CWGC

Born 6 July 1882
Enlisted 14/12/1914
KIA 14 June 1916 aged 35
Commemorated Enclosure No.4 XI. AAA. 6. Bedford House Cemetery and Portsoy Cemetery (ANESFHS Portsoy Cemetery Pt 2 J98)

Son of John and Jessie (Morrison) Simpson.

NoK on attestation: Jessie Simpson, 20 Cullen Street, Portside [sic], Banffshire

Trade/calling - Blacksmith

1901 Census:
Name: Frank Simpson
Age: 18
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
Relationship: Apprentice
Gender: Male
Where born: Fordyce, Banffshire
Registration number: 161
Registration District: Marnoch
Civil Parish: Marnoch
County: Banffshire
Address: Littlefield
Occupation: Blacksmith Apprentice
ED: 7
Household Schedule Number: 10
Line: 10
Roll: CSSCT1901_48

1891 Census:
Name: Frank Simpson
Age: 9
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1882
Relationship: Son
Mother's Name: Jessie Simpson
Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Old Cullen St
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 2
Household Schedule Number: 101
Line: 16
Roll: CSSCT1891_43
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:43 pm    Post subject: James Williamson (updated) Reply with quote

Also Fordyce (recorded by Ann Park):

Williamson James Pte 1465 6th Gordon Highlanders b Fordyce e Portsoy Killed in Action F & F 13-Mar-15 Le Touret Memorial M. R. 22 Panel 39 - 41 Fordyce Fordyce Academy & Portsoy

Found in 1901/1911 census after comments from Ann Park:

1911, living with parents John (Gamekeeper and Overseer) and Helen, aged 15, still at school. 1 of 5 children (all still alive as at 1911)

1901 census:
Name: James Williamson
Age: 5 (ancestry transcription shows 3)
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: John Williamson
Mother's Name: Helen Williamson
Gender: Male
Where born: Banff, Fordyce
Registration number: 153/1
Registration District: Fordyce
Civil Parish: Fordyce
County: Banffshire
Address: Glassaugh Lodge
ED: 4
Household Schedule Number: 23
Line: 12
Roll: CSSCT1901_45


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:12 am    Post subject: James Williamson update Reply with quote

I looked on Libindx and found details:
Father John Willimson. Occ: Ground Officer. BA 1-4-15 4/5.
I did find on 1901 Census a James Williamson b Fordyce with his father's Occ: Gamekeeper.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:03 pm    Post subject: William G Murray Reply with quote

William G Murray
Sgt 13342 5th Bn Canadian Infantry

Born 27 December 1890
Enlisted Valcartier, Quebec 20 September 1914
Died of wounds No 9 CCS 2/11/1916
Commemorated Grave III. E. 18. Contay British Cemetery, Contay (Somme)

NoK sister Mrs I B Duncan, Portsoy, Scotland
On enlistment he was a painter and unmarried
Previously served for 2 years in the Royal Garrison Artillery

See also
http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=5612

1891 Census
Name: William George Murray
Age: 1
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
Relationship: Grandson
Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banff Shire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Schoolhendry St
ED: 4
Household Schedule Number: 93
Line: 12
Roll: CSSCT1891_43


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:11 pm    Post subject: John or James Leslie Reply with quote

John Leslie on memorial but it looks like he actually enlisted as James ...
Pte 4/8936 2nd Bn Durham Light Infantry

Born Portsoy (from SDGW) abt 1874 (from census and also marriage) (but place of birth Blackhill Durham from SNWM)
Enlisted Edinburgh
KIA 9/08/1915 F&F
Commemorated Panel 36 and 38 Ypres Menin Gate Memorial

Husband of Matilda Leslie, of 38, Bedford St., Edinburgh.

Can't find a John Leslie or a James Leslie born in Banffshire 1880-1900 (ScotlandsPeople) but I have found his marriage to Matilda McKelvie in Edinburgh in 1906. He's a cooper. From the pretty illegible details of parents I have found his mother (much married) and this census for 1881:

Name: John Leslie
Age: 7
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1874
Relationship: Son
Mother's Name: Johana Wilson
Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Old Cullen St
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 2
Household Schedule Number: 62
Line: 12
Roll: cssct1881_45

Also 1891 but not clear about :
Name: John Leslie
Age: 17
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1874
Relationship: Son
Mother's Name: Elizabeth McNaughton

[Elizabeth McNaughton is not his mother, there's a Joan Malcolm in the same house, more likely to be his mother - Malcolm being one of her married names]

Gender: Male
Where born: Portsoy, Banffshire
Registration number: 153/2
Registration District: Portsoy
Civil Parish: Fordyce
Town: Portsoy
County: Banffshire
Address: Old Cullen St
Occupation: Apprentice Cooper
ED: 2
Household Schedule Number: 76
Line: 16
Roll: CSSCT1891_43
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