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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:14 pm    Post subject: Birnie Reply with quote

The Birnie War Memorial is incorporated within the wall of the churchyard.


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Remembering my ggf, Pte Thomas Roberts, 10 SR, killed 25 Sep 15 at Loos.
Also remembering Flt Lt Al Squires and CXX/3 killed 2 Sep 06 in Afghanistan.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:16 pm    Post subject: The Fallen from The Great War Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:18 pm    Post subject: The Fallen from The Second World War Reply with quote


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Also remembering Flt Lt Al Squires and CXX/3 killed 2 Sep 06 in Afghanistan.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:48 pm    Post subject: Capt J O Grant Reply with quote

Earl of Seafield James Ogilvie Grant Capt 3rd Cameron Highlanders attd 5th Bn b Oamaru, New Zealand 18/04/1876 Age 39 Died of Wounds F & F 12-Nov-15 Son of Francis William Ogilvie Grant, Earl of Seafield & Anne Trevor Carry Evans. Husband of Nina, Countess of Seafield, Cullen House, Banffshire. Morayshire Roll of Honour: page 157. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery B 011 Plot II Row A Grave 4 Birnie Cullen Elgin Keith & Mulben Photo taken 2006 Nov
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:53 pm    Post subject: Pte D Denoon Reply with quote

Denoon David Pte 3685 6th Seaforth Highlanders b Charleston, Duffus 17/04/1892 e Elgin Age 24 Killed in Action F & F 13-Jun-16 Son of Robert Brander Denoon and Jeanie Denoon, 3, Abbey St., Elgin. Morayshire Roll of Honour: Page 88 :Glenlossie, Thomshill, Birnie: Occ Farm Servant. Maroeuil British Cemetery Fr 0015 Plot I Row H Grave 2 Birnie & Elgin

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:03 pm    Post subject: Pte R M James Reply with quote

James Robert Melvin Pte 265808 6th Seaforth Highlanders b Llhanbryde 17/11/1897 e Elgin Age 20 Killed in Action F & F 11-Apr-18 Son of Alexander and Jessie Ellis James, of The Cottage, Birnie, Longmorn, Elgin. Morayshire Roll of Honour: Page 190: Occ Motor Mechanic. Tyne Cot Memorial M. R. 30 Panel 132 to 135
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:19 pm    Post subject: L/cpl W Kemp Reply with quote

Kemp William L/cpl 265803 5th Seaforth Highlanders b Asliesk, Alves 06/05/1899 e Elgin Age 19 Killed in Action F & F 12-Oct-18 Son of Robert & Maggie Kemp, Dykeside, Birnie. Morayshire Roll of Honour: Page 197: Occ Farm Servant. Avesnes-Le-Sec Communal Cemetery Extension Fr 0271 Row B Grave 12
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:25 pm    Post subject: Pte A Logie Reply with quote

Logie Alexander Pte S/12827 7th Seaforth Highlanders b Elgin 07/03/1892 e Elgin Age 24 Died of Wounds F & F 15-Oct-16 Son of the late William Logie, Miltonduff, and Mrs. M. B. Logie, The Lodge, Birnie, near Elgin. Morayshire Roll of Honour: Page 210 : Occ Grocer's Assistant. Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension Fr 0177 Plot III Row G Grave 19 Birnie & Elgin
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:40 pm    Post subject: Gnr W McKay Reply with quote

McKay W Gnr Royal Field Artillery.
Nothing on my database.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:51 pm    Post subject: Piper J Pratt Reply with quote

Pratt John Piper 9291 1st Seaforth Highlanders b Spynie 29/11/1887 e Fort George Age 28 Died of Wounds F & F 11-May-15 Son of Alexander Robertson, of 5, Springfield Rd., New Elgin, Elgin. Morayshire Roll of Honour: Page 345: Son of Alex Pratt, Alberta, Canada & Elizabeth McEchern Pratt. Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery Fr 0134 Plot I Row A Grave 107
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:58 pm    Post subject: Pte W Robertson Reply with quote

Too many to pick one without more research.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:09 pm    Post subject: Pte J Smith Reply with quote

Smith John Pte 14210 7th Wiltshire Regt b Elgin e Swindon r Swindon Age 34 Killed in Action Salonika 24-Apr-17 Son of John & Mary Smith, Thornshill, Birnie, Elgin. Morayshire Roll of Honour: Page 409 : Occ Chauffeur. Husband of Emily Amelia Smith, Ashdene, Highworth Rd; South Marston, Swindon, Wilts. Doiran Memorial M. R. 37 Birnie & Elgin
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had the following copy of a photo for some time, and just discovered it was taken at Birnie War Memorial at the official unveiling in 1921.

I took a look on the British Newspaper Archive in case there might have been a mention which could date the event - and there certainly was.

The lady on the left is Nina, Countess of Seafield - aged about 15 or 16 at the time of the photo. As previously mentioned above- her father is commemorated on this war memorial.

I have transcribed the article as follows:

Aberdeen Journal, 4 October 1921

BIRNIE HEROES - MEMORIAL UNVEILED AND DEDICATED -
A memorial in honour of the men of the parish of Birnie, near Elgin, who fell in the war, was unveiled on Sunday by Nina, Countess of Seafield,
who was accompanied by Colonel Johnston [of] Lesmurdie, Mr Hadde de Popowicz, from Cullen House; Mr Angus Cameron, factor, Elgin; and Mrs Cameron.
There was a large company at the unveiling ceremony, which took place in the churchyard, where the memorial has been erected on the right-hand side of the approach to the church.

Birnie's Record.
Mr Alexander James, chairman of the Memorial Committee, briefly introduced the proceedings, and prayer was offered up by the Rev. John Kennedy, who also delivered a short address, in which he extolled the war record of the parish, mentioning that every available man at Birnie had joined the colours. Most of them had happily been spared to come back, though some of those would carry to their grave the wounds of the terrible conflict. Of those commemorated that day who did not come back they could only hold their name and deed in ever loving and honoured remembrance and teaching their children, and their children's children, what they owed to the glorious dead.

Names of the Fallen.
Nina ,Countess of Seafield, afterwards unveiled the memorial and Mr John Dean read the inscription and names which were as follows:-

Captain the Earl of Seafield, 5th Camerons
Private David Denoon, Seaforths
Private Robert M. James, Seaforths
Lance Corporal William Kemp, Seaforths
Private Alexander Logie, Seaforths
Gunner William Mackay, R.F.A. [Royal Field Artillery]
Piper John Pratt, Seaforths
Private William Robertson, Seaforths
Private John Smith Wiltshires


after the dedication prayer by Mr Kennedy, Piper Smith played "The Flowers of the Forest," and Mr John Hardie, Eastertown, conveyed the thanks of the people of Birnie to Nina, Countess of Seafield for coming to unveil the memorial.

Colonel Johnston, Lesmurdie briefly addressed the company, charging them to be worthy of the memory of the men whose sacrifice had been commemorated, so that the world might be a happier and better place to live in than it was before the war.

"The Last Post" was sounded on the bugle by Mr Sinclair Hunter. The memorial, which takes the form of a reproduction in freestone of the famous Norman arch in the Church of Birnie, surmounted by a cross, and having in the arch a grey granite panel bearing the names of the dead was designed by Mr. A.J. Morrison, Hillhead.
It bears the inscription -

Erected in proud and grateful memory of
the men connected with the parish of Birnie
who laid down their lives in the Great War.


Under the names given above are the words -

They gave their lives that we might live.

Note: The designer of the memorial AJ Morrison of Hillhead Farm, Birnie was Alistair (known as Alexander) James Morrison , architect, surveyor, farmer and valuer. Born 1883 died 1956 in Birnie. He was married to Josephine Helen Forsythe.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Gnr W McKay Reply with quote

anne park wrote:
McKay W Gnr Royal Field Artillery.
Nothing on my database.


Moray Roll of Honour: MacKAY, William John. No. 84468, Gnr., Royal Field Artillery ; born at Kintessack, Parish of
Dyke, Forres, 25th Dec, 1896 ; joined at Elgin, 12th August, 1914 ; served in Dardanelles,
Egypt, and France ; died of wounds, 28th Sept., 1917, at Dozingham, and buried in the
British Cemetery at Westoletiren. Son of William and Margaret MacKay, The Terrace,
Lhanbryd. Occupation, maltman.


He must be a contender for the missing William McKay. The newspaper article does have his name spelled Mackay too, and his name does NOT appear on the Lhanbryde Memorial.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Pte W Robertson Reply with quote

anne park wrote:
Too many to pick one without more research.


ROBERTSON, William. No. 202600, Pte., 4/6th Seaforths ; born at Grantown-on-Spey, August 15th, 1878 ; joined at Elgin, Nov. 6th, 1916 ; served in France ; died of wounds at Ypres, Sept. 4th, 1917. Son of Alexander Robertson, 21, Land Street, New Elgin, and Ann Clark
or Robertson. Occupation, carpenter.

Alexander Robertson was the blacksmith at Birnie, the family lived at the Smithy in 1901 Census, including son William who is listed as a carpenter.
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