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Lindsay



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PRESUMED KILLED IN ACTION
Mrs James M'Nab, High Street, Old Rattray, Blairgowrie, has received intimation that her third son, Driver James M'Nab, R.A.S.C., is now presumed to have been killed in action in France. He was reported missing in the early summer of 1940.

A Blairgowrie native, Driver M'Nab was 28, and enlisted in October, 1939. He was for 9 years with the S.M.T. Company, and worked both as conductor and driver on the Dundee-Blairgowrie bus route.
Evening Telegraph 31 March 1944
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Lindsay



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Killed In The Central Mediterranean
Information has been received that Fusilier Alexander McK. McLean, youngest son of Mrs M'Lean, 16 King's Road, Coupar Angus, has been killed in action while serving with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in the Central Mediterranean area.

His wife, previously Miss Pauline Cuthbert, resides at Pearl Cottage, Rattray, Blairgowrie. He has two brothers serving in the Forces.

His father, the late Mr Peter McLean, lost his life during the last war while serving with the 1st 4th Black Watch (Dundee's Own).
Evening Telegraph 5 April 1944
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DelBoy



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:03 am    Post subject: Pte. James Moon Reply with quote

WW1
BLACK WATCH
Moon, James. Pte.

(The Scotsman 29th Dec 1915)
"From wounded soldiers who have arrived back at Blairgowrie from the front some particulars have been gleaned regarding the death of Private James Moon, of the 1st Black Watch, who was the first Blairgowrie soldiers to be killed in the war. He took part in an action at Coulommiers on the day he joined the Battalion (10th September), and on Sunday 13th, the Black Watch arrived on the Aisne. the next day-the beggining of the great battle of the Aisne-the British troops were heavily engaged, and it was then that Private Moon fell. The Black Watch held an advanced position with little or no shelter, and they could see other regiments falling back. Private Moon momentarily stood up to get a better view of the situation, and when he was in the act of bending down to resume his position in the half dug trench he was hit in the forehead by a bullet, death being instantaneous."

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MOON, JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: 9236
Date of Death: 15/09/1914
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 1st Bn.
Panel Reference Memorial: LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL

SNWM
Surname: MOON
Firstname: James
Service Number: 9236
Date Death: 15/09/1914
Place of birth: Coupar Angus Perthshire
Other: 1st Bn.
SNWM roll: THE BLACK WATCH (ROYAL HIGHLANDERS)
Rank: Pte
Theatre of death: F.& F.
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Murray



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Gow from Blairgowrie and Rattray Memories on Facebook posted this photograph of the Memorial.

Shared with his permission.

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spoons



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great photo - can't put it better than "makes you stop and think"

\Paul
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!
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DelBoy



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's a cracker right enough.
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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't compete with David Gow's photograph but what I didn't notice in it is the vegetation around the stone wreath on this memorial. Here it is:

I hope something is done about this soon, it can't be doing the stonework any good.



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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are more images of the Carrick statue covering the angles we haven't got before





We've got the Carrick signature already but this one shows the detail of the boot and the nozzle of the SMLE



Note the loops on the back of the webbing belt

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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some interesting details on the top of the memorial. There are four badges. The detail is a bit fuzzy I'm sorry, the photos were taken on a phone. A good camera on a better day will hopefully provide sharper details.

I think this is the Scottish Horse



The Gordon Highlanders



The Black Watch



The Scottish Thistle

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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't realise we didn't have photographs of the name panels or I would have snapped them. We should get these recorded.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:08 am    Post subject: Sgt.Mjr. Thomas Burns DCM Reply with quote

WW1
GORDON HIGHLANDERS
Burns, Thomas, Sgt-Major, D.C.M.

(Glasgow Herald 7th July 1915)
"Company Sergeant-Major T.J. Burns, 1st Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action in France on June 17. Sergeant-Major Burns was awarded the D.C.M. as the result of a charge made by the Gordons on December 14, in which he displayed conspicuous bravery. Sergeant-Major Burns, who was a Blairgowrie man, served ten years in the Army, and before going to France was a recruiting officer at the Glasgow Cross Military Depot. He was well known in the east end of the city."

CWGC
BURNS, THOMAS J.
Rank: Company Serjeant Major
Service No: 10103
Date of Death: 17/06/1915
Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders 1st Bn.
Awards: D C M
Panel Reference: Panel 38.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

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Surname: BURNS
Forename: Thomas
Rank: WO2 (CSM)
Service number: 10103
Decoration: DCM
Place of birth: Bridgeton Lanarkshire
Date of death: 17 June 1915
Theatre of death: F&F
Cause of death: Killed in action
SNWM roll: THE GORDON HIGHLANDERS
Other detail: 1st Bn.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Edinburgh Gazette
Publication date:6 April 1915 Issue:12791Page:493
10103 Acting Company Serjeant-Major Burns, T. J. 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
For conspicuous gallantry on 14th December 1914, in an attack on the German trenches near Kemmel, when he conducted the advance of his platoon with great coolness and ability under heavy fire after his officer had been wounded.
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Smiddykilry



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject: Alex Smith Reply with quote

Alexander M Smith service no. S/43462 Royal Highlanders is recorded on the Collace church war memorial, when he made his will on 30th July 1916 his parents were living at Forth of Lawton and on the memorial it records his address as Lawton Cottages. (2/6th Black Watch)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:55 am    Post subject: Alexander Gordon Sinclair Bain GH Reply with quote

Alexander Gordon Sinclair Bain Pte S/13481 8th/10th Gordon Highlanders b Blairgowrie, Perth e London Age 22 Died of Wounds F&F 23/08/1916 Youngest son of Alexander and Christina Bain, Wellmeadow, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Soldiers Effects: Mo: Christina S. Soldiers Will 3 pages. Puchevillers British Cemetery Fr 0074 Plot II Row F Grave 11 The Scotsman 30-08-16 P12: Deaths.
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