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Lodge St Kilda War Memorial, Portree

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:53 am    Post subject: Lodge St Kilda War Memorial, Portree Reply with quote

I don't know the history of this memorial since the first name is a Boer War casualty and the rest are Great War. All the names have been researched by someone in the lodge and the details are also on these web pages.

http://www.stkilda881.co.uk/galleries/historic/2historic.html

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately this link is now broken.

This is the up to date one

http://www.stkilda881.co.uk/remembrance/obituaries.html

It has full details for each man

This is now WMR, ex UKNIWM, memorial 72733.

These are the names listed-
The War Dead of Lodge St. Kilda No. 881

Lt. Innes F. G. Munro Kitcheners Horse
Major Ronald MacDonald 4th Cameron Highlanders
Lt. Col. Angus Ross Labour Corps
L/Cpl William Turnbull 4th Cameron Highlanders
Smn. Malcolm MacLean R.N.V.R
C.S.M. William Ross 4th Cameron Highlanders
Pte. Murdo MacDonald 4th Seaforth Highlanders
2nd Lt. William A. R. Mackenzie 2/5th Lancashire Regiment
Pte. John M. Fraser 5th Cameron Highlanders
C.S.M. Donald Cameron 7th Cameron Highlanders

Lieutenant Innes Munro was presumably living in South Africa at the time of the Boer War as he was commissioned into Kitchener's Horse, a locally raised mounted unit which served alongside the Regulars from the British Army.

The Kitchener's Horse were serving with Major General Horace Smith-Dorrien's 19th Infantry Brigade which assaulted Boer trenches near Houtnek in the Orange Free State on 30th April 1900. Lt. Munro was killed in this attack and is buried in South Africa.

On the published Casualty Roll, he is shown as Sgt. G. S. Munro and on an Officers Died internet site as Lt. J. G. S. Munroe.

Major Ronald MacDonald was born on a Croft at Glenhinnisdale on 31 July 1866, the son of Peter and Flora MacDonald. He was working as a Solicitor, Estate Agent and Bank Agent for the National Bank of Scotland in Portree.

He originally enlisted as a Private in the Volunteer Force in Portree in 1883 and had reached the rank of Sergeant by 1891. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 11 May 1899. He married Miss Elizabeth Coats of Paisley in June 1900 and had four children.

At the outbreak of War in August 1914 he volunteered his services for the fighting in France and went over there in February 1915 with the 4th Camerons. He was wounded in the throat in action at Festubert. As warmth was needed for his recuperation he was sent to Marseilles in the South of France.

It was here that he died on 10th June 1916, a few weeks short of his 50th birthday.

He is buried in Mazargues Cemetery in France.

Lieutenant Colonel Angus Ross was born in Portree around 1876. He was working in Portree as the Inspector for the Poor when War was declared in August 1914.

He had been a member of the Volunteer Force and volunteered to serve overseas with the 4th Camerons. He was wounded in the leg in his first action at Neuve Chapelle in March 1915. He was sent home but returned to France in time to take part in the Battle of the Somme. He was again sent home as a result of his earlier wound and while at home was Commissioned and Gazetted into the recently formed Labour Corps and continued working in France helping with the rebuilding of the country. For his work at this time he was awarded the Order of the British Empire.

He finally left the Army in February 1920 and was holidaying with his family in Aberdeen when he became ill and died on 15 August 1920. His death was attributed to his service.

He was aged 44 years.

200483 Lance Corporal William Turnbull
was born in Portree, the son of Thomas and Chaterine Turnbull. His father was the Registrar in Portree. He worked in his father's business and volunteered his services at Inverness shortly after the War broke out in August 1914.

He went off to France in 1915 and was killed in action at Festubert on 17 May 1915. His body was not found until August 1915 and seems to have been subsequently lost as he is commemorated on the Le Touquet Memorial to the missing in France.

He was aged 29 years.

Clyde 2/3630 Able Seaman Malcolm MacLean
was born in Portree, the son of Donald and Euphemia MacLean. He had left Portree and was working in Glasgow when War broke out in August 1914. He was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

When it was realised that the need for seamen was less than the number of the reserves it was decided to form a Royal Naval Division to fight as infantry and Malcolm MacLean volunteered.

He served with the Division in Gallipolli. He returned from there after the evacuation and took part in the Battles of the Somme, serving in the 63rd (RN) Division. It was in the latter stages of this battle on the 13th November 1916 that he was killed in action during the attack on the line between Serre and Beaucourt. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial in France.

402 Company Sergeant Major William Ross
was born in Portree about 1870 and lived there with his wife Mary Ann. He had been a Volunteer and Territorial for many years and held the Volunteer Long Service Medal. At the outbreak of the War in 1914 he, at the age of 44, along with all the other Territorials, volunteered for overseas service.

After being involved in the measles outbreak at Bedford the 4th Camerons landed in France in February 1915. They were held in reserve during the battle of Neuve Chapelle in March, and Aubers Ridge in May. The Camerons were in action again on 17 May at Festubert when they were asked to attack the German defences at night.

The death of C.S.M. Ross has entered into Portree legend as a result there are several versions as to how he died. The Regimental version is that died at the head of his men as they attacked the German defences, which were fronted by deep flooded trenches. Another version is that he was killed as he approached a group of Germans who apparently wished to surrender, and was shot and killed. For his actions on this day C.S.M. Ross was Mentioned in Sir John French's Despatch of 30 November 1915. William Ross's body was never found and he is commemorated on the Le Touquet Memorial in France.

1597 Private Murdo MacDonald
was born in 1891 at Red Point Gairloch, the son of Donald and Flora MacDonald. He was a Territorial soldier who landed in France on 6th November 1914, serving in 3 Company of the 4th Seaforth Highlanders. He survived the scarlet fever outbreak which delayed the move to the Front of his Battalion.

His first action was on 10th March 1915, when his Battalion was asked to carry out a night attack at the end of the first battle of Neuve Chapelle.

He was killed in action during this attack in the early hours of 11th March 1915. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France.

He was 23 years of age.

2nd Lieutenant William Archibald MacKenzie was born at Earlish in 1892 and lived there with his father who was the Factor for the Kilmuir Estate. He originally enlisted into the local Territorials, the 4th Camerons and served with them in France.

In 1917 he was Commissioned and was Gazetted to the 2/5th Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regiment in France. In September 1918 his Regiment was involved in the attack which was made on a 12 mile front north of St. Quentin and was wounded. On the 29th of that month he died as the result of his wounds.

He is buried in the sunken road at Boileaux St. Marc Cemetery in France.

He was aged 25 years.

S/26470 Private John MacIntosh Fraser
was born at Obbe in Harris. He lived in various places on Skye as his father was the Police Constable. He had originally enlisted in the Lovat Scouts and at the outbreak of War he transferred to the 4th Camerons.

He was severely wounded in January 1917 and was returned home to hospital in Glasgow for treatment. He returned to the Front in September 1917, this time as a battle casualty replacement with the 5th Camerons. He was on sentry duty near Lebucquiere on 7 January 1918 when he was killed as a trench mortar shell landed near him. He is buried in Finns New British Cemetery in France. He is commerated on three War Memorials on the Isle of Skye.

He was aged 24 years.

5091 Company Sergeant Major Donald Cameron was born in Blair Atholl and had enlisted as a Regular soldier in the Cameron Highlanders at Langholm in Dumfriesshire in 1899. He had served in the Boer War.

At the outbreak of the War in August 1914 he was serving in Portree as the Permanent Staff Sergeant for the local Territorials. He was transferred to the newly formed 7th Camerons and went with them to France on 9th July 1915. He had taken part in many battles and was eventually killed in action during the Battle of Arras on 9th April 1917. He is buried in Houdain Lane Cemetery in France.

He was 39 years of age.
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