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Hastingleigh



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:24 pm    Post subject: WW2 Cruickshank, Geo R. Reply with quote

From CWGC:
George Rennie Cruickshank
Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A)
Date of Death: 15/05/1941
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
H.M.S. Daedalus.
Grave Reference: G. 9. 15.
Cemetery: HASLAR ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sellar Cruickshank; husband of Joy Cruickshank, of Bucksburn, Aberdeenshire.

George Rennie Cruickshank was a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, he is commemorated on the Aberdeen University Roll of Honour.
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/roll-of-honour/401/

His father James Sellar Cruickshank DSO OBE (1882-1953) was born Shougle Farm, Birnie to Robert Cruickshank and Margaret Stronach, and served as an Engineer Commander in the merchant Navy throughout WW1, married twice, George was the son of first wife Mina Kaey Smart (1892-1923).
George Rennie Cruickshank was married to Joy Leitch in 1940, their son was born after his father's death. The descendants now live in Australia.

James' brother Robert served in WW1, and so did his sister Catherine Olgivie Cruickshank, she was a nurse and torpedoed on the HMT Aragon off Alexandria on December 30th 1917. She survived.
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Hastingleigh



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:43 pm    Post subject: WW2 Marshall, George Reply with quote

GEORGE MARSHALL,
Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 408120
Date of Death: 03/10/1944
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery 80 (The Scottish Horse) Medium Regt.
Grave Reference: II, A, 15.
Cemetery: GRADARA WAR CEMETERY, Italy
Additional Information:
Son of Robert and Mary Marshall, of Elgin, Morayshire; husband of Emily Falconer Marshall, of Elgin.
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Hastingleigh



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:52 pm    Post subject: WW2 Morrison, Alexr D.G. Reply with quote

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MORRISON, ALEXANDER DAVID GEORGE
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 1567608
Date of Death: 29/07/1944
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 55 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 15, Column 2.
Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Alexander and Margaret Morrison, of Birnie, Morayshire.
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Hastingleigh



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:10 am    Post subject: WW2 Morrison Jas Reply with quote

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MORRISON, JAMES MCIVOR
Rank: Private
Service No: 11409735
Date of Death: 18/09/1944
Regiment/Service: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: XVIII, E, 6.
Cemetery: CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Alexander and Isabella Morrison

James was born in 1915 in Birnie, his parents lived at Thomshill, Birnie.
His mother's maiden name was McIvor.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:24 am    Post subject: WW2 Morrison, Wm M. Reply with quote

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MORRISON, WILLIAM
Rank: Lance Serjeant
Service No: 2819207
Date of Death: 04/06/1940
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: Plot 2. Row C. Grave 20.
Cemetery: MAREUIL-CAUBERT (MAREUIL) COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Alexander and Isabella Morrison, of Thomshill Birnie, Morayshire. Older brother of James McIvor Morrison mentioned above.

possibly William McKenzie Morrison b. 1912 Elgin, but the birth certificate needs to be checked.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:38 am    Post subject: WW2 Murray James H Reply with quote

Possible CWGC

MURRAY, JAMES HERBERT
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service No: P/JX 161239
Date of Death: 25/11/1941
Age: 18
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. Barham
Panel Reference: Panel 51, Column 1.
Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Herbert J. and Barbara C. Murray, of Dipple, Morayshire.

his father was Herbert James Murray and mother was Barbara C Dickson, they lived in various places including Lhanbryde and Miltonduff. He isn't listed on either of those parish memorials.

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Gloucester Echo - 27 Jan 1942
Officially announced that HMS Barham has been sunk. Admiralty communiqué says:
" Board of Admiralty regrets to announce that HMS Barham ..has been sunk. Vice Admiral Pridham-Whippel is safe but Captain Cooke lost his life. HMS Barham was sunk on November 25, 1941. Next of kin of casualties were informed, but loss of ship was not announced since it was clear at that time that enemy did not know that she had been sunk, and it was important to make certain dispositions before loss of this ship was made public. German radio has from time to time made attempts with the obvious intention of endeavoring to discover whether battle ship of Queen Elizabeth class, which they claimed to have hit with torpedoes, had in fact been sunk. This information has been denied to enemy for reasons given above, but as it is clear that they are now aware that HMS Barham was sunk, her loss can be announced. "


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:28 am    Post subject: WW2 Riddell John S. Reply with quote

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RIDDELL, JOHN SMITH
Rank:Sergeant
Service No:991490
Date of Death: 12/06/1943
Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 161 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 163.
Memorial: Runnymede Memorial

He was an Engineer aboard Halifax Bomber DG406 MA-V - from 161 Squadron, which was shot down by Flak on Operation Physician, near Beauvais, France. All crew killed.

There is a John Smith Riddell b. Aberdeenshire in 1917.

In the Aberdeen Journal of 17 Feb 1947 an obit notice reads:
RIDDELL - at Sunberry, Aboyne on Feb 15, Charlotte Smith, beloved wife of Alexander Riddell, late of Birnie. Funeral on Wed Feb 19 at 2pm to Aboyne Cemetery.
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Hastingleigh



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:42 am    Post subject: WW2 MacDonald Don J. Reply with quote

I cannot find any Rifleman Don J. Macdonald, Cameronians in the CWGC records for WW2.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Possibly?

McDONALD, DONALD JAMES.
Rank:Rifleman
Service No:14698990
Date of Death:21/04/1945
Age:19
Regiment/Service:Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 6th Bn.
Grave Reference:2. E. 7.
Cemetery:BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:Son of James and Margaret J. McDonald, of Thomshill, Morayshire.
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Hastingleigh



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:01 pm    Post subject: WW2 Macdonald Don J Reply with quote

Definitely.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal - 24 May 1945 page 1, column 4

Mr and Mrs J. M'Donald, Thomshill, Birnie have received news to the effect that their eldest son Rifleman Donald James M'Donald (19), Cameronians, was killed in action in Western Europe. He was previously in the employment of the Timber Control at the Level Sawmills, Birnie.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would have been a bitter blow for Rifleman McDonald's parents as the confirmation came in two weeks after VE-Day.

A filter of the CWGC database shows he was the last man in the battalion to die before the German surrender on Luneburg Heath on 4th May 1945.

I write "man" but at nineteen he was still really a boy.

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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of a tangent - but it was a bad day for the Cameronians.
23 Riflemen from various battalions (mainly the 2nd) were killed that day and are buried in Becklingen War Cemetery.
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