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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:20 pm    Post subject: Calcutta Scottish Reply with quote

One of those named on Hamilton Grammar School Memorial is a Gordon Guthrie Keddie who served with the Calcutta Scottish Independent Defense Force. His grave in Calcutta shows his date of death as 8 April 1918. He is not named on CWGC or SNWM but I'm not sure if he would qualify anyway.

According to Wikipedia, "The Calcutta Scottish was a regiment of volunteers of Scottish descent raised in 1914 as an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army. The regiment formed part of the army reserves of the Auxiliary Force, India (AFI). The regimental dress uniform was Hunting Stewart tartan. The regiment was disbanded following India's independence in 1947.

[In WW1] the regiment probably deployed only as individual reinforcements. Some officers are known to have gone to East Africa, but there is no other record of deployment as a unit. There is reference to Calcutta Volunteer Machine Guns armed with Maxim guns which may have included officers and men from the Calcutta Scottish. On 1 April 1917, the regiment was redesignated the 44th Calcutta Scottish."

Does anyone have any suggestions as to whether this regiment and it's service would qualify for inclusion on SNWM (even if I could locate GG Keddie's service record)?
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike - I knew this guy's name rang a bell!
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=8323&highlight=keddie

The find a grave link still works.

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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ken

That was well remembered. Must try find something more difficult next time!
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