On this day Portsoy remembers two young men who lost their lives during the conflict on the Western Front.
Marcus Calder, Pte S/43769, 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders, was the only son of Marcus and Isabella Calder, who lived at 36 Church Street in Portsoy. Marcus senior ran the "Banffshire Reporter" newspaper from its base in Portsoy. His son was 28 years of age when he fell in action on 22nd May 1918. A gravestone marks his resting place in Pernes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Charles Riddoch, Pte 23681, 29th Bn Machine Gun Corps, was 27 years of age when he died of wounds at King George's Hospital, London. Charles was the son of Annie Riddoch, 26 Church Street, Portsoy. His body was returned to Portsoy for burial and his grave is marked by a Commonwealth War Graves stone.
On 11th April we remember the loss of Alexander Chalmers, Pte S/19615 7th Bn Gordon Highlanders. Alexander was born at Rosehall, Portsoy on 09.10.1898, the illegitimate child of Mary Jane Chalmers who died on 26.10.1898 - less than 3 weeks after Alexander’s birth. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Mr & Mrs Alexander Chalmers who lived at 28 Schoolhendry Street in Portsoy. His uncle, John Farquharson, was to become a war casualty later in the year.
Alexander was 19 years of age when he died of wounds received in action. His grave is marked by a stone at Lillers Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and he is also commemorated on the family gravestone in Portsoy, as well as the town war memorial.
On 4th March we reflect on the sacrifice of William F. Mair, Able Seaman J/55500, whose family lived in Portsoy. William was serving in the Royal Naval Reserve with HMS Excellent when he lost his life.
A memorial to William stands in Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey, where a stone is dedicated to him.
On this day we remember William Lovie Guthrie, Pte 265780, 6th Gordon Highlanders. William was severely wounded in action in France and died aged 21 on 12th January 1918 at Frensham Military Hospital, Surrrey.
William was the son of James & Annie Guthrie, Muir of Clochan, Buckie. His body was taken for burial to Buckie New Cemetery, where a headstone marks his resting place. He is also commemorated on Portsoy Town memorial.
On this day we reflect on the sacrifice of Alexander Adamson, Pte 35266, 2nd Highland Light Infantry, who died of wounds on 3rd December 1917. He had previously served as Pte 1442, Gordon Highlanders. Alexander was the son of Helen Adamson, 29 Schoolhendry Street, Portsoy. Alexander was buried at Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, where a headstone is dedicated to him.