Monday, 27 August 2018

John Grant Watt, casualty of WW1

Today, 27th August, marks the centenary of the death of 2nd Lieut. John Grant Watt.  He was killed in action while serving with 7th Bn. Gordon Highlanders and was 24 years of age when he lost his life in combat.  His parents, Charles and Jessie Watt, lived at Durn Road in Portsoy.

Together with over 9,000 men, he is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Portsoy remembers Robert Topp

Today marks the anniversary of the death in battle of Robert Topp, Pte 528051, London Scottish Regiment.  He had previously served as Pte 10956, 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  He was just 20 years of age when he was killed in action on the western front.

Robert's parents, Alexander and Jane Topp, lived at 8, South High Street in Portsoy. 

Together with almost 10,000 war casualties, Robert is commemorated at Vis-en-Artois cemetery in Pas-de-Calais, France.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Remembering George Goodall, war casualty

On this day in 1918 George Goodall, L/Cpl 202501, 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, lost his life in the conflict on the western front.  He was aged 26 when he fell in action.

George's parents lived at 19 Schoolhendry Street in Portsoy.

George was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery in the field, though the precise circumstances are unknown.

A gravestone is dedicated to his memory at Sézanne Communal Cemetery in the Marne département, France.

Friday, 27 July 2018

In memory of William McGregor

Today we reflect on the loss of William McGregor, Pte 265664, 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who was killed in action on 27th July 1918.

Before joining up to serve his country, William lived at 8 Seafield Street in Portsoy.

A gravestone marks his final resting place at Courmas British Cemetery in the Marne département of France.  He is one of 130 war casualties commemorated there.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Robert Still, casualty of WW1

A century after his death, we remember Robert Still, Gunner 121139, Royal Garrison Artillery, who died on 27th May 1918 of wounds received in battle.  He was 29 years of age.

Robert was the son of Francis and Elspet Still, whose home was at 1, Culbert Street in Portsoy. 

He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial in the Aisne département, France and on the Portsoy town war memorial.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

In memory of Marcus Calder and Charles Riddoch, casualties of WW1

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.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Portsoy remembers Alexander Chalmers

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.