Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Portsoy remembers Alexander West

Alexander George West was born in Portsoy to Henry & Margaret West, who subsequently settled at Dennistoun in Glasgow.  He served as S/17551 with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and was 19 years of age when he fell in action on 29th August 1917.

Alexander is commemorated by a gravestone in the Aeroplane Cemetery which is situated in the Ypres area of West-Vlaanderen in Belgium.

Casualty Record Detail

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

In memory of John Badenoch

Today, 11th July, marks the centenary of the death of John Badenoch, Pte 38906, Royal Army Medical Corps.  Having graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1900, he returned as a Divinity student in 1914 before enlisting for war service.  An entry in the University of Aberdeen Roll of Honour provides further biographical details.  John was one of the youngest children born to James Badenoch and his wife Mary Sutherland, whose home was at Tower House, Cullen Street in Portsoy.  

John was posted to the 33rd British General Hospital in Mesopotamia in November 1916.  His army service papers record medical treatment for dysentery and sandfly fever in the following months, before he eventually succumbed to heatstroke.  He was buried in Basra War Cemetery where a gravestone is dedicated to his memory.  He is also commemorated on the obelisk which marks the family grave in Portsoy.  

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Sinclair McIntyre: Portsoy war casualty

A century after his death on 29th June 1917 we reflect on the sacrifice of young Sinclair McIntyre, Pte S/40312, 9th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  Sinclair, aged 21 when he fell in action, was the son of John McIntyre and his wife Eliza Anderson, who ran a shop at 13 Seafield Street in Portsoy.  Eliza's father, Alexander Anderson, was renowned as a photographer and produced some of the earliest postcards of Portsoy.

Sinclair's grave lies at Zillebeke, near Ypres in Belgium.  A headstone bearing the sign of a cross is dedicated to him in the Perth Cemetery (China Wall).

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Remembering the fallen of Portsoy: Freddie McLean

Today, 14th June, marks the anniversary of the death of Lieutenant Frederick William McLean, who served in the Royal Flying Corps.  Freddie was born in 1894 to William McLean, schoolmaster, and his wife Elizabeth, who lived at Seaview House in Portsoy.

On leaving school, Freddie took up employment as an engineer at the Great North of Scotland Railway works in Inverurie.  He enlisted for war service in January 1915  and passed through cadet school as an officer in September 1916, at which point he joined the Royal Flying Corps. After further training, he was made a Flying Officer in April 1917.

Freddie had been on active service in France for just under a month when his plane crashed on June 13th 1917. He received mortal injuries and died on the evening of June 14th 1917.

Freddie is commemorated by a gravestone at Avesnes-le-Compte Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

Casualty Record Detail 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Portsoy remembers Andrew A. Duncan

On this day we remember Portsoy war casualty, Andrew A. Duncan, Pte 266036 in 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  Andrew was killed in action on 16th May 1917, at the age of 22 years.  He was the son of Alexander and Mary Duncan.

Andrew is commemorated, along with many of his comrades, at the extensive Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

In memory of John G. Thomson

Today we recall the sacrifice of John G. Thomson, Pte 266172, of 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  John was 26 years of age when he was killed in action on 23rd April 1917.  His mother, Mrs McKenzie, lived at 5 North High Street in Portsoy.

John is one of over 30,000 war casualties who are commemorated at the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

James Smith, Portsoy war casualty

Today we remember James Smith, Trimmer 5655/TS who was aged just 19 when he was killed on 19th April 1917.  James was serving in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Trawler "Lobelia II" when it struck a mine off the coast of Donegal near Fanad Head.  His parents were Captain James and Lilias Smith, who lived at 59 Schoolhendry Street in Portsoy.

James is one of the many war casualties commemorated by the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.