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.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Remembering William Begg

On this day we remember William Begg, Cpl 242277, 5th Bn. Gordon Highlanders.  William was the grandson of blacksmith George Begg and Ann Thomson, who lived at 42 Seafield Street in Portsoy.

William was killed in action during the Arras offensive which began on 21st March 1918.  Together with almost 15,000 other casualties, he is commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.  

Sunday, 4 March 2018

In memory of William Mair

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.

Friday, 12 January 2018

William L Guthrie, war casualty

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.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Portsoy remembers Alexander Adamson

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.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

In memory of Alexander Wright

On this day we remember Alexander James Wright, Fireman in the Royal Naval Reserve.  He was serving on S.S. Copeland which was sailing from Glasgow to Cork when it was torpedoed on 2nd December 1917.  Twelve crew, including Alexander, lost their lives as a result.

Alexander was born in Fordyce in about 1889 to George and Jessie Ann Wright.  He also left a widow, Jessie (Donaldson) Wright, who lived at 73 Crossburn Street in Glasgow.

Alexander is among over 36,000 casualties commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

James Calder, Portsoy war casualty

Today we remember Portsoy native James Alexander Bruce Calder, whose parents George and Jessie Ann Calder had left Scotland and settled at 106 Summerhill Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.  James served as Pte 766781 in the 123rd Canadian Pioneers and was 24 years of age when he fell in action.

James was buried at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery in Belgium, where a gravestone marks his final resting place.