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.
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.
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.
On this day we remember Portsoy native Donald McBain, son of James McBain and Susan Reach, whose home was in Schoolhendry Street. Donald was serving in the Royal Naval Reserve as mate on board SS Ballogie when it was torpedoed off the Yorkshire coast on 9th November 1917. He was aged 61 when he lost his life and left behind a widow, Williamina McBain, who lived at 175 Crown Street in Aberdeen.
The Tower Hill memorial in London bears a dedication to Donald, as well as to over 36,000 other men of the Merchant Navy who were lost at sea.
On 26th October we reflect on the sacrifice of Gordon Robertson, Pte 266124, 2nd Bn Gordon Highlanders. Gordon was the son of William & Margaret Robertson, who lived at 6, Chapel Street in Portsoy. He was 21 years of age when he was killed in action.
Gordon is commemorated on Panel 135-6 at the Tyne Cot Memorial near Ypres in Belgium.
Today we remember Thomas Jamieson, Gunner 121782, Royal Garrison Artillery, who was killed in action on 16th October 1917. Thomas, a native of Shetland, was 27 years of age when he lost his life. His parents, Thomas and Robina, lived at Easterscora, Delting, Shetland.
On 26th September we reflect on the sacrifice of Alexander Wood, Pte 242029, 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders. Alexander and his comrades were fighting in the battle of Passchendaele when he was killed in action. His parents, William & Elizabeth Wood, lived at 3 Wood Street in Portsoy. Alexander also left a widow, Isabella, who lived at 67 College Bounds in Fraserburgh.
Along with some 35,000 men, Alexander is commemorated at the Tyne Cot memorial near Zonnebeke in Belgium.