One hundred years on, Portsoy war casualties James Grant Gray and Donald Stuart are present in our thoughts. Both young men were on active service with the Gordon Highlanders when they lost their lives on 16th May 1915. Both are commemorated on the LeTouret memorial in Pas de Calais, France.
James Grant Gray, Pte 909, Gordon Highlanders was aged 23 at the time of his death. His parents were William Ker Gray, Glenboyne, Portsoy, Banffshire, and Christina McKechnie Gray.
Donald Stuart, Pte 1470, 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders was the son of James & Annie Stuart of Cultain, Fordyce and was only 17 when he was killed. His name is absent from the Portsoy town memorial but he is commemorated on the family gravestone in Portsoy cemetery.