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.