Corporal William Sutherland.

2nd Seaforth Highlanders.

​KIA 24 September 1914.

William was born at Thurso and moved with his parents to Easter Ross. He enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders at Fort George and was sent to France shortly after the outbreak of war.
L/Cpl William Sutherland’s family of six brothers and one sister all served their country.
He reported for duty with his regiment, the 2nd Seaforth’s, on the 23rd of September where the men were engaged at Bucy Le Long in Northern France.
The regiments diary for the 24th reads “ Continued improving trenches & communications, Lovely weather, Very little firing at us, Heavy engagements at night both on our extreme left & on the right-- Casaulties 1 man Killed. ”
Tragically William was killed after only one day at the front, we learn from the newspaper that he had been promoted to Corporal for his bravery in saving his Sergeant's life.
L/Cpl  Sutherland was the first man listed on the War Memorial to die.

Remembered with Honour Crouy-Vauxrot French National Cemetery, Crouy


Private Thomas Campbell.

2nd Seaforth Highlanders.

KIA 26th October 1914.

Private Thomas Campbell although born at Paisley was listed as resident in Calrossie, Arabella on his records. He enlisted in the Seathforth Highlanders at Tain and was placed in the 3rd Battalion of that regiment. He was later transferred to the 2nd Bn. of the Seaforths and was serving with them when he was killed in action on the October 26 , 1914. We do not have a photograph of Private Campbell.


Remembered with Honour
Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension.


Captain Keith Bethune Mackenzie.

2nd Seaforth Highlanders.

​KIA 12th November 1914.

Captain Keith Bethune Mackenzie, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, is one of two brothers on the Tain war memorial. He was an experienced officer who had seen action in the South African war and received the Queen's medal with five clasps.  The Order of La Maison Ernestine was conferred upon him for his part in the South African War, being presented by H.R.H. the Duke of Albany, Duke of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha, in May, 1907.
Captain Mackenzie was attached to the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders at the time of his death, he was killed instantly by a shell near Ypres on the 12th November 1914. The 1st Gordon’s had suffered terribly since August and it is unclear when Keith was attached to the regiment.
Captain Keith Mackenzie and his brother Lieutenant Eric Mackenzie both attended
Tain Royal Academy from April 1891 to September 1892. It is unclear if there is
further family connections to Tain. Captain Mackenzie is also remembered at the Malvern war memorial.

Remembered with Honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.


Lance Corporal Colin Macrae.

4th Seaforth Highlanders.

Died 21 November 2014.

L/Corporal Colin Macrae was born at Lairg to the Rev Donald Macrae and his wife Annie. The family later moved to Edderton and it was here that Colin enlisted in the  Tain Company of the 4th Seaforth Highlanders.
Colin was sent to the small village of Ecques. This village of 300 inhabitants had to house 1050 men. Although the front was close enough for the soldiers to hear the guns, the first men to die, including L/Corporal Colin Macrae, were not killed in action but succumbed to scarlet fever. The fact that the Battalion was out of action due to the outbreak of scarlet fever meant that the men did not receive the bar to the 1914 Star that they would otherwise have been entitled to.
L/Corporal Macrae, who was only 19 when he died, was one of three brothers who all died during the war.

Remembered with Honour Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery.


Major Arthur Young.

1st Gurkha Rifles.

KIA, 14th December 1914.

Major Arthur Young, p.s.c. 1st Gurkha Rifles, Brigade Major Gurhwal Brigade,was born at Dhanusala, Punjab on 3rd December, 1876. He was the son of Colonel G. Young, late Commanding 1st Gurkha Rifles.
Major Young was educated at Blairlodge School, Polment, Sirlingshire and the R.M.C. Sandhurst from which he was gazetted to an unattached  2nd Lieutenancy in August 1890 and appointed to  the Indian Army in December 1897. He was attached to the Gordon Highlanders at Rawal Pindi, and served with them in the Tirah Campaign of 1897-98. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1899 and Captain in August, 1900.
Major Young passed out of the Staff College in December 1910 and was appointed Brigade Major of the Gurwhal Brigade in June 1912. Having reached Field Rank in August 1914 he was killed when returning from shelter trenches on 14th December, 1914. For his services he was mentioned in Sir John French’s Despatch of the 14th January, 1915.

Remembered with Honour Lillers Communal Cemetery Extension


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