WW1 1918

Private William James Bruce

35th Coy., Canadian Forestry Corps

DOW, 07th February 1918

Private William J Bruce was born at Tain. He was the youngest son of Robert Bruce, Moss Road, Tain.

William moved to Canada  before the war and joined the Vancouver Seaforth Highlanders shortly after the start of the war. With the exception of a year spent in England recovering from severe wounds William had been in France continuously since the first contingent of Canadians arrived. William was shot at Hill 60 in May 1916 and could have been discharged due to the severity of the injuries but chose instead to return to France.  William was transferred to the 35th Canadian Forestry Corps. In November 1917 he was again injured in a collision between a train and a forestry lorry. He spent several weeks in hospital in France before returning to his duties. William had not recovered fully and he fell ill again and died on 7th February, 1918.

At the time of his death one of William’s brothers, Robert was still on active service while another, Hugh, had been invalided home to Vancouver suffering from complications and shell shock.

When his sister had asked why he did not accept the promotions offered to him William replied that he preferred to do his bit as a plain soldier.

Remembered with Honour Grevillers British Cemetery


Corporal James MacDonald

5th Bn., Gordon Highlanders

KIA, 21st March 1918

Corporal James McDonald was born in Skye. He joined the 5th Bn. Gordon Highlanders.
On 31 January 1918 the 1/5th Bn. Gordon Highlanders were posted from the 51st (Highland) Division to the 61st which was usually made up of units from the south Midlands.

The Highlanders task was to occupy and defend the Fresnoy le Petit Redoubt from the expected German offensive.

The offensive started with a bombardment which destroyed the British lines of communications. Then the German Stormtroopers attacked, creeping out the fog they cut down defenders with grenades, flamethrowers and bayonets.

At Fresnoy le Petit the Highlanders had suffered badly from the shelling. Their position had been demolished and almost all of the battalion were dead or wounded. The Germans captured most of the survivors including Lt Colonel McTaggert the CO.

Just thirty men made it back to the rear lines.
Corporal James McDonald was killed in action during the engagement. He was 33 years old.

Remembered with Honour Pozieres Memorial


Sergeant Donald R Hepburn

5th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

21st March 1918

Sergeant Donald Hepburn was born at Tain. Son of Peter Hepburn, of Alness, Ross-shire, and the late Dolina Rose Hepburn.

He joined the 5th Seaforth Highlanders. The 5th Seaforths were part of the Highland Division which was devastated by the Luderndorff Offensive. The Seaforths, along with the 7th Black Watch and the 6th Gordon Highlanders fought stubbornly despite being shelled and attacked with flame throwers.

Sergeant Hepburn was among the many men that died that day.

He was 23 years old. We do not have a photograph of him.

Remembered with Honour Arras Memorial


Captain Ian Mackenzie

5th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

KIA, 21st March 1918

Captain John ‘Ian’ Mackenzie was born  at Tain. He was the son of a former Town Clerk of Tain. Ian was educated at Tain Royal Academy followed by Fettes College and then at Baliol College, Oxford. On the outbreak of war he joined the O.T.C. and in January 1915 he was commissioned in the 5th Seaforths. Ian rose to the rank of Captain and some time after he was sent for service at the French Front he was awarded a Military Cross.

At the commencement of the Luderndorff offensive Ian was acting as adjutant of the battalion. The North Star reported that Captain Mackenzie; “With the rest of the 51st Division he came into action at the first of the attack, and sustained a heroic but terribly costly resistance against vastly outnumbering hordes of the enemy.”
Rev D Mackenzie at weekly Sunday service said; “nothing affected the community more deeply than the death of Captain Mackenzie”

Captain Mackenzie died on the first day of the offensive. He was 24 years old.

Remembered with Honour Arras Memorial


Sapper John Skinner

78th Field Coy., Royal Engineers

KIA, 25th March 1918

Private John was born at Nigg. He worked as a farm servant at Culisse Farm near Fearn.

John was a member of the 4th Seaforth Highlanders and was mobilized in August 1914. The Seaforths arrived in France in November 1914. When John had served his time with the Seaforths he transferred to the Royal Engineers and after three months training he returned to France. John was a driver with the Engineers when he was killed in action on 25th March 1918. He was 23 years old.

John had two brothers who had served in France. At the time of John’s death one brother was on a Government farm in Scotland having served nearly four years in the line and the other was still in France with the Canadians.

Remembered with Honour Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension


Private Donald Ross

6th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

KIA, 25 March 1918


Private Donald Ross was born at Edderton. He was the son of Andrew and  Isabella Ross of Redburn, Edderton, Ross-shire.

Donald was a member of the 6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action at Lourville on 25th March, 1918. He was 31 years old.

We not not have a photograph of him.

Remembered with Honour
Arras Memorial


Lance Corporal Malcolm Maclean

12th Bn., Royal Scots

DOW, 01st April 1918

L/Cpl Malcolm Maclean was born at Fearn. His parents were Mr and Mrs Geo. Maclean who lived at 10 Lamington Street, Tain.

Malcolm was a member of the 12th Battalion Royal Scots. He had mobilised at the outbreak of the war and had taken part in the Gallipoli campaign where he had been badly wounded in the head. After six months recovery in hospital Malcolm had rejoined his regiment and been sent to France where he saw much fighting. An attack of dysentery saw Malcolm sent home again to recover and around this time he was able to visit Tain to see his family.  Malcolm then returned to France for the last time. He died of wounds on 1st April, 1918.

He was 30 years old.

Remembered with Honour Etaples Military Cemetery

Private William Christie

7th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

KIA, 10th April 1918

L/Cpl William Christie was born at Edderton. He was the son of Donald and Jessie Christie of Wood Side, Edderton, Ross-shire. William worked as a farm servant at Ardmore Farm, Edderton, before joining the army.

William served with the 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders and was killed in action at the Battle of Lys on 10th April, 1918.

He was 19 years old.

Remembered with Honour Tyne Cot Memorial


Private Donald Munro

17th Bn., Machine Gun Corps

KIA, 10th April 1918

Donald Munro was born at Locheye, Tain and was part of a large family of nine children to Donald and Margaret Munro (nee Lang).  Donald was born on the 7th April 1892 and was married on 28th February 1915 to Christina Sutherland. They had one son, Donald, born at Aldie Farm, Tain on 13th July 1915. This son, an only child went on to serve in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and attained the rank of Warrant Officer.

Donald enlisted in the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, the local Territorial Battalion, but later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (nicknamed the Suicide Squad) and served with the 17th Battalion of the Corps until 10th April 1918 on which date he was killed at Pozieres, and is commemorated at the Memorial at Pozieres British Cemetery, although he has no known grave. He died just 13 days after his 26th Birthday.

At the time of his death, his parents lived at North Glastullich, Tain. His younger brother Thomas also served in the Machine Gun Corps, and survived the war.

Donald and James (his brother, also killed) were working on a house on the Main Road in Fearn, and left a written note on a wall to say that they were on their last day there as they were going to enlist the next day. This writing is still there, but covered over by plasterboard. The exact date has been forgotten,  but was almost certainly in 1914.

There are only two nephews now left in the area, Gregor Munro, Fearn, and Mackenzie Macandie, Portmahomack. There are also several  nephews and nieces in Inverness, too many to mention.
 Submitted by Mackenzie Macandie.

Remembered with Honour Pozieres Memorial


Corporal George Graham

7th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

KIA, 11th April 1918

Corporal George Graham was born at Kildary, Ross-shire. His mother, Jessie Graham, later moved to 10 Murray Street, Tain.

George joined the 4th Seaforth Highlanders and was transferred to the 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action at the Battle of Lys aged 36.

We do not have a photograph of him.

Remembered with Honour
Tyne Cot Memorial


Private John D Mackenzie

4th Regt. South African Infantry

KIA, 11th April 1918

Private John D Mackenzie was born at Glenelg. Hi parents Murdo and Elizabeth Mackenzie were from Tain.

John joined the 4th Rg. South African Infantry.

When the enemy launched their second major offensive of 1918, on the Lys, the South African brigade - now in Flanders - was ordered to counter attack at Messines. It did so, with some success, but the enemy attack was overwhelming and over the next days the fight continued with the South Africans being pushed back from the Messines ridge and up the gentle slope to Vierstraat.

John was reported missing in action on 11th April, 1918 during the defense of Messines Ridge.

He was 35 years old.

We do not have a photograph of him.

Remembered with Honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Private Fred Mackay

8th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

DOW, 22nd April 1918

Private Fred Mackay was born at Inverness. His father was Donald Mackay, Manse Street, Tain.  Prior to joining up Fred served his time with Messrs. Gallie & Co., grocers, Market Street, Tain.

Fred joined the Seaforth Highlanders on 20th February, 1917 and was posted to the 3rd Seaforths. Fred arrived in France on 31st March, 1918 and was drafted into the Service Battalion of the Seaforths. After only 3 weeks and 1 day in France Fred was severely wounded by gunshot in the arm and back and died a few hours after being taken into the Clearing Station.

He was 35 years old.

At the time of his death three of Fred’s brothers were still serving - Duncan was with the Seaforths in Palestine, Donald, R.A.M.C. was in Liverpool and Henry was a Surgeon Probationer in the Navy.

A fourth brother had served for 16 months in France before being discharged.

Remembered with Honour Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension


Gunner George Matheson MM

Royal Garrison Artillery

DOW, 23rd April 1918

Gunner George Matheson was born at Tain. He was the son of John and Margaret Matheson, 29 Lamington Street, Tain. Before the war George worked with his father as a painter.

George mobilised with the Tain company of Seaforths and later transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery. He won the Military Medal for gallantry in action, an honour reserved for exceptional services.

George died  on 23rd April, 1918 of
wounds received in the fighting at
Messines Ridge. He was 20 years old.

Pictured is a list of his belongings that
were returned to his family, including
his New Testament and his watch.

Remembered with Honour Daours Communal Cemetery Extension


Private John G Mackenzie

8th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

KIA, 28th July 1918

Private John G. Mackenzie was born at Perth. His father was a railway guard and the family moved to 6 Chapel Road, Tain. John trained as a butcher with Mr A. Munro of Tain.

Called up in 1917 John trained with the Cameron Highlanders before transferring to the Seaforth Highlanders in 1918 prior to going to France.

John was killed by a shell at Messines Ridge on 28th April, 1918.

He was 19 years old

Remembered with Honour Soissons Memorial

Sapper Alexander Ross Thompson

Royal Engineers

DoW, 09th May 1918

Sapper Alexander R Thomson was born at Edinburgh. He was married  to Johanna Thomson of Manse Street, Tain, with one child.

Alex joined the Royal Engineers and was wounded in France. He died in hospital in England aged 34.

We do not have a photograph of Alex.

Alex was an active member of the YMCA. The members of the Tain YMCA erected the stone pictured below to him. It stands in the St Duthus Cemetery,  Tain.

Remembered with Honour Tain (St. Duthus) Cemetery


Private Donald Forbes

5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

DOW, 03rd June 1918

Private Donald Forbes was born at Inverness. He was working in Tain before he joined the army.

Donald served first with the Cameron Highlanders before transferring to the 5th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders. He died of his wounds on either 3rd or 4th June, 1918 aged 32.

We do not have a photograph of him

Remembered with Honour Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension


CSM Robert Murray

8th Bn., Black Watch

KIA, 19th July 1918

C.S.M. Robert Murray was born at Montrose. He was married to Helen Dunnett from Rogart in Sutherland.

Robert joined the Black Watch at Brechin. He was killed in action  at Messines Ridge on 19th July, 1918, aged 27.

We do not have a photograph of him.

Robert’s widow and child were living in Tain.

Remembered with Honour Ploegsteert Memorial


Second Lieutenant Charles Irvine

2nd Bn., Royal Scots

KIA, 24 August 1918

Lieutenant Charles Irvine was born at Edinburgh. He married Jessie Ross and worked as a piano tuner,  living at 14 Queen Street, Tain.

Charles joined the Royal Scots and was promoted to Lieutenant. He was killed in action on 24th August, 1918 aged 39 years.

"2nd Lt Chas. Irvine Royal Scots KIA belonged to Edinburgh and his widow resides at Vine Place Tain. He came of an old fighting family his grandfather an officer in the British army having fought and been wounded at Waterloo."

Remembered with Honour

Vis-En-Artois Memorial


Corporal William Ewart Mackay

4th Bn., Royal Scots Fusiliers

KIA, 26th August 1918


We know little about Corporal William Ewart Mackay. He was the son of William and Maggie B. Mackay of 58 Frankfurt Road, Herne Hill, London.

Ewart enlisted at Demerara in British Guiana. He joined the 4th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers and was killed in action. Ewart died on 26th August aged 36.

We do not have a photograph of him.

Remembered with Honour

Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines


Private George Macleod

20th Bn., Canadian Infantry

KIA, 28th August 1918

Private George Macleod was born at Fearn, Ross-shire. He was the son of James and Margaret Macleod of 1 Geanies Street, Tain. Prior to the war George had served two years with the 4th Seaforths.

George and his friend Ernest Bruce were living in Chicago at the outbreak of the war and decided to go to Canada to join up. They enlisted in the 48th Highlanders. George was later transferred to the 20th Bn Canadian Infantry.    

The 20th were spearheading the attack at Amiens when both George and Ernest were killed on the same day. They died on 28th August, 1918 aged 34.

We do not have a photograph of George but we know he was five feet six and
a half inches tall and had dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Remembered with Honour Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt


Major Hugh Duff DSO, MC 

10th., Cameron Highlanders

KIA, 06th September 1918

Major Hugh John Duff was born at Edderton. He was the only son of Mr and Mrs Hugh Duff of Edderton. Hugh was educated at Tain Academy, Inverness College and Edinburgh. Prior to the war Hugh was a sheep farmer in New Zealand.

Hugh returned to Britain in 1914 and received a commission in the Lovat Scouts. He was awarded the M.C. for work done at Bourlon Wood and the D.S.O. for work done during the retreat in March 1918. He was mentioned twice in dispatches.

Major Duff was killed when attached to the Kings Liverpool Regiment on 6th September, 1918.  He was 35 years old.

Remembered with Honour Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension


Corporal John Lorne Campbell MM

8th Bn., Canadian Infantry

KIA, 29th September 1918

Corporal John Lorne Campbell was born at Shinness, Sutherland. He was the son of John Robert Campbell. Lorne attended Tain Royal Academy along with his brother and sister.

Lorne moved to Canada and served 5 years with the North West Mounted Police Force. He was working as a Trainman before he enlisted in the Canadian Forces in June 1915.

Lorne was promoted to Corporal in August 1918 and killed in action on 29th September aged 35. He had been awarded the Military Medal.

On the memorial Lorne is listed in error as a Captain instead of Corporal.

Remembered with Honour Haynecourt British Cemetery


Captain Percy M Mackenzie

2nd Bn., Gordon Highlanders

KIA, 06th October 1918

Captain Percy Melville Mackenzie was born at Buenos Ayres in Argentina. He was the eldest son of Peter Mackenzie, Count de Serre Largo and his wife Anita who lived at Tarlogie, Tain.  Percy was educated at Tain Royal Academy, Inverness College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Gordon Highlanders in February, 1908.

Percy served with his regiment in India from 1908 to 1913 and subsequently in Egypt. He proceeded to France soon after the outbreak of the war and served in the expeditionary Force there and in Flanders from October 1914. Percy was seriously wounded  in November 1914 at the First Battle of Ypres and was invalided home.

When he recovered he was appointed Instructor at the Royal Military College, Camberley. Percy joined the 6/7th Gordon Highlanders in France on 12th September, 1918 and was killed in action less than four weeks later on 6th October, 1918.

He was 31 years old.

Remembered with Honour Queant Communal Cemetery British Extension


Private Alexander Ross

Royal Army Medical Corps

KIA, 11th October 1918


Private Alexander Ross was born at Fearn, Ross-shire.  He joined the 53rd Field Ambulance Division of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Alexander was killed in action on 11th October, 1918 age 31.

We do not have a photograph of him.

Remembered with Honour

Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay



Private Alexander Farquhar

4th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

DOW, 14th October 1918


Private Alexander Farquhar was born at Fearn, Ross-shire.- He joined the 4th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders some time after 1915.

Alexander was taken prisoner and died of his wounds on 14th October, 1918.

He was 31 years old.

We do not have a photograph of him.


Remembered with Honour

Berlin South-Western Cemetery


Private Roderick J F Urquhart

1st Regt., South African Infantry

KIA, 18th October 1918


Private Roderick Urquhart was born at Tain. He was the son of Mrs Urquhart, 5 Ross Street, Tain.

Roderick was living in South Africa at the outbreak of the war  and joined the 1st Regt, South African Infantry. He was killed in action on 18th October, 1918.

He was 43 years old.

Remembered with Honour

Ors British Cemetery




Lance Corporal James Munro

4th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

DOW, 28th October 1918

Lance Corporal James Munro was born at Locheye near Fearn, Tain. He was the son of Donald and Margaret Munro of North Glasstullich, Tain.

James joined the 4th Bn Seaforth Highlanders and died of wounds on 28th October, 1918.

James was 24 years old.

We do not have a photograph of him.

Remembered with Honour

Auberchicourt British Cemetery


CSM D A Mackenzie

2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles

DOW, 07th November 1918

CSM David McKenzie was born at Tain. He was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs William McKenzie Hartmount, Tain.

David emigrated to Canada in 1910 and worked there as a carpenter. He enlisted at Winnipeg in the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. David trained in England and then  was sent to France were he was involved in heavy fighting for the next three years. He was awarded the Military medal in the attack on Le Quesnoy and the D.C.M. in the taking of Cambrai. On 7th November, 1918 David was about to leave for England to take up a commission when he was struck by a shell and died soon afterwards.

He was 36 years old.

In the London Gazette dated 14th January, 1928 it said “.....he acted with great judgement, coolness and courage. When his company commander was wounded he carried him under cover and had his wounds dressed. He then took charge and reorganised part of the company and carried on with the advance. When the advance was held up by enemy machine gun fire, he took a party round and rushed the post, killing the garrison and capturing the ground. His work throughout greatly contributed to the success of the operation.”

Remembered with Honour Quievrain Communal Cemetery


Lieutenant Donald A Macrae

15th Bn., Machine Gun Corps

KIA, 16th November 1918

Lieutenant Donald Alistair Macrae was born at Lairg. He was the son of Rev. Donald Macrae, B.D. of Edderton. Donald was educated first at Tain Royal Academy followed by Aberdeen University where he studied Arts from 1907 to 1910 and he then went  Edinburgh University to study Medicine from 1910 to 1914.

While Donald was at Edinburgh he was a member of the O.T.C. and in 1914 joined the Scottish Horse as a Private.  From there he transferred, on receiving a commission, to the 5th (Sutherland) Seaforth Highlanders. Donald went to France in 1915 where he served first with the Seaforths and then with Machine Gun Corps. 

Having survived the war, Donald was struck down with influenza and died at Tounei, Belgium on 16th November, 1918. He was 25 years old.

Donald had two brothers who also gave their lives in the war.

Remembered with Honour Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension


Gunner Lachlan Mackay

9th Field Artillery Brigade

DOW, 23rd December 1918

Private Lachlan Mackay was born at Tain. He was living in Australia when he enlisted in the 9th Field Artillery Brigade. Lachlan arrived in England in July 1916 and transferred to 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column in September 1916. He went to France in July 1916 and transferred to the 6th Field Artillery Brigade in April 1917.

Lachlan was gassed in June 1917 and admitted to Tooting Military Hospital on 14th July then transferred to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital on 28th July and discharged on 2nd August. He was granted furlough to 16th August, 1917 after which he returned to Australia where he  was discharged in December 1917.

Lachlan died on 23rd December, 1918. as a result of the gas inhalation suffered in France.

He was 45 years old.

We do not have a photograph of him.

Remembered with Honour Manunda (Martyn Street) Cemetery, Cairns

Private Andrew McKay

10th Bn., Cameron Highlanders

Died, 24th December 1918

Private Andrew Mackay was born at Inver. He was the son of Bella McKay, of 4, Shop St., Inver, Fearn, Ross-shire. Andrew was working as a grocer and living at Fountain House, Tain before he joined up.

Andrew enlisted in the 2nd Bn. Lovat Scouts and was serving with the 10th Bn. Cameron Highlanders when he died on 24th December, 1918.

He was 27 years old.

We do not have a photograph of him.

Remembered with Honour Etaples Military Cemetery




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