Lochbroom Folk

Lochbroom's Sacrifice in the Second World War


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Identified Prisoners of War from Lochbroom - 4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders  [see Table below]


IAN RODERICK CAMPBELL
Private 2820291, POW No. 15460
Stalag XX-B, Marienburg
 
Ian was born on 9th February 1916 at Abersky, Stratherrick in the Parish of Dores, on the East shore of Loch Ness.  His parents John, and Hannah (née McKenzie) had married on 12th January 1914 at Achiltibuie, Coigach; John (35) a shepherd was living at Polglass and Hannah (27) domestic servant lived at Blughasary, near Ullapool.

 


Prisoners of War in their prison camp, Stalag XXB, at Marienburg in Poland. 
Ian Campbell is seated third from left in the front row.  He had sent the original picture to his sister in 1941 and donated it to the collection.  [Photograph courtesy of Ullapool Museum Trust.]

Prior to WW2 Ian and his brother Donald worked at the flour mill on Isle Martin.

Extract from article in The Herald dated 4th May 1999
Two of the mill workers returned yesterday.  Mr Ian Campbell, 83, and his brother Donald, 77, from Strathcanaird, had never been back after leaving the mill to fight in the Second World War.

“I often thought I would like to come back but this is the first chance I have had, I have been looking forward to it so much.  I have a lot of memories of the place.  There was a lot of hard work done here.  We had to load the flour on our backs down there and then over at Ardmair, on the mainland, we had to carry it up the shore through the big stones”, said Mr Ian Campbell.

 
ARTHUR ERNEST THOMAS CLUNE
Private 2822666, POW No. 15463
Stalag XX-B, Marienburg
Died on 7th May 1945 aged 25

The gravestone below which stands in Lochbroom Churchyard reads:

In loving memory of Arthur Clune, only son of Mr & Mrs Clune, Ardcharnich served with the 4th Seaforth Highlanders 1939. Prisoner of War in Germany, died 7th May 1945 aged 25.

 

Photo:  Roddie Macpherson


Arthur Anthony Clune (Arthur Ernest’s father), a cook, enlisted on 4th May 1916 at Sudbury, Ontario, into the 227th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Sergeant, Service No 1003108.  He was born at Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada on 6th September 1885.  After sailing to England in April 1917, the 227th Battalion was absorbed into the Canadian 8th Reserve Battalion.  Anthony transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps, No. 138 Company which was employed in the Lael Forest, Braemore, from July 1918 until March 1919.  It is suggested that it is here he met his future wife.

On 5th March 1919 at Lochbroom.
Arthur Anthony Cloon, Cook – Sergeant, Canadian Forestry Corps
Bachelor age 32, usual residence Inverlael, Lochbroom
Married Isabella McLean, 25 of Ardcharnich, Lochbroom

On 22nd July 1919, Arthur and Isabella departed from Liverpool on board ss Scotian, bound for Quebec, Canada.  Prior to the voyage they had been based at the Canadian Discharge Depot at Buxton, Derbyshire, England.  Arthur was demobbed in Canada on 6th August 1919.

Two children were born in Canada, Arthur Ernest in 1920, and Euphemia Rose in 1923.

Their father died of Hodgkins Disease on 26th July 1924 at Christie Street Hospital, Toronto.  He is buried in Hamilton Cemetery, Ontario in Soldiers Row No. 83.
 
 
 
 

In 1926 Isabella and her two young children, sailed on the Cameronia, and arrived Glasgow on 22nd March, from New York, destination Ardcharnich.  They also sailed in 1927 on the Athenia, Anchor Line from Montreal to Glasgow, arriving 21st August.  It is not known why they returned to Canada for just a few months, maybe to complete arrangements? 

Arthur Ernest died on 7th May 1945 at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, of tuberculosis of the spine, from which he had been suffering for 1 year 6 months.  His sister Effie (Euphemia) was present at his death:  He could have been one of those repatriated in October 1943 (see page 28).

Euphemia qualified as a Nurse at Gray’s Hospital, Elgin in June 1944.  She married Geoffrey James Jennings in 1946 in Inverness.  In 1948-50 she was resident at 5 Heath Cottages, Little Heath, Potters Bar, near London.  Then in the 1950s, the couple lived at North Mimms, Hertfordshire.

Arthur Ernest’s mother, Isabella, died in the winter of 1976 aged 83, Registration District Hatfield, Hertfordshire, in the area where her daughter and husband lived.

 
 
JAMES FINLAYSON
Private 2822664, POW No. 15447
Stalag XX-B Marienburg
 

 
James and his family lived at 14 Ladysmith Street, Ullapool.  His father, Alexander, a fisherman, married Margaret Watson in Cromarty in 1907.  James was born on 8th November 1918 at 4 Braehead, Cromarty, which indicates that the family did not relocate to Ullapool until after WW1.  Known siblings were Alexander (1913-1934) and David (1926-1978).

Margaret died at 14 Ladysmith Street, on 22nd February 1964, with son James as informant, and Alexander died at the same address in December 1966.  The family grave, however, is at Cromarty Gaelic West Cemetery.  James died at Dingwall in 1982, aged 63.

 
WILLIAM ALEXANDER FRASER
Lance Corporal 2815382, POW No. 15459
Stalag XX-B Marienburg


William’s parents, William Fraser and Euphemia Bathgate Macrae, were married on 4th March 1899 at 16 Fantallon Place, Edinburgh, William, a joiner, (23) resided at 19 Watson Street, Edinburgh, whereas Euphemia, (26) domestic servant, lived at Northumberland Street, Edinburgh.

Euphemia gave birth to four children: John (1900) in Edinburgh, Katie (1902) in Elgin, Euphemia (1904) and William Alexander (1906). The youngest two were born in Cape Town, South Africa. Passenger shipping records have not been available to establish why the family moved to South Africa and for how long they stayed there. However, it is known that in 1911 Euphemia and her four children were residing at Argyle Street, Ullapool, her birthplace, with her widowed father James Macrae in a house with three rooms.

The marriage was not successful and Euphemia was granted a divorce on 11th November 1919. She remarried to Murdo Urquhart, a tailor, widower, on 30th December 1922. She was living at Argyle Streeet, Ullapool, whilst Murdo, aged 63 lived at Mill Street, Ullapool.

Murdo died on 5th August 1934 (aged 76) at home in Argyle Street.  Euphemia died on 9th April 1947 (aged 74) also at home in Ullapool. William (known by the family as Alick) died on 26th December 1974 aged 68 at Inverness.

The inscription on the family gravestone at Ullapool Mill Street/Garve Street cemetery is too faint to reproduce but the wording is:

James & Catherine (Matheson) Macrae

Erected/by/JAMES MACRAE/in loving memory of/his beloved wife/CATHERINE MATHESON/who died 8th August 1909/aged 56 years/JAMES MACRAE/died 1915/EUPHEMIA MACRAE/died 9 April 1947/KATIE FRASER/died 10th February 1959/ALICK FRASER/died 26th December 1974/JOHN FRASER/born 7.2.1900 - died 4.9.1979.

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IDENTIFIED PRISONERS OF WAR FROM LOCHBROOM - 4th BATTALION, SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS

 

 

Name

Rank

Service No.

POW No.

POW Camp

Address

Campbell, Ian Roderick

Private

2820291

15460

Stalag XX-B

Blugshasary, nr Ullapool

Clune, Arthur Ernest

Private

2822666

15463

Stalag XX-B

Ardcharnich

Finlayson, James

Private

2822664

15447

Stalag XX-B

14 Ladysmith St, Ullapool

Fraser, William A

L/Cpl

2815382

15459

Stalag XX-B

Argyle St, Ullapool

Macdonald, Hector John

Private

2822211

17771

Stalag 344

Ardmair

Mackenzie, John

Private

?

?

?

Mill House, Ullapool

Mackenzie, Kenneth

Driver

2812874

14020

Stalag XX-B

Royal Hotel, Ullapool

Mackenzie, Kenneth J

Private

2822109

15462

Stalag XX-B

13 Ladysmith St

Mackenzie, Murdo

Private

2822123

14018

Stalag XX-B

Crofton, Ullapool

Maclennan, Donald

Private

2820996

6934

Stalag XXI-D,

2 West Terrace, Ullapool

Maclennan, Duncan

CSM

2816336

13951

Stalag XX-B

Holly Grove, Ardindrean

Macleod, Alexander

Corporal

2818520

6935

383 Hohenfels

19 Ladysmith St, Ullapool

Macleod, Angus

Private

2820988

6955

Stalag VIII-B

8 Ladysmith St, Ullapool

Macleod, Donald

Private

?2823362

?20611

?Stalag XX-A

29 Ladysmith St, Ullapool

Macleod, Hugh

Private

2817114

15828

Stalag XX-B

29 Ladysmith St, Ullapool

Macrae, Donald Alexr

Private

2822827

236

Stalag IX-C

No. 2 Braes, Ullapool

Munro, Hector

Private

2815856

15602

Stalag XX-B

Ardcharnich

Rae, Roderick Scott

L/Cpl

2820106

6759

Stalag XX-B

Benwell House, Ullapool

Ross, George Alexander

Private

2822654

6761

Stalag VIII-B

Brae House, Argyle St

Wallace, Alan D

Captain

93863

1386

Oflag VII-B

8 Belmont Place, Ayr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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