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World War 2:  Surname Cameron - Cumming

Surname  Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Cameron Eric L.A.C. Avoch Brothers
Cameron Finlay Private Avoch Brothers
Cameron Thomas Guardsman Avoch Brothers
Cameron William Private Culbokie  
Campbell A Sgt Major Invergordon  
Campbell Archibald C.S.M. Portmahomack  
Campbell Finlay Marine Commando Maryburgh  
Chisholm William Private ?  
Christie Daniel F Sapper Edderton  
Cobbold John M Lt Colonel Achnashellach  
Corbett D Guardsman Evanton  
Cran David Lieutenant Dingwall  
Cross John Lieutenant Invergordon  
Cumming Alastair Telegraphist Portmahomack Brothers
Cumming Harry ? Portmahomack Brothers

Date of Paper:   27.10.1944
Surname:   Cameron
Forename(s):   Eric, Finlay and Thomas
Rank:   LAC / Private / Guardsman
Regiment:   Royal Air Force / Royal Scots / Scots Guards
Home Address:   High Street, Avoch

Guardsman Thomas Cameron, Scots Guards, killed in action in Italy, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs A. J. Cameron, High Street, Avoch, and husband of Mrs Isabella Mackintosh or Cameron, Mackenzie Buildings, Muir of Ord. Prior to enlisting in October 1940, he was employed by Mr Duncan Logan, contractor, Muir of Ord and Dingwall. He was in his 34th year. Deep sympathy is extended to the widowed Mrs Cameron and daughter, and to the parents, brothers and sisters.

Two other sons of Mr and Mrs Cameron are serving with the Forces. L.A.C. Eric Cameron is with the R.A.F. in Italy, and Pte. Finlay Cameron with the Royal Scots in Burma. Mr A. J. Cameron, another son, served with the Camerons, but was discharged and has now returned to the staff of the Bank of Scotland, High Street, Dingwall. Deep sympathy is extended to the bereaved family and especially to his wife and family of one boy and one girl.

Date of Paper:  07.04.1944
Surname:   Cameron
Forename(s):   William
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:  Mid Badgrinnan, Culbokie

Pte. William Cameron, The Seaforths, wounded while serving with the Central Mediterranean Force, is a son of Mr and Mrs Cameron, Mid Badgrinnan, Culbokie.

Date of Paper:   31.03.1944
Surname:   Campbell
Forename(s):   A.
Rank:   Sergeant Major
Regiment:   Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:  Elliot Road, Invergordon

Mrs Campbell, Elliot Road, Invergordon, has received information that her son, Sergt. Major A. Campbell, M.M., Cameron Highlanders, has been killed in action. A regular soldier, he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the field in the Middle East.

Date of Paper:   24.03.1944
Surname:   Campbell
Forename(s):   Archibald
Rank:   Company Sergeant Major
Regiment:   Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:   Main Street, Portmahomack, ex-The Cottages, Invergordon

Mrs Campbell, daughter of Mrs Dougherty, Main Street, Portmahomack, has received official information of the death of her husband, Coy. Sergt.-Major Archibald Campbell, M.M., Cameron Highlanders. C.S.M. Campbell died of wounds in the Central Mediterranean. Deepest sympathy is extended to the widow in her sad bereavement, and to his mother, Mrs Campbell, The Cottages, Invergordon, and to other relatives.

Date of Paper:   21.07.1944
Surname:   Campbell
Forename(s):   Finlay
Rank:   Marine Commando
Regiment:   Royal Navy
Home Address:   15 Lochussie, Maryburgh (Conon in text), ex-Glensanda, Kingairloch

Marine Commando Finlay Campbell, Royal Navy, killed in action, was the only son of the late Mr David Campbell, Glensanda, Kingairloch, and of Mrs B. Campbell, 15 Lochussie, Conon. Prior to joining up he was a hairdresser with Mr J. R. Urquhart, Dingwall. Aged 26 years, he was well-built physically and a keen sportsman.

The photograph which follows does not come from Ross-shire Journal records as the text will show.

Included in this group in Stalag XI during World War 2 is a Private William Chisholm - but which one is he?
The photograph took the form of a postcard sent to "Nurse Jessie Mackenzie, Mount Eagle, Fearn, Ross-shire".  
Jessie Mackenzie later married and became Mrs Goodall.  When she passed away her daughter and son-in-law found the photo in her belongings.  Subsequently they tried to find the sender, Private William Chisholm, but knew nothing about him as Jessie Goodall never talked about him.  Her family sent the photo to RCHS and we in turn have passed it to Dingwall Museum, as they agreed.
If anyone can help Jim and Annette Rankin to fill in some of the blanks, and perhaps even trace who William Chisholm was, they would be grateful.  Their email address is corerankin@gmail.com 

Date of Paper:   13.04.1945 and 27.04.1945. Possibly also extract from RJ of 12.05.1916.
Surname:  Christie
Forename(s):   Daniel Forbes
Rank:   Sapper
Regiment:   Royal Engineers
Home Address:   Woodside Cottage, Edderton

CHRISTIE - Died of Wounds, on 24th March, 1945, Spr. Daniel Forbes (Donnie), youngest son of Mr Christie and the late Mrs Christie, Woodside Cottage, Edderton, aged 27 years. Deeply mourned.

[27.04.1945] Sapper D. Christie, Royal Engineers, who has made the supreme sacrifice on the Western front, was the youngest son of Mr D. F. Christie and the late Mrs Christie, Woodside, Edderton. In early life he left his native parish of Edderton for the south and entered into the building trade in Glasgow, where he became a general favourite with both master and men. At the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Royal Engineers and served with them during the campaign in the Middle East until he returned for special training for the landing in Europe. Of a quiet and cheerful disposition, he will be greatly missed by his many friends. The deepest sympathy is extended to his aged father, who had also lost his eldest son in the 1914-18 war, and to his sisters and brothers at home and serving in the Forces.

[12.05.1916] Christie, Pte. Malcolm, 1518, son of Mr and Mrs Christie, Heath Cottage, Edderton, was reported missing, believed killed, and, as in all other such cases, the War Office has since presumed his death. He was only 19 years of age, and was a bright lad of a kindly and unassuming nature, and a general favourite in the parish. Previous to the war he was in the employment of the Railway Company. He was one of the recruits who joined Tain Coy. at a smoking concert held in the Edderton Parish Hall in March, 1912, when the late Major Robertson and the late Lieut. Budge were present. "Your boy died bravely doing his duty, and in him we have lost a good soldier." Thus wrote Major Cuthbert to the parents.

Date of Paper:   30.06.1944
Surname:   Cobbold
Forename(s):   John Murray
Rank:   Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment:   Scots Guards
Home Address:   Glencarron, Achnashellach, Ross-shire

Lieut.-Colonel John Murray Cobbold, Scots Guards, whose death from wounds has been announced, was the only son of Lady Evelyn Cobbold of Glencarron, Achnashellach, Ross-shire, the eldest sister of Lord Dunmore. The father of deceased, the late Mr John Cobbold, owned the estates of Craiganour and Rannoch, Perthshire. Lieut.-Colonel Cobbold (according to The Bulletin) "leaves a widow who was Lady Blanche Cavendish, second daughter of the late Duke of Devonshire. She has two sons and two daughters. Her elder girl, Pamela, was married last year to Lieutenant William Hope-Johnstone, Grenadier Guards, a kinsman of Lord Linlithgow. Colonel Cobbold shared the great love of his mother for the heather hills, and many of the happiest days of his life were spent in Ross-shire."

Date of Paper:   16.06.1944
Surname:   Corbett
Forename(s):  D.
Rank:   Guardsman
Regiment:   Scots Guards
Home Address:   Novar Street, Evanton

Official information has been received by Mr and Mrs Corbett, Novar Street, Evanton, that their youngest son, Guardsman D. Corbett, Scots Guards, has been wounded in Italy. A later report states that he received shrapnel wounds in both legs and that he is making satisfactory progress.

Date of Paper:   06.08.1943 and 19.01.1944
Surname:   Cran
Forename(s):   David
Rank:   Lieutenant
Regiment:   Royal Scots Fusiliers
Home Address:   Caberfeidh Terrace, Dingwall

Lieutenant David Cran

Lieutenant David Cran is reported wounded in Sicily. He is a son of Mr J. R. Cran, Caberfeidh Terrace, Dingwall, and is a banker by profession, having received his training in the Commercial Bank, Dingwall. There are six of Mr Cran's family serving with the Forces. In addition to Lt. David Cran, these are: Jack in the R.A.F.; Robert and Alistair, and Winnie and Mona.

[19.01.1944]  DIED OF WOUNDS
Lieut. David Cran, Royal Scots Fusiliers, died of wounds while serving with the Mediterranean Force, was a son of Mr J. R. Cran, Caberfeidh Terrace, Dingwall. A banker by profession, he served his apprenticeship in the Dingwall branch of the Commercial Bank. Later he was transferred to London, where he joined the London Scottish, with which he served in Norway. On his return he qualified for a commission and was posted to the Royal Scots Fusiliers. Prior to going East, Lt. Cran was married to a Miss Muriel Bain, whose home address is in Surrey, but who is serving with an Anti Aircraft Motor Transport Coy., in which she holds a commission. Of a very cheerful disposition, his smiling face made him a general favourite. Much sympathy is extended to his wife, and father, sisters and brothers. Jack, Robert and Alistair are serving with the Forces, as also are Winnie and Mona, while Nannie is at home.

Courtesy of Lieut. Cran's sister, Mrs W. Sinclair, we are able to reproduce his photograph and his last letter home:

"Lt. D. H. Cran, 21 R.S. Fus., C.M.F. 30 Dec. '43.
"Dear Win,
"My correspondence has suffered a lot this past while. Things have been rather tough and I have been feeling rather out of sorts because of the wretched cold and one thing and another which accompanies active service. I don't mind the shells and the killing as much as the dread of spending long days and sleepless nights in cold wet trenches. The boys have done wonders of 'sticking it' in this unhappy country: may they see some result for it all when the end of the war comes.
"At the moment we are at rest in good billets and have been fortunate in having been able to spend Xmas in comparative comfort. The usual fare was in good supply and considering everything the usual customs were kept in good style. New Year has to come yet and, if we can, we hope to procure some beverages for the celebration. We are, of course, too near the guns to allow any undue frivolity but in a small way we shall, no doubt, toast 1944. What it will bring no one has much doubt. Let us hope some Providence may come about to stop extreme frightfulness.
"Since beginning this letter the snow has come and now all the country is white in about a foot of snow. During the first wild night the conditions were very extreme but now that the sun has come out it is quite pleasant and our spirits have revived.
"The date is now actually the 2 Jan. and all the boisterous mirth of the New Year has passed, thank goodness. The fellows get most horribly drunk on that infernal vino and perhaps you have some idea by now of how Jocks behave when they get boozed up with raw spirit. It is all OK when you are far from the front but it is not to pleasant when Jerry is just across the way.
"I send you my sincere good wishes for the New Year and my wish is that we may see each other again before the year is out.
"Give my love to everybody at home when you go north.
"Yours aye, David

Mrs Sinclair adds that David was killed in Italy and that his name is recorded on both the Dingwall War Memorial and on a plaque in Castle Street Church of Scotland, Dingwall.

Date of Paper:   05.07.1940, 05.03.1942 and 31.03.1944
Surname:   Cross
Forename(s):  John
Rank:   Private, later Lieutenant
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Murray Road, Invergordon

Handwritten notes: "Missing. Reported prisoner of war 27th Sept., 1940. Escaped through Spain to Gibraltar and arrived home in Oct., 1941. Grocer to trade."

Pte. John Cross, Seaforths, son of Mr and Mrs F. Cross, Murray Road, Invergordon, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field. Pte. Cross was captured by the Germans at St Valery and escaped later, and after many thrilling experiences he arrived safely in October 1941.

[31.03.1944] Information has been received at Invergordon that Lieut. John Cross, M.M., The Seaforths, has been killed in action. He joined the Seaforths on the outbreak of the War, was captured by the Germans at St Valery, but later made a daring escape and reached this country safely. He was awarded the Military Medal and was decorated by the King at Buckingham Palace. He took his commission in The Seaforths last year. He married Miss Vera Harper of Wick at Invergordon Church of Scotland last year, and by a unique coincidence, was christened and married in the same Church. He was the son of Mr and Mrs F. Cross, Murray Road, Invergordon. He was a general favourite with everyone in Invergordon. He served with Mr D. Mackenzie, grocer, High Street, Invergordon, before the war. A fine footballer, he played for Invergordon Football Club, and being a fine swimmer, took part in many Northern Acquatic Galas. A fine singer, he took part in local concerts. The sympathy of the community is extended to his young widow, his parents, and a brother and sister, and brother-in-law, all in the Forces, in their loss.

Date of Paper:  20.10.1944
Surname:   Cumming
Forename(s):   Alastair and Harry
Rank:   Telegraphist / Not stated
Regiment:   Royal Navy / Not stated
Home Address:   Chapel Hill, Portmahomack

"Ally" Cumming                                           Harry Cumming

Official intimation was received by Mr Alexander Cumming, Chapel Hill, Portmahomack, of the death by drowning of his son, Telegraphist Alastair Cumming, R.N., in enemy action. Familiarly known as "Ally", he was a general favourite, always happy and cheetful, and his death is a sad blow to his father and two sisters. Previous to joining the R.N. four years ago, he was an assistant in Mr D. J. Ross's shop. His brother, Harry, was another war victim, dying in China. Deepest sympathy is extended to his sorrowing father, two sisters and other relatives.Date of Paper  27.10.1944

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