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World War 2:  Macrae - Macwilliam

Surname  Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Macrae Alexander Sergeant Kessock Brothers 1
Macrae C A R Major Co. Antrim  
Macrae Christopher Private Kyle of Lochalsh Brothers 2
Macrae D J Warrant Officer Alness  
Macrae Donald Private Gairloch  
Macrae Duncan Private Kyle of Lochalsh Brothers 2
Macrae Duncan J Lieutenant Balmacara  
Macrae Evan Private Munlochy  
Macrae Farquhar Private Auchtertyre Brothers 3 Sister ? 3
Macrae Finlay Sergeant Lochcarron  
Macrae George A Private Fortrose Brothers 4
Macrae George F Sergeant Auchtertyre Brothers 3 Sister ? 3
Macrae Hamish M ? Fortrose Brothers 4
Macrae Hector I Sergeant Canada  
Macrae Helen Corporal Auchtertyre Sister ? 3
Macrae Hugh R Lieutenant Glasgow  
Macrae Iain Private Lochcarron  
Macrae Ian Sergeant Alness  
Macrae Jack Private Lochcarron  
Macrae Jessie M Nursing Sister Torridon  
Macrae John Guardsman Kessock Brothers 1
Macrae Kenneth Private Lochalsh  
Macrae Murdo Private Culbokie  
McRitchie Angus Private Achterneed Brothers 5
McRitchie Donald Private Achterneed Brothers 5
Macwilliam John Corporal Muir of Ord  

 

Date of Paper:   31.07.1942
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   C. A. R.
Rank:   Major
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Joymount Court, Carrickfergus, County Antrim

EXTRACT FROM RJ :
Major C. A. R. Macrae, The Seaforth Highlanders (attached Camerons), who has been reported missing in Libya, June 1942, is a well known officer of the County Regiment, who, before the war, was on a tour of duty at Fort George. His wife, Mrs Macrae, at Joymount Court, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, will be grateful for any information that may be contained in personal letters to people in the North.

Handwritten note: "19th June, 1944 - Reported safe in Switzerland."

Date of Paper:   19.07.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Christopher and Duncan
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Duirinish Lodge, Lochalsh

EXTRACT FROM RJ :
Handwritten notes: "Sons of the late Mr Malcolm Macrae and of Mrs Macrae. Missing. Prisoners of War 11th October, 1940. Duncan liberated 11th May, 1945. Christopher liberated 25th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   20.07.1945
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   D. J.
Rank:   Warrant Officer
Regiment:   Royal Air Force
Home Address:   The Bungalow, Alness

EXTRACT FROM RJ :
MACRAE - Previously reported missing on operations over enemy territory on 6th August, 1944, now officially reported to have lost his life on this date, Warrant Officer D. J. Macrae, RAF, aged 24, only son of Mr and Mrs John Macrae, The Bungalow, Alness. No letters please.

Warrant Officer D. J. Macrae
Warrant Officer D. J. Macrae, RAF, reported missing while on operational duty over enemy territory on 6th August 1944, is now officially reported to have lost his life on that date. W.O. Macrae was the only son of Mr and Mrs John Macrae, The Bungalow, Alness, who have received the following letter from the Air Ministry:

"Some time ago we received a report fromn a Monsieur Pussot of Jonzac (Charente-Maritime), France - unfortunately of a very distressing nature - to the effect that an aircraft crashed at Jonzac on the 6th August, 1944. The crew of two were killed and one airman was identified as Robert Fletcher.

"Your son's companion was Flight Sergeant Fletcher, but his Christian name was Clement and not Robert. Further enquiries were instituted in France and it transpires that when the aircraft crashed the Germans took all the papers from the crew. Monsieur Pussot, however, managed to glance at the papers and made a mental note of one of the names. He remembers the name Fletcher but apparently made a mistake with his Christian name.

"In our mind there was no doubt that the French report referred to the Mosquito aircraft in which your son was flying. It was the only aircraft missing on that day which could possibly have been in the Jonzac area.

"An examination of certain German records has revealed the official report of the crash. The report states that the Mosquito crashed near Jonzac Station on the 6th August, 1944. The crew of two were killed and one airman they were able to identify as your son. A piece of paper bearing your son's number, name and initials, was found in his pocket. I am afraid this leaves no doubt that your son lost his life on his last tragic mission.

"He was buried with Flight Sergeant Fletcher by the Germans in the cemetery at Jonzac with military honours. After the Germans had left the cemetery, the inhabitants of Jonzac paid their last respects and covered the graves with flowers. Monsieur Pussot is tending the graves, and he has erected crosses with your son's and Flight Sergeant Fletcher's names inscribed thereon.

"You may possibly like to know that your son's aircraft was attacking two munition trains containing shells for heavy calibre naval guns. As a result of the attack the trains exploded all night and there was nothing left of them in the morning. Whilst pulling out of the attack it appears the aircraft hit the branch of a tree which tore off one of the wings."

W.O. Macrae, who was 24 years of age, was on the staff of Messrs D. Matheson & Son, architects and civil engineers, Dingwall, prior to joining the RAF. He was of a particularly bright and amiable disposition and very popular with his comrades. Deep sympathy will be extended to Mr and Mrs Macrae.

Date of Paper:   02.08.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Donald
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  Badachro, Gairloch

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Pte. D. Macrae, The Seaforths, is reported missing, believed killed. He was the son of the late Mr Macrae, and of Mrs Macrae, Badachro, Gairloch, and previous to enlisting was a tailor in Gairloch.

Handwritten note: "Prisoner of War 27th Sept., 1940."

Date of Paper:   19.07.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):  Duncan J.
Rank:   Lieutenant
Regiment:   Royal Army Medical Corps
Home Address:   Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Lieut. Duncan J. Macrae, RAMC, attached The Seaforths, missing, is the eldest son of Dr. D. J. Macrae, and Mrs Macrae, Balmacara, Kyle. He graduated at St Andrews University last year. Educated at Edinburgh Academy, where he was in the XV, Macrae later became an outstanding three-quarter, and, following his selection to play against Wales in 1937, he was awarded "caps" against Ireland and England in the same season. He was chosen to play against all the home countries in 1938 and 1939, his appearances in international matches indicating that his temperament was ideal for big occasions. A Rugby "blue" of St Andrews University, he played also on occasion for Edinburgh Academicals and for the Barbarians in their Easter tours in South Wales in recent years. He was a member of the British Rugby team which toured South Africa in the summer of 1938. Mobilised in August of last year with a Territorial battalion of The Seaforth Highlanders, in which he was a subaltern, he was afterwards transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps, but retained his connection with his former unit as medical officer.

Handwritten note: "Prisoner of War 30th August, 1940."

[RCHS note:  See also War Diary of Captain Patrick Munro of Foulis for further information on Dr D J Macrae.]

Date of Paper:   26.07.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Evan
Rank:   Private
Regiment:  Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Glaickmore, Allangrange, Munlochy

EXTRACT FROM RJ :

Handwritten notes: "Missing. Prisoner of War 11th October, 1940. Plumber to trade. Liberated 25th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   19.07.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Farquhar and George F.
Rank:   Private / Sergeant
Regiment:  Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Auchtertyre Cottages, Lochalsh

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Pte. Farquhar Macrae, The Seaforths, missing, is a son of Mr and Mrs Macrae, Auchtertyre, Lochalsh, and was previously employed by the County Highways Committee.

Handwritten note: "Reported Prisoner of War 4th April, 1941."

Sergt. George F. Macrae, The Seaforths, missing, belongs to Lochalsh, where his wife resides at Auchtertyre Cottages. He was formerly employed with Messrs Tawse Ltd., contractors.

Handwritten note: "Reported Prisoner of War."

Additional handwritten note: "News of Prisoners of War"

"On the 26th of March Mrs F. Macrae, Auchtertyre, Balmacara, was notified by the British Red Cross that her son, Pte. Farquhar Macrae, of whom no previous news had been received, was a prisoner at Stalag XXIB, Prisoner of War No. 5483. This was later confirmed by the Infantry Records Office, Perth.

"Last week she was informed by the Infantry Records Office that a mistake had been made and that the person referred to was Sergeant G. F. Macrae, Prisoner of War No. 5482 who has already been reported prisoner.

"Pte. F. Macrae is therefore still posted as a missing man and his relatives are without any news of him.

"Sent in by John Macrae, Auchtertyre, Balmacara, Kyle."

Date of Paper:   18.02.1944
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Finlay
Rank:   Sergeant Air Gunner
Regiment:  Royal Air Force
Home Address:  Ault-a-Chuen, Lochcarron

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 

Handwritten note: "Missing."

Date of Paper: 12.07.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   George A. / Hamish Mackenzie
Rank:   Private
Regiment:  Seaforth Highlanders / Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:   The Shore, Fortrose

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 

Handwritten notes (ref. George): "Age 20. Missing. Prisoner of War 27th Sept., 1940."

[26.05.1944] Pte. Hamish Mackenzie Macrae, Cameron Highlanders, killed in action on 25th April, 1944, was a son of the late Mr Robert Macrae and of Mrs Macrae, The Shore, Fortrose. Only 19 years of age, prior to enlisting he delivered milk in the Fortrose district for the Blairfoid Dairy Farm. An elder brother, Pte. George Macrae, The Seaforths, has been a prisoner of war in Germany since June 1940.

Date of Paper:   02.06.1944
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Hector Ian
Rank:   Sergeant
Regiment:   Canadians
Home Address:   Edmonton, Canada, ex-Maryburgh

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Sgt. Hector Ian Macrae, Canadians, wounded, is a son of Mr and Mrs H. A. Macrae, Edmonton, and a grandson of the late Mr Donald Macrae, builder, Maryburgh. Sgt. Macrae enlisted in 1942 and trained in the United States as a parachute jumper. He took part in the Kiska operations in the Aleutians before he crossed to Italy.

Date of Paper:   22.01.1943
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Helen
Rank:   Corporal
Regiment:  Auxiliary Territorial Service
Home Address:   Auchtertyre, Lochalsh

EXTRACT FROM RJ:    DIED ON SERVICE
Profound regret was expressed in Lochalsh at the news of the death of Cpl. Helen Macrae, ATS, at the early age of 21 years. Her untimely death followed a slight accident.

Youngest daughter of the late Mr T. Macrae and of Mrs Macrae, Auchtertyre, deceased was in the Civil Service Department at Blackpool. She enlisted in the ATS and became a Physical Instructress and rapidly rose to the rank of Corporal. She had an attractive appearance and personality and was highly popular in her unit. The funeral took place to Clachan Duich. Deep sympathy is extended to the widowed mother who, within three years, lost three of her family, two on active service and another son who died at home.

Date of Paper:   21.06.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Hugh R.
Rank:   Lieutenant
Regiment:  Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Bearsden, Glasgow, ex-Tullochard, Alness

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Lieut. Hugh R. Macrae, Seaforth Highlanders, wounded in the leg, is in hospital in England. He is a son of Dr. Farquhar Macrae, Alness.

Lieut. (acting Captain) Hugh R. Macrae (who was recently awarded the Military Cross), is a former pupil of Dingwall Academy and a B.Sc. of Aberdeen University. After graduating he proceeded to India and engaged in tea planting for about three years and for about an equal period was in the employment of the Chilian Nitrate Corporation in Calcutta. During his stay in India he served in the Imperial India Horse. On returning to this country he was employed by the Marketing Board and when he joined up over a year ago he was Marketing Board Officer for Scotland with head offices in Glasgow. He was quite recently promoted to the rank of Captain in the Seaforths. His wife and infant son reside in Bearsden, near Glasgow. The award of the Military Cross has given much pleasure to his many friends in Alness and elsewhere. He is a son of Dr. Farquhar Macrae, Alness.

Date of Paper:   21.07.1944
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Iain
Rank:   Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:   Police Station, Lochcarron

EXTRACT FROM RJ:    WOUNDED
Pte. Iain Macrae, The Seaforths, wounded in Normandy, is the only son of Mr Ewen Macrae and the late Mrs Macrae, Police Station, Lochcarron. Prior to enlisting he was an assistant with Mr Duncan Maclean, Supply Stores, Lochcarron.

Date of Paper:   12.03.1943
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Ian
Rank:   Sergeant
Regiment:  Royal Air Force
Home Address:   Forglen, Alness

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Sgt. Ian Macrae, RAF, reported missing, is a son of Mr Macrae, carpenter contractor, and Mrs Macrae, Forglen, Alness. Prior to enlisting he was employed with his father.

Date of Paper:   13.09.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Jack
Rank:   Private
Regiment:  Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Mount View, Lochcarron

EXTRACT FROM RJ :

Handwritten notes: "Prisoner of War. Killed in a motor accident in Germany on 10th Oct., 1940."

Date of Paper:   07.04.1944
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Jessie M.
Rank:   Nursing Sister
Regiment:  Eighth Army (later Fifth Army)
Home Address:   Bendamph, Torridon

EXTRACT FROM RJ:    KILLED IN ACTION
Sister Jessie M. Macrae, killed in action in Italy, was the second daughter of Mr Colin Macrae, Bendamph, Torridon. A former pupil of Dingwall Academy, where she gained her Higher Leaving Certificate, she later entered the nursing profession, qualifying as a SRN and CMB. At the outbreak of war she volunteered for service overseas and served with the Eighth Army throughout the whole of the North African campaign. She followed the Eighth Army to Italy but was later transferred to the Fifth Army battleground. It was while behind the Anzio Bridgehead that she met her death as the result of an enemy air-raid. Possessed of a quiet disposition, modest, she was admirably suited for the noble profession which she adorned. Much sympathy is extended to her father and two sisters.

Date of Paper:  19.11.1943
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   John and Alexander
Rank:   Guardsman / Staff Sergeant
Regiment:  Scots Guards / Canadians
Home Address:   Millbank, North Kessock

EXTRACT FROM RJ:
Guardsman John Macrae, Scots Guards, was killed in action in October 1943. He was a son of Mr Duncan Macrae and the late Mrs Macrae, Millbank, North Kessock. On the outbreak of war he was employed in Glasgow and was called up as a reservist. A brother, Staff Sgt. Alex. Macrae, is serving with the Canadians. Another brother is Mr Archibald Macrae, who owns and operates the Dingwall-Kessock 'bus service.

Date of Paper:   19.07.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Kenneth
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Aaocruish(?), Lochalsh

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 

Handwritten notes: "Son of Mr and Mrs Alex. Macrae, gamekeeper on Druidaig Estate. Missing."

Date of Paper :  14.06.1940
Surname:   Macrae
Forename(s):   Murdo
Rank:   Private
Regiment:  Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Clashcairn, Culbokie

EXTRACT FROM RJ:
Pte. Murdo Macrae, Seaforth Highlanders, killed in action, was a son of Mrs Macrae and of the late Mr Murdo Macrae, Clashcairn, Culbokie. Twenty years of age, he was employed by the Forestry Department in the Black Isle prior to the war.

Date of Paper:   05.07.1940
Surname:   McRitchie
Forename(s):   Angus and Donald
Rank:   Private
Regiment:  Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Eneslate, Achterneed

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Pte. Donald McRitchie, and Pte. Angus McRitchie, both of The Seaforths, are sons of Mr and Mrs McRitchie, Eneslate, Achterneed. Donald was recently married and his wife resides at Ledruich, Heights of Brae, Dingwall, with her parents, Mr and Mrs Maclennan. Prior to the war, he was a charge hand at the Achterneed Quarry of the Ross and Cromarty County Council. Angus is a well known all-round sportsman. A Ross County cricketer, he also played football with Ross County, and was a regular member of the Caberfeidh Shinty Club.

Handwritten notes: "Donald Prisoner of War 23rd August, 1940. Angus Prisoner of War 6th Sept., 1940. Donald repatriated Feb. 1945. Angus liberated 18th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   30.04.1943
Surname:   MacWilliam
Forename(s):   John
Rank:   Corporal
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:   Garguston, Muir of Ord

EXTRACT FROM RJ:    WOUNDED
Cpl. John MacWilliam, The Seaforths, seriously ill from head wounds received in April 1943, in the North African Campaign, is a son of Mr and Mrs R. S. MacWilliam of Garguston, Muir of Ord.

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