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World War 2:  Murchison - Nuttall

Surname  Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Murchison Murdo Private Kyle  
Murray Alexander Private Invergordon Brothers 1
Murray Hugh Flt Sergeant Fearn  
Murray Ian Gunner Dingwall  
Murray Murdo Private Invergordon Brothers 1
Murray William Corporal Invergordon Brothers 1
Murray William Private Strathcarron  
Nairne William J D L/Seaman Fortrose  
Neilson Alexander H Private Dingwall  
Newlands Thomas Private Kildary Brothers 2
Newlands William Private Kildary Brothers 2
Nicolson Archibald Lieutenant Invergordon  
Nuttall Francis R M Stoker Invergordon  
Nuttall James Sergeant Invergordon  

Date of Paper:   13.12.1940
Surname:   Murchison
Forename(s):   Murdo
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:   Badycaul, Kyle of Lochalsh

Private Murdo Murchishon, Cameron Highlanders, a prisoner of war in Germany, is reported to have died of wounds in a prison camp. His parents, Mr and Mrs Murdo Murchison, Badycaul, Kyle, received official information on Saturday. Pte. Murchison started life as a telegraph boy in Kyle Post Office for four years, where he was a great favourite with the staff and the general public. Later he was transferred to Inverness as a postman and while there he was called up at the outbreak of war. Much sympathy is extended to his sorrowing parents.

Date of Paper:   12.02.1943
Surname:   Murray
Forename(s):   Hugh
Rank:   Flight Sergeant
Regiment:   Royal Air Force
Home Address:   Fearn

Official information has been received of the death on service of Flight-Sgt. Hugh Murray, RAF. The son of Mr Murray, merchant, Fearn, of which parish he was a native, he was educated at Tain Royal Academy. He joined the RAF at the outbreak of hostilities and saw service as a pilot over Germany, in Malta and in the Middle East. He had also for a time acted as an instructor in Canada.

Date of Paper:   27.06.1941 and 12.09.194(?)
Surname:   Murray
Forename(s):   Ian
Rank:   Gunner
Regiment:   Not stated
Home Address:   Warden Street, Dingwall

Official notice was received in Dingwall yesterday that Gnr. Ian Murray, son of Mr and Mrs Murray (railway guard), Warden Street, is posted missing. Well known in town, Mr Murray, aged 22, was on the staff of Mackenzie, grocers, Dingwall, before going on service. He was the first militiaman to leave Dingwall, and after the Norwegian campaign he was one of the last to leave Narvik. Recently he was in the Middle East. On 26th May his parents received a cablegram stating that he was then well and safe. While in the East he met Dr. Bruce.

[12.09.1941] Gunner Ian Murray, reported missing in June 1941, has now been officially reported as a prisoner of war. A son of Mr David Murray, railway guard, and Mrs Murray, Warden Street, Dingwall, he was formerly employed by the late Mr William Mackenzie, grocer. He was the first militiaman to leave Dingwall, and after the Norwegian campaign he went to the Middle East.

Handwritten note:  "Liberated 25th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   27.09.1940
Surname:   Murray
Forename(s):   William
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Attadale, Strathcarron


Handwritten note: "Prisoner of War"

Date of Paper:   05.07.1940
Surname:   Murray
Forename(s):   Alexander, Murdo and William
Rank:   Private / Private / Corporal
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Tomich Farm, Invergordon


Handwritten notes: "Missing. Prisoners of War 4th October, 1940. Employment - Labourers. William - husband of Mrs Murray, Shore Road, Invergordon. Prisoner of War 9th Aug., 1940. Murdo liberated 18/5/45. Alex. liberated 25/5/45. William was well known Ross County centre forward and Murdo, Ross County [obliterated]."

Date of Paper:   12.03.1943
Surname:   Nairne
Forename(s):   William J. D.
Rank:   Leading Seaman
Regiment:   Royal Navy
Home Address:   8 Innes Street, Inverness, ex-Hill Cottage, Fortrose

Information has been received that Leading Seaman William J. D. Nairne, R.N., is missing since November 1942. He is the only son of Mrs Nairne, Hill Cottage, Fortrose, and his wife and child reside at 8 Innes Street, Inverness.

Date of Paper:   21.08.1942
Surname:   Neilson
Forename(s):   Alexander H.
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Royal Tank Regiment
Home Address:   42 Fingal Road, Dingwall

Mrs Neilson, 42 Fingal Road, Dingwall, has received information that her husband, Pte. Alexander H. Neilson, Royal Tank Regiment, was wounded on 22nd July, 1942. Preceding this intimation, Mrs Neilson had a letter from her husband stating that he was slightly wounded in the ear and in the ankle, but that he hoped to resume duty in a short time. Pte. Neilson, prior to enlisting, was the SSPCA Inspecctor for Ross and Sutherland and is well and favourably known throughout both counties.

Date of Paper:   05.01.1940 and 28.06.1940
Surname:   Newlands
Forename(s):   Thomas and William
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Kildary

Private William Newlands, of the 4th Seaforth Highlanders, was buried with full military honours on Friday, 22nd December, in Logie Easter Churchyard. Deceased was in the Territorial Army and was called up at the outbreak of hostilities. He was training in Dingwall and England. He was 30 years of age. His death, which took place at the Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, was regretted by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and one child, to whom much sympathy is extended.

[28.06.1940] DIED OF WOUNDS - Private Tom Newlands, Seaforth Highlanders, died, was the husband of Mrs Bella Newlands, Kildary. He was 34 years of age. This is the second son of this family who has given his life for his country. Private William Newlands, Seaforth Highlanders, 30 years of age, was in the course of his training when he took ill and died in hospital in England at the end of last December. The remains were brought home and interred without military honors at Logie Easter. Pte. Wm. Newlands left a widow and one child.

Date of Paper:   15.01.1943
Surname:   Nicolson
Forename(s):   Archibald
Rank:   Lieutenant
Regiment:   Not stated
Home Address:   Woodside, Saltburn, Invergordon

Mrs May Nicolson, Woodside, Saltburn, has been officially informed that her husband, Lieut. Archibald Nicolson, Johore, is a prisoner of war in Malaya.

Date of Paper:   20.10.1939
Surname:   Nuttall
Forename(s):   Francis Robert M.
Rank:   Stoker
Regiment:   Royal Navy
Home Address:   Town Houses, Ferry Road, Invergordon

Stoker Francis Robert M. Nuttall, aged 26, whose mother resides at the Town Houses, Ferry Road, Invergordon, is one of those unaccounted for in the loss of the Royal Oak. Our correspondent writes: "This sad news was received by his mother on Sunday. Of a kind disposition, Frank was employed for several years with Mr S. M. Hendry, chemist, Invergordon. Later he served in the Mercantile Marine, from which he joined the Royal Navy. The sympathy of the community is extended to his sorrowing mother, sister and brothers in their sore bereavement."

Another local lad, Seaman George Stevens, son of Mr and Mrs Stevens, Inverbreakie Farm, Invergordon, is among those saved.

The loss of the Royal Oak came as a great shock to people in Invergordon, which has suffered loss along with neighbouring villages. The Royal Oak Band led the Invergordon Fancy Dress Parade in aid of the Royal Northern Infirmary, Inverness, recently, while a party of artistes from the same vessel took part in a concert for the same cause.

Date of Paper:  05.07.1940
Surname:   Nuttall
Forename(s):   James
Rank:   Sergeant
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Shore Road, Invergordon


Handwritten notes: "Son of Mrs Cummings, Shore Road, Invergordon. Missing. Employment - Grocer. Prisoner of War 9th August, 1940. Liberated 18th May, 1945."

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