World War Two Collage

World War 2:  Rae - Robbie

Surname  Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Rae Roderick L/Corporal Ullapool  
Rankine James Private Tain  
Reid Duncan M Surgeon Lt Commander Dingwall  
Reid Henry N Lieutenant Commander Kildary  
Reid J A Pilot Officer Muir of Ord  
Reid James Gunner Avoch  
Reid James Seaman Avoch Brothers
Reid John P Seaman Avoch  
Reid Richard Sgt Pilot Instructor Dingwall  
Reid Robert S Private Muir of Ord  
Reid Thomas Seaman Avoch Brothers
Rennie David Sapper Dingwall  
Rhind Charles Private Canada  
Rhind Jack Private Invergordon  
Riach Arthur S Corporal Kyle  
Riddle Kenneth Private Invergordon  
Ritchie William M Lt Colonel Tain  
Robbie Duncan Private Conon  


Date of Paper:   05.07.1940
Surname:   Rae
Forename(s):   Roderick
Rank:   Lance Corporal
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Benwell House, Ullapool


Handwritten notes: "Son of Mr Rae and late Mrs C. Rae. Missing. Prisoner of War 27th Sept., 1940. Liberated 25th May, 1945.

Date of Paper:   16.08.1940
Surname:   Rankine
Forename(s):   James
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  3 Hartfield Street, Tain

Pte. James Rankine, The Seaforths, missing, is the son of Mrs James D. Rankine, 3 Hartfield Street, Tain, where his wife and child also reside. Prior to the war he was a grocer to trade.

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

Date of Paper:   06.10.1944
Surname:   Reid
Forename(s):   Duncan M.
Rank  Surgeon:  Lieutenant Commander
Regiment:   Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
Home Address:   High Grove, Craig Road, Dingwall

REID - Died suddenly, at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, on the 4th October, 1944, Surg. Lieut.- Commander Duncan M. Reid, RNVR, third son of the late Mr John Reid and Mrs Reid, High Grove, Craig Road, Dingwall.

Date of Paper:   09.01.1942
Surname:   Reid
Forename(s):   Henry Nevile
Rank:   Lieutenant Commander
Regiment:   Royal Navy
Home Address:   Shandwick, Kildary

Lieut.-Commander Henry Nevile Reid, RN, who was lost on HMS Prince of Wales, sunk off Singapore on 10th December, 1941, was the second son of Mr and Mrs Nevile Reid of Shandwick, Kildary, Easter Ross. In 1921 he entered Dartmouth College, and from January 1925 was a cadet and midshipman for three years. He was confirmed as Sub-Lieutenant from July 1928, and served as such in the Repulse. In April 1930 he was promoted to Lieutenant, and appointed to the destroyer Versatile. He specialised in signals in 1932, and for the next two years was signal officer in the 5th Destroyer Flotilla in HMS Exmouth. In 1935 he became Flag Lieutenant to the Rear-Admiral of the Mediterranean Base Defences, and a year later Flag Lieutenant and squadron signals and wireless officer to the Rear-Admiral Commanding 1st Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean, in the Sussex and London. In November 1938 he was appointed for a term of general service as second-in-command of the sloop Rochester on the African Station.

Lieut.-Commander Reid was married in 1937 to Joan, only daughter of Brigadier-General N. W. Webber, CMG, DSO, and Mrs Webber, of Fintry Cottage, Camberley.

Date of Paper:   03.09.1943
Surname:   Reid
Forename(s):   J. A.
Rank:   Pilot Officer
Regiment:   Royal Air Force
Home Address:   Easter Moy, Urray, Muir of Ord

Pilot-Officer J. A. Reid, RAF, posted missing, is the second son of Mr and Mrs Reid, Easter Moy. Pilot Officer Reid received his training as a pilot in Canada and America and was commissioned on 23rd March this year. Before enlisting he was a member of the Birmingham Constabulary.

Date of Paper:   08.08.1941 and 22.08.1941
Surname:   Reid
Forename(s):   James
Rank:   Gunner
Regiment:   New Zealand F. Troop
Home Address:   New Zealand, ex-14 Dock, Avoch


Mr William Reid, 14 Dock, Avoch, has been officially informed that his son, Gnr. James Reid, New Zealand F. Troop, is reported missing in the Middle East. Gnr. Reid visited his home last year after an absence of over 19 years. Before he finally settled in New Zealand, he served in the foreign Mercantile Service. He is 45 years of age and unmarried. He served in the Great War* in the RNR and was a prisoner of war in Germany for a period. His last letter to his father was dated 2/5/41.

Mr William Reid, 14 Dock, Avoch, has been officially notified that a cablegram was received on August 13th, 1941, by the Dominion of New Zealand Government Office, London, that his son, Gnr. James Reid, of the New Zealand Forces, serving in the Middle East, and who was previously reported missing, is now reported as having returned to his unit. The New Zealand Colonel who wrote Mr Reid hoped that this communication would alleviate the aged parents' anxiety.

*Extract from Ross-shire Journal of 04.08.1916:

TWO AVOCH NAVAL HEROES - The above is a portrait of Seaman David Reid, RNR, whose death we chronicled a week or two ago. He was a native of Avoch, where his people reside at 14 Dock Street. He is the first Avoch RNR whose death we have had to record.

We also reproduce a portrait of his brother, Seaman James Reid, RNR, 5281 A. 17 Company, Royal Naval Division, Gegangenealager, Doeberitz, Deutschland, a prisoner of war in Germany since the Antwerp attack. A letter from him last week states that he is well. Another Avoch lad is with him, Seaman Alex. Sutherland, RNR, 05531, A 21 Company. Both lads are in their twentieth year.

N.B.  The above information and photographs can be found in the appropriate section of  "World War 1".

Date of Paper:   22.08.1941
Surname:   Reid
Forename(s):   James and Thomas
Rank:   Seaman
Regiment:   Royal Navy Reserve
Home Address:   24 Dock, Avoch

Mr and Mrs George Reid, 24 Dock, Avoch, have been officially notified by the Admiralty that their son, Seaman James Reid, RNR, who was previously reported missing on May 13, 1941, is now presumed lost at sea on April 30th, 1941. Seaman Reid, who had been serving since the outbreak of war, had been on foreign active service when he became ill. After hospital treatment, he was returning home on sick leave when the ship in which he travelled as a passenger was sunk by enemy action in the Atlantic. He was 30 years of age and unmarried. His youngest brother, who was also serving in the Navy, Seaman Thomas Reid, DH, RNR, was lost in the North Sea as the result of enemy action in 1940. Three other brothers are serving.

Date of Paper:  14.06.1940
Surname:   Reid
Forename(s):   John Patience
Rank:   Seaman
Regiment:   Royal Navy
Home Address:   3 John Street, Avoch

Mr and Mrs Simon Reid, 3 John Street, Avoch, have received official information that their eldest son, Seaman John Patience Reid, was killed in action on May 31 during hostilities at Dunkirk and was buried at Ramsgate. Later a letter was received from the depot chaplain testifying to the fine character of Reid whilst in the service. Deceased was 20 years of age.

Date of Paper:   22.10.1943
Surname:   Reid
Forename(s):   Richard
Rank:   Sergeant Pilot Instructor
Regiment:   Royal Air Force
Home Address:   Millcraig Road, Dingwall

Mr and Mrs Reid, Millcraig Road, Dingwall, have received intimation that their son, Sergt. Pilot Instructor Richard Reid, RAF, was killed as the result of a flying accident somewhere in Scotland.

Sergt. Pilot Reid, who was only 21 years of age, joined the RAF from Dingwall Academy in 1940. His training was taken in Canada. A lad of high promise, he was always cheery and bright, a great favourite among his companions. When the news was heard in Dingwall yesterday there was the deepest sorrow at his passing and many expressions of sympathy with the bereaved parents.

Date of Paper:   09.08.1940
Surname:   Reid
Forename(s):   Robert S.
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Easter Moy, Urray, Muir of Ord

Pte. Robert S. Reid, The Seaforths, son of Mr and Mrs Reid, Urray, is reported a prisoner of war at Stalag, Germany.

Date of Paper:   14.08.1942
Surname:   Rennie
Forename(s):   David
Rank:   Sapper
Regiment:   Royal Engineers
Home Address:   Macdonald's Court, Dingwall

Sapper David Rennie, R.E., is reported wounded while serving in the Middle East. He is a son of Mr Robert Rennie, Macdonald's Court, Dingwall, and before joining up was a plumber with Messrs Macdonald & Fraser, Dingwall.

Date of Paper:   21.01.1944
Surname:   Rhind
Forename(s):   Charles
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Canadian Medical Corps
Home Address:   Canada, ex-Albert Place, Dingwall

Pte. Charles Rhind, Canadian Medical Corps, killed in action in the Middle East, was the youngest son of Mr Rhind, cabinetmaker, and the late Mrs Rhind, Albert Place, Dingwall. In the last war Pte. Rhind served with The Seaforths, and later was transferred to the RAMC and served with them for five years in India. On his returnm from India he settled in Canada, and when the present war broke out re-enlisted in the Canadian Medical Corps. Forty-five years of age, he is survived by a widow and one daughter.

Date of Paper:   26.07.1940
Surname:   Rhind
Forename(s):   Jack
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Fairlea, Saltburn, Invergordon

Pte. Jack Rhind, The Seaforths, missing, is a son of Mr and Mrs R. Rhind, Fairlea, Saltburn.

Handwritten notes: "Prisoner of War 23rd August, 1940. Liberated 25th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   12.07.1940
Surname:   Riach
Forename(s):   Arthur Scott
Rank:   Corporal
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Station House, Kyle

Corpl. Arthur Scott Riach, The Seaforths, missing, is a son of Mr James Riach, stationmaster, Kyle, and grandson of the late Mr James Riach, stationmaster, Dingwall. Before joining up Corpl. Riach was a clerk at Invergordon Railway Station. Married, his wife resides at present with her parents, Mr and Mrs Williamson, KinnairdieNursery, Dingwall.

Handwritten note: "On 30th November, 1940, Cpl. Riach was reported killed on 4th June, 1940."

Date of Paper:    05.07.1940
Surname:   Riddle
Forename(s):   Kenneth
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Portleich, Delny, Invergordon


Handwritten notes: "Son of the late John Riddle and of Mrs Riddle, Portleich, Delny, Invergordon. Missing. Employment - Labourer. Liberated 18th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   17.12.1943
Surname:   Ritchie
Forename(s):   William MacIver
Rank:   Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment:   Royal Scots
Home Address:   Ardlarch, Tain

Lt.-Col. William MacIver Ritchie, who has died of wounds in the Middle East, was the 27 year old only son of Colonel and Mrs MacIver Ritchie of Ardlarch, Tain. Entering the Army by way of Sandhurst about seven years ago, he was gazetted to the Royal Scots and served in India before the outbreak of war. His outstanding qualities led to rapid advancement in his profession, culminating with his promotion to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in recent months, and his appointment to the Staff. Sympathy will be felt with his widow and son and with his parents and sisters in their great loss. Since coming to Tain about 20 years ago Colonel and Mrs Ritchie have identified themselves closely with many good causes.

Handwritten notes: "14th January, 1944 - Officially reported a Prisoner of War and fit and well. Liberated 1st June, 1945."

Date of Paper:   28.04.1944
Surname:   Robbie
Forename(s):   Duncan
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Teanahinch Farm, Conon Bridge


Handwritten notes: "Son of Mr James Robbie, Teanahinch Farm, Conon. Wounded."

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