World War Two Collage

World War 2 - Skinner - Stewart-Ross

Surname  Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Skinner James Gunner Nigg Brothers
Skinner James Tank Corps Fortrose  
Skinner John A L/Corporal Nigg Brothers
Smart Ronald Lieutenant Stornoway  
Smith Alexander Captain Avoch  
Smith John Private Balblair  
Smith Maurice Sgt Navigator Fortrose  
Somerville James A B Flt Officer Edinburgh  
Speed Robert Private Invergordon  
Spence Neil Private Dingwall  
Spence-Ross Jock Sgt Pilot Bulawayo  
Stalker David Private Tain  
Stalker James 2/Lieutenant Ullapool  
Stevenson William Driver Ardross  
Stewart David Drummer Alness  
Stewart Hector Sergeant Alness  
Stewart Peter Private Poyntzfield  
Stewart Piper Private Munlochy  
Stewart-Ross Ian Lieutenant Johannesburg  


Date of Paper:   Date obliterated
Surname:   Skinner
Forename(s):   James and John Alexander
Rank:   Gunner / Lance Corporal
Regiment:   New Zealand Expeditionary Force / Seaforths
Home Address:   New Zealand / Cullisse Cottages, Nigg

Official information has been received that Gunner James Skinner, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, has died of wounds received on active service in the MiddleEast. The younger son of Mrs Skinner, Arboll Farm, and the late Mr Alex. Skinner, deceased left Pitcalzean Mains, Nigg, 17 years ago for New Zealand, where he was very successful. At the time of volunteering for service he was manager of a large dairy farm. A very popular young man, his death is deeply regretted by his many friends in Easter Ross, and widespread sympathy is extended to his widowed mother, sister and brother. The latter is Cpl. John Alex. Skinner, Seaforths, who resides at Cullisse Cottages, Nigg, and who was severely wounded on active service in France. He is now invalided out of the army.

[Date obliterated] L./Corpl. J. A. Skinner, The Seaforths, Cullisse Cottages, Nigg, wounded and in hospital in this country.

James Skinner, Tank Corps.  James did not appear in WW2 extracts in the Ross-shire Journal.

The photograph shows James Skinner with his mother Annie in the garden of their home in Fortrose.
James' photograph had appeared, inaccurately, in information sent to RCHS suggesting that he was included on a Ross-shire war memorial.  In September 2020 a relative, Elaine Dalloway, pointed out the inaccuracy and revealed that James, who served in the Tank Corps, had survived the War, married Cathy, and eventually retired from Highland Council where he was employed as clerk of works. 

Date of Paper:   28.07.1944
Surname:   Smart
Forename(s):   Ronald
Rank:   Lieutenant
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Lieut. Ronald Smart, The Seaforths, missing, is a son of Sheriff and Mrs J. M. Smart, Stornoway.

Date of Paper:   Date obliterated
Surname:   Smith
Forename(s):   Alexander
Rank:   Captain
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Post Office, Avoch

Capt. Alexander (Sandy) Smith, The Seaforths, officially reported wounded in France, is now in an English hospital, where his mother and sister are visiting him. His condition is satisfactory. He also served over two years in West Africa. Capt. Smith is the only son of the late Mr John Smith and Mrs Smith, Post Office, Avoch. Prior to the war he was attached to the staff of the Bank of Scotland, Ardgay.

Date of Paper:   02.08.1940
Surname:   Smith
Forename(s):   John
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Ferryton, Balblair, Conon Bridge

Pte. John Smith, The Seaforths, missing, was a chauffeur with Mr Holmes, Braelangwell, who is also on active service, prior to the war, and resided with Mrs Ross, Ferryton, Balblair.

Handwritten notes: "Missing. Prisoner of War 6th Sept., 1940. Liberated 27th April, 1945."

Date of Paper:   18.08.1944
Surname:   Smith
Forename(s):   Maurice
Rank:   Sergeant Navigator
Regiment:   Royal Air Force
Home Address:   Averon, Fortrose

Sgt. Navigator Maurice Smith, RAF, of which the above is a portrait*, reported missing on 17th December, 1943, while on operational duty, is now officially presumed killed on that date. Sgt. Smith was the only son of Mr and Mrs Smith, Averon, Fortrose, and who are at present living in Glasgow. His maternal grandparents were the late Mr and Mrs Mackay, Shantullich Farm, Munlochy. Deceased, who was just 26 years of age, served his apprenticeship in the Fortrose branch of the Bank of Scotland, and was on the staff of the Tain branch when he joined up. He received his early training in Canada and passed through his course so successfully that he was recommended for a commission. While in Canada he spent his leaves with Mrs Bannerman, Toronto, a sister of Mr Colin Macdonald, Achterneed (the new member of the Scottish Land Court), who are cousins of his mother. The only sister of the deceased is a corporal in the WAAFs and serving in England. Both the sister and brother in their early days spent their school holidays with their cousins at Teanahoun Farm, Conon. Much sympathy is extended to Mr and Mrs Smith in the loss of a devoted son.

*Photograph not included in extract.

Date of Paper:   06.10.1939
Surname:   Somerville
Forename(s):   James A. B.
Rank:   Flying Officer
Regiment:   Royal Air Force
Home Address:   361 Lanark Road, Kingsknowe, Edinburgh

Much regret was expressed in Invergordon when it was learned that Flying Officer J. A. B. Somerville, RAF, had been killed on Sunday in a flying accident, the circumstances of which have not so far been divulged. Flying Officer Somerville, better known to his friends as Hamish, was a son of Dr and Mrs Somerville, 361 Lanark Road, Kingsknowe, Edinburgh. He was born in Invergordon, where his father was a medical practitioner for many years. Much sympathy is extended to his bereaved young wife, who is a daughter of Mr and Mrs William Tuach, Conon.

An appreciation:
Sincerely mourned by his many friends, Flying Officer J. A. B. Somerville met his death in a flying accident sustained in the course of duty. The deceased officer was the younger son of Dr. J. A. Somerville, formerly of Invergordon, where he passed his early days. He was educated at Sedbergh School, Yorkshire, where he had a successful scholastic career, and distinguished himself both at cricket and at rugby football.

On leaving school he adopted banking as his profession and in the service of the Commercial Bank of Scotland had given every sign of a most promising future. Some three years ago he joined the Edinburgh Squadron of the Auxiliary Air Force, and quickly displayed more than ordinary aptitude for flying. At the time of his death he was reckoned an unusually reliable and skilful pilot, and in the discharge of duty generally a most competent, efficient and loyal officer.

He was deservedly popular with officers and men alike, by whom his many lovable qualities were roundly esteemed. With his proved capacity and devotion to duty he combined a most charming modesty and delightful sense of humour which made his presence invariably welcome.

He has left behind him a young widow and infant son, to whom, as to his surviving parents, all north country friends will desire to extend their deepest sympathy.

Date of Paper:   05.07.1940
Surname:   Speed
Forename(s):   Robert
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Saltburn, Invergordon


Handwritten notes: "Son of Mr and Mrs R. Speed. Missing. Employment - Ironmonger's Assistant. Prisoner of War 23rd August, 1940."

Date of Paper:   05.07.1940
Surname:   Spence
Forename(s):   Neil
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Mill Street, Dingwall

Pte. Neil Spence, The Seaforths, is a son of the late Mr Spence, and of Mrs Spence, Mill Street, Dingwall, and was a member of the Dingwall Postal Staff.

Handwritten notes: "Prisoner of War 16th August, 1940. Liberated 14th May, 1945.

Date of Paper:   Date obliterated
Surname:   Spence-Ross
Forename(s):   Jock
Rank:   Sergeant Pilot
Regiment:   Rhodesian Royal Air Force
Home Address:   Bulawayo, ex-Avoch

SPENCE-ROSS - Sergeant Pilot Jock Spence-Ross, RRAF, son of Mr and Mrs Alastair Spence-Ross, Bulawayo, and grandson of the late Canon Spence-Ross, Avoch, and of Mrs Spence-Ross, Blaven, Turriff, previously reported missing, is now reported prisoner of war.

Date of Paper:   18.10.1940
Surname:   Stalker
Forename(s):   David
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Station House, Tain


Handwritten notes: "Younger son of Mr Stalker. Prisoner of War. Prior to War he was employed by Messrs Fox & Maclean, The Garage, Tain. Liberated 11th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   04.12.1942
Surname:   Stalker
Forename(s):   James
Rank:   Second Lieutenant
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   West Terrace, Ullapool

Second-Lieut. James Stalker, The Seaforths, who has died of wounds in Egypt, is the only son of Lt.-Col. R. H. Stalker, R.A.V.C., and a nephew of Mrs Wallace, West Terrace, Ullapool. He was 22 years of age.

Date of Paper:   30.10.1942
Surname:   Stevenson
Forename(s):   William
Rank:   Driver
Regiment:   Royal Horse Artillery
Home Address:   Oak Cottage, Dalneich, Ardross


Handwritten notes: "Youngest son of Mr and Mrs Stevenson. Killed in action in Middle East on 12th October, 1942."

Date of Paper:   13.11.1942
Surname:   Stewart
Forename(s):   David
Rank:   Drummer
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   The Cottage, Alness

It was with deep regret that the village of Alness learned on Monday that Drummer David Stewart, The Seaforths, youngest son of Mrs Stewart, The Cottage, Alness, had died of wounds received in action in the Middle East. On the previous Thursday Mrs Stewart received official notification that David had been wounded on 25th October, and had been taken to hospital. Hopes were entertained that his wounds might not be serious, but these were shattered when official notification was received that he had passed away on 26th October. Prior to joining The Seaforths over two years ago, David, who was a butcher to trade, was employed by Messrs Mackenzie Bros., Invergordon. As a vanman he was most popular, and his cheerful, courteous manner endeared him to all. A drummer in the old Boy Scout Band, David soon gained for himself a place in the Battalion Band, and was playing in the recent broadcast made by The Seaforth Band prior to their going overseas. To his widowed mother, his brothers, William John, serving with the Royal Engineers, and Hector, Instructor to the Ross-shire Home Guard, and previously a Sergeant in The Seaforths, and his sisters, Bessie and Irene, the sympathy of the community goes out.

Date of Paper:  12.07.1940
Surname:   Stewart
Forename(s):   Hector
Rank:   Sergeant
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   18 High Street, Alness

Sergeant Hector Stewart, The Seaforths, has been admitted to hospital in England suffering fromn gunshot wounds in the left foot. He is a son of Mrs F. Stewart, 18 High Street, Alness. Prior to the war he was employed in the General Post Office, Glasgow. A well known footballer, before going south he played with Ross County, Inverness Caledonian and Muir of Ord Rovers. A keen piper, he was at one period in the pipe band.

Date of Paper:   27.11.1942
Surname:   Stewart
Forename(s):   Peter
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   North Lodge, Poyntzfield

Pte. Peter Stewart, The Seaforths, wounded in the Middle East in November, 1942, is the husband of Mrs M. M. Stewart, North Lodge, Poyntzfield, Conon Bridge.

Date of Paper:   30.06.1944
Surname:   Stewart
Forename(s):   Piper
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Munlochy

Private Piper Stewart, a former Seaforth Territorial, who was severely wounded at El Alamein, has returned, on his discharge, to his home at Munlochy, where he has been most warmly welcomed by his many friends.

Date of Paper:   15.05.1942
Surname:   Stewart-Ross
Forename(s):   Ian
Rank:   Lieutenant
Regiment:   South African Air Force
Home Address:   Johannesburg, ex-Kempfield, Dingwall

STEWART ROSS - Killed in action, on 28th March, 1942, Ian Stewart Ross, Lieut., SAAF, eldest beloved son of Lieut. Colonel and Mrs J. Stewart Ross, Kensington, Johannesburg, and grandson of the late Mrs Stewart Ross, Kempfield, Dingwall, aged 22 years.

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