WW2

World War 2:  Urquhart

Surname Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Urquhart Alastair Private Dingwall  
Urquhart Alexander Private Avoch  
Urquhart Alexander Private Invergordon  
Urquhart Bella Nurse Invergordon Brothers/Sister 1
Urquhart Colin Private Invergordon  
Urquhart Donald Private Contin  
Urquhart Donald F Private Cromarty Brothers/Sister 2
Urquhart Duncan Private Invergordon  
Urquhart Edwin ? Cromarty Brothers/Sister 2
Urquhart Finlay M  Major Alness  
Urquhart Gilbert F Major Australia   
Urquhart John ERA Invergordon Brothers/Sister 1
Urquhart John Sergeant Strathconon  
Urquhart John Private Tain  
Urquhart John W Sergeant Munlochy Brothers 3
Urquhart Magnus ? Cromarty Brothers/Sister 2
Urquhart Mary Nursing Officer Culrain  
Urquhart Rhoda Nurse Cromarty Brothers/Sister 2
Urquhart Robert W Chaplain Munlochy Brothers 3
Urquhart Seorais Private Dingwall  
Urquhart Victor Lieutenant Cromarty Brothers/Sister 2
Urquhart William Private Invergordon Brothers/Sister 1

 

Date of Paper:   14.06.1940
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Alastair
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   1 Meiklefield Road, Dingwall

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Private Alastair Urquhart, eldest son of Mr and Mrs A. Urquhart, 1 Meiklefield Road, Dingwall, has died of wounds in a hospital in France. Deceased, who was 28 years of age, was well known in Dingwall and district. Originally he served with The Seaforth Highlanders and was with the Battalion in Palestine. Later he was employed in Fraser's Auction Rooms, Dingwall, but on the outbreak of war he rejoined the Army. Much sympathy is felt for his invalided father and mother and with his two sisters and brother, who is also with the Forces in France.

Date of Paper:   12.07.1940
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Alexander
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Rosehaugh, Avoch

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 

Handwritten notes: "Missing. Employed on Rosehaugh Farm, Avoch. Liberated 4th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   05.07.1940
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Alexander
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   The Bungalow, Invergordon

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 

Handwritten notes: "Son of Mrs Urquhart, the Bungalow, Invergordon. Missing. Prisoner of War 11th October, 1940. Employment - plasterer with Ross & Macleod, Tain."

Date of Paper:   05.07.1940
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Colin
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Elliot Road, Invergordon

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 

Handwritten notes: "Son of Mr Colin Urquhart, Elliot Road, Invergordon. Missing. Prisoner of War 4th October, 1940. Employment - chauffeur. Liberated 18th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   28.08.1942
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Donald
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Riverside, Contin

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Mr William Urquhart, Riverside, Contin, has received official information that his son, Pte. Donald Urquhart, The Seaforths, reported missing at St Valery in June 1940, is now presumed to have died of wounds.

Date of Paper:   25.10.1940 and 11.08.1944
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s)  Donald Fergus (also Edwin, Magnus, Rhoda and Victor)
Rank:   Private / Lieutenant
Regiment:   Seaforths
Home Address:   Bank Street, Cromarty

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Pte. Donald Fergus Urquhart, The Seaforths, prisoner of war, is a son of Mr and Mrs Robert Urquhart, Bank Street, Cromarty. Prior to the war he was an assistant butcher with his father. Other three sons are serving with the Forces. Magnus is with The Seaforths; Edwin is in the Royal Artillery, and Victor is in the Signal Corps. A daughter, Rhoda is a nurse.

[11.08.1944] KILLED IN ACTION - Lieut. Victor Urquhart, The Seaforths, killed in action in Normandy, was the youngest son of Mr Robert Urquhart, butcher, and Mrs Urquhart, Bank Street, Cromarty. Prior to enlisting he assisted his father in his business. A brother, Magnus, is serving with The Seaforths in Normandy; another, Edwin, is in the Royal Artillery; and a third is Pte. Fergus Urquhart, The Seaforths, who is a prisoner of war in Germany, having been captured at St Valery in 1940.

Date of Paper:   05.07.1940
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Duncan
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   63 Clyde Street, Invergordon

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 

Handwritten notes: "Son of Mr and Mrs A. Urquhart, 63 Clyde Street, Invergordon. Missing. Employment - gardener's assistant. Liberated 18th May, 1945."

Date of Paper:   10.12.1943
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Finlay McDonald
Rank:   Major
Regiment:   Highland Light Infantry
Home Address:   Formosa, Alness

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Major Finlay McDonald Urquhart, Highland Light Infantry, whose death, on active service, was recorded in the Ross-shire Journal of 10th November, 1943, was the elder son of the late Mr and Mrs Finlay Urquhart, Formosa, Alness, and a brother of Mrs J. M. Wilson, Avon Cottage, Briarhill Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire.

A former pupil of Glasgow High School, he took various distinctions, including the Wellpark Gold Medal for Modern Languages and the school championship in gymnastics.

Major Urquhart served throughout the Great War, chiefly in the East. He later served on the staff in India during the Afghan War, afterwards retiring to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers. On returning to civilian life he completed the degrees of MA and LL.B at Glasgow University. He distinguished himself in international law, being later appointed an assistant lecturer in that department.

In connection with his interests in international matters, Major Urquhart had travelled widely from the Far East to the prairies of America. Being of Ross-shire extraction, he took a keen interest in the betterment of the Highlands and was Glasgow secretary of the Highland Development League. His chief interest, however, was in the movement for University residential facilities, which culminated in the opening of Maclay Hall.

A memorial service, conducted by the Rev. T K Campbell, was held in the Glasgow University Chapel on Sunday, 21st November, and attended by the Principal, relations and friends, and members and former members of the Maclay Hall.

Sir Hector Hetherington writes: "The news of Major Finlay Urquhart's death will be received with the greatest sorrow by hundreds of men who passed through Maclay Hall during the period of his wardenship. He was an original resident in the Hall. He became warden in 1927; and with him began the period of its development. He enlarged, replanned and refurnished it, made the rules of its life, or persuaded the members to make the rules he wanted, brought it almost from bankruptcy to a state of reasonable financial stability, and presided himself over every detail of its working. He had his own methods, which nobody but himself fully understood. But he had the confidence and affection of his men, and he had great success.

"The secret was simple - his complete devotion and unselfishness. He refused, absolutely, to accept remuneration for all the endless work he did. This was his contribution to the Hall, to the place he loved and cared for above everything else in life.

"He rejoined his regiment at the outbreak of war, and after a time went to the Middle East. Even from that distance he kept in weekly touch with the Hall. A generation of men has passed through the Hall who never even saw him. But he was, and is, a living personality to them; and none of those who were with him will ever forget his service."

Date of Paper:   23.07.1943
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Gilbert Ferguson
Rank:   Major
Regiment:   Australian Expeditionary Force
Home Address:   9 Heatherbraes Avenue, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 
Major Gilbert Ferguson Urquhart, AEF, killed in action, was a son of Mr Gilbert F. Urquhart, 9 Heatherbraes Avenue, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia, and a grandson of the late Mr R Urquhart, gamekeeper to the late Brig-General Sir Walter C. Ross of Cromarty. An uncle is Mr R Urquhart, butcher, Bank Street, Cromarty. Thirty-one years of age, he went to Australia in 1926. He is survived by his widow and two young children.

Date of Paper:   08.12.1944
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   John
Rank:   Sergeant
Regiment:   Lovat Scouts
Home Address:   Dalnacroich, Strathconon

EXTRACT FROM RJ:    PRISONER OF WAR
Sgt. John Urquhart, Lovat Scouts, son of Mrs Urquhart, Dalnacroich, Strathconon, posted missing in September, is now known to be a prisoner of war in Germany. His many friends who shared in the anxiety, rejoice in his safety, which brings general happiness to the Glen.

Date of Paper:   06.09.1940
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   John
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   Manse Street, Tain

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 

Handwritten notes: "Son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Robertson, Manse Street, Tain. Prisoner of war."

Date of Paper:   03.09.1943
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   John Watson and Robert W.
Rank:   Sergeant Observer / Chaplain
Regiment:   Royal Air Force / Forces
Home Address:   Balnakyle, Munlochy

EXTRACT FROM RJ:    KILLED IN ACTION
Sgt.-Observer John Watson Urquhart, RAF, VR, previously reported missing in June 1943, now officially presumed killed in action, was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs George Urquhart, Balnakyle, Munlochy. Sgt. Urquhart, who was a brilliant student, graduated MRCVS just before the war. For a period he assisted Mr Brown, VS, Conon, while waiting a Government appointment. The urge of battle proved irresistible and he volunteered for the RAF in which he gained distinction as an observer.

Rev Robert W. Urquhart, Chaplain to the Forces, the eldest of the family, saw service in France and took part in the evacuation at Dunkirk. Later he was assistant minister in St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, but later went East to work with the Church of Scotland Huts. He is now stationed in Jerusalem. Deep sympathy is extended to Mr and Mrs Urquhart in their bereavement.

Date of Paper:   07.04.1944
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Mary
Rank:   Nursing Officer
Regiment:   Not stated
Home Address:   Rhelonie, Culrain

EXTRACT FROM RJ:    LOST AT SEA
Nursing Officer Mary Urquhart, recently reported missing and now reported lost at sea, was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Donald Urquhart, Rhelonie, Culrain. Educated at Culrain and Bonar, she trained for her profession at Aberdeen Infirmary and took her maternity nursing course at Perth. For a time she was a relief nurse in the Conon Nursing Home and later a sister in the Ross Memorial Hospital. After serving in various military hospitals, she sailed for East Africa as a nursing officer last July, and was stationed successively at Nyeri and Nairobi. She recently shipped for an unknown destination, when disaster befell her. Possessed of a charming personality, she was a splendid adornment to her great profession.

Date of Paper:   11.02.1944
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   Seorais
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:   26 Hill Street, Dingwall

EXTRACT FROM RJ: 

Handwritten notes: "Wounded. Formerly a butcher with Messrs John Mackay & Son, Dingwall."

Date of Paper:   30.09.1943
Surname:   Urquhart
Forename(s):   William (also John and Bella)
Rank:   Private / E.R.A. / Nurse
Regiment:   Seaforths / Royal Navy / Hospital
Home Address:   17 Murray Road, Invergordon

EXTRACT FROM RJ:    WOUNDED
Official information has been received by Mr John Urquhart, 17 Murray Road, Invergordon, that his son, Pte. Wm. Urquhart, Seaforths, has been wounded in Sicily. Another son, E.R.A. John Urquhart is serving in the Navy, while a daughter, Nurse Bella Urquhart, SRN, is serving in a London hospital.


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