World War 1

World War One Lochbroom  Collage

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1351 Trooper Norman Dundonnell Mackenzie, 7th Light Horse, Australian Force.

Lance Corporal Peter Mackenzie, 4th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.

2955 Private Roderick Mackenzie, 4th Cameron Highlanders.  No photograph obtainable.

2/Lieutenant Simon Mackenzie, 7th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.


Gunner Simon Mackenzie, 8th Tank Corps.


S/11007 Private Simon Mackenzie, 2nd Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.

Corporal Thomas Mackenzie, 1st Camadians.  No photograph included.


Private William Mackenzie, Australians.


8097 Seaman William Mackenzie, RNR, HMS Grafton.


Gunner Alexander Maclean, RFA, 'A' Battery, 82nd Brigade.


40957 Private Alexander Maclean, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.


5896 Private Donald Maclean, 2nd Bn Scots Guards.


4172 Private George Maclean, 1/2nd Lovat Scouts.

1266 Private John Maclean, 4th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.  No photograph in existence.


Gunner Murdo Maclean, RNR, HMS Hazlewood.


202160 Private Norman Maclean, 4th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.


6743 Lance Corporal Roderick Maclean, 2nd Cameron Highlanders.


267546 Private Roderick Maclean, 6th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders.


12483 Private Roderick Maclean, 7th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders. 


Gunner Donald Macleay, RNR, HM Transport Thames.

Men of Lochbroom 1914-1918

Trooper Norman Dundonnell Mackenzie 

Aged 24.  Fourth son of the late Hugh Mackenzie of Dundonnell, Ross-shire, and Terrara, NS Wales.  Enlisted as a Trooper in the 7th Reinforcement of the 7th Australian Light Horse October 1915.  Killed in action at El Magal after the battle of Romani 17 September 1916.

At the battle of Romani (which was the most important engagement fought within Egyptian territory) the Turks were completely defeated in their attempt to capture the Suez Canal, and in the subsequent rearguard engagement with the retreating Turks the Australian Light Horse greatly distinguished themselves.

Lance Corporal Peter Mackenzie 

Aged 21.  Son of Mr John Mackenzie, 3 Rhiriabhach, Scoraig.  Enlisted in the Lovat Scouts 1915.  Transferred to the 4th Seaforths 1916.  Killed in action at Arras 9 April 1917.  Had two brothers serving:  John Mackenzie, American Army;  Simon Mackenzie, 4th Seaforths (Severely wounded).

Private Roderick Mackenzie, 2955 

Son of Mr Murdo Mackenzie, 17 Pulteney Street, Ullapool.  Enlisted in the 4th Camerons 1914.  Killed in action at Loos 25 September 1915.  Had four brothers serving:  Andrew Mackenzie, Seaforths;  Angus Mackenzie, Seaforths;  Donald Mackenzie, Camerons;  William Mackenzie, Seaforths.

2/Lieutenant Simon Mackenzie 

Aged 29.  Youngest son of the late Mr Kenneth Mackenzie, Knockglass, Achiltibuie.  Educated at Achiltibuie and at Ullapool HGPS.  Passed with Distinction the examination for HM Customs and Excise.  Became Clerk and Auctioneer to Murdo Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh.  In 1910 he joined the firm of Thomson, Brown & Co., Buckie.  In July 1914 was offered a most lucrative position as Manager in South Africa of a branch of Messrs Richard Irvine & Sons.  He accepted it, but relinquished it upon the outbreak of War and enlisted in the 4th Seaforths November 1914.  Received a Commission 21 July 1916.  Posted to the 7th Seaforths.  Killed at Arras 7 December 1917. Lieutenant Colonel Horn referred to him as "one of the brightest and most promising young officers in the Battalion" and many other similar tributes were paid to his memory.

Gunner Simon Mackenzie 

Aged 25.  Employed in the Imperial Hotel, Inverness.  Son of Mr Murdo Mackenzie, Letters, Lochbroom.  Joined the 4th Camerons in Inverness October 1914.  Proceeded to France.  Wounded 1915.  Transferred to the 8th Tank Corps 1918.  Was killed (burnt) inside a Tank 23 August 1918.

Private Simon Mackenzie, S11007 

Aged 28.  Son of Mr John Mackenzie, Badluachrach, Lochbroom.  Joined the Seaforths September 1915.  Proceeded to France March 1916.  Transferred to 2nd Battalion.  Killed in action at Arras 11 April 1917.

Corporal Thomas Mackenzie 

Son of Mr Alexander Mackenzie, 132 Polglass, Achiltibuie.  Killed in action sometime in 1915.  Had two brothers serving:  Private Donald Mackenzie, 4th Seaforths (Killed);  Private Murdo Mackenzie, Camerons (Killed).

Private William Mackenzie

Some readers of these pages may remember one of the white-haired patriarchs of the crofter families of the Big Strath - John Rorie Mackenzie.  He and Kenneth Mackenzie - Buie - were the two stone masons resident at Achlunachan who, up to the year 1885 or thereabouts, built all the stone dykes on the Braemore Estate.
John Rorie Mackenzie had two grandsons who fell int he War:  William Mackenzie - who was brought up at Achlunachan and for many years attended the Lochbroom Sabbath School - is known to have served in the War and tio have died in hospital;  and it is also known that his cousin, James Mackenzie, was killed in action in Gallipoli in May 1915.
Both these lads left Lochbroom about twenty years ago and have no relatives left in the Parish, so that but few particulars are obtainable of the date or place of their death. 

Seaman William Mackenzie 

Aged 42.  Son of Mr Kenneth Mackenzie, Ardindrean, Lochbroom.  Joined in March 1915.  Died of Malaria in the Dardanelles and buried at sea 1 December 1915.

Gunner Alexander Maclean 

Aged 24.  Trade - a Baker.  Son of Mr Duncan Maclean, West Terrace, Ullapool.  Joined the Royal Field Artillery 1917.  Killed in action in France 21 March 1918.  He left a widow and two children.  Had two brothers serving:  Sergeant Duncan Maclean, DCM, 7th Seaforths (Wounded);  William Maclean, Labour Corps.

Private Alexander Maclean 

Aged 27.  A Clerk in Mr Cameron's office, Ullapool.  Son of Mr Kenneth Maclean, Shore Street, Ullapool.  Joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 12 November 1917.  Killed in action at St Quentin 30 September 1918.  Had two brothers serving:  Duncan Maclean, 4th Seaforths;  Roderick Maclean, 7th Seaforths (Killed).
The Chaplain wrote:  I wish to assure you of the high respect in which your dear boy was held by all who knew him - both for his exemplary character as well as his devotion to duty.  His Company came in for heavy enfilading fire that evening from an adjoining village, and suffered severely.  We found your lad, who had obviously been killed instantaneously, lying alongside a comrade, and had them brought into a little cemetery behind the battlefield."  

Private Donald Maclean 

Aged 31.  Son of the late Mr Alexander Maclean, Coast, Inverasdale, Poolewe, and Mrs Maclean, The Gardens, Leckmelm.  Enlisted in the Scots Guards 1904.  Upon transfer to Reserve joined the Metropolitan Police.  Mobilized August 1914.  Reported missing at Ypres 26 October 1914.  His Commanding Officer wrote of him:  I am told that he did very well in the Company, setting an excellent example, and performing his duty up to the time that he was last seen.  Had two brothers serving:  John Maclean, NZIF;  Lance Corporal Roderick Maclean, 2nd Camerons (Killed 1916).

Private George Maclean 

Aged 22.  Employed in the Postal Service.  Son of Mrs Jane Macleod, 5 Achiltibuie.  Joined the Lovat Scouts June 1913.  Mobilized 4 August 1914.  Served in the Dardanelles, Egypt and Salonika.  Died of Dysentery at sea in the Hospital Ship Essiquibo 16 November 1916.

Private John Maclean, 1266 

Aged 36.  Son of Mr Hector Maclean, Blair, Badentarbet.  Joined the Volunteers about 1900.  Joined the Territorials 15 May 1911.  Mobilized 4 August 1914.  Died of Appendicitis in the Military Hospital, Inverness, April 1915.  Had one brother serving:  John Maclean, RNR, who served in Minesweepers.

Gunner Murdo Maclean 

Aged 38.  Son of Mr Norman Maclean, Camuscoille, Achiltibuie.  Joined the RNR in May 1915.  Served in an armed liner, HMS Hazlewood​, which was lost with all hands while patrolling off the coast of England in November 1917.  Had three brothers serving:  Donald Maclean, RNR;  John Maclean, RNR;  Norman Maclean, 4th Seaforths (Killed).

Private Norman Maclean 

Aged 27.  Son of Mr Norman Maclean, Camuscoille, Achiltibuie.  Joined the 4th Seaforths July 1916.  Killed in action in France 17 May 1917.  Had three brothers serving:  Donald Maclean, RNR;  John Maclean, RNR;  Murdo Maclean, RNR, lost while patrolling off the coast of England in November 1917.  [See immediately above.]

Lance Corporal Roderick Maclean, 6743 

Aged 29.  Son of the late Mr Alexander Maclean, 17 Coast, Inverasdale, and Mrs Maclean, The Gardens, Leckmelm.  Enlisted in Cameron Highlanders 27 November 1903.  Served with them for eight years in South Africa, India and China.  Rejoined from Reserve when in New Zealand.  Embarked for France with the 2nd Camerons February 1915.  Severely wounded at Festubert, where he lay out on the field for many hours, 9 May 1915.  Returned to France April 1916.  Killed in action near Contalmaison, in the Battle of the Somme, 17 August 1916.  Had two brothers serving:  Private Donald Maclean, 2nd Scots Guards (Killed);  Private John Maclean, South Canterbury Bn, NZIF.

Private Roderick Maclean, 267546 

Aged 21.  Shop Assistant in Ullapool.  Son of Mr John Maclean, Shore Street, Ullapool.  Joined the 4th Seaforths September 1916.  Transferred in France to 6th Battalion.  Wounded at Fontaine Notre Dame 22 November 1917.  Died in a Casualty Clearing Station the following day.  Had one brother serving:  Private Finlay Maclean, KOSB.

Private Roderick Maclean, 12483 

Aged 20.  Shop Assistant in Ullapool.  Son of Mr Kenneth Maclean, Shore Street, Ullapool.  Enlisted in the 7th Seaforths 22 March 1915.  Proceeded to France July 1915.  Killed in action in the Battle of the Somme October 1916.  Had two brothers serving:  Private Alexander Maclean, Argyll and Sutherland Higlanders (Killed);  Private Duncan Maclean, 4th Seaforths.

Gunner Donald Macleay 

Aged 26.  Son of Captain John Macleay, Letters, Lochbroom.  Joined May 1915.  Served in HMS Australia, HM Transport Irene, HM Transport Thames.  Mined off Middlesborough about 14 August 1917, the Thames being lost with all hands.  Had two brothers serving:  Alick Macleay, HM Transport Service;  Kenneth Macleay, 7th, 5th and 4th Battalions, Seaforth Highlanders.
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