World War 1

War Records 1914-18



Lieutenant Geoffrey Windeatt Daman


Private David Darling


2/Lieutenant A J Davidson


Private E L Davies


Private Reginald S Deane


Gunner Charles G Dempster


Private John Dempster


Private William Dempster


Sergeant G Dennis


Private Paxton M Dey


Private John Dingwall


Private Thomas Dingwall


Gunner John Dinwoodie, MM


2/Lieutenant Murray Dixon


Private K Douglas


Private Robert Dowie, MM


2/Lieutenant E V Downie-Leslie


Captain (Rev.) H Dransfield


Sergeant David Duff (Invergordon)


Private David Duff (Portmahomack)


Private H Duff


Major Hugh J Duff, DSO, MC


Signaller William Duff


Sergeant George Dunbar


Private James L Dunbar


Private James Dyce




Surname D


Surname Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Daman Geoffrey W Lieutenant Wallingford  
Darling David Private Alness  
Davidson A J 2/Lieutenant Dingwall  
Davies E L Private London  
Deane Reginald S Private  Leeds  
Dempster Charles G Gunner Dingwall Brothers 1
Dempster John Private Dingwall  1
Dempster William Private Dingwall  1
Dennis G Sergeant London  
Dent Paxton M Private Enfield  
Dey William Private Dingwall  
Dingwall John Private Culbokie  
Dingwall Thomas Private Dingwall  
Dinwoodie John Gunner Avoch  
Dixon Murray 2/Lieutenant Leicester  
Douglas K Private NZ ex-Evanton  
Dowie Robert Private N Queensferry  
Downie-
Leslie
E V 2/Lieutenant London  
Dransfield H Captain (Rev.) Tore  
Duff David Sergeant Invergordon Brothers 2
Duff David Private Portmahomack Brothers 3
Duff H. Private Portmahomack  3
Duff Hugh J Major Lossiemouth  
Duff William Signaller Invergordon  2
Dunbar George Sergeant Edinburgh  
Dunbar JamesL Private Dingwall  
Dyce James Private Tain  

Date of Paper:  11.06.1915
Surname:  Daman
First Name(s):  Geoffrey
Rank:  Lieutenant
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  Wallingford, Berkshire

THE LATE LIEUT. G. W. DAMAN
The above is a portrait of Lieut, Geoffrey Windeatt Daman, 1/4th Seaforth Highlanders, killed in action in France on 24th May. He was 21 years of age, and was the son of Mr and Mrs Daman, Wallingford, Berkshire.

THE LATE LIEUT. G. W. DAMAN
Second-Lieut. Geoffrey Windeatt, Daman, 1/4th Seaforths, killed in action in France on May 24, 1915, aged 21 years, was the elder and only surviving son of Mr and Mrs John Daman, Wallingford, Berkshire. At Oxford he was a member of the University O.T.C. (Artillery), and immediately after the declaration of war he offered his services to the War Office. Shortly afterwards he was gazetted to the 4th Royal Berks Regiment, and transferred to the 4th Seaforth Highlanders, with whom he had already been working. He went to the front with his Battalion on November 5 and had seen much fighting, including the battle of Neuve Chapelle. Lieut. Daman, whose photograph we reproduce, was shot through the head by a sniper, and killed instantaneously, while on duty in the front trench in command of the bomb mortar section.
He was buried at the British Cemetery at Vielle Chapelle, beside the grave of his friend, Lieut. Railton

Date of Paper:  05.01.1917
Surname:  Darling
First Name(s):  David
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Alness

THE LATE PTE. DAVID DARLING, SEAFORTHS
Pte. David Darling, son of the late George Darling , postman, and of Mrs Darling, Alness, fell on the 10th ult. at the Somme, aged 21. Before enlisting David was employed in the Nurseries, Novar, and was a most exemplary young man. Much sympathy is felt for his widowed mother.  Her eldest son is also in the Seaforths.  A photograph of Pte. Darling is given on this page.

Date of Paper:  04.05.1917
Surname:  Davidson
First Name(s):  A. J.
Rank:  Second Lieutenant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Dingwall

THE LATE 2/LIEUT. A. J. DAVIDSON, DINGWALL
Reproduced to-day is a photograph of the late 2/Lieut. A. J. Davidson, Seaforths, who, as reported last week, was killed in action on the 9th April, while on his way, slightly wounded, to a field dressing station. A sketch of Lt. Davidson's career was given last week. He was a son of the late Mr Davidson, retired schoolmaster of Lochalsh, who died in Dingwall some years ago, and of the late Mrs Davidson, Dingwall. Before the war he was a class teacher of great repute in Dingwall Academy, and he is mourned sincerely by a wide circle of friends. In the U.F. Church, Dingwall, on Sunday, the Rev. Ranald Macdonald made feeling reference to the late Lt. Davidson, and in course of a restrained appreciation, read passages from a remarkable, characteristic, and imperishable letter, written some hours before going into battle, which the deceased left to be forwarded to his sister should he fail to win through. The sanctity of domestic sorrow is not surely invaded by the publication of these passages:
"In twenty -four hours we go out to face the enemy, and feel constrained to write you a few words, not farewell ones I hope and pray, but you can understand that there are thoughts and feelings to which I would give expression. . . . If it be God's will that we do not meet again on earth, you must not mourn for me as having left you for ever. Whatever happens I am all right. Should I fall in the fight in my country's great cause, then I would like that the great feeling in your heart was one of pride that your brother was privileged to lay down his life - a willing sacrifice - for his country's good:
Nothing is here for tears,
Nothing to wail or knock the breast,
No weakness, no contempt,
Dispraise or blame, nothing but well and fair
And what may quiet us in a death so noble.
"We are going into the fight, confident in the righteousness of our cause. God give me strength to lead my men fearlessly; that is my prayer. I know it must be yours."

Date of Paper:  10.031916
Surname:  Davies
First Name(s):  E. L.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  115, Herne Hill Road, London.

Davies, Private E. L. 2061, B (Dingwall) Coy., wounded 11th March, 1915, died of wounds same day; aged 27 years; son of Mrs Davies, 115 Herne Hill Road, London, clerk in counting house of Messrs George Brettle & Coy., 119 Wood Street London. E. C.

Date of Paper:  18.04.1919
Surname:  Deane
First Name(s):  Reginald S.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  4th Seaforths
Home Address:  34 Wellclose Mount, Leeds

PTE. R. S. DEANE, 4th SEAFORTHS
Pte. Reginald S. Deane, 4th Seaforths, whose portrait is reproduced, is one of many English lads who were so proud to wear the Seaforth colours. Enlisting at Leeds in 1915, where he resided at 34 Wellclose Mount, he did his training at Ripon, and proceeded to France on 16th March, 1916. After a period at the famous (or infamous) "bull ring" at Etaples, he joined the 4th at Roclincourt, where "Fritz" was generally busy with his "Minnies" and mines. Private Deane was at High Wood on the Somme, Armentiers, Plug Street, Hooplines Courcellette, and Beaumont Hamel, where the 51st Division distinguished itself. He took in the Arras offensive and on 19th April, 1917, he was severely wounded. He was removed to England where it was found that he had two wounds on the left knee, one on the right leg from the knee to the hip, one on the thigh 7ins. long, and one on the leg above the ankle. The result is that the right leg is about 2ins. short. A useless finger is also a souvenir of the battle. He was ultimately discharged on the 20th September, 1918. Pte Deane experienced good treatment in the hospitals, while, as regards his time in France, he writes: "I had not a bad time considering we were in a state of war."

Date of Paper:  21.04.1916
Surname:  Dempster
First Name(s):  Charles
Rank:  Gunner
Regiment:  Royal Horse Artillery
Home Address:  Hill Terrace, Dingwall

Date of Paper:  21.04.1916
Surname:  Dempster
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Scots Greys
Home Address:  Hill Terrace, Dingwall

Date of Paper:  21.04.1916
Surname:  Dempster
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Hill Terrace, Dingwall

Dingwall is proud of every one of its sons who have and are doing their duty with the colours at this crisis, but more particularly are they interested in families who have several sons serving. This is the case in the family of Mr and Mrs Dempster, Hill Street, Dingwall, whose three sons are on active service. Their portraits are given above.
Private John Dempster (26), the oldest son, is in the Scots Greys. Previous to the war he was for five years groom with Sir Hector Munro of Foulis, Bart., and for four and a half years groom with Colonel Macleod of Dalvey, Forres. He enlisted in 1914, and is now in France.
Private William Dempster (24), belongs to the 4th Seaforths, which regiment he joined on mobilisation. He went to France with the battalion in November, 1914, and received his first baptism of fire at Neuve Chapelle, where he was wounded. Up till a few weeks ago he was in hospital but now has so far recovered as to be able to join the third line of his regiment. He is a draper by trade, and was for five years in the employment of the late ex-Provost Stewart, draper, Dingwall
Gunner Charles George Dempster (22) is the third son, and he belongs to the Royal Horse Artillery. He was a barber to trade, and for some years with Mr F. Urquhart, Dingwall. Having a notion for the artillery he enlisted in February, 1914, and was sent to France on the outbreak of war, and where he is at present. He is attached to an anti-aircraft battery, and as a proof that his battery has been doing good work, he was just sent home a souvenir in the [remainder obliterated].
Handwritten notes:
  "Chas. Dempster, R.H.A., killed April 1918"
  "Wm Dempster, Seaforths, discharged"
  "J. Dempster still in France 27.5.18. Killed 28.8.18"

Date of Paper:  10.03.1916
Surname:  Dennis
First Name(s):  G. H.
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  (Brahan) Coy., Seaforths
Home Address:  11, Rutland Gardens, Harringay, London.

Dennis, Sergt. G., 2430, H (Brahan) Coy., wounded 10th March, died of wounds 11th March,1915. Engaged in insurance. Went out with first draft 19th Feb., 1915. Survived by widow, 11, Rutland Gardens, Harringay London.

Date of Paper:  05.05.1916
Surname:  Dent
First Name(s):  Paxton M.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Hill Lodge, Enfield

THE LATE PRIVATE P. M. DENT
2083 Private Paxton M. Dent, No 2 Company, 1/4th Seaforths, killed in action on April 28th, 1915, whose portrait is reproduced, was the fourth surviving son of Mr J. M. Dent, publisher, Hill Lodge Enfield. When war broke out he gave up his position in the firm, and joined the Seaforth Highlanders as a private. Aged 24 years, deceased was educated at Mill Hill School, and Worcester College, Oxford. He was of a loving and energetic disposition.   He worked hard in his spare time with the Boy Scouts in Enfield, and on Sunday afternoons he played the played the piano or organ for the Sunday School children of St Paul's Presbyterian Church, of which he was a member.
Private Dent was the elder son of J. M. Dent's second marriage, and his brother, Sergt. Austen C. Dent, R.A.M.C., when he heard of his death, wrote home from Gallipoli: "I don't know what my life will be without dear old Pat." But Austen only survived his brother three months.  He was wounded on his 23rd birthday, July 19th, and died next day.

Date of Paper:  04.10.1918
Surname:  Dey
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Canadians
Home Address:  Mountgerald, Dingwall

THE LATE PRIVATE WILLIAM DEY, MOUNTGERALD, DINGWALL
Pte. William Dey, (850042) Canadians, whose photo, appears to-day, and who, as already recorded, died of wounds on 30th August, 1918, was a son of Mr and Mrs Dey, Mountgerald, Dingwall. The day he received his death wound and the day of his death, before going into action, he sent a field post card to his mother, to whom he was devotedly attached. His wounds where fatal. He was hit on the thigh, face and right side.
Joining up early in the war, after a period of training in Canada, he was drafted to England early in 1917 and in August of that year was sent to France. There he shared from the beginning in the heavy fighting which invariably centres round the Canadians in France, and passed through all unscathed. He took part in the battles of July and August to meet his death wounds in a great advance.
Deceased was a splendid type of sturdy Highland Colonial, and had the confidence and friendship of officers and men of his unit by whom and by those who recall him as a lad in Dingwall he is greatly regretted. Sympathy with the parents and members of the family is sincere.
Deceased served four years with Mr Wm. Macmillan, merchant, Dingwall. Emigrating to Canada he was engaged in fruit farming when he joined up. An elder brother holds an important appointment under the Board of Trade in Glasgow, and a sister, Miss Annie Dey, is a war nurse in France.
Another sister is the wife of a distinguished Gordon Highlander, Major Mackie, D.C.M., M.C., a true Gordon veteran; perhaps with the longest continuous service on the Gordon records to-day . He joined the army over 30 years ago, served in the ranks, became a N.C.O., and rose to commissioned rank. Most of his service has been abroad. He is one of the Dargai Gordons.
It was there he received the D.C.M., and he served also through the Boer War. He won the M.C., which he received at the hands of the King at Buckingham Palace last Autumn.

Date of Paper:  26.03.1920
Surname:  Dingwall
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Culbokie, Conon

Much regret was expressed throughout the whole district when it became known that John, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Donald Dingwall, Culbokie, had passed away at the early age of 24 years. As the result of his hardships while training for the army his health broke down, and after coming home he suffered much from the effects of pleurisy which he had previously contracted. He gave evidence (says one who knew deceased well) of being a God-fearing young man and his gentle and cheery disposition made him much liked by all his acquaintances. In his severe illness he maintained the utmost patience, and appeared perfectly resigned to the Almighty's Will concerning him.
The funeral to Dingwall Churchyard was very largely attended. The Rev. D. Munro and the Rev. J. Sellar, Ferintosh, conducted the service at the house, while the Rev. J. R. Macpherson, Dingwall, officiated at the grave. Much sympathy has been extended to Mr and Mrs Dingwall and family in their sore and sad bereavement.
The deceased, S/27414 Private John Dingwall, joined the 3rd Seaforth Highlanders at Cromarty on 7th June, 1918. About a month after he joined he contracted pleurisy and was discharged from the Army on 18th September, 1918, as no longer physically fit for war service.

Date of Paper:  20.07.1917
Surname:  Dingwall
First Name(s):  Thomas
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  S. African Scottish Infantry
Home Address:  4, Greenhill Trerrace, Dingwall.

THE LATE PTE. THOMAS DINGWALL, SOUTH AFRICANS
There is reproduced to-day a photograph of the late Pte. Thomas Dingwall, South African Scottish Infantry, son of Mr John Dingwall, storeman, and Mrs Dingwall, 4 Greenhill Terrace, Dingwall, who was killed in action during a bombardment on the Western Front on 13th July, 1916.
Pte. Dingwall emigrated to South Africa six years ago, where he was employed in Johannesburg as a painter. Before leaving Dingwall he was employed with Mr James Mackenzie. When war broke out Pte. Dingwall joined the South African Scottish, and took part with Botha's forces in the German South-West African campaign. On its completion he volunteered for service in England, and came over to England in October, 1915, proceeding first to Egypt, and subsequently coming to France.
Twenty-nine years of age when killed, Pte. Dingwall was a fine type of Scottish Highlander, whose pluck and patriotism are alike proved by his record of service and final sacrifice.
Deceased was buried near the lines behind a wood of historic name in this war. Dingwall Freemasons will recall Pte. Dingwall as a member of the craft and a son of Mother Fingal.

Date of Paper:  02.08.1918
Surname:  Dinwoodie
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Gunner
Regiment:  Tank Corps
Home Address:  The Kennels, Rosehaugh, Avoch.

AVOCH TANK GUNNER
Gunner John Dinwoodie, who has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous service in the Tank Corps during operations on the Western Front, has been on duty with the Tanks since they first entered the field. He has kept quite fit. The eldest son of Mr and Mrs Dinwoodie, The Kennels, Rosehaugh, Avoch,  A younger brother, Pte. Wm. Dinwoodie, served in France with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders until invalided with trench feet a few months ago.  A photo appears to-day.
Handwritten note: "Gazetted M.M. 6.9.18"

Date of Paper:  04.05.1917
Surname:  Dixon
First Name(s):  Murray
Rank:  Second Lieutenant
Regiment:  Not stated
Home Address:  

Photograph only, no notes.

Date of Paper:  27.12.1918
Surname:  Douglas
First Name(s):  K.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Home Address:  Swordale, Evanton

EVANTON SOLDIER DIES ON ARMISTICE DAY
Wounded on the 9th November, Pte. K. Douglas, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, died, as already reported, two days later on Armistice Day.  Deceased, whose photo appears to-day, was the youngest son of Mr Ken. Douglas, Swordale, Evanton, and was well-known in the district where he spent his boyhood. He went to New Zealand eight years ago. He was North on leave just three weeks before he fell.
His brother, Andrew Douglas, made the supreme sacrifice about two years ago. The death occurring in the hour of victory and at the dawn of peace comes as a heavy blow to the aged father, with whom and with his brothers and sisters, who mourn his loss, much sympathy is felt.

Date of Paper:  12.01.1917
Surname:  Dowie
First Name(s):  Robert
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Black Watch
Home Address:  North Queensferry / Cromarty

WELL-KNOWN BLACK ISLE MAN RECEIVES M.M.
The above is a portrait of Private Robert Dowie, Black Watch, who has been awarded the Military Medal for meritorious services in the Somme advance in September last. Private Dowie is 37 years of age, married, and a native of North Queensferry, Fife.
Previous to joining the Army he was resident in Cromarty, and also in the district of Resolis in the Black Isle he is well-known and highly respected, being a member of the staff of the late Mr Nott, contractor for the new railway. He was among the first to attest under the Derby scheme, and resigned his appointment in order that he might join the Black Watch, which is the Territorial regiment of his native county. After a brief period of training, he was drafted to France, where he particularly distinguished himself by raiding enemy trenches.
He was wounded by the bursting of a bomb thrown by a German soldier. He was removed to Aberdeen Military Hospital, where he made a speedy recovery.  He is at present in Nigg Training Camp awaiting orders with his draft for France.

Date of Paper:  11.5.1917
Surname:  Downie-Leslie
First Name(s):  E. V.
Rank:  Second Lieutenant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Hayton, Westbury Road, Woodside Park, London N12.

THE LATE 2/LT. DOWNIE-LESLIE
2/Lt. E. V. Downie-Leslie, Seaforths, who was killed at Arras on the 9th April was the youngest son of the late Robert Downie-Leslie, advocate in Aberdeen, and Mrs Downie-Leslie, Hayton, Westbury Road, Woodside Park, London, N12.  He was educated at Clifton Bank, St Andrews, and Blundell's, Devonshire. He received his commission in July [obliterated] year, and went to France in J[obliterated]. He was in his 20th year [obliterated] ... was training ...and was ... dear ... [remainder obliterated].

Date of Paper:  03.05.1918
Surname:  Dransfield
First Name(s):  H.
Rank:  Captain (Rev.)
Regiment:  S. C. F.
Home Address:  Tore / Invergordon.

Capt. Rev. H. Dransfield, S.C.F., whose photo is reproduced to-day, has just been appointed priest-in-charge at Invergordon. Capt Dransfield has been working in France as Chaplain for two years, and had, some months ago, been elected Senior Chaplain to the forces in this area.   He returns from France in June, and will take up new work in Invergordon early in July. He worked there for six months in 1915 with Naval and Military Defences.  Before joining up Captain Dransfield was rector of Arpafeelie, Tore, Ross-shire.

Date of Paper:  25.08.16 and 07.06.1918
Surname:  Duff
First Name(s):  David
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  19, Hugh Miller Street, Invergordon.

INVERGORDON SEAFORTH DIES OF WOUNDS
Mr and Mrs Duff, 19 Hugh Miller Street, Invergordon, have received information that their third son,Signaller Wm. Duff, Seaforths, died on 27th July of wounds received in action.   The chaplain (Rev. J. Macleod, Muir of Ord) in a letter to Mrs Duff, says: "With deep regret I have just heard your boy Willie has succumbed to his wounds, and I write to say how deeply I sympathise with you. I hope in this hour of sorrow you will derive comfort from the consciousness that your boy fell defending his country and the cause of righteousness and truth in the greatest battle in the history of our country. He was loved by his comrades, and his officers spoke highly of him. May I say you have much reason to thank the Lord for him and for his brother. I saw the Sergeant (the youngest) a few minutes ago, and he is very well; but naturally feels keenly the death of his brother. I hope you will have the comfort and the blessing that the Lord alone can give."
Signaller Duff went out with the battalion in November, 1914, and remained at the front continuously until Christmas, 1915, when he had leave home. At Neuve Chapelle he was one of the battalion stretcher-bearers. Latterly he was attached to the signallers' section. Before the war he was employed at Invergordon under a contractor.
Deceased was 25 years of age, and a young man of great promise. The deepest sympathy is felt with his parents and relatives. Of two surviving brothers of deceased, Sergt.Duff [remainder obliterated].

RCHS note:  There are two photographs, each named "David Duff, Invergordon" in our records.  It is suspected that the one shown below is the unknown third son mentioned in the text.



[07.06.1918]
INVERGORDON SEAFORTH PRISONER OF WAR
A photo. is reproduced to-day of Sergt. David Duff, 4th Seaforths, one of the battalion signalling staff, who was captured by the Germans on 23rd March, and who, having been reported missing, greatly relieved the anxiety of his friends in Invergordon a fortnight ago by letters [overlaid piece obliterates part of text]
The Germans here seem to be very decent fellows; very warm hearted, and the lot we are attached to try to do all they can for us. We have coffee and bread in the morning, with, maybe, some butter; soup at four o' clock or soup and rice; coffee and bread at five o'clock, so we are pretty well off considering. I would much rather have our own white bread than the brown we are getting. Also we miss our milk and the good old cup of tea or cocoa. However, when I send my permanent address you will be able to supplement things. Soap is pretty scarce too. Duff, a born comforter of the folk at home, makes light of his troubles, and has the philosophic outlook which finds expression in the old Scottish "We're nae very bad, but we micht be waur". He reassures his mother that he is as "happy as the birds in May," and that "the war will not last for ever. In a post card of a day later he confirms the statement that the Germans are "extremely nice to us." A German living near to him has a brother interned in England, and the battle link proved a strong one. Conversation had to be carried on in soldier's French. "Cheerio; keep smiling," is a parting message to his people at home. In passing it may be noted that Sergt. Duff speaks of his party as "we", and that hope is expressed that along with him may be other signallers of the 4th Seaforths who are posted missing, including Pte. M. D. Revill, Dingwall, from whom, so far, no word has as yet been received.
Sergt. Duff, who was employed as a stationer in Invergordon before the war, mobilised with the battalion, and went to France in November, 1914, with the rest of the boys, so many of whom are no more. Except when home on leave, the last time in November last year, he has served throughout with the Seaforths, and has shared in all the vicissitudes and the glories of the famous 51st Division. With the Indian Corps he took part in the battles of Neuve Chapelle and Aubers Ridge, and, of course, he endured that terrible first winter in France. He was a well known figure in the battalion, and he was a singular very popular personality.
Mrs Duff had another son in the Seaforths, also a signaller, Private Wm. Duff, who went out also in 1914, and who died of wounds in July, 1916.

Date of Paper:  25.08.1916
Surname:  Duff
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Signaller
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  19, Hugh Miller Street, Invergordon.

Date of Paper:  27.04.1917, 20.07.1917 and 08.11.1918
Surname:  Duff
First Name(s):  David
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Home Address:  Chapel Street, Portmahomack.

ANOTHER PORTMAHOMACK SOLDIER FALLS
Portmahomack has added one more of their list to the fallen heroes in Flanders. Pte. D. Duff, K.O.S.B., son of Mr and Mrs D. Duff, Chapel Street, was killed in the end of June. Enlisting sooner than his age necessitated, he had been training for some time, and when he found he at last was among those who where to go to France he was overjoyed. A few days in the trenches and then the sudden end, and "Di Duffie" paid the price for "Home, King, and Country". "Di's" life was short, but it was an unusually happy one. He had the wonderful gift of seeing only brightness where many could see nothing but dark shadows, and one happy smile from "Di" has cheered up many a despondent soul. He seemed to laugh his way through life, and his bright face will be much missed. When others come back we shall again realise that he, as well as many others, will "return no more".
Much sympathy is felt with the parents, brothers, and sisters. His two older brothers are both on active service, one for a long time in France, then Mesopotamia, and now is on duty in India; the other on active service in France still.  A portrait of Private Duff appears to-day.

20.07.1917
THE LATE PRIVATE H. DUFF, PORTMAHOMACK
The above is a portrait of Private H. Duff, Seaforths, who gave his life for his country on 6th April, 1917. Deceased was killed at the commencement of the bombardment at the Battle of Arras by the bursting of a shell while back in billets.
Private Duff joined the colours shortly after mobilisation, and was through several of the fierce engagements.  At Loos in September, 1915, he was severely wounded, but recovered and last June he rejoined his regiment in France. He was 26 years of age. Much sympathy is felt for his parents, who reside at Chapel Hill, Portmahomack.
Mr and Mrs David Duff have also another son on active service.

[08.11.1918]
55150 Pte. David Duff, H.L.I., son of Mr and Mrs David Duff, Chapel Hill, Portmahomack, died in No. 5 Casualty Clearing Station, France, on October 3rd 1918, of wounds received in action. The first intimation received was from the matron of the hospital, who told the mother that her boy had been severely wounded. This intimation immediately preceded the official notice that he had passed away. A fine, soldierly lad, he is the second son of Mr and Mrs Duff to make the supreme sacrifice.
His brother, Pte H. Duff, 4th Seaforths, was killed in action on 6th April, 1917, at the battle of Arras. There is much sympathy with the parents.
A photo. of Pte. Duff appears to-day.

Date of Paper:  27.04.1917, 20.07.1917 and 08.11.1918
Surname:  Duff
First Name(s):  H.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Chapel Hill, Portmahomack

Date of Paper:  11.10.1918
Surname:  Duff
First Name(s):  Hugh
Rank:  Major
Regiment:  Lovat Scouts, attached 1st Kings.
Home Address:  Edderton, Ross-shire, and Kereru, Lossiemouth.

THE LATE MAJOR H. J. DUFF, D.S.O., M.C.
Major Hugh J. Duff, D.S.O., M.C., Lovat Scouts, attached 1st Kings, whose photograph appears to-day was killed in action, as recently recorded.
Deceased was the only son of the late Mr Hugh A. Duff, Edderton, Ross-shire and Kereru, New Zealand, and of Mrs Duff, Kereru, Lossiemouth, and grandson of the late Rev. John Walker, St. Andrews, Lhanbryde. Major Duff was educated at the Tain Academy, Inverness College, and Edinburgh. For some years he engaged in sheep farming in New Zealand. He came home in 1914, and received a commission in the Lovat Scouts. He was awarded the M.C. for work done at Bourlon Wood, and the D.S.O. for work done during the retreat in March, 1918. He had been twice mentioned in dispatches.  Major Duff was killed instantaneously when in command of his battalion.

Date of Paper:  28.05.1920
Surname:  Dunbar
First Name(s):  George
Rank:  Sergeant Major
Regiment:  5th Royal Scots
Home Address:  27 Westfield Road, Edinburgh

Reproduced above is a portrait of Regimental Sergt.-Major George Dunbar, 5th Royal Scots, whose death we recorded in a previous issue. Many people in Ross-shire and particularly in Dingwall and Maryburgh, where he was well known and highly respected, will regret to hear the announcement, A native of Forres, deceased enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders at Edinburgh Castle on 1st October, 1888 at the early age of 15 1/2 years. He went to Egypt with his regiment and took part in the Nile Expedition. He was also at the occupation of Crete. A good soldier, with a commanding personality, he rapidly rose in the ranks. As Colour Sergeant he was appointed an instructor to the volunteers and was drafted to Ross-shire, where he took charge of the Brahan Company and was resident at Maryburgh. From here he came to Dingwall, and in addition to being instructor to the Dingwall Company, he was Sergt. Major of the Battalion.
After 22 years service he retired and going to Edinburgh he secured an important appointment, and when war broke out in August, 1914, he was on the staff of the 5th Royal Scots. He immediately mobilised with the Battalion and inspired with the old fighting spirit of the Highlander, he volunteered for service overseas. Eventually he was drafted with the regiment to Gallipolli, where he took part in that campaign and was present at the evacuation.   From the east the regiment was transferred to the Western front in France, where he acted as Regimental Sergt.-Major. Invalided home in 1917 he was in hospital for a time, but making a rapid recovery he was sent to a training camp as an instructor, where he remained for some months. A second time he was sent to France, but the strain proved too much for him, and he returned to England where he was sent to hospital. For two years and three months hopes were entertained for his recovery, but he succumbed on 9th May, at the early age of 46 years, a victim of the Great War.
Kindly, sincere and obliging, he was a very popular n.c.o. no matter where he was. Capable to a degree he knew his drill to perfection, and no one took a keener interest in his men. A devoted husband and father, much sympathy is expressed with his widow, a daughter of the late Mr Fraser, and Mrs Fraser, Nicol's Court, Dingwall.
The funeral took place from his residence, 27 Westfield Road, Edinburgh, to Saughton Cemetery, with full military honours. A detachment of Seaforths, now lying at Edinburgh Castle, and a detachment of the 5th Royal Scots, with pipes and bugles, accompanied the gun carriage, which was pulled by four horses. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack, and covered with wreaths, including one from both regiments in which he had served. The procession was a very imposing and impressive one and was followed by a very large crowd of mourners, including many old comrades, among whom where, Major Glynn, and Captain Wilson, Royal Scots, and Lieut. And Q.M. Henderson, Seaforths. At the grave the pipers played a lament and twelve buglers sounded the Last Post
Sergt.-Major Dunbar was the proud wearer of the Egyptian Medal, Indian Medal with clasps 1898; Mediterranean Medal, 1900-01, and the Long Service and Good Conduct medals.

Date of Paper:  28.06.1918
Surname:  Dunbar
First Name(s):  James Laurie
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Royal Scots
Home Address:  The Armoury, Dingwall

Pte. James Laurie Dunbar, Royal Scots, whose photograph appears to-day, who was officially reported a prisoner of war, has written from Germany stating that he is a prisoner of war and wounded.
The son of Sergt. Major and Mrs Dunbar, late of the Armoury, Dingwall, and the grandson of Mrs Fraser, Nicol's Court, Dingwall, Pte. Laurie Dunbar was only 15 -1/2 years when he joined up on the outbreak of war, and was employed on home service in England and Ireland until he attained military age, when he went to France.  An old Dingwall Academy boy, it is hoped he may soon recover from his wounds and return to Blighty.

Date of Paper:  08.12.1916
Surname:  Dyce
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  9, Petley Street, Tain.

TAIN SEAFORTH KILLED
Pte. James Dyce, 4093, Seaforths, was killed in action on 14th November, 1916. Deceased, whose wife resides at 9 Petley Street, Tain, went to France about nine months ago, and recently he was slightly wounded.
In a letter to Mrs Dyce, the Rev. J. Macleod, chaplain, writes: "He was a real soldier, and his officers and comrades speak well of him. I hope it will do you good to think he died for his country in the hour of need. Your sorrow is the sorrow of many, and I pray that God may give you strength and blessing you all need."
Sincere sympathy is felt for Mrs Dyce, his widow, and for his parents, Mr and Mrs Charles Dyce, who reside at Mill's Buildings, Inverness.

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