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War Records 1914-18

Private J Gair

Private J Galbraith

Captain John Gardner

Corporal A Gibson

Corporal Kenneth Gillanders

S/40448 Private Walter Neil Gillies, MM

Gunner George R Gollan

Lance Corporal Robert M Gollan

Private W Gollan

Private James Goodall

Private Alexander Gordon

Private Kenneth Gordon

Gunner Kenneth M Gordon

Corporal William Grace

Private Colin Graham

Private Patrick H Graham

Lance Corporal F P Grant

Lieutenant Ivor Forsyth Grant

Rifleman James Grant

Private Donald Gray

Private John Gray

Corporal W Gregor

Gunner H W Grigor

Surname G

Surname Forename Rank Home Relationship
Gair J Private Alness  
Galbraith J Private Not stated  
Gardiner J G Sergeant Dundee  
Gardner John Captain Glasgow  
Garrow William Lieutenant Polnicol  
Geddes A L/Corporal Dingwall  
Gibson Alick Corporal Beauly  
Gillanders Kenneth Corporal Applecross  
Gillies Donald Gunner Kessock Brothers 1
Gillies Walter N Private Kessock Brothers 1
Gollan George R Gunner Conon Brothers 2
Gollan Robert M L/Corporal Conon  2
Gollan W Private Conon  2
Goodall James Private Muir of Ord  
Gordon Alexander Private Muir of Ord  
Gordon Kenneth  Private Dingwall  
Gordon Kenneth M Gunner Dingwall  
Grace William Corporal Belvedere  
Graham Colin Private Evanton  
Graham Patrick H Private Invergordon  
Grant F P L/Corporal Salisbury  
Grant Ivor F Lieutenant Edinburgh  
Grant James Rifleman Tain  
Gray Donald Private Dingwall Brothers 3
Gray John Private Dingwall  3
Gregor W Corporal Tain  
Grigor H W Gunner Cullicudden  

Date of Paper:  12.05.1916
Surname:  Gair
First Name(s):  J.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Not stated
Home Address: St John's Bank, Alness

Gair, Private J., 1706, son of Mr Gair, St John's Bank, Alness, was a bright young lad who joined in 1913, and went out to France in November 1914. Never missing a fatigue or a test, he went through Neuve Chapelle without a scratch. One of the first over the parapet, his death was mourned by his surviving comrades, among whom he was a favourite.

Date of Paper:  11.02.1916
Surname:  Galbraith
First Name(s):  J.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  

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The entry which follows did not form part of the original exercise as it did not become known to RCHS until 2014. Sgt Gardiner was awarded the Military Medal on 12 December 1917; the DCM on 9 September 1918.

Date of Paper: 13.09.1918
Surname: Gardiner
First Name(s): J G
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: 1/4th Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Dundee

No photograph available

War Honours to Seaforths
DCM Incidents of Battle
202664 Sgt J G Gardiner, MM, Dundee
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In severe fighting and many rearguard actions, the great gallantry displayed by this NCO was a conspicuous example to the men of his company, of which he took charge when all the officers were either killed or wounded, leading them many times against superior numbers of the enemy. While the wounded of another battalion were being evacuated from a position from which our troops were being withdrawn he remained behind, and by his conduct enabled them to be safely removed.

Date of Paper:  14.07.1916
Surname:  Gardner
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  -Captain
Regiment:  7th Royal Scots Fusiliers
Home Address:  Aldersyde, 20 Dalziel Drive, Pollockshields, Glasgow

The above is a photograph of Temporary Captain John Gardner, 7th Royal Scots Fusiliers, who has just been awarded the Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry under heavy shell fire". He is the elder son of Mr Jno. Gardner, wholesale ironmonger, Brunswick Street, Glasgow, who resides at Aldersyde, 20 Dalziel Drive, Pollockshields. Captain Gardner, who is in his 21st year, was educated at the Glasgow Academy (where he was sergeant in the Cadet Corps), and in Germany. Early in 1914 he went to Philadelphia, U.S.A., to gain experience of business in the States, but immediately on the outbreak of war he came home to enlist, and obtained a commission in his present regiment.
His younger brother joined the 5th Camerons, and both were wounded at the battle of Loos. Captain Gardner gained the Military Cross for having "organised and led a counter-attack by men of his own battalion and men of the R.E., under very difficult circumstances, and set a fine example till incapacitated by a fragment of shell". His many friends will be glad to hear that he was now completely recovered from his wound.
Captain Gardner is a grandson of the late Mr and Mrs Bisset, Drummond Arms, Evanton.

Date of Paper:  21.12.1917
Surname:  Garrow
First Name(s):  Alexander / Duncan / Robert / Thomas / William
Rank:  Captain / Mr / Lt Colonel / Brigadier(?) / Lieutenant
Home Address:  Polnicol

No photographs available

[Entry is in manuscript]
Four or five sons - one Brigadier with Cameron Reserves. He was severely wounded in August last and then home recently bore all the marks of having been in the thick of it. Captain Alexander Garrow is a mercantile marine, while a sixth son, a dentist by profession, is serving as a dentist with the Forces. Lt. Garrow remained with this unit. He has seen a good deal of service, was twice gassed and was home for a brief spell on recovering. Lieut. Garrow is a capital type of officer and his friends in the regiment write fondly of him.
Mr Garrow's eldest son, Lieut-Colonel Robert Garrow is in Mesopotamia at the head of the River Conservancy. He is a distinguished man in the Engineering world and has held several important appointments abroad, coming home to take up special duties for the Government. The second son, Mr Duncan Garrow, is a director of the Persian Oil Company and is located in London, where his duties bring him into close touch with official life. The younger son, Thomas Garrow is [text ends]

Letter of 18/12/1917 to Mr D. Watt, Editor of the Ross-shire Journal:
Polnicol, Delny.
Dear Mr Watt
I had yours of 15th instant anent our missing boy. Very many thanks. We have had no further word about him and do not expect to get any for some time to come, that is if he is a Prisoner, and we hope and trust he is. We had a note from his Captain and one from his chaplain and all they gave us was that Willie was out in charge of a Corp on the 30th ultimo and did not return and that there was a hope of his being a Prisoner. Wm. is our third son, he served his time in the ?Unity? Bank and was transferred to Dundee and kept there and joined the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in London and rose in the bank there to a position of considerable trust in the Securities Dept. In 1915 he chucked the job and joined up, going to the (unclear) Corp for the usual training, got his commission in the 4th Camerons, which Regiment as you know got so used up that it could not be formed up after. He was shifted to the 1/10th Kings Liverpool Scottish where he has been since and was a 2nd Lieut. He was twice gassed and was home once, got over this and back to his Regiment in a short time. He is a good man and a good soldier. Sorry we have no good photo of him besides ?oddments? (rest of sentence unclear). Bob the C.R. is in Mesopotamia and is Chief of the Rear Conservancy, whatever that may mean. He was made Lieut Col when sent out. Duncan, the second son, is a Director of the Persian Oil Coy. And located in London and is in close touch with the Admiralty. Tom, our fourth, is in Ireland with the 3rd Camerons. He was badly wounded on 31st Aug., was home lately and had all the marks of (rest of sentence unclear). Alex. is a Capt. In Marsailles - a (unclear) dentist to the Forces and has it soft compared to the other three. Please say nothing meantime about any of them except Willie, unless you (unclear) to them casually. They make the subject of a paragraph later on.
Yours in real haste, W. Gordon

Date of Paper:  26.10.1917
Surname:  Geddes
First Name(s):  A.
Rank:  Lance Corporal
Regiment:  Camerons
Home Address:  2, Lochiel Place, Dingwall

No extract, no photograph available.

Date of Paper:  03.05.1918
Surname:  Gibson
First Name(s):  Alick
Rank:  Corporal
Regiment:  R.G.A.
Home Address:  Aigas, Beauly

Mr and Mrs Gibson, Aigas, Beauly, have received intimation of the death of their son, Corporal Alick Gibson, R.G.A., who was killed in action on 4th April. Deceased, who was a fine, young soldier, always bright and happy, will be greatly missed by his comrades and all who knew him. He was well-known in the Black Isle, particularly in the Munlochy district, where he worked before joining up. He saw some fierce fighting, having served in France for the last two years, and until the time of his death came through all without a scratch. The deepest sympathy is extended to his parents, sisters and brothers in their sad loss. Three brothers are still serving, one of whom was wounded earlier in the war.
A photograph appears to-day.

Date of Paper:  21.07.1916
Surname:  Gillanders
First Name(s):  Kenneth
Rank:  Corporal
Regiment:  Royal Engineers
Home Address:  Applecross

The above is a photograph of Corporal Kenneth Gillanders, Royal Engineers, mentioned in dispatches, who is a son of Mr Gillanders, tailor and clothier, Applecross. He was in the Glasgow Police at the outbreak of war, and immediately joined his regiment, the Royal Engineers. He has been in France since, and has seen much fighting, having had some narrow escapes. His horse was shot under him on two occasions, and in one instance he got cut off from his regiment for two days, and had to work his way back through the enemy's lines. He has paid two short visits to his home in Cathcart, Glasgow, where his wife resides. Like most soldiers, he says little about himself, but one incident he relates as follows. Being out wire laying one night, he suddenly observed he was covered by a sniper. Instantly bringing his rifle to aim, he covered the sniper, and both fired simultaneously. The German's bullet passed along the barrel of his rifle, shooting away the lobe of his right ear. His own shot went through the sniper's brain. Corporal Gillanders, who is a brother-in-law of Constable Donald Ross, Applecross, is a typical soldier, powerfully built, and stands over 6 feet in height.
His cousin, First-Class Petty Officer Alexander Gillanders, HMS Inflexible, has been awarded the DSM for gallant service in the Dardanelles.

Gunner Donald Gillies and Private Walter N Gillies, MM, do not appear in Ross-shire Journal extracts but information about the brothers has been supplied by  Mr William Gillies, North Kessock. 

Gunner Donald Gillies, reported as the "younger son" who had lost a limb in the war.  
Surname:  Gillies
First Name(s):  Donald
Rank:  Gunner
Regiment:  Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery
Home Address:  Charleston, North Kessock

606286 Gunner Donald Gillies enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery on 8 December 1915 and served until 16 August 1917 when he was discharged owing to "wounds".  He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal for his service.

Private Walter Neil Gillies, MM
Surname:  Gillies
First Name(s):  Walter Neil
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:  Charleston, North Kessock

S/40448 Private Walter N Gillies, MM, died in action in Flanders on 19 July 1918 and is buried in Meteren Military Cemetery, France.  He was born in Knockbain, Ross-shire, An account of his death at the time reads as follows:
"Private Walter Neil Gillies, MM, killed in action on July 19, was the eldest son of Mr D Gillies, Charleston, North Kessock.  He had been in France for over two years, and some time ago was awarded the Military Medal for outstanding bravery.  A younger son of Mr Gillies has lost a limb in the war.  In pre-war days Private Gillies was employed as a carpenter with Fraser & Macdonald, Kenneth Street, Inverness. 

Private Walter N Gillies, MM (wearing kilt), with comrades.

Date of Paper:  02.06.1916
Surname:  Gollan
First Name(s):  George R.
Rank:  Gunner
Regiment:  Ross Mountain Battery
Home Address:  Bridge Street, Conon Bridge

Mrs Gollan, Bridge Street, Conon Bridge, Ross-shire, gave three sons to the Army; one has been killed, another is a prisoner of war, the third is serving with Ross Mountain Battery. Mrs Gollan has been a widow for fourteen years; her husband was a carpenter in the employment of Mr W. Macdonald, Dingwall.
The eldest son, Gunner George R. Gollan (41), joined the Ross Mountain Battery just a year ago. He returned from Canada, where he was in British Columbia for a period of three years engaged in survey work for the Dominion Government. He at once attached himself to the 2/4th Highland Mountain Brigade.
The second son, Lance-Corporal Robert M. Gollan (31), 2nd Cameron Highlanders, was killed on 1st October, 1914. A reservist with 11 years' service, who had been through the South African War, he rejoined on mobilisation.

Date of Paper:  02.06.1916
Surname:  Gollan
First Name(s):  Robert. M.
Rank:  Lance Corporal
Regiment:  2nd Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:  Bridge Street, Conon Bridge

Date of Paper:  02.06.1916
Surname:  Gollan
First Name(s):  W.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Not known
Home Address:  Bridge Street, Conon Bridge

Date of Paper:  08.06.1917
Surname:  Goodall
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  2/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Wester Balloan, Muir of Ord

Mr James Goodall, Wester Balloan, Muir of Ord, has received a telegram from the War Office intimating that his son, Pte. J. Goodall, Seaforths, has been admitted to No. 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, suffering from gunshot wound in left arm. Unfortunately, since then he has lost his arm, but is making satisfactory progress in a Military Hospital in England. Pte. Jas. Goodall joined the 2/4th Seaforths in 1915, and went to France in June 1916.
A photograph appears today.

Date of Paper:  12.01.1917
Surname:  Gordon
First Name(s):  Alexander
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Muir of Ord

Private Alex. Gordon, Seaforths, who, as was reported last week, has fallen in action, was a son of Mr Gordon, Muir of Ord.
Before the outbreak of war Alex. Gordon joined the Ross-shire Constabulary. His intelligence and sterling character and zeal for duty filled his future with promise. But his heart was with the comrades who had joined the colours, and at the earliest opportunity he followed them to the training camp and to France. Death met him at the post of duty, and now the remains of the gallant soldier sleep in peace in the midst of the dread strife.
His portrait appears on this page.

Date of Paper:  08.03.1918
Surname:  Gordon
First Name(s):  Kenneth
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  2nd Seaforths
Home Address:  3, Lorne Place, Dingwall

To-day is reproduced a photograph of 202829 Pte. Kenneth Gordon, 2nd Seaforths, son of ex-Sergt. And Mrs John Gordon, 3 Lorne Place, Dingwall, who was reported missing on 4th October last, and of whom so far no further information has been received. The parents are not altogether without hope that Pte. Gordon may be a prisoner of war in Germany, and would be grateful to anyone who can give them any information on the subject. Pte. Gordon, like his father, is a painter to trade. He is now 20 years of age. Joining up at 18 years and 8 months, he was trained with the 4th Seaforths at Ripon. In April, 1917, he proceeded to the Western front, and was posted to the 2nd Seaforths. A nice, frank young lad, he held the esteem of his fellows, who even thus late hope that word may yet be received that he is safe.   His father mobilised with the 4th Seaforths in 1914, and was discharged time-expired last year, returning to his civil duties.

Date of Paper:  20.09.1918
Surname:  Gordon
First Name(s):  Kenneth M.
Rank:  Gunner
Regiment:  Tank Corps
Home Address:  Warden Street, Dingwall

As recently reported, intimation has been received by Mr Roderick Gordon, carter, and Mrs Gordon, Warden Street, Dingwall, of the death in action of their youngest son, Gunner Kenneth M. Gordon, 19 years, Tank Corps. Before joining up, Gunner Gordon (whose photo. Appears today) was employed as a butcher, formerly with Mr Allan and latterly with Mr Mackay. He was a very fine young fellow, and is much mourned by a large number of his former comrades, and great sympathy is felt with the bereaved parents. 2/Lt. Roberts, Tank Corps, in a letter to the mother, says: "It is with deepest regret that I have to inform you that your son, Kenneth, was killed in action on 21st August, 1918, at about 7.30 a.m., while helping to clear an enemy machine gun emplacement. He was immensely popular, and a keen and energetic worker, and was always ready to perform any duty. It was only his second time in action with me, and both times he behaved splendidly, and showed no fear at all. Besides being in my crew, he was my best man, and I would rather have lost anyone than Kenneth. He died painlessly after being hit with a machine gun bullet, just under the heart. I am not in a position to tell you exactly where he fell, but if I can let you know any further particulars later I will willingly do so. As he died a hero, all the crew join me in sending our deepest sympathy in your sad loss. We buried Kenneth to-day (27/8/18) on the field of battle, the chaplain of the battalion conducting a short service."
The Chaplain, writing on 28th August, says: "My dear Mrs Gordon, I am sending just a line to you which I hope will bring a little comfort with it. We recovered your lad's body yesterday and buried it, putting a little cross to mark the site. His officer has written to you, so I need not say anything about his actual death. Its all a fearful mix-up, one's heart bleeds to see the dear old lads being slaughtered day after day. May God comfort you in the loss of your lad. He only can. It's all to horrid to express."
Mr and Mrs Gordon's other two sons are with the Colours, Donald in the Canadians, and William with the Scottish Rifles. William was home on leave this week.

Date of Paper:  10.12.1915
Surname:  Grace
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Lance Corporal
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  36, St Augustine's Road, Belvedere, Kent.

The above is a photo of 2108 Lance Corporal William Grace, No. 2 Company, who was killed in action on 26th May, 1915. The deceased, who only celebrated his coming of age in France on 12th December last, belonged to Kent, where he resided at 36 St Augustine's Road, Belvedere. On 4th June his people received letters from the deceased which he wrote the night before he was killed, and in which he told of his promotion to Lance Corporal. Grace was very proud of his regiment, and he was very popular with the men of No. 2 Coy., to which he belonged. He joined the battalion in September 1914, and after two months training proceeded to France with the battalion in November 1914. With the exception of two "leaves" of 24 hours' duration he was with the battalion from the moment he enlisted till the day he was killed. He lies beside many of his comrades in the Military Cemetery at Neuve Chapelle.
Rev. J. Macleod, chaplain, in a letter to his home, writes: "He was one of our bravest [text missing] son was a dear and brave lad; he was a favourite among us, and we deeply regret his death."
An interesting letter with regard to the death of Lance Corpl. Grace was received by the parents from Private Fred Humphreys, 1/4th Seaforths. This we published at the time, and we offer no apology for reproducing it. Private Humphreys writes: "Willie Grace was killed on the 26th. I was in the telephone dug-out in the trench about 15 yards away at the time. Apparently two or three of them were having a few shots at a sniper at the time. I think the last thing he said was to a fellow just by him, 'Watch where this one goes to' and as he fired he fell back dead with a bullet through his head. Poor chap, I was ever so sorry. He was a jolly plucky fellow, and has done some very good things while he was with us. By the way, he had just been promoted lance corporal in C Company, and was quite happy about it. He told me during the night previous, and of course I congratulated him and told him I was jolly glad he had got his stripe. I knew he was keen. His body was brought away from the trenches, and I believe has been buried in a military cemetery at Vielle Chapelle. One thing I would like to tell you about him. That is the splendid way in which he behaved during our attack in the battle of Aubers Ridge, on the 9th. He was one of the five out of forty that left the trench in our platoon that returned. After the rush, and it was realised how hopeless it was to push ahead at the time, and lying out in 'No man's land' (between ours and the German trenches) he helped a badly wounded fellow into a shell-hole, where he stuck by him all day and did all he could for him, under a hail of shells which you [text missing].

Date of Paper:  21.07.1916
Surname:  Graham
First Name(s):  Colin
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  Mountrich, Dingwall

The death by shell shock of Pte. Colin Graham on the 25th of June has added the name of yet another Evanton boy to Britain's long and lengthening Roll of Honour. Pte. Graham was attached to the Seaforth Highlanders, which formed part of the first British Expeditionary Force sent to France at the outbreak of war, and had consequently been through all the principal engagements on the Western frontier, from the famous retreat of Mons to the brilliant sally at the Marne, and the bloody after-fighting before Ypres in the Huns' desperate but futile bid for Calais. Pte. Graham went through it all unscathed to be knocked out just as we were entering another, and, to be hoped, final phase of the war. He was a very likeable lad, very popular with all, and is deeply mourned by his sister and sorrowing mother, Mrs Macdonald, Mountrich, Dingwall, and his grandmother, Mrs Graham, Balconie Street, Evanton. Pte. Graham was 21 years old.

Date of Paper:  24.11.1916
Surname:  Graham
First Name(s):  Patrick Halfpenny
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Outram Street, Invergordon

S/9749 Private Patrick Graham, died of wounds, was a son of Mrs Paul Graham, Outram Street, Invergordon. The deceased was wounded on 15th October, and died the following day in the 2/2 London Casualty Clearing Station, France. Pte. Graham, whose portrait is reproduced on this page, joined the Seaforths in December 1915 and went to the front some time ago. Prior to the war he was a printer in Invergordon. His companions regret his death sincerely and the sympathy of the whole community is extended to the sorrowing relatives.
When the Invergordon Roll of Honour is completed, foremost among those who have fought and bled and died for hearth and home in the Great War will be the names of the heroic family of Mr and Mrs Paul Graham, Outram Street, three of whom have made the supreme sacrifice, while two (including a son-in-law) have been sadly maimed. Above we reproduce the photo. of Private Patrick Halfpenny Graham, Seaforths, who on 16th October, 1916, fell fighting - as recalled in our last issue - in the forefront of the memorable conflict on the Somme.
[Handwritten note reads: "Brother Charles, Seaman, died 20.08.1818"]

Date of Paper:  13.12.1918
Surname:  Grant
First Name(s):  F. P.
Rank:  Lance Corporal
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  The Rest, Oldstock, Salisbury

A photo is reproduced today of Lance Corporal F. P. Grant, 1/4th Seaforths, a son of Mr Joseph Grant, The Rest, Oldstock, Salisbury, and, before joining up at mobilisation, chauffeur to Dr Kaye, Eaglestone, Strathpeffer. Lance Corporal Grant is now at Glencorse. Trained at Bedford with the battalion, he went to France in November 1914, went through the trench warfare for the first weary and trying winter of war in the mud, and, in March 1915, fought at Neuve Chapelle, where he was wounded in the head and the leg. He was sent to England and was treated in various hospitals. In September following he returned to the Western Front, and fought with the 51st Division at Beaumont Hamel, where he was again wounded. He took part in the fighting at Arras in 1917, and was wounded at the Vimy Ridge. In the great battle at Cambrai in November following he was once more in the line, but later on developed severe inflammation in the legs and thighs and was returned to Blighty. He was a considerable time in the hospitals, but ultimately, unfit for overseas service, was posted to the 4th (Res.) Seaforths at Ripon, and from there to Glencorse. Since then he has been engaged more or less on the instructional staff of the unit. L/Cpl. Grant is 26 years of age.
He has one brother serving in India, L/Sergt. E. C. Grant, M.T., A.S.C.
Another brother, Pte. Joseph Grant, Black Watch, was killed at Aubers Ridge in 1915, aged 19 years.

Date of Paper:  17.03.1916
Surname:  Grant
First Name(s):  Ivor Forsyth
Rank:  Lieutenant
Regiment:  2nd Lovat Scouts
Home Address:  Kincardineshire

The Scots Times, in an appreciation of "The late Lieut. Ivor Forsyth Grant, advocate," says:
Many friends of all ages and walks in life throughout Scotland will mourn the death of Lieutenant Ivor Forsyth Grant, which took place as the result of wounds received in action in Gallipoli. He went out one night with two men to reconnoitre, and especially to find out if an old house was occupied by the enemy. They found no one there. He said to the men, "The house is empty," and immediately afterwards was shot in the arm. While lying on the ground he was wounded in the left leg. He was brought in promptly, but the wounds were so severe that nothing could be done, and he died the following morning.
Mr Forsyth Grant was a Kincardineshire man by birth, and was the son of Mr G. J. Forsyth Grant, advocate. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and at Edinburgh University, and received his legal training in the office of Messrs J. & F. Anderson, W.S. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1913, and as one of the counsel for the poor on circuit it was his fortune to be called on to conduct the important criminal case of H.M. Advocate -v- Ryan, which involved difficult and important questions on the construction of an old Scots statute and the eighteenth chapter of Leviticus, and which was deemed so important that it was ordered to be heard before a full Bench. The ordeal was a severe one for a young counsel in his first year at the Bar, but Mr Forsyth Grant conducted the case with so much ability as to earn warm praise from the Bench and to excite the liveliest hopes of his friends for his future career as a counsel.
Mr Forsyth Grant was a man of the most purposeful and attractive personality. Whatever he put his hand to he did with all his might. Work at the University Settlement, as a Scoutmaster, and as secretary to a Scout Club, brought him into contact with persons of all ages and positions; with all alike he was popular and an influence for good. He excelled as a sportsman, was a good rider and a keen and useful shot, and there were few games which he did not play well. As an officer in the Lovat Scouts it is no mere figure of speech to say that he was beloved by officers and men alike. When attached to the regular cavalry for training in the years before the war he earned golden opinions as a good officer and a "good fellow".
His early death is a sad tragedy, but nothing will ever efface from the recollections of those who knew him the infectious joie de vivre which he shed around him, and the courtesy and kindliness with which he met young and old and rich and poor.

Tributes from Brother Officers
Particulars have been received as to how Lieutenant Ivor Forsyth Grant met his death at Suvla on October 19th.
His Colonel writes:"You will have heard that he volunteered for a dangerous duty, and how gallantly he behaved. You will not know perhaps how every one of his brother officers will feel his loss, myself as much as any. His influence over the regiment was a good and manly one; conscientious in every detail of his duty as a soldier, he was also the most cheerful of companions and the life of any party of officers that he was with, and always ready to throw himself with enthusiasm into any new scheme of work or play. I feel that not only the regiment but also Scotland has lost a good man."
A brother officer writes:
"Every officer and man here has seen him on active service for about three weeks, and he has set us all an example of coolness and unselfishness which we shall never see the like of, and shall never forget, and I don't mean only after he was wounded. Of course, this is no surprise to us who knew him and what he was made of, but others who didn't know him couldn't fail to see in him as real a man as they will ever be likely to see."

Date of Paper:  16.08.1918
Surname:  Grant
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Rifleman
Regiment:  London Regiment
Home Address:  Woodside, Highmills Road, Tain.

Official intimation has been received from the War Office, by Mr and Mrs Grant, Woodside, Highmills Road, Tain, that their son, 3_2513 Rifleman James Grant, The London Regiment (Post Office Rifles), who was reported missing since 30th October last, is now presumed to have been killed or died of wounds received in action, on that date. Rifleman Grant, whose photo appears today, was in the Post Office service at Tain and Fearn, from which latter place he joined up, on attaining the age. After training in this country he went to France with his Battalion, and had seen considerable service on the Western Front. Although enquiry had been made through all the available channels, no information could be obtained as to Rifleman Grant's fate, and great sympathy is extended to Mr and Mrs Grant, after 9 months of suspense, in the loss of their young and promising son. Letters received from the lad's officers speak in the highest praise of his qualities as a soldier.
Rifleman Grant is a brother of Mrs Henderson, Constabulary Headquarters, Dingwall.

Date of Paper:  10.03.1916 and 28.04.1916
Surname:  Gray
First Name(s):  Donald
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Stafford Place, Dingwall

Gray, Private John, 1972, B Coy., died of wounds, March 1915, aged 27 years. At outbreak of war was brass finisher in Glasgow. Brother, Pte. Donald Gray, 1/4th Seaforths, killed in action 21st April, 1915. Sons of Mrs Gray, Stafford Place, Dingwall.

Above we reproduce the portrait of 1442 Pte. Donald Gray, B (Dingwall) Coy., 1/4th Seaforths, who was killed in action on 21st April, 1915. Deceased was the son of Mrs Gray, Stafford Place, Dingwall, and was a bright, promising lad of 21 years. He will be remembered previous to the war as an assistant to Mr Maclean, bookseller, Dingwall.
His brother, 1972 Pte. John Gray of the same Coy., died on 16th March, 1915, from wounds received at the battle of Neuve Chapelle.

Date of Paper:  10.03.1916 and 28.04.1916
Surname:  Gray
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Stafford Place, Dingwall

Date of Paper:  15.02.1918
Surname:  Gregor
First Name(s):  W.
Rank:  Corporal
Home Address:  Balcherry Road, Fendom, Tain.

There appears today a photograph of Corpl. W. Gregor, son-in-law of Mr and Mrs Munro, Balcherry Road, Fendom, Tain, who was wounded for the third time in November while acting as Q.M.S. Corpl. Gregor went to France in September 1914 and has been, in many encounters and many big battles. He was most popular with all ranks while serving with his unit. He was married to a daughter of Mr and Mrs Munro. Cpl. Gregor is meantime in an English hospital recovering from wounds. He is expected home soon, and thereafter enters the O.T.C. with a view to a commission.

Date of Paper:  16.05.1919
Surname:  Grigor
First Name(s):  H. W.
Rank:  Gunner
Regiment:  Ross Mountain Battery
Home Address:  Cullicudden, Conon Bridge

Gunner H W. Grigor, R.M.B., whose photograph is reproduced, is a son of Mr and Mrs Grigor, Cullicudden, Conon Bridge. He joined the R.M.B. in April 1913, and was mobilised when war broke out. After training at Bedford, Invergordon and Catterick, his health was found unsuited for active campaigning, and he was ultimately discharged on account of illness contracted while on service, in February 1918.

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