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War Records 1914-18

Private James Macmahon

Private John Macmahon

Private William Macmahon

Mechanic A Macmillan

Private Donald John Macmillan

Lieutenant John Macmillan

Private W G Macmillan

CSM A Macnab

Private George A Macnab

QMS William Macnab

Private H Macnair

Private Ian Roderick Macnair

Private John Macphail

Private William Macphail

Driver A R Macpherson

Captain George W K Macpherson

Captain John C Macpherson

2/Lieutenant Robert D M Macpherson (upper photo from Ross-shire Journal 1915; lower photo unknown source.

Private S Macpherson

Surname Macmahon-Macwilliam

Surname Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Macmahon James Private Dingwall Brothers 1
Macmahon John Private Dingwall  1
Macmahon William Private Dingwall  1
Macmillan A Mechanic Dingwall Brothers 2
Macmillan Donald J Private Dingwall  2
Macmillan John Lieutenant Dingwall  
Macmillan W G Private  Dingwall  2
Macnab A CSM Evanton Brothers 3
Macnab George A Private Evanton  3
Macnab William QMS Evanton  3
Macnair H Private Glasgow  
Macnair Ian R Private Glasgow  
Macphail John Private Brahan  
Macphail William Private Muir of Ord  
Macpherson A R Driver Edderton  
Macpherson George W K Captain (Rev.) Dingwall Brothers 4
Macpherson John C Captain Canada ex-
Macpherson Robert D M 2/Lieutenant Dingwall  
Macpherson S Private Badachro  
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Macrae A T Waters 2/Lieutenant Kinbeachie  
Macrae  Alexander B 2/Engineer Contin  
Macrae Alick Private Nigg Brothers 5
Macrae Archibald Private Balintore Brothers 6
Macrae C A Private Avoch  
Macrae Christopher L/Corporal Plockton  
Macrae Donald Private Glasgow  
Macrae Donald J Private Stromeferry Brothers 7
Macrae Duncan Private Nigg  5
Macrae Ewen Private Balintore Brothers 6
Macrae Ewen Gunner Beauly Brothers 8
Macrae George D 2/Lieutenant Strathpeffer  
Macrae George W Sergeant Tain  
Macrae John Private Gairloch  
Macrae Ken Sergeant Balintore  6
Macrae Ken Private Lochussie  
Macrae Martin Private Conon  
Macrae Murdo Corporal Balintore  6
Macrae Murdo L/Corporal Fearn  
Macrae Murdo L/Corporal Lochcarron  
Macrae Peter Private Canada ex-
Macrae Roderick Private Beauly  8
Macrae Roderick J Gunner Conon  
Macrae William Private Beauly  8
Macrae William L/Corporal Stromeferry  7
Macstephen William Corporal  Avoch  
Macvicar Alexander Private Canada
Macwilliam Frank 2/Lieutenant Dingwall  

Date of Paper:  01.06.1017
Surname:  Macmahon
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Royal Fusiliers
Home Address:  George Street, Dingwall

Mr Macmahon, George Street, Dingwall, who has given three sons to the Army, as recently reported, has received information that one son has been killed and another wounded. Some time ago the other son was discharged after being wounded on several occasions. The son just killed was a fine set-up young fellow,
Pte. William Macmahon, aged 22 years. He joined the Ross Mountain Battery along with a group of friends from Dingwall, and after a period of training was transferred with others to the Northumberland Fusiliers (the Tyneside Irish). Married, his widow resides at 12 Nelson Street, Inverness.
The son who has just been wounded - he was alongside his brother when he was killed - is Pte. John Macmahon (19), who was serving in the same regiment as his brother.
The other son, who received his discharge, is Pte. James Macmahon, Royal Fusiliers. A son-in-law of Mr Macmahon was killed some time ago.

October 2008
James Ross MacMahon of British Columbia, Canada, a grandson of James MacMahon, has given additional information:

James MacMahon also served in the Navy, as a seaman on HMS Watchdog from 1.4.1918 to 20.8.1918 when the ship was minelaying in the North Sea and the coast of Belgium. He served on HMS Revenge in November 1918 and then on HMS Tiger from Christmas Day 1918 to 20 April 1919 on minesweeping and lifting duties. He rose to being First Mate. In subsequent years he emigrated to Canada.
John MacMahon, who survived WW1, also served in WW2 but unfortunately became a Prisoner of War.

Date of Paper:  01.06.1017
Surname:  Macmahon
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Ross Mountain Battery
Home Address:  George Street, Dingwall

Date of Paper:  01.06.1017
Surname:  Macmahon
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Ross Mountain Battery
Home Address:  12, Nelson Street, Inverness (formerly George Street, Dingwall)

Date of Paper:  25.02.1016 and 10.01.1919
Surname:  Macmillan
First Name(s):  A.
Rank:  Mechanic
Regiment:  Not stated
Home Address:  Temperance Cafe, Tulloch Street, Dingwall

Private Donald John Macmillan, 1st H.M.B.F.A., who is with the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, is a son of Mr and Mrs Macmillan, Temperance Cafe, Dingwall. Born at Kildary, where his father was postman for many years, he is 21 years of age, and was an engineer in the Rose Street Foundry, Inverness, when war broke out. He enlisted immediately, and has been on active service even since. In a letter home Private Macmillan gives a lucid description of a rain storm which took place on Gallipoli, a few days before the evacuation. He writes: "It was a storm and a half. I don't wish to pass through another of the same kind again. It began on a Friday night with a terrible gale of wind which was followed all night by thunder and lightning. The rain poured down so heavily that you could scarcely get breath. The night was as black as ink, and every flash of lightning was so brilliant that it lit the whole place up like day. I was down at the camp at the time, and was detailed to go with rations up to the lads in the dressing station in the trenches. First of all we got the rations up from the beach to the camp in a big cart drawn by four mules. By the time the cart arrived it was full of water with the rations floating about in it. There was a bag full of loaves at the bottom of the cart along with sugar and tea, and these had to be fished out. The loaves were like sponges, but we scraped all the wet stuff off, and got at the centre where there was a little dry heart which we were able to eat. We were very thankful to get that itself. It was out of the question to go to the trenches that night, so the journey was postponed till 5 a.m. the following morning. Going to the trenches we experienced a cold frosty wind, but the walk and our load kept us warm. We found the trenches full of water, and all the chaps belongings had been washed away. The men had slept in the open all night, and their blankets and clothes were soaking. It was a pitiable spectacle, and it was brutal what those boys suffered between the storm and the shelling of the Turks. When the rain had subsided, frost set in, with the result that many suffered from frost bite. Another storm of the same kind, I believe, would have washed us all off the Peninsula.

Photographs of the three soldier sons of Mr and Mrs W. Macmillan, Temperance Cafe, Dingwall, appear today. Mr and Mrs Macmillan have just been officially informed that one of the sons, S/31170 Pte. William George Macmillan, 5th Camerons, who was reported missing in the March offensive last year, died a prisoner of war in German hands in Le Cateau Hospital on 11th April, 1918, from gunshot wound in chest, and that he was buried in the Cemetery of Honour there by the enemy. The King has sent a message of sympathy to the family. It is some time ago since Mr Macmillan received through the Geneva Red Cross [remainder obliterated]

Date of Paper:  25.02.1016 and 10.01.1919
Surname:  Macmillan
First Name(s):  Donald John
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force
Home Address:  Temperance Cafe, Tulloch Street, Dingwall

Date of Paper:  25.02.1016 and 10.01.1919
Surname:  Macmillan
First Name(s):  William George
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  5th Camerons
Home Address:  Temperance Cafe, Tulloch Street, Dingwall

Date of Paper:  10.03.1916
Surname:  Macmillan
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Lieutenant
Regiment:  B (Dingwall Coy.) Seaforths
Home Address:  Gordonville, Dingwall

Macmillan, Lieutenant John, B (Dingwall) Company, wounded 11th March 1915, died 15th March; buried British Cemetery Boulogne; aged 29. Son of Mr William Macmillan, merchant, and Mrs Macmillan, Gordonville, Dingwall. Educated at Dingwall Academy; joined 4th Seaforths in 1911.

Date of Paper:  07.04.1916
Surname:  Macnab
First Name(s):  A.
Rank:  Company Sergeant Major
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Foulis, Evanton

We reproduce on this page the photographs of three stalwart sons of Mr and Mrs H. Macnab, Fowlis (sic), Evanton, who have done so much to uphold the honour of the 1/4th Seaforths in the present gigantic struggle which is going on in Europe.
Quartermaster-Sergt. Wm. Macnab was a clerk in the National Bank, Dingwall, and joined the 4th Seaforths shortly after the outbreak of war. He went to France in November 1914 and was through all the engagements with the 1/4th Seaforths until 23rd June last, when he received a wound which necessitated his being sent home. He has now recovered, and is with the 3/4th Seaforths.
The second son, Private George A. Macnab (2326) made the supreme sactifice while the battalion was in action on 31st March 1915. Pte. Macnab was well known in Dingwall, where he served his aprenticeship as a compositor. Subsequently he went to Wick where he learned to work a linotype machine and from there he secured a responsible position as a linotype operator in the Scotsman office, Edinburgh. Pte. Macnab enlisted shortly after the war began, and after escaping uninjured through the battle of Neuve Chapelle he fell as already stated. Deceased was 27 years of age, and a most affable and likeable young man. He is interred at the British cemetery, Vielle Chapelle.
Company Sergt.-Major A. Macnab is a well known volunteer and territorial. He was mobilised in August 1914, and proceeded to France in November of the same year. [Obliterated] a year in the trenches he contracted [obliterated] and was sent home suffering [obliterated] strain. He is now with the 3/4th Seaforths. The three sons were all [obliterated] Section of G (Alness) [remainder obliterated].

Date of Paper:  07.04.1916
Surname:  Macnab
First Name(s):  George A.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Foulis, Evanton

Date of Paper:  07.04.1916
Surname:  Macnab
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Quartermaster Sergeant
Regiment:  3/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Foulis, Evanton

Date of Paper:  09.02.1917
Surname:  Macnair
First Name(s):  H.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Scots Guards
Home Address:  Glasgow

Pte. H. Macnair, an old 4th Seaforth, joined the Scots Guards on mobilisation. In civil life he was a policeman in Glasgow. He is still at the front.  His photograph appears above.

Date of Paper:  11.08.1916
Surname:  MacNair
First Name(s):  Ian Roderick
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Machine Gun Section, Seaforths
Home Address:  637, Alexandra Parade, Glasgow

As intimated in last week's issue, Mr R. MacNair, 637 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, has received information that his son, Pte. Ian Roderick MacNair, Machine Gun Section, Seaforths, was wounded on 26th July. Pte. MacNair has lost his right arm and sustained other wounds. The machine gun officer, writing to the father, who is a Ross-shire man, says: "I regret having to inform you that Ian was wounded during our operations two days ago. Although naturally faint and tired he was still as cheerful as he could be when I last saw him. He was hit in the right shoulder and thigh whilst gallantly going to the assistance of a wounded fellow in the next shell hole. The other man who went with him was unfortunately killed. The remainder of his comrades here with myself wish him a speedy recovery and a long and pleasant sojourn in England - J. Crawford."
Information was received on Wednesday that Pte. MacNair has arrived at a war hospital in Bath, and was as well as could be expected.
Pte. Ian MacNair went to France with the county regiment in November 1914, and has been with the battalion through all its vicissitudes. An excellent soldier, he was popular with his comrades, whose sympathy has been so well expressed in the letter quoted.
Pte. MacNair was employed with Messrs Robertson & Porter, Dingwall, before he enlisted on 3rd September 1914. The son of Mr Roderick MacNair, who is a native of Applecross, he was educated at Grosvenor College, Carlisle. He is 21 years of age.
A photograph of Pte. MacNair appears in today's paper.

Date of Paper:  19.04.1918
Surname:  Macphail
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Trench Mortar Battery
Home Address:  Tollie of Brahan, Maryburgh

Much sympathy is felt with Mr and Mrs Macphail, Tollie of Brahan, Ross-shire, in the death of their son, Pte. John Macphail, who was killed by the bursting of a shell on 14th March, as already briefly recorded.
A photograph appears today. Pte. Macphail went out with the 4th Seaforths in November 1914, and took part in all the battles which have made the County Regiment famous, subsequently serving with the 5th Seaforths, while about nine months ago was transferred to a Trench Mortar Battery. He was wounded in the High Wood in 1917, and was home on leave about a month ago.
The following letter to his father from his Captain describes the manner of his death. "Dear Mr Macphail - It is with the deepest regret I have to inform you that your son, 242299 Pte. John Macphail, was killed by the bursting of a shell on the night of the 14/15th March. Another officer and myself were about 150 yards to the right at the time, going over the work that had been done. Pte. Macphail had been with this unit for a period of nine months, and his record of service in France is a splendid one. Coming out here in November 1914, he was eligible for the special distinction awarded to those who landed in the country before the 23rd November. Your son was a quiet, unassuming lad, who always did his duty, and he had the confidence of officers and men. By his death this unit has lost one of its number who could always be relied on to carry through the task in hand cheerfully and to the best of his ability.   Officers and men of this unit unite with me in offering you our deepest sympathy in your great loss."

Date of Paper:  08.12.1916
Surname:  Macphail
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Balvaird, Muir of Ord

Pte. William Macphail, Seaforths, whose portrait appears today, and who, as has already been reported, was killed in action on 16th November, was the son of Mr and Mrs Macphail, Balvaird, Muir of Ord. He joined the Seaforths in March 1916, previous to which he was a grocer with Mr William Forbes, Muir of Ord. Only 19 years of age, he was drafted to France in August.
Captain Harrop, in a letter to Mrs Macphail, says: "He was killed while proceeding to hold some newly won trenches. It may be some consolation to you to know that his death was instantaneous and that, therefore, he suffered no pain. His section miss him immensely, for he was a great favourite, and, as his officer, I know that I have lost one of my cheeriest and most competent gunners."
The Rev. John Macleod, C.F. (Free Church minister of Urray), who also wrote to Mrs Macphail, in course of a most comforting letter, says: "He was killed in action and buried on the battlefield, it being impossible to remove the body to one of the cemeteries behind the lines, so we were obliged to place all that was mortal of him with his fallen comrades near the spot where he fell. I was able to conduct a short service at the grave, and my prayers and sympathy were in your direction. Your boy did his duty nobly, and he fell like a British soldier. I shall (D.V.) be home soon and hope to see you."

Date of Paper:  13.12.1918
Surname:  Macpherson
First Name(s):  A. R.
Rank:  Driver
Regiment:  Canadians
Home Address:  Inishintaissie, Edderton

A photo appears today of Driver A. R. Macpherson of the Canadians, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Macpherson, Inishintaissie, who, as recently reported, has been awarded the Military Medal for carrying dispatches under heavy shell fire on several occasions. Everyone was glad to hear of the gallant lad's success. He joined the Canadians shortly after the outbreak of war, and has been serving in France for over three years.
Before emigrating he was employed as booking clerk at Helmsdale station.

Date of Paper:  26.11.1915
Surname:  Macpherson
First Name(s):  George W. K.
Rank:  Captain (Rev.)
Regiment:  D Company, Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  Dingwall

No photograph available in Ross-shire Journal

Captain John C. Macpherson, 31st (Alberta) Battalion, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, studied at Dingwall Academy, and then entered the service of the Bank of Scotland in Dingwall, from which at the close of his apprenticeship he joined the staff of the Canadian Bank of Commerce. He has been stationed chiefly in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg, latterly acting as sub-accountant in the large office at Calgary. At home he had been a member of the 4th Seaforths, and some years ago he took a commission in the Canadian Militia. He joined the 2nd Division of the C.O.E.F. on its enrolment, and came over with it in spring, being promoted Captain at once. He went with his battalion to the front in September.
Captain George W. K. Macpherson is one of our minister-officers. He was educated at the Academy, Dingwall, and the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated M.A. in 1912, and B.D. 1915. In the Arts Classes he held a good position, specially in the mathematical classes, and in his Divinity course he was one of the best students of his year, winning (besides some minor bursaries) the Hunter Bursary and the Hepburn Prize for an essay on Andrew Rutherford as well as the Scott Travelling Scholarship at the close of his courses. He had joined the Ross-shire Battery on its formation, but was transferred to the Edinburgh University O.T.C. on entering the University. He obtained a commission in the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Seaforths in February, but was speedily transferred to the 2/4th Battalion, being promoted Lieutenant in May. He has been in command of D Company since it was re-formed in Dingwall, and his rank as Captain dates from 1st September. Under the special regulations of the Church, Lieut. Macpherson was licensed as a preacher of the Gospel by the Presbytery of Dingwall in May, this being an all but unique instance of license being conferred on an officer in the uniform of a Highland regiment. Captain Macpherson took some part at the University in the work of the Athletic Club, gaining the medal for hammer throwing in the contests of 1912.

Date of Paper:  26.11.1915
Surname:  Macpherson
First Name(s):  John C.
Rank:  Captain
Regiment:  2nd Division, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force
Home Address:  Calgary, Canada (formerly Dingwall)

Date of Paper:  26.11.1915
Surname:  Macpherson
First Name(s):  Robert D. M.
Rank:  Second Lieutenant (Dr.)
Regiment:  R.A.M.C. / 7th Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  The Manse, Dingwall

Second-Lieut. Robert D. M. Macpherson, 7th Seaforth Highlanders, after the usual course of study at Dingwall Academy, and one year in the Arts Classes at University of Edinburgh, began his medical course at that University, where he graduated M.B. and Ch.B. in 1911. He entered on medical practice in Manchester, and on the outbreak of the war took a commission in the R.A.M.C., proceeding to the front with the first hospital to leave our country, and being stationed for some time at Havre. After three months as lieutenant R.A.M.C., he resigned his commission to join the combatant forces, and at Christmas was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th (Kitchener) Service Battalion of the Seaforths. When that battalion went to the front in May, he was prevented by a slight accident from accompanying it, and he was attached for a time to the 10th Battalion at Tain, having charge latterly of the officers' classes in the camp there. In the end of August he joined his regiment in France. At the battle of Loos he was slightly gassed and wounded at the beginning of the engagement, and it is understood that he treated the wound himself at a dressing station and returned to the firing line, only to be wounded a second time. But since that time no information can be obtained as to him. The War Office reported him ten days later as "wounded" and last week reported him as "wounded and missing".
Dr. Macpherson was an enthusiastic member of the Edinburgh University Athletic Club, distinguishing himself specially in hammer and stone throwing. In the former he obtained the gold medal in the first Inter-Territorial athletic contest. Some years ago he gained the "Record" in the Scottish Inter-University Sports, and afterwards beat his own record by some ten feet. He served for a time in the old Ross-shire Volunteers (4th Seaforths), and afterwards was connected with the Royal Scots, Canadian Militia, and Edinburgh University.

Date of Paper:  08.09.1916
Surname:  Macpherson
First Name(s):  S.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  Badachro, Gairloch

Pte. S. Macpherson, Seaforth Highlanders, son of Mr A. Macpherson, Badachro, Gairloch, who was gassed on the 26th July, is at present home on sick leave, and is progressing favourably. He is one of those that went out with the battalion to France in November 1914. He has been previously wounded twice, at Neuve Chapelle and on 5th June 1915.
A photo of Pte. Macpherson appears in these columns.

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