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War Records 1914-18

2/Lieutenant James Rae

Lieutenant A T Railton

Seaman David Reid

Private Isaac Reid

Seaman James Reid

Private John Reid

Signaller Robert Reid

Sergeant James Rennie

Piper Alick Robertson

Private Donald Robertson (Lamington, Kildary)

Private Donald Robertson (Balnagown, Kildary)

Private Francis D Robertson

Sergeant H J Robertson, DCM

Stoker James Robertson (Lamington, Kildary)

Sergeant James A Robertson, MC (Balnagown, Kildary)

Private John Robertson

Private Murdo Robertson

Private Peter Robertson

Private Thomas Robertson

Sergeant William J Robertson, MM (Glasgow/ Dingwall)

Major William John Robertson (Fearn)

Sergeant Arthur Rogers

Surname Rae - Russell

Surname Forename(s) Rank Home Relationship
Rae Adam Despatch Cas. Douglas Brothers 1
Rae Archibald G Lieutenant Cas. Douglas  1
Rae James 2/Lieutenant Cas. Douglas  1
Rae John G 2/Lieutenant Cas. Douglas  1
Railton A T Lieutenant Buxton  
Reid David Seaman Avoch Brothers 2
Reid Isaac Private Dingwall  
Reid James Seaman Avoch  2
Reid John Private Avoch Brothers 3
Reid Robert Signaller Avoch  3
Rennie James Sergeant Dingwall  
Robertson Alick Piper Kildary Brothers 4
Robertson Donald Private Kildary  4
Robertson Donald Private Kildary Brothers 5
Robertson Francis D Private Tain Brothers 6
Robertson H J Sergeant Harlow  
Robertson James Stoker Kildary  4
Robertson James A CSM Kildary  5
Robertson John Private Tain  6
Robertson Murdo Private Kildary  4
Robertson Peter Private Alness  
Robertson Thomas Private Kildary  4
Robertson William J Sergeant Glasgow
Robertson William J Major Fearn  
Rogers Arthur Sergeant Alness  
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Ross A Lieutenant Avoch  
Ross A Gunner Polmont Brothers 7
Ross A Private Tain  
Ross Alexander Sergeant Fearn Brothers 8
Ross Alick Corporal Glasgow
Ross Alick Private Nigg Brothers 9
Ross Alistair Private Beauly  
Ross Alistair Driver Dingwall  
Ross Alistair Corporal Fearn  
Ross Andrew Sergeant Fearn  
Ross Andrew Private Ferintosh  
Ross Andrew Private Invergordon  
Ross Andrew B Lieutenant (Dr.) Invergordon  
Ross Andrew F Gunner Maryburgh Brothers 10
Ross Cameron Corporal Alness Brothers 11
Ross Colin Private Dingwall  
Ross D A Corporal Invergordon  
Ross David L/Corporal Fearn  8
Ross David Sergeant Munlochy Brothers 12
Ross David Private Nigg  9
Ross David G 2/Lieutenant Birmingham  
Ross Donald Private Delny Brothers 13
Ross Donald Private Munlochy  12
Ross Donald Sapper Tain Brothers 14
Ross Donald Private Tomatin  
Ross Duncan Signaller Fearn  8
Ross Duncan C Private Rosemarkie  
Ross George Private Alness  
Ross George Corporal Strathpeffer Brothers 15
Ross Gilbert D Private Alness  
Ross Hugh Lt. Colonel Not stated  
Ross Hugh Private Munlochy  12
Ross Hugh Private Nigg Brothers 16
Ross J A Private Avoch ex-
Ross J E (Ian) Captain Egypt ex-Ardross  
Ross James Private Fearn  8
Ross James Vet. Corps Maryburgh  10
Ross James Private Tain  
Ross James A 2/Lieutenant Glasgow ex-Fife  
Ross John Piper Delny  13
Ross John Sergeant Maryburgh  10
Ross John Sergeant Muir of Ord  
Ross John L/Corporal Saltburn Brothers 17
Ross John Private Saltburn Brothers 18
Ross John Private Strathpeffer  15
Ross John A Private Tain  14
Ross Kenneth Not stated Canada ex-Alness  
Ross Kenneth Seaman Fearn  8
Ross M Cadet Evanton  
Ross Peter W Sergeant Dulnain Bridge  
Ross Robert Lieutenant Alness  11
Ross Robert Sergeant Balintore  
Ross Robert Private Nigg  16
Ross Robert Sergeant Saltburn  18 
Ross Robert W L/Corporal Maryburgh  10
Ross Roderick Private NZ ex-
Ross Thomas Private Ardgay  
Ross Thomas Sergeant Delny  13
Ross Thomas Not stated Glasgow ex-
Ross Walter Private Strathpeffer  15
Ross William CSM Ardersier  
Ross William Corporal Fearn  8
Ross William Corporal Nigg  16
Ross William Private Polmont  7
Ross William Private Poolewe  
Ross William Private Canada
Ross William Private Tain  14
Ross William J Sergeant Fearn  
Rowerth J Private Manchester  
Russell Peter Sergeant Glasgow  

Date of Paper:  15.02.1918
Surname:  Rae
First Name(s):  Adam
Rank:  Despatch Rider
Regiment:  Not known
Home Address:  Castle Douglas

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2/Lt. James Rae, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, who was reported missing from October 4th, 1917, is now posted as "killed in action or died of wounds on or shortly after that date, and buried November 17, 1917". He was the eldest son of the late Provost Rae of Castle Douglas, and was in business for himself in Huddersfield. The family is connected by marriage with Ross-shire, a sister being the wife of Dr Gair, Johnstone, who is a nephew of Mr Gair, Alness. Joining the Artists' Rifles O.T.C. in November, 1916, he was transferred to Gailes Cadet School the following month, and in April, 1917, was gazetted to the Seaforths. After being stationed at Cromarty for a short time, he left in June for France, where he served with the 2nd Seaforths till the end came. Lt. Rae married in April, 1913, Winifred, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Furness of Monkswood, Kirkstall, Leeds, who survives him. At the time he was posted as missing the Chaplain wrote: "Lt. Rae was a great favourite here and was beloved by his men. He made an excellent officer, and the Colonel, officers and men join in sincerest condolences".
The three brothers of deceased are serving.
2/Lt. John G. Rae is also with the Seaforths. By coincidence he succeeded to his brother's platoon, joining just after the latter was posted missing. 2/Lt. John Rae was commissioned to the Seaforths in April, 1915, and served with the regiment in Mesopotamia for about a year, when he was invalided home, returning in February of last year, and after recuperating proceeded to the Western Front.
Another brother, Mr Adam Rae, is a motor despatch rider in East Africa, and the youngest brother, Lt. Archibald G. Rae, joined the 3rd Hussars early in August, 1914, received a commission for services in the field in January, 1916, and at his own request was posted to the Seaforths. He was wounded on the Somme in July, 1916.

Date of Paper:  15.02.1918
Surname:  Rae
First Name(s):  Archibald G.
Rank:  Lieutenant
Regiment:  3rd Hussars
Home Address:  Castle Douglas

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Date of Paper:  15.02.1918
Surname:  Rae
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Second Lieutenant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Huddersfield (formerly Castle Douglas)

Date of Paper:  15.02.1918
Surname:  Rae
First Name(s):  John G.
Rank:  Second Lieutenant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Castle Douglas

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Date of Paper:  26.05.1916
Surname:  Railton
First Name(s):  A. T.
Rank:  Lieutenant
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Woodburn, Lightwood Road, Buxton

Lieutenant A. T. Railton, 1/4th Seaforths, killed in action at the battle of Aubers Ridge, on 9th May, 1915, was the eldest son of Mr J. A. and Mrs Temple Railton, Woodburn, Lightwood Road, Buxton. He was educated at Oundle School and at Glasgow University, where he graduated B.Sc. After leaving University, Lieut. Railton was employed by Messrs Harland & Wolff, ship builders, Glasgow. He was a member of the University O.T.C., and when war broke out he obtained a commission as Second-Lieut. in the Seaforths. Lieut. Railton went to the front in November, 1914, and took part in the fighting at Ypres and Neuve Chapelle. He was only 24 years of age and his death - he fell leading his platoon in the charge - was deeply regretted in the regiment.
A photograph of Lieut. Railton will be found above.

Date of Paper:  04.08.1916
Surname:  Reid
First Name(s):  David
Rank:  Seaman
Regiment:  Royal Navy
Home Address:  14, Dock Street, Avoch

The above is a portrait of Seaman David Reid, R.N.R., whose death we chronicled a week or two ago. He was a native of Avoch, where his people reside at 14 Dock Street. He is the first Avoch R.N.R. whose death we have had to record.
We also reproduce a portrait of his brother, Seaman James Reid, R.N.R., 5281 A. 17 Company, Royal Naval Division, Gegangenealager, Doeberitz, Deutschland, a prisoner of war in Germany since the Antwerp attack. A letter from him last week states that he is well.   Another Avoch lad is with him, Seaman Alex Sutherland, R.N.R., 05531 A. 21 Company. Both lads are in their twentieth year.

Date of Paper:  04.08.1916
Surname:  Reid
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Seaman
Regiment:  Royal Navy
Home Address:  14, Dock Street, Avoch

Date of Paper:  05.04.1917
Surname:  Reid
First Name(s):  Isaac
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Grant Street, Dingwall

Confirmation has now been received of the death of 26469 Pte. Isaac Reid, Seaforths, who was killed in action on 9th April. Pte Reid has been with the Seaforths for two and a half years, and was wounded about a year ago, returning to the Western Front about six months ago. Deceased, who was about 33 years, was a horse dealer and hawker in the Dingwall and Alness district, to which latter place he belonged. He was a fine set up fellow, and a good type of soldier.
Married, he is survived by a wife and three children who reside in Grant Street, Dingwall, and for whom much sympathy is felt. 2/Lt. Stuart writing to Mrs Reid says: "Your husband died doing his duty gallantly, and his loss is greatly felt by his comrades. You have my own deepest sympathy".
Deceased's mother lives in Wick

Date of Paper:  12.07.1918
Surname:  Reid
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Gordon Highlanders
Home Address:  1 Factory Buildings, Avoch

22986 Signaller Robert Reid, Seaforths, Avoch, who was reported missing on April 9th, has broken the suspense as to his fate by the following post card written on April 25th: "My dear Mother - Just this card to let you know that I am well, and hope this finds you all the same at home. I am shifted again. We got here last night after a long train journey and my leg is going on the best, so do not worry. . . . With best love to all at home". Signaller Reid went to France on March 1st having joined the Seaforths in June 1917. He used to be an assistant engine driver on the Ross and Cromarty roads. He is in his twentieth year.
A younger brother 22678 Private John Reid ("Jack"), Gordon Highlanders, has not been heard of since reported wounded, and missing on April 9th. He is in his eighteenth year. Their parents are Mr and Mrs Wm. Reid, 1 Factory Buildings, Avoch.
Photos of the two brothers appear to-day.

Date of Paper:  12.07.1918
Surname:  Reid
First Name(s):  Robert
Rank:  Signaller
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  1, Factory Buildings, Avoch

Date of Paper:  31.08.1916
Surname:  Rennie
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Killearnan

We reproduce this week the photograph of Sergt. James Rennie, Seaforths, who was killed in action on 5th August. The deceased, who was about 25 years of age, was well-known at the Dingwall station, where for several years he was a popular, courteous, and most obliging porter. This popularity followed him in the Army, which he joined immediately on the outbreak of war. His comrades in the Seaforths miss him very much.
He was a native of Killearnan district.

Date of Paper:  21.01.1916
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  Alick
Rank:  Piper
Regiment:  E Coy., 3rd Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:  Lamington, Kildary

Mrs Robertson, Lamington, Kildary, is a widow, and has the proud distinction of having given five sons to the Army and Navy. One of these, Tom, was killed at Neuve Chapelle; two others are at the front; one is in the Navy, and the eldest, Alick, is in training at Invergordon.
We have the privilege of reproducing the photographs of Mrs Robertson and her five sons.
Stoker James Robertson, Mess 7, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth, was employed by King & Co., Glasgow, as a traction engine driver until a few weeks ago, when he enlisted in the Navy.
741 Private Murdo Robertson, D Company, 2nd Gordon Highlanders, and doing duty in France, was serving with his regiment in Egypt at the outbreak of war. He was, before enlisting, employed in agricultural work in Ardross district.
9272 Private Donald Robertson, 2nd Cameron Highlanders, was doing duty in France, but is now throught to be at the Dardanelles. He was serving with his regiment in India when war broke out, and was drafted from there to France.
13163 Piper Alick Robertson, E Company, 3rd Cameron Highlanders, Invergordon, oldest son of Mrs Robertson, is a gardener to trade, and was employed at Glen Urquhart before joining the Camerons.
710 Private Tom Robertson, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, killed at Neuve Chapelle, was serving in India before the war broke out. He also originally was employed in agricultural work in Ardross district.

Date of Paper:  21.01.1916
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  Donald
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  2nd Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:  Lamington, Kildary

Date of Paper:  21.01.1916
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Stoker
Regiment:  RN
Home Address:  Lamington, Kildary

Date of Paper:  21.01.1916
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  Murdo
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  D Coy., 2nd Gordon Highlanders
Home Address:  Lamington, Kildary

Date of Paper:  21.01.1916
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  Thomas
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  Lamington, Kildary

Date of Paper:  30.06.1916,  15.06.1917,  10.08.1917,  10.01.1919
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  Donald
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Balnagown, Kildary

The many friends of Sergt. Jas. A. Robertson, Seaforths, son of Mr and Mrs Robertson, Balnagown, Kildary, will be pleased to hear that he has been promoted to Coy. Sergt. Major. Sergt. Robertson went out with the Battalion in November 1914, and has been with it ever since. He took part in all the engagements in which the Battalion fought, and he has, so far, luckily escaped uninjured. The best wishes are extended to Sergeant Robertson on his promotion.
A brother of Sergeant Robertson, Mr Donald Robertson, Balnagown, Kildary, also served six months with the Battalion, but was invalided home and discharged owing to ill-health.
A photograph of Sergt. Robertson is reproduced today.

Coy. Sergt.-Major Jas. A. Robertson, Seaforths, who was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service and gallantry on the field during recent fighting, is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Robertson, Balnagown, and a native of Kildary. He has seen much active service since the outbreak of war, being continuously at the Front since November 1914, and has taken part in many hot engagements. With modesty, characteristic of the true Highland soldier, he refuses to talk of how he won the distinction, but remarked: "I have only done my duty." He is now in a convalescent camp in France recuperating after a slight wound, and his many friends in Ross-shire extend to him their congratulations, and hope to see him home soon.

"D. R., Kildary" has become familiar initials at the foot of some excellent verses appearing from time to time in the Ross-shire Journal. The martial spirit which permeates so many of the poems is accounted for by the fact that "D. R." is an ex-territorial, Private D. Robertson, Seaforths, Kildary, a brother of Coy. Sergt.-Major James Robertson, M.C., 4th Seaforths.   Pte. Robertson mobilised in August 1914 with the battalion, and went to the war station at Bedford. He had just recovered from a somewhat severe illness. After training for a few months his health gave way again, and he was discharged. To one of such temperament and spirit this was a great disappointment. He returned to Balnagown Castle, where he is a gardener, and since then has been in constant communication with many of his old comrades, and has closely followed the brilliant deeds of the old battalion. Re-examined recently for further service, he was unable to reach category A, but it is not improbable that he may again be permitted to rejoin his unit and be of some service. Pte. Robertson has the true spirit of the poet. His imagery is at times very delicate, his thoughts lofty and inspired, and his rhythm and rhyme are alike musical and pleasant. At the front his verses are widely read by men of the Seaforths, and he has well earned the rank of poet to the battalion.
A photograph of Private Robertson appears today.

Coy. Sergt.-Major Robertson, M.C., late of the 4th Seaforths, Balnagown, Kildary, attended the Investiture by the King at Buckingham Palace, and was presented by His Majesty with the Military Cross.
Sergt.-Major Robertson, who was discharged a few weeks ago owing to severe wounds received in the great offensive last March, has a military record of which any Territorial might be proud. Mobilising on 4th August, 1914, he proceeded to France in November of the same year, and served continuously in the line for three years and a half, taking part in all the battles in which his unit was involved. During the battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, when all his company officers were either killed or wounded, he reorganised the [obliterated] and, leading the attack, captured the objective. For his gallantry, example and resource, he was awarded the Military Cross. He served till the following March, when he was severely wounded and eventually discharged unfit for further service. Sergt.-Major Robertson also wears the 1914 Star.
The parishioners of Logie-Easter desired to show their appreciation of Sergt.-Major Robertson's services, and the other evening he was met in the Schoolhouse and presented with a gold watch, suitably inscribed, and a wallet of Treasury notes. On the motion of Rev. Mr Macdonald, Parish Church, Rev Mr Macleod took the chair, and briefly referred to Sergt.-Major Robertson's fine military record, and expressed the pleasure it gave them that evening of showing their gratitude to one of the many brave young men who went forward to meet the enemy, many of whom, alas! would return no more. Mr Logan, Pitmaduthie, made the presentation. Sgt.-Major Robertson suitably replied. He was glad, he said, to have been a member of the County Battalion and also of the [obliterated] Division. He thanked all for their kindness.
Sergt.-Major Robertson leaves in a day or two to take up an important appointment under the Town Council of Motherwell. Sergt.-Major Robertson is a son of Mr and Mrs Robertson, Balnagown, Kildary, and a grandson of the late Donald Macpherson, tailor, Delny. His brother, Pte. D. Robertson, late 4th Seaforths, may well be described as the poet of the regiment.

Date of Paper:  30.06.1916,  15.06.1917,  10.08.1917,  10.01.1919
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  James A.
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Balnagown, Kildary

Date of Paper:  20.07.1917
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  Francis D.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Highmill Cottage, Tain

There is reproduced today portraits of the late Pte. John Robertson, H.L.I., and Pte. Francis Robertson, Seaforths, two soldier sons of the late Mr Finlay Robertson, farm manager, Westfield, Nigg, and Mrs Robertson, Highmill Cottage, Tain, brothers of Mrs William Ross, Bridgend, Dingwall.
Pte. John Robertson, 33, as reported last week, was killed in action on July 2, 1917, while serving with the Highland Light Infantry on the Western Front. Married, his widow and family reside at Murray Place, Inverness. An ironmonger to trade, he served his apprenticeship with Messrs Wallace & Fraser, Tain, and at the time of enlistment was foreman to Messrs Fraser & MacColl, ironmongers, Inverness. He had been at the front since April. Much sympathy is felt with the widow and family, and with the aged mother and sister at Tain, and with Mrs Ross, Bridgend, Dingwall.
Pte. Francis D. Robertson, Seaforths, it will be recalled, had his arm severely shattered in the Battle of Arras. He is still in hospital, but is making an excellent recovery as regards his general health, although probably his injuries will render him unfit for further service in the field.

Date of Paper:  20.07.1917
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Highland Light Infantry
Home Address:  Murray Place, Inverness (formerly Tain)

Date of Paper:  10.12.1915 and 28.12.1917
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  H. J.
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Springhead, Hatfield Heath, Harlow, Essex

The above is a photograph of 2251 Private H. J. Robertson, 1/4th Seaforths, who, as we recorded in our last issue, has been awarded the D.C.M. for gallantry on 23rd October, 1915, at Rue du Bois, when on two occasions he went out under heavy fire, close to the German trenches, to dress the wounds of Sergt. Rogers, Dingwall. Private Robertson joined the 4th Seaforths at Bedford, and after being in training for two months he went to France with the battalion in November 1914. Although he had not receive much training, Private Robertson had always taken a great interest in First Aid work. He holds certificates in this subject from the London County Council. These are granted for both theoretical and practical knowledge, and are only awarded after attendance at classes taught by doctors and after passing examinations. His knowledge of First Aid enabled him before the war to train the boys of life brigades to save life. These Brigades are formed for training boys in the habits of discipline, and especially to teach them how to render aid to the injured. All Private Robertson's leisure time was practically spent in work of this kind. He rose to be a Captain of one of these Brigades. His knowledge and experience in this direction have undoubtedly proved valuable to him in his work of stretcher-bearer at the front. In this post he has achieved the ideal of his life. At the first he desired this post; there was, however, no opening then but later when opportunity offered he eagerly seized it. He had been invited to become a non-commissioned officer, but preferred to remain a stretcher-bearer. The work was in accord with his ideals, and he is happy in it, that is, so far as possible amid the suffering and pain he has to witness. In this work he is sympathetic and self-sacrificing, and he is well worthy the recognition that he has received. Thirty years of age, he was born in Woodgreen, Middlesex, and is a clerk by profession, previous to the war having been on the clerical staff of the Metropolitan Asylum Board, which is in charge of hospitals for infectious diseases. He is Scotch on the maternal side, of which he is very proud. His father, Mr J. Robertson, is an official of the Education Office of the London County Council, and resides at Springhead, Harfield Heath, Harlow, Essex.
Another son is Rifleman A. Douglas Robertson of the Queen Victoria Rifles.

H. J. Robertson, D.C.M., Seaforths, a son of Mr J. Robertson, Springhead, Hatfield Heath, Harlow, Essex, who has received information from the battalion to the effect that this well-known sergeant of the Seaforth stretcher-bearers is missing, and in all probability in German hands. Sergt. Robertson is believed to have been taken prisoner while discharging his duties but more particular information is desired, and anyone able to supplement what has been stated would greatly oblige Sergeant Robertson's father by communicating with him direct.
The fact that Sergt. Robertson wears the Distinguished Conduct Medal is sufficient evidence of his valour and pluck. He received his honour for his efforts on behalf of Sergt. Rogers, Seaforths, Dingwall, whose life he undoubtedly preserved by going out to his relief in front of our lines and lying beside him and helping him during the day and until darkness admitted of his being brought in. Nor was this the only occasion on which Sergt. Robertson showed his fine courage and self-sacrifice. He had many noble deeds to his credit.
Sergt. Robertson is one of those Seaforth Territorials who crossed to France in the dark and critical days of November 1914, in support of the "Old Contemptibles". He has been out ever since. A quiet, unassuming man, he won the deep respect of all.
Before the war, Sergt. Robertson took a deep interest in ambulance work, and held various certificates. He was also captain of a boys' brigade. Thirty-two years of age, he was born at Woodgreen, Middlesex, and is a clerk by profession. Scotch on the maternal side, he is proud of his descent. Sergeant Robertson's father is an official of the Education Office, London County Council.
A brother, Rifleman A. Douglas Robertson, is serving with the Queen Victoria Rifles.
Handwritten note: "Dec. 27/18 - Repatriated"

Date of Paper:  02.11.1917
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  Peter
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Gildermorie, Alness

[Obliterated] reached Alness that Pte. Peter Robertson, Seaforths, has fallen in action. Deceased was a native of Perthshire. Before joining up he (along with his wife) was caretaker at Gildermorie for Mr C. W. Dyson Perrins of Ardross. Mr and Mrs Robertson came North from Edinburgh, where her husband was butler at the Conservative Club. Joining up two years ago, he had been in France for about 18 months. Much sympathy is felt with the young widow in her sore bereavement. A photograph of deceased appears in today's paper.
Lt. Murray, Seaforths, writing from the War Hospital, Reading, to the widow, says: "I have just heard of your great sorrow in the loss of your dear husband. While I was out in France he was my batman, and it pains me to write these lines to his dear ones. I know that nothing I can say will lessen your grief, and what I do know of his faithfulness and sincerity would only make your sorrow more deeply felt. As a soldier, man, and friend, he was loved by officers and men alike, and I know all those that are left of them sympathise with you in your sad bereavement."
In a letter to Mrs Robertson, Lieut. Angus Macrae says: "I am writing in the name of all your husband's friends here to tell you how much we feel for you in your very sad loss. Your husband was a very great favourite here, his quiet and unassuming manner making him loved by everyone. To me his death has come as a great personal grief, for he had acted as my servant for two months, and in that time I had come to know him not only as the most untiring and attentive of servants, but also as a true and faithful friend. He was beside me when we moved forward to the attack, and soon afterwards (about 6 a.m.) he was shot through the head. He died instantaneously, suffering no pain, and was buried on the battlefield. The suffering is not his but yours, and our thoughts go out to you in your trouble and grief. I hope it will give you some comfort to feel that he has laid down a noble life for a great cause, that he lived and died bravely and cheerfully, and passed away peacefully at the end."

Date of Paper:  22.09.1916
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  William J.
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:  Glasgow (formerly Bridaig, Dingwall)

S/11839 Acting Sergt. William J. Robertson, Cameron Highlanders, whose portrait is reproduced today, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. Sergt. Robertson is a Dingwall boy. Twenty-five years of age, like many Dingwall contemporaries of his age, he joined soon after the outbreak of war, entering Lochiel's Camerons. He has seen much fighting, from Loos onwards, till some weeks ago he was hit in the thight, and at the moment he is lying wounded in a London hospital. A son of the late Mr John Robertson, gardener, and Mrs Robertson, Bridaig, Dingwall, in civil life he was engaged in a textile industrial occupation near Glasgow. As a boy Willie Robertson was well known among his schoolboy friends, and later, before going south, was a hard worker and a diligent helper to his father. He has grown into a fine specimen of manhood, and military training and discipline have served to accentuate his fine qualities. Dingwall is proud of her sons, and amongst those destined to be long prominent on her large roll of honour is Sergeant William Robertson, who has just won this high mark of Royal recognition for bravery in the field. A cordial welcome awaits him on his return.

Date of Paper:  10.03.1916
Surname:  Robertson
First Name(s):  William John
Rank:  Major
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  Mounteagle, Fearn

Robertson, Major William John, of Mounteagle, Fearn, wounded 10th March 1915; died of wounds same day; aged 46 years; native of Fearn. Succeeded his father, Mr John Robertson, as proprietor of farm estate of Mounteagle; Justice of the Peace, and member of various public bodies. He joined the volunteers as private; commanded A (Tain) Company for several years, ultimately becoming junior major.
Survived by widow and only son.

Date of Paper:  19.11.1915
Surname:  Rogers
First Name(s):  Arthur
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Stafford Place, Dingwall

2303 Sergeant Arthur Rogers, G (Alness) Coy., whose portrait is reproduced above, is getting slowly better in No. 10 Hospital Boulogne. Sergt. Rogers was wounded by a sniper on the 23rd ult. In a letter home, written to his dictation by the Rev. H. Wilson, chaplain, Sergt. Rogers says he is getting on slowly, but he has had a lot of pain during the last few days. He asks to be kindly remembered to everyone. A subsequent postcard intimates that he had a visit from Sergt. Alick Macdonald and Sergt. Don Macgillivray, who are convalescent at Boulogne. It was quite a pleasant surprise, as he had no idea they were in the same town as himself.
Sergt. Rogers who was a popular member of the Evanton section of the Alness Coy., is a son of Mr Rogers, Stafford Place, Dingwall. Previous to the war he was on the staff of the Novar Post Office, and was prominent member of the Black Rock Football Club, with whom he played for two seasons.

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