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Lieutenant Roderick J. Fraser

Date of Paper: 14.05.1943
Surname: Fraser
Forename(s): Roderick J.
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Seafield, Rosemarkie

KILLED IN ACTION

Lieut. Roderick J. Fraser, The Seaforths, attached Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action in North Africa on 23rd April 1943, was the only son of Mr and Mrs James Fraser, Seafield, Rosemarkie. Thirty years of age, he trained for the banking profession in the Munlochy Branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Later he was transferred to the London Office and while there joined the London Scottish. He took part in the march through Ross-shire when his regiment was in the North some years ago. Early in the war he enlisted in The Seaforths, and rising rapidly in the ranks was ultimately promoted to commissioned rank. For a period he was stationed in the North of Scotland and it was after going overseas that he was attached to the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. His death is deeply regretted and much sympathy is extended to his bereaved parents and other relatives.

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Private George A. Macrae

Date of Paper: 12.07.1940
Surname: Macrae
Forename(s): George A.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: The Shore, Fortrose

Handwritten notes (ref. George): “Age 20. Missing. Prisoner of War 27th Sept., 1940.”

Date of Paper: 26.05.1944

Pte. Hamish Mackenzie Macrae, Cameron Highlanders, killed in action on 25th April, 1944, was a son of the late Mr Robert Macrae and of Mrs Macrae, The Shore, Fortrose. Only 19 years of age, prior to enlisting he delivered milk in the Fortrose district for the Blairfoid Dairy Farm. An elder brother, Pte. George Macrae, The Seaforths, has been a prisoner of war in Germany since June 1940.

See entry below for details of his brother Hamish Macrae

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Private Hamish Mackenzie Macrae

Date of Paper: 26.05.1944
Surname: Macrae
Forename(s): Hamish Mackenzie
Rank: ?
Regiment: Cameron Highlanders
Home Address: The Shore, Fortrose

Pte. Hamish Mackenzie Macrae, Cameron Highlanders, killed in action on 25th April, 1944, was a son of the late Mr Robert Macrae and of Mrs Macrae, The Shore, Fortrose. Only 19 years of age, prior to enlisting he delivered milk in the Fortrose district for the Blairfoid Dairy Farm. An elder brother, Pte. George Macrae, The Seaforths, has been a prisoner of war in Germany since June 1940.

See entry above for details of his brother George Macrae

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Private Donald Mann

Date of Paper: 12.07.1940
Surname: Mann
Forename(s): Donald
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Rose Street, Fortrose

Handwritten notes: “Son of Mr and Mrs Donald Mann. Missing.”

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Corporal George Munro

Date of Paper: 01.09.1944
Surname: Munro
Forename(s): George
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: 3 Union Street, Fortrose

MUNRO – Killed in action, in North West Europe, in August 1944, No. 2825344 Cpl. George Munro, The Seaforth Highlanders, son of Mr and Mrs Simon Munro, 3 Union Street, Fortrose, aged 24 years. Deeply mourned.

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Lance Corporal Simon Munro

Date of Paper: 12.07.1940
Surname: Munro
Forename(s): Simon
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Union Street, Fortrose

Handwritten notes: “Missing. Wounded and Prisoner of War 20th Sept., 1940.”

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Leading Seaman William J. D. Nairne

Date of Paper: 12.03.1943
Surname: Nairne
Forename(s): William J. D.
Rank: Leading Seaman
Regiment: Royal Navy
Home Address: 8 Innes Street, Inverness, ex-Hill Cottage, Fortrose

MISSING

Information has been received that Leading Seaman William J. D. Nairne, R.N., is missing since November 1942. He is the only son of Mrs Nairne, Hill Cottage, Fortrose, and his wife and child reside at 8 Innes Street, Inverness.

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Skinner James Ross, Gunner, and his mother

The photograph shows James Skinner with his mother Annie in the garden of their home in Fortrose.

James Skinner, Tank Corps

James Skinner, Tank Corps. James did not appear in WW2 extracts in the Ross-shire Journal.

The photograph shows James Skinner with his mother Annie in the garden of their home in Fortrose.

James’ photograph had appeared, inaccurately, in information sent to RCHS suggesting that he was included on a Ross-shire war memorial. In September 2020 a relative, Elaine Dalloway, pointed out the inaccuracy and revealed that James, who served in the Tank Corps, had survived the War, married Cathy, and eventually retired from Highland Council where he was employed as clerk of works.

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Sergeant Navigator Maurice Smith

Date of Paper: 18.08.1944
Surname: Smith
Forename(s): Maurice
Rank: Sergeant Navigator
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Home Address: Averon, Fortrose

FORTROSE AIRMAN MISSING

Sgt. Navigator Maurice Smith, RAF, of which the above is a portrait*, reported missing on 17th December, 1943, while on operational duty, is now officially presumed killed on that date. Sgt. Smith was the only son of Mr and Mrs Smith, Averon, Fortrose, and who are at present living in Glasgow. His maternal grandparents were the late Mr and Mrs Mackay, Shantullich Farm, Munlochy. Deceased, who was just 26 years of age, served his apprenticeship in the Fortrose branch of the Bank of Scotland, and was on the staff of the Tain branch when he joined up. He received his early training in Canada and passed through his course so successfully that he was recommended for a commission. While in Canada he spent his leaves with Mrs Bannerman, Toronto, a sister of Mr Colin Macdonald, Achterneed (the new member of the Scottish Land Court), who are cousins of his mother. The only sister of the deceased is a corporal in the WAAFs and serving in England. Both the sister and brother in their early days spent their school holidays with their cousins at Teanahoun Farm, Conon. Much sympathy is extended to Mr and Mrs Smith in the loss of a devoted son.

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Lance Sergeant Charles J. A. Vass

Date of Paper: 04.10.1940
Surname: Vass
Forename(s): Charles J. A.
Rank: Lance Sergeant
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Windyknowe, Rosemarkie

L./Sergt. Charles J A. Vass, The Seaforths, prisoner of war, is a son of Mrs Vass, Windyknowe, Rosemarkie. He joined the Regulars before he was 15 years of age and served five years abroad in India and Palestine. In October 1939 he went to France with his regiment. His only brother, Corpl. William J. Vass is in the RAF and is in hospital in England with a compound fracture of the femur. The father was killed in the last war.

See entry below for details of his brother William Vass

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Corporal William J. Vass

Date of Paper: 04.10.1940
Surname: Vass
Forename(s): William J.
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Home Address: Windyknowe, Rosemarkie

L./Sergt. Charles J A. Vass, The Seaforths, prisoner of war, is a son of Mrs Vass, Windyknowe, Rosemarkie. He joined the Regulars before he was 15 years of age and served five years abroad in India and Palestine. In October 1939 he went to France with his regiment. His only brother, Corpl. William J. Vass is in the RAF and is in hospital in England with a compound fracture of the femur. The father was killed in the last war.

See entry above for details of his brother Charles Vass

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Lance Corporal Peter G. White

Date of Paper: 02.08.1940
Surname: White
Forename(s): Peter G.
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Cameron Highlanders
Home Address: Station Hotel, Fortrose

L/Cpl. Peter G. White, Camerons, missing, is the husband of Mrs White, Station Hotel, Fortrose, while his parents reside in Inverness. He is an electrician to trade.

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Private Neil Wilson

Date of Paper: 12.07.1940
Surname: Wilson
Forename(s): Neil
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Deans Road, Fortrose

Handwritten notes: “Age 18. Son of Mr and Mrs John Wilson. Missing. Wounded and Prisoner of War 20th Sept., 1940.”

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Alexander Young

Date of Paper: 23.07.1943
Surname: Young
Forename(s): Alexander
Rank: Not stated
Regiment: Not stated
Home Address: The Ness, Fortrose

PRISONERS OF WAR

Mrs Wm. Young, The Ness, Fortrose, has received a postcard from her youngest son, Mr Alex. Young, stating that he is a prisoner of war in the hands of the Japanese, is unwounded and in good health.

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