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L.A.C. Donald Bremner

Date of Paper: 13.10.1944
Surname: Bremner
Forename(s): Donald
Rank: L.A.C.
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Home Address: Scourie, Lairg, ex-Darroch House, Muir of Ord

News has been received of the death in action of L.A.C. Donald Bremner, beloved husband of Isobel Mackay, Exchange, Scourie, Lairg, and youngest son of Mr and Mrs Bremner, Darroch House, Muir of Ord. A grocer to trade, he served his timne with Messrs R. Maclean and Son, Beauly, and some years ago took up employment with George Ross, merchant, Scourie. To his wife, parents, sisters and brother the sympathy of the community goes out.

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Lance Corporal Donald Buchanan

Date of Paper: 04.08.1944
Surname: Buchanan
Forename(s): Donald
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Mountgerald, Dingwall

L./Cpl. Donald Buchanan, The Seaforths, killed in action in Normandy, on June 28th, 1944, was the elder son of Mr and Mrs John Buchanan, Mountgerald, Dingwall, and husband of Margaret Ross, daughter of Mr James Ross, Newton, Wick. Deceased, who was 27 years of age, was a gardener by profession and was employed at Mountgerald before enlisting. A letter from the Padre of the Battalion states that the section in which L./Cpl. Buchanan was a unit, came under very heavy fire. At the time it was impossible to get forward to see what had happened, and it was a few days later before his body and those of other men were found. He was buried along with his comrades near the little village of Le Valtru. Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved family and especially to to his wife and family of one boy and one girl.

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Flight Sergeant Duncan Gordon

Date of Paper: 06.10.1944
Surname: Gordon
Forename(s): David
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Regiment: RAF
Home Address: Tarradale House, Muir of Ord

Flt.-Sgt. Duncan Gordon, RAF, son of Mrs Gordon, Tarradale House, Muir of Ord, who was posted missing on Monday, after an operational flight over Calais, is in hospital in England with a leg wound. He had baled out over Calais and landed on the beach. He was shot by a German soldier and taken to hospital, but escaped when Calais was taken the following day. He was flown back to hospital. Flt.-Sgt. Gordon attended Tarradale School, Muir of Ord, of which he was the dux pupil in 1938. His father, the late Mr Thomas Gordon, was employed as a traction engine drive with Messrs John Macdonald, timber merchants, Inverness.

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Lieutenant Alastair Frank Hamilton

Date of Paper: 01.12.1944
Surname: Hamilton
Forename(s): Alastair Frank
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Artillery
Home Address: 1 Prospecthill Place, Greenock, ex-Muir of Ord


Lieut. Alastair Frank Hamilton, R.A., 51st Division, killed in action, is a son of the late Mr Archibald Hamilton, Muir of Ord, and of Mrs M. Hamilton, 88 Langside Avenue, Glasgow. Twenty-five years of age, he was educated at Muir of Ord and Dingwall Academy. He went overseas with the 51st Division in 1942 and took part in the battle of El Alamein and the Desert Campaign, being twice wounded. Later he was in Sicily, from where he returned to the home country. In June last he crossed to Normandy with the Invasion Army. His young wife resides at 1 Prospecthill Place, Greenock. Much sympathy is extended to her and the sorrowing mother.

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Major D. I. S. Mackay

Date of Paper: 12.05.1944
Surname: Mackay
Forename(s): D. I. S.
Rank: Major
Regiment: Gordon Highlanders
Home Address: Wester Urray, Muir of Ord

MACKAY – Died of wounds in Burma, Major D. I. S. Mackay, Anti-Tank Regiment (The Gordon Highlanders), beloved husband of Annie Macdonald, Wester Urray, Muir of Ord.

Major D. I. S. Mackay, whose wife resides at Wester Urray, Muir of Ord, has died of wounds in Burma. Major Mackay, who was thirty-eight, was a native of Brora, Sutherlandshire. He enlisted in the Scots Guards in 1924, and was appointed Permanent Staff Instructor of the Infantry Contingent, Edinburgh University. Promoted R.S.M. in 1939, he took his commission in 1941, and was attached to the Gordon Highlanders as a full lieutenant. He joined an Anti-Tank Regiment, and subsequently became a Major.

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Private Evan Mackay

Date of Paper: 14.07.1944
Surname: Mackay
Forename(s): Evan
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Kinkell Cottage, Conon, ex-Balvaird, Muir of Ord

Pte. Evan Mackay, The Seaforths, killed in action, was the only son of Mr and Mrs James Mackay, Kinkell Cottage, Conon, and formerly of Balvaird, Muir of Ord. Nineteen years of age, he was an apprentice mason with Messrs Logan & Coy., contractors, Dingwall and Muir of Ord, before enlisting.

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Corporal John Bernard Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 28.06.1940
Surname: Mackenzie
Forename(s): John Bernard
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps
Home Address: Caberfeidh, Fairburn, Muir of Ord


Corporal John Bernard Mackenzie, RASC, is reported missing, believed drowned. He was the second son of Mr John Mackenzie, keeper, and Mrs Mackenzie, Caberfeidh, Fairburn. He was employed with Mr W. S. Dewar, Town Clerk, Dingwall, when he enlisted and went to France in September last. Private Mackenzie was a particularly genial young man who was very popular with all who knew him.

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Sapper William Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 23.10.1942
Surname: Mackenzie
Forename(s): William
Rank: Sapper
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Home Address: Corry, Muir of Ord

Handwritten note: “Son of Mr George Cameron. Prisoner of war.”

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Corporal John MacWilliam

Date of Paper: 30.04.1943
Surname: MacWilliam
Forename(s): John
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Garguston, Muir of Ord


Cpl. John MacWilliam, The Seaforths, seriously ill from head wounds received in April 1943, in the North African Campaign, is a son of Mr and Mrs R. S. MacWilliam of Garguston, Muir of Ord.

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Second Lieutenant Walter Mundell

Date of Paper: 21.06.1940
Surname: Mundell
Forename(s): Walter
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Tarradale, Muir of Ord

Second Lieut. Walter Mundell, Seaforth Highlanders, wounded in the arm, is a son of Mr and Mrs George Mundell of Tarradale, Muir of Ord, and was on the home farm when he joined up. Standing 6 ft. 4 ins., he was the tallest man in the regiment.

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Private William Paterson

Date of Paper: 14.06.1940 and 19.07.1940
Surname: Paterson
Forename(s): William
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: West Lodge, Urray, Muir of Ord

Private William Paterson, Seaforth Highlanders, dangerously wounded, is in a General Hospital in France. He is the son of Mr Thomas Paterson, estate sawmiller, West Lodge, Urray, Muir of Ord. Prior to the war he was a plasterer with Messrs Grant & Sons, contractors, Dingwall.

[19.07.1940] Pte. William Paterson, The Seaforths, died of wounds, was a son of Mr Thomas Paterson, estate sawmiller, and Mrs Paterson, West Lodge, Urray, Muir of Ord. Early in June he was reported dangerously wounded and lying in a General Hospital in France. On 11th July, Mr and Mrs Paterson received intimation through the Red Cross that their son had died of his wounds on 11th June, the day after he had been admitted to hospital. The letter stated that he had a painless death and that the remains had been buried at Rouen. A plasterer to trade, deceased was in the employment of Messrs Grant & Sons, Dingwall, prior to the war. He was a keen sportsman and a successful cyclist on the track.

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Pilot Officer J. A. Reid

Date of Paper: 03.09.1943
Surname: Reid
Forename(s): J. A.
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Home Address: Easter Moy, Urray, Muir of Ord


Pilot-Officer J. A. Reid, RAF, posted missing, is the second son of Mr and Mrs Reid, Easter Moy. Pilot Officer Reid received his training as a pilot in Canada and America and was commissioned on 23rd March this year. Before enlisting he was a member of the Birmingham Constabulary.

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Private Robert S. Reid

Date of Paper: 09.08.1940
Surname: Reid
Forename(s): Robert S.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Easter Moy, Urray, Muir of Ord

Pte. Robert S. Reid, The Seaforths, son of Mr and Mrs Reid, Urray, is reported a prisoner of war at Stalag, Germany.

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Private Robert Telfer

Date of Paper: 20.11.1942
Surname: Telfer
Forename(s): Robert
Rank: Private
Regiment: Cameron Highlanders
Home Address: Bellevue, Muir of Ord


Mrs Telfer, Bellevue, Muir of Ord, has been informed that her husband, Pte. Bert. Telfer, Cameron Highlanders, has been wounded in the Middle East.

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