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Grigor H W, Gunner, Cullicudden

Gunner H W. Grigor

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

BLACK ISLE GUNNER INVALIDED

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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Mackay George, Pte, Balblair

Private George Mackay

Date of Paper: 07.07.1916
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): George
Rank: Private
Regiment: Canadians
Home Address: Kirkton, Balblair.

THE LATE PRIVATE GEORGE MACKAY

A/24184 Pte. George Mackay, Canadian Contingent, killed in action on 6th June, is a son of Mr Wm. Mackay, Kirkton, Balblair. Prior to him going to Canada deceased was employed with Mr Mackenzie, Balblair, and afterwards, for a short time as warder in the Morningside Asylum, Edinburgh.

Pte Mackay was a nephew of Mrs Wm. Fraser, Resolis. His portrait is reproduced in these columns.

See entry below for details of his brother Kenneth Mackay

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Mackay Kenneth, Pte, Balblair

Private Kenneth Mackay

Date of Paper: 07.07.1916 and 05.01.1917
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): Kenneth
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Kirkton, Balblair, Resolis

THE LATE PRIVATE K. MACKAY, SEAFORTHS

Mr and Mrs Mackay, Kirkton, Balblair, Resolis, have received intimation that their son, Private Kenneth Mackay, Seaforth Highlanders, was killed in action on 17th November. Mrs Mackay received a letter from the chaplain, in which he says:-“With the deepest regret I have to inform you that your son who served his country in this battalion, fell in action and owing to the enemy’s fire and other reasons, his body had to be buried with those of his comrades on the battlefield. The officers and men who knew your boy speak in the highest terms of him as a soldier, and they greatly regret his death. He was a boy of much promise, and in sacrificing his life he has made us all his debtors. I hope you will recognise that in falling for a great cause he has not died in vain”.

Private Mackay was 31 years of age, and prior to enlisting under Lord Derby’s Scheme he was employed in the construction of the Dingwall and Cromarty Railway.

A photograph of Pte. Mackay appears on this page.

See entry above for details of his brother George Mackay

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Mackay Victor L, Pte, Balblair

Private Victor L. Mackay

Date of Paper: 18.01.1918
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): Victor L.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Black Watch
Home Address: Craggan, Balblair, Ross-shire.

Above is reproduced a photograph of Pte. Victor L. Mackay, Black Watch, who was severly gassed in France last September. He has been home on sick leave visiting his parents at the Craggan, Balblair, Ross-shire. Private Mackay enlisted under the voluntary system, and has been nearly two years on service. Before joining the army, he was one of the many Sea Scouts who are doing admirable work at coastguard stations. He acted as patrol leader. Previously he was on the staff of the late Mr L.R. Nott, contractor for the Cromarty Railway.

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Maclean Walter D, Corp, Poyntzfield

Corporal Walter Maclean

Date of Paper: 04.04.1919
Surname: Maclean
First Name(s): Walter
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Gloucester
Home Address: Wallheads Farm, Poyntzfield

THE LATE CORPL. WALTER D. MACLEAN, POYNTZFIELD

Mr and Mrs Alexander Maclean, Wallheads Farm, Poyntzfield, Invergordon, have received official intimation of the death of their son, Corpl. Walter Maclean, 241656 Gloucester Regiment. Reported wounded and missing in March, 1918, information as to his whereabouts was eagerly sough by his parents and chums. On the 17th February, Mr and Mrs Maclean, after many weary months of cruel anxiety received official news from the War Office that their son had been killed in action on the 27th March, 1918, and was buried by the Germans. Corpl. Maclean was the third son of Mr and Mrs Maclean. Much sympathy is felt for the sorrowing parents who have been compelled to pass through such a terrible ordeal always hoping that their son would turn up on the end. Corpl. Maclean joined at Gloucester Regiment in 1916 at the age of 20 and after training at Salisbury Plain was drafted to France in July of the same year. He was wounded in April, 1917, and saw some heavy fighting. Prior to enlistment deceased was a draper in England. A photograph appears in today’s issue

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Noble Alexander, Gunner, Cullicudden

Gunner Alexander Noble

Date of Paper: 17.11.1915
Surname: Noble
First Name(s): Alexander
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Home Address Brae: Cullicudden, Conon Bridge

RESOLIS GUNNER WOUNDED

Mr A. Noble, farmer, Brae, Cullicudden, has received intimation that his son, Gunner Alexander Noble, Royal Garrison Artillery, was wounded in action by gunshot would through left chest on the 16th October, and admitted to the General Hospital Boulogne. He is now in an English hospital, and progressing favourably.

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Smith William C C, Corp, Balblair

Corporal William C. C. Smith

Date of paper: 28.07.1916
Surname: Smith
First Name(s): William C. C.
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Alness

CORPL. WM. C. C. SMITH, SEAFORTHS

We reproduce to-day a photograph of 9856, Corporal Wm. C. C. Smith, Seaforths, who was killed in the recent advance where his battalion distinguished itself. A notice of Corpl. Smith’s death appeared in last week’s Journal. Deceased served with the Seaforths in India and returned home time-expired four years ago, passing into the reserve. He became postman at Boath, Alness, and, subsequently until war broke out and he was recalled to the colours, he was postman at Balblair. A native of the Edinburgh district, 32 years of age, he married in December, 1913, Miss Christina H. Ross, Evanton, by whom he is survived.

Deceased saw a lot of fighting on the Western front. His battalion took part in the stubborn fighting back from Moms to the Marne, and shared subsequently in the advance. Later he fought in other sectors, and was wounded, returning to duty after a brief visit home about the end of the year.

In private life he was held in high esteem for his rare urbanity, obliging disposition and uprightness. Deceased was a freemason, and a member of Robertson’s Lodge, Cromarty. Much sympathy is felt with his widow in her loss.

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Young James, L Corp, Poyntzfield

Lance Corporal James Young

Date of Paper: 18.05.1917
Surname: Young
First Name(s): James
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment:: Seaforths
Home Address: Upperwood Farm, Poyntzfield

THE LATE L./CPL. JAMES YOUNG, SEAFORTH REGULARS

Mr and Mrs Young, Upperwood Farm, Poyntzfield, have received intimation that their youngest son, Lce.-Cpl. James Young, Seaforths, has been killed in action. He was only 19 years of age, and joined the Army in July, 1916. He underwent training at Newton Camp, Cromarty, which he left for France only six weeks ago. Lce.-Cpl. Young was a soldier of great promise. A splendid shot, he also possessed many other qualities which would have won for him rapid promotion in the Army. As member of the local Good Templar lodge, he took a keen interest in temperance work, and his happy and cheerful disposition made him greatly loved by all who knew him. His eldest brother, Lce.-Cpl. John Young, went through the Gallipoli campaign with the Scouts, and is now serving in France with the Camerons. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to Mr and Mrs Young and family in their great sorrow.

See entry below for details of his brother John Young

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Lance Corporal John Young

Date of Paper: 18.05.1917
Surname: Young
First Name(s): John
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Upperwood Farm, Poyntzfield

THE LATE L./CPL. JAMES YOUNG, SEAFORTH REGULARS

Mr and Mrs Young, Upperwood Farm, Poyntzfield, have received intimation that their youngest son, Lce.-Cpl. James Young, Seaforths, has been killed in action. He was only 19 years of age, and joined the Army in July, 1916. He underwent training at Newton Camp, Cromarty, which he left for France only six weeks ago. Lce.-Cpl. Young was a soldier of great promise. A splendid shot, he also possessed many other qualities which would have won for him rapid promotion in the Army. As member of the local Good Templar lodge, he took a keen interest in temperance work, and his happy and cheerful disposition made him greatly loved by all who knew him. His eldest brother, Lce.-Cpl. John Young, went through the Gallipoli campaign with the Scouts, and is now serving in France with the Camerons. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to Mr and Mrs Young and family in their great sorrow.

See entry above for details of his brother James Young