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Private Malcolm Christie

Date of Paper: 12.05.1916
Surname: Christie
First Name(s): Malcolm
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Heath Cottage, Edderton

Christie, Pte. Malcolm, 1518, son of Mr and Mrs Christie, Heath Cottage, Edderton, was reported missing, believed killed, and, as in all other such cases, the War Office has since presumed his death. He was only 19 years of age, and was a bright lad of a kindly and unassuming nature, and a general favourite in the parish. Previous to the war he was in the employment of the Railway Company. He was one of the recruits that joined Tain Coy. at a smoking concert held in the Edderton Parish Hall in March, 1912, when the late Major Robertson and the late Lieut. Budge were present. “Your boy died bravely doing his duty, and in him we lost a good soldier.” Thus wrote Major Cuthbert to the parents.

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Duff Hugh J, Major, Lossiemouth Ex Edderton

Major Hugh J. Duff

Date of Paper: 11.10.1918
Surname: Duff
First Name(s): Hugh
Rank: Major
Regiment: Lovat Scouts, attached 1st Kings.
Home Address: Edderton, Ross-shire, and Kereru, Lossiemouth.

THE LATE MAJOR H. J. DUFF, D.S.O., M.C.

Major Hugh J. Duff, D.S.O., M.C., Lovat Scouts, attached 1st Kings, whose photograph appears to-day was killed in action, as recently recorded.

Deceased was the only son of the late Mr Hugh A. Duff, Edderton, Ross-shire and Kereru, New Zealand, and of Mrs Duff, Kereru, Lossiemouth, and grandson of the late Rev. John Walker, St. Andrews, Lhanbryde. Major Duff was educated at the Tain Academy, Inverness College, and Edinburgh. For some years he engaged in sheep farming in New Zealand. He came home in 1914, and received a commission in the Lovat Scouts. He was awarded the M.C. for work done at Bourlon Wood, and the D.S.O. for work done during the retreat in March, 1918. He had been twice mentioned in dispatches. Major Duff was killed instantaneously when in command of his battalion.

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Macgregor Simon, Sgt, Edderton

Sergeant Major Simon Macgregor

Date of Paper: 15.03.1918
Surname: Macgregor
First Name(s): Simon
Rank: Sergeant Major
Regiment: 4th Seaforths
Home Address: Edderton

There is reproduced today a photograph of Sergt.-Major Simon Macgregor, 4th Seaforths, who recently won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry at Cambrai, and who, as reported last week, was presented with a gold watch by the people of his native parish of Edderton, Ross-shire, at a ceremony attended by both his parents. There is the strong Highland blood in the veins of Sergt.-Major Macgregor and his forebears were distinguished in war. Three of his uncles served in the Army and shared in the fighting at the Crimea and the Indian Mutiny.

His brother, Alexander, has been three times wounded in the present war, and, for 24 hours, was actually a prisoner of war in German hands but happily escaped. That was during the retreat from Mons. Sergt.-Major Macgregor mobilised with the 1/4 Seaforths in August 1914, and proceeded to France on 4th November of that year, thus qualifying for the 1914 Star given to men forming part of the First Seven Divisions. He has been on active service throughout and only once was slightly wounded. It is understood that Sergt.-Major Macgregor received the D.C.M. for having, at a critical moment , when his officers were casualties, taken over command of the men of two companies, and successfully extricated them from a difficult situation. He is a popular personality in the battalion and the award of the D.C.M. gave the utmost satisfaction to all ranks. Sergt.-Major Macgregor received the congratulations of the Major General commanding the Division.

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Mackay Andrew R, Sgt, Edderton

Sergeant A. R. Mackay

Date of Paper: 22.03.1918
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): Andrew R.
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Bogrow, Edderton

There is reproduced to-day the photographs of the three soldier sons of Mr and Mrs David Mackay, farmer, Bogrow, Edderton, who have also three nephews serving with New Zealanders in the Great War.

Sergeant A. R.. Mackay, Seaforths, Joined the colours in February, 1916, and proceeded overseas in August of the same year. He has come through some strenuous trench warfare, and has taken part in some great battles, and had the distinction of being promoted sergeant on the field for bravery in action. He was home lately on 14 days’ leave the Western Front, and looked in the pink of condition.
Corpl. Murray Mackay, being a Territorial,, mobilised when war broke out, and went to England with his local company of the 1/4th Seaforths, proceeding to France in November, 1914. He endured much of the hardships of the trenches in that desperate first winter of war, escaping without a scratch until April, when he was hit by a sniper. After a spell in hospital he returned to the Front in July, 1917, Corpl. Mackay entitled to the King’s 1914 Star.

Pte. Geo. Mackay joined the colours last year. He was attached to the Seaforths, but was transferred to the Royal Engineers, and is doing his bit for King and country somewhere in France.

The friends of the family of Mr and Mrs David Mackay wish them all prosperity in the future. The three nephews mentioned – Bomb. Geo. Mackay of the N.Z.F.A, doing duty in France; Sergt. Andrew Mackay, of the N.Z. Infantry, and Pte. James Mackay, of the N.Z. Infantry. All three came over from the Dominions early in the war to fight for the mother country.

See entries below for details of his two brothers

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Private George Mackay

Date of Paper: 22.0 3.1918
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): George
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address Bogrow, Edderton

There is reproduced to-day the photographs of the three soldier sons of Mr and Mrs David Mackay, farmer, Bogrow, Edderton, who have also three nephews serving with New Zealanders in the Great War.

Sergeant A. R.. Mackay, Seaforths, Joined the colours in February, 1916, and proceeded overseas in August of the same year. He has come through some strenuous trench warfare, and has taken part in some great battles, and had the distinction of being promoted sergeant on the field for bravery in action. He was home lately on 14 days’ leave the Western Front, and looked in the pink of condition.
Corpl. Murray Mackay, being a Territorial,, mobilised when war broke out, and went to England with his local company of the 1/4th Seaforths, proceeding to France in November, 1914. He endured much of the hardships of the trenches in that desperate first winter of war, escaping without a scratch until April, when he was hit by a sniper. After a spell in hospital he returned to the Front in July, 1917, Corpl. Mackay entitled to the King’s 1914 Star.

Pte. Geo. Mackay joined the colours last year. He was attached to the Seaforths, but was transferred to the Royal Engineers, and is doing his bit for King and country somewhere in France.

The friends of the family of Mr and Mrs David Mackay wish them all prosperity in the future. The three nephews mentioned – Bomb. Geo. Mackay of the N.Z.F.A, doing duty in France; Sergt. Andrew Mackay, of the N.Z. Infantry, and Pte. James Mackay, of the N.Z. Infantry. All three came over from the Dominions early in the war to fight for the mother country.

See entry above and entry below for details of his two brothers

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Mackay Murray, Corp,

Mackay Murray, Corp, Edderton

Corporal Murray Mackay

Date of Paper: 22.03.1918
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): Murray
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Bogrow, Edderton

There is reproduced to-day the photographs of the three soldier sons of Mr and Mrs David Mackay, farmer, Bogrow, Edderton, who have also three nephews serving with New Zealanders in the Great War.

Sergeant A. R.. Mackay, Seaforths, Joined the colours in February, 1916, and proceeded overseas in August of the same year. He has come through some strenuous trench warfare, and has taken part in some great battles, and had the distinction of being promoted sergeant on the field for bravery in action. He was home lately on 14 days’ leave the Western Front, and looked in the pink of condition.
Corpl. Murray Mackay, being a Territorial,, mobilised when war broke out, and went to England with his local company of the 1/4th Seaforths, proceeding to France in November, 1914. He endured much of the hardships of the trenches in that desperate first winter of war, escaping without a scratch until April, when he was hit by a sniper. After a spell in hospital he returned to the Front in July, 1917, Corpl. Mackay entitled to the King’s 1914 Star.

Pte. Geo. Mackay joined the colours last year. He was attached to the Seaforths, but was transferred to the Royal Engineers, and is doing his bit for King and country somewhere in France.

The friends of the family of Mr and Mrs David Mackay wish them all prosperity in the future. The three nephews mentioned – Bomb. Geo. Mackay of the N.Z.F.A, doing duty in France; Sergt. Andrew Mackay, of the N.Z. Infantry, and Pte. James Mackay, of the N.Z. Infantry. All three came over from the Dominions early in the war to fight for the mother country.

See entries above for details of his two brothers

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Mackay Donald, Gunner, Edderton

Gunner Donald Mackay

Date of Paper: 23.06.1916
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): Donald
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Home Address: Edderton Mains, Edderton

THE LATE PRIVATE MUNRO MACKAY, EDDERTON

We reproduce in this column the photographs of the late Private Munro Mackay, 1/4th Seaforths, and Gunner Donald Mackay, R.F.A., sons of Mr George Mackay, sheep manager, and Mrs Mackay, Edderton Mains, Edderton.

The late Private Munro Mackay, the youngest son, was a keen Territorial before the war, and was called up on mobilisation with his company (Tain). At that time he was a gamekeeper in the service of Sir Kenneth Mackenzie of Gairloch, Bart., on the Conon estate. He went to France with the Battalion in November, 1914, and went through the battle of Neuve Chapelle unscathed. The same month, however, he fell being killed on the 30th March, 1915. He was only 19 years of age and in him the company lost a capable and popular comrade.

Gunner Donald Mackay is aged 25, and is the second son of Mr and Mrs Mackay. He was a valet in the south of England when war broke out. Shortly after he joined the R.F.A., and is now in A Battery in the 4th Brigade. He has been on active service for over a year now.

See entry below for details of his brother Munro Mackay

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Private Munro Mackay

Date of Paper: 23.06.1916
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): Munro
Rank: Private
Regiment: 1/4th Seaforths
Home Address: Edderton Mains, Edderton

THE LATE PRIVATE MUNRO MACKAY, EDDERTON

We reproduce in this column the photographs of the late Private Munro Mackay, 1/4th Seaforths, and Gunner Donald Mackay, R.F.A., sons of Mr George Mackay, sheep manager, and Mrs Mackay, Edderton Mains, Edderton.

The late Private Munro Mackay, the youngest son, was a keen Territorial before the war, and was called up on mobilisation with his company (Tain). At that time he was a gamekeeper in the service of Sir Kenneth Mackenzie of Gairloch, Bart., on the Conon estate. He went to France with the Battalion in November, 1914, and went through the battle of Neuve Chapelle unscathed. The same month, however, he fell being killed on the 30th March, 1915. He was only 19 years of age and in him the company lost a capable and popular comrade.

Gunner Donald Mackay is aged 25, and is the second son of Mr and Mrs Mackay. He was a valet in the south of England when war broke out. Shortly after he joined the R.F.A., and is now in A Battery in the 4th Brigade. He has been on active service for over a year now.

See entry above for details of his brother Donald Mackay

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Macpherson A R, Driver, Edderton

Driver A. R. Macpherson

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

AN EDDERTON MILITARY MEDALLIST

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.

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Munro Adam, L Corp, Edderton

Lance Corporal Adam Munro

Date of Paper: 12.01.1917
Surname: Munro
First Name(s): Adam
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Yeomanry
Home Address: Drigog Cottage, Edderton

LCE/CPL. ADAM MUNRO, YEOMANRY

The portrait of this brave young fellow, which appears in this page, is that of the son of Mr and Mrs Munro, Drigog Cottage, Edderton, who was wounded in action at Salonica on the 6th December.
Previous to the war he assisted his father in conducting his carpentry business. On mobilisation he went out with his battalion, and went through strenuous service in Gallipoli and afterwards in Egypt. Lance-Corporal Munro is a typical young Highlander of a robust constitution, which will no doubt enable him to make a rapid recovery.

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Stewart A, Pte, Edderton

Private A. Stewart

Date of Paper: 25.5.1917
Surname: Stewart
First Name(s): A.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Camerons
Home Address: Edderton

Photograph only, no entry.

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Williamson Alexander, Pte, Edderton

Private Alexander Williamson

Date of Paper: 25.05.1917
Surname: Williamson
First Name(s): Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: Camerons
Home Address: Birch Cottage, Edderton

SIX SONS OF A ROSS-SHIRE HOME IN KHAKI

There is reproduced to-day the photographs of five sons and son-in -law of Mr and Mrs Williamson, Birch Cottage, Edderton, all of whom are serving with the Colours.

The father of the family was himself, in his younger days, a volunteer.

The particulars of the members of this patriotic family are given below:
Private Alexander Williamson, Camerons, who was wounded in the left arm at the battle of Arras, is now in hospital in England.

Private James Williamson, Seaforths, on active service in France.
Private Donald Williamson, Camerons, also in France.
Private Peter Williamson, Seaforths (Ross-shire), also in France.
Private Lindsay Williamson, a piper in the H.L.I.

Since the above was in type, intimation has been received of the death in action of Private Peter Williamson. Two of deceased’s brothers are serving at the Front, another has been wounded, and is in hospital in England, while another is in training in Scotland. Until August, 1914, Pte. Williamson was employed by Mr Donald Mackay, farmer, Meikle Daan, Edderton, and mobilised with his battalion, 1/4th Seaforths, immediately on the outbreak of hostilities. He proceeded to France about a year ago, and saw much severe fighting. He was 22 years of age. His cheery disposition and good heartedness made him a great favourite, and his early death has caused a deep feeling of personal loss throughout the parish, and much sympathy is expressed with the relatives.

See entries below for details of his four brothers

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Williamson Donald, Pte, Edderton

Private Donald Williamson

Date of Paper: 25.05.1917
Surname: Williamson
First Name(s): Donald
Rank: Private
Regiment: Camerons
Home Address: Birch Cottage, Edderton

SIX SONS OF A ROSS-SHIRE HOME IN KHAKI

There is reproduced to-day the photographs of five sons and son-in -law of Mr and Mrs Williamson, Birch Cottage, Edderton, all of whom are serving with the Colours.

The father of the family was himself, in his younger days, a volunteer.

The particulars of the members of this patriotic family are given below:
Private Alexander Williamson, Camerons, who was wounded in the left arm at the battle of Arras, is now in hospital in England.

Private James Williamson, Seaforths, on active service in France.
Private Donald Williamson, Camerons, also in France.
Private Peter Williamson, Seaforths (Ross-shire), also in France.
Private Lindsay Williamson, a piper in the H.L.I.

Since the above was in type, intimation has been received of the death in action of Private Peter Williamson. Two of deceased’s brothers are serving at the Front, another has been wounded, and is in hospital in England, while another is in training in Scotland. Until August, 1914, Pte. Williamson was employed by Mr Donald Mackay, farmer, Meikle Daan, Edderton, and mobilised with his battalion, 1/4th Seaforths, immediately on the outbreak of hostilities. He proceeded to France about a year ago, and saw much severe fighting. He was 22 years of age. His cheery disposition and good heartedness made him a great favourite, and his early death has caused a deep feeling of personal loss throughout the parish, and much sympathy is expressed with the relatives.

See entry above and entries below for details of his four brothers

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Williamson James, Pte, Edderton

Private James Williamson

Date of Paper: 25.05.1917
Surname: Williamson
First Name(s): James
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Birch Cottage, Edderton

SIX SONS OF A ROSS-SHIRE HOME IN KHAKI

There is reproduced to-day the photographs of five sons and son-in -law of Mr and Mrs Williamson, Birch Cottage, Edderton, all of whom are serving with the Colours.

The father of the family was himself, in his younger days, a volunteer.

The particulars of the members of this patriotic family are given below:
Private Alexander Williamson, Camerons, who was wounded in the left arm at the battle of Arras, is now in hospital in England.

Private James Williamson, Seaforths, on active service in France.
Private Donald Williamson, Camerons, also in France.
Private Peter Williamson, Seaforths (Ross-shire), also in France.
Private Lindsay Williamson, a piper in the H.L.I.

Since the above was in type, intimation has been received of the death in action of Private Peter Williamson. Two of deceased’s brothers are serving at the Front, another has been wounded, and is in hospital in England, while another is in training in Scotland. Until August, 1914, Pte. Williamson was employed by Mr Donald Mackay, farmer, Meikle Daan, Edderton, and mobilised with his battalion, 1/4th Seaforths, immediately on the outbreak of hostilities. He proceeded to France about a year ago, and saw much severe fighting. He was 22 years of age. His cheery disposition and good heartedness made him a great favourite, and his early death has caused a deep feeling of personal loss throughout the parish, and much sympathy is expressed with the relatives.

See entries above and entries below for details of his four brothers

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Williamson Lindsay, Pte, Edderton

Private Lindsay Williamson

Date of Paper: 25.05.1917
Surname: Williamson
First Name(s): Lindsay
Rank: Private
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry
Home Address: Birch Cottage, Edderton

SIX SONS OF A ROSS-SHIRE HOME IN KHAKI

There is reproduced to-day the photographs of five sons and son-in -law of Mr and Mrs Williamson, Birch Cottage, Edderton, all of whom are serving with the Colours.

The father of the family was himself, in his younger days, a volunteer.

The particulars of the members of this patriotic family are given below:
Private Alexander Williamson, Camerons, who was wounded in the left arm at the battle of Arras, is now in hospital in England.

Private James Williamson, Seaforths, on active service in France.
Private Donald Williamson, Camerons, also in France.
Private Peter Williamson, Seaforths (Ross-shire), also in France.
Private Lindsay Williamson, a piper in the H.L.I.

Since the above was in type, intimation has been received of the death in action of Private Peter Williamson. Two of deceased’s brothers are serving at the Front, another has been wounded, and is in hospital in England, while another is in training in Scotland. Until August, 1914, Pte. Williamson was employed by Mr Donald Mackay, farmer, Meikle Daan, Edderton, and mobilised with his battalion, 1/4th Seaforths, immediately on the outbreak of hostilities. He proceeded to France about a year ago, and saw much severe fighting. He was 22 years of age. His cheery disposition and good heartedness made him a great favourite, and his early death has caused a deep feeling of personal loss throughout the parish, and much sympathy is expressed with the relatives.

See entries above and entry below for details of his four brothers

Photo: #6114

Williamson Peter, Pte, Edderton

Private Peter Williamson

Date of Paper: 25.05.1917
Surname: Williamson
First Name(s): Peter
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Birch Cottage, Edderton

SIX SONS OF A ROSS-SHIRE HOME IN KHAKI

There is reproduced to-day the photographs of five sons and son-in -law of Mr and Mrs Williamson, Birch Cottage, Edderton, all of whom are serving with the Colours.

The father of the family was himself, in his younger days, a volunteer.

The particulars of the members of this patriotic family are given below:
Private Alexander Williamson, Camerons, who was wounded in the left arm at the battle of Arras, is now in hospital in England.

Private James Williamson, Seaforths, on active service in France.
Private Donald Williamson, Camerons, also in France.
Private Peter Williamson, Seaforths (Ross-shire), also in France.
Private Lindsay Williamson, a piper in the H.L.I.

Since the above was in type, intimation has been received of the death in action of Private Peter Williamson. Two of deceased’s brothers are serving at the Front, another has been wounded, and is in hospital in England, while another is in training in Scotland. Until August, 1914, Pte. Williamson was employed by Mr Donald Mackay, farmer, Meikle Daan, Edderton, and mobilised with his battalion, 1/4th Seaforths, immediately on the outbreak of hostilities. He proceeded to France about a year ago, and saw much severe fighting. He was 22 years of age. His cheery disposition and good heartedness made him a great favourite, and his early death has caused a deep feeling of personal loss throughout the parish, and much sympathy is expressed with the relatives.

See entries above for details of his four brothers