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Bolitho W T M, Lieut, Penzance ex Cadboll

Lieutenant William Torquil Macleod Bolitho

Date of Paper: 04.06.1915
Surname: Bolitho
First Name(s): William Torquil Macleod
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 19th Hussars
Home Address: York House, Penzance

THE LATE LIEUTENANT TORQUIL MACLEOD BOLITHO

Lieutenant William Torquil Macleod Bolitho, 19th Hussars, who was killed in action near Ypres on May 24th, was the elder and only surviving son of Mr W. E. T. Bolitho and Mrs E. G. Bolitho, York House, Penzance, and nephew of Captain Macleod of Cadboll. He was educated at Warren Hill School, Eastbourne, passing from there into the Royal Naval College at Osborne, and then into the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, leaving head of each college. He then joined the cadet cruiser H.M.S. Cumberland, and passed out first, taking all three prizes, as many as were allowed for one boy. He then served in H.M.S. Commonwealth, H.M.S. Cochrane, and H.M.S. Bellerophon. As midshipman in the latter ship he won the Stoddart cup for boat-sailing for his ship, presented by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, K.C.B., K.C.V.O. He left the Navy in 1912, passing into the Army, through the Special Reserve, and joining the 19th Hussars on 23rd June 1913, at Hounslow.
On August 23rd, 1914, he crossed to France with B Squadron, acting as divisional cavalry for the first part of the war; but in April the cavalry were reformed, and the regiment made up with the 9th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. He met his death moving with B Squadron under heavy shell fire up to support the 18th Hussars, who were in trouble. Both the 18th Hussars and the 19th Hussars had been ìgassedî at dawn. The only two officers with the squadron were knocked out, but Captain Francis, the other, being wounded only.

His commanding officer writes: “Your son is a great loss to us. His name had been sent in for special mention after the operations on the 13th inst, when he found himself temporary in command of the squadron, and made very good use of his opportunity.”

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Brooke R W, Lieut, Fearn

Lieutenant R. W. Brooke

Date of Paper: 27.10.1916
Surname: Brooke
First Name(s): R. W.
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons
Home Address: Midfearn Cottage, Fearn, Ross-shire

LIEUT. R. W. BROOKE, M.C.

Lieut. R. W. Brooke, awarded the Military Cross for work done at Headquarters of the 17th Division, at that time quartered near Ypres, is the son of Mr J. A. Brooke, Midfearn and Fernay Hall, Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Lieut. R. W. Brooke has served in the Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons (Yeomanry) for 10 years, and mobilised on August 5th, 1914. In July 1915, that regiment went out to France. In December, 1915, Lieut. R. W. Brooke held a temporary appointment on the Staff of the 17th Division, and during that time experienced “gas” to a slight extent, but soon recovered from the attack. In the end of May Lieut. R. W. Brooke (temp. Capt.) was awarded the Military Cross, but has not yet been invested with it. He now holds a permanent staff appointment. Lieut. R. W. Brooke was born at Fernay Hall, Huddersfield, Yorks, on August 10th 1885. Although a Yorkshireman by birth, he was brought up with as much Highland tradition as Yorkshire, for he spent every summer of his life in Scotland, first at Morvich Lodge, Sutherland, which was then in the hands of his grandfather, Major Weston, and later at Fearn Lodge.

He lives entirely at Midfearn Cottage, and farms Easter Fearn. Educated at Repton, he later studied abroad. The people of Easter Ross are proud of Lieut. Brooke, of whom a portrait appears above.

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Cameron Allan, Sgt, Fearn

Sergeant Allan Cameron

Date of Paper: 08.09.1916
Surname: Cameron
First Name(s): Allan
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Lochslin Cottage, Fearn

Sergt. Allan Cameron, who is married to a daughter of Mr and Mrs Sutherland, also went out with the Seaforths in November, 1914. For a year and nine months he was on active service, with the exception of two days which he was compelled to spend in hospital. He was time- expired in May last, but rejoined before coming home for his month’s leave. He is now with the reserve battalion.

Date of Paper: 29.06.1917

THE LATE SERGT. ALLAN CAMERON, FEARN

There is reproduced to-day a photograph of Sergt. Allan Cameron, Seaforths, whose death in action was recorded last week, and who is survived by a young widow and child. Mrs Cameron, who lives meantime with her father and mother, Mr and Mrs Sutherland, Lochslin Cottage, Fearn, has the deepest sympathy of a wide community, a sympathy common here at home as well as among 4th Seaforths everywhere, and also among his more recent comrades in a line battalion with which he was latterly serving. The widow has had great anxiety. Her first fears were founded on the absence of letters from her husband. Then his name appeared in the papers as wounded. Instant inquiries at official sources brought the fact that Sergt. Cameron was missing as well as wounded. As the results of inquires directed by the battalion and instituted separately by the Red Cross Enquiry Department, in making which Mrs Cameron acknowledges the help of Seaforth friends in Ross-shire, it was established that Sergt. Cameron had fallen in action in the manner now described by the Chaplain of the regiment, whose letter is reproduced below.

Sergt. Cameron belonged to the Ross-shire Seaforths with whom he proceeded overseas on 5th November, 1914. He spent three winters in the trenches. Wounded a first time in 1915, he became time-expired while in hospital, but sought no short road to be out of his duty, and voluntarily re-enlisted before he had recovered from his wounds. A month’s leave followed. He was at the training centre for a brief spell, but he made his third crossing of the Channel in October of last year, when he was transferred to a regular battalion of the regiment. He was a brave and active soldier, a good type of non-commissioned officer, a popular comrade, and a fine, kindly soul. “He died a hero’s death with his face to the foe,” says one who knew him well, “and he gave his life freely like many other brave men.”

The Chaplain, in a letter to his bereaved young widow, says: “Sergt. Cameron went into action on 11the April. During the attack someone had seen him wounded, but they were unable to bring him in, and, along with others he had to be reported ‘wounded and missing’. It was a whole month before that piece of ground where he was lost was won from the enemy, and his battalion was not at that point then. But other British troops found his body and buried him there. They sent a few things that were in his pockets to the base, and they will be forwarded in due time. I pray that God will enable you to bear the shock, and to accept your great bereavement with resignation. I knew Sgt. Cameron well, and always admired him. He was a most valuable and trusted soldier and N.C.O. He was a brave man. He was loved and respected by all his officers and comrades to-day miss him and mourn for him, and, to the wife of one who bravely faced and met [remainder missing].

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Corbett A M, L Corp, Fearn

Lance Corporal A. M. Corbett

Date of Paper: 28.12.1917
Surname: Corbett
First Name(s): A. M.
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Rhynie, Fearn

L./C. A. M. Corbett, who has been wounded in Mesopotamia, is a true Highlander, being a native of Ross-shire, and a son of the late Mrs Corbett Rhynie, Fearn. At present particulars are not available as to the degree of Lce.-Corpl. Corbett’s wounds Only recently his wife has been informed that he has been discharged from hospital after an attack of fever.

Lce./Corpl. Corbett has had an eventful career since war broke out. He joined the 4th Seaforths and served in France from February, 1916, until the battle of Arras in April last, when he was wounded. On recovering he was posted to the reserve unit. After a turn of light duty he was detailed for overseas, and went East. The vessel he sailed on was torpedoed, but he was lucky enough to be saved. Subsequently he had a second experience in a train smash; again his luck was good. It is hoped by his friends that on this last occasion when he was wounded he will have escaped serious injury.

His brother, 242330 Corpl. H. Corbett, Seaforths, is with the Reserve unit in England on staff duty after much service in the line on the Western Front.

See entry below for details of his brother H. Corbett

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Corporal H. Corbett

Date of Paper: 28.12.1917
Surname: Corbett
First Name(s): H.
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Rhynie, Fearn

L./C. A. M. Corbett, who has been wounded in Mesopotamia, is a true Highlander, being a native of Ross-shire, and a son of the late Mrs Corbett Rhynie, Fearn. At present particulars are not available as to the degree of Lce.-Corpl. Corbett’s wounds Only recently his wife has been informed that he has been discharged from hospital after an attack of fever.

Lce./Corpl. Corbett has had an eventful career since war broke out. He joined the 4th Seaforths and served in France from February, 1916, until the battle of Arras in April last, when he was wounded. On recovering he was posted to the reserve unit. After a turn of light duty he was detailed for overseas, and went East. The vessel he sailed on was torpedoed, but he was lucky enough to be saved. Subsequently he had a second experience in a train smash; again his luck was good. It is hoped by his friends that on this last occasion when he was wounded he will have escaped serious injury.

His brother, 242330 Corpl. H. Corbett, Seaforths, is with the Reserve unit in England on staff duty after much service in the line on the Western Front.

See entry above for details of his brother A. M. Corbett

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Mackay David, Corp, Fearn

Corporal David Mackay

Date of Paper: 21.03.1919
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): David
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Lower Pitkerrie, Fearn

Mr and Mrs D. Mackay, Lower Pitkerrie, Fearn, have every reason to be proud of their three soldier sons, whose photographs appear to-day. Unfortunately, one son, William, has been missing since 22nd August, 1917, and much sympathy will be felt for the parents in their anxiety.

Private William Mackay, 8th Seaforths, who is missing, was a farm servant before he enlisted on 28th March, 1916. With the 7th Seaforths he served for nine months in France, when he was invalided home. Returning to France he was sent to the 8th Battalion. He was unmarried and is 27 years old.

Corpl. David Mackay, also a farm servant, enlisted on 11th February, 1915. For two years he served in France with the 7th Seaforths, and had the misfortune to be gassed on March 21st, 1918, in the German offensive. During 1915 he was well-known as a sergeant in the 2/4th Seaforths. He is 24 years of age.

Like his two brothers, Private George Mackay was also a farm servant till he enlisted on 11th June, 1918, when he came of military age. He was training with the 4th Reserves when hostilities ceased, and has now been demobilised.

See entries below for details of his two brothers

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Mackay George, Pte, Fearn

Private George Mackay

Date of Paper: 21.03.1919
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): George
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Lower Pitkerrie, Fearn

Mr and Mrs D. Mackay, Lower Pitkerrie, Fearn, have every reason to be proud of their three soldier sons, whose photographs appear to-day. Unfortunately, one son, William, has been missing since 22nd August, 1917, and much sympathy will be felt for the parents in their anxiety.

Private William Mackay, 8th Seaforths, who is missing, was a farm servant before he enlisted on 28th March, 1916. With the 7th Seaforths he served for nine months in France, when he was invalided home. Returning to France he was sent to the 8th Battalion. He was unmarried and is 27 years old.

Corpl. David Mackay, also a farm servant, enlisted on 11th February, 1915. For two years he served in France with the 7th Seaforths, and had the misfortune to be gassed on March 21st, 1918, in the German offensive. During 1915 he was well-known as a sergeant in the 2/4th Seaforths. He is 24 years of age.

Like his two brothers, Private George Mackay was also a farm servant till he enlisted on 11th June, 1918, when he came of military age. He was training with the 4th Reserves when hostilities ceased, and has now been demobilised.

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

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Mackay William, Pte, Fearn

Private William Mackay

Date of Paper: 21.03.1919
Surname: Mackay
First Name(s): William
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Lower Pitkerrie, Fearn

Mr and Mrs D. Mackay, Lower Pitkerrie, Fearn, have every reason to be proud of their three soldier sons, whose photographs appear to-day. Unfortunately, one son, William, has been missing since 22nd August, 1917, and much sympathy will be felt for the parents in their anxiety.

Private William Mackay, 8th Seaforths, who is missing, was a farm servant before he enlisted on 28th March, 1916. With the 7th Seaforths he served for nine months in France, when he was invalided home. Returning to France he was sent to the 8th Battalion. He was unmarried and is 27 years old.

Corpl. David Mackay, also a farm servant, enlisted on 11th February, 1915. For two years he served in France with the 7th Seaforths, and had the misfortune to be gassed on March 21st, 1918, in the German offensive. During 1915 he was well-known as a sergeant in the 2/4th Seaforths. He is 24 years of age.

Like his two brothers, Private George Mackay was also a farm servant till he enlisted on 11th June, 1918, when he came of military age. He was training with the 4th Reserves when hostilities ceased, and has now been demobilised.

See entries above for details of his two brothers

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Mackenzie R, Sgt, Fearn

Sergeant R. Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 30.11.1917
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): R.
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Canadian Camerons
Home Address: Rhynie, Fearn

Information has been received by Mr and Mrs Mackenzie, Rhynie, Fearn, that their eldest son, No. 153890 Sergt. R. Mackenzie, Canadian Camerons, has been wounded through the left arm, and is at present in hospital in Birmingham. Sergt. Mackenzie emigrated to Canada six years ago. He joined the Army shortly after the outbreak of war, and sailed for France in February 1916. He has been in several engagements with his battalion until he was wounded on 26th of October. He is progressing satisfactorily, and hopes to be discharged from hospital soon to enjoy sick leave so well earned.

A photograph appears today.

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Macrae Archibald, Pte, Balintore

Private Archibald Macrae

Paper: 25.10.1918
Surname: Macrae
First Name(s): Archibald
Rank: Private
Regiment: Canadian Dental Corps
Home Address: Commercial Bar, Balintore

FOUR BALINTORE SOLDIERS

Four sons of Mrs Macrae, Commercial Bar, Balintore, have served with the Army, two of them have won high distinction in the field, and one of these made the supreme sacrifice in August last.
The late Sergt. Kenneth Macrae, Canadians, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force over four years ago, and served on the Western Front for three years. He won the Military Medal and Bar for gallantry in the field. Twenty-seven years of age, he was a flockmaster in the United States when war broke out, and crossed to Canada to join up. He was a singularly fine type of soldier. He was a ranker by selection; he was offered and declined a commission, as a great many men have done. He is survived by a young widow and one child, with whom and with the widowed mother there is much sympathy.

Pte. Archibald Macrae, Canadian Dental Corps, is 25 years of age. He was a gardener in Calgary, and enlisted in the C.E.F. over three years ago and has been [remainder obliterated].

Corpl. Murdo Macrae, Seaforths, was originally one of the Ross-shire battalion; more recently he has served with another Territorial battalion of the same regiment. It is upwards of three years since he enlisted, although he is now only 21 years of age. He has served in France for two years, and has been three times wounded. Corpl. Murdo Macrae wears the Distinguished Conduct Medal, which was granted, according to the London Gazette:- “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all the officers of his company had become casualties, this non-commissioned officer, with great initiative and resource, at once took command of all men about him, and led them against the enemy. It was largely owing to his fine example of courage and tenacity that the men held their ground against the heavy attacks of the enemy, who were in greatly superior numbers.”

Before joining up, Corpl. Macrae was a butcher with Mr Pirie, Invergordon.

Pte. Ewen Macrae, Seaforths, is only 19 years of age. He is serving on the Western Front with the Morayshires. Prior to enlisting he was a butcher with Mr Pirie. Invergordon.

See entries below for details of his three brothers

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Macrae Ewan, Pte, Balitore

Private Ewen Macrae

Paper: 25.10.1918
Surname: Macrae
First Name(s): Ewen
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Commercial Bar, Balintore

FOUR BALINTORE SOLDIERS

Four sons of Mrs Macrae, Commercial Bar, Balintore, have served with the Army, two of them have won high distinction in the field, and one of these made the supreme sacrifice in August last.
The late Sergt. Kenneth Macrae, Canadians, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force over four years ago, and served on the Western Front for three years. He won the Military Medal and Bar for gallantry in the field. Twenty-seven years of age, he was a flockmaster in the United States when war broke out, and crossed to Canada to join up. He was a singularly fine type of soldier. He was a ranker by selection; he was offered and declined a commission, as a great many men have done. He is survived by a young widow and one child, with whom and with the widowed mother there is much sympathy.

Pte. Archibald Macrae, Canadian Dental Corps, is 25 years of age. He was a gardener in Calgary, and enlisted in the C.E.F. over three years ago and has been [remainder obliterated].

Corpl. Murdo Macrae, Seaforths, was originally one of the Ross-shire battalion; more recently he has served with another Territorial battalion of the same regiment. It is upwards of three years since he enlisted, although he is now only 21 years of age. He has served in France for two years, and has been three times wounded. Corpl. Murdo Macrae wears the Distinguished Conduct Medal, which was granted, according to the London Gazette:- “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all the officers of his company had become casualties, this non-commissioned officer, with great initiative and resource, at once took command of all men about him, and led them against the enemy. It was largely owing to his fine example of courage and tenacity that the men held their ground against the heavy attacks of the enemy, who were in greatly superior numbers.”

Before joining up, Corpl. Macrae was a butcher with Mr Pirie, Invergordon.

Pte. Ewen Macrae, Seaforths, is only 19 years of age. He is serving on the Western Front with the Morayshires. Prior to enlisting he was a butcher with Mr Pirie. Invergordon.

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

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Macrae Ken, Sgt, Balintore

Sergeant Kenneth Macrae

Paper: 25.10.1918
Surname: Macrae
First Name(s): Kenneth
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force
Home Address: Commercial Bar, Balintore

FOUR BALINTORE SOLDIERS

Four sons of Mrs Macrae, Commercial Bar, Balintore, have served with the Army, two of them have won high distinction in the field, and one of these made the supreme sacrifice in August last.
The late Sergt. Kenneth Macrae, Canadians, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force over four years ago, and served on the Western Front for three years. He won the Military Medal and Bar for gallantry in the field. Twenty-seven years of age, he was a flockmaster in the United States when war broke out, and crossed to Canada to join up. He was a singularly fine type of soldier. He was a ranker by selection; he was offered and declined a commission, as a great many men have done. He is survived by a young widow and one child, with whom and with the widowed mother there is much sympathy.

Pte. Archibald Macrae, Canadian Dental Corps, is 25 years of age. He was a gardener in Calgary, and enlisted in the C.E.F. over three years ago and has been [remainder obliterated].

Corpl. Murdo Macrae, Seaforths, was originally one of the Ross-shire battalion; more recently he has served with another Territorial battalion of the same regiment. It is upwards of three years since he enlisted, although he is now only 21 years of age. He has served in France for two years, and has been three times wounded. Corpl. Murdo Macrae wears the Distinguished Conduct Medal, which was granted, according to the London Gazette:- “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all the officers of his company had become casualties, this non-commissioned officer, with great initiative and resource, at once took command of all men about him, and led them against the enemy. It was largely owing to his fine example of courage and tenacity that the men held their ground against the heavy attacks of the enemy, who were in greatly superior numbers.”

Before joining up, Corpl. Macrae was a butcher with Mr Pirie, Invergordon.

Pte. Ewen Macrae, Seaforths, is only 19 years of age. He is serving on the Western Front with the Morayshires. Prior to enlisting he was a butcher with Mr Pirie. Invergordon.

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

Photo: #5881

Macrae Murdo, Corp, Balintore

Corporal Murdo Macrae

Paper: 25.10.1918
Surname: Macrae
First Name(s): Murdo
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Commercial Bar, Balintore

FOUR BALINTORE SOLDIERS

Four sons of Mrs Macrae, Commercial Bar, Balintore, have served with the Army, two of them have won high distinction in the field, and one of these made the supreme sacrifice in August last.
The late Sergt. Kenneth Macrae, Canadians, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force over four years ago, and served on the Western Front for three years. He won the Military Medal and Bar for gallantry in the field. Twenty-seven years of age, he was a flockmaster in the United States when war broke out, and crossed to Canada to join up. He was a singularly fine type of soldier. He was a ranker by selection; he was offered and declined a commission, as a great many men have done. He is survived by a young widow and one child, with whom and with the widowed mother there is much sympathy.

Pte. Archibald Macrae, Canadian Dental Corps, is 25 years of age. He was a gardener in Calgary, and enlisted in the C.E.F. over three years ago and has been [remainder obliterated].

Corpl. Murdo Macrae, Seaforths, was originally one of the Ross-shire battalion; more recently he has served with another Territorial battalion of the same regiment. It is upwards of three years since he enlisted, although he is now only 21 years of age. He has served in France for two years, and has been three times wounded. Corpl. Murdo Macrae wears the Distinguished Conduct Medal, which was granted, according to the London Gazette:- “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When all the officers of his company had become casualties, this non-commissioned officer, with great initiative and resource, at once took command of all men about him, and led them against the enemy. It was largely owing to his fine example of courage and tenacity that the men held their ground against the heavy attacks of the enemy, who were in greatly superior numbers.”

Before joining up, Corpl. Macrae was a butcher with Mr Pirie, Invergordon.

Pte. Ewen Macrae, Seaforths, is only 19 years of age. He is serving on the Western Front with the Morayshires. Prior to enlisting he was a butcher with Mr Pirie. Invergordon.

See entries above for details of his three brothers

Photo: #6175

Macrae Murdo, L Corp, Fearn

Lance Corporal Murdo Macrae

Paper: 26.01.1917
Surname: Macrae
First Name(s): Murdo
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Camerons
Home Address: Lower Pitkerrie, Fearn

THE LATE LCE.-CPL. MURDO MACRAE, FEARN

Above we reproduce a photograph of the late Lance-Corporal Murdo Macrae, Yeomanry, now Camerons, whose death in action in France we notified in our issue of the 12th inst. A son of Mr and Mrs Duncan Macrae, Lower Pitkerrie, Fearn, he has served his country well. He was mobilised with the Lovat Scouts, and saw service in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Salonica. He was a typical Highlander, the keenest of soldiers, popular with his officers and comrades, and by these particularly he is sadly missed.

Photo: #6177

Robertson William John, Major, Fearn

Major William John Robertson

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

DIED OF WOUNDS

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.

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