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Captain Duncan Gordon

Date of Paper: 16.06.1944
Surname: Gordon
Forename(s): Duncan
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Artillery
Home Address: 100 Comiston Drive, Edinburgh, ex-Pitkerrie, Fearn

Captain Duncan Gordon, R.A., killed in action in May 1944, was the youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs Robert Gordon, Pitkerrie, Fearn, and husband of Pamela Paton. He was 38 years of age.

THE LATE CAPTAIN D. W. GORDON, C.A.

News has been received of the death in action in Burma in May 1944 of Captain Duncan William Gordon, C.A., 100 Comiston Drive, Edinburgh. He was the youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs Robert Gordon, Pitkerrie, Fearn, Ross-shire. He received his education at Tain Academy, and then came to Edinburgh to service his apprenticeship with Messrs A. T. Niven & Co., C.A. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, he was assumed as a partner in the firm of Messrs W. R. McDonald & Gordon, C.A., 27 Alva Street, Edinburgh. He received his commission as a Territorial in the Royal Artillery in June 1939, ultimately attaining the rank of Captain. After serving in various parts of the country, he proceeded to India in May 1942. He was a keen golfer, being a member of the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society. Captain Gordon, who was 38 years of age, is survived by his wife, who is a daughter of Major Paton, Wrentham, Suffolk. She is at present serving in the A.T.S.

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Able Seaman Thomas Hughes

Date of Paper: 16.06.1944
Surname: Hughes
Forename(s): Thomas
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment: Royal Navy
Home Address: South Shields, ex-4 Bank Street, Balintore

KILLED IN ACTION

A.B. Thomas Hughes, Royal Navy, killed in action, is a grandson of Mr and Mrs Tom Vass, 4 Bank Street, Balintore. He was in the Royal Naval Reserve when war broke out and was called up immediately. Well known and popular in Balintore, Hilton and Shandwick, his cheerful personality will be greatly missed. Much sympathy is extended to his wife, who resides in South Shields, and his mother, who is in Australia. A brother served with the Australians in the Middle East, but was wounded and sent back to Australia.

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Private John Marshall

Date of Paper: 23.08.1940
Surname: Marshall
Forename(s): John
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: 13 New Street, Inver, Fearn

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Pte. John Marshall (21), The Seaforths, missing, is a grandson of Mr and Mrs James Mackay, 13 New Street, Inver, Fearn, and prior to the war was a joiner to trade in Tain.

Handwritten note: “Liberated 1st June, 1945.”

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Flight Sergeant Hugh Murray

Date of Paper: 12.02.1943
Surname: Murray
Forename(s): Hugh
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Home Address: Fearn

DIED ON SERVICE

Official information has been received of the death on service of Flight-Sgt. Hugh Murray, RAF. The son of Mr Murray, merchant, Fearn, of which parish he was a native, he was educated at Tain Royal Academy. He joined the RAF at the outbreak of hostilities and saw service as a pilot over Germany, in Malta and in the Middle East. He had also for a time acted as an instructor in Canada.

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Corporal William G. Paterson

Date of Paper: 13.09.1940
Surname: Paterson
Forename(s): William G.
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Wester Arboll, Fearn

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Cpl. Wm. G. Paterson, The Seaforths, prisoner of war, is a son of Mr and Mrs Paterson, Wester Arboll, and late of Rockfield, Portmahomack.

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Petty Officer George Robertson

Date of Paper: 22.09.1939
Surname: Robertson
Forename(s): George
Rank: Petty Officer
Regiment: Royal Navy Reserve
Home Address: Knocknahar Cottage, Inver, Fearn

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Official information has come from Kirkwall that George Robertson, Knocknahar Cottage, Inver, Fearn, was lost in the sinking of HMS Courageous. Deceased was a Petty Officer on the Naval Reserve and was called up a few days before war was declared. Prior to his return to service, he was employed as an engineer- fireman at Fendom, near Tain. About 40 years of age, he is survived by his widow and a young child, who are at present in residence in Kirkwall. To them deep sympathy will be extended.

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Private A. R. Rose

Date of Paper: 27.09.1940
Surname: Rose
Forename(s): A. R.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Balaldie, Fearn

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Handwritten notes: “Sons of Mr and Mrs A. Rose, Balaldie, Fearn. Prisoners of War. L./Cpl. D. B. Rose liberated 8/6/45; other brothers also returned.”

See entries below for details of his two brothers

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Lance Corporal D. B. Rose

Date of Paper: 27.09.1940
Surname: Rose
Forename(s): D. B.
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Balaldie, Fearn

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Handwritten notes: “Sons of Mr and Mrs A. Rose, Balaldie, Fearn. Prisoners of War. L./Cpl. D. B. Rose liberated 8/6/45; other brothers also returned.”

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

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J. Rose

Date of Paper: 27.09.1940
Surname: Rose
Forename(s): J.
Rank: Unknown
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Balaldie, Fearn

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Handwritten notes: “Sons of Mr and Mrs A. Rose, Balaldie, Fearn. Prisoners of War. L./Cpl. D. B. Rose liberated 8/6/45; other brothers also returned.”

See entries above for details of his two brothers

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Private Alexander Ross

Date of Paper: 09.08.1940
Surname: Ross
Forename(s): Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Balaldie, Fearn, ex-Hartfield Street, Tain

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Pte. Alexander Ross, The Seaforths, missing, is the well known Tain cyclist, who gained many prizes in all parts of Scotland. His wife and child reside with her parents at Balaldie, Fearn.

Handwritten note: “Liberated 11th May, 1945.”

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Second Engineer Angus Ross

Date of Paper: 19.02.1943
Surname: Ross
Forename(s): Angus
Rank: Second Engineer
Regiment: Merchant Navy
Home Address: Learig, Portlethan

LOST AT SEA

Second Engineer Angus Ross, Merchant Navy, previously reported missing at sea, is now presumed to have been lost at sea. He was the younger son of the late Mr George Ross, who was for many years headmaster of Geanies Public School, Fearn, and of Mrs Ross, Learig, Portlethan. Deceased was well known in the North and North East of Scotland. While employed with His Majesty’s Office of Works in Renfrewshire, he was appointed insurance engineer with Insurance Engineers, London. He joined the Merchant Navy in 1942 and sailed as second engineer.

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Seaman James Ross

Date of Paper: 20.10.1939
Surname: Ross
Forename(s): James
Rank: Seaman
Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve
Home Address: Port Street, Balintore

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Handwritten notes: “Royal Oak. Rescued.”

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Seaman John Ross

Date of Paper: 20.10.1939
Surname: Ross
Forename(s): John
Rank: Seaman
Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve
Home Address: 19 Shore Street, Hilton, Fearn

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Handwritten notes: “Royal Oak. Rescued.”

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Private Walter Ross

Date of Paper: 26.07.1940
Surname: Ross
Forename(s): Walter
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Lower Geanies, Fearn, ex-7 Shore Street, Inver

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Pte. Walter Ross (33), The Seaforths, missing, is the son of Mr and Mrs A. Ross, 7 Shore Street, Inver, Fearn. His wife and family reside at Lower Geanies, Fearn.

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Pilot Officer William Ross

Date of Paper: 17.07.1942
Surname: Ross
Forename(s): William
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Home Address: 3 King Street, Hilton, Fearn

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During the weekend, Fearn Seaboard Villages were sorry to learn that Mr Wm. Ross, 3 King Street, Hilton, had been notified by the Air Ministry that his son, Pilot Officer Wm. Ross, has been officially posted “missing”. Everyone feels deeply for the respected parents of this most popular young man, and those who have watched his successful career in the Metropolitan Police and the RAF will join in hoping that the next news may be the good news of safety. Three brothers of the missing officer are serving in the RAF, and one in the Army.

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Second Lieutenant J. Douglas Scott

Date of Paper: 26.07.1940
Surname: Scott
Forename(s): J. Douglas
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Fearn Farm, Fearn

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2/Lt. J. Douglas Scott, The Seaforths, missing, is a son of Mr and Mrs James Scott of Fearn Farm, Fearn. Prior to the war he was associated with his father in business. He is also a well known and popular member of the Ross-Sutherland Rugby Club.

Handwritten notes: “Prisoner of War 16th August, 1940. Liberated 18th May, 1945.”

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Corporal J. Sinclair

Date of Paper: Obliterated
Surname: Sinclair
Forename(s): J.
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Rhynie Farm, Fearn

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Corpl. J. Sinclair, The Seaforths, missing, is the youngest son of Mr Donald Sinclair, Rhynie Farm, Fearn, and late of Tarlogie Cottages, Tain.

Handwritten notes: “Prisoner of War 13th Sept., 1940. Liberated 1st June, 1945.”

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Vass Hugh, Seaman, Shandwick

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Vass Hugh, Seaman, Balintore

Handwritten notes: "Age 31. Lost at sea. (HMS Royal Oak) Left widow and ten months old son."

Seaman Hugh Vass

Date of Paper: 20.10.1939
Surname: Vass
Forename(s): Hugh
Rank: Seaman
Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve
Home Address: 5 Park Street, Balintore, Fearn

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Handwritten notes: “Age 31. Lost at sea. (HMS Royal Oak) Left widow and ten months old son.”

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Captain James E. Young

Date of Paper: 18.07.1940
Surname: Young
Forename(s): James E.
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Tarrel Farm, Fearn

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Handwritten notes: “Son of Mr George Young, Tarrel. Missing. Prisoner of War 16th August, 1940. Liberated 25th May, 1945.”

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