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Flying Officer J. A. B. Somerville

Date of Paper: 06.10.1939
Surname: Somerville
Forename(s): James A. B.
Rank: Flying Officer
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Home Address: 361 Lanark Road, Kingsknowe, Edinburgh

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Much regret was expressed in Invergordon when it was learned that Flying Officer J. A. B. Somerville, RAF, had been killed on Sunday in a flying accident, the circumstances of which have not so far been divulged. Flying Officer Somerville, better known to his friends as Hamish, was a son of Dr and Mrs Somerville, 361 Lanark Road, Kingsknowe, Edinburgh. He was born in Invergordon, where his father was a medical practitioner for many years. Much sympathy is extended to his bereaved young wife, who is a daughter of Mr and Mrs William Tuach, Conon.

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Sincerely mourned by his many friends, Flying Officer J. A. B. Somerville met his death in a flying accident sustained in the course of duty. The deceased officer was the younger son of Dr. J. A. Somerville, formerly of Invergordon, where he passed his early days. He was educated at Sedbergh School, Yorkshire, where he had a successful scholastic career, and distinguished himself both at cricket and at rugby football.

On leaving school he adopted banking as his profession and in the service of the Commercial Bank of Scotland had given every sign of a most promising future. Some three years ago he joined the Edinburgh Squadron of the Auxiliary Air Force, and quickly displayed more than ordinary aptitude for flying. At the time of his death he was reckoned an unusually reliable and skilful pilot, and in the discharge of duty generally a most competent, efficient and loyal officer.

He was deservedly popular with officers and men alike, by whom his many lovable qualities were roundly esteemed. With his proved capacity and devotion to duty he combined a most charming modesty and delightful sense of humour which made his presence invariably welcome.

He has left behind him a young widow and infant son, to whom, as to his surviving parents, all north country friends will desire to extend their deepest sympathy.

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Sergeant D. Sutherland

Date of Paper: 14.08.1942
Surname: Sutherland
Forename(s): D.
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps
Home Address: Perth, ex-Clyde Street, Invergordon

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Mr D. Sutherland, Clyde Street, Invergordon, has received information that his son, Sergt. D. Sutherland, RASC, was captured at Tobruk and is now a prisoner of war. “Sid”, as he was familiarly known in Invergordon, was a popular footballer, and was employed in the G.P.O., Invergordon, before being transferred to Perth G.P.O. His wife and family reside in Perth.

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Leading Aircraftsman Edward G. Taylor

Date of Paper: 15.10.1943
Surname: Taylor
Forename(s): Edward G.
Rank: Leading Aircraftsman
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Home Address: High Street, Invergordon

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LAC E. G. Taylor, RAF, son of Mr and Mrs P. Taylor, High Street, Invergordon. has been killed in action serving with the RAF in Africa. “Eddie”, as he was familiarly known, was employed in Johnstone’s Aerated Works, Invergordon, before joining the RAF. He was a popular member of Invergordon Boy Scouts and took part in many Scout concerts for charity. He was highly respected by all who knew him. His passing at the age of 23 has come as a sad blow to his parents, and the sympathy of the community is extended to them; also his sisters and a brother, R. Taylor, Scots Guards, serving overseas, in their bereavement.

See entry below for details of his brother Robert Taylor

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Guardsman Robert Taylor

Date of Paper: 19.11.1943
Surname: Taylor
Forename(s): Robert
Rank: Guardsman
Regiment: Scots Guards
Home Address: High Street, Invergordon

Pte. Robert Taylor, Scots Guards, son of Mr and Mrs P. Taylor, High Street, Invergordon, is also reported missing overseas. His brother, LAC E. Taylor, RAF, was killed recently in Africa.

Date of Paper: 05.05.1944

DIED OF WOUNDS

Official news has been received by Mr and Mrs P. Taylor, High Street, Invergordon, that their oldest son, Guardsman Robert Taylor, Scots Guards, has died of wounds received in action, at a German Field Hospital. Several weeks ago Mr and Mrs Taylor received news that their youngest son, LAC Edward Taylor, RAF, had been killed in action in Corsica. Both lads were well known and highly respected, and the sympathy of the community is extended to Mr and Mrs Taylor and family in their loss of two gallant sons.

See entry above for details of his brother Edward G. Taylor

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Sergeant Twiddy

Date of Paper: 19.11.1943
Surname: Twiddy
Forename(s): Not stated
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Royal Air Force
Home Address: Chapman’s Hotel, Invergordon

MISSING

Sgt. Twiddy, RAF, husband of Margaret Chapman of Chapman’s Hotel, Invergordon, is reported missing overseas.

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Private Alexander Urquhart

Date of Paper: 05.07.1940
Surname: Urquhart
Forename(s): Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: The Bungalow, Invergordon

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Handwritten notes: “Son of Mrs Urquhart, the Bungalow, Invergordon. Missing. Prisoner of War 11th October, 1940. Employment – plasterer with Ross & Macleod, Tain.”

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Private Colin Urquhart

Date of Paper: 05.07.1940
Surname: Urquhart
Forename(s): Colin
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Elliot Road, Invergordon

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Handwritten notes: “Son of Mr Colin Urquhart, Elliot Road, Invergordon. Missing. Prisoner of War 4th October, 1940. Employment – chauffeur. Liberated 18th May, 1945.”

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Private Duncan Urquhart

Date of Paper: 05.07.1940
Surname: Urquhart
Forename(s): Duncan
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: 63 Clyde Street, Invergordon

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Handwritten notes: “Son of Mr and Mrs A. Urquhart, 63 Clyde Street, Invergordon. Missing. Employment – gardener’s assistant. Liberated 18th May, 1945.”

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Private William Urquhart

Date of Paper: 30.09.1943
Surname: Urquhart
Forename(s): William
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: 17 Murray Road, Invergordon

WOUNDED

Official information has been received by Mr John Urquhart, 17 Murray Road, Invergordon, that his son, Pte. Wm. Urquhart, Seaforths, has been wounded in Sicily. Another son, E.R.A. John Urquhart is serving in the Navy, while a daughter, Nurse Bella Urquhart, SRN, is serving in a London hospital.

See entries below for details of his brother and sister

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E.R.A. John Urquhart

Date of Paper: 30.09.1943
Surname: Urquhart
Forename(s): John
Rank: E.R.A.
Regiment: Royal Navy
Home Address: 17 Murray Road, Invergordon

WOUNDED

Official information has been received by Mr John Urquhart, 17 Murray Road, Invergordon, that his son, Pte. Wm. Urquhart, Seaforths, has been wounded in Sicily. Another son, E.R.A. John Urquhart is serving in the Navy, while a daughter, Nurse Bella Urquhart, SRN, is serving in a London hospital.

See entry above for details of his brother and entry below for details of his sister

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Nurse Bella Urquhart

Date of Paper: 30.09.1943
Surname: Urquhart
Forename(s): Bella
Rank: Nurse
Regiment: Hospital
Home Address: 17 Murray Road, Invergordon

WOUNDED

Official information has been received by Mr John Urquhart, 17 Murray Road, Invergordon, that his son, Pte. Wm. Urquhart, Seaforths, has been wounded in Sicily. Another son, E.R.A. John Urquhart is serving in the Navy, while a daughter, Nurse Bella Urquhart, SRN, is serving in a London hospital.

See entries above for details of her two brothers

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Sergeant H. Weir

Date of Paper: 18.12.1942
Surname: Weir
Forename(s): H.
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Royal Artillery
Home Address: 39 High Street, Invergordon

WOUNDED

News has been received that Sergt. H. Weir, RA, of 39 High Street, Invergordon, has been wounded in the Middle East.

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Gunner James Wilson

Date of Paper: 14.05.1943
Surname: Wilson
Forename(s): James
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Artillery
Home Address: High Street, Invergordon

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Gnr. James Wilson, RA, son of Mr and Mrs Wilfred Wilson, High Street, Invergordon, is reported as having been wounded in the Middle East. Three brothers of Gnr. Wilson are also serving: Charles Wilson, RASC, Gordon Wilson, RASC, and LAC W. Wilson, RAF (overseas).

See entries below for details of his three brothers

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Charles Wilson

Date of Paper: 14.05.1943
Surname: Wilson
Forename(s): Charles
Rank: Not stated
Regiment: RASC
Home Address: High Street, Invergordon

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Gnr. James Wilson, RA, son of Mr and Mrs Wilfred Wilson, High Street, Invergordon, is reported as having been wounded in the Middle East. Three brothers of Gnr. Wilson are also serving: Charles Wilson, RASC, Gordon Wilson, RASC, and LAC W. Wilson, RAF (overseas).

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

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Gordon Wilson

Date of Paper: 14.05.1943
Surname: Wilson
Forename(s): Gordon
Rank: Not stated
Regiment: RASC
Home Address: High Street, Invergordon

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Gnr. James Wilson, RA, son of Mr and Mrs Wilfred Wilson, High Street, Invergordon, is reported as having been wounded in the Middle East. Three brothers of Gnr. Wilson are also serving: Charles Wilson, RASC, Gordon Wilson, RASC, and LAC W. Wilson, RAF (overseas).

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

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L.A.C William Wilson

Date of Paper: 14.05.1943
Surname: Wilson
Forename(s): William
Rank: L.A.C.
Regiment: RAF
Home Address: High Street, Invergordon

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Gnr. James Wilson, RA, son of Mr and Mrs Wilfred Wilson, High Street, Invergordon, is reported as having been wounded in the Middle East. Three brothers of Gnr. Wilson are also serving: Charles Wilson, RASC, Gordon Wilson, RASC, and LAC W. Wilson, RAF (overseas).

See entries above for details of his three brothers

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Gunner Alexander Winchester

Date of Paper: 05.07.1940
Surname: Winchester
Forename(s): Alexander
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Artillery
Home Address: Mossfield, Invergordon

WINCHESTER

Accidentally drowned in France, on 6th June 1940, Gunner Alexander Winchester, beloved son of the late Alexander Winchester and Mrs Winchester, Mossfield, Invergordon.

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Gunner G. H. Young

Date of Paper: 15.05.1942
Surname: Young
Forename(s): G. H.
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Artillery
Home Address: Invergordon

MISSING AT SINGAPORE

Gr. G. H. Young, R.A., reported missing at Singapore, is a son of Chief Constable H. Young, CID, London, and Mrs Young, Invergordon.

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