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Macnab A, CSM, Evanton

Company Sergeant Major A. Macnab

Date of Paper: 07.04.1916
Surname: Macnab
First Name(s): A.
Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Regiment: 1/4th Seaforths
Home Address: Foulis, Evanton

A PATRIOTIC FOWLIS (sic) FAMILY

We reproduce on this page the photographs of three stalwart sons of Mr and Mrs H. Macnab, Fowlis (sic), Evanton, who have done so much to uphold the honour of the 1/4th Seaforths in the present gigantic struggle which is going on in Europe.

Quartermaster-Sergt. Wm. Macnab was a clerk in the National Bank, Dingwall, and joined the 4th Seaforths shortly after the outbreak of war. He went to France in November 1914 and was through all the engagements with the 1/4th Seaforths until 23rd June last, when he received a wound which necessitated his being sent home. He has now recovered, and is with the 3/4th Seaforths.

The second son, Private George A. Macnab (2326) made the supreme sactifice while the battalion was in action on 31st March 1915. Pte. Macnab was well known in Dingwall, where he served his aprenticeship as a compositor. Subsequently he went to Wick where he learned to work a linotype machine and from there he secured a responsible position as a linotype operator in the Scotsman office, Edinburgh. Pte. Macnab enlisted shortly after the war began, and after escaping uninjured through the battle of Neuve Chapelle he fell as already stated. Deceased was 27 years of age, and a most affable and likeable young man. He is interred at the British cemetery, Vielle Chapelle.

Company Sergt.-Major A. Macnab is a well known volunteer and territorial. He was mobilised in August 1914, and proceeded to France in November of the same year. [Obliterated] a year in the trenches he contracted [obliterated] and was sent home suffering [obliterated] strain. He is now with the 3/4th Seaforths. The three sons were all [obliterated] Section of G (Alness) [remainder obliterated].

See entries below for details of his two brothers

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Macnab George A, Pte, Evanton

Private George A. Macnab

Date of Paper: 07.04.1916
Surname: Macnab
First Name(s): George A.
Rank: Private
Regiment: 1/4th Seaforths
Home Address: Foulis, Evanton

A PATRIOTIC FOWLIS (sic) FAMILY

We reproduce on this page the photographs of three stalwart sons of Mr and Mrs H. Macnab, Fowlis (sic), Evanton, who have done so much to uphold the honour of the 1/4th Seaforths in the present gigantic struggle which is going on in Europe.

Quartermaster-Sergt. Wm. Macnab was a clerk in the National Bank, Dingwall, and joined the 4th Seaforths shortly after the outbreak of war. He went to France in November 1914 and was through all the engagements with the 1/4th Seaforths until 23rd June last, when he received a wound which necessitated his being sent home. He has now recovered, and is with the 3/4th Seaforths.

The second son, Private George A. Macnab (2326) made the supreme sactifice while the battalion was in action on 31st March 1915. Pte. Macnab was well known in Dingwall, where he served his aprenticeship as a compositor. Subsequently he went to Wick where he learned to work a linotype machine and from there he secured a responsible position as a linotype operator in the Scotsman office, Edinburgh. Pte. Macnab enlisted shortly after the war began, and after escaping uninjured through the battle of Neuve Chapelle he fell as already stated. Deceased was 27 years of age, and a most affable and likeable young man. He is interred at the British cemetery, Vielle Chapelle.

Company Sergt.-Major A. Macnab is a well known volunteer and territorial. He was mobilised in August 1914, and proceeded to France in November of the same year. [Obliterated] a year in the trenches he contracted [obliterated] and was sent home suffering [obliterated] strain. He is now with the 3/4th Seaforths. The three sons were all [obliterated] Section of G (Alness) [remainder obliterated].

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

Photo: #6151

Macnab William, QMS, Evanton

Quartermaster Sergeant William Macnab

Date of Paper: 07.04.1916
Surname: Macnab
First Name(s): William
Rank: Quartermaster Sergeant
Regiment: 3/4th Seaforths
Home Address: Foulis, Evanton

A PATRIOTIC FOWLIS (sic) FAMILY

We reproduce on this page the photographs of three stalwart sons of Mr and Mrs H. Macnab, Fowlis (sic), Evanton, who have done so much to uphold the honour of the 1/4th Seaforths in the present gigantic struggle which is going on in Europe.

Quartermaster-Sergt. Wm. Macnab was a clerk in the National Bank, Dingwall, and joined the 4th Seaforths shortly after the outbreak of war. He went to France in November 1914 and was through all the engagements with the 1/4th Seaforths until 23rd June last, when he received a wound which necessitated his being sent home. He has now recovered, and is with the 3/4th Seaforths.

The second son, Private George A. Macnab (2326) made the supreme sactifice while the battalion was in action on 31st March 1915. Pte. Macnab was well known in Dingwall, where he served his aprenticeship as a compositor. Subsequently he went to Wick where he learned to work a linotype machine and from there he secured a responsible position as a linotype operator in the Scotsman office, Edinburgh. Pte. Macnab enlisted shortly after the war began, and after escaping uninjured through the battle of Neuve Chapelle he fell as already stated. Deceased was 27 years of age, and a most affable and likeable young man. He is interred at the British cemetery, Vielle Chapelle.

Company Sergt.-Major A. Macnab is a well known volunteer and territorial. He was mobilised in August 1914, and proceeded to France in November of the same year. [Obliterated] a year in the trenches he contracted [obliterated] and was sent home suffering [obliterated] strain. He is now with the 3/4th Seaforths. The three sons were all [obliterated] Section of G (Alness) [remainder obliterated].

See entries above for details of his two brothers

Photo: #6131

Macvicar Alexander, Pte, Canada Ex Evanton

Private Alexander MacVicar

Date of Paper: 27.10.1916
Surname: MacVicar
First Name(s): Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry
Home Address: Canada (formerly Evanton)

THE LATE PRIVATE ALEX. MACVICAR, H.L.I.

Pte. Alex. MacVicar, killed on 1st July last, was the fourth son of Mr Donald MacVicar, for many years the esteemed headmaster of Kiltearn School, who, with his family, went to Canada several years ago. Shortly after the outbreak of war Private MacVicar came to the old country at his own expense, and with characteristic Highland eagerness to get to his “job” with the least possible delay, joined the H.L.I. in Glasgow. He was one of the many who distinguished themselves in the charge of 1st July, when the H.L.I. covered itself in glory. How proud he was the day he embarked for France with his sprig of Ross-shire heather snugly tucked away in his kit!

Of a shy and retiring disposition, he was a very lovable lad, staunch and true to his friends, and much sympathy is expressed on all hands with his sorrowing parents and sister and brothers in Canada.

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Matheson Donald, Corp, Evanton

Corporal Donald Matheson

Date of Paper: 22.02.1918
Surname: Matheson
First Name(s): Donald
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Fyrish, Evanton

No Headline

Mr and Mrs D. Matheson, Fyrish, Evanton, have two gallant sons serving with the Seaforths. Corpl. Donald Matheson (267370) joined the 4th Seaforths in the early days of the war, leaving the farm of Drumore, Evanton, where he was a ploughman. In July 1916, he was wounded, and after a spell in Blighty recovered, and was then once more “for it”. On going to France he was transferred to the 1/6th Seaforths and has seen much fighting with the famous Morayshires, with which are a number of Ross-shire officers and men.

Pte. Tom Matheson (3744) joined up at the outbreak of war and served with the 7th Seaforths in France. He saw much fighting but in October 1916 was wounded. On recovering he was transferred to another Seaforth battalion and went East where he has been active in Mesopotamia. Recently he reported “all well”. He was a farm servant.

Photographs of both men appear today.

See entry below for details of his brother Thomas Matheson

Photo: #6150

Matheson Thomas, Pte, Evanton

Private Thomas Matheson

Date of Paper: 22.02.1918
Surname: Matheson
First Name(s): Thomas
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Fyrish, Evanton

No Headline

Mr and Mrs D. Matheson, Fyrish, Evanton, have two gallant sons serving with the Seaforths. Corpl. Donald Matheson (267370) joined the 4th Seaforths in the early days of the war, leaving the farm of Drumore, Evanton, where he was a ploughman. In July 1916, he was wounded, and after a spell in Blighty recovered, and was then once more “for it”. On going to France he was transferred to the 1/6th Seaforths and has seen much fighting with the famous Morayshires, with which are a number of Ross-shire officers and men.

Pte. Tom Matheson (3744) joined up at the outbreak of war and served with the 7th Seaforths in France. He saw much fighting but in October 1916 was wounded. On recovering he was transferred to another Seaforth battalion and went East where he has been active in Mesopotamia. Recently he reported “all well”. He was a farm servant.

Photographs of both men appear today.

See entry above for details of his brother Donald Matheson

Photo: #6126

Miller William, L Corp, Evanton

Lance Corporal William Miller

Date of Paper: 26.10.1917
Surname: Miller
First Name(s): William
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Drumore, Evanton

No Headline

No: 200805 L.-Cpl. Wm. Miller, Seaforths, whose photograph is reproduced to-day, was killed in France on September 20, 1917, and sincere regret is felt in Evanton district, to which he belonged. A gallant soldier, he has surrendered his life for King and country at the early age of 22 years, and the deepest sympathy is extended to his sorrowing parents, bothers and sisters, in their irreparable loss. He was a dutiful son and brother. Previously to joining up, two years last February, he was employed in farm service on Shandwick Mains, Ross-shire, where he was well and favourbly known as a capable and trustworthy young man. A fortnight before his untimely end he was promoted to a Lewis gun section, and whilst leading his team to their objective he was killed by a shell.

His father is foreman ploughman at Drumore, Evanton, but is a native of Reisgill, Lybster, Caithness. His mother also belongs to Caithness, being a native of the parish of Watten there. The Captain of the company with which deceased served, Captain A. M. (Ray) Macdonald, in a letter to the parents, dated Sep. 25 says: “All ranks join with me in extending to you most sincere sympathy in your great loss. Your son was killed in our attack on the morning of 20th September. A shell killed him while he was leading his Lewis gun team to their objective. He was killed instantaneously. Your son was a very promising N.C.O., and a very brave man. We miss him very much. His platoon oficer, Mr Munro is wounded, or he would also write to you. I have known him for a long time to be one of the best in the company, and it may comfort you to know that he was a splendid soldier in every way. I shall be very glad to give you any more information I can.”

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Munro Hector S, Lieut, Foulis

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Munro Hector S, Lieut, Foulis

Lieutenant Hector S. Munro

Date of Paper: 24.03.1916
Surname: Munro
First Name(s): Hector S.
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Foulis Castle, Evanton

CONGRATULATIONS OF TENANTRY

Yesterday (30th March) Lieutenant Hector S. Munro, yr. of Foulis, son of Colonel Sir Hector Munro of Foulis, Bart., A.D.C., Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, and of Lady Munro of Foulis, attained his majority.

Lieutenant Munro is an officer of the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, who at present is A.D.C. at Headquarters of an Army Corps in Egypt. He has already seen service on the Western front, whither he went in September 1914, and spent the winter in the trenches, experiencing the more terrible conditions which fell to the lot of a small army which valorously held the line against recurring dashes of the German hosts. He was in some of the critical engagements of the period, and in the spring of 1915 was one of the early victims of the German gas attacks, recovering wonderfully. After a brief respite at home he returned to France since when he has held a staff appointment.
The Foulis family has a remarkable military record which runs through the long history of the centuries since the founders of the family came over, as traditionally stated, from Ireland. Clan Roich or Munro fought at Bannockburn, and later we find them, invariably on the side of King and Constitution, in all warfare down to Culloden. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the House was represented on many foreign fields, and few Scottish families have in their pedigrees so many notable combatants.

Foulis Tenantry’s Telegram
In other times yesterday would have been a great day at Foulis. The coming-of-age of the heir to title, clan, and estate would have been feted and congratulated with a heartiness which would have lacked nothing in the cordiality of warm affection and high respect towards both heir and parents. It is hoped that these rejoicings are merely deferred, and that, returning safe from the war, at the conclusion of a victorious peace, the young soldier will get first hand evidence of his popularity.
Meantime the following cablegram has been sent to Lieut. Munro on behalf of the tenantry: “Foulis tenantry congratulate you on attaining your majority, rejoicing the call of Empire finds heir to Foulis worthily sustaining the glorious traditions of Clan Roich.”

[Handwritten notes: “Captain. Military Cross 09.08.1918. Killed 23.10.1918”]

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Munro John, Sgt, Evanton

Sergeant John Munro

Date of Paper: 25.04.1919
Surname: Munro
First Name(s): John
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Drummond Cottage, Evanton

AN EVANTON REPATRIATED PRISONER

Sergt. John Munro, Seaforths, a repatriated prisoner of war, is a son of Mr and Mrs David Munro, Drummond Cottage, Evanton. He enlisted in the 2nd Seaforths, and after seeing service in England he crossed to France in 1916. The following year he was home in England, but returned to the front in February last year. In the big German push of March 1918 he was captured, and for nine months was interned in Germany. Prior to the war he was a chauffeur to the late Mr Dods*, factor for Raith and Novar. He is 24 years of age.

A brother, Private David Munro, aged 19, was a gardener with Miss Bankes of Balconie when he joined up on reaching military age. He went to France in March 1918, was wounded in July, and sent home. He is now discharged wounded.

A photograph of Sergt. Munro appears today.

See entry below for details of his brother David Munro

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Private David Munro

Date of Paper: 25.04.1919
Surname: Munro
First Name(s): David
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Drummond Cottage, Evanton

AN EVANTON REPATRIATED PRISONER

Sergt. John Munro, Seaforths, a repatriated prisoner of war, is a son of Mr and Mrs David Munro, Drummond Cottage, Evanton. He enlisted in the 2nd Seaforths, and after seeing service in England he crossed to France in 1916. The following year he was home in England, but returned to the front in February last year. In the big German push of March 1918 he was captured, and for nine months was interned in Germany. Prior to the war he was a chauffeur to the late Mr Dods*, factor for Raith and Novar. He is 24 years of age.

A brother, Private David Munro, aged 19, was a gardener with Miss Bankes of Balconie when he joined up on reaching military age. He went to France in March 1918, was wounded in July, and sent home. He is now discharged wounded.

A photograph of Sergt. Munro appears today.

See entry above for details of his brother John Munro

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Ross M, Cadet, Evanton

Cadet M. Ross

Date of Paper: 18.05.1917
Surname: Ross
First Name(s): M.
Rank: Cadet
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry
Home Address: Drumore, Evanton

No Headline

Mr M. Ross who was a lance-corporal in the H.L.I., is a grandson of Mrs Ross, Drumore, Evanton (whose death we record in today’s issue), and before joining the Army was farming on Drumore with a view to taking the B.Sc. course in agriculture.

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Swanson George, Pte, Canada Ex Evanton

Private George Swanson

Date of Paper: 12.11.1915
Surname: Swanson
First Name(s): George
Rank: Private
Regiment: 49th Canadians
Home Address: Edmonton, Alberta (formerly Fyrish, Evanton)

No Headline

The above are portraits of the sons of the late Mr John Swanson and Mrs Swanson, Fyrish, Evanton. Private Harry Swanson, 8th Seaforths, on the left, was wounded in the battle of Loos on September 24th. He is now in a convalescent home at Farnham, Surrey, and is making a good recovery. Private Swanson, who is only 19 years of age, joined the army last December, and went to France with his regiment in July. Previous to the war he was employed by Mr Cowan, Fyrish Farm.

The other portrait is that of Private George Swanson, who is with the 49th Canadians in France. He is 24 years of age, and enlisted last December in Edmonton, Alberta. He emigrated to Canada three years ago.

The eldest brother of the family, John, has just returned home from Bulgaria, having been resident in Samokov for the past three and a half years. He was in Bulgaria during the last Balkan War, and he experienced great kindness from the Bulgarians both then and up till the time he left the country.

See entries below for details of his two brothers

Photo: #6136

Swanson Harry, Pte, Evanton

Private Harry Swanson

Date of Paper: 12.11.1915
Surname: Swanson
First Name(s): Harry
Rank: Private
Regiment: 8th Seaforths
Home Address: Fyrish, Evanton

No Headline

The above are portraits of the sons of the late Mr John Swanson and Mrs Swanson, Fyrish, Evanton. Private Harry Swanson, 8th Seaforths, on the left, was wounded in the battle of Loos on September 24th. He is now in a convalescent home at Farnham, Surrey, and is making a good recovery. Private Swanson, who is only 19 years of age, joined the army last December, and went to France with his regiment in July. Previous to the war he was employed by Mr Cowan, Fyrish Farm.

The other portrait is that of Private George Swanson, who is with the 49th Canadians in France. He is 24 years of age, and enlisted last December in Edmonton, Alberta. He emigrated to Canada three years ago.

The eldest brother of the family, John, has just returned home from Bulgaria, having been resident in Samokov for the past three and a half years. He was in Bulgaria during the last Balkan War, and he experienced great kindness from the Bulgarians both then and up till the time he left the country.

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

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John Swanson

Date of Paper: 12.11.1915
Surname: Swanson
First Name(s): John
Rank: Not stated
Regiment: Not stated
Home Address: Fyrish, Evanton

No Headline

The above are portraits of the sons of the late Mr John Swanson and Mrs Swanson, Fyrish, Evanton. Private Harry Swanson, 8th Seaforths, on the left, was wounded in the battle of Loos on September 24th. He is now in a convalescent home at Farnham, Surrey, and is making a good recovery. Private Swanson, who is only 19 years of age, joined the army last December, and went to France with his regiment in July. Previous to the war he was employed by Mr Cowan, Fyrish Farm.

The other portrait is that of Private George Swanson, who is with the 49th Canadians in France. He is 24 years of age, and enlisted last December in Edmonton, Alberta. He emigrated to Canada three years ago.

The eldest brother of the family, John, has just returned home from Bulgaria, having been resident in Samokov for the past three and a half years. He was in Bulgaria during the last Balkan War, and he experienced great kindness from the Bulgarians both then and up till the time he left the country.

See entries above for details of his two brothers