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Lance Sergeant James Wells

Date of Paper: 14.06.1940
Surname: Wells
Forename(s): James
Rank: Lance Sergeant
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Hill Street, Dingwall

L/Sgt. James Wells (28), Seaforth Highlanders, wounded, is the husband of Mrs Wells, Hill Street, Dingwall, and prior to the war was an assistant with Henderson’s ironmongers, Dingwall, in their store in Station Road. He hails from Glasgow.

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Seaman William White

Date of Paper: 19.01.1940
Surname: White
Forename(s): William
Rank: Seaman
Regiment: Merchant Navy
Home Address: Victoria Place, Dingwall

Mrs White, Victoria Place, Dingwall, on Wednesday night received official information that her husband, William White, was reported missing and presumed drowned at sea. He was a member of the Mercantile Marine and was employed on an oil tanker, which has been sunk.

Mr White was an Englishman who had spent a considerable number of years in Ross-shire. In the last war he was in the Navy and took part in several important engagements. Subsequently he came North and for a time was employed in the Munlochy district. Another appointment he held was as caretaker to the Ross Memorial Hospital, Dingwall. Later he carried on business in Dingwall as a chimney sweep.

But the call of the sea was in his blood and for a period he served as a seaman on a vessel belonging to Messrs Laird, Gammell and Co., Ltd., shipowners.

Seaman White was a man of keen intelligence and very popular with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

To Mrs White and her two sons and one daughter much sympathy is extended. The elder son is at present serving with the 4th Seaforth Highlanders “somewhere in England”.

See entries below for details of his two sons Alexander and Henry White

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Private Alexander White

Date of Paper: 05.07.1940
Surname: White
Forename(s): Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Victoria Place, Dingwall

Pte. Alex. White, The Seaforths, son of Mrs White, Victoria Place, Dingwall, has been reported missing. Prior to joining up he was employed with the Shell-Mex Company, Dingwall. Early in the war his father lost his life when the oil tanker on which he was an engineer was torpedoed. A brother is in the Navy.

Date of Paper: 12.03.1943

KILLED IN ACTION

Mrs White, Victoria Place, Dingwall, has received official information that her son, Pte. Alexander White, The Seaforths, reported missing at St Valery in June 1940, is now reported killed in action on 4th June, 1940. Prior to enlisting, Pte. White was employed by the Shell-Mex Company, Dingwall. Much sympathy is extended to Mrs White, who has lost her husband and both her sons in the present war. Mr William White, the father of the family, early in the war volunteered for duty as an engineer on an oil tanker. In January 1940 he was reported missing at sea and presumed drowned. The younger son, Seaman Henry White, Royal Navy, was reported missing at sea on 2nd January, 1942. Seaman White joined the Navy as a boy, and at one time was in training with Seaman Hunter Wills, son of Mr and Mrs Harold Wills, Gladstone Avenue, Dingwall, who paid the supreme sacrifice while serving on one of His Majesty’s ships.

See entry above for details of his father William and entry below for details of his brother Henry White

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Seaman Henry White

Date of Paper: 02.01.1942
Surname: White
Forename(s): Henry
Rank: Seaman
Regiment: Royal Navy
Home Address: Victoria Place, Dingwall

MUCH BEREAVED FAMILY

Mrs White, Victoria Place, Dingwall, has received official information from the Admiralty that her son, Seaman Henry White, RN, is reported missing at sea. Much sympathy will be extended to Mrs White, who also lost her husband in the present war, while another son is reported missing. The father, Mr William White, was employed as an engineer on an oil tanker, and was reported missing, presumed drowned, at sea in January 1940. Pte. Alexander White, the elder son, was serving with a Seaforth battalion and was reported missing in July 1940. Prior to the war Alexander was employed with the Shell-Mex Company, Dingwall. Seaman Henry White joined the Royal Navy as a boy and at one time was in training with Seaman Hunter Wills, son of Mr and Mrs Harold Wills, Gladstone Avenue, Dingwall, who paid the supreme sacrifice while serving on one of His Majesty’s ships.

See entries above for details of his brother Alexander and father William White

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Private Alexander Williamson

Date of Paper: 31.03.1944
Surname: Williamson
Forename(s): Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: 4 Grant Street, Dingwall.

Pte. Alexander Williamson, The Seaforths, who was captured at St Valery in June 1940, is reported to have died as a prisoner of war at Stalag XX A, Germany. He was a son of Mr Peter Williamson, 4 Grant Street, Dingwall.

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Sapper William Williamson

Date of Paper: 12.07.1940
Surname: Williamson
Forename(s): William
Rank: Sapper
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Home Address: Commercial Buildings, Dingwall

Sapper William Williamson, Royal Engineers, missing, is a brother of Mrs Reid, Commercial Buildings, Dingwall. the report comes from his unit. Sapper Williamson, prior to the war, was a regular soldier. Well known in Dingwall, before rejoining he was employed by Messrs Finlayson & Fraser, plumber contractors.

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Seaman Harold E. Forbes Wills

Date of Paper: 04.06.1941
Surname: Wills
Forename(s): Harold E. Forbes, Harold Wills (father) and David
Rank: Seaman / Private / Not stated
Regiment: Royal Navy / Seaforths
Home Address: 35 Gladstone Avenue, Dingwall

Official information has been received from the Admiralty that Seaman Harold E. Forbes Wills, HMS Dido, was killed on war service on 29th May, 1941. Deceased was the third son of Mr and Mrs Harold E. Wills, 35 Gladstone Avenue, Dingwall. He joined the service in May 1939 and received his early training on HMS Caledonia. The HMS Dido was his first ship, and Mr and Mrs Wills have received a letter of sympathy from the Commander. Eighteen years of age on 25th January last, much sympathy is extended to sorrowing parents. The father, Pte. Harold Wills, was in the Pioneer Corps in the present war and served at Dunkirk. He has since been discharged. An elder brother of the deceased, David, is serving with a battalion of The Seaforth Highlanders.

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Drummer James W. N. Wilson

Date of Paper: 26.07.1940
Surname: Wilson
Forename(s): James W. N. (also Alexander and Robert)
Rank: Drummer / Not stated
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders / British Expeditionary Force
Home Address: Ardullie Farm, Dingwall

Drummer James W. N. Wilson (20), The Seaforths, missing, is the second son of Mr and Mrs George Wilson, Ardullie Farm, Dingwall. He has been four years in the T.F. and prior to the war was employed by Mr James Scott, at Ardullie. Two other sons of Mr and Mrs Wilson are with the Colours. Robert was with the B.E.F. when it evacuated Dunkirk; Alexander is with the Seaforths in this country.

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