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Major John Alexander Lochore

Date of Paper: 21.07.1944 (two entries)
Surname: Lochore
Forename(s): John Alexander
Rank: Major
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Resolis, Weedon, Aylesbury

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Among the brave who have paid the supreme price for the advance in Normandy is Major John Alexander Lochore, Seaforth Highlanders, son of Sir James and Lady Lochore, whose other son was lost with HMS Barham in 1941. Major Lochore leaves a young widow, who is Hazel Mary, a daughter of the late Sir Robert Weston Brooke,* of Fearn Lodge, Ardgay, Ross-shire. They had their wedding there only two years ago, and a son, Hamish John, was born to them last year. Mrs John Lochore now lives near her parents-in-law, in Buckinghamshire.

Major John Alexander Lochore, aged 28, Seaforths, has been killed in action. Major Lochore was married in February 1942 to Hazel, younger daughter of Sir Robert Brooke. Bart., of Midfearn. They have a year old son. Mrs Lochore resides at “Resolis”, Weedon, Aylesbury.

There is much symnpathy with the parents, Sir James and Lady Lochore. This is their second wartime bereavement, for their younger son was one of the victims of the disaster to HMS Barham in Sollum Bay in November 1941.

Major Lochore was born in Ceylon in October 1914. He took a commission in the Seaforth Highlanders in 1937, and was posted to the Second Battalion in 1938. He was latterly posted to a Brigade (as Major) in the Scottish Division. It was while serving in this Division that he was killed.

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Major Arthur Low

Date of Paper: 26.05.1944
Surname: Low
Forename(s): Arthur
Rank: Major
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: 9 Moray Place, Elgin

DIED OF WOUNDS

Major Arthur Low, M.C., The Seaforth Highlanders, died of wounds, was the youngest son of Mrs Low, 9 Moray Place, and of the late Mr Malcolm Low, net manufacturer, Elgin. He mobilised with the battalion at the start of hostilities and was awarded the M.C. for bravery at Zillebeke in 1940. Major Low was educated at Elgin Academy and was a bank accountant in the Dingwall branch of the North of Scotland Bank, having been previously stationed at Elgin, Forres and Inverness.

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Corporal Angus Macaskill

Date of Paper: 08.09.1944
Surname: Macaskill
Forename(s): Angus
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Ivy Cottage, Culrain

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Cpl. Angus Macaskill, The Seaforths, severely wounded in France, is a son of Mrs Macaskill, Ivy Cottage, Culrain. He was previously wounded while serving with the 51st Division in Africa.

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Private Duncan Macdonald Ross

Date of Paper: 16.08.1940
Surname: Ross
Forename(s): Duncan Macdonald
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Rose Cottage, Beaufort, Beauly

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Pte. Duncan Macdonald Ross, The Seaforths, missing, is a son of Mr and Mrs John Ross, Rose Cottage, Beaufort, Beauly. Prior to the war he was gardener at Druidaig.

Handwritten note: “Prisoner of War 30th August, 1940.”

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Lieutenant and Quartermaster James Macintosh

Date of Paper: 26.07..1940
Surname: Macintosh
Forename(s): James
Rank: Lieutenant and Quartermaster
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Drill Hall Cottage, Golspie

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Lieut. and Quartermaster James Macintosh, The Seaforths, missing, was resident at the Drill Hall Cottage, Golspie, with his wife prior to the war. In the Great War he served with the 6th Battalion The Seaforth Highlanders, was wounded, but undeterred by his experience joined the regular battalion and served with them abroad. Ultimately he was R.S.M. of the 2nd Battalion, from which he was seconded as Lieutenant and Quartermaster. At one period he was Sergeant Instructor with the 4/5th with residence at Dingwall. “Tosh” is well liked and popular with all Seaforths.

Handwritten note: “Prisoner of War 30th August, 1940.”

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Major C. A. R. Macrae

Date of Paper: 31.07.1942
Surname: Macrae
Forename(s): C. A. R.
Rank: Major
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Joymount Court, Carrickfergus, County Antrim

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Major C. A. R. Macrae, The Seaforth Highlanders (attached Camerons), who has been reported missing in Libya, June 1942, is a well known officer of the County Regiment, who, before the war, was on a tour of duty at Fort George. His wife, Mrs Macrae, at Joymount Court, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, will be grateful for any information that may be contained in personal letters to people in the North.

Handwritten note: “19th June, 1944 – Reported safe in Switzerland.”

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Private Christopher Macrae

Date of Paper: 19.07.1940
Surname: Macrae
Forename(s): Christopher
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Duirinish Lodge, Lochalsh

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Handwritten notes: “Sons of the late Mr Malcolm Macrae and of Mrs Macrae. Missing. Prisoners of War 11th October, 1940. Duncan liberated 11th May, 1945. Christopher liberated 25th May, 1945.”

See entry below for details of his brother Duncan Macrae

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Private Duncan Macrae

Date of Paper: 19.07.1940
Surname: Macrae
Forename(s): Duncan
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Duirinish Lodge, Lochalsh

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Handwritten notes: “Sons of the late Mr Malcolm Macrae and of Mrs Macrae. Missing. Prisoners of War 11th October, 1940. Duncan liberated 11th May, 1945. Christopher liberated 25th May, 1945.”

See entry above for details of his brother Christopher Macrae

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Private Farquhar Macrae

Date of Paper: 19.07.1940
Surname: Macrae
Forename(s): Farquhar
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Auchtertyre Cottages, Lochalsh

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Pte. Farquhar Macrae, The Seaforths, missing, is a son of Mr and Mrs Macrae, Auchtertyre, Lochalsh, and was previously employed by the County Highways Committee.

Handwritten note: “Reported Prisoner of War 4th April, 1941.”

Additional handwritten note: “News of Prisoners of War”

“On the 26th of March Mrs F. Macrae, Auchtertyre, Balmacara, was notified by the British Red Cross that her son, Pte. Farquhar Macrae, of whom no previous news had been received, was a prisoner at Stalag XXIB, Prisoner of War No. 5483. This was later confirmed by the Infantry Records Office, Perth.

“Last week she was informed by the Infantry Records Office that a mistake had been made and that the person referred to was Sergeant G. F. Macrae, Prisoner of War No. 5482 who has already been reported prisoner.

“Pte. F. Macrae is therefore still posted as a missing man and his relatives are without any news of him.

“Sent in by John Macrae, Auchtertyre, Balmacara, Kyle.”

See entry below for details of his brother George F. Macrae

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Sergeant George F. Macrae

Date of Paper: 19.07.1940
Surname: Macrae
Forename(s): George F.
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Auchtertyre Cottages, Lochalsh

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Sergt. George F. Macrae, The Seaforths, missing, belongs to Lochalsh, where his wife resides at Auchtertyre Cottages. He was formerly employed with Messrs Tawse Ltd., contractors.

Handwritten note: “Reported Prisoner of War.”

Additional handwritten note: “News of Prisoners of War”

“On the 26th of March Mrs F. Macrae, Auchtertyre, Balmacara, was notified by the British Red Cross that her son, Pte. Farquhar Macrae, of whom no previous news had been received, was a prisoner at Stalag XXIB, Prisoner of War No. 5483. This was later confirmed by the Infantry Records Office, Perth.

“Last week she was informed by the Infantry Records Office that a mistake had been made and that the person referred to was Sergeant G. F. Macrae, Prisoner of War No. 5482 who has already been reported prisoner.

“Pte. F. Macrae is therefore still posted as a missing man and his relatives are without any news of him.

“Sent in by John Macrae, Auchtertyre, Balmacara, Kyle.”

See entry above for details of his brother Farquhar Macrae

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Private Kenneth Macrae

Date of Paper: 19.07.1940
Surname: Macrae
Forename(s): Kenneth
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Aaocruish(?), Lochalsh

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Handwritten notes: “Son of Mr and Mrs Alex. Macrae, gamekeeper on Druidaig Estate. Missing.”

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Company Quartermaster Sergeant Jack Matheson

Date of Paper: 05.07.1940
Surname: Matheson
Forename(s): Jack
Rank: Company Quartermaster Sergeant
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Rose Cottage, Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh

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C.Q.M.S. Jack Matheson, Seaforths, whose wife resides at Rose Cottage, Balmacara, Lochalsh, has been reported wounded and in hospital in England. When last heard from he was on the road to recovery. A brother is employed in The Pavilion, Strathpeffer.

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Lieutenant and Adjutant Philip Mitford

Date of Paper: 19.07.1940
Surname: Mitford
Forename(s): Philip
Rank: Lieutenant and Adjutant
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Berryfield, Lentran

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Handwritten notes: “Son of Lieut. Colonel and Mrs Mitford. Missing. Prisoner of War 9th August, 1940.”

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Company Sergeant Major George Rose

Date of Paper: 10.09.1943
Surname: Rose
Forename(s): George
Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Cornhills, Ardgay

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Handwritten note: “Killed in action.”

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Private John Shearer

Date of Paper: 12.07.1940
Surname: Shearer
Forename(s): John
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Balnaglack, Dalcross

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Pte. John Shearer, The Seaforths, missing, is a son of Mrs Shearer, Balnaglack, Dalcross. On his last leave from the B.E.F., he was married in the East Church, Petty, to the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs John Harper, Balnaglack, Dalcross.

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Lieutenant Ronald Smart

Date of Paper: 28.07.1944
Surname: Smart
Forename(s): Ronald
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Missing

Lieut. Ronald Smart, The Seaforths, missing, is a son of Sheriff and Mrs J. M. Smart, Stornoway.

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Private Alistair Thomson

Date of Paper: 30.03.1940
Surname: Thomson
Forename(s): Alistair
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: McBrayne’s Stores, Kyle of Lochalsh

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

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Lieutenant Marriott Wilson

Date of Paper: 27.08.1943
Surname: Wilson
Forename(s): Marriott
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Vancouver, Canada

ON ACTIVE SERVICE

WILSON – Killed in action, Lieutenant Marriott Wilson, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, son of Dr. George Wilson, Vancouver, and grandson of the late Major Brook, Invergordon.

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