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Beaton Robert, Pte, Aultbea

Private Robert Beaton

Date of Paper: 23.11.1917
Surname: Beaton
First Name(s): Robert
Rank: Private
Regiment: New Zealanders
Home Address: Aultbea, Ross shire

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As recently reported, official information has been received by Mr and Mrs John Beaton, Aultbea, Ross-shire, that their son, Pte. Robert Beaton, New Zealanders, was killed in action on October 4th. Deceased, whose photograph appears to-day, was thirty years of age. He had been in New Zealand for seven years, joined up two years ago, and he has been in France since September, 1916, where he had seen much fighting. Pte. Beaton was home on leave recently, and had been back to France just one week when he was killed. Much sympathy is felt with the family in their sore bereavement.

Photo: #5824

Campbell Angus, Shoeing Smith, Aultbea

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Campbell Angus, Shoeing Smith, Aultbea

Shoeing Smith Angus Campbell

Surname: Campbell
First Name(s): Angus
Rank: Shoeing Smith
Regiment: Ross Mountain Battery / Royal Field Artillery
Home Address: Aultbea

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113914 Shoeing Smith Angus Campbell served in Gallipoli. He died on 24 May 1917 and is buried in Pieta Cemetery, Malta. Due to lack of space and the hardness of the ground many graves contain more than one person.


Pieta Cemetery, Malta.


Grave of 113914 Shoeing Smith Angus Campbell, Royal Field Artillery, who died on 24 May 1917.


Grave of Angus Campbell shared with 225533 Private J Mackay, Cameron Highlanders, who died on 26 May 1917, age 29; and G/28032 Private A Leadbetter, The Queen’s, who died on 30 May 1917.

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Maciver Duncan, Lieut, Laide

Lieutenant Duncan Maciver

Date of Paper: 17.11.1916
Surname: Maciver
First Name(s): Duncan
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Cameron Highlanders
Home Address: Laide, Aultbea

THE LATE LIEUT. MACIVER, AULTBEA

Possibly no county in Scotland has given more of their chivalrous youth to our nation’s requirement at this momentous juncture than Ross-shire, indeed, as far as the Highlands are concerned conscription might have been unnecessary. Unfortunately for those immediately concerned each day brings a tale of sorrow to some home or other, of brave Highlanders who have made the great sacrifice. Recently the district Aultbea, in Gairloch, mourned the loss of a brave and fearless officer, Lieut. Duncan Maciver, son of Mr and Mrs Donald Maciver, Laide. Lieut. Maciver was born at Laide twenty-two years ago, and was in this respect on the threshold of his manhood. Having passed through the village school, he came to Dingwall Academy, where he had a very successful career, passing with honours in all his subjects. Subsequently he went to the East of Scotland Agricultural College in Edinburgh, where he took a very high place in his classes. Keenly interested in agriculture, he would have been an ornament as well as a valuable asset to this department of commercial activity. Shortly after the outbreak of war he, like many others, forsook his studies in the interests of his King and country. He joined his county regiment of artillery, the Ross Mountain Battery, being among the very first who volunteered for foreign service. He was among the first who landed at Cape Helles, having endured the horrors of that campaign for over six months, during which time he had many narrow escapes. Unfortunately, his health broke down at this period, when he was invalided home. Shortly after recovering he received a commission in the Cameron Highlanders, where his brother, Kenneth, late of the Dunfermline Academy, is now Captain. Lieut. Maciver underwent a preliminary course of training in Glasgow prior to his being transferred to the Brigade of young officers training corps in England. As a tribute to his efficiency he was sent to France within three months of his actual training, when, after several spells of trench warfare, he took part in the great advance on the Somme, where he was killed on the 11th October.
Much sympathy is felt for his bereaved parents, sister, and two brothers, Captain Kenneth Maciver and another in the Lovat Scouts.

See entry below for details of his brother Kenneth Maciver

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Maciver Kenneth, Capt, Laide

Captain Kenneth Maciver

Date of Paper: 17.11.1916
Surname: Maciver
First Name(s): Kenneth
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Camerons
Home Address: Laide, Aultbea

THE LATE LIEUT. MACIVER, AULTBEA

Possibly no county in Scotland has given more of their chivalrous youth to our nation’s requirement at this momentous juncture than Ross-shire, indeed, as far as the Highlands are concerned conscription might have been unnecessary. Unfortunately for those immediately concerned each day brings a tale of sorrow to some home or other, of brave Highlanders who have made the great sacrifice. Recently the district Aultbea, in Gairloch, mourned the loss of a brave and fearless officer, Lieut. Duncan Maciver, son of Mr and Mrs Donald Maciver, Laide. Lieut. Maciver was born at Laide twenty-two years ago, and was in this respect on the threshold of his manhood. Having passed through the village school, he came to Dingwall Academy, where he had a very successful career, passing with honours in all his subjects. Subsequently he went to the East of Scotland Agricultural College in Edinburgh, where he took a very high place in his classes. Keenly interested in agriculture, he would have been an ornament as well as a valuable asset to this department of commercial activity. Shortly after the outbreak of war he, like many others, forsook his studies in the interests of his King and country. He joined his county regiment of artillery, the Ross Mountain Battery, being among the very first who volunteered for foreign service. He was among the first who landed at Cape Helles, having endured the horrors of that campaign for over six months, during which time he had many narrow escapes. Unfortunately, his health broke down at this period, when he was invalided home. Shortly after recovering he received a commission in the Cameron Highlanders, where his brother, Kenneth, late of the Dunfermline Academy, is now Captain. Lieut. Maciver underwent a preliminary course of training in Glasgow prior to his being transferred to the Brigade of young officers training corps in England. As a tribute to his efficiency he was sent to France within three months of his actual training, when, after several spells of trench warfare, he took part in the great advance on the Somme, where he was killed on the 11th October.
Much sympathy is felt for his bereaved parents, sister, and two brothers, Captain Kenneth Maciver and another in the Lovat Scouts.

See entry above for details of his brother Duncan Maciver

Photo: #5816

Mackenzie Alexander, Pte, Aultbea

Private Alexander Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 10.05.1918
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: Gordon Highlanders
Home Address: Udrigle, Aultbea

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As recently announced, Pte. Alexander Mackenzie, son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Mackenzie, Udrigle, Aultbea, fell on the battlefield of France in the early days of the great German offensive. Mobilising with the Lovat Scouts at the outbreak of war, Pte. Mackenzie trained in England for some time, and then he crossed to France, when he was transferred to the Gordon Highlanders. On the 9th of April last year he was severely wounded, and returned to England. After a complete recovery he visited his parents, but soon he found himself again back in the line. There he did ‘his bit’ bravely until March 29th last, when he fell in action at the early age of 20 years.

Pte. Mackenzie was a general favourite with all who knew him. His blameless life, gentle and loving manner, made him the best of sons and the best of friends. He will not be readily forgotten, and the heartfelt sympathy of the community goes out to his parents and his brother, whose home is thus darkened by the loss of one so worthy of their warmest affection.

His only brother, Pte. Murdo Mackenzie, Seaforths, is now training somewhere in Scotland. A photo appears today.

See entry below for details of his brother Murdo Mackenzie

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Mackenzie Murdo, Pte, Aultbea

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Mackenzie Mundo, Pte, Aultbea

Private Murdo Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 17.01.1918
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): Murdo
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Udrigle, Aultbea

AULTBEA FAMILY'S HEAVY SACRIFICE

Private Murdo Mackenzie, 6th Seaforth Highlanders, son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Mackenzie, Udrigle, Aultbea, Ross-shire, has died of wounds at the early age of 19 years. He was a bright, clever, and promising young lad, and held in high esteem by all who knew him. His elder brother, Pte. Alexander Mackenzie, Gordon Highlanders, was killed in March. Much sympathy is felt by the community for his sorrowing parents.

A photo appears today.

See entry above for details of his brother Alexander Mackenzie

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Mackenzie Kenneth, Pte, Aultbea

Private Kenneth Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 07.03.1919
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): Kenneth
Rank: Private
Regiment: 4th Seaforths
Home Address: Aultbea

THE LATE PTE. KEN. MACKENZIE, 4th SEAFORTHS

The late Private Kenneth Mackenzie, 4th Seaforths, who is reported as killed, and whose photograph is reproduced above, was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs A. Mackenzie, Aultbea, at the early age of 29. Kenneth joined the County Battalion, the 4th Seaforths, in 1915, and served manfully with it through the troublous times and the hard fighting it endured for three years. He was wounded in 1917, but returned to the front soon after. About the 28th of October 1918 the position held by the regiment was rushed by the enemy, and practically every man in his platoon became casualties. Kenny was in charge of the Lewis gun of the platoon, and when last seen he was fighting bravely on manning the gun and firing it himself until he fell. He was reported missing on that date, and hopes were entertained that he might be a prisoner, but from information now received from the War Office he was among the number who held out manfully and doggedly against overwhelming odds, with that indomitable spirit and undaunted determination that have been the outstanding attributes of “the men from Ross-shire” in this present war.

Kenny was one of the most popular men in his platoon, being loved and respected by all on account of his clean, manly and upright conduct of life, and at home, where he was a general favourite, his cheery smile and pleasant word will long be missed by all those who knew and honoured and loved him, and who regard him as the hero he was, meeting his end in the same spirit as he lived, for the love of home and kindred, and the betterment of his fellow men.

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Maclennan John, Pte, Aultbea

Private John Maclennan

Date of Paper: 06.12.1918
Surname: Maclennan
First Name(s): John
Rank: Private
Regiment: Scottish Horse (attached Black Watch)
Home Address: Aultbea

THE LATE PRIVATE J. MACLENNAN, AULTBEA

A photograph appears today of Private John Maclennan, Scottish Horse, attached Black Watch, who, as already reported, died in France on 3rd October 1918, of wounds received in action the previous night. Prior to joining the colours three years ago, Private Maclennan was in the Partick police force. His widowed mother resides at Aultbea, Ross-shire, with whom much sympathy is felt in the loss of a brave, a gallant, and a stalwart son, whose qualities of head and heart secured him the friendship of officers and men in the old Royal Highlanders.

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Macleod John, Sgt, Aultbea

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S/26181 Sergeant J Macleod, Opinan

S/26181 Sergeant J Macleod, Opinan. [Photo source unknown to RCHS.]

Sergeant John Macleod

Date of Paper: 27.04.1917
Surname: Macleod
First Name(s): John
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Camerons
Home Address: Aultbea

THE LATE SERGT. J. MACLEOD, AULTBEA

The above is a portrait of Sergt. John Macleod, Camerons, killed in action, as was reported in our last issue. He was a son of Mr Angus Macleod, Opinan, Aultbea.

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