The 5th Battalion (Buchan & Formartin)
the Gordon Highlanders
in the Great War


  2677 Fred McKenzie

A soldier of the Battalion in Service Dress, 1915
2677 Corporal Fred McKenzie


On Tuesday 20th October 1914, the Peterhead newspaper, the Buchan Observer, published a list of names and addresses of men from the local Territorial Force, the 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who had volunteered for foreign service.

There were about 1000 names published, but for various reasons not all the men listed proceeded to France with their unit in May 1915. 

That list is reproduced here together with additional information where it was available.  In addition, various other lists are included,  showing casualties that were reported in the Battalion War Diaries or in local newspapers.

The period covered was originally limited to 1914 to 1916, a time before heavy losses and conscription altered the strong regional identity of the Battalion.  I have since added information on other major engagements - in 1917 and 1918.  This is mainly to show the changes that occurred in the composition of the Battalion in those years. 

   Recent additions:


Map of the Peterhead District
Related Sites
Follow this link for information on Chris McDonald's excellent site: 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Many people have contacted me regarding the names of people who appear in this site – both requesting and supplying information.  I welcome enquiries and I'm more than willing to supply any information I have, not all of which is on this site. Contributors are acknowledged at the appropriate places.  One person who has assisted enormously and requires special thanks is Anne Park, part time volunteer at the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen.  Anne is the author of the book “Banchory War Memorial”, available through the Aberdeen and North-East Scotland Family History Society.
I would appreciate any feedback, especially regarding errors or additional information that could be included.
Carolyn Morrisey
Melbourne 2005


Compiled by Carolyn Morrisey 2005
Last updated 24th November 2013