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Tuesday, 20th October 1914

5th Battalion

(Buchan & Formartine*)

Gordon Highlanders


The following is a list of Officers, NCOs and men of the 5th Battalion (Buchan & Formartine) Gordon Highlanders, who have volunteered for foreign service.

  Officers & Depot Staff

  Company A (Strichen)

  Company B (Peterhead)

  Company C (Peterhead)

  Company D (Turriff)

  Company E (Ellon)

  Company F (Oldmeldrum)

  Company G (Fraserburgh)

  Company H (Fraserburgh)

  New Recruits

* The spelling in official and military sources e.g. London Gazette, is "Formartin", however "Formartine" is the version used locally.

 The Roll that appeared in the newspaper contained only: Number (except for new recruits), Rank, Initials, Surname, and Address. 

Where possible I have tried to include the soldier's full name and any additional information I could locate.

The main sources for this information are:

War Diaries of the 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders located at The National Archives Kew (WO 95 / 2880)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour database (GWGC)
Soldiers Died in the Great War
Officers Died in the Great War
War Book of Turriff and Twelve Miles Around 1914-1919", Minto J. Robertson, 1928
The National Archives Campaign Medal Index
De Ruvignys Roll of Honour
The Buchan Observer
Medal Cards
Service Records

Abbreviations and glossary of some terms used in the Notes:

Attested - Enlisted into the Territorial Force
Disembodied - Discharged from war service - applied to Territorials.
KR - King's Regulations
MGC - Machine Gun Corps
MiC - Medal Index Card - a card showing medal entitlements. Some contain other information, such as date of death or address. For officers who were formerly in the Ranks, date of Commission is sometimes shown.
Scotsman -  casualty lists from this Scottish newspaper.
SWB - Silver War Badge: was authorised in September 1916. The badge was awarded to all of those military personnel who were discharged as a result of sickness or wounds contracted or received during the war, either at home or overseas.
TF Regs - Territorial Force Regulations
WBT - War Book of Turriff
WO364/WO363 - Army Service Records

I would appreciate any feedback, especially regarding new information or errors.

Carolyn Morrisey

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