Tuesday, 20th October 1914
(Buchan & Formartine*)
The following is a list of Officers, NCOs and men of the 5th Battalion (Buchan & Formartine) Gordon Highlanders, who have volunteered for foreign service.
* 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
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.