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Boer War Volunteers
1st Service Company, Gordon Highlanders
Men of the 2nd V.B.G.H (Headquarters Oldmeldrum) - 1895
Back Row: J Young; A Gordon; M Reid; R Ingram; A Nicol; J Riddich; A Thomas
Middle Row: G Fraser; A Halliday; W Chalmers; H Dey; W Geddes; G Littlejohn; W S Bremner; W Erskine
Front Row: T Mair; T Webster; Cpl J Argo; Lt H Forbes (also inset top right); Col Sgt Instructor J Campbell; J A Gordon; J Murchie; Charles Milne.
(My thanks to David Ellis for providing this photograph)
The first Service Company Gordon Highlanders consisted of men from the 1st (HQ Aberdeen), 2nd (HQ Oldmeldrum) and 4th (Donside) Volunteer Battalions [VBGH]. In 1908 the 2nd VBGH amalgamated with the 3rd (HQ Peterhead) to form the 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders TF. Below is a list of the men from the 2nd VBGH who served with the 1st Service Company in South Africa from 17th February 1900 to 13th April 1901.
Number   Rank     Name                                    Location           Notes 
8067  Sgt  Hay, J R  Tarves Occupation: clerk 
8068  Sgt  Argo, J  Tarves  Occupation: farmer 
8069  L.Cpl  Brebner, W S  Tarves  Occupation: joiner 
8085  L.Cpl  Thomson, John  Ellon  Occupation: tailor 
8070  Pte  Chalmers, William  Ellon  Enlisted for war service 17th Jan 1900. Aged 24. Occupation: gardener. Father: William Chalmers, Meikle Milne, Esslemont. Served in South Africa from 17th Feb 1900 to4th July 1900. He was discharged at his own request on 5th Oct 1900. 
8071  Pte  Erskine, W  Oldmeldrum  Wounded at Komati Poort 30th Sept 1900. Occupation: blacksmith 
8072  Pte Fraser, G  Ellon  Occupation: painter 
8073  Pte Gordon, J A  Oldmeldrum  Slightly wounded at Leehoek 11th July 1900. Mentioned in Despatches 4th Sept 1901. Occupation: baker 
8074  Pte Halliday, A  Oldmeldrum  Occupation: slater 
8076  Pte Ingram, R  Oldmeldrum  Occupation: slater 
8077  Pte Mair, Thomas  Ellon  Born 1871. Occupation: clerk. (Re-enlisted in 1915 and killed at the battle of Loos.) 
8078  Pte McCallum, James  Oldmeldrum   Occupation: painter - joined 17/1/1900 - served in South Adrica 17/2/1900 to 2/5/1901. Father: James McCallum, King Street Oldmeldrum
8079  Pte Milne, C N G  Ellon  Occupation: farmer 
8080  Pte Milne, J  Turriff  Occupation: miller 
8081  Pte Murchie, J  Oldmeldrum  Occupation: shoemaker 
8082  Pte Nichol, Alex  Oldmeldrum  Occupation: miller 
8083  Pte Riddoch, J  Turriff  Occupation: mason 
8084  Pte Thomson, A  Ellon  Occupation: tailor 
8086  Pte Webster, T  Oldmeldrum  Slightly wounded at Doornkop 11th July 1900. Occupation: baker 
8087  Pte Young, J  Turriff  Severely wounded at Doornkop 11th July 1900. Occupation: baker 
8106  Pte Gordon, J  Ellon   
8108  Pte Geddes, W  Auchterless  Slightly wounded at Leehoek 11th July 1900. Mentioned in Despatches 4th Sept 1901   
An example of the Attestation form completed by Volunteers can be found in Miscellaneous items here

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