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Casualty List : 1st/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

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Casualties for April 1917 (Battle of Arras)

  Date Number Rank   Name                    Nature of Casualty    Notes

1.4.1917 Firing Line Roclincourt Anzin

5102  Pte Russel, J Wounded  

260067 Pte  McGuire, J.W Killed Age 20 Son of William McGuire, of 3, Rowallan Terrace, Irvine, Ayrshire. Native of Govan, Glasgow 
3.4.1917 Firing Line Roclincourt Anzin 241139  Pte  Strachan, R  Killed  Age 21 Son of John and Annie Strachan, of Tillykerrie, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. Native of Old Meldrum
  242050  Pte  Leighton, James  D Wounded Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Aberdeen) 
  242022 Pte  Craig, W.J.J  Wounded Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Aberdeen) 
  S/40846  Pte Aitken, G  Wounded  
  S/40881  Pte Cameron, William Wounded  
 5.4.1917 Maroeuil 242204  Pte Morgan, William Wounded  
 7.4.1917 Maroeuil 242128  Pte Munro, Robert Wounded  Scotsman - 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Aberdeen). Transferred from 6th Battalion. Arrived in France 19/2/1915. Disembodied 17/3/1919.
(See below for details of the event that caused the death and injury to these officers)   2/Lt  Riddel, John Dean Wounded (Died of wounds 17/4/1917)  Age 23. Eldest son of George and Mary Riddel, of Myngfield, Kininmonth, Longside, Aberdeenshire. Born at Westmains of Nethermuir, New Deer. (ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY) (See also Aberdeen Uni Roll of Honour. Photo)
    2/Lt  Findlayson, I.W  Wounded  
    2/Lt   McDonald, D.S  Wounded  
    2/Lt   Skinner, J.H.S.A Wounded  
    Capt   Moir, George Andrew Christie  Killed Age 29 Son of George and Mary Christie Moir; husband of Mary Moir, of 130, Blenheim Place, Aberdeen. (MAROEUIL BRITISH CEMETERY)
    2/Lt   Anderson, William Bruce  Killed Age 28 Son of Wm. and Jane Anderson, of 167, King Edward Avenue, Toronto, Canada. Born at Aberdeen.  (See also Aberdeen Uni Roll of Honour. Photo) See his Military Cross citation
    2/Lt  Hall, Herbert John Killed Age 31 Son of James and Jane Hall, of North Kirkton, St. Fergus  (MAROEUIL BRITISH CEMETERY)  (See also Aberdeen Uni Roll of Honour. Photo)
    2/Lt McLeod, G.M  Killed  CWGC shows 7th Bn
Action 9-12 April 1917 Roclincourt Area   Capt McCulloch, John  Killed Biography and photo at Aberdeen Uni Roll of Honour. (ARRAS MEMORIAL) 
    Lieut  Watson, John Lawrence Craig  Killed Age 20 Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Watson, of Kirk-Knowe House, Wishaw, Lanarkshire  (ARRAS MEMORIAL) 
    2/Lt  Monkhouse, Robert Alexander  Killed Age 20 Son of Mr. and Mrs Monkhouse, of "Bydand," Strathpeffer, Ross-shire. 6th Bn (ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY) 
    2/Lt  Rennie, James Davidson  Killed Age 20 Son of John and Agnes H. Rennie, of Anguston, Peterculter .(ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY)
    2/Lt Webster, Alexander  Killed 4th Bn Age 19 Son of Felix and Marion Webster, of 265, Rosemount Place, Aberdeen  (ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY)
  240974  Cpl Booth, Albert  Killed   11/4/1917 Age 20 Son of James Booth, of 297, Holborn St., Aberdeen. (ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY)
  241213   Cpl Park, Peter C  Killed  11/4/1917 (ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY)  Born Tyrie
  242183  Pte Collie, Willian Killed  11/4/1917 (ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY) Born Aberdeen 
  S/40852   Pte Mcgregor, Donald  Killed  11/4/1917 Age 25 Son of the late Duncan and Catherine McGregor, of Wick, Caithness-shire; husband of Peterina McGregor, of 60, Regent St., Greenock. (ARRAS MEMORIAL)
  S/40849  Pte  Waddel, James  Killed  11/4/1917 (ARRAS MEMORIAL) Formerly S/27072 Cameron Highlanders. Born Stirling. 
  242018  Pte Puplett, Harry Killed  9/4/1917 Born Ockley Surrey Age 26 Son of Stephen and Annie Puplett, of Osbrooks Lodge, Capel, Surrey (ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY)
  242487  Pte Horne, James  Killed  11/4/1917 Born Buckie Aberdeenshire. (ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY)
  240167   Sgt Grant, James  Killed 11/4/1917  (ARRAS MEMORIAL) 1542
  241174  Pte Allardyce, James S Killed  11/4/1917 Born Peterhead Age 28 Son of John Allardyce, of 22, St. Peter St., Peterhead (ARRAS MEMORIAL)
  240954  Pte Buchan, John S Killed  11/4/1917 Born St Fergus.  3105. (ARRAS MEMORIAL)  
  240511 Pte  Pirie, Alexander Killed 10/4/1917 Age 21 Adopted son of Jane Duncan, of Hill of Cook, Fisherie, Turriff (ARRAS MEMORIAL)
  260025  Pte Mitchell, William Killed  11/4/1917 6th Bn. (ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY)
  240649  Pte Cockburn, Douglas Killed  11/4/1917 (ARRAS MEMORIAL) 2547
  242493  Pte Christie, William Killed Between 8 and 11/4/1917  Age 28 Son of William and Elizabeth Christie, of Crofts of Clova, Lumsden "C" Coy. 5th Bn. (ARRAS MEMORIAL)
  241428  Pte Matthew, Andrew Killed 11/4/1917 Age 24. Son of the late John and Jane Cowie Matthew Born Inverkeithny Banffshire.  (ARRAS MEMORIAL)
  242232  Pte Seaton, John  Killed 11/4/1917 Born Carriden Linlithgowshire. (ARRAS MEMORIAL) 
  242121 Pte  Bartlett, William  Killed 10/4/1917 Age 20 Son of William and Maggie Bartlett, of 35, Roslin St., Aberdeen. (ARRAS MEMORIAL) 
  240454   Pte Taylor, Thomas W  Killed Killed between 09/04/1917 and 11/04/1917 Born Peterhead. 2156 (See additional information about five Taylor brothers. (ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY)
  242188  Pte Sutherland, John Died of wounds  10/4/1917 Age 23 Son of John and Maggie Sutherland. of Aberdeen.(HAUTE-AVESNES BRITISH CEMETERY)  
  240687   Sgt Buchan, Alexander  Wounded   2615 (Died of wounds 19/4/1917)
Son of Alexander Buchan, of 15 St. Peter's St., Peterhea,(ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY)
    2/Lt  Falconer, K.J  Wounded   Arrived in France 18/10/1916. Joined Battalion  22/10/1916. To UK wounded 27/4/1917 
  40357   Pte Miller, D  Wounded   
  260058 Pte  McLeod, William  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Broxburn) 
  242333   Pte Paterson, William  Wounded   Died of wounds 12/4/1917. Formerly S/4920 To France 9/7/1915 
  242523 Pte Robertson, William G  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Methlick) 5710 SWB
  S/40850  Pte Davidson, George  Wounded  SWB. Enlisted 5/10/1915. Discharged (wounds) 3/8/1917 
  260052  Pte  McKinnie, Samuel  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Creiff)
  242462  Pte  Whyte, John Wounded   5647
  240845  Pte  Nicol, John H Wounded   2908. Died of wounds 11/4/1917. Age 21 Son of James Nicol, 5 Raeburn Place Aberdeen. Native of New Pitsligo (AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION) Buchan Observer 1/5/1917: (New Pitsligo) Pte John H. Nicol, Gordons, has died at a clearing station in France of wounds received in action on 11/4/1917. He was a son of Mr James Nicol, 27 Low St, and was a farm servant before enlisting.
  242421 Pte  Ewan, Andrew W Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Aberdeen) 
  242189 Pte  McKenzie, Andrew C  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Fraserburgh) 5147
  242281 Sgt Grant, William Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Old Aberdeen)  Died of wounds, Home, 22/4/1917. Age 22 Son of William and Agnes Grant of Botanic Gardens, Old Aberdeen. (ABERDEEN (TRINITY) CEMETERY)  (Will at NAS)
  240104  Cpl Tocher, G Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Fraserburgh) 
  242533  Pte   Gove, William Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (St Cyrns) 
  240360  Pte  Simpson, James Wounded  1956 
  40868 Pte  McLeod, K Wounded   
  240247 Pte  Sorrie, William C  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Rathen) 1713  SWB. Discharged 10/12/1917
  40862 Pte  Moyes, D Wounded   
  241020   Pte  Munro, William Wounded  Scotsman - 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Aberdeen) 3283
  240814 Sgt  Buchan, J  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Peterhead) 
  240589 L/Cpl  Finlay, William  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Newburgh)  2421 SWB
  241447 Pte   Johnstone, Charles Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Ellon) Later RAMC 133467 
  240095 Pte   Spence, William Wounded  (Died of wounds 11/4/1917) (AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION) Age 23. Died at No. 1 Canadian CCS (1307)
  40844 Sgt  Henderson, D  Wounded     
  241383 Pte  Dougall, Andrew  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Fintry) 3880
  240099  Pte Hay, James Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Strichen) Buchan Observer: Pte Hay is a son of Mr Hay, shepherd, Mormond and was in the Territorials prior to the war.
  241136  Pte Ritchie, Alexander  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Ellon) 3507 Pension Record WO364:  Attested 1/11/1915. Warhead Ellon Age 19 Farm worker for Andrew Findlay Ellon. BEF from 12/7/16 - 30/4/17 Wounded in action 9/4/1917.  Admitted Norfolk War Hospital. Discharged from army 7/9/1917. Father George Ritchie.
  240578 Cpl  Grant, George Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Peterhead)  2406. Later Labour Corps
  241289 Pte   Matheson, John  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Fraserburgh) 3744  (later killed in action 21/3/1918)
  260104  Pte Hamilton, Vivien Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Saltcoats) 
  241007 Pte Smith, James Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Cruden) 
  260072 Pte Ingram, Hugh Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Ayr) 
  260089 Pte Collins, James Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Leith) 
  240771 L/Cpl  Williamson, Charles  Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Fraserburgh) 2752. Later POW 1918. Buchan Observer: Before joining up he was employed by Messrs Maconnachie Bros., Ltd., Fraserburgh. His wife resides at 7 Saltoun Square.
  242374 Pte Titmus, Albert John Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Smethwick)
  240646 Sgt Campbell, George Wounded  Died of Wounds 13/4/1917. (AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION ) Scotsman 19/9/1917 Awards - MM - Collected by his father Mr J. Campbell. Service Returns show: Age 21. Enlisted Peterhead. Died of wounds at No. 1 Canadian CCS.
  240650 Cpl  Leask, Alexander C Wounded  Scotsman 16/5/1917 - casualty list - wounded (Methlick) 2548 (Later Killed in action 21/3/1918)

7th April 1917: The War Diary shows that at about 9.30 pm the town of Maroeuil was shelled by a high velocity gun. A direct hit was made on one of the officers' huts resulting in the deaths or  injuries of eight officers.

Note on information supplied from the Scotsman newspaper : "The town shown against a soldier's name is the home of his next-of-kin, except when followed by the abbreviation 'enlt', when it is his place of entlistment."

SWB=Silver War Badge (for men discharged due to wounds or illness)

| Casualties for April continued | Casualty List July-August 1917 |

Documents from Brigade Diaries relating to medical and burial arrangements

Commanding Officer's Battle Summary

Awards and Decorations for this action


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