Battalion Roll : 1st/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders 1914





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    Number Rank Name Address Additional Notes
  "E" Company           
  (Ellon)          
1   1070 Sgt Watt, John The Square, Ellon Commissioned 2nd Lieut in Gordon Highlanders August 1915. Died of wounds 14/11/1916.  Buch. Obs 21/11/1916 - report that he was wounded.  Son of John Watt, shoemaker, The Square, Ellon. Cycle agent in civil life.
2   545 L.Sgt Mutch, Alexander D Craighall, Ellon  To France 2/5/1915. Received Silver War Badge Discharged 13/9/1916.
3   254 Cpl Godsman, James Greenbank, Ellon Wounded 31 July 1916. SWB. Discharged 28/11/1917
4   232 Cpl Moir, James Bankhead, Newburgh Attested 2/4/1908. From Volunteers. Age 18. Slater.  Discharged 1/4/1916 on termination of engagement, para 392 XXI KR.
5   917 Cpl Will, R Tanglan,   
6   1451 L.Cpl Glass, Benjamin The Oaks, Ellon 1901 Census - Age 9. Grandson  of William Auld, coachbuilder, The Oaks, Station Rd, Ellon. Disembodied 23/2/1919. 240134
7   916 L.Cpl Massie, John  Flinthills, Methlick Wounded March 1916.
8   1520 L.Cpl McKinnon, James William Knapperna, Slains Attested 3/6/1912. Formerly Volunteers 1906 - 07. Age 25. Unemployed labourer. Discharged Perth 22/9/1914. TF Regs para 156 (II)
9   549 L.Cpl Neilson, Rolland Millar The Square, Ellon Born Montrose. Enlisted Ellon. Killed in action 13/4/1918. Corporal. Age 26. "E" Coy. Son of James and Christina Neilson, of 7, Station Rd., Ellon. "His brother, Charles (No.2284 age 26, 1/6/1916) also fell". MSM (PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL). 
10   1022 L.Cpl Robertson, A (Robert Arthur) Academy St, Wishaw Wounded 22/2/16 (Later Lieutenant in Royal Engineers)
11   251 Drummer Cheyne, William 73 Station Rd, Ellon Wounded 31 July 1916. SWB. Discharged 5/11/1917
12   256 Drummer Marshall, Ernest Winnipeg Wounded 31/7/1916. Killed 9/4/1917 (4th Bn) (ARRAS MEMORIAL)
13   815 Drummer Ogston, John Burnbank, Ellon  Disembodied 27/5/1919. Sgt. 240061
14   1498 Drummer Watt, George The Square, Ellon Born Dufftown. Killed in action 3/6/1915. See Soldiers' Wills
15   1897 Pte Bain, A.M 16 Chestnut Rd, Aberdeen  
16   1770 Pte Barron, J Milden, Belhelvie  
17   1601 Pte Barron, James Old Craig, Uday Died of wounds 26/4/1917. Age 22. Son of James and Mary Barron, of Old Craig, Udny, Aberdeenshire. Born at Methlick. (ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY) 240189 
18   1902 Pte Barclay, William Haddo, Methlick Died of wounds 5/7/1915. Son of Charles and Lizzie Barclay of Haddow Methlick. (AUBERS RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, AUBERS) Scotsman 12/7/1915 - Son of Charles Barclay, Haddo, was killed in France on 5th July, having been shot by a sniper.
19   1650 Pte Beaton, James Nether Boyndlie Clerk & accountant. Took part in battles of Festubert, La Basee, Somme, High Wood and Beaumont Hamel. Commissioned from ranks into Tank Corps. MiC shows Commissioned 8/10/1918. Address 42 Hartington St Aberdeen.
20   1327 Pte Brown, Douglas Shallowplough, Ellon  MiC shows "Dis[charged]" no date.
21   1903 Pte Burnett, George Moir Hillend, Methlick  1901 census shows son of Mary and Adam Burnett, crofter. Age 3
22   1753 Pte Cameron, George Thornroan, Tarves Attested 19/2/1914. Age 17. Farm servant. Discharged at Scone Camp 27/8/1915 - para 392 VI (2nd/5th Bn.) Father: David Cameron, Mains of Haddo House, Methlick.
23   2024 Pte Campbell, James Keithfield, Meldrum To France 21/8/1915. Disembodied 8/2/1919. 
24   1639 Pte Cowie, James Ythanbank, Ellon Born Cruden. Died at Bedford 20/12/1914 (Measles epidemic) Age 18. Son of William and Jessie Cowie, Tangland Cottage, Tarves.
25   1893 Pte Cooper, Robert Black Dog, Belhelvie  Born in Ellon 1/11/1898. Farm Servant.  Son of George Cooper, Tarbethill Cottage, Bridge of Don, labourer, and his wife Elsie (Paterson). Enlisted 22/7/1914.  Killed in action 13/11/1916 (THIEPVAL MEMORIAL)
26   2000 Pte Crombie, George McBay's Bdgs, Newburgh Transferred to MGC
27   1392 Pte Cruickshank, William B Auchmacoy Wounded 31 July 1916. Later A&SH.  WO363 Attested 22/11/1911 aged 17. GSW face & neck on night of 30th July.
Buch. Obs 14/11/1916- Ellon- Son of Mrs Cruickshank, Aldin Cottage, Ellon, who was wounded on July 30th is at present on a visit to Ellon. Being a Territorial he has been on service since August 1914. He was shot through the cheek and neck.
 
28   2002 Pte Davidson, Adam Cullen, Uday Attested 7/8/1914. Age 18. Farm servant. Scarlet fever at Bedford. Discharged Scone Camp 14/9/1915 - rheumatism.  (2nd/5th Bn)
29   2107 Pte Duncan, James Mill of Allathan  Udny Attested 13/8/1914. Age 17. Farm servant. Discharged at Perth 10/2/1915 - in consequence of his being under age.
30   1838 Pte Ewen, William T  Hatton of Fintray Born at Fintray. Killed by a shell 7/11/1915. Age 20. Son of Charles and Helen Ewen, of Ivy Cottage, Hatton of Fintray.(AUTHUILE MILITARY CEMETERY)
31   1901 Pte Fenty, James East Knoch, Mintlaw Wounded 31 July 1916. Died of wounds 4/8/1916 at No 36 Casualty Clearing Station, France. Age 22. "A" Coy. Son of George Fenty, of Longside and the late Jessie Fenty
32   1450 Pte Forbes, Andrew J Ythan View, Ellon  240133. 1901 census shows age 5. Son of Margaret and William Forbes, stoncutter, 98 Station Rd Ellon.
33   1533 Pte Fraser, William Clerkhill, Peterhead Scotsman 22/9/1915 casualty list wounded. Buch. Ob. 9/4 /1918. Reported missing since 21st March is a son of Mrs Donaldson, Clerkhill, Peterhead.  He is 22 years of age and was formerly a farm servant in the Ellon district. POW. SWB.
Disembodied 1/4/1919. 240163
34   1822 Pte Garland, John L Ardlethen, Ellon Did not go to France with Battalion. 1901 census. Age 3 (born abt 1898). Son of Thomas Garland (farmer) and Isabella. Same man as John L Garland S/43049 (Gordons). TF War medal. (Possibly underage in 1914 and later re-enlisted.)
35   1887 Pte Garland, James Harvey Ardlethen, Ellon Commissioned into 5th Bn 24/11/1914. To France 29/7/1915.  Died of wounds 12/11/1915 Age 29. Son of Thomas and Isabella Garland of Ardlethen Ellon.  (WARLOY-BAILLON COMMUNAL) Scotsman 16/11/1915 "Lt James Garland, 2/5th GH has died from wounds in France. He was the son of Major Thomas Garland…and prior to joining the colours assisted his father in the management of the farm."
36   1899 Pte Geddes, George T Barthol Chapel  Scotsman 8/11/1915 - casualty list - wounded from June/July 1915 - previously unreported. To France 2/5/1917.   Discharged 1/8/1917
37   1697 Pte Grey, Harry M (Gray) Ythan Terrace, Ellon Transferred to MGC (Sergeant)
38   1844 Pte Gray, Francis W Fountainbleu, Port Erroll  Scotsman 3/8/1915 - casualty list - wounded. Disembodied 27/2/1919
39   1393 Pte Henderson, Theodore George Alexander Auchmacoy, Ellon Later CSM and 2nd Lieut. Royal Field Artillery (15/7/1918). Born abt. 1894, Fyvie. Son of Theodore & Rachel Henderson. (1901 census)  DCM (LG 4/6/1917 -as  No 1393) Post war address: "Noiram" Alexandra Ave. Stepps, Nth Glasgow. 
40   1998 Pte Hutcheon, James (or Hutchison) Craigall, Ellon  Disembodied 1/6/1919
41   1690 Pte Hutcheon, Alexander Blackcraig, Methlick To France 1/5/1915. MGC and Army Cyclist Corps
42   1896 Pte Innes, Charles  88 High St, New Pitsligo Attested 6/8/1914 at Ellon farm servant aged 17. Discharged 9/4/1915 393 (X) being convicted by civil power of theft on 23/2/1915 at Bedford. 6 weeks hard labour. Mother Elsie Innes 88 High St New Pitsligo.
43   2023 Pte King, Thomas Fittie Burness, Ellon  Disembodied 1/4/1919
44   1319 Pte Low, James Burgess Cottage, Ellon  
45   1602 Pte Lunan, Harry Hillend of Coldwells, Ellon Piper. (Article & photo. See Additional information) Disembodied 4/5/1919
46   1103 Pte Mackie, James Broadward, Methlick To France 21/8/1915. Transferred to Royal Engineers
47   1735 Pte Mark, George Ardlethen, Ellon Scotsman 13/9/1915 casualty list wounded. SWB. Address on MiC shows as: Kingshill Cottage, Countesswells Aberdeenshire
48   1790 Pte Mark, James Ardlethen, Ellon Died of wounds 6/9/1916 at at No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, France. Age 20. Son of Mrs. Annie Mark Skene, of Wester Selby, Keith Hall, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. Born at Methlick. (BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION) 
49   1223 Pte Marnock, W Ardconnon, Meldrum  
50   1845 Pte Marnock, James North Beat (?) Tarves  Did not go to France with Battalion. 240309. Scotsman 5/10/1917 casualty list - wounded (Tarves)  TF War medal.
51   2026 Pte Marnock, Alexander Burnside Shivas, Ellon Killed in action 31/7/1916 (THIEPVAL MEMORIAL)
52   1646 Pte Martin, Robert 72 Station Rd, Ellon Killed in action 31/7/16 (THIEPVAL MEMORIAL)
53   1526 Pte Massie, Thomas Frogmore Croft, Foveran SWB Discharged 13/9/1916. Address on MiC 19 North Constitution St Aberdeen.
54   1574 Pte Matthew, Peter The Square, Ellon Attested 4/3/1913. Age 17. Clerk. Discharged at Bedford 30/11/1914 under para 156 (II) TF Regs. Father James Matthew, Ellon.
55   1698 Pte Matthew, James 1 Kirk Lane, Ellon Killed in action 31/7/1917. Age 21. Son of George Matthew, of 1, Kirk Lane, Ellon. (NEW IRISH FARM CEMETERY) MM. (240237)
56   1888 Pte Milne, James North Logiereive, Ellon Transferred to A & SH. Disembodied 10/7/1919
57   1895 Pte Milne, Alexander Westfield, Bridge of Don Born Old Machar. Died of wounds 16/9/1917. Age 21. Son of George Milne, of Hillhead, Westfield, Balgownie, Bridge of Don. (MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY )
58   1894 Pte Mitchell,  William Greenburn Rd, Bankhead  Disembodied 1/4/1919, 240344
59   1541 Pte Moir, James Hove Culter Cullen, Ellon Killed in action 13/4/1918. Age 23. Son of James and Helen Moir, of Howe Cultercullen, Udny Station. (PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL) D.C.M. awarded for gallantry at Beaumont Hamel for capturing 40 Germans single handed.) (War Diary 16/12/1916 and B.O 30/4/1918 )(240166) 
60   1900 Pte Morrison, Charles Woodhead, Fyvie  240337(TF War Medal)
61   1754 Pte Mutch,  George Ardlia (?), Ellon 240265 (TF War medal) 
62   1889 Pte Mutch, Alexander Dephill, Fyvie To France 5/12/1915. SWB. Discharged 25/8/1916.
63   1640 Pte Mutch, James Tarves Attested 24/4/1913 at Ellon. Farm servant. Embarked Folkstone 30/7/1916 - joined 2nd Bn - S/43044.  Buchan Observer 8/5/1917. 'Mr & Mrs Mutch, Newseat of Tolquhon, Tarves, have received notice from the War Office of the death of their son, who was killed in action.(2/4/1917). Pte Mutch joined the Gordons early in the war. He attended Tarves School, and thereafter was in farm service in the district. He was 21 years of age.'  Son of James Allan Mutch and Isabella Mutch, of Cults, Strachan, Banchory. (ARRAS MEMORIAL)   
64   1603 Pte McCurrach, George C Newburgh Scotsman 23/6/1915 - Pte George McCurrach of 5th Bn GH has been wounded. He is a son of Mr Alexander McCurrach, Insch Rd, who has now two sons wounded and one dead. 
Later Labour Corps. Disembodied 20/4/1919. 240191
65   1886 Pte McQueen, Colin J Station Rd, Ellon Wounded 31 July 1916. Disembodied 25/3/1919
66   1904 Pte Partley, Alexander (Parley) Moss-side, Auchnagatt Scotsman 22/7/1915 - casualty list - wounded A.Parley 1904, Moss-side, gun shot wounds. MiC-SWB Discharged 5/11/1917
67   1604 Pte Park, James C Meikle Haddo, Foveran Transferred to MGC (Sergeant)
68   1220 Pte Reid, William Little Haddo, Newburgh Wounded 13/11/16. Died 15/11/1916 at No 13 General Hospital, Boulogne. Age 21. Son of Thomas and Eliza Reid, of Balmacassie, Ellon. (BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY)
69   1892 Pte Rennie, George Cairnlogie, Tarves Born Cruden. Wounded 13/11/16. Killed in action 28/7/1918. (240332) Son of Alexander Rennie. Husband of Mary Ann McLeod. Employee of C & E Morton.
70   1625 Pte Robb, Alexander Coldwells, Ellon Killed in action 6/9/15 Rifle bullet through head. Age 18.
71   1648 Pte Robertson, Alexander North Ythsie, Tarves Commissioned 2nd Lieut York and Lancaster Regiment
72   1898 Pte Robertson, Robert Burnside, Tarves Born Tarves, enlisted Methlick. Died at Home 11/7/1915. Age 19. Son of James and Annie Reid Robertson, of Burnside, Auchedly, Tarves.(TARVES PARISH CHURCHYARD )
73   1791 Pte Robertson, William Fraser New Pitsligo WO364 - Attested 26/3/1914. Bank clerk aged 18. Wounded 30/7/1916, GSW thigh and forearm. Hospitalised Countess of Lyttons Hosp. London 7/8/1916 - 9/10/1916.  Transferred to TF Reserves 12/3/1917. Discharged (wounds) 3/11/1917. SWB
74   1711 Pte (Drummer) Shand, Alexander Burnside, Methlick  
75   97 Pte Shepherd, Charles S Toddlehills, Methlick Killed in action 31 July 1916. Postman. Born abt. 1883. Methlick, son of Alexander Shepherd , farmer, and Isobel. Enlisted Methlick. (THIEPVAL MEMORIAL )
76   2132 Pte Sim, William Mains of Drumwhindle, Ellon Died of wounds 15/11/16, "C" Coy. Age 20. Son of Mary and the late Robert Sim, of Wool Mill Cottage, Kinmuck, Inverurie, late of Yarves. Born Savoch. (FORCEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY) CWGC shows date 17/11/16.
77   2083 Pte Sherriffs, George Woodend, Methlick Trans to MGC. MiC shows Disembodied, but no date. 
78   1368 Pte Slessor, James Birgate*, Ellon  Disembodied 13/2/1919
79   1796 Pte Smith, T Gilmorton, Udny  
80   1585 Pte Tait, George Pitmedden Village, Udny Born Udny. Killed 31/7/16. Age 22. Son of Elizabeth Tait, of Pitmedden Udny. (THIEPVAL MEMORIAL )
81   1642 Pte Thomson, Benjamin  Whiterashes Attested 29/4/1913. Age 19. Farm servant, Methlick. Discharged Bedford 6/2/1915 "unfit for further service" Para 393 KR. Address in 1916 Tarves.
 
82   1473 Pte Thomson, G Fetterangus  
83   1734 Pte Thomson, John Dudwick, Ellon Killed in action 1/3/1918 Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomson, of Sunside Dudwick, Ellon
84   1222 Pte Trail, Edward M.J Mossend, Boyndia Killed in action 4/6/1915. Born Tyrie, enlisted at Oldmill
85   1841 Pte Watson, Walter Wareland, New Aberdour Wounded 13/11/16. Transferred to Labour Corps. SWB. Disembodied 15/3/1919
86   2003 Pte Watson, William 20 High St, New Pitsligo Died Saturday 16th January 1915. Aged 18. Born New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, enlisted Ellon. (Measles epidemic)
87   2086 Pte Webster, P.W Kelly, Methlick  
88   1474 Pte Wilson, Robert 5 Jute St, Aberdeen Buchan Obs. 21/11/1916 - Ellon - Cpl Robert Wilson, son of Mr Alexander Wilson, late watchmaker of Ellon, now at Aberdeen, has been admitted into a hospital in England suffering from a wound in the shoulder received in the recent fighting. Cpl Wilson was boots at the Station Hotel, Ellon, previous to the war. He was gassed on a previous occasion.[25/7/16.] Later transferred to 14 Bn London Reg.
    
89   1890 Pte Willox, James Craighill, Lonmay Transferred to Northumberland Fusiliers
90   1997 Pte Yeats, A Auchleuchries, Cruden  
91   1606 Pte Yule, William Old Craig, Udny  240192
92   2214 Pte Cooper, George Blackdog, Bridge of Don Scotsman 8/11/1915 - casualty list - wounded from June/July - previously unreported. MM. Later 6th Battalion. Disembodied 16/5/1919
             
    R.A.M.C        
    1445 Pte Cowieson, J.J 79 Station Rd, Ellon  
    1442 Pte Ironside, D Auchreddie Rd, New Deer (Possibly Douglas Ironside RAMC 1423. To France 3/5/1915. Discharged to Class Z 28/3/1919
    1443 Pte Kennedy, W Forrester's Bdgs, Ellon
             





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