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Battalion Roll : 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders 1914

Officers and HQ Staff (Peterhead)


Who's Who in the Battalion - Complete list 1915

Additional information for officers can be found on Nominal Roll and also photographs

  Rank Name                 Address Notes
  Colonel Grant, Arthur (DSO)  Monymusk 
  Major Law, John  The Depot, Maud  Formerly in 3rd Volunteers. Mentioned in Scotsman 
  Capt A-Adj  Cruden, J W F (Black Watch)     
  Captain  Martin, David H  Peterhead   
  Captain  Runciman, Frank Souter  King Edward  "D" Company 
  Captain  Fowlie, Charles Wilson  Mains of Bogechil, Whiterathes  "F" Company 
  Captain  Rennie, James  Milladen, Mintlaw  "B" Company 
  Captain  McDonald, Samuel  Fraserburgh  "G" Company 
  Captain  Morrison, John  The Depot, Maud   
  Lieutenant  Watson, James  Foveran  "E" Company 
  Lieutenant    Chalmers, James  Auchterless  Occupation: Farmer 
  Lieutenant    Mitchell, George  Fraserburgh  "H" Company 
  Lieutenant    Low, James Lawson  Kininmonth  "A" Company. Scotsman 5/7/1915 shows wounded. War Dairy shows Mentioned in Despatches 1/1/1916. Born 28/11/1880 in Kirriemuir, third child of John Low and Emma Lason. Married 1/6/1910 to Jessie Stenhouse - 6 children. Graduated MA Edinburgh University and taught at Gillespie School before becoming headmaster at Kininmonth. He was afterwards at Fraserburgh before going to Old Deer in 1919. He retired in 1945 and went to line in New Pitsligo. Awarded OBE for military and public service, and the Territorial Decoration. Died 1/1/1951.  (My thanks to Katherine Oxenham, great grand daughter for this biographical information) 
  Lieutenant    Watson, William Jack  Newmachar  "F" Company 
  Lieutenant    Gray, George Martin  Peterhead  "C" Company 
  Lieutenant    Lyall, William  Macduff  "F" Company 
  Lieutenant    Cowie, Robert  Longside  "C" Company 
  2/Lieutenant  Moir, George Andrew C  Methlick  "E" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    Buchan, George A.B  Lonmay  "D" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    Simpson, Ernest  Fraserburgh   
  2/Lieutenant    McCulloch, John  Portsoy  "B" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    McWilliam, Charles Thomas  Foveran  "G" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    Troup, Robert  J Huntly  "C" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    Lyon, Robert  52 Carden Place Aberdeen  "D" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    Forbes-Sempill, Hon Robert A  Fintray House  "G" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    Pirie, Patrick T  Kinellar  "A" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    Robertson, C T A  Wellingborough  "A" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    Vincent, Richard Beaumont  Rye, Sussex  "H" Company 
  2/Lieutenant    Bird, Percy Carr  Chelsea, London  "B" Company 
  Chaplain  Kemp, R S  Old Deer   
  Lt & QM  Marr, Joseph  Peterhead   
  Major  Waite, H  Leeds   
  Major  Fowler, Andrew  Ellon  Born at Broadiach 24 May 1853.  Son of Andrew Fowler and Agnes Smith. Gazetted Surgeon Lt. Volunteer Forces, 2nd Volunteer Bn Gordon Highlanders, 29 July 1896 .
1 April 1908 Promoted Captain, Volunteer Forces RAMC photo
HQ Staff         
Peterhead  Major  Law The Depot Maud   
  Major  Smith  The Depot Ellon   
  Captain  Morrison  The Depot Maud   
  Lieutenant  Chalmers  Auchterless   
  Lieutenant  Simpson  Fraserburgh   
  Major  Middleton, J  R A M C Peterhead   
  Chaplain  Halliday, J  Peterhead   
  Sergt Inst  Lawrence  Peterhead   
  Sergt  Mitchell, J  Bruxie, Maud   
           471 Sergt  Walker, James  Barrangate Rd Fraserburgh   
  Sergt  Barron, William John  Charlotte St Fraserburgh   
         03 Cpl Pennant  Peterhead   
        109 Orderly Rm Clerk  Corvse, M  Peterhead   
       1185 L Cpl  Craighead, J  Peterhead   
       1635 L Cpl  Chisholm, William  Prison Bldgs Peterhead   
  L Cpl  Gill, G  Auchleuchries, Cruden   


 Who's Who in the Battalion   
A complete list of officers, from the Buchan Observer of 16th March 1915

  • Lieutenant Colonel Grant, DSO, of Monymusk, was formerly a captain in the 12th Lancers.
  • Major H Martin is a son of Mr David Martin, solicitor and town clerk, Peterhead. Major Martin was promoted from captain after the battalion went to England.
  • Major C W L Fowlie, who is in command of the Oldmeldrum Company, is tenant of the farm of Bogrechel, Oldmeldrum
  • Captain F S Runciman, is the only son of Mr John Runciman, Auchmill, King-Edward, and is in command of the Turriff Company.
  • Captain S McDonald is a partner of the firm of Messrs McDonald and Richards, solicitors, Fraserburgh.
  • Captain John G Morrison, who is at present in charge of the transport section, was for a long time in charge of the depot at Peterhead. Captain Morrison has a bakery business at Maud.
  • Captain J Watson was a schoolmaster at Foveran.
  • Captain George Mitchell is a fishcurer, and has a business in Fraserburgh.
  • Captain J T Low is a native of Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, and was schoolmaster at Kinmundy, Longside, Aberdeenshire.
  • Captain G Martin Gray is the eldest son of the late Mr Robert Gray, solicitor, Peterhead, and is a partner of the firm Gray & Gray, solicitors, Peterhead.
  • Captain and Adjutant Cruden of the Black Watch was appointed to the 5th Gordons about a couple of years ago. He is a son of Mr George Cruden, advocate, Aberdeen.
  • Lieutenant W Lyall is a schoolmaster at Turriff.
  • Lieutenant R Cowie carries on a commission agent's business at Longside.
  • Lieutenant G A C Moir is a native of  Methlick.
  • Lieutenant C T A Robertson is a son of the late Mr Robert Robertson, Commercial Bank, Peterhead. Lieutenant Robertson at the outbreak of the war was at Singapore, and was gazetted lieutenant when he came home.
  • Lieutenant P C Bird, prior to the war was engaged at the Pneumatic Toolworks, Fraserburgh.
  • Lieutenant R B Vincent is the son of a retired Colonel.
  • Lieutenant the Hon. R A Forbes-Sempill, brother of Lord Sempill of Craigievar and Fintray, was gazetted after the outbreak of the war.
  • Second Lieutenant J Simpson was a schoolmaster at Fraserburgh.
  • Second Lieutenant P T Pirie is a son of Mr D V Pirie, MP for North Aberdeen, and was commissioned after the war began.
  • Second Lieutenant J McCulloch was a teacher at the Dollar Institute.
  • Second Lieutenant R Lyon is a son of Sir Alexander Lyon, ex-Lord Provost of Aberdeen.
  • Second Lieutenant C T McWilliam is a son of Rev T McWilliam, minister of Foveran.
  • Second Lieutenant R J Troup belongs to Aberdeen and obtained his commission after hostilities commenced.
  • Second Lieutenant P Walton was gazetted from the Bedfordshire Yeomanry, and is in charge of the Maxim gun section.
  • Second Lieutenant F Martin is a journalist on the staff of the "Morning Post". He is a son of ex-Bailie Martin, Peterhead.
  • Second Lieutenant V C Bruce is the proprietor of the estate of Inverquhomery, Longside, and brother-in-law to Captain G M Gray.
  • Second Lieutenants L C H Fuller and T O Roberts are both Englishmen and joined the regiment at Bedford.
  • Hon Lieutenant and Quartermaster Marr was a sergeant in the 2nd Gordons, and was at Peterhead for several years as sergeant of the 5th Gordons.



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