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Prisoners of war and missing men A - L
The following list of names comes mainly from the District Casualty Lists of the Buchan Observer. A few names come from other sources, chiefly the War Book of Turriff, and these are identified by "WBT" in the "Source" column. The date in that column indicates the date the newspaper. The Casualty List identified only a man's Regiment. All the men below whose details come from the newspaper were listed as "Gordons", but all may not necessarily be from the 5th Battalion. The names in Blue are men whose names appeared in the 1914 Roll. Not all the men whose names appear here were prisoners of war. Many families were still searching for missing relatives after the war had ended.
Name Rank Source Notes Aird, George Pte 21.5.1918
Mrs G. Aird, H.M. Prison, Peterhead, has received notice that her husband has been wounded and missing since 14th April. She has now received a post card from himself that he is a prisoner of war and well.
Allardyce, Alexander S/17899
Pte WBT Age 20. Died in German hands 5/4/1918. Son of James and Margaret Allardyce, of Stonedyke, Rhynie. (PREMONT BRITISH CEMETERY) Premont, south-east of St Quentin, was in German hands until October 1918. The cemetery records show the vast majority of casualties being either from the March/April battles, when the area was in German control, or from October, November, December, when it was used by four British Casualty Clearing Stations. (WBT & CWGC)
Sgt 7.5.1918 Prisoner of war. He was formerly a cooper with Mr Dickson, Fraserburgh. His wife resides in Mid St (Fraserburgh) Anderson, David
Posted as missing. Son of Mr Alex. Anderson, 7 Low St., New Pitsligo. Killed 21/3/1918. (POZIERES MEMORIAL) (3709)
Anderson, David James Pte 30.4.1918 Mrs A. Anderson, 22 Tolbooth Wynd, has been notified that her son was posted as missing on 21st March. He was employed with Mr Ritchie, blacksmith, Peterhead previous to the war. Anderson, David James Pte 21.5.1918 Mrs Anderson, 22 Tolbooth Wynd, Peterhead has received notice from her son that he is a prisoner of war in Germany, and wounded. Anderson, Robert Cpl 14.5.1918 Mr & Mrs John Anderson 22 Stirling Hill, have received information that their second son is missing. Prior to the war he was a driver of a motor lorry in Glasgow. Anderson, Robert Cpl 16.7.1918
Mr & Mrs John Anderson, 22 Stirling Brae, Boddam, have been notified that their second son, who was reported missing, is now a prisoner of war in Germany and wounded, and has got off one of his legs.
Arthur, A Pte 23.4.1918 Mrs A. Arthur, 10 Jamaica St, Peterhead, has received official information that her husband is reported missing since 21st March and is believed to be a prisoner of war. Private Arthur has been in foreign service for two and a half years. (No record of his death) Bain, Charles Pte 30.4.1918 Mr & Mrs Charles Bain, Longside Village, have received a post card from their son stating he is a prisoner in Germany. Previously: Scotsman 18/6/1917-casualty lists- wounded-241374-(Longside). Beaton, James Sgt WBT Gamekeeper. 5th Gordons. Sergeant. Served England, France, Flanders. Prisoner of War at St. Quentin, 21st March 1918. Bissett, Douglas Pte 30.4.1918 Prisoner of War. He is a Fraserburgh fishcurer. Bissett, Thomas 240523 Sgt Born abt. 1893 in Peterhead, 4th child of Peter Bisset, a publican, and his wife Elsie. Married Jessie Wallace in 1913. Occupation in 1913, Postboy; address 16 Chapel St. POW after German Spring Offensive. Won a MM for services when a POW and a DCM for gallantry in 1917. See Additional information. Brooks, Alan Pte 30.4.1918
Mr W. Brooks, 16 St Mary Street, Peterhead, has been notified that his son has been missing since 23rd March. Pte Brooks was a joiner before joining up.
Bruce, J Pte 23.4.1918 Reported missing. He is a son of Mr & Mrs Bruce, School Croft, Slains. A brother Alexander died a prisoner of war in Germany. Bruce, Peter Pte 11.6.1918
Prisoner of war. He is the third son of Mr C.W. Bruce, fishcurer, Peterhead. He was formerly in the employment of his father. Many years later he wrote an article about his experiences entitled "I was there".
Buchan, George T Pte 4.6.1918 Wounded and missing. He is the fourth son of Mr James Buchan, 74 Frithside St., Fraserburgh. Buchan, George T Pte 11.6.1918 Prisoner of war. He is a son of Mr James Buchan, berthing master, 74 Frithside St., Fraserburgh. Buchan, T Pte 30.4.1918 POW. He is a twin son of Mr A. Buchan, 15 St Peter Street, and prior to the war was a farm servant in the Ellon district. Buchan, Walter McLennan
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Pte 23.7.1918 Prisoner of war. He is the only son of Mrs Jessie Buchan 8 Harbour St., Buchanhaven. In civil life he was a cooper with Mr George Davidson, Ware Rd., Buchanhaven. Previously: Scotsman 20/7/1918 -casualty lists -wounded- 240679 (Buchanhaven) Burnett, Charles Pte 23.4.1918 Missing. He is the youngest son of Mr A. Burnett, gardener and keeper of the Fraserburgh Bowling Green. Burnett, Charles Pte 4.6.1918 Previously reported missing is now a prisoner of war at Limburg, Germany. He is a son of Mr Alex Burnett, keeper of the Fraserburgh Bowling Green. Before enlistment he was a farm servant at Mill of Philworth. Burnett, Gavin
Pte 9.7.1918 Prisoner of war. He is a son of Mr John Burnett, cooper, 31 Mid St., Fraserburgh. He was a slater with Mr James Reid. Cairnie, James Pte 18.6.1918 Previously reported as wounded, he is now a prisoner of war in Germany. Previous to joining up he was a gamekeeper on the Aden estates at Kininmonth. (Mintlaw) Cartney, George Pte 18.6.1918 Missing since March 21, is now reported to be a prisoner. He is a son of Mrs Cartney, Cowfords. (Strichen) Cassie, Angus Pte 7.5.1918 Now reported missing, is a son of Mr Angus Cassie, road foreman, Mintlaw. (Still missing since 21st March - Buch Ob, 6/7/1918) (No record of his death) Clark, James Pte 30.4.1918
Mr Hugh Clark, Cowsrieve, has been informed that his fourth son is missing since March 21. His fifth son, Private Frank Clark, Black Watch, is wounded and in hospital in England.
Clark, James Pte 23.7.1918 Mr Hugh Clark, Cowsrieve, Peterhead, has had word through Switzerland that his son who has been missing since 21st March, is a prisoner of war and slightly wounded. Clark, Robert McLew 260240 Pte de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour Youngest son of Robert Clark, Aberfoyle, gardener, and wife Jean (McLew). Born Aberfoyle, Perth 2/12/1897. Farm servant at Shannochill Farm Gartmore. Joined 1st Highland Cyclist Bn 6/9/1916. Transferred to 9th BlackWatch and served in France from 17/7/1917. Transferred to 5th Gordon Highlanders and taken prisoner 2/4/1918. Died at Cassel POW camp on 9/10/1918. Collie, Robert
Pte WBT Farm servant. 5th Gordon Highlanders. Served - France. Prisoner of war in Germany.
Colvin, James Pte 30.4.1918 POW. He is the eldest son of Mr James Colvin 8 York St, and in civil life was a baker with Mr James Nicol, Marischal Street. Colvin, John L/Cpl 7.5.1918 Prisoner of war. He was formerly employed at Fraserburgh Harbour Works. His mother resides at 92 High Street (Fraserburgh). Cordiner, James S L/Cpl 30.4 .1918 POW in Germany. His mother resides at 77 St Peter Street. Cowe, George Pte 6.7.1918
Prisoner of war in Germany. He is the only son of Mrs A. Masson Cowe, E38 Boddam. In civil life he was a salmon fisher at Findochty.
Cowie, James Pte WBT Farm Servant. 5th Gordon Highlanders. Served - Scotland, Flanders, France. Disabled. Prisoner of war, 23rd March 1918. Cowie, John R Pte 23.4.1918 Reported missing, believed prisoner of war, is the eldest son of Mr & Mrs J Cowie, 3 Charlotte St., Peterhead. He was a carter with Mr John Reid, Peterhead. Cowie, John R Pte 30.4.1918 POW. He is the eldest son of Mr & Mrs J. Cowie, 3 Charlotte St, and was formerly employed by Mr John Reid, carter. Cowie, R (Robert)
Pte 7.5.1918 Missing presumed a prisoner of war. He is the son of Mr Cowie, Scotstown, Dudwick, Ellon. Pte Cowie was a farm servant at Hawkhillock, Ardallie before the war. [Later deemed to have died 21.3.1918 POZIERES MEMORIAL] Cruickshank, James Sgt 23.4.1918 Mr & Mrs J. Cruickshank, North Redbog, Strichen, have been notified that their son has been missing since March 21st. He was a Territorial and went to France in May 1915. He was wounded in April last year. Cruickshank, James
Sgt 14.5.1918 Mr & Mrs Cruickshank, North Redbog, Strichen, have received a post card from their son that he is wounded and a prisoner of war in Germany. He was previously wounded. Davidson, George, Philips Watt Pte 7.5.1918
Mr David Davidson, cooper, 6 Backgate, Peterhead, has been informed that his son is wounded and missing. He has only been five weeks at the front. Previous to being called up he was in the employment of Messrs A. Brown & Co., Broad Place Peterhead.
Further information from Ian Davidson, grandson of George:
George Davidson died in 1944 in Peterhead. Here's an extract from an obituary:"He was severely wounded and taken prisoner in the last war, and his experiences had a permanent effect on his health. He was a native of Peterhead, being a son of the late David Davidson, cooper." He was an Air Raid warden during WW2. From various obituaries he seems to have been fairly well known in Peterhead, managing the Hepworth clothiers shop and with interests that included masonry, bowls and music. His brother Sergeant Russell Watt Davidson, Sergeant, also in the 5th Gordon Highlanders, died on 1/10/1917 in Tanganyika.[853 "C" Company".]
Dickie, Robert Pte 7.5.1918 Mrs Dickie, Fortrie Croft, Ellon has received notice that her son is a prisoner of war in Germany He was a farm servant in the Ellon district before the war. His wife resides at 20 Hill St Dundee. Duguid, George L/Cpl 30.4.1918 Mr Duguid, Granite Cottage, Longhaven, has received information that his son is missing. He was an apprentice mason. (No record of his death) Duthie, Alexander Cpl 30.4.1918 Mr Alexander Duthie, 3 Ward Street, Port Erroll, has been notified that his son is missing. Before joining up Cpl Duthie was employed with his father. (No record of his death) Elrick, James L/Cpl 30.4.1918 Information has been received by his parents that L/Cpl James Elrick, Gordons, is missing since 9th April. He is the youngest son of Mr Elrick, South St Mintlaw. Elrick, James L/Cpl 6.7.1918
Previously posted as missing, he has now sent home a post card that he is a prisoner of war and well. He is the the second son of Mr William Elrick , The Square Mintlaw.
Fentie, F.W. (M.M.)
Reported missing, believed prisoner of war, is a son of Mr William Fenty, engine driver, 10 Love Lane Peterhead. He was formerly with Messrs James Reid and Sons, carters, Peterhead.
Fentie, F.W. (M.M.)
Sgt 7.5.1918 Confirmed prisoner of war. Finnie, Alexander
Pte 23.4.1918 Reported missing, believed a prisoner of war. His parents reside at Station Cottages, Auchnagatt. Florence, James
Pte 30.4.1918 Reported missing. He is the third son of Mr Robert Florence, fishcurer, 2 Castle St., and was formerly employed in the fishcuring trade with his father. Florence, James
Pte 6.7.1918 Prisoner of war. Forbes, Ruthven Milne
Pte 30.4.1918 Mr J.A.B. Forbes, dentist, received a post card yesterday from his son, stating that he ia a prisoner of war in Germany and is well. Forbes, William K.
Pte 23.4.1918 Reported missing, believed prisoner of war, was formerly with Messrs Singer, Peterhead. His wife resides a 6 Charlotte St., Peterhead. [Deemed to have died 21/3/1918. POZIERES MEMORIAL) Fraser, William L/Cpl 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. (No record of his death)
Gall, George Pte 7.4.1918
Mrs Gall, Burnside, Rora, has been notified that her grandson is a prisoner of war. In civil life he was a farm servant at the Home Farm, Kininmonth.
Pte 30.4.1918 The son of Mrs Gavin, Rora, has been wounded and taken prisoner. Geddes, James
Pte 23.4.1918 Missing since 21st March and believed to be a POW. He was in the employment of Mr Ross, baker, Rothienorman and lived with Mr Peter Wright, Denhead. (Fyvie) Geddes, James
Pte 30.4.1918 Intimation reached Fyvie on Thursday in the shape of a post card from Cassel, Germany, that Pte James Geddes is a prisoner of war. Gibb, John Sgt WBT Mechanic. 5th Gordons. Prisoner of War 21st March 1918. Gordon, Alexander Pte 30.4.1918 Missing. Son of Mr Gordon, gardener, Cruden Bay Hotel. He was a clerk on the G.N.S.R (No record of his death) Gow, Angus
Mrs Gow, Water St., Strichen, has received official intimation that her husband is missing, In civil life he was a slater with his father.
L/Cpl 21.5.1918 Mrs Gow, Water St Strichen has now been informed that her husband is a prisoner of war in Germany. Gray, James Pte 7.5.1918 Posted as missing, and wounded. Son of Mr Jas. Gray, 10 High St., New Pitsligo. (No record of his death) Greig, J.S. Cpl 30.4.1918 Mrs Mitchell, Middlemuir, Cairness, Lonmay, has received official information that her son, J.S. Greig, is a prisoner of war at Cassel, Germany. Greig, William Pte 7.5.1918
Gordon Highlanders, attached Trench Mortar Battery is missing. He is a son of Mr James Greig, ostler, 43 Saltoun Place Fraserburgh, and before enlistment was an assistant to Messrs G. Stephen & Co., merchants, Broad Street (Fraserburgh).
Hay, Alex Cpl 23.4.1918 Mr Alex Hay, Free Church Lane, Longside, has been notified that his son is a prisoner of war. Henderson, Henry Pte WBT Baker. 5th Gordon Highlanders, 30th June 1917. Served - France. Prisoner of war in German, 23rd March 1918. Henderson, Robert Pte 11.6.1918 Missing since 28th March, is now a prisoner of war at Limburg, Germany. He was a cooper and his mother resides at 39 High St., Fraserburgh. Henderson, William Pte 7.5.1918 Missing. Son of Mrs Henderson 39 High St., Fraserburgh. He worked at Messrs Maconochie's factory. (Possibly S/11439 William Henderson 8/10th Bn died 28/3/1918, ARRAS MEMORIAL. Born Fraserburgh) Hunter, Charles Greig Cpl 30.4.1918 Mrs Hunter, Greeness, Monquhitter, has received information from her son that he is a prisoner and is wounded. Before enlisting he was a baker. Imlah, Joseph Pte 14.5.1918 Wounded and missing. He is a son of Mr & Mrs Imlah, Queen Street Peterhead. Before enlisting he was a law clerk with Messrs Gray & Gray, solicitors, Peterhead. Imlah, Joseph Pte 11.6.1918 Previously reported missing, now a prisoner of war. He is the second son of Mr & Mrs A. Imlah, 69 Queen Street. Johnstone, Arthur L/Cpl 30.4. 1918 Missing. He is the eldest son of Mrs Arthur Johnston, market gardener, The Craigs, Ellon. Before the war L/Cpl Johnston assisted his mother in the management of the garden. Johnstone, Arthur L/Cpl 4.6.1918 Previously reported missing, is a prisoner of war and wounded. He is the elder son of Mrs Johnstone, The Craigs, Ellon. Keith, John Pte 21.5.1918 Mrs Keith, Bridge St Ellon, has received a post card from her son who was reported missing, but who is a prisoner of war and unwounded. Pte Keith was a tailor with Mr Littlejohn, Ellon. Kelman, Henry F
Pte 23.4.1918 Missing. He is the fourth son of Mr & Mrs James Kelman, Upper Claystyles, Memsie, Fraserburgh. [Deemed to have died 2/4/1918. Age 19. Son of James and Christina Kelman, of Upper Claystiles, Memsie. POZIERES MEMORIAL] Kerr, Sangster Pte 14.5.1918 Wounded and missing. He is a son of Mr Kerr, Victoria Cottage, Ellon. Lawrie, W Pte 23.4.1918 Missing. He is the husband of Mrs Lawrie, Hatton Lodge, and was a farm servant before enlisting. Lawrie, William Pte 6.7.1918 Reported missing. He is now reported wounded and a prisoner of war in Germany. His wife resided at Barrack, Auchnagatt. Lawson, Charles Piper 25.6.1918 Prisoner in Germany. He is a son of Mr Charles Lawson, 3 Ellis St Peterhead, who has received a post card from him stating he is unwounded and well. Piper Lawson was reported missing on 21st March 1918. Leask, William Pte 4.6.1918 Formerly reported missing, he is now a prisoner of war in Germany and well. Before enlisting, Pte Leask was employed on the Haddo House estate. (Methlick) Leith, William Sgt 23.4.1918 Missing. He is a son of Mr Leith, railway surfaceman, Hill of Mintlaw. Before the war he was a shoemaker and had been previously wounded on two occasions. Leith, William Sgt 7.5.1918 Son of Mr Leith, Hill of Mintlaw, has sent word home that he is wounded on the right shoulder and is a prisoner of war at Rastatt, Baden. Prior to joining, Sgt Leith was a shoemaker. Lovegrove, Charles Pte 7.5.1918 Wounded and a prisoner of war. He was formerly employed at Fraserburgh Harbour Works. His wife resides in High St (Fraserburgh). Lunan, Peter Pte 23.4.1918 Mr & Mrs Lunan, Thistlyhillock, Kininmonth have received official notice that their only son has been reported missing. Lunan, Peter Pte 30.4.1918 Mr Lunan, Thistly Hillock, Longside, Kininmonth, has received a post card from his son stating he is a prisoner of war in Germany.
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