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1st/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Harry Bremner 2304  MM
 Harry Bremner

Bremner, Harry Joyce, M.M. Sergt., No. 2304, 5th (Territorial) Battn. The Gordon Highlanders, son of Charles Bremner, of Nether Cortes, Lomnay, co. Aberdeen, by his wife Jessie, daughter of Alexander Davidson.

Born Rathen, co. Aberdeen, 3 March 1895 . Educated public school there, and Fraserburgh  Academy.  Enlisted early in September 1914, underwent training at Scone Camp where he acted as Drill Sergeant.  Served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders (1) from 10th August 1915.

After attending a bombing school in France, he became Bomb Sergeant for his Battalion.  Was awarded the Military Medal on 31st July 1916 for carrying in a few of his wounded comrades under machine-gun fire during the Battle of the Somme. [High Wood]

He also received a card of congratulation from Major-General Harper commanding his division.

He was killed in action at Beaumont Hamel 13th November 1916.  Buried in the Y Ravine Cemetery near Beaumont Hamel. 

His Commanding Officer wrote: "Your son was a most exemplary young man, and in allhis work was efficient and thoroughly concientious.  When he fell, he was at his post, bravely and fearlessly driving the enemy in front of him.  His was one of the great records of courage and devotion to duty - we will miss him and mourn his loss."

Another officer wrote:"Always bright and cheery, he was held in high respect by all ranks, from the Commanding Officer to the Private."

Source: De Ruvignys Roll of Honour


Harry Bremner's name appeared in the New Recruits section of the 1914 Battalion Roll.


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