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05/19/2017 | 06:55pm CEST

WHILE many families in Moray would bear the loss of two or more sons during the war, only one family lost two sons on the same day. The elder of the two, Private John Strath, was serving in the 172nd Canadians, having emigrated to British Columbia in Canada around 1907. He was born in August 1873, the son of William and Helen Strath.

His much younger brother, Private Robert Strath, was born in September 1891 and was serving in the 5th Seaforth Highlanders. John was dangerously wounded on May 8, 1917, and died on May 13, the day that his brother was killed in action.

John is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery while Robert is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Both are commemorated on the Mortlach war memorial.

Three officers serving in the 6th Seaforth Highlanders lost their lives.

Second Lieutenant William Alexander French was born in Renfrew in April 1892, the son of John and Florence French. He worked in the National Bank in Forres before the outbreak of war before he enlisted as a private.

William went to Bedford with the 6th Battalion and then to France in May 1915. Sometime later, he was evacuated to Ireland due to illness. On recovering, he attended Cadet School and was commissioned in February 1917, before returning to France.

He was killed in action on May 12 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and on the Forres war memorial.

Lieutenant David Edward Dow was born in ?Elgin in October 1892, the son of Peter and ?Marjorie Dow. He had served an apprenticeship in the Bank of Scotland but later moved to banking posts in London, Hong Kong and then Shanghai. While in Elgin, he had played for Elgin City Football Club.

He enlisted as a private in June 1915 but was soon commissioned. David was wounded on May 16, 1917, and died the following day at the 14th General Hospital. He is buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, near Arras, and is commemorated on the Elgin war memorial, alongside his elder brother John, who died while serving in the RAMC in November 1918 in Persia.

His younger brother Donald had been serving with David in the 6th Seaforth Highlanders at Arras and was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry on April 9, 1917, at Vimy Ridge. News of this award featured in the same edition of the Northern Scot which carried the news of David's death.

Donald later served in the Indian Army and survived the war.

Captain Andrew Leitch Taylor was killed on the day that he moved to the front line for the first time. He was born in Forres in June 1892, the son of Alexander and Isabella Taylor, and enlisted in September 1914, having only retired from the Moray Territorials a few weeks before the outbreak of war.

He was later commissioned and went to France in April 1917. Andrew is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and on the Forres war memorial.

Other casualties in the past week included:

Aberlour

Lance Corporal Alexander Lawrence, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Corporal Alexander Milne, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Archiestown

Private Peter Davidson, 5th Seaforth Highlanders.

Buckie

Private Frank Devine, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Private John Bruce Esslemont, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Private Isaac Livingstone, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Burghead

Gunner William G Leslie, 170th Royal Garrison Artillery.

Dallas

Private John MacLean, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Sergeant Thomas Brown MM, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Delnashaugh

Sergeant Gordon Duncan, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Dufftown

Private William Green, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Private James Myron, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Elgin

Private George A Mackintosh, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Private Richard Grant, 5th Seaforth Highlanders.

Private William Simpson, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Private John Stewart, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Sapper William Anderson, Royal Engineers.

Private James William Howison, 5th Gordon Highlanders .

Findochty

Private Joseph Allan, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Fochabers

Private William Grant, 5th Seaforth Highlanders.

Corporal Donald Johnston, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Corporal Llewellyn N S Thomson, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Private Charles George Ross, 5th Gordon Highlanders.

Garmouth

Private William Dunbar, 5th Seaforth Highlanders.

Private Geoffrey P Walsh, 5th Gordon Highlanders.

Keith

Second Lieutenant Alexander Emslie, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Lance Corporal John W Stewart, 5th Gordon Highlanders.

Private Alexander Gordon, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Private James Smith, 5th Gordon Highlanders.

Private Charles Stuart, 5th Gordon Highlanders.

Kirkmichael

Corporal Bernard McKelvie, 6th Gordon Highlanders.

Private James Davidson, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Mosstodloch

Private Thomas Sutherland, 5th Seaforth Highlanders.

Portknockie

Lieutenant George Donaldson, 6th Gordon Highlanders

Portgordon

Private Andrew Mitchell, 5th Seaforth Highlanders

Rothes

Private Alexander Scott, 6th Seaforth Highlanders.

Lance Corporal James Corbett, 5th Seaforth Highlanders

Sailors' sacrifice

SEVERAL Moray sailors lost their lives in this week of 1917.

Seaman Donald Ross was serving on HM Trawler Trust On and drowned at Scapa Flow on May 14, 1917. He was born in Burghead in March 1880, the son of Donald and Margaret Ross.

He married Margaret More in Burghead in December 1905 and by 1911 was living with his wife and two young daughters in Brander Street, Burghead, employing a domestic servant in the household.

Donald enlisted in February 1915 at Aberdeen. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and on the Burghead war memorial. On May 15, four hired drifters were sunk during an attack on the Otranto Barrage by Austrian cruisers. Three of these drifters had Moray men serving.

From HM Drifter Transit, two men from Findochty were lost.

Skipper George Ross was born in Findochty in March 1877, the son of William and Jane Ross. He had married Maggie Bella Flett in September 1906 and by 1911 had two young sons.

George is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and on the Findochty war memorial.

While Deckhand John Cowie was born in Peterhead in August 1888, the son of John and Mary Thomson Cowie, it is noted on the register of his birth that his parents usually resided in Buckie. He married Isabella Jean Flett from Findochty in December 1910.

John is buried in Taranto town cemetery in Italy and is commemorated on both the Buckie and Findochty war memorials.

From HM Drifter Quarry Knowe, two Buckie men were lost.

Engineman Peter Bruce was born in Buckie in January 1894, the son of George and Maggie Bruce. Peter is commemorated on the Portsmouth naval memorial and on the Buckie war memorial.

Engineman William Smith was born in Buckie in May 1894, the son of John and Jessie Smith. He is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Cemetery and is commemorated on the Buckie war memorial.

From HM Drifter Admirable, Mate Adam Gordon was born in Portgordon in June 1896, the son of Charles and Catherine Gordon. Adam is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and on the Portgordon war memorial.

Leading Seaman John Young Main drowned after the Steamship Kilmaho, on which he was serving, was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat on 17 May 1917.

He was born in Hopeman in October 1889, the son of John and Ann Main. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth naval memorial and on the Hopeman war memorial. Two brothers served and survived the war.

© Copyright 2017 Scottish Provincial Press Ltd., All rights reserved., source Newspapers

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