20 July 2016

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders - PoW Other Ranks 1914

Having just completed some interesting research on a twice-wounded Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders regular who served from 1900 through to 1918, it seems a good enough reason to publish this list of men who served with the regiment and who, according to the list that I transcribed, became prisoners of war of the Germans on or before the 25th December 1914.

This list is compiled from three sources at The Imperial War Musuem, London:

B.O.2 1/112 is a four-page typed list from the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Prisoners of War Fund; letter dated 3rd January 1919 
B.O.2 1/113 is a single typed list from the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Prisoners of War Fund; no date 
B.O.2 1/115 is a five-page typed list from the records' office to Sir Ernest Goodhart dated 4th March 1919 

Some men appear on more than one list. 

The list below is an edited version of the full transcription which typically gives date of capture and home address. The full transcription is available for sale as a download or CD for £20. Contact me if you would like to purchase a copy.

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1209 Private J Adair
646 Bandsman W Adderley
9442 Private Alexander
957 Private Anderson
9516 Private J Arbuckle
9632 Lance-Corporal E Balchin
7571 Corporal J Balfour
10290 Corporal A Balfour
9257 Corporal A Beattie
1118 Private S Beck
9463 Lance-Corporal A Beedie
8319 Private J Bell
8956 Private R Bell
9506 Private R Bell
9655 Private Bell
1036 Lance-Corporal Bellingham
9699 Private A Best
9586 Private J Bowie
8843 Private Boyle
9297 Private W Breslin
918 Private R Brooke
9078 Private A Brough
9949 Sergeant J Brown
9153 Private J Brown
7865 Private Brown
7925 Private G Bryce
8839 Private J Buchanan
3/6740 H Butter
9155 Private W Bycroft
7749 Private G Callander
162 Private D Campbell
7968 Private T Campbell
8946 Private T Campbell
8032 Private D Cargill
1295 Private W Cassidy
S/5480 Private D Cassidy
9106 Private S Clark
8205 Private D Cleghorn
6796 Private W Cooke
10359 Private W Cooper
1131 Drummer M Costin
1114 Private C Counter
1232 Private J Craig
9604 Private P Craig
7823 Private J Craig
9152 Private Crawford
1201 Private W Crease
7397 Private A Cummings
7397 A Cummings
8982 Private W Dalgliesh
9863 Private F Daws
1240 Private J Deas
10223 Private J Denny
9164 Lance-Corporal J Devlin
260 Private E Doherty
7794 Private W Douglas
5913 Private J Doyle
58 Private S Duff
8935 Lance-Corporal J Dunbar
7454 Pte Kennedy Dunn
10183 Private N Elliott
1187 Private R Ellis
8137 Private R English
6834 Private J Faichney
6803 Private F Falconer
8077 Corporal D Finlayson
7897 Corporal Fletcher
8603 Private Flynn
9855 Sergeant J Forrest
9307 Private J Forsyth
8333 Private S Foster
7440 Private J Fraser
262 Corporal Fraser
1073 Private John Gallacher
7077 Private J Gardiner
10159 Private German
8897 Private A Gibb
6826 CSM A Gibb
9283 Private G Gibson
7676 Private R Gilchrist
3/5693 Private Hugh Ginlay
10159 D Gorman
8805 Private P Gray
9592 Private J Gray
8953 Private W Greenlees
7013 Private James Griffith
10153 Private H Hadley
7597 Private Hall
9144 Private J Hall
8257 Private J Hamilton
1167 Private R Harron
9843 Private John Henderson
8074 Private T Henderson
1332 Private J Hendren
10567 Sergeant C Hill
9237 Private W Holehouse
8790 Corporal J Holland
9889 Private W Howat
1205 Private R Howie
9525 Private T Hughes
635 Private H Hutton
7886 Private E Hynch
1373 Private J Jackson
3/6475 Private S Jamieson
6531 Private R Jamieson
7837 Private J Jamieson
9419 J Johnstone
9201 Private Robert Johnstone
9378 Private J Kennedy
9044 Private R  Kerr
7530 Private A Kerr
9687 Private D Kerry
1190 Lance-Corporal W Laing
7378 Private M Laird
10249 Private P Lockhart
7125 Private J Logan
8983 Private J Long
8938 Private Malone
1320 Private A McDonald
9345 Private A McEwan
3/3921 Private McFadden
9513 Private McGrath
3/6593 Private McGregor
9864 Private McIntyre
10244 Private G McKerrell
7169 Private A McKinnon
8176 Private McLaughlin
6048 Private McLean
1220 Lance-Corporal D McLellan
6810 Private J Meek
1141 Private D Meldrum
8013 Private A Menzies
8085 Private Moon
10622 Private A Morton
8942 Private C Muir
7467 Private J Muirhead
1130 J Murphy
9674 Private Murray
1033 Private W Ospreay
6942 Private Quin
10551 J Rae
9064 Private N Rennie
5994 Private Andrew Rice
1065 Drummer H T Robertson
8094 Private Scott
6896 Private J Sharp
3/6137 Corporal John Smith
9428 Private Charles Stirling
9034 Private John Watters
6650 Pte James Workman

11 July 2016

Sleeping Companions: 8515 Pte John Duncan Macpherson & 12860 Pte John Hadden; 1st Scots Guards

8515 Pte John Duncan Macpherson, 1st Scots Guards
 12860 Pte John Hadden, 1st Scots Guards

John Macpherson and John Hadden lie next to each other in the Guards Cemetery at Lesboeufs. I took this photograph on the 1st July 2016. Both men died on the 15th September 1916.

John Macpherson (McPherson on his medal index card) was a pre-war regular solider who had joined the Scots Guards in January 1913 and arrived in France on the 9th November 1914. No service record survives for him in WO 363 but he had certainly been in hospital in France in May 1915. A fragment in WO 363 lists him at Malassise Hospital on the 30th May. He was the son of John MacPherson, of The Aerodrome, Crail, Fife and it was not until 1919 that his body was found and re-buried in the Guards Cemetery. He was 21 years old. The inscription on his headstone reads: GRENADE THROWER / DIED AS A SOLDIER AT HIS POST.

John Hadden enlisted later than John Macpherson. He joined up in January 1915 and arrived in France on the 19th November that year. He was the son of William and Marion Hadden, of Harelaw, Longniddry, Haddington, East Lothian. His body too, was exhumed from the battlefield and brought in to the Guards' Cemetery at around the same time as John Macpherson. He was 22 years old.

The Scots Guards lost 110 men on the 15th September 1916. Fifteen of those men are buried at Lesboeufs but 83 have no known graves at all and are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

9 July 2016

Sleeping companions: 32866 Pte F Siddall, 16th Sherwood Foresters & R/16458 Rfm J Connor, 17th KRRC

32866 Private Fred Siddall, 16th Sherwood Foresters & 
R/16458 Rifleman James Connor, 17th KRRC

I was in France recently to mark the 100th anniversary of the Somme offensive and also the fateful attack the previous day on the Boar's Head at Richebourg L'Avoue. The two men above both fell on the 30th June 1916 and rest side by side at Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg. I took the photo 100 years to the day since they died and decided to see what I could find out about them. Service records no longer survive for either man.

James Connor was born in central London: The Strand, Middlesex, and was living in West Kensington when he enlisted for wartime service only, at Holborn, in the King's Royal Rifle Corps. His regimental number indicates that he must have been issued with his number - at Winchester - in the second week of November 1915. He probably arrived in France by the end of April 1916 and thus had been overseas for barely two months when he was killed in action. At the time of his death, James was unmarried and both parents had pre-deceased him, His sister Margaret is recorded as his sole legatee and she would have been sent the memorial plaque and scroll as well as money owing to him at the time of his death.

Fred Siddall was also unmarried when he died of wounds on the 30th June 1916. He was the second oldest of four sons of Arthur and Annie Siddall, and one of seven children still living when the 1911 census was taken; four having already died, presumably in infancy. Fred is recorded on that census return as a fourteen-year-old coal miner's driver and was presumably working at the same pit as his nineteen-year-old brother, Albert and his 45-year-old father who are both indicated on the census as coal miner's driver and coal miner, respectively.

Fred initially joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers, his regimental number 20083 indicating that this must have been in August 1915. His regimental number for the Sherwood Foresters - 32866 - dates to a little later in the year, around mid-December 1915. Fred would have been about nineteen when he died of his wounds, his father Arthur noted as his next of kin.

Fred's elder brother Albert Siddall would be killed in action on the 31st March 1918 whilst serving with the same battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. His number, 25985, indicates that he joined the regiment in May 1915 and it remains a possibility, I suppose, that Fred later requested a transfer into the Sherwood Foresters so that he could be with his brother. Albert has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.