The War Memorial
The Great War 1914-18
The war memorial is a familiar landmark. It is a pillar of Kemnay granite and was designed by W. P. Duncan, Architect, and erected c.1920. It is inscribed:-
"In memory of the men of this parish and district who died for right and country in the Great War."
But how much do we know about the individual men commemorated? Forty two of them fell during the Great War:-
|Woodside?||Acting Sergeant, G Company, 4th
Battalion Gordon Highlanders, killed in action in Belgium, on 20
July 1915, aged thirty.
He was a son of the Rev. William Allardyce (M.A., 1877), minister of Rothiemay, and was a solicitor in Aberdeen with the firm Hunter & Gordon, Advocates.
||Company Sergeant Major, 8th
Battalion Canadian Infantry, fell in action in France, 9th Aug.
1918, aged 27. Trade: motorman. Son of Robert and Annie (nee
Gauld) Adam, Ternemny Cottage, Knock.
|William Angus||Ramsburn||Private, 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders, fell in action in France, 4th Oct.1917, aged 28.|
||Private, 4th Battalion Gordon
Highlanders, fell in action in France, 20th Sept.1917 Occupation:
|William Chalmers||Private, 1st Battalion Royal
Scots Fusiliers, fell in action in France, 24th Mar.1918. Son of Mrs Largue, Boghead, Drumblade.
|Robert Clark||Knock||Private, Labour Corps., Died Home 23rd May 1918, aged 18. Son of Alexander and Annie M. Clark.|
|George Dingwall||Inverisla||Private, 7th Battalion Gordon
Highlanders, Died 30th July 1918, aged 23. Son
of John and Jane
Corporal, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment)
killed in action 7th April 1917, aged
28. Son of John and Jane
Dingwall, Inverisla Cottage. Occupation: Fireman.
|William Donald||Marnoch||Private, 4th Battalion Gordon
Highlanders, killed at Loos in Flanders, between 25th and 29th
September 1915. He was an Arts student and a son of John Donald,
carpenter, Milltories, Rothiemay. He had been previously twice
wounded in June.
|William G. Dow||11462
|William Duncan||Moss-side||Private, 6th Battalion Gordon
Highlanders was killed in France on 25th Sept. 1915, aged 24 Son of John & Jane Duncan.
|William B, Duguid||Sergeant, 5th Battalion Gordon
Highlanders died 23rd April 1917.
66th Machine Gun Corps, died of heart failure, aged 23
Salonika 30th March 1918. Son of William & Jessie Stewart
|George Horne||Craigmoss||Sergeant, 43rd Battalion,
Canadian Infantry, fell in action in France, 8th Oct.1916, aged
25. Occupation: Carpenter. Son of Alexander and Margaret G
|George Jessiman||Muir of Kinnoir||Private, 27th Battalion,
Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) died 15th Sept. 1916, aged
26. Son of James and Jane Grant Jessiman, Muir of Kinnoir.
1st Gordon Highlanders. Killed in Action 3rd March 1916
|Albert Robert Lawrence||Private, 9th Battalion Royal
Scots, died 24th May 1917.
|George Mitchell||Inverkeithny||202596, L/Cpl., Killed in Action 12th February 1917.|
1st Scots Guards, Died 9th October 1917,
|Robert G. E. Singer Morren||Aberchirder||Private, 9th Battalion Gordon
Highlanders Died 28th March 1918, aged 20
|John Munro||Cairnie||Private, 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, died 17th July 1916.|
|Henry McBain|| Private
43rd Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) Killed in action
8th October 1916, aged 24. Son of Mr. Henry A. and Mrs. Jane McBain.
|William McWilliam||Cairnie||Private, 2nd Battalion Gordon
Highlanders, killed in action in France, 26th Oct.1917, aged 20. Son of James & Ellen McWilliam,
|Cecil J. Primrose||Auchinclech||Bombardier, Royal Field
Artillery "D" Battery 77th Army Brigade, died 1st Nov. 1918,
aged 24 Son of James and Annie M
(Famars) Commemorative Certificate
|Alexander Russell||Acting sergeant, 6th Battalion
Gordon Highlanders, DCM MM, died of wounds in France,19th
Nov.1916, aged 23.
|James Russell||Guardsman, Scots Guards, died
in France, 3rd June 1915, Aged 35. Son
of James Russell
|Alexander Scott||Woodside Cottage, Tarryblake||Private, 2nd Battalion Gordon
Highlanders, fell in action, 3th Oct.1917, aged 22. Son
of William and Isabella Scott, Woodside Cottage, Tarryblake
|James Scott||Woodside Cottage,
|Piper, 2nd Battalion Gordon
Highlanders, fell in action, 1st July 1916, aged 33. Occupation:
Farm Servant. Son of William and Isabella Scott.
Brother of above.
|Alfred W. Sharp||Milltown||Private, 3rd Battalion Gordon Highlanders, died Home 10th Nov.1917, aged 19. Son of Alexander Sharp of Milltown.|
|George Smith||Private, 1st Battalion Gordon
Highlanders, Died in action 31st March 1916, aged 19. Son ofJane
|John Smith||Glennie House||L. Cpl, 5th Battalion Gordon
Highlanders, 'A' Coy 4th platoon, Military Medal,
killed 12th April 1918, aged 21. Son of James and Mary Jane
Smith, Glennie House, Mayen.
|John Alexander Smith||Private, 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, Died Home 21st April 1916, aged 20|
|Alexander Stephen||Keith||Private, 16th Battalion
Highland Light Infantry , died 15th Sept. 1917, aged 27.
|William Gauld Stephen||Keith||Acting Corporal, 6th Battalion
Gordon Highlanders, died 25th Sept. 1915.
|Victor William Smith||Private 8th
Black Watch, killed in Action
19th July 1918 Aged
20. Occupation: Farm Servant
|Alexander Thompson||Woodland||Fell in action in France, 14th Nov.1917.|
|Thomas Roberson Webster||Auchinbrae||Private, 1st/6th Battalion
Gordon Highlanders, fell at Beaumont Hamel, 13/14th Nov. 1916,
aged 22. Occupation: Farm Servant Son of Thomas Robertson Webster and Annie
Davidson (nee Barclay) Webster, Auchenbrae
||L. Cpl, 1st Battalion Gordon
Highlanders, died 1st October 1918, aged 21. Son of James Whyte,
|John Christe Wright||Clovenstones||2nd Lt
20th Australian Infantry, died 2-3rd May 1917,
aged 27. Son of Moses Simpson
Wright and Margaret Wright, Waulkmill.
Occupation: Principal, School of Art, School of Art, Adelaide
|James Duncan||(Grange)||Private 28th (North-west)
Battalion, Canada Infantry, killed in action 21st August 1917,
aged 26. Son of Mrs. Annie Brown, The Lodge, Tarryblake.
|John H. Kiloh
||Private 44th Battalion, Canada
Infantry, killed in action 9th May 1917, aged 25. Occupation:
Teamster. Son of Mrs. Mary Kiloh, Keith.
||Private 14th Battalion, Canada Infantry, killed in action 23rd April 1917, aged 39. Occupation: Canvasser. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander McLennan; husband of Annabella McLennan, Elgin. (Bois-Carre)|
|George Gray||(Turriff)||Private "C" Coy., 6th Battalion,
Gordon Highlanders, died 1st June 1915, aged 19. Son of John and
Agnes Gray, Delgaty
|Private NZ Machine Gun Battalion,
killed in action 3rd October 1918, Son of Mrs. Annie Thom, of
Dunedin, New Zealand.