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Cromarty War Memorial

Cromarty War Memorial

Date Added: 04 January 2007 Contributor: Andrew Bathie Year: 2006 Picture No: 1832

The war memorial beside the Gaelic Chapel. Apologies for the large size of this image but it shows all the names in a readable form. The main plaque says:

In memory of
the men of this parish
who gave their lives for this country

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On this memorial is my uncle's name William MacDonald, ( Pte. William J MacDonald, 5th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders) who unfortunately I never met as he was killed at Ypres on 15th May 1917 aged 23. He was the son of John and Elizabeth MacDonald of Mains, Cromarty and a local police constable before his army service. Comment left on 15 January 2007 at 11:22 by Jean Bell
My mother was born in Cromarty her name was Joan Reid her sister was Ina Reid she also had brothers. I see there is a John Reid on the war memorial picture. I wonder if there is any connection. She moved to London and her married name was Moody.
I am interesed in any information you have or know anyone who has any connection with the Reid name and Cromarty.
Comment left on 21 January 2007 at 19:33 by Alexander Moody
Regarding my uncle William MacDonald, whose father was John MacDonald( who worked for Lord Ross as a ploughman) and his mother Elizabeth (nee Urquhart) born in Jemimaville.

He also had 4 sisters, Alexandra (Lexie) who emigrated to Canada (sadly died in hit/run accident in Canada) was married to a Lawson, do not recall first name, children, Elizabeth (Betty) maybe others can anyone help?

Isabelle (Belle) who married Arthur Lovejoy (Soldier/Royal Marine and farmer) and moved to Heyshott, West Sussex. Children Elizabeth (Betty), 6 months old when she left Cromarty, William(Bill) and Peter both born in Heyshott.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) who married a Gordon, do not recall first name, they lived in Portobello then Galashiels, children Thomas, Sandy and Elizabeth (Betty).

Finally my mother the youngest of the family, Hughina (Ina) who married Royal Marine Victor (Vic) Albert Taylor in 1917 and moved to Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire in 1934, children Emily (born 1918), William (Bill) both born in Cromarty and Elizabeth Jean born in Stourport on Severn.
Comment left on 24 January 2007 at 18:54 by Jean Bell
Auntie Belle Lovejoy(nee Isabelle MacDonald) and Uncle Arthur Lovejoy left Cromarty in 1919.

Auntie Lizzie Gordon(nee Elizabeth MacDonald) sons named Thomas Campbell MacDonald and Alexander(Sandy)Gordon.

My brother Bill Taylor born 1919 in Cromarty was officially reported missing at sea on or about 19th Sept 1942 during enemy action on his ship HMS HECLA, which was sunk during the North African operations in the Mediterananean.

My mother Ina Taylor(nee Hughina MacDonald) was born on 15th December 1897 in Cromarty.

My father was serving with the Charlie Seat Battery, South Suter, Cromarty as a private in the Royal Marine Light Infantry when my parents married on 24th July 1917 at Cromarty Mains, Cromarty by Alexander MacLean of the United Free Church Cromarty.
Comment left on 24 January 2007 at 21:19 by Jean Bell
my mother's first husband was Robert Watson, She was Peggy McLeman. His name is on the war memorial. I'd appreciate hearing from relatives of Robert Watson or from those who knew him. Thanks! Comment left on 25 January 2007 at 05:30 by Margaret Tong
In a previous comment stated I that my uncle William J Macdonald aged 23 was killed at Ypres in fact it was at the Battle of Arras on 15th May 1917. Comment left on 31 March 2007 at 16:07 by Jean Bell
Update to my previous comments:
My uncle Willy, is shown on this Cromarty memorial to those killed in the 1914-18 Great War(WW1)as William Macdonald.
His full name was William James MacDonald born Sept 1894 at The Mains Cromarty, son of John and Elizabeth MacDonald . He later worked as a farm labourer before joining the Ross-shire(Ross and Cromarty) Constabulary aged 18 years and 6 months on 10th March 1913, he was transferred to Stornoway on the 1st July 1913 and returned to the mainland as a First Class Constable on the 2nd March 1915 and transferred to Invergordon. On the 23rd November 1915 he received the Chief Constable's approval to join the army for the duration of the war. He served in the 3/5 Seaforth Highlanders and was killed in action on 11th May 1917 in the Arras Offensive, the Commonwealth War Graves database gives his date of death as 15th May 1917.
My uncle's details also appear on a memorial plaque in the public office in Dingwell Police Station and on the Arras Memorial(Bay 8) in France.
Comment left on 07 April 2007 at 18:54 by Jean Bell
Does anyone know where I might be able to get more Information on the Allan Grant that is mentioned in this memorial
eg war records or so forth, and does anybody Know what service eg regiment he was in
Comment left on 06 October 2007 at 19:37 by Annette calder
Have a look at the links at this site and also the lists of casualties at Comment left on 07 October 2007 at 09:29 by Andrew Bathie
Annette, the list of casualties site at identified by Andrew will give you the information you require, just click on search records and input required data, force required is Navy. Comment left on 07 October 2007 at 23:29 by Jean Bell
Colin MacKenzie enlisted in Canada and served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry forces. Died near Ypres 2 June 1916 and is commemorated on Ypres memorial.
Kenneth Mackenzie joined the South African forces and was killed, 28 August 1916 near Delville Wood, buried in Zouave Valley Cemetery, Souchez, France.
They were the sons of Alexander MacKenzie, Mizpah House, retired shoemaker and the late Anne Mackenzie nee Fraser.
Comment left on 15 November 2007 at 16:46 by I Guthrie
Chris Hart has supplied a picture of Jimmy Guise who is listed above. See picture #2045. Comment left on 19 November 2007 at 15:56 by Garve
It appears according to a military historian that I have identified the wrong Kenneth and Colin MacKenzie whose father did live in Cromarty but this is not a record of their deaths as these men on the memorial were from the Seaforth Highlanders. So perhaps my comment should be deleted although I now know there is a war memorial in Cromarty. Comment left on 02 December 2007 at 17:13 by I Guthrie
Thomas Watson who was born in Cromarty to John and Catherine on 14 Jan. 1897 enlisted in the Canadian Army 12 September 1915 in my home town of Gananoque, Leeds Co., Ontario. He was assigned to the 46 Battalion (Saskatchewan Regt). He joined his unit in France in August 1916 and suffered a gun-shot wound to the head in May 1917. He rejoined his unit late November 1917 and received a serious chest wound 3 Sept. 1918 on the last day of the battle to capture the Drocourt-Queant Line. He was evacuated to a hospital in Britain but contracted influenza and died one week after the end of the war. He is commemorated on page 519 of the First World War Book of Remembrance and his attestation papers are accessible online. His next of kin was given as his brother John who lived about 10 miles from Gananoque.
Thomas arrived in Brockville, Ont. with a group of Quarrier Home children in March 1911. It is possible that John is the John Watson who arrived in 1905.
Comment left on 10 May 2008 at 22:15 by Geraldine Chase
To Jean Bell,

I came across your comments about your uncle William by accident. Are there by chance any family members, with Simpson as middle names? My reason for asking this is that I have obtained an old family bible for the Macdonald/Mcdonald family with a fairly extensive family tree. One name caught my attention under deaths: William Simpson Mcdonald, fell at Devile Wood, France July, 16, 1916. His dob was September 23 1878. Any chances on a family tree? I am searching to return this beautiful Bible (Published (1873)) back to the family.
Comment left on 01 October 2009 at 20:22 by Ashton Nelson
George Innes was born on 18 June 1887 at Rose Farm Cromarty the youngest of four children to John Innes a farm servant there. George Innes joined the Metropolitan Police on the 3rd October 1910 and served at Headquarters Staff in London as PC 259 HQ Staff Metropolitan Police. He was also present at the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary at Westminster Abbey in 1911 and was awarded the Coronation Medal.

He was killed in action on 7 Nov 1914 only a few weeksa fter enlisting. Rememered with Honour at Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium and remembered at the Metropolitan Memorial Service Saturday 17th May 1919 at Westminster Abbey When war broke out on 4th August 1914 the 2nd Seaforth was stationed in Kent and was brought up to strength with Regular Army Reservists and landed in France on 23rd August.He was a Lance Corporal and promoted to Sergeant in the field. It belonged to 10 Brigade in the 4th Division of the BEF. The 2nd went into action at Le Cateau and then fought with 10 Brigade during the retreat from Mons until the German advance was halted at the River Marne Sep 1914. On 10th October the 2nd took part in the capture of German held positions in the village of Meteren. It was one of the last actions to be fought in open countryside before the miserable trench warfare which developed by the end of 1914.
Comment left on 03 December 2010 at 18:58 by ERIC SIMPSON
Does anybody in Cromarty know a private by the nickname dent who served with the seaforth highlanders in ww2 my father in law used to tell me but sadly I forgot his name Comment left on 07 April 2014 at 15:22 by [email protected]
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