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Oban War Memorial

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1939 - 1945

Mairidh An Cliu Agus
An Ainm Gu Giorruidh
1914 - 1918

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Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Bell, D Pte Duncan was the son of Hugh and Christina Bell who lived at 7 Glenshellach Terr, Oban. Hugh worked as a blacksmith in 1901 and lived with his wife and children and their families - 10 people in all. Duncan was 15 in 1901 and was apprenticed to his father. Duncan enlisted in Oban, joining the Princess Louise's (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) and became Pte S/4358. He was KIA on 25 September 1915. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial along with over 20,000 other casualties whose final resting place is not known.
Black, H Pte Hugh was born in Oban but enlisted in Stirling. He also was in the A & SH and became Pte S/6718. He died of wounds on 17 October 1916 and is remembered at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension along with nearly 2000 other casualties.
Bruce. D CSM Donald Bruce was the son of Peter Menzies Bruce and his wife Mary McPhail Bruce. In the census of 1901 Peter worked as a Railway Guard living at 12 Alma Terrace but by the end of the war the family lived at Station House, Connel Ferry, Argyll. Donald had been born in Oban in 1895 and was one of 4 children showing in the census. He served as 300107 and became a CSM. He was KIA on 9 April 1917 aged 22 and is remembered at Roclingcourt Valley Cemetery, between Arras and Lens. He rests with over 400 identified casualties and 83 casualties who are known only to their God.
Buchanan, D A Pte Duncan Allan Buchanan was the son of Thomas Walters Buchanan and his wife Jane Allan Buchanan. In the 1901 census Thomas was a farmer living at Invercoe with his family. By the end of the war they were living at 67 Victoria Park Drive, South Scotstoun, Glasgow. Duncan was also in the A & HS, he stated when he enlisted in Oban that he was born in Appin. He became Pte 1837. Duncan died of wounds on 6 July 1915 and lies in Ballachulish (St John's) Episcopalian Churchyard along with 2 other casualties who died in their homeland.
Cameron, D Lieut Duncan was the son of Ewen and Jane Bowie Cameron who in 1901 were living in the Gamekeeper's House, Kinloch Rannoch. By the end of the war the family lived at Argyll Square, Oban. During his service Duncan was attached to the MGC. Duncan died on 5 December 1918 aged 24 and he rests in Etaples Military Cemetery along with over 11,000 other casualties of war
Cameron J           MM Pte John was the son of Angus and Margaret Cameron of Oban. John was born in Kilmore, Argyll but enlisted in Oban. Joining as many of his contemparies the A & HS. He became Pte 300912. John died on 25 October 1918 and is remembered in Mont Houn Military Cemetery, Le Treport.
Clarkson, J J Lieut John James Clarkson was the son of Thomas and Margaret who by the end of the war were living in Barrow-in-Furness. John was KIA on 30 December 1917 and by this time was a Temp.Lieutenant. He is remembered in Fins New Brtish Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, nr Cambrai and Peronne and is remembered with 1269 identified casualties including 276 foreign casualties
Forbes, R S Lieut Robert Struthers Forbes was the son of James Douglas Forbes and Elizabeth Gilmour Allan Struthers Forbes. In 1901 James was a draper living at 17 Argyll Square with his young family but by the end of the war was living at Albert Villa, Oban. Robert during his war service served as a 2nd Lieutenant being KIA on 24 April 1917 aged 23. He is remembered in Gouzeacourt New British Cemetery, nr Cambrai. Gouzeacourt village was captured by the allies on the night of the 12-13th of April - a few short days before Robert was KIA - probably trying to keep the village in allied hands
Forgrieve, R Pte Ralph Forgrieve was the son of William and Mary who in 1901 lived at Quarry Road, Oban where William was a dealer in skins. Ralph on his enlistment papers stated he was born in Kilmare and enlisted in Oban where he became Pte S/7775. Ralph was KIA on 25 September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial along with many other casualties who have no known grave.
Grant, D M Lieut Daniel Menzies Grant in 1901 was living with his aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Donald McGugan at 21 Stevenson St, Oban. His uncle worked as the Burgh Plumber. By the end of the war the family were still at the same address. Daniel became a Temp. 2nd Lieutenant and died of wounds on 4 April 1918 aged 29. He is remembered in Senlis French National Cemetery and rests with casualties from France, Russia, America, Germany and The Commonwealth
Hicks, J Pte John was the son of James and Agnes who in 1901 lived at 6 Octavia St, Port Glasgow where James was a joiner. James married Marion and the couple lived in Oban. When John enlisted in Oban he stated he was born in Greenock. He became Pte 278645 and was KIA on 23 April 1918 aged 39. He rests in Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux near Arrass
Jamieson, D A Pte Duncan Alastair Jamieson was the son of Doncal and Janet. In the 1901 the family were living at Kenmore Ulva Villa, Oban where Donald worked as a slater. Duncan enlisted in the town and became Pte 1104. He was KIA on 12 June 1915 and is remembered at Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue.
Johnstone, A L/Cpl Angus was the son of William and Mary Johnstone. The 1901 census states the family lived at Tweedale Street, Oban, where William worked as a gas stoker. The census says that Angus was born in Oban while his enlistment papers list Kilbride as his place of birth and Oban as his residence. Angus enlisted in Stirling and served as L/Cpl 550. He was KIA on 18 August 1917 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing along with over 72,000 other casualties whose final resting place is known only unto their God
Kennedy, H W Pte Hugh W Kennedy was the son of Donald and Bessie White Kennedy. Donald and his family in 1901 lived at the Police Station, Landbark St where he was a serving constable. Also living with the family was Elizabeth White (Bessie's mother). Hugh enlisted in Greenock where he became Pte., 1680. Hugh was KIA on 25 December 1915 aged 20 years. He rests in Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles, Turkey along with 351 other casualties and 250 whose headstones reads Known only unto God and 219 special memorials.
Lamb, R CQMS Robert was the son of William, who by the end of the war was living in Temple Park Crescent Edinburgh. Robert married Ellen and she was living in Ure St, Govan, Glasgow. Robert enlisted in Oban while giving Glasgow as his place of residence. He served as 1073 and became a CQMS. Robert was KIA on 11 June 1915 aged 29 and is remembered on Le Touret Memorial
Maxton, D Pte David Maxton or Maxtone as he is found on the census and his enlistment papers was the son of David, a railway guard and Margaret Maxton who in 1901 lived at 5 Battery Terrace. The family later moved to 116 George St, Oban. David enlisted in Oban where he stated that he was born in Kilmore. He served as Pte 1559. David was KIA on 15 November 1916 as on his papers or 16 November 1916 as on the CWGC. He rests in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension .
Morrison, A Pte Archibald Morrison was the son of Mary Campbell who at the end of the war was living in the Pass of Brander, Taynuilt. Archibald enlisted in Oban, stating his residence was Taynuilt. He served as Cpl, 300913 and was KIA on 16 May 1917 aged just 18 years. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial along with over 34,000 other casualties whose final resting place is not known
MacArthur, D A Pte

David MacArthur or McArthur, as he is found in some sources, could either be the son of David, born c1896 or the son of Charles and Catherine, born c1898. But he did state that he was born in Kilbride when he enlisted in Oban. He served as Pte., 300648 and died of wounds on 24 November 1917 and is remembered at Orvil Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres along with over 280, including 10 who are unidentified and 2 special memorials. There are also 20 German casualties.

McColl, D L/Cpl Dugald McColl or MacColl was the son of Angus and Elizabeth who in 1901 were living at 9 High Street, Oban, where Angus worked as a mason. Dugald enlisted in Dunoon and became 301311, gaining the rank of L/Cpl. He died on 20 September 1917 amd is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial along with over 34,000 other casualties whose final resting place is not known.
McCorquodale, D Pte Dugald stated on enlistment that he was born in Ardchattan when he enlisted in Dunoon, but he said that he lived in Oban. He served as Pte., 3217. He died on the 1 October 1915 At Home, meaning in the UK and rests in Pennyfuir Cemetery, Oban
McDonald, H L/Cpl  
McDonald, P Pte Peter McDonald enlisted in Oban but resided in Paisley. He served as Pte., 9572. Possibly living at Stronacraoibh Farm House in the 1901 census where he worked as a hind worker ? Peter was KIA on 23 August 1918 and is remembered at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres.
McFarlane, T L/Cpl Thomas McFarlan(e) was the son of John and Euphemia. Thomas married Margaret who later became Margaret McIntyre Smith of High St, Oban. Thomas enlisted in the town and became S/6174 later serving as a L/Cpl. Thomas was KIA on 25 August 1915 aged 36 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial
McGilvray, A L/Cpl Possibly -Archibald who enlisted in Oban and served as L/Cpl 406. He was KIA on 18 August 1916 and is remembered on the Theipval Memorial to the Missing
McGilvray, J D Lieut  
McGregor, D Pte

Possibly - Donald the son of Alexander, a mason and Mary McGregor who in 1901 lived at 31 High St, Oban. Donald enlisted in Oban where he became Pte, S/4356. He was KIA on 27 September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial

McIntyre, G Sergt  
McIntyre, P Pte  
MacKay, A C Pte  
McKinnon, A Pte Alastair was the son of Donald and Margaret who in 1901 lived at the School House, where Donald was the schoolmaster. Alastair enlisted in Stirling where he became Pte., S/23275. He died on 13 June 1918 aged 18 and is remembered in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.
McLachlan, G Pte

George was born in1887 in Oban, he enlisted in the town years later when he became Pte., S/4354. George was KIA on 25 September 1915 aged 28 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial

McLean, H Pte

Hugh MacLean, was the son of Duncan and Isabella of Buchannan Terrace, Oban. Hugh's records state he was born in Ardchatton, Argyll, but resided in Oban. He served in Princess Louise's ( Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) as Pte 300314 in the 8th Battalion. He died of wounds received on 14 April 1917 aged 21 and rests in Etaples Military Cemetery along with over 1100 other casualties including 662 non Commonwealth burials (mainly German) and 119 second World War burials.

NOTE :- Around the Etaples area over 100,000 troops were camped among the dunes in 1917, including Generals, Red Cross Hospital staff and a convalescent depot. The camp could deal with over 22,000 wounded or sick.

MacLennan, H C CSM  
McNaughton, S Ptd  
McNeill, H Pte  
MacNeill, M      CMC DSO Lt. Col  
McPhail, J A Pte  
MacRae, M Pte  
McTaggart, A Pte  
McVicar, D Sergt  
Newton, A Pte  
Niven, W G L/Cpl  
Pryde, D L/Cpl  
Robertson, G Pte  
Stevenson, J R Sergt  
Thomson, H Pte  
Watt, D Pte  
Wright, M Pte  
Yeoman, J Pte  
Highland Light Infty
Eddie, J Pte Possibly, James Falconer Eddie who served as 30264 in the HLI. He died on 13 July 1917 and is remembered at Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery
Graham, D Pte  
Lutkin, S Pte Sidney Edward Lutkin was the son of Edward and Sarah of oban. He served as 4770 in the HLI. He was only 18 years old when he died on 22 August 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing along with many others whose final resting place is not known.
McDonald, A Pte  
McIntyre, P Piper  
Stewart, L Pte  
Turnbull, J        VC Sgt James Youll Turnbull was the son of James and Elizabeth Turnbull who, it was stated were from Glasgow. James jnr. was born in Glasgow in 1884 but by 1901 was living at 7 Kenmure St, Pollockshields and working as a drapery warehouseman. James was one of four children living with his parents. James joined the HLI as no. 15888 in the 17th Bn. He rose to become a Serjeant. He was KIA on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. For his bravery on that day he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award given to members of the armed forces for Valour in the face of the enemy. His citation appears in The London Gazette on 24th November 1916 and reads -"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, when, having with his party captured a post apparently of great importance to the enemy, he was subjected to severe counter-attacks, which were continuous throughout the whole day. Although his party was wiped out and replaced several times during the day, Serjeant Turnbull never wavered in his determination to hold the post, the loss of which would have been very serious. Almost, single-handed, he maintained his position, and displayed the highest degree of valour and skill in the performance of his duties. Later in the day this very gallant soldier was killed whilst bombing a counter-attack from the parados of our trench." James rests in Londsdale Cemetery, Authuile and rests with over 1500 other identified and unidentified casualties. Authuile is a village near the town of Albert in the Somme region of France.
Scottish Rifles
Boyd, A Rfm  
McCallum, J Rfm  
McIntyre, J Rfm  
Robertson, W Corpl  
Durham Light Infty
Binnie, D C L/Cpl  
McIntyre, J Pte  
McKay, A L/Cpl  
Stewart, A L Corpl  
Royal Berkshire Regt
MacGregor, D A Capt  
Royal West Kent Regt
MacIntyre, D Pte  
McInnes, J Dr  
Rl Army Medical Crps
Thomson, D Pte  
Kings Own Scoth Bdrs
MacIntyre, A Pte  
McIntyre, D Pte  
Cumstie, A Pte Alexander was born in Oban and served in the Australian Infantry as 1067. He died on 27 April 1916 aged 21 and is remembered at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord). He is remembered by his sister Lottie of Frodsham, Warrington.
Kilgour, J Pte John was the son of George and Allison Forrester Kilgour of Oban. He served in the Australian Pioneers as 2372A. He died on 18 September 1917 aged 35 and is remembered at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery along with over 10,000 other casualties, including 1 woman, Nelly Spindler, a nurse from Wakefield.
Mollison, D Pte Duncan was the son of Alexander Johnstone Mollinson and his wife Jane Stewart Mollinson of Toowoomba, Queensland, but native of Oban. Duncan served in the Australian Infantry as 6109. He died on 24 May 1918 aged 29 and is remembered at Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension in the Somme Region of France
MacDonald, W R Pte Ronald William McDonald was the son of Ronald and Elizabeth of Quandialla, NSW. he served in the Australian Light Infantry as 3842 and died on 3 April 1917 aged 23. Ronald is remembered at Vaulx Hill Cemetery, north east of Bapaume, and rests with nearly 600 other casualties
McNeill, H Sergt Possibly, Hector McNeill who served in the AIF as 3064. He was the son of Duncan and Mary of Wembly, Middx. Hector died on 9 August 1916 aged 24 and is remembered at Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, nr Amiens and rests with over 10,000 other casualties of war, of which over 600 are known only unto their God
Anderson, T Pte  
Connell, A C Trpr  
McCallum, A Pte  
McColl, D S/Sergt  
MacDougall, A Pte  
MacDougall, J F Pte  
McFadyen, N Pte  
McInnes, H Lieut  
McIntyre, H Pte  
McLean, D Pte  
McLucas, K Corpl Kenneth MacKenzie McLucas was the son of Hugh and Elizabeth of Ardchattan, Argyll. Hugh worked as a blacksmith. Kenneth enlisted into the Canadian army on 23rd September 1914 where he gave his birth date as 2nd December 1895. He stated that John, his brother of Hezeldean Cottate, Oban was his next of kin. Kenneth told the enlistment officer that he worked as a shipper and had previously served for 1 year in the 91st Regt., Hamilton. Kenneth told he was 18 years and 9 months old, 5' 9" in height with an expansion range of 3". He had a fresh complection, blue eyes and fair hair with a vaccination mark on his left arm. Kenneth signed his papers Kenneth MacLucas on that day in Hamilton, Ontario. Kenneth served as Corporal 24421 and died on 20 June 1916 aged 20 and rests in Wimereux Communal Cemetery
Scott, D J Pte Duncan James Scott was born in 1893 in Oban (according to the census), the son of Doncald and Catherine Scott of Tweedale St, Oban. Donald worked as a mason in the town. Duncan enlisted in Canada where he stated he was native of Oban and his next of kin was Donald Scott of 11 Airds Place Oban. He told that his date of birth was 12 April 1890, was single and he worked as a sales clerk. His attestation papers tell that he had served for 3 years in the Argyle Mountain Battery and 1 year in the 79th C.H.M.C. His medical examination told that he was 24 years 6 months with a hight of 5' 11" and a girth of 36½" with a range of 3½" and of sallow complection, blue eyes and fair hair and of the Presbyterian faith. A further description tells that he had 1 vaccination mark, scars on the back of the neck, left foot and left hand with 2 moles on his stomach and 2 on his right shoulder blade. He was considered fit on September 7th 1914. He served in the Canadian Inf (Manitoba Regt) as 29273 and died on 7 July 1915 aged 23 (another age mis-match). Duncan rests in Maple Leaf Cemetery, nr Ypres
Shairp, R C Pte Robert Christie Shairp, born in 1890 was the son of Alexander and Maryanne (Marian) Sharpe who in 1901 lived at Craigdlin Villa, Oban. Alexander worked as a Land Agent and Architect. Robert enlisted in Canada on 15th September 1915, he stated that his mother, back in Oban was his next of kin. He also stated that he was employed as a surveyor, was single and had previously served in the Scottish Horse for a short period. Robert was described as 5' 9" tall with an expanced girth of 37" and an expansion range of 3". He had a clear complection with blue eyes and brown hair, with a slight tattoo on the left forearm and was of the Presbyterian faith. Robert served in the Canadian Inf. ( Alberta Regt ) as Pte 101267. He died between 15th and 16th of September 1916 and is rememberd at the Vimy Memorial along with over 11,000 fellow Canadians who have no known grave.
Note: on a visit to Vimy I was told that the wood below the memorial contains a tree for every soldier remembered on the memorial.
S African Scottish
McKillip, J B Lieut  
McNaughton, D Pte D McNaughton served as 7648 in the South African Infantry. He died on 15 October 1917 and is remembered at Brighton (Brear Road) Borough Cemetey. He rests along with over 400 casualties.
Scots Guards
Christie, J Gdsn  
Graham, A Gdsn  
Royal Scots
Forbes, D M Pte  
Forbes, R Sergt  
McArthur, A Sergt  
McDonald, M Pte  
McTaggart, A Pte  
Royal Scots Fuslrs
McIntyre, D Pte  
MacKenzie, K R L/Cpl  
Ross, R T 2nd Lt  
Shedden, J Pte  
Thomson, W Corpl  
Cameron Hdrs
Cumming, D A Pte  
Giffen, J Ptre  
Lamont, A Pte  
Morrison, A Captn  
Morrison, A Pte  
MacGregor, J A Sergt  
McIntyre, D Pte  
MacPherson, F Pte  
Robertson, A Pte  
Black Watch
Buchanan, A C L/Cpl  
Campbell, A Pte  
Dunn, J M McC Pte  
Hamilton, D B L/Cpl  
MacCuloch, D C Pte  
McDonald, A C Pte Alexander MacDonald was born in 1896, Oban, the son of Donald and Mary who both originally came from Mull. Donald worked as a plumber and in 1901 was living with his family at 35 Lorn Terrace, Oban. Alexander was known to his family, including 4 sisters and 7 brothers as Sandy, but as Alec as he can be found on one record, enlisted into the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), while living in Stirling, and became Private 350643 (He had previously been 2559 in the HC Bttn). Sandy from family stories was around 6' tall with dark hair and dark blue eyes. He, according to family came out of his trench for a smoke of his pipe and was then shot and later died of his wounds on 6 December 1917 aged 21 and rests in Dozinghem Military Cemetery along with over 3300 other identified casualties of war, including 65 German casualties.
Additional information from M MacDougall
Sinclair, D Pte  
Seaforth Hdrs
Kennedy, D Pte  
McAllister, J Pte  
MacDonald, N Pte  
MacDougall, J M 2nd Lt  
McDougall, J        MM Cpl  
McIntyre, A C Pte  
McLaughlan, A Pte  
Smith, J B             MM Cpl  
Gordon Hdrs
Black, R A M Capt  
Campbell, G Pte  
Jeffrey, J Pte  
McDougall, N Pte  
McKenzie, A Pte  
McKenzie, R             MM L/Sergt  
Proctor, W Pte  
Stevenson, A Corpl  
Royal Naval Reserve
Gordon, J R Asst Payr  
MacDonald, D Engr  
MacDonald K Chf Stwd  
Royal Naval Division
MacKay, D A B Semn  
McKinnon, H A B Semn  
Ryl Naval Voltr Resve
Paterson, A N L:ieut  
Royal Naval Air Serce
Carmichael, I N Fl Lt  
Mercantile Marine
McCurdie, A Engr  
Scottish Horse
Craig, P RFrm  
Forgrieve, J FrTr  
Rl Garrison Artly
Stewart, D Gr  
Royal Field Artly
Fraser, E Bomdr  
Tank Corps
Drummond, A McK Gr  
Martin, R Lieut  
McCulloch, D Gr  
Argyll Mountain Bty
Black, D Gr  
Brown, T A Sergt  
Cameron, D Gr  
Campbell, A Corpl  
McDonald, D Gr  
McDonald, D Dr  
McDougall, D Gr  
McMillan, D Gr  
McMillan, D Gr  
McNeill, W Pipe Mjr  
McRae, W J Gr  
Stewart, D Sergt  
Yeoman, J Gr  
Trench Mortar Bty
MacLachlan, J M         MM Cpn  
Royal Engineers
Livingstone, K Spr  
McGregor, A Spr  
MacIntyre, A Spr  
MacIntyre, D Sergt  
McKenzie, M Spr  
Smith, R Spr  
London Regiment
Cross, C Pte  
McIntyre, A Corpl  
MacIntyre, I Corpl  


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