The book is about who left from Folkestone, how they got to the harbour, and what happened to them. Run out of funds, need an editor, same old, but will finish it one day.
Both these soldiers left for France on the 10th May 1915.
Corporal James Pollock
5th Battalion The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
James Pollock is awarded a Victoria cross for his conduct and action at Little Willie trench during the battle of Loos in September 1915. His citation read as follows: For most conspicuous bravery near the Hohenzollern redoubt on 27th September, 1915. At about 12 noon, when the enemy’s bombers in superior numbers were successfully working up the ” Little Willie” trench towards Hohenzollern redoubt, Corporal Pollock, after obtaining permission, got out of the trench alone, walked along the top edge with the utmost coolness and disregard of danger and compelled the enemy’s bombers to retire by bombing them from above. He was under heavy machine-gun fire the whole time but continued to hold up the progress of the Germans for an hour, when he was at length wounded.1
In 1916 James was commissioned and in 1919 he left the army as a Captain.
James Pollock died on the 10th May 1958.
No. S/1456, Donald Fraser, Piper.
7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany’s)
Killed in action, 25th September 1915, age 27.
Donald Fraser was born in Nethy Bridge the son of Donald and May Fraser of Station Cottages, Blair Athol, Perthshire. Nephew of Mr and Mrs Gordon of Ardverikie, Kinguissie. He enlisted at Fort George. Donald arrived in France on the 10th of May 1915 with his battalion. In the 7th Battalion Pipers piped the soldiers into the attack. and Donald was killed in action during the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt by the 7th, in the Battle of Loos. He was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal, and the Victory Medal. He was one of five pipers from the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders killed, or dying of wounds, during the battle.
Today brings back sad memories,
Of one who was called to rest,
And those who think of him today,
Are those who loved him best.
(In Memoriam, Strathspey Herald. Date unknown (1921?)
Inserted by his Aunt, Uncle and Cousins at Ardverkie)
1London Gazette, publication date 16 Nov 1915, Supplement 29371 page 11449, retrieved 16/03/2016.