July 1915 was a busy month down at the harbour. I have a long list of the units, and the dates they crossed from Folkestone in the draw. Lack of funding has more or less brought research into the embarkation of Units and soldiers to a halt. More soldiers do get added to the list most days but…. Anyhow I will continue to publish some of these soldiers as and when. These two soldiers both crossed to France from Folkestone on the same day, 9th July 1915. The first died from his wounds in 1927. The second killed in action in September 1915.
7No. 10618 Lance Corporal Duncan Begg Mackintosh
7th Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders,
Highland Light Infantry, and the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Died of Wounds 21st June 1927.
Duncan Mackintosh was born in Grantown-on-Spey on the 19th November 1883. He was the eldest surviving son of Peter and Margaret Mackintosh of Rosemont, Grantown-on-Spey. Duncan enlisted in Inverness during October 1914 and joined the 7th Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in Glasgow. He arrived in France with the battalion on the 8th July 1915. Duncan took part in the Battle of Loos in 1915 where on the 25th September 1915 he was wounded in the shoulder. After his recovery, Duncan went on to serve in Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq. He was reported in the Strathspey Herald, as being dangerously ill, on the 1st June 1916. During the Battle of San-I-Yat a bullet entered his left lung and exited through his spine. After a tiring journey by boat down the river Tigres he was transported by Hospital Ship to Bombay in India. Here he lost his left lung. Eventually, Duncan returned to Scotland and married Mary Robertson. They lived at 5 Kings Street Coatbridge. Duncan worked as a Master Watchmaker. Eleven years after being shot Duncan Begg Mackintosh died on the 21st June 1927. His death certificate records that he died from “Gunshot Wounds” On the Family Memorial in Inverallan burial ground Duncan is commemorated as “Dying from the effects of wounds received in 1917.” Duncan was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Silver War Badge. 8 9
S/6523 John Lawson, “C” Company 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany’s)
Killed in action 25th September 1915
John was born in Paisley son of Mr and Mrs L Lawson of Achnahannet Grantown-on-Spey. A brother of Lewis Lawson of 13 South Street Grantown-on-Spey. He worked as a railway porter at Knockando. Arriving in France on the 8th July 1915 he was killed in action on the 25th September. His grave is now lost. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Grammar School Memorial in Grantown-on-Spey and on the Grantown-on-Spey War Memorial.
“He fell where fall the dying brave,
Among the noble slain,
Nor Kindly love nor tender care
Could light that couch of pain.
Nor loving hands may kindly tend,
The sod above his breast,
But tender thoughts will ever haunt,
His far off place of rest.
(in Memorium, Strathspey Herald, 27th September 1917 and 26th September 1918)10
John Lawson was awarded the 1915 Star, War Medal, and the Victory Medal.
7 Information reproduced with slight editing, from Poppies from the Heart of Strathspey by, Peter Anderson, 2010
8 Morayshire Roll of Honour 1914-1918
9 Poppies from the Heart of Strathspey, Peter Anderson, 2010.
10Page 60, Poppies from the Heart of Strathspey, Peter Anderson 2010