Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Islay First World War Dead in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

Marquis De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour was a privately published 'biographical record of all members of his majesty's naval and military forces' who died in the First World War. The first of five volumes was published in 1916. It seems that friends and family members paid for the entries, and it is not a comprehensive list of the war dead. But the volumes do include biographies of 26,768 Army, Navy and Air Force men, with many photographs. Some of the volumes are freely available to look at/download on archive.org (volume one here, volume three here) while the fulll text is also accessible to subscribers at genealogy sites such as ancestry and genesreunited.

I have searched all volumes for Islay connections and have come across four records:

David Dick, born at Foreland, Islay in 1888,  went to Calgary in Canada in 1907 and worked as a farmer. He enlisted in November 1914 and went to the Western Front with the 2nd Mounted Rifles, Canadian Expeditionary Force, and died at No. 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in November 1917 'from wounds received in action at Passchendale'.
Henry McCuaig Lamont was born in Port Ellen in 1888 and his wife Maggie McCuaig was also from Islay, though he seems to have gone to school in Glasgow. He had been in the army before the war, and rejoined the Royal Scots regiment in 1914. He was killed in action at the Battle of Le Cateau in August 1914.

Neil McKerrell was born in Bowmore in 1897 and grew up in Glasgow. He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery in 1915 and served as a driver with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Palestine. He died of pneumonia in 1918, and is buried in the military cemetery in Beirut.
Murdoch Archibald Mactaggart was born in Islay in 1895, the son of Colonel Murdoch Mactaggart of Royal Bank, Bowmore and Flora MacGilchrist (whose father the Rev. John MacGilchrist had been Minister of the Kilarrow Parish Church in Bowmore - the round church). He worked at a solicitors firm in Bowmore before joining the army in 1913. A captain in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, he was killed in action at Roeux near Arras in May 1917.

1 comment:

  1. Henry (McCuiag) Lamnont appears to be listed on the village of Killearn, Stirlingshire's village memorial.