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account of his youth, was left behind when
the Battalion crossed
to France. During
1915 he acted as
Special Guard on the
Clyde, and was for a
time Medical Orderly
at Stobhill Hospital,
Glasgow. Watt trans-
ferred to the Special
(Gas) Brigade, R.E.,
late in 191 5, and went
to France early in
1 91 6. He was killed in
action onjhe Somme,
30 June 1916.
2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion Seaforth
Highlanders; son of
James Conner, Sheriff
Clerk Depute ; born
Aberdeen, 20 February
1895 ; educated at
Aberdeen Grammar
School ; matriculated
in Agriculture in 19 13.
At the University he
was a well-known and
popular figure. His
career in Agriculture
was highly successful
and he looked forward
to specializing in Forestry. As an athlete and
sportsman he was recognized as a brilliant all-
round man. He was a valued member of the
Grammar F.P.'s Rugby team and a prominent
member of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Club, and
as a hobby his greatest pleasure was plying the
rod and tackle.
As a member of the Grammar School
Company of the 4th Gordons he was mobi-
lized on the outbreak of war. He went to
France with his unit and rose to the rank of
Sergeant. In August 191 5, while still abroad,
he was commissioned to the Seaforths and
proved himself an ideal soldier and officer.
He was killed in action on the Somme, 1 July
McCURRACH, GEORGE: 2nd Lieutenant,
13th Battalion Highland Light Infantry ;
son of George McCur-
rach, farm servant;
born Findochty, 16
February 1881 ; edu-
cated Findochty Public
School, where he was
later a pupil teacher ;
subsequently assistant
at Stewart Thomson's
Business College,
Aberdeen. Entering
Aberdeen University in
October 1905 he gradu-
ated M.A. in 1908 and
was appointed assistant in Whitehills Public
School, Banffshire. Thereafter he became as-
sistant in the Central School, Fraserburgh, and
when he joined the Army was headmaster of
Ruthven Public School, Cairnie, Banffshire.
McCurrach enlisted in the 3rd Battalion
Gordon Highlanders in April 191 5, and on
being commissioned in the following September
was transferred to the 13th Battalion Highland
Light Infantry. After training at Richmond,
Yorks, he crossed to France, 16 June 19 16, just
when the notable forward movement from Albert
was going on. He was attached to the 16th
Highland Light Infantry and had only been
about fifteen days in France when he was reported
missing, and was believed killed, 1 July 19 16.
As a teacher his work was of a very high order
and was favourably commented on in all the
schools in which he taught. His military service
was very short, but he devoted himself as keenly
and as scrupulously to his soldiering as he had
done to the teaching work that was more
properly his.
Assistant Commissioner of Police;
son of Donald MacRae, stationmaster ; born
Inverness, 26 January 1888. Educated at Aber-
deen Grammar School. On leaving the Univer-
sity where he studied from 1905-08, he took
the highest place in the examination for the
Indian Police Service. Most of his time in
India was spent in Delhi, where he had the
chance of doing good service ati the time of the
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