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IN MEMORIAM.
Durbar ; while later he became an officer of
the new Delhi Province. There he acted until
April 19 1 5, gaining a
reputation among his
superiors as one of the
most promising officers
of the Punjab Police.
In April 191 5 be-
gan his more definite
war-service. He was
sent to Mesopotamia
as Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police under
the Foreign and Politi-
cal Department of the
Government of India.
There he had the difficult and important duty
of organizing a new police force, and this was
a piece of work which made demands upon
all the skill in dealing with men, which had always
characterized him. On 1 July 19 16 he died of
cholera near Nasiriyeh. He was one of the
many who gave their lives for their country
whose name appeared in no casualty list. Such
service as his, given with simplicity, modesty and
devotion, lays the foundation of order and peace
in restless and unsettled territory ; and in him
was lost not only a man of goodness and charm,
but a loyal, efficient and valued officer of the
Force he had served so well.
RIDDEL, ROBERT MACKIE : 2nd Lieu-
tenant, 10th Battalion Gordon Highland-
ers ; son of John Rid-
del, settmaker ; born
Kintore, 7 March
1892 ; educated at
Kintore H.G. Public
School, where he
served as a pupil
teacher ; student in
Arts, 191 2-14.
He enlisted in the
6th Gordons on 15
October 191 4. In
November of the same
year he was drafted to
France, and a month later was invalided home.
Returning to France in May 19 15, he dis-
tinguished himself at the battle of Loos, and for
gallantry was recommended for a commission.
He received his commission in December 1915
and was attached to the 10th Gordon High-
landers. On 1 July 19 1 6 he was instructing a
class on the action of bombs, when the bomb
exploded in his hands and killed him. His CO.
wrote : " He was an excellent officer in every
way and had proved himself of great value in the
field on many occasions. ... I shall find it
hard to fill his place in the Battalion." .
ROBERTSON, ALEXANDER WALKER :
Private, Berkshire Regiment (Capt., retd.,
Gordon Highlanders) ; son of R. Robertson ;
born Peterhead, 1875 ; educated Aberdeen
Grammar School; student in Arts, 1894-95.
He was for some time a partner in the firm of
Messrs. R.and A. W. Robertson, Solicitors, Peter-
head, and latterly was in practice in Winnipeg.
He served as a Lieutenant during the Boer War
with the 2nd Gordons and was decorated with
the Queen's Medal and three clasps.
In December 191 5 Robertson enlisted in the
2nd Berkshire Regiment and served as a Lance-
Corporal with that Regiment in France from
April 19 1 6 onwards. He fell in action 1 July
1916.
DAVIDSON, WILLIAM ADRIAN : 2nd
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion Gordon High-
landers ; eldest son of
Alexander Davidson,
Blythewood, Inverurie;
born Aberdeen, 28 De-
cember 1894 ; edu-
cated at the Grammar
School and Gordon's
College, Aberdeen, and
later at Trinity College,
Glenalmond ; he com-
menced the study of
Medicine at Aberdeen
University in 191 2.
In January 191 5 he
entered the R.M.C., Sandhurst, and after a few
months of training was gazetted to the Gordon
Highlanders, 2nd Battalion, with which he
served in France till the following September,
when, having been wounded in action near
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