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IN MEMORIAM.
to the Connaught Hospital, Aldershot. As
Regimental Doctor, nth Service Battalion
Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he went through
the heavy fighting at Contalmaison and Thiepval
and latterly served in No. 10 General Hospital,
Rouen. He died while on service, 22 April
1917.
BRUCE, ANDREW MITCHELL: Private,
5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders;
son of Alexander Bruce,
Mill of Allathan, Mon-
quhitter ; born New
Deer, 30 March 1877 ;
educated New Deer
Central School. He
entered on his profes-
sional career as a pupil
teacher at Knaven
Public School early in
1893, and two years later
was transferred to New
Deer Public School.
At the end of his train-
ing as a pupil teacher he entered the Church of
Scotland Training College with a Bursary and
continued his studies until he graduated M.A.
in 1908. He was first appointed to the Inver-
ness Academy and later to the Central School,
Inverness.
Although Bruce was almost beyond military
age and suffered always from the effects of an
illness which had delayed his studies, he en-
listed under the Derby Scheme and went into
training at Ripon with the 3/5th Gordons in
April 1916. He was transferred to the Signal
Section, proceeded to France in March 191 7,
and was reported "missing" on 23 April 1917.
A comrade reported that he had fallen in action
at Roeux on that date and this was confirmed
later.
Both as teacher and as friend Bruce was
valued by all who came in contact with him.
His keen interest in educational matters, his
sincerity and conscientious thoroughness had
much influence on his pupils. A brass tablet
in the Hall of the School, and the " Bruce
Medal " founded in his memory, testify to the
esteem in which he was held.
MACBETH, WILLIAM DAVID : 2nd
Lieutenant, 6th Battalion Black Watch ;
son of Sergeant John
MacBeth, late Bombay
Light Infantry ; born
Dornoch, 9 October
1884 ; educated Dor-
noch Academy ; grad-
uated M.A., 1909 ;
taught in Blackness
Public School, had
travelled in France,
Belgium, Holland,
Germany and Switzer-
land, in itself a liberal
education readily as-
similated by his Celtic nature ; when war broke
out he was English Master at the High School,
Dundee.
Soldiering instincts were strong in him, and as
a lad MacBeth had joined the 1st S.H.R.V.,
now 5 th Seaforth Highlanders (T.F.), but resigned
some years before the war. He was com-
missioned 3 March 191 5, being posted to the
Royal Highlanders (The Black Watch), and had
served for some time on the Western Front when
he fell in action during the Battle of Arras, 23
April 191 7. He was described as a "resource-
ful and capable officer," of whom his Colonel
wrote : " He was killed when gallantly leading
his men in the advance upon the Gavarelle Road,
just north of the chemical works, on 23 April;
he fell bravely leading his men after the capture
of the German first line during the advance to
the second line. He was a splendid and most
valuable officer, and one the army can ill
afford to lose."
ROSS, REV. SIMON FRASER : Lieu-
tenant, 4th Battalion Gordon High-
landers ; son of Simon Ross, farmer, Alves ;
born Alves, 24 September 1887 ; graduated M.A.
with Honours in Classics, 191 1; studied at
Aberdeen U.F. College, 1911-14; at the out-
break of war was in charge of a mission in
Canada. He was licensed as a probationer by
the U.F. Presbytery of Elgin in 19 15, and had
already given promise that he would prove a
preacher of no mean order.
Ross enlisted in November 1914, retaining
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