1. There are a number of men named on the WM who received decorations
Lt Donald Jenkins MC
Pte James Pirie MM
CSM James Robertson DCM
To do: Try to find out more about what each of these medals were.
2. Two men named on the WM attended Aberdeen University and there is an online memorial to them.
Lt Donald Jenkins MC (his brother who survived the war was also awarded the MC and Bar)
Lt James Temple Jenkins
To do: Look at this site for information about these men http://www.abdn.ac.uk/historic/memoriam/
It provides some biographical detail about the men.
3. Location of the places the casualties died
While the vast majority of casualties fell in France or Flanders, there are some who fell in other battlegrounds, notably –
Robert James Neish – commemorated on the Helles Memorial (Gallipoli)
Duncan Stevenson – buried in the Basra War Cemetery
Donald MacKenzie – buried in the Alexandria War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
To do: Look at the location of the cemetaries listed in the Moray Roll of Honour boo for each of the men. Plot the location on a map of France and the world.
4. Seaforth Highlanders Battles
The Burghead War memorial reflects some of the key engagements in which the 6th Seaforth Highlanders took part – Loos (25/9/15); Beaumont Hamel (13/11/16); Arras (9/4/17).
To do: Look at the front of the Moray Roll of Honour Book for more information about these battles/engagements.
5. There are five sets of brothers included on the War Memorial –
James and George Davidson
Alexander and Gavin Grant
Alexander and George Mackenzie
Alexander and Thomas Peterkin
John and William Ralph
To do: Look up the birth certificates of the brothers in Scotlands People website. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
6. The role of the fishermen in the war, particularly the role of Drifters in the war.
To do: Look in the Moray Roll of Honour book at the jobs the men did before they enrolled in the war or were called up.
7. Burghead Cementary Graves
The men buried in the local cemetery. There are 4 war graves from the First World War in Burghead cemetery –
James Cormie (Army pension records on Ancestry)
To do: Photographs could be taken of the graves and flowers laid in respect.