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BerichtGeplaatst: 20 Feb 2010 14:38    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Sons at war – a family's story of heartbreak

By Chris Saunderson, 12 February, 2010

HOLLYWOOD blockbuster 'Saving Private Ryan' brought to life the story of four soldier siblings, however, a Moray community has its own remarkable and heartbreaking band of brothers war stories which are set to be unveiled for the first time.

Research into the human and social impact of the sacrifices made by serving soldiers from Dufftown and Mortlach during World War One has uncovered some tragic tales.

The Steven Spielberg-directed film starring Tom Hanks told the story of a World War Two rescue mission for an American soldier; the only survivor of four brothers.

However, keen social historian Barry Hodge has uncovered details of five brothers from Dufftown who all served during World War One; three of them were killed, one badly wounded and the other returned home unhurt.

James Alexander McDonald (29), and brothers Malcolm (20) and William (25) all died in action.

"Another was badly wounded and one came home unscathed. It is hard to imagine five brothers from one family all going to Afghanistan," said Mr Hodge.

James McDonald, a carpenter who emigrated to Australia, served in the 28th battalion Australian Infantry, while Malcolm was a farm servant who enlisted in the 6th Gordon Highlanders, the local Speyside regiment which recruited 81 men from the Dufftown area, of whom 31 died. William was already a regular serviceman when war broke out. The Christian names of the other two brothers are unknown.

His research also revealed the tragic deaths of brothers John (43) and Robert Strath (25), killed on the same day, Friday May 17, 1917. John, whose occupation was unknown, served with the Canadian forces while Robert, a farm servant, was with the Seaforths.

A delay in the telegrams sent to their parents meant they were notified of John's death on the Monday, but it was 48 hours later before the telegram arrived informing them that younger son, Robert, had also been killed the same day.

There are 109 names on the war memorial in Dufftown, but Mr Hodge's completed publication reveals that 175 men from or associated with Dufftown and the Mortlach area were actually killed from 1914-1918. In all, some 500 men from the community, with a population of around 4,000, answered the call to arms.

"The McDonalds are three of the names that are not on the war memorial," said Mr Hodge, who admitted it would be a fitting tribute if funding could be found to add the names of the missing soldiers to the memorial, which was laid in 1920.

Mr Hodge hopes their story, and that of other local soldiers, will serve as a lasting tribute and reminder for future generations of the cost of war and the part played by Speyside soldiers.

"Dufftown and the Great War" will be the subject of a talk for the first time by Mr Hodge, a retired air traffic controller, in Moray next week.

Mr Hodge, who lives in Dufftown, is a volunteer at Elgin Museum and has been helping to collate the details of all the dead from the Great War in Dufftown and surrounding areas.

The research was initiated a number of years ago by another local historian, Derek Smith, and has been completed by Mr Hodge, who moved to Dufftown two years ago with his wife Anne.

He has dug deep behind the names on the Dufftown War Memorial to produce a social index of the impact the war had on the Speyside community.

He also touches on the effect the war had on those back home, who had to endure day-to-day hardships and the pain of losing loved ones in the conflict.

"It is not just about the men who went to war and did not come back. It looks at what was going on in Dufftown at the time. Their families suffered enormous hardships, but raised massive amounts of money to go to the frontline," said Mr Hodge.

"One out of every two men who were eligible went to war and the rest were in reserved occupations, like working in quarries or on the farms."

Many of those who went to war were teenagers, and a great number were farm servants, who were catapulted from working the land to fighting fierce battles in horrendous conditions in far flung countries.

"It became almost a normal day when the question was not 'if anybody has been killed' but 'who has been killed?'" said Mr Hodge.

"It wasn't just about the level of loss. A lot of men came back who had been gassed. Many of them never recovered and died three or four years later but aren't listed as casualties."

Mr Hodge will present copies of his research to the local heritage centre, library and Royal British Legion. He is also set to work with pupils at Speyside High School on a project on World War One.

Derek Bird, chairman of The Western Front Association Scotland (North) Branch, said: "We often hear of the sacrifice made by men in the Great War but we hear less of the sacrifices made at home - widows, orphans, general hardship, rationing and the efforts made by communities to support the war effort."

Mr Hodge, a member of the association, will deliver his talk next Saturday, February 20, in the gallery at Elgin Library from 2.30pm. Admission is free and the meeting is open to all.

http://www.northern-scot.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/9420/Sons_at_war__96_a_family_s_story_of_heartbreak.html
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THE SCOTS AT WAR TRUST

The Scots at War Trust is a charity registered in Scotland with OSCR. The Trustees raise funds for the Scots at War Project.

“Scots” is interpreted in its widest sense. The Trust concerns itself with native Scots, those of Scots heritage, men and women who served in Scottish or Commonwealth Scottish units and those who served in Scotland, or in Scottish waters, during the 20th and 21st centuries.

http://www.scotsatwar.co.uk/
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BerichtGeplaatst: 15 Apr 2012 7:40    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Impact of the Great War, 1914-1928
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