23 April 2017S/13412 Private William Tulloch of Papa Westray and Sanday
Today is the centenary of the death in Iraq of William Tulloch. William was born in Papa Westray, but worked at Newark Farm in Sanday and brought up a family there, so he is remembered on the war memorials on both islands. William Tulloch's death took the Orcadian death toll to five of a relatively unknown attack by 1st Seaforth Highlanders in the Action at Istabulat in Iraq on 21st April 1917. All five of the Orcadians had been called up under the Military Service Act 1916, so were conscripts who joined a Regular Army unit which started the war with only volunteer soldiers. A pdf biography of William Tulloch has been added to the website Papa Westray and Sanday sections, or can be downloaded direct using the link below.
21 April 2017S/10497 Private Malcolm Harray of Harray
Today is the centenary of the deaths during the Great War of five Orcadian soldiers. One, Edward Seatter of Rousay, died serving in 8th/10th Gordons during the hard fighting of the Battle of Arras, 1917. The other four all died in far away Iraq, then called Mesopotamia, when 1st Seaforths stormed the Turkish defences at Istabulat, between Baghdad and Samarra. The biography of one of the four Seaforths, Malcolm Harray who was born in Harray, has been added as a pdf to the Harray section of the website. It includes a description of the action which took his and three other Orcadian lives and can be downloaded direct using the link below.
11 April 2017S/13377 Private John Miller of Stronsay
Today is the centenary of a battalion action at Arras which took the lives of eight Orcadian Seaforth Highlanders, including three later from wounds. John Miller was one of the five killed outright that day, so his biography has been added as a pdf to the Stronsay section of the website, or can be downloaded direct as a pdf using the link below.
08 April 201760806 Private James Alexander Burnett of Stenness and Sanday
Today is the centenary of the death in France of Orcadian James Burnett. Jim was born in Sanday, but grew up in Stenness. The late Margaret Watters provided some information about Jim some years ago, but no photo of him was available. Jim's great niece, Sheena Taylor, who lives in Aberdeenshire but hopes to return to Orkney soon, has now provided a good photo of Jim in uniform to complete the biography which has been added as a pdf to the Stenness section of the website, or can be downloaded direct using the link below.
08 April 2017Battles of Arras, 1917 Commemoration
There were three days during the Great War when a dozen Orcadians died in the fighting. Kirkwall Royal British Legion arranged a short remembrance parade at Kirkwall War Memorial this morning to mark the centenary of the second day, 9th April 1917. A web page with a photo and short description of the event, including the list of names of the dozen soldiers who died, can be seen using the link below.