Newbattle at War a history of the Parish at war   

 Now featuring Scots in the Great War Living History Society.    

Boss man John

Joined Sep 12 2008
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Scots in the Great War
52nd Lowland Division

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This site is something I have grown to proud of, and I hope the brave men that were our forefathers approve.

Britain will maybe never see their likes again ,that generation of men that marched their way into the annals of history, the finest army ever to leave this country.

John Duncan

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Reply Gavin Jones
9:17 AM on January 25, 2017 
Afternoon John,
Many thanks for that - I actually have got a copy of the War Diary in PDF and read it. I was not aware that there were 3 CO's - I knew that there were two: Col Gemmill and Major Todd and that Major Todd was captured on the same day at the HQ as my grandfather. I also have my Grandfathers records from the National Archives and know that he was taken PoW and then sent back to Leith on 19th Dec 1918 - I also have his handwritten account of the battle where he was taken prisoner and shot on the 11th / 12th April 1918 ........... My problem is that I do not really understand the wider war that was going on at that particular time in France and why they were attacked. Do you know or - or are you able to help with - an easy to understand review of what 8 RS were doing and what was going on at that particular time?
With best regards
Reply An Aikman
9:32 PM on January 20, 2015 
Hi John, thank you for your interest and offer of assistance. I've done research on my grandfather, learning along the way. Private Frederick TAIT 25050 Scottish Rifles KIA Battle Arras 1917. His remains were not found. I had the honour to visit his name on the Arras Memorial. I have documents available from ScotlandsPeople, and I also purchased his unit's war diary. I think his attestation papers were in the 'burnt records'. His name was wrongly written as J. TAIT in the books of the SWM, and I had that corrected. Now I'm trying to get ScotlandsPeople to correct his name in the index of Soldiers' Wills. I just figure that if he gave his life, we can take a minute to get his name right. His name was read aloud on 4 OCT 2014 at the Poppies at the Tower of London, and I have put his info on IWM's Lives of the First World War. Can you think of anything else I could look for? I'm a rookie at this, but tenacious!!! Thanks again, Margot (An Aikman)
Reply Wal
6:12 AM on August 20, 2014 
Hi John,

Firstly, thank you for all the work you?ve done on the website. Its a great wealth of information, and greatly appreciated!

I stumbled onto your website while trying to find out information about the 1/8th Royal Scots. My grandfather, John William BOSS (regimental number 1611), enlisted on the 16th December 1914 and trained as a machine gunner. He was in B company, and his drill station was Ormiston.

He was one whose service records were destroyed by fire during WWII. Fortunately, ?though, I do have some information including his enlistment and discharge papers, identity tags, RS cap badge and a photo of him as a corporal. I'd be more than happy to forward any information I have on to you, and even to have them forwarded onto the Royal Scots Museum.
In 1916 he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corp (regimental number 44491), and attached to the 126th Brigade (I think!) and eventually to D company in the 42nd Battalion MCG. In 1918 he was awarded the MM for bravery in the field near Solesmes during the Battle of the Selle.

However, it is his time in B company with the 1/8th Royal Scots in 1915/16 that I know little of. The movements of the 1/8th, where they went, what they did, etc? Names of some of the others in B company. Photos of him and/or his B company? I?d love to read through the war diaries of the time but sadly I?m over the other side of the world so access is a little difficult! If you have any information, sources I can follow up, or access to any photos, etc that might be of interest, it would be greatly appreciated.

If any information I have that might be useful I?d be more than happy to forward it on.


Reply Stuart Pearson
2:33 PM on March 3, 2013 
At this stage it looks like our stay in Haddington is shaping up to be in late May 2014. More to follow as the arrangements firm up.
Reply Colin Banks
2:02 PM on March 3, 2013 
Thanks for the welcome and offer of help.Cheers, Colin.
Reply Steve CLARKE
4:53 AM on January 3, 2013 
Many thanks for the welcome - "Ne les oublions pas"
9:06 AM on January 13, 2010 
Photos sent ,hope they are ok .
Regards Aileen
Reply John Goodall
11:44 AM on August 21, 2009 
So as not to give the wrong impression I am a HATO not a Police Officer.

I have some photos of my Grandfather from WWI. Although he was not a Scot he married a local lass. My Father was born in the Newtown Grange area and went on to serve in the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. I can email photos should you so wish.
Best regards,
Reply John Goodall
4:16 PM on January 14, 2009 
I am the grandson of Sgt. Walter Stanley Goodall who served as a Sgt in the West African Frontier Force during WW1. I would be grateful for any info you might have concerning him and I would be happy to reciprocate.

Best Regards,