25 September 2015

Heavy hearts in Portsoy

On 25th September we remember four young Portsoy men who lost their lives in the battle of Loos.  

Alexander Kemp, Pte S/7739 served in the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  Aged 30, he was the son of Mary Morrison, who lived at 11 Aird Street in Portsoy.

The remaining three casualties all belonged to the 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  

Pte 11249 Andrew Gibson McKerrow, the son of Isabella Benzie, was just 20 years of age when he fell in action.  

William McKimmie, Pte 1466, who lived at 25 Church Street in Portsoy, was 22 years old.

Pte 952 John James Robertson was aged 28 and had lived at 58 Aird Street with his parents James & Margaret Robertson.

All are commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Casualty Record Detail


  1. Hi Alison, do you have anything further for William McKimmie?

  2. Most of this data comes from the Commonwealth War Graves site: www.cwgc.org . However, it doesn't name his next of kin. McKimmie isn't an especially common name in Banffshire. It would be worthwhile checking local census records for a William McKimmie born in about 1893.

  3. You could also get in touch with the Gordon Highlanders to find out whether they have any additional information in enlistment records: http://www.gordonhighlanders.com/Family+History#.VpFyW7aLTow