Black Jock, on 03 August 2008 - 05:26 PM, said:
Hi there ... Not sure how I missed this posting previously
But thanks so much "Black Jock" for posting my Great Grandfather's MIC (ie: Private 6768 Alexander Cruickshank). It makes very interesting reading, now that I know how to interpret the details thanks to this website! I would really love to know more about his time served with the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) and the circumstances of his death. I'm also hoping to make it over to Europe with some of my family to visit his grave on the 100th anniversary of his death in 2016.
Gary "Dundeesown" ... How are you? I hope you have been keeping well! I'm still amazed at how we've been able to make contact & discover via this forum that your Grandfather John & my Great Grandfather Alexander were brothers!!! I'm assuming the medals listed on the MIC were passed on to Alexander's children/grandchildren in Scotland. It would be wonderful to see them, but really great to see the photos on the website of what they would have looked like. You will be aware that Alexander was KIA in France in October 1916, but not sure if you knew that his wife Emily/Amelia Jack Cruickshanks (nee MacDonald) passed away only a few years later in 1918. My Grandmother Vera & her sister Milly/Amelia were sent to NZ (not sure why), and I believe the other children were then raised by the mother's/MacDonald side of the family in Scotland.
Vera only returned once to Scotland to visit her family (for a few months in the 1970s) and unfortunately all contact with them was lost after Vera died in 1990. When I was a child I did exchange some letters with Vera's brother Alex and a Melanie Falconer (one of Alexander's Scottish grandchildren), but I have had no contact with them over the last 30+ years. Sadly Vera's sister Annie Falconer (nee Cruickshanks) & brother Alex, ie: Alexander Cruickshanks (Junior) both passed away only a few years later in 1975 ... oddly on Alex's death certificate it stated that he went by the name of Eric MacDonald & was formerly known as Alexander Cruickshanks ... another family mystery
Gary do you or any of your family members have any contact with any of that side of the family? My Aunty Betty (one of Vera's 5 daughters) is likely to be visiting Scotland in September/October of this year & would really love to make contact with you & other family members. She is also going to be calling into the Shetland Islands too, to find out a bit about our my Grandfather's family connections there (Mouats) & in Sweden (Johansens). So would love to hear back from you so I can help make arrangements for you both to meet up if poss! Actually I guess I should have sent you a private message about this (which I think I can do now?) as probably getting a bit off topic
Anyway, take care & hope to hear back from you soon.