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Nick1914

2nd Bn Royal Scots(Lothian) Regiment - 1914 - Officer Backgrounds

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Dear Members, this morning in reviewing my compilation of 1914 officer casualties in the above regiment I realised just how many gaps in my information there were.  For such an historic and famous regiment I was very surprised just how little public domain information is out there on the individual officer casualties from 1914.  Attached is a very simplified PDF extract showing some basic information I have.  As you will see the 1914 combat history is pretty good and I feel I have a good handle on casualties/types and when they occurred but there appears to be little out there on the individuals involved. Compare this with something like the Worcesters or Bedfords where full officer profiles are often available including post WW1 service records etc.  What surprised me even more was not being able to find anything on a future bn CO in WW2 ie Lt-Colonel Douglas James McDougall in Hong Kong.  I have searched obvious places such as Who Was Who,  Gale's Times archive etc and no luck. The Imperial War Museum Lives series is full of blanks for the battalion.  The battalion is almost stealth!  I haven't access to the Medals Roll but Martin has kindly agreed to post one of his most valuable lists as a starting point.

 

I am aware of Major J Ewing's(1925) Regimental History but Naval & Military Publishing's description says it contains no Roll of Honour.

 

Many of the names may have quite famous connections such as 2nd Lt O B Maltby.......connected to General Christopher Michael Maltby GOC(later PoW) HK in 1941??  Similarly John Watson Laidlay....of the golfing family?  Can anyone confirm Alexander Donaldson as a PoW from Le Cateau?  So far no success on the ICRC dbase.

 

If members could help me with missing forenames and DoB/deaths etc that would be a great start and might open up new lines of enquiry.  Gaps in commission history are also most useful.  Anything else would be a bonus.  For instance does Ewing's book have a pre-war photograph of the regimental officers in say 1913-14 which someone could post?  Also did a regimental magazine exist?  Where I have found 1914 editions on-line for such as the Gordon Highlanders these have been immensely useful and highly interesting.

 

I do hope other forum members will share my enthusiasm for getting these brave soldiers proper recognition.

 

Many thanks in anticipation.  Nick

 

2nd Bn Royal Scots(Lothian) Regiment - 1914 Officer Casualties.pdf

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Nick

 

As promised. Usual colour coding as per RWF etc. Data not checked and done some time ago. Any mistakes are mine. The 2nd Bn seem to have  had a rather large number of Officers pass through its ranks in 1914. Unusually high by the standards of other units and I would deduce that some may have served with other units or have been attached to the RS from other units.

 

The second Photo column is for photos from other sources (probably the History). I hope it helps. I have not compared it to your sample. Mine are sorted by disembarkation date and then rank. M

 

One anomaly/conflict. Diary records Duncombe-Shafto died on 26th Aug 1914

 

 

 

2Royal Scots.jpg

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Nick1914

Thanks Martin, much appreciated.....much to digest!

 

Nick

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Groups photo from the published history

2 RS Officers photo.JPG

 

Shown under Fair Dealing for research and discussion (non commercial). 

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Nick1914

.........super photo, txs Martin.

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