Tuesday, 3 November 2009

William and John Munro WW1

"A wave of deep sympathy passed over the whole community when the sad intelligence was known that Sergt-Major John A. Munro, Smithy Lane, Golspie, had been fatally wounded in action.  This is the second son of Mrs Munro to be killed within the space of a few months. Sergt-Major Munro was a member of the first British Expeditionary Force.  He was in the famous Mons retreat, the battle of the Marne, the fierce fighting around Ypres, La Bassee, the first battle of the Vimy ridge, the offensive on hte Somme, and the present offensive.  Before receiving his fatal wound he had been hit on four separate occasions, and it was of his own choice that he went back to the firing line, as, he used to say himself, he would like to take part in the driving of the Germans back to the point he came in contact with them in Belgium.  He was but 23 years of age".  (Extract from 'Chronicle', Inverness, April 25, 1917).

The photograph of the grave above shows the original wooden grave markers that were erected over the fallen on the Somme and below as it looks today. John is buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery.

This photograph shows John's brother Sgt. William Munro, Seaforth Highlanders, born 13th January 1891 in Golspie, died 13th November 1916. William is buried at Mailey Wood, France.

William and John are sons of William Munro and his wife Hughina Macdonald, Golspie.

Many thanks to Shirley Sutherland, Golspie for the above photograph and information.

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