Saturday, 13 November 2010


They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
The image above is a widescreen desktop size.  Click on the image to bring it up full size and please feel free to save it to your own desktop.  Thanks to Shirley Sutherland and Morag Sutherland of County Sutherland, Scotland, for the above image.

Please also view the beautiful image created by Joan HERE.
and by Jan HERE.
and for those who create their own scrap books please do not miss this kit created by Judy HERE.


Thursday, 23 September 2010

Pte. Alexander Graham

Alexander Graham, was born in Brora, Clyne, son of George Graham and Christina Sutherland of Doll, Brora.

Alexander was formerly in the Lovat Scouts, Cameron Highlanders.  He was awarded the territorial Efficiency Medal on 1st July 1913.   When he died on 26th June 1917 he was with the 7th Cameron Highlanders and was a Prisoner of War.

Alexander is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Germany.  The cemetery was begun by the Germans in 1915 for the burial of prisoners of war who died at the local camp. During the war almost 3,000 Allied soldiers and civilians, including French, Russian and Commonwealth, were buried there In 1922-23 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Niederzwehren was one of those chosen and in the following four years, more than 1,500 graves were brought into the cemetery from 190 burial grounds in Baden, Bavaria, Hanover, Hesse and Saxony.

He is also commemorated on the Clyne War Memorial.
Many thanks to David Fraser for the above information.

Sunday, 25 April 2010


Two photographs taken at the dawn service  at Polygon Wood/ Buttes cemetery, Belgium in 2009 by George Sutherland, Brora. Anzac day in Belgium is commemorated with much dignity.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

ANZAC day, 2010

A tribute to all those who fell in two World Wars from Australia and New Zealand created by Chris.  Clicking on the image will give you a full size view. You may download a copy of this image to use as a desktop wallpaper here.

A beautiful desktop below created by Joan.  You can download it here.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Pte. William Morrison, CEF

 William Morrison, son of Donald Morrison and his wife Johan Fraser of Badcall, Eddrachillis, was a Private in the 58th Battallion Canadian Expeditionary Force.  He joined the Battalion in 1915 when he was 44 years of age declaring himself to be 7 years younger.  He had been a motorman with the Toronto Street Railway after emigrating in 1907 and joined up with some of his colleagues resulting in this special plaque to their collective memory - Street Railway workers War Memorial, Old City Hall, Toronto, Canada.  William was killed at the Somme on 19th September 1916 three days after his brother Donald died fighting with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.  William left behind a wife, Catherine (Kate) Macleod and sons Alec, Angus and Donald and daughters Joan and Nina.

William is commemorated on the Scourie War Memorial.

Thank you to Marion Quillan for the information and photographs.

Pte. William Morrison, CEF

Many thanks to Marion Quillan for the above information and photographs.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Pte. Charles Mackenzie

Private Charles Mackenzie, 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, born 1897 Helmsdale, Kildonan, son of Robert Mackenzie and his wife Elizabeth Ann Virgo of the Bannockburn Inn, Stafford Street, Helmsdale.  Charles, a butcher to trade, joined the army in May 1916 at Golspie. He was killed in action on 19th December 1917 and is buried in Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, France.  He is commemorated on the Kildonan War Memorial.

Photograph, courtesy of Ron Patrick, Ontario, shows Charles with his sister Margaret.