This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, a member of the West Ham Pals ‘The Hammers’ who was born in Lewisham, two brothers from the 6th Gordon Highlanders born in Aberlour, Banffshire and a member of the Australian Infantry who came from New South Wales. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

Grave of Charles Andrew Payne.

The Hammers

Charles Andrew Payne was born at Manchester, Lancashire. In 1915 he joined the 13th Essex Regiment, the West Ham Pals and later found himself in France. During the winter of 1916 he was involved in a misadventure with some of his other colleagues. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Chapeltown of Glenlivet, Roman Catholic Church – ©Vincent Stuart

The Maze

Robert George Stuart was born at Glenlivet, Banffshire into a poor farming family. At 17 years old, he emigrated to Australia where he soon found himself a member of the 19th Battalion Australian Infantry on the outbreak of the Great War. Following a stint at Gallipoli, where he was slightly wounded, he entered the war at Flanders. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Alexander James Watt

Battle of Loos

Alexander James Watt, was born at Aberlour, Banffshire into a farming family, and was the eldest of four boys. He was to enter the French Theatre of War in 1914 and later he was involved in the Battle of Loos in the Machine Gun section in support of the French. To find out more about his story, click the above heading.

Grave of William Watt – © © International War Graves Project

2nd Battle of the Scarpe

William Watt was born at Aberlour, Banffshire. He entered the French Theatre of War on the same day as his brother in 1914. They were both members of the 6th Gordon Highlanders. In April 1917, he was to find himself involved in the Second Battle of the Scarpe as part of the Arras Offensive. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Published by The Moon's a Balloon

I am based in the north of Scotland in the small village of Aberlour. Having served in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in the 1980's, I have a keen interest in military history, in particular the stories of those who served. I was a remote volunteer for the Imperial War Museum website, however that centenary project has now finished and I felt the need to continue with my research and hopefully it will be of interest to others.

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