This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, A Trooper in the 4th Dragoon Guards from Derbyshire, a Scottish born officer in the Inniskilling Fusiliers, an English born soldier from High Wycombe in the Royal Scots Fusiliers, and a soldier from Dufftown, Banffshire who had been transferred from the Scottish Horse to the Black Watch. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

Alexander Daniel Reid

Inniskilling Fusilier

Alexander Daniel Reid was born in Edinburgh. But spent much of his time in Kensington, London. On leaving school and obtaining a Commission, he served some time in the Indian Army and on leaving was to follow his mother to Canada. At the outbreak of the Great War he was to re-enlist into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Grave of John Anderson – © International War Graves Project


John Anderson was born in Mortlach, Dufftown, Banffshire in 1897. He was employed as an agricultural worker prior to his enlistment into the Scottish Horse. He soon found himself transferred to the 4th/5th Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) until he was invalided home. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Robert Ernest Rippington – © Clare Winterbottom

High Wycombe

Robert Ernest Rippington, was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire circa 1889, where he was educated and brought-up. It is believed that he was a professional soldier. He was to serve in the Great War as a member of the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers along with several of his brothers who were in the same regiment. To find out more about his story, click the above heading.

Ernest Stewart – © Derbyshire Courier


Ernest Stewart was born at Clay Cross, Derbyshire to a father who was in the military. Prior to the war, in 1911, Ernest was a 17 year old, working as a Ponyman in a coalmine. He joined the 4th Dragoon Guards in 1912 and at the commencement of The Great War was sent to France / Flanders in August 1914. 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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