This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, two brothers from London in the Rifle Brigade and Shropshire Light Infantry, a London born officer in the Gordon Highlanders and a Banffshire born soldier also in the Gordon Highlanders. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

Grave of F.C.Spain – © Jake112566-Lives of the First World War


Frank Coram Spain was born at St Pancras, London around 1891. On leaving school he became a Clerk following in his fathers footsteps. He was soon to join the newly formed Army Reserve into the Rifle Brigade, the life clearly appealed to him as in 1909 he transferred to the regular army into the 1st Rifle Brigade. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Kirkmichael Memorial Plaque, Ballindalloch – © Vincent Stuart


Simon Fraser was born at Kirkmichael, Ballindalloch, Banffshire in 1896. His father was a quarryman in the local slate quarry. Shortly after arriving in France and as a member of the Gordon Highlanders, he was to find himself at the Battle of the Ancre and the capture of Beaumont Hamel. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Philip Hugh Gore Roberts

Capturing the Flag

Philip Hugh Gore Roberts, was born in Kensington, London in 1896. As a junior officer in the Gordon Highlanders he was involved in the capturing of a German flag beside the German trenches along with another senior officer. To find out more about his story, click the above heading.

Memorial to Harry Spain on the Loos Memorial – © International Wargraves Photography Project

Les Laies Ditch

Harry Spain was born at Hornsey, London to a father who was a Brewers Clerk. He joined the army at a young age, initially entering service into the Rifle Brigade before transferring to the Shropshire Light Infantry. He was soon to be part of an attack on the enemy trenches. 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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