1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, 23rd August 1915
Aberdeen University Roll of Service
Extract from the above publication – AUCHINACHIE, GEORGE CAMERON: Sergeant, 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders; son of Provost Auchinachie, Aberchirder; born there, 16 June 1891; student in Medicine, 1910-13.
At the outbreak of war Auchinachie was a Lance-Corporal in the 1st Gordon Highlanders, having enlisted as a Private in March 1914. In October 1914, he went to France and only a fortnight later was wounded and invalided home. He returned to France in April, 1915, and was killed in action at St. Eloi, near Ypres, 23 August 1915.
His Company Officer wrote: “He was my platoon Sergeant and I cannot speak too highly of his soldierly qualities”. A friend who served with him writes thus: “The old qualities that made him friends in former days – his shrewdness and downrightness, his thoughtfulness for others, his forgetfulness of himself, his audacity and his incomparable courage and resource – all these made him invaluable in the battlefield and in trenches”.
Supplement to Aberdeen University Roll of Service
The above named supplement states:- Sergeant George Cameron Auchinachie, 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, killed in Flanders, 23 August, 1915, aged 24, by bursting of a shell ; previously thrice wounded.
Gordon Highlanders War Diary dated 23 August 1915
Extract from the above publication :-
Quiet day – battalion was relieved in evening, relief being completed by 11.10 p.m.. 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters took over Battalion H.Q. and reserved outs. 6th Sherwood Foresters took over trenches 28 and 29 and the 7th Sherwood Foresters trench 30. Casualties during the fortnights stay in the trenches were 2 officers wounded, 8 other ranks killed and 26 wounded.
Further Military and Life Research
He registered for his Aberdeen University course on 5th May 1910.
Following enlistment into the army at Aberdeen, he entered the France / Flanders Theatre of War on the 7 October 1914. He died of wounds from his injuries.
George was brought in from an outlaying burial and re-interred at Perth Cemetery (China Wall), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium circa August 1919.
George Cameron Auchinachie was born on 16 June 1891 at Marnoch, Banffshire.
In the 1901 Census his address is shown as 8 Square, Marnoch, Banffshire living with the following:-
- Father – William, born c.1840 at Marnoch, Banffshire – General Merchant
- Mother – Georgiana, born c.1852 at Banff, Banffshire
- Brother – William, born c.1883 at Marnoch, Banffshire – Shop Assistant
- Brother – Alexander C., born c.1889 at Marnoch, Banffshire
- Aunt – Ann Auchinachie, born c.1856 at Marnoch, Banffshire
In the Register of Soldiers Effects he is shown as having a sister, Margaret Wood, no further information is available on his sister.
In the 1901 Census, his address is shown as 8 Square, Marnoch, Aberdeenshire, I remain unconvinced that this is an actual address.
George Cameron Auchinachie is honoured and remembered on the Aberdeen City War Memorial.
Links to Additional Information
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission – George Cameron Auchinachie
- A Street Near You website – George Auchinachie
- Lives of the First World War – George Auchinachie
- Find a Grave website – George Auchinachie
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- U.K. Medical and Dental Students Register 1882 – 1937 – Year 1910
- 1901 Census
- Aberdeen University Roll of Service
- Supplement to Aberdeen University Roll of Service
- Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms 1564-1950
- Medal Roll – Gordon Highlanders – 1914 Star
- Medal Roll – Gordon Highlanders – British War and Victory Medals
- Register of Soldiers Effects
- Soldiers Who Died in the Great War
- Medal Index Card
- Vincent Stuart
- Danielle Roubroeks (Grave Photo)