Private Colin Carmichael, 17th Battalion, Royal Scots, born on 14 November 1893 at Ardtalnaig, Kenmore, Perthshire, was a son of Duncan Carmichael, a Master Shoemaker then Pier Master, and Christina Carmichael (nee McIntyre) of Ardtalnaig, Kenmore, Perthshire.


His siblings were John, Archibald and Peter (step-brothers), Janet and Jessie (step-sisters), Catherine and Tina (sisters, with Catherine being his twin).


The family later relocated to Coaltown of Balgonie, Markinch in Fife after Colin’s brother John bought over a business and he became Joiner, Cartwright and Undertaker of the town. Colin became a Joiner and he worked with his brother and resided with him, Peter and Janet at the West End of the town.


He enlisted at Kirkcaldy on 27 November 1915 and was mobilized on 24 January 1916, entering France as a theatre of war on 7 August 1916.


Colin sustained a gunshot wound in the left arm on 29 August, was initially treated in the 1/3 NFA (possibly 1/3rd Northumbria Field Ambulance), then the 34th Casualty Clearing Station before being treated at the 10th General Hospital at Rouen. On 16 September he was transferred to the 20th Infantry Base Depot at Etaples and then returned to his unit on 25 September.


On 22 October Colin was once again wounded; this time he sustained shrapnel wounds to his left shoulder and hip.


He was again initially treated in the 1/3 NFA, then the 13th Casualty Clearing Station before being treated at the 8th Stationary Hospital, Rouen. He then returned to the UK on 25 October 1916 and was transferred to the 4th Scottish General Hospital located at Stobhill, Glasgow, and then on 23 November was transferred to the Depot of the 3rd Royal Scots.


He returned to France on 31 January 1917.


Colin was wounded in the left thigh on 12 April 1917, was initially treated at the 1st South African Field Ambulance, then the 26th General Hospital, Etaples, and was then sent back to the UK to continue his recovery treatment at Trent Bridge Military Hospital, Nottingham then, from 7 May, the Lancashire Military Convalescent Hospital at Blackpool.


He returned to France on 31 July 1917.


Colin had a short stay in hospital from 2 April 1918 having suffered inflammation of the connective tissue in the toes of his left foot, being initially treated at the 106th Field Ambulance and then the 20th General Hospital at Camiers. He then contracted measles and erysipelas on 23 April, was initially treated at the 46th Stationary Hospital at Etaples before being sent back to the UK and admitted to the 3rd Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, then latterly the Moorgate Auxiliary Hospital at Rotherham.

He was discharged from hospital having been granted furlough from 21 August to 28 August 1918; and that was the last sighting of him until his body was discovered on 2 May 1919 near Cramond Brig, Edinburgh.


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The tragic case of Private Colin Carmichael.


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