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  Ethel Baxter

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  James Cooper

  Amelia and Christina Culbard

  Tibby Gordon

  Isabella Leonora Grant

  Anne Hardie

  Georgina "Dolly" Hossack

  Edward Farquharson Johnston

  Jane Levack

  Neil McLean

  Moray's VCs

   - William Anderson

   - Martin Eric Dunbar-Nasmith   - Alexander Edwards

   - George Imlach McIntosh

   - John Ripley

  Annabella Ralph

  John Alexander Simpson

  Robert Valentine

  The Wood Brothers

 Moray’s War

There was a higher percentage of voluntary enlistments per head of population in the North East of Scotland than anywhere else in the United Kingdom, reflecting, perhaps, the remarkable commitment to the war in the area.

It was on the day of the Declaration, 4th August 1914 at around 5 o'clock in the evening that the call to mobilise reached Elgin. Men were enthusiastic to join up and they put on a brave show of hope as they left, not knowing, of course, that so many of their number would never return.

Women across Moray also played their part, enlisting as Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses (VADs) to serve in local hospitals, taking the place of the men folk in the workplace and, along with others in the community, buying war bonds, writing letters and sending parcels of cigarettes, chocolate and clothing to the Front.

Many of the people of Moray distinguished themselves during the war, as gallant soldiers such as the many recipients of the Victoria Cross, Military Medal and other awards, as generous donors of their time, and also their property, such as the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon, Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, who gave over much of Gordon Castle at Fochabers for use as an auxiliary hospital for the duration of the war, but the contributions of all the people of Moray deserve to be celebrated and remembered.


Private George McIntosh, Buckie, of the 6th Gordon Highlanders receives the Victoria Cross from King George V.

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