This, like the 4th Seaforths, was a purely Ross-shire unit. With its Headquarters at Lochcarron, it was mainly recruited there but Stornoway contributed greatly to the total. The Ammunition Column was virtually wholly raised in Dingwall district. The Battery and Column formed part of the 4th Highland Mountain Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery, and the General Headquarters of the Brigade was at Rothesay, the other batteries being those of Argyll and Bute. Armed with serviceable weapons, the constitution of the force was generally identical to that of the famous Indian Mountain Artillery Brigades. On the outbreak of war the whole of the Ross Battery and Ammunition Column mobilised at Dingwall. Here equipment was relatively completed; horses were commandeered all over the country, and within a fortnight all was ready for the second phase of the mobilisation order, and on Sunday, 16 August, the entire force moved off to the war station at Bedford.


Very strict and particular training proceeded at Bedford. By the end of the year all ranks were impatient to be at the front. Their time was to come. Refitted and complete to the last strap, the Ross and Argyll Batteries left Bedford on 20 March for an unknown destination, which was not revealed until many weeks later, when it was told officially that the Brigade was operating at allipolli with the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.


Letters home revealed a pleasant voyage, a short and agreeable stay somewhere close to the sea in the Near East, and subsequently the landing of the troops on the Dardanelles, where since land operations commenced the Brigade had been doing its bit in one of the bloodiest theatres of the great war. Reports show that the Brigade was a credit to the Territorial Force, and that the men were as well equipped for their work as the regular gunners and drivers of artillery.


Climate conditions were treacherous; hot through the day, bitterly cold of night. Water was scarce, and thirst was terrible. Food was plentiful, but the variety was restricted. Mails take long to come and go, and comforts from home were limited on account of the “shelf life” of luxuries which otherwise might have been sent. Still men wrote home in happy mood. "Life is grand here" one of them wrote after having eight week's "shell dodging".  


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