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1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders 1916-1918


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Hi, I wonder if any can help me. My GGrandfather served with them. I want to know what actions they took part in during this time period.



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Since Angus Fairrie's book Cuidich 'N Righ, A History of the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) is actually on my desk, a summary of his writing on the 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (nominally a regular battallion)is

1916 Advance up the River Tigris from January 1916 . Actions at

  • Sheik Saad
  • Wadi
  • Umm el Hannah

Combined Highland Battalion: Previous actions reduced the battalion to 100 men and they were amalgamated on 4 February 1916 with the 2nd Battalion The Black Watch until July 1916 as the Highland Battalion

  • Sanniyat: the combined battalion lost 921 officers and men in three weeks fighting to capture this Turkish position

22 February 1917

  • Sanniyat .capturing three lines of Turkish trenches

11 March 1917

  • Occupation of Baghdad after a fourteen day march

March/April 1917 - Advance Beyond Baghdad to secure railway system, fighting three actions

  • Moushahdieh
  • Beled
  • Istabulat

1918 - Move to Egypt

  • End 1917 Move to Basra
  • Embarked for Egypt 1 January 1918
  • Rest and refit as Ismailia
  • Joined Allenby's force in Palestine

Action in Palestine 1918

  • Capture of Beit Lid 20 September 1918

Hope that helps. I am afraid there is little more detail about particular actions. The Official History might help.


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Thanks for that. At least it gives me a starting point to further my research.

Thanks again.


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