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Captain R.A.L. Keith, Seaforth Highlanders - Help!


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I am hoping some of the Seaforth Collectors can help me out. I just came across a 1914 Star named to CAPT R.A.L. Keith, SEA: Highrs. I have a copy of his MIC which shows him earning his 1914 trio as Captain, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders. The MIC shows his date of entry as 27-9-14, with an annotation that the roll shows 25-9-14. The MIC also indicates his "present situation" as Captain(retired) 3rd Seaf. Hrs.

I am hoping someone can shed some additional light on his career. Army list, unit history entries, anything would be appreciated. Also, I can find no entries for him in the LOndon Gazette, but admittedly my LG search skills are lacking.

Looking forward to your replies.

mphendo

Bob H. :)

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A few Gazette entries:

London Gazette 21-9-1906

Seaforth Highlanders- (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's),

The undermentioned Second Lieutenants to be Lieutenants:—

R. A. L. Keith, vice W. R. C. Laverton, resigned.

Dated 5th September, 1906.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...;selHonourType=

LG 14-1-1908

TERRITORIAL REGIMENTS.

Seaforth Highlanders (Ross~shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's), Lieutenant Richard A. L. Keith resigns his Commission. Dated 15th January, 1908.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...;selHonourType=

LG 21-1-1908

Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's) Second Lieutenant Rupert A. C. Murray to be Lieutenant, vice R. A. L. Keith,

resigned. Dated 15th January, 1908.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...;selHonourType=

Lg 21-7-1908

Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's), In accordance with the terms of the Order in Council, dated 9th April, 1908,

the 3rd Battalion, having completed the prescribed period of annual training' on the 27th April, 1908, has been transferred to the Army

Reserve as a Unit of Special Reservists, with effect from the 28th April, 1908.

The undermentioned Officers, having assented to be transferred, are appointed Officers of the Special Reserve of Officers with effect from

the 28th April, 1908, retaining the rank and seniority which they held while in the Militia:—

Lieutenant-Colonel Edward W. Home.

Majors:—

George M. G. Munro.

Ranald J. M. Livingston-Macdonald.

Captain and Honorary Major John MacL

Macandrew.

Captains:—

Chilton L. Addison-Smith.

William F. Mackenzie.

William B. Reid.

Duncan G. Warrand.

John P. Grant.

Lieutenant Richard A. L. Keith.

Second Lieutenants:—

Gavin R. V. Hume-Gore.

Duncan C. M. Lawrie.

Harold M. Sprot.

Ian P. P. Chalmers.

Robert Addision-Smith.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...;selHonourType=

LG 14-9-1909

In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 66b, Regulations for the Special Reserve, the undermentioned Officers are granted seniority in their present rank from the dates stated:—

3rd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Rossshire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's), Lieutenant Richard A. L. Keith. Dated 22nd October, 1902.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...;selHonourType=

LG 10-1-1911

3rd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Rossshire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's), Lieutenant Richard A. L. Keith to be Captain. Dated 5th October, 1910.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...;selHonourType=

Steve.

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  • 2 weeks later...

To move this back up to the top of the hopper. I am still hoping a Seaforth's expert can shed some light on the wartime services of Captain R.A.L. Keith, 2nd Saeforth Highlanders. Perhaps an entry from a unit history, or something from an Army List. Anything would be greatly appreciated.

Bob H. :)

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Bob H,

The 3rd Sea H were the training battalion at Cromarty (across the water from the home base Fort George). The Sea H recruits were put through their basic training on the Black Isle. Sounds like he was reitred from active service with the second battalion and placed in the third, where his previous service experience could be put to futher use in training.

Ian

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Bob H,

2nd Bn Seaforth:

4/8/14 - Bn at Shorncliffe. Brought to strength with Regular Army reservists - to France 23/8/14. 10th Bgde/4th Div BEF.

Le Cateau and retreat from Mons and River Marne Sept '14.

Capture of Meteren Oct '14

2nd Ypres Apr-May '15. Lost 348 officers and men in counter attack at St Julien 25 Apr '15

First experience of gas 2/5/15 - 24 dead, 324 sick. German attacks 25 Apr-24 May cost the Bn over 1,000 casualties.

Albert and Arras 1915-1916

Somme 1/7/16 - 500 casualties. VC - drummer Walter Ritchie 1/7/16

Arras Apr-May '17 - Lt Donald Mackintosh VC 11/4/17

3rd Ypres Oct '17

German offensive 1918, around Arras

Final advance Aug 1918, Bn ended war near Valenciennes

Just a brief history, but seems they were in it all!

Ian

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