Angus the Highlander

February 10, 2016

Emblem of the Gordon Highlanders

Angus MURCH was the eighth child of Ebenezer and Sara MURCH (they had nine in all).  He was born in 1894 in Lanarkshire, Scotland, and the 1901 census sees him living with his parents in Glasgow.  But he cannot be found on the 1911 census - perhaps because he had gone to enlist in the Army.  Angus was assigned to the Second Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders as a Private, and soon the First World War began.

Records of the Second Battalion show that they were assigned to the British Expeditionary Force, specifically 20 Brigade in the 7th Division when it returned from Cairo, Egypt.  They also served on the Western Front, which is where Angus, now a Sergeant, was killed on 5th September 1916.  It had seemed as though the Allied forces were succeeding; the Allied line had moved forward 1,500 yards and held Leuze Wood, while occupying the whole of the enemy's second line at the Somme.

Angus lies buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, France, surrounded by too many of his comrades.  He won the Star, The British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.  His father received his war gratuity - £15.


Ros Haywood

Murch Surname Study

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