Rogart Heritage

Archaeology & Heritage

Lachlan M S Murray and Donald E Murray

Lachlan MacInnes Stewart Murray, (Lachie) born 1905 in Rogart, 2nd Cameron Highlanders, was killed at the Battle of Casino, Italy, 6th September 1944 aged 39 years. He was buried in Italy and commemorated on Rogart War Memorial.

Grave of Lachlan M S Murray, Italy

His brother Donald Eric Francis Murray, F.M. R.A.S.C. was born in Rogart in 1921 and died in hospital in Edinburgh 27th April 1946 aged 24 years.  Also commemorated on Rogart War Memorial.

Donald E F Murray (Donnie)

Lachie and Donnie were sons of George Murray and Mary Stewart, Morness, Rogart.

“Rogart mourns deeply the death in action of one of the finest of its young men, Pte. Lachie Murray, Cameron Highlanders, and formerly of the Lovat Scouts.  Lachie, as he was always affectionately known, volunteered for military service very shortly after the outbreak of war and joined the Lovat Scouts, the regiment in which his father had already served in two wars.  Last December he was transerred to the Camerons and in a very short time he was sent overseas.  He met hi death in the early days of this month.  Lachie was a thorough gentleman, greatly loved by all his companions – a faithful servant to his employers.  He was possessed of a big broad sympathetic mind and of a fine outlook on life.  Lachie was not of a fighting nature, but he freely and willingly gave his service to his country and the cause of freedom; and like so many another who had much to give, he gave it willingly.  The sympathy of his many friends in Rogart and elsewhere goes out in a warm fullness to his parents, sisters and brothers (two of whom have been on war service from El Alamein till now) in their great sorrow and loss”. (Northern Times September 1944).

“His many friends in Rogart and neighbouring parishes heard with deep regret of the passing of Donnie, youngest son of Mr and Mrs George Murray, Morness, Rogart. Though he had contracted a severe illness on war service, high hopes of his recovery were held almost to the last. Donnie volunteered for military service very early in the war, and after serving a course of training in this country went overseas with the 51st Division. As a driver he served through the campaigns in Africa, Sicily and Italy, returning to this country with the Division to train for the attack on Europe. He volunteered to go overseas again and bravely carried on till health reasons forced him to give up. All through his long illness he showed great courage and patience bearing his difficulties in a wonderful way. Donnie was a most friendly boy in every way and had many friends, for his lovable cheery manner endeared him to everybody. Erect and manly in his carriage, so he was in all his life and his passing at so early an age is all the more regretted. To his parents, brothers and sisters in this, their second sore bereavement due to the recent war, the deepest sympathy of many friends everywhere goes out.” (Northern Times 4/1946)

Donnie is buried with parents in St Mirren’s (Cladh Maireannach) Burial Ground, Clyne

Murray Grave, Cladh Maireannach

George Murray was born in Sutherland to parents John Murray & Barbara Gunn and married Mary Stewart in 1904, in Rogart. Lachie and Donnie had siblings including Barbara Gunn Stewart Murray b 1904, John Murray b 1906, James Stewart Murray b 1907, Eric Murray b 1911(?), George Malcolm Murray b 1914 and Alexander Stewart Murray b 1919. Mary Stewart was born 1883 Corryhue Glengarry her parents were James Stewart and Ann McInnes.

Thanks to Jean Sutherland, Elgin, for photographs and information.