Lance Sergeant John Finlayson was killed in action by a sniper, on 9 April 1917, at Roclincourt, Arras, France. He was 25 years old.
Born in Rogart in 1892, the son of Robina Murray and Roderick Finlayson, a shepherd. In 1911 we find John working as an under-shepherd at Achatomlinie with shepherd, William Cairns and family.
When he enlisted at Golspie his home was given as Garvault. Regimental Number: 240294 (Formerly 977) 1/5th (Sutherland and Caithness) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He arrived in France on 4 December 1915.
William was buried in Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, France and his death is listed on the Rogart War Memorial.
Thanks to The Scottish Military Research Group for this information and Mike Macpherson, Muie for the photograph.