World War One - our family story
WORLD WAR ONE
OUR FAMILY STORY
Our families have had a number of regular soldiers within their midst and I have endeavoured over the years to record as much as I could . Henry MacDonald born in 1842 in Inverness signed up to the Cameronians ( 26th Regiment of Foot ) in 1860 and became a Corporal serving in Ireland ( where he married a local lass ! ) and then in India with distinction . Henry was the 3 x great grandfather of Aimee and Fin ! Grandpa Sharp ( James C Sharp ) served in the Territorial Army prior to WW2 and was a Major in the Royal Artillery being involved in the planning of the Dunkirk evacuation . He met and Married Eileen Harris ( niece of Silas Whiteman whose story is listed below ) . She had the rank of Captain and was in charge of an Ack Ack battery on the Isle of Wight . Uncle Nigel ( Nigel JC Sharp ) was regular soldier and served as a Captain in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in Aden with " Mad Mitch ". I may have omitted someone for which I do apologise !
Silas John Whiteman
Athol Davaar Lamont
This was the last Jean Lamont saw or heard of Athol . She received formal information that the J6 had been torpedoed and sunk . No further information was forthcoming . It was as if the powers that be , including the Navy itself , wished to draw a veil over the whole incident . Jean was fraught . She was pregnant with his child and in 1919 a male child was born . He was named after his deceased father - Athol Davaar Lamont . Jean remarried in the early 1920s and her new husband ,Joseph Walton , accepted young Athol as his own . Another child was born a half-brother to Athol . The Second World War brought trials and tribulation to families world wide . Young Athol signed up for military service and by genetic demand became a seaman . Athol served on the HMS Daring. He was killed in action aboard HMS Daring which was sunk by a German U boat .HMS Daring was D Class Destroyer of 1 360 tons ( standard displacement ) and had a complement of 138 sailors . It had 4 X 4.7 in guns ( 4 X 1 ) , 8 torpedo tubes and depth charge throwers . maximum speed was 35 knots . These nine vessels were built in 1932 , and participated in normal fleet duties and convoy protection . Of these nine ships only HMS Duncan and HMS Kootenay survived the war.
Crew of HMS J6
James Gemmell Plowman is the grand uncle of Colin Mayall, great grand uncle of Nic , Elise and Jasmine , 2 x great grand uncle of Angus, Iona, Callum , Aimee and Finlay .
Silas John Whiteman is the grand uncle of Elizabeth Mayall , great grand uncle of Nic Elise and Jasmine and2 x great grand uncle of Angus Iona Callum Aimee and Finlay .