A New Zealander is hoping Southern Reporter readers can shed some light on the military history of two of his great-uncles, and he believes Jedburgh is the best place to start looking for information.
Campbell Sutherland was born in Edinburgh but moved to New Zealand aged eight with his parents in 1962 and now lives near Wellington.
His original homeland is now looming large in his thoughts, though, as he is trying to find out whether any of his great-uncles served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
He has traced his paternal line back to 1809 and found that his great-grandparents George Elliot and Euphemia Elliot (nee Kidd) are buried in Jedburgh’s Castlewood Cemetery.
And an inherited King’s Own Scottish Borderers tapestry, believed to have come from one of his paternal grandmother Mary Elliot’s four brothers, has sparked an interest in finding out more about the men.
“Last year, I was organising a Passchendaele commemoration for my army unit and felt it was time to find out a bit more about the brothers,” Campbell said.
“I made contact with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers’ Association to see if they could give me any further information, but sadly they cannot give me a tie to the regiment so far.
“What I have found out, however, is that one of the brothers was killed in action on November 11, 1914, and was a member of the 1st battalion of the Scots Guards and another brother belonged to the Royal Scots.
“In the photo I have of the brothers, the other two are wearing general service uniform and so cannot be linked to a specific unit. However, I hold on to the thought that one or both were a member of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.”
The brothers in question were William Elliot, born in 1880 and later to serve with the Royal Scots; James Elliot, born in 1883 and killed in action on November 11, 1914, while serving with 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards at the Battle of Ypres and possibly married to a woman called Elizabeth; Robert Elliot, born in 1886; and Thomas Russell Elliot, born in 1890.
It is Robert and Thomas who Campbell thinks might have served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, today part of the 1st battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland after amalgamating with the Royal Scots in 2006.
The four brothers also had three sisters – Campbell’s grandmother Mary and two great-aunts. They were Lillias, born in 1882 and married to Andrew Storie Scott on January, 17, 1930, at Inchbonny, Jedburgh, and Elizabeth, born in 1888.
His grandmother Mary Elliot, born in 1892, married George Sutherland in Jedburgh on July 11, 1913, and died in 1976.
Campbell is hoping to hear from descendants of any of his great-uncles and aunts and will be in Jedburgh with his wife Pam on Wednesday, August 15.
He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org