Re your article on Old Nairn pictures I have a picture of Cawdor Young Farmers Association 1932-33. The farmers in the picture are identified as:-
B and W copy of a paper copy, fair. BACK ROW L to R, Duncan Dallas of Inchyettle, Peter Rose of Ballieknockan, James Clark of Lyne of Urchany, George Morrison of Budgate, John Urquhart of Balinrait, James Innes of Bog of Cawdor, Hugh Robertson of Newton of Cawdor, Alex MacPherson of Meikleburn, Lyle of Alnaha, Alea MacArthur of Achamore, William robertson of Tomlunquhart. MIDDLE ROW
L to R, John Brown (Blacksmith) Cawdor, David MacGregor of Whinhill, Simon Innes of Blairmore, Duncan MacPherson of Cawdor Home Farm, Archie Forbes of Rehiran, James Munro of Blackmill, William Fraser of Mid Urchany, Donald MacDonald of Tomloan, Bob MacPhee of Balculchaich. FRONT ROW L to R, James Innes of Meikle Urchany, Donald Johnston of Rait Castle, John Calder of Raitloan, John Gill of Cawdor Inn Farm, Charlie Smith of Auchindoune, George Innes of Achneim, Donald MacLean of Kirkton of Barevan, William MacGregor of The Ord, James MacGillivray of Milton of Balnnagown, Sam Fraser of Achagour.
You will note that the person third from the right on the front row is identified as William MacGregor of The Ord. He was the son of William and Hanna MacGregor. He was born on
27th July 1886 and died 16th April 1975 at Raigmore
hospital in Inverness. As was the custom in the early days of the 20th century, when the
father died the croft was handed to the eldest son. Williams brother John then
decided to leave home and emigrate to .
He was to become Canada 's most highly decorated soldier, still, winning the Distinguished
Conduct Medal, the highest medal under the VC able to be awarded to soldiers
under the rank of Warrant officer. He won the Military Cross TWICE, this being
the highest decoration for junior officers under the VC and also the VC itself.
I have attached a pdf file giving a précis of Johns life. I am campaigning to
get John properly recognised in his home County as he is in Canada where he has
roads, housing complexes and civic buildings named after him. Canada