Finding Private Duguid: search on for local soldier

7th Battalion
7th Battalion

Prince Charles has chosen a 20-year-old former royal servant from Deeside to be a focal point for a project honouring Scotland’s First World War dead.

The prince selected Private Robert Duguid, who had been a labourer at Birkhall on the Royals’ Balmoral Estate, as someone who was “typical” of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the conflict.

Pte Duguid’s name is read each Remembrance Sunday along with those of 27 other First World War dead on the Crathie War Memorial between Balmoral Castle and Crathie Kirk, where the Royal Family worship.

He enlisted in the 7th (Dee-side) Battalion The Gordon Highlanders at Banchory in March 1915.

Now a search is on for Duguid.

Fiona MacDonald Director of the Glen Art charity said: “I am working on project as part of the Imperial War museum partnership commemorating the centenary of First World War.

“We are delighted to have the support of HRH Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothsay, who has kindly lent his support for the project by choosing a name from the Crathie War Memorial, opposite the entrance to Balmoral.

“We are researching Private Robert Duguid, of the Gordon Highlanders who was killed in France in 1917, but we are really struggling to find a photograph of him, and of the other individuals whose names appear on the Crathie War Memorial.”

If you are able to help Fiona you can contact her : 07980 631 110 or via: