Location: Dean Cemetery, 63 Dean Path, Edinburgh EH4 3AT
2 Lt D C H MacBrayne
Details on cross (Text content of cross):
2 Gru tags –
Lieut DCH Macbayne
Text type (e.g. hand-written, GRU tags, carved): GRU tags
Cross dimensions (millimetres please) N/A
Mounting to wall: This cross is outside in the cemetery adjacent to the family memorial. His name is engraved on this memorial.
Finish (varnish, paint, oiled, unfinished etc): None remaining
Condition (cracked, paint peeling, woodwork, damage etc): growing lichen and looking quite fragile. GRU tags have metal wire crossed in front of them and a faded green ribbon is tied to the wire.
Notes and observations: (optional)
2Lt D C H MacBrayne from Glasgow was killed in action on 21 June 1917 while flying Bristol F2B A7139 of No 11 Sqn RFC, with Sgt W Mollison as his observer (taken PoW). The airmen left La Bellevue aerodrome on a Close Offensive Patrol at 05.00 and were last seen over Oppy going east. Ltn Otto Fuchs of Jasta 30 was credited with a victory over a Bristol south east of Izel at 0800 (German time); it was the first of his three victories.
His grandfather founded the MacBrayne shipping company
Aubrey Blackwood Porter
The cross is inset in a block of stone with an inscription.
Details on cross
GRU tags, some of which appear to be missing.
Details on Stone
Grandson of John Blackwood
Lieutenant 4th attached to
2nd Highland Light Infantry
Killed in action at Loos France
3rd October 1915 aged 24
The cross appear to be a standard British army cross with some woodworm and weather related aging. It is in generally fair condition given it is outdoors.
PORTER, AUBREY BLACKWOOD
4th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn.
Highland Light Infantry
Son of the late Lt. Gerald M. Porter (7th Hussars), and Mary Blackwood Porter, of West Lodge, North Berwick. Educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. Gazetted Aug., 1914 from O.T.C. Rowed in New College boat in Torpids. Member of Swiss Alpine Club. Born at Stanton Harcourt, Oxford.
He is buried at Vermelles
4TH ATTD. 2ND H.L.I. KILLED BATTLE OF LOOS AGE 24 FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
Survey and Photographs courtesy of: Muriel Kirkwood
Date of survey: 23/10/2017