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In MemoriamGOUDIE, Humphrey Blaikie
  2nd Lieutenant (Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, 7th (Service) Battalion)
  Killed in action at the Somme (17-Aug-1916)
  Awards: Military Cross

15-Sep-1908 (SSHS)


Humphrey Blaikie Goudie was the son of local surgeon, Henry Goudie, and his wife, Isabella, and lived on Westoe Parade.

He joined the High School from the preparatory department of Miss Robertson's Girls' School (which did take boys) in 1908, and left in 1912 to attend Durham School.

He then went on to work in an insurance office in Edinburgh.

When war broke out, he was only 16 and so inelligible for active service. Instead, on 2-Sep-1914 he enlisted as an orderly with the Royal Army Medical Corps at the 2nd Scottish General Hospital, in Craigleith, Edinbugh.

On 25-Jun-1915, at the age of 17, he was given a commission.

He served with the Expeditionary Force in Fance and Flanders where he was killed during the Battle of the Somme, on 17-Aug-1916. He had been leading his company's army bombers near the town of Martinpuich.

Only a month earlier, he had been awarded the Military Cross "for conspicuous gallantry when in charge of a raiding party. He led his men through heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, and bombed the enemy's front trenched. Later he returned under fire with a stretcher to bring in a wound man."

Known Addresses
1901: 1 Westoe Parade
1908: 1 Westoe Parade
1911: 1 Westoe Parade
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