Search for family of WW1 soldier

Stewart Cormack
Stewart Cormack

A Chichester man is trying to trace the family of a First World War soldier from the Falkland area who was killed in action 99 years ago.

Stewart Cormack is in possession of a ‘death plaque’ or death coin, which was given to the families of soldiers who fell in the Great War.

The coin commemorates Lance Corporal Harry Duncan Michie, a popular young man.

Stewart said this week: “I don’t know how it came into my family’s possession, as we don’t believe he is a relation.

“However, I would like to present the plaque to a family member in Falkland, if possible.”

He has carried out some research and is awaiting a response from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

A member of Falkland Cricket Club, Harry’s family lived in Newton of Falkland.

Serving with the 14th Battalion of the London Scottish Regiment, he was killed on July 1, 1916.

The second son of excise officer James C. Michie, Harry was a bomb thrower with the regiment.

A comrade saw him fall, wounded, but his relatives were informed by the War Office that the gallant soldier was presumed to have been killed in action.

Before joining the army, Harry was a clerk with linen manufacturers W. Lumsden and Son, in Freuchie.

His interest in cricket extended to taking on the role of club secretary.

While he had been away from the parish for some time, may locals had fine memories of the local lad.

Anyone who can help Stewart make contact with a relative should email him at