Seeking info: William Harcourt Murray; John H. MacPherson

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To the editor,
As a personal research project I am seeking information concerning two persons killed in action during the Great War 1914-1918. I am not related to either, rather, I am interested in telling the stories, respectfully, of two young men who left Pictou County to fight and die in a far-off land.

William Harcourt Murray died in the Battle of the Ancre Heights, France, Oct. 1, 1916, age 23. He was a major in the 24th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was survived by Catherine E. Murray. His body was not recovered; however a family marker exists in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Union Centre. I have photos, attestation papers, and unit records but not very much of his life here in Pictou County.

John H. MacPherson died of wounds during skirmishes in the aftermath of the Battle of the Somme, France, Oct. 19, 1916, age 16. He was a private in the 26th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France; however his name appears on the cenotaph of the Gairloch Church and he has a marker in the Gairloch Cemetery. His mother and father both died before he signed up at age 15. I have photos, attestation papers, and unit records and a small amount of information about his parents.

I would appreciate any knowledge anyone would have of these persons or families. I can be contacted at 902-755-6031 or pictougreatwar@gmail.com. Thank you.

Eric Stackhouse

Pleasant Valley

Organizations: Union Centre, Gairloch Church

Geographic location: France, Ancre Heights, Pictou County Somme Pleasant Valley

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