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Dick Mitchell
The Invergordon Archive
Dick Mitchell

The tall chap in this photo is my uncle Dick Mitchell. He was born about 1914 in Invergordon. He is no longer with us but I am interested to find out what regiment he served with, and wondered if anyone could tell by his uniform?

My mum was so proud of her brother and told us stories of him working his way up to become a drum major...(quite prepared for that story to have been slightly exaggerated!)

Hoping someone can help out, many thanks.

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Picture added on 16 November 2009 at 12:44
Hard to say going by the colour, Valerie, but cap badge may be the stag's head which would be Seaforths.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 16 November 2009
Thanks for that Harry, it has given me something to look into...I have checked the other Seaforth photos on this site and the uniform does look like it could be the same....Thanks again, Valerie.
Added by Valerie Perkins on 17 November 2009
Not completly certain but the person on the left looks like a young Tony Mitchell who lived in the cottages in Shore Road just in front of the old YM.
Added by Duncan Murray on 19 November 2009
I thought they guy on the left looked very like a member of the Askew clan....
Anonymous comment added on 20 November 2009
I am inclined to agree with Duncan Murray. It does look like Tony Mitchell. My recollections are when he was steward in the old Golf Club next to the Manse on Cromlet Road
Added by David Bremner on 21 November 2009
I've just received confirmation from Margaret Mitchell that this picture shows Tony Mitchell (her father) and his older brother Dick. Tony (b.1915) was the youngest of the 11+ children of George and Annie Mitchell. Tony was amongst the Seaforths who were captured by the Germans at St Valery, France in May/June 1940 whilst fighting a rear-guard action to protect the beaches of Dunkirk. He spent the rest of WW2 in Stalag-XXB, Poland. Elspeth Mitchell was an older sister of these two brothers.
Added by Alan Beedham on 21 November 2009
What clan would that be? Can't see I have seen him in family photos.
Added by Liz Taylor Nee Askew on 21 November 2009
Re Askew Clan: the guy on the left could definitely be related to Graeme - back row, 3rd from right, on picture #373... but Liz obviously knows better than I would, so I stand corrected with this observation!
Anonymous comment added on 22 November 2009
I think I recognise Tony Mitchell. My mother was his sister, Muriel May Mitchell (married name Bookham). I was born in Saltburn 6.9.1933 in Eslsie cottage Saltburn. My mother was one of 10 girls and 6 boys married to George and Annie Mitchell - Gran's maiden name was Monroe. When I met Tony he was running a club which I thought was in Saltburn or very close to. My grandparents are buried I believe in Alness. My grandfather was know as Paddy I believe.
Added by Denis Bookham on 25 November 2009
I think that is the same Tony Mitchell who used to train the Army Cadet boxing team in the old drill hall before it got burnt down. He lived in the cottages in front of the YMCA on Shore Road.
Added by Doug Will on 26 November 2009
The man on the left is indeed Tony Mitchell (James Anthony). He's my Grandad and was in the 4th Seaforth Highlanders - he was a Seargant in the division. He apparently spent time in Belsen as well as Stalag XXB. Could anyone tell me why he would have been in Belsen? He passed away in 1967 aged 61.
Added by Rognvald Mitchell on 06 December 2009
These are really great comments and I didn't realize until now that the man on the left was my great uncle.....But does no-one remember my uncle Dick standing with him?
Added by Valerie Perkins on 07 December 2009
Hi Rognvald, I'm the granddaughter of Muriel, Tony's sister. I've done a fair bit of family research, but Tony is still a bit of a mystery. I'd love to hear from you and anything you might know.
Added by Hilary on 22 February 2010
Hi I am Herbert Mitchell's daughter Margaret Dixon nee Mitchell. Uncle Dickie lived in Tollcross in Glasgow before he passed away; he had 2 sons and a daughter.
Added by Margaret Dixon on 10 February 2017
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