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The Invergordon Archive

Seaforth Highlanders
The Invergordon Archive
Seaforth Highlanders

My father was John B. Shivas from Invergordon and was a soldier with the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders 51st Division, Line Infantry. His brother, Andrew Shivas also from Invergordon, was a soldier with the same Regiment.

John is sitting middle row 2nd from right while Andrew is sitting front row far left. The date of the picture is unknown but it would appear it is before they went to war. I am hoping that someone can identify the other soldiers in the picture.
Picture added on 28 January 2015 at 10:25
Hi Pamela, your father John was my uncle, he was my mother Margaret's brother. I remember visiting uncle 'Andy' when we were wee.
Added by Caroline Macleod (nee Zawinski) on 28 January 2015
The 4th Seaforths were a Territorial Army Battalion and I guess the mixed style of dress suggests this was an informal get together.The guy in civies was perhaps new recruit who had no uniform at that time. My cousin Richard Geddes was in the battalion but I don't see him in this pic. They were certainly fighting in France in 1940 so they were probably called up late 1939/early 1940.
Some would have died in France and the rest spent most of the war in a Stalag in Poland.
Added by Bill Geddes on 06 February 2015
My uncle Ackie Urquhart from Saltburn is second from left back row; he now lives in Tain.
Added by Ann Urquhart on 21 February 2015
Hi Ann. Your uncle must be one of the very few survivors still around. If possible could you ask him if he knows what happened to my cousin Richard Geddes who died on 4/6/1940 at Abbeville during the retreat to St Valery.
Added by Bill Geddes on 21 February 2015
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