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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.

In this picture John is sitting front row far right, while Andrew is sitting front row 2nd from 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.

I have recently compiled my father's WWII recollections to the best that I can and this can be found by clicking on 'Open Document'.
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Picture added on 28 January 2015 at 10:30
Back row second left Colin Urquhart (Invergordon) then 4th from left Colin Ross (Saltburn). 5th from left looks like Ackie Murray (Invergordon).
Added by John Urquhart on 29 January 2015
Back row 4th from right looks like "Ecky" Murray.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 30 January 2015
Pamela, thank you for sharing your father's recollections of his experiences in WW2. My husband's uncle was also in the Seaforths and was POW in Stalag V111 B for 5 years.
Added by Catherine Mackenzie (nee Clark) on 04 February 2015
I can confirm 4th from right is my granddad Eckie Murray.
Delighted to find those as I am working on something from his War days and this is only the 2nd photo I have found with him in it.
Added by Stuart Murray on 18 February 2015
My uncle Ackie Urquhart is third from left back row. He now lives in Tain but stayed in Saltburn.
Added by Ann Urquhart on 20 February 2015
Hi Pamela, I enjoyed reading your fathers recollections. My Grandfather Ronald Ross was also captured at St Valery that day. Thank you.
Added by Angus Cameron on 22 February 2015
I am doing my genealogy and see a Colin Urquhart born about 1884 and died 1960 was married to a second cousin twice removed of mine, Christina "Tena" MacDonald; they are buried in the Rosskeen Graveyard. Is that a father or other relative of the Colin noted in these pics?
Added by Donald MacDonald-Ross on 07 April 2015
Pamela is my daughter and John B Shivas was my husband; it is interesting to keep in touch with all the Invergordon folks although we are miles apart.
Added by Jane Shivas on 07 April 2015
I recognize a lot of the names John talked of, thank you Pam for entering and recognizing the men of Invergordon, and district, for their sacrifices from 1939 to 1945.
Added by Jane Shivas on 08 April 2015
Did John Shivas also have a brother another brother called Charlie or something like that? If he did, did he do any paintings?
Added by Stuart Murray on 08 April 2015
Hi Stuart, my Dad John B. Shivas had 3 brothers "Beam", Charlie and Andrew and 4 sisters......Aimee, Mina, Margaret and Joey.

If you click on the attached "Open Document" just below the picture, then go to page 15 of my Dad's WWII Recollections, you will see a picture from the Ross-Shire Journal of the 4 brothers during WWII.

My Uncle Charlie enjoyed painting and I recall he painted the most beautiful mural of Scottish scenery on his living room wall!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their wonderful feedback regarding the pictures and my Dad's WWII Recollections! It is very much appreciated!
Added by Pamela Shivas on 13 April 2015
Hi Pamela,
My grandfather Eckie has a picture on his bedroom wall of the Sutors in the Cromarty Firth which was painted and signed by Charlie. It's very nice.
Added by Stuart Murray on 08 June 2015
I think the 4th battalion Seaforth Highlanders was a TA unit (i.e. it was made up of volunteer soldiers). They were part of the 51st Highland Division which was sacrificed (by Churchill) at the time of Dunkirk in order to continue fighting with whatever French units were still in the field. My cousin Richard Geddes was involved and was killed on June 4th just outside Abbeville. Those who survived after the long retreat to the West were captured at Saint-Valery-en-Caux when the French refused to go on fighting. A "Dunkirk" operation was mounted to get them home but a mist came down and ships could not get close enough to the shore. A sad episode for many soldiers from Invergordon and around. And all this after the main British Army had been evacuated to Dover. I was in France this year to meet a man who lived near where my cousin died and I had hoped he would tell me what had occurred ...but he didn’t turn up….so I still don’t know.
Added by Bill Geddes on 17 November 2015
Looks like Davie Beaumont, 3rd from right front row. Lived on Ferry Row.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 12 June 2016
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