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Tongue War Memorial

The following list is the men who died during World War One and honoured on the Tongue War Memorial. If you have information or photographs of any of the men listed, or anyone from the area who took part in WWI, we’d love to hear from you! Please email Eileen Mackay at

Peter Burr, Lance Corporal, 11th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 

Charles Burr, Private, 6th Bn Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders

Angus Clarke, Private, 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders 

Angus Mackay, Private, 5th Bn Royal Scots 

Charles Mackay, Private, 7th Bn Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders 

Daniel Mackay, Able Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve 

Donald Mackay, Trooper, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Henry Mackay, Private, 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders 

Hugh Mackay, Private, 1st Bn Highland Light Infantry 

John Mackay (197), Regimental Sergeant Major, Royal Engineers (2/2 Highland Field Company)

John was born in Tongue 6 August 1864 to William Oliver Mackay and Barbara Campbell Mackay. The family lived at Ribigill farm where his father was a shepherd. John worked on the farm before joining his sister in Aberdeen to look for employment in a different sector. John laterly was agent of the Mile End Branch of the North of Scotland Bank.
John had always been a keen and talented footballer and soon joined Orion F.C. a well-known club in Aberdeenshire. Founded in 1885 Orion Football Club, nicknamed the ‘Cocks o’ the North’, won 2 Northern League Championships during its existence. John was a player, team captain and eventually the Club President. In 1888-89 John served as President of the Aberdeenshire Football Association.
On the 14 April 1903 Orion Football club merged with Aberdeen Football Club and Victoria United to form the current Aberdeen Football Club with John as Director. The club played its first match on 15 August 1903, a 1-1 draw with Stenhousemuir. Aberdeen went on to win the Aberdeenshire Cup and finished 3rd in the Northern League. The club applied for membership of the Scottish League and were elected to the Second Division for the following season. A meeting room at Pittodrie Stadium is called the Mackay Suite in his honour.
When World War One broke out John, who was unmarried, joined the Royal Engineers, 2nd/2nd Highland Field Company, a territorial force allocated to the 51st (Highland) Division. On the 18th April 1916 John was wounded carrying out trench work at Anzin, in northern France along with 3 of his comrades. The 2/2 Highland Field Company War Diary records on the 20 April:
“Sapper J Mackay wounded on 18th dies of his wounds. This man had 38 years service and reverted to Sapper from Regimental Sergeant Major so as to see more of trench work.”
John died at a military hospital in Rouen and was buried at Bios Guillaume Communal Cemetery. John is commemorated on the Aberdeen FC Roll of Honour, the North of Scotland Bank memorial, and the war memorial in Allenvale Cemetery, Aberdeen. John’s name does not appear on the Tongue War Memorial.

Magnus Mackay, Private, 11th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 

Sinclair Mackay, Able Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve 

William Mackay, Private, 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders 

Hamish Mackenzie, Private, Royal Engineers 

William Macintosh, Private, 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders

Magnus Macleod, Private, 8th Bn Seaforth Highlanders 

Donald Munro, Sergeant, 16th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force 

William Munro, Private, 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders 

Hugh J. Murray, Private, 4th Bn Yorks and Lancs Regiment

Okain C. Shaw, Private , 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles

Angus Sutherland, Private, 8th Bn Seaforth Highlanders

Peter Sutherland, Private, 18th Bn Highland Light Infantry