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We recently received this letter looking for information on their Fetterangus ancestors:

"My sister (Margaret Ekstrom) and I have been compiling and editing a World War 1 memoir written by our maternal grandfather, George Duncan Gordon Jnr. Both he and his father served throughout the Great War and later moved to Brooklyn, NY – hence the connection to the US. George Duncan Gordon, Snr was born in Fetterangus to George Gordon and his wife Mary Ann Duncan Gordon, in about 1872.

Our reason for this letter is to both share and garner information. As children we knew GDG, Snr. as “Grampa Gordon”, a tall and friendly man with a white mustache. We lived in the same apartment building as GDG, Jnr (“Papa” to us) and his wife Barbara Black Gordon. What we do not know is our Duncan and Gordon ancestry and the fate of GDG, Snr’s two brothers, James and William. Papa mentions seeing “Uncle Willie”, who was in the Cavalry with the Sixth Dragoon Guards, for the last time in early November, 1914 near Hazebrouck, France. There is no mention at all of James.

I have searched the online war records to no avail. Perhaps not surprisingly, Papa spoke little about his family or the war, so most of the information came from his wife Barbara’s memory. Our current hope is to be able to fill in some family records? The only surnames I have are Duncan & Gordon. Mary Ann Duncan was the daughter of James Duncan, but I have no record of her mother’s name,

In 1913 Papa, then in training with the Glasgow Highlanders, sent a postcard to his mother c/o M Duncan, Fetterangus, Mintlaw. I have included an image of that and a photo of GDG, Snr. with this letter. If you or a local historical society have interest, we would be happy to supply a copy of the memoir for your collection."

Marsha Meredith

If you can help in any way, please contact fetterangusdo@gmail.com and we will forward your contact details to Marsha.

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