QSA (1) CC to 4137 Pte. A. Masterton, 2nd Rl. Highldrs:
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Adam Masterton served with the 2nd Battalion, Black Watch in South Africa during the Boer War, and was severely wounded at Magersfontein on 11 December 1899, dying of his wounds seven days later at Orange River on 18 December 1899.
Note: The medal roll initially recorded him as ‘K.I.A. 11/12/99’; this entry is subsequently crossed out, and corrected to read ‘D.O.W. 18/12/99’.
Michael Thomas Grace was born at Montreal and enlisted there on 1 January 1900, a medical student aged 27. He served in South Africa as a Gunner in E Battery, Royal Canadian Field Artillery, and was discharged on 9 January 1901.
Hugh Ramsay was born in Wolfhill Village, Cargill, Perth, in November 1878. He enlisted for the 2nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders at Perth in August 1897. He advanced to Lance-Corporal in 1898, and served with the Battalion during the Second Boer War. He received a gunshot wound to the left leg at Magersfontein, 11 December 1899, and was discharged ‘medically unfit for further service’, 21 August 1900.
Ramsay attempted to re-engage as a Special Reservist with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Highlanders, for service during the Great War. However he was discharged as ‘medically unfit’ after just seven days, 12 October 1914. He was subsequently employed in Broughty Ferry Harbour.