The Souter family headstone at Kennethmont
Edward Adam Souter, known to his family as Adam, was born at Piperwell, Kennethmont on 27th July 1896 to William and Maggie Souter. His father farmed at Piperwell but had moved to Whiteburn at the time of Adam's death. The family later moved to Woodside Cottage at nearby Wardhouse.
letter S in his army number indicates a wartime enlistment. Adam was
employed as a Clerk by The Great North Of Scotland Railway Company.
It is known that he enlisted, probably called up towards the end of
1916, at Oldmeldrum and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, The Black
Watch ( Royal Highlanders ).
Adam's battalion had been in Mesopotamia ( now Iraq), in the 7th Indian (Meerut) Division, since arriving at the port of Basra in December 1915. During April 1917 they were in action against the Turks at Istabulat and later occupied Samarra.
It is known that during the summer the battalion were stationed at Samarra and that a number of the personnel, including Adam, were given a month's leave in India. While in India he was involved in a railway accident at Yermaras in which Adam and three of his comrades died.
Cpl John Bannerman, age 25
Five Seaforth Highlanders also died due to the accident. It may be they were all returning to Mesopotamia at the end of their leave. They too were in the 7th Indian Division at the time
All were buried at Trimulgherry Cantonment Cemetery.
The names of four Black Watch men and five Seaforth Highlanders are then noted underneath.
Adam's name is recorded on the family headstone in Kennethmont Kirkyard (New).
Kennethmont Kirkyard with the WW2 Memorial in the background
to the fallen employees of The Great North of Scotland Railway Company
is located in the foyer of Aberdeen Railway Station.
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