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M. H. ROXBURGH

If I know next to nothing about 'Celie' I know less than nothing about M.H. - not even, at present, whether he ever really existed or what the M and H stand for. But here are two clues.

Firstly this card bearing a postmark of 12 Sept 1914  

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Secondly an undated and un-named newspaper clipping mentions the forthcoming annual inspection of 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as of special interest. On June 11th the encampment of the Battalion at Turfhills ... is again distinguished by several innovations which denote progress being made year by year in efficiency and equipment. On this occasion new features were introduced in the form of a Cycling Corps...At church parade on the following Sunday the Rev James A. Williamson, Alva, chaplain, in preaching from the text ‘Be Strong’ (1st Cor. xvi.13) concluded his sermon by words which seem prophetic in the light of recent events in the battalion's history. After referring to the loss sustained by the Battalion through the deaths of Captains Reid and Roxburgh and Sergeant-Major Hay ‘whom we knew as good volunteers, honest-hearted men, who sought in their several ways to do their duty and make this world better for their presence in it...’

The only grounds I have for making any connection between the two and assuming that M.H. was brother to R.A. and uncle to Naena and Evelyn is that this clipping and the post card above were carefully preserved by Naena and Evelyn among their papers together with this plaid brooch, which is that of the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

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