Blairgowrie Advertiser 29th May 1915 page 4

"Rattray Soldier Killed"

This district is paying a heavy toll in connection with the War.  The fifteenth death of soldiers connected with Blairgowrie and Rattray district falls to be recorded that of Private John Murray, 1st Black Watch.

Deceased who was 25 years of age, belonged to Bramblebank, Rattray, and served for some time as a factor with Mr. J.F. Keith, High Street, Blairgowrie where he was well know before enlisting.  He was five years in India with his regiment, and came to France with the Indian contingent.  He was wounded at La Bassee, and was home about Christmas.  Rejoining his regiment at Nigg after the New Year, he returned the following week to France, and was in the trenches until he received the serious wounds from which he died in the General Hospital, Etietat, France, on the 20th inst.

Private Murray's mother and sister now reside in Dundee, and an aunt at Ashgrove."

1901 Census

Bramble Bank, Rattray, Perthshire

Mary McCormack, head, 34, tow spinner jute, b. Glasgow, lanarkshire

Jane McCormack, sister, 30, tow spinner, b. Glasgow

Pat Gilfillan, son, 12, scholar, b. Blairgowrie

Mary Murray, aunt, 42, jute preparer, b. Greenock, Renfrewshire

Rose Ann Murray, daughter, 21, tow spinner, b. Glasgow, Lanarkshire

John Murray, son, 10, scholar, b. Glasgow

(Pat, John and Rose all have Mary listed as mother)

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