Regiment:               Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1st Btn.  

Rank & Number:     
Private, 6617  

1883; Sorn, Ayrshire  

                        28 February 1942; Leggat House, Catrine  

Other:                      Brother-in-law of Archibald and Daniel Stalker,
                                and William Wilson

HENRY GORMAN was born 1883 in Sorn, Ayrshire, and died 28 Feb 1942 at Leggat House, Catrine (aged 58, bleachworker, married).  

On 5 Jan 1906 he married Jessie Stalker, daughter of Gilbert Stalker and Hannah Wilson, of Railway Buildings, Fairlie (he was a signalman, aged 22, of Kilwinning).  The Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald Intimation database shows a son, John Gorman, died 11 Sep 1908, and a daughter, Jessie Stalker Gorman died 4 Nov 1914, aged 5 months.  

In the 1901 Census, aged 18, he is a Private in the Royal Scots Fusiliers at Maryhill Barracks    


He enlisted on 11 Sep 1900 (aged 18, occ. miner).   He served in South Africa from 4 Jan 1902 to 16 Feb 1903 (received South Africa medal with 2 clasps, Transvaal 1902). He re-enlisted in Aug 1914 and was posted to France 14 Aug 1914.  He was reported wounded and missing on 23 Aug 1914; reported prisoner of war 14 Oct 1914; reported POW in Doeberitz, Germany 20 Nov 1914; transferred to Switzerland as POW 27 Dec 1917;  and was repatriated and arrived in London for hospital on 7 Dec 1918.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

17 October 1914   
Private H. Gorman, late signalman at Fairlie and son-in-law of Mr. G. Stalker, who was reported wounded and missing in August, has written informing his wife he is a prisoner of war in Germany and going on well.  

24 July 1915
In The Fighting Line; Casualties:  . . . . . . .   The Stalker family have been pretty badly hit by the war.  A son-in-law, Pte. H. Gorman, R.S.F., was badly wounded and taken prisoner early in September; and a son, Pte. Archd. Stalker, is at present lying wounded in hospital at Malta.

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