About the collection

The Murdoch Munro Collection is a collection of letters, documents, photographs and items of my grandfather Murdoch Munro (1895-1961). Many of these originate from his First World War service (1914-1919). Lance Corporal Munro served with the 4th Seaforth Highlanders as part of the 51st Highlanders on the Western Front in France. He was awarded a Military Medal for an act of gallantry on 23rd March 1918. The letters and postcards were to his sister Mary (Mairi) Campbell Munro. The earliest dates from December 2nd 1914, and the last was sent on 16th January 1919 toward the end of his service. Some letters were written in Le Havre and Calais (France), however Murdoch did not typically reveal his exact location. 

Other items include four photographs; three taken in the area of Ardcharnich near Loch Broom, Wester-Ross (Scotland). The other is a real photo postcard of the 4th Seaforths boarding the train from Dingwall to presumably Bedford (England), on 10th August 1914, and ultimately on their way to the Western Front in France.

The documents in the collection include one of Murdoch’s soldier paybooks beginning 26th August 1916, a ‘Protection Certificate and certificate of Identity’ dated February 1919, a ‘Gallantry on Active Service’ card, a hospital slip from the Scottish National Red Cross General Hospital (Glasgow, Scotland) dated 14th June 1918, and a ‘Certificate on Demobilization’ dated 1st March 1919. Objects in the collection include a small scrapbook with a pressed leaf and poppy petal, a wooden tobacco cabinet, a pipe, medals, and a ghurka knife. Another item in the collection is a Christmas card, undated, with the Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs) motif.