TARBAT WAR MEMORIAL
SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS 5TH BATTALION
DATE OF DEATH 25TH MAY 1943
Edward Shearer worked at Brucefield Farm and as a member of the Territorials was mobilised when war broke out.
He was too young to go to France with the 51ST Highland Division, which fought the rearguard action against the Germans to protect the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk. This action was ultimately to lead to the Divisions surrender at St Valery- en-Caux.
Edward became part of the reformed 51ST Highland Division, which found itself in North Africa fighting Field Marshall Erwin Rommell's Africa Korp.
Edward, as a Lance Corporal in the Intelligence Section of the 5TH Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders, was always in the vanguard of the fighting, having to find out what the enemy movements were and taping the routes for attack through enemy minefields.
Edward was badly wounded in action outside Tripoli, a bullet lodged in the spine and he was paralysed.
He was moved to hospital in Cairo where he died of wounds on the 25TH May 1943 and is buried in the Heliopolis War Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt.
Edward was the only son of Edward Skinner Shearer and Williamina Sinclair Shearer of Portmahomack.
can tell Shearer's people up at Brucefield that his Platoon officer said he is
an excellent fellow at his work.’
‘About Shearer, I had been told he was
not in the last battle before Tripoli, but have now found out he was. He is very badly wounded and is
in a Cairo hospital suffering from a paralysed spine where a bullet entered.
There is hope that he will recover but again it is only a chance.’
letters from Clare, Nell and Mum, all seem to be very well and cheerful. This
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