Proncynain Cemetery, Dornoch

From the Dornoch War Memorial the Proncynain Cemetery is three-quarters of a mile north on the B1968 Poles Road, at OS Grid Ref:NH 788 909.

There are three Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves in the cemetery.

Just inside the cemetery gates on the right hand side are two graves to Commonwealth servicemen, Driver Ghulam Nabi and Naik (Corporal) Abdul Rakhman Royal Indian Army Service Corps Force K-6 Animal Transport (AT). There was an RIASC Reinforcement Unit stationed in Dornoch, in hutted accommodation near the Dornoch Hotel and Earls Cross, with a Mule Company based at one time at Lonemore.

The graves of both men, who were Muslims, are at an angle facing Mecca and there is a civilian Muslim grave beween them. Both servicemen died from tubercolosis with their deaths registered in Dornoch. Dvr Ghulam Nabi died in the Dornoch Hotel, which was being used as an Indian Garrison Hospital.

Mule Companies were stationed in Wales and Scotland for hill training for a possible landing with pack animals in Norway (for further details go to the Historylinks Archive and enter 11122 in the Search box)


Ghulam Nabi

Nationality: Indian

Rank: Driver

Regiment/Service: Royal Indian Army Service Corps

Age: 24

Date of Death: 28/09/1943

Service No: 179422

Additional information: Son of Khair Din and Said Jan, of Dhir Kot, Hazara, Pakistan. Died in the Dornoch Hotel which was being used as an Indian Garrison Hospital.


Abdul Rakhman

Nationality: Indian

Rank: Naik (Corporal)

Regiment/Service: No. 7 Mule Company Royal Indian Army Service Corps

Age: 37

Date of Death: 01/01/1944

Service No: 26929

Additional information: Son of Ali Bahadur, of Butigaram (Siri Kote), Hazara, Pakistan; husband of Rakhim Jan, of Butigaram.

DORNOCH (PRONCYNAIN) CEMETERY Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. G. Grave 2.





William John Matheson

Rank: Private

Number 2822960

Regiment: 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

Died: 17.04.1942 aged 21

Parents: Son of William and Amelia Matheson, of Ospisdale Muir


[Private Matheson's name is not included on the War World 2 plaque of the Dornoch War Memorial]





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