Regiment: 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps
Biography: Son of George Begg, farmer ; born Glenkindie, 10 October 1881 ; educated Glenkindie Public School ; matriculated, 1900 ; graduated M.B., 1906. Later he took up practice in Kentish Town, London, acting also as Clinical Assistant at the Great Northern Central Hospital and the Mount Vernon Chest Hospital. Commissioned in the R.A.M.C. in 1915 he was posted to the 2/1st Highland Field Ambulance, with which he served continuously in France until his death at Beaumont-Hamel on 14 November 1916. Henry Begg was not a man who laid himself out to gain popularity ; but no one was more deservedly popular owing to sterling merit, high courage and cheerfulness of disposition in difficulties. He never lost either heart or head ; he believed that difficulties existed for the purpose of being overcome ; and in consequence he gained the affection and trust of his men to a high degree. He was an ideal stretcher-bearer officer ; for those under him knew he would never send them where he was not prepared to take them. The sense of loss felt by his unit on his death was great ; his brother officers wrote : “ We remember his bright and cheerful disposition at all times and under any circumstances. He was always in the forefront of what was going on, helpful to everyone else and always unselfish.”
Date of Death: 14 November 1916
Burial Details: Buried at Louvencourt Military Cemetery, Plot 1, Row E, Grave 5.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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