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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: MCCREA, ROBERT LITTERICK
Initials: RL
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Petty Officer Stoker
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, HMS Gentian (Mine Clearing Service)
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15th July 1919
Service Number: MC/49
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McCrea, of 35, High St., Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Panel reference: 32
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial

In 2010 The Guardian newspaper carried an article about three British warships being found 90 years after they had sunk off the coast of Estonia, one being the Gentian. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/aug/23/british-warships-cassandra-myrtle-gentian-estonia



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: MCCUBBIN, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1st Bn
Date of Death: 14th July 1916
Service Number: 20338
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 3c
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: MCINTYRE, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery, 346th Siege Battery
Age: 42
Date of Death: 15 August 1917
Service Number: 129593
Additional information: Husband of Elizabeth Geddes McIntyre, of 9, Foundry Lane, Stranraer.
Grave Reference: II. H. 34
Cemetery: Noeux-Les-Mains Communal Cemetery



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: MCWHIRTER, WILLIAM JAMES
Initials: WJ
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st Bn
Age: 31
Date of Death: 20th May 1917
Service Number: 41398
Additional information: Son of John and Agnes McWhirter, of 1, Birnam Place, Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Grave Reference: III. E. 18
Cemetery: Croisilles British Cemetery

Name: MCWHIRTER, DAVID BLAIN
Initials: DB
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry, 10th Bn
Date of Death: 28/4/1917
Service Number: 183699
Memorial: Vimy Memorial








Also named on Stranraer Parish Church memorial and on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: NEIL, GILBERT BINGHAM
Initials: GB
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers, 218th Field Coy
Age: 22
Date of Death: 9th July 1917
Service Number: 93258
Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Ellen Neil, of 11, Sheuchan St., Stranraer, and the late Hughes Charles Neil.
Grave Reference: I. D. 7
Cemetery: Coxyde Military Cemetery

Name: NEIL, HUGH
Initials: H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Army Service Corps
Age: 32
Date of Death: 20/12/1917
Service Number: DM2/170788
Additional Information: Son of Helen Neil and the late Hugh Neil.
Memorial: United Kingdom Book of Remembrance

Hugh Neil is commemorated on both Wigtown and Stranraer War Memorials. Born 18 Aug 1886 he joined the Army Service Corps (Service number 170788) but was discharged in 12 September 1917 with tubercolosis. His discharge papers stated that this was not the result of, but aggravated by, ordinary military service. He died on 27 December 1917 at the family home in Stranraer.



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: NISH, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 6th/7th Bn
Age: 21
Date of Death: 23rd August 1917
Service Number: 14090
Additional information: Son of John and Sarah Nish, of Hanover Square, Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Grave Reference: XVIII. B. 11
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (13 September 1917) carried a photograph of Private Nish and reported: Mrs Nish, Hanover Square, has received official intimation that her youngest son, Priate Robert Nish, RSF, died of wounds received in action on August 25th. Private Nish enlisted when the war broke out, and was drafted to Salonica, where he contracted dysentry, and was invalided home. After recovering, he was sent to France. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a grocer with Mr H McDowall, Stranraer.

Note discrepancy over date of death.





Also named on Stranraer Burgh and Stranraer Parish Church War Memorials.


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Name: ORMISTON, URI
Initials: UJB
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 1st/8th Bn
Date of Death: 23rd November 1917
Service Number: 302957
Panel Reference: Addenda Panel
Memorial: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval

Name: ORMISTON, ROBERT WILLIAM
Initials: RW
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, 6th Bn
Age: 22
Date of Death: 25th March 1918
Additional information: Son of Mr. J. B. Ormiston, of Waverley House, Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Grave Reference: Sp. Mem. B. 5
Cemetery: Roye New British Cemetery





Also named on Stranraer Burgh and Stranraer Parish Church War Memorials.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: PATERSON, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots, 12th Bn
Date of Death: 23 March 1918
Service Number: 270334
Panel Reference: Panel 13 and 14
Memorial: Pozieres Memorial





Also named on Stranraer Burgh and Stranraer Parish Church War Memorials.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: SAUL, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders, 7th Bn. attd. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Age: 21
Date of Death: 27 September 1915
Service Number: S/5799
Additional information: Son of John and Mary Saul, of 42, Shenchan [Sheuchan] St., Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Grave reference: III. O. 34
Cemetery: Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt





Also named on Stranraer Burgh and St Margaret's Church War Memorials.


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Name: TODD, GEORGE
Initials: G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 5th Bn
Age: 20
Date of Death: 6th March 1917
Service Number: 201058
Additional information: Son of Hugh Todd, of Dunure, Wigtown, Scotland.
Grave Reference: XI. C. 10
Cemetery: Assevilliers New British Cemetery

and William Todd, Royal Army Medical Corps.

George Todd was one of five Todd brothers from Wigtown who served in World War One. Hugh Todd Jr, a Newton Stewart solicitor, joined the Scottish Horse; Dr William Todd joined the Royal Army Medical Corps; Norman Todd returned from India to join the Middlesex Hussars; and Arthur Todd joined the Australian Imperial Force. George is commemorated on Wigtown War Memorial. After the war Arthur and Norman returned to Australia. Hugh Jr became Procurator Fiscal like his father. William, whose headstone is next to George’s, became medical superintendent to a Sanatorium near Leeds - he contracted TB and died in 1930.





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Name: TWINAME, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 266 Bty, 67 Field Regt
Age: 21
Date of Death: 1st June 1940
Service number: 921341
Additional information: Son of Robert and G. Twiname, of Torhousemuir, Wigtownshire.
Panel Reference: Column 15
Memorial: Dunkirk Memorial

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Name: WALLACE, TOM
Initils: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 5th Bn
Age: 24
Date of Death: 1st January 1916
Service Number: 7398
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wallace, of 36, High St., Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Grave Reference: J. 89
Cemetery: Lancashire Landing Cemetery





Also named on the war memorial in Sheuchan Church and on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.


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Name: WHYTE, ALAN HILL
Initials: AH
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 11th Bn
Age: 29
Date of Death: 9th April 1917
Additional information: Son of Isabella Victoria Whyte, of The Park, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, and the late John Whyte.
Grave Reference: XVII. J. 45
Cemetery: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez

Wigtownshire Free Press, 26 April 1917 reported: Killed in action on 9th April, Alan Hill Whyte, 2nd Lieutenant, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, younger son of Mr John Whyte, The Park, Stranraer.

When we visited the cemetery we could not see the headstone. However, a survey by the Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society transcribed it and pinpointed it on a map. The photograph of the fallen headstone below is taken at the exact spot identified on the map. Unfortunately it was face down so absolute confirmation was not possible.



Also named on the Stranraer Burgh War Memorial and on the one in Sheuchan Church.


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Major-General Sir Alexander Gordon Biggam

(Information courtesy of Wikipedia): Major-General Sir Alexander Gordon Biggam KBE CB FRSE FRCPE FRCP (14 April 1888, Stranraer - 22 March 1963) was a Scottish physician and soldier who served as Director of Study of Edinburgh Post-Graduate Board for Medicine. Educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and Edinburgh University (MB ChB, 1911; MD 1924) Biggam started his career as a House Physician and Surgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. In 1912 he was commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps and saw active service in France during World War I, where he was wounded in 1915. He then saw service in India from 1916-21. He was awarded the OBE for services with the Waziristan Field Force (1919–21) on the North-West Frontier of India. Biggam was director of the medical unit at Kasr-el-Aini Hospital in Cairo, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Egyptian University (1926–33), for which he was awarded the Order of the Nile 3rd class. He served as examiner in medicine for the Kitchener School of Medicine in Khartoum and the American University of Beirut. He was appointed an honorary physician to King George VI in 1937. Biggam served in India and Burma during World War II and was Consulting Physician to the Army during 1941-7. He was made a CBE in 1940, appointed a CB in 1944 and appointed KBE in 1946. After the war he returned to Scotland, taking up the post of Senior Lecturer in Tropical Medicine at Edinburgh University in 1947. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1950, upon the proposal of Douglas Guthrie, John Gaddum, Sir Alexander Gray and Angus Sinclair.

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Col James Biggam

(Information taken from obituary in British Medical Journal): Col James Biggam graduated in Edinburgh in 1914 he went straight into the RAMC with which he served until the end of World War Two. In World War One he was awarded the Military Cross and Bar for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty and was twice mentioned in despatches. He was seconded to the Egyptian Army. During the Second World War he served in India, Persia and Iraq. He then took charge of the 23rd Scottish General Hospital in Palestine. After military service he worked at Glasgow Eye Infirmary.

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