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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:14 pm    Post subject: Sheuchan cemetery and extension: **COMPLETE** Reply with quote

Sheuchan Cemetery and extension, Leswalt High Road, Stranraer (grid ref. NX 055609). Number of identified CWGC casualties: 5.



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Name: ADAIR, WILLIAM MILLER
Initials: WM
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, HMS Watchman
Age: 22
Date of Death: 27 October 1918
Service number: J/471 50(Dev)
Additional information: Son of Mr. J. Adair, of 13, Agnew Crescent, Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Grave reference: 1095
Cemetery: Stranraer (Sheuchan) Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (31st October 1918) reported: At City Hospital, Edinburgh, on 27th inst, William Miller Adair, AB, HM, TBD, aged 22, beloved and only son of Mr & Mrs Adair, 13 Agnew Crescent, Stranraer.

A survey a few years ago by the Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society identified two headstones for William Adair. One was sited right up against the wall of the church but, on our visit today there was only some rubble. However, lying on the ground in front of the official CWGC headstone was another stone in the shape of an anchor; this is likely to be the one that was next to the church.







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Name: BAIRD, THOMAS
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment/Service: Rifle Brigade, 10th Bn
Age: 30
Date of Death: 28 October 1916
Service number: B/200173
Additional information: Son of James and Jane Gilmour Baird; husband of Elizabeth Wilson McKie Baird. Born at Stranraer.
Grave reference: 153
Cemetery: Stranraer (Sheuchan) Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (9 November 1916) carried a photograph of Rifleman Baird and reported: It is with much regret that we have to announce the death, at Bellahouston Hospital, on 28th ult, from wounds received in action, of Rifleman T Baird, P.O. Rifles. For many years Rifleman Baird was employed at Stranraer Post Office and for some time he had been one of the burgh postmen. Of a quiet, unobtrusive nature, always courteous and obliging, he was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. Rifleman Baird joined the Army in June, and had only been a few weeks at the front when he was wounded. He leaves a widow and two young children, for whom much sympathy is felt. The funeral at Stranraer Cemetery on Wednesday last was largely attended.





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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: DAVIDSON, ADAIR DOUGLAS
Initials: AD
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Deck Hand
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Northolt
Age: 44
Date of Death: 11 May 1919
Service number: 1601/SD
Additional information: Son of John and Margaret Davidson. Born at Stranraer.
Grave reference: 135
Cemetery: Stranraer (Sheuchan) Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (22 May 1919) reported: Mrs Davidson, Fisher Street, Stranraer, has been officially notified that her son AB Adair Davidson, serving on board one of HM minesweepers has been lost at sea. Previous to the outbreak of war he was engaged in the merchant service, but joined the Navy immediately hostilities began, and served on various ships, being engaged in minesweeping when the armistice was signed. When an appeal went forth from the Admiralty for volunteers for the hazardous work of clearing the seas of mines, AB Davidson volunteered and was engaged in this work up to the time of his death.

Wigtownshire Free Press (29 May 1919) reported: Drowned at Dover on 11th May, Adair Douglas Davidson, fourth son of Mrs Davidson, 36 Fisher Street, Stranraer, aged 50.



Also named on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: KILPATRICK, JOHN DOUGLAS
Initials: JD
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 3rd Bn
Age: 27
Date of Death: 5th February 1919
Service number: 46380
Additional information: Son of Jane Kilpatrick (nee Douglas), of Valparaiso Villa, Stranraer, and the late James Kilpatrick. Teacher in Arbroath High School. M.A.
Grave reference: 4. 197
Cemetery: Stranraer (Sheuchan) Cemetery



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: PIRRIE, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Age: 24
Date of Death: 21st October 1918
Service number: 27418
Additional information: Son of the late Margaret Pirrie.
Grave reference: 4.200
Cemetery: Stranraer (Sheuchan) Cemetery

Note difference of dates between CWGC record and headstone.

Wigtownshire Free Press (7 November 1918) reported: Pirrie - Died of pneumonia at 5 Back Rampart, Stranraer, Driver John Pirrie, Machine Gun Corps, aged 24 years.



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Name: CALDWELL, WILLIAM HENDERSON
Initials: WH
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Engineer
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine, SS Adela (Dublin)
Age: 33
Date of Death: 27 December 1917
Additional information: Husband of Jane Wotherspoon Caldwell (formerly Baxter, nee Forrester), of 165, Delamore St., Kirkdale, Lancs. Born at Govan, Glasgow.
Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

The Adela was a cargo ship on the Dublin/Liverpool service. On the 27th of Dec 1917 the defensively armed Adela was 12 NW of Skerries when without warning she was torpedoed and sunk by U-boat 100. 24 lives were lost.

Wigtownshire Free Press, 31 January 1918 reported: Lost at sea on 27 December through enemy action, William H Caldwell, second engineer, grandson of the late Hugh Caldwell, 11 Hanover Street, Stranraer.

Name: CALDWELL, SAMUEL
Initials: S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: 2nd Mate
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine, SS Teelin Head
Date of Death: 21 January 1918
Grave Reference: Benjamin’s. 13.5
Cemetery: Portsmouth (Kingston) Cemetery

SS Teelin Head was a British steamer built in 1883. On January 21 1918 the ship, en route from Belfast with a cargo of potatoes, was sunk by German submarine UC-31 12 miles SSW of the Owers lightvessel. 13 lives were lost.

Wigtownshire Free Press, 31 January 1918 reported: Died at Portsmouth on 22nd inst after being rescued from torpedoed ship, Samuel Caldwell, second officer, youngest son of the late Hugh Caldwell, 11 Hanover Street, Stranraer.



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: COLLINS, PETER
Initials: P
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 12th Bn
Age: 21
Date of Death: 12 January 1917
Service Number: 42410
Additional Information: Son of Charles Collins, of "Allanbank". London Rd., Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 15C
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial



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Name: CONNEL, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders, 1st Bn
Age: 20
Date of Death: 1st May 1915
Service Number: S/5256
Additional Information: Son of James Connel, of 19, Low Caylton, Ayr.
Grave Reference: IV. B. 69
Cemetery: Bethune Town Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press, 3 June 1915, carried a photograph of Pte Connel and reported: Mr James Connel, 19 New Row, Coylton, who for many years represented the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Stranraer and district, has received intimation from the War Office that his son, Private James Connel was killed in action on 1st May. In a letter from a comrade, it appears that the regiment went into the trenches on 30th April, but on the following day the position became untenable owing to enemy guns having found the range, and orders were given to retire. This order was being carried out, and Private Connel was making to secure his rifle and equipment when a shell burst wounding him and three others so severely that they died shortly afterwards. Deceased enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war, and after undergoing training at Cromarty and Fort George, he crossed over to France in March. Private Connel was well known in Stranraer, where his boyhood was spent. He was educated at Lewis Street School, and his death at the early age of twenty will be much regretted by his old school companions. Prior to enlisting, Private Connel was employed at Kilmarnock Corporation Tramways.



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Name: EMERSON, J
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders, 1st/4th Bn
Date of Death: Between 26 October 1918 and 29 October 1918
Service Number: 235129
Additional information: Son of Mrs. Emerson, of 131, Station Place, Stranraer.
Grave Reference: C.2.10
Cemetery: Aulnoy Communal Cemetery



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Name: HALL,DAVID
Initials: D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Howe Bn R.N. Div
Age: 20
Date of Death: 8th June 1917
Service Number: Clyde Z/5057
Additional Information: Son of James and Hannah Hall, of 33, Dalrymple St., Stranraer.
Grave Reference: IV. F. 48
Cemetery: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

Name: HALL, JOHN
Initials: JC
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 15th Bn
Age: 23
Date of Death: 4th October 1918
Service Number: 36651
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hall, of 33, Dalrymple St., Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Grave Reference: A. 13
Cemetery: Sequehart British Cemetery No 2

Wigtownshire Free Press (31 October 1918) reported: Killed in action in France on 4th October, Private John C Hall, Trench Mortar Battery, beloved son of Mr and Mrs Hall, 3 Dalrymple Street, Stranraer.





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Name: HOLLIS, CHARLES
Initials: C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 15th Bn
Age: 26
Date of Death: 28 August 1916
Service Number: 13166
Additional information: Son of Robert Hollis, of 52, Sun St., Stranraer.
Grave Reference: Q 55
Cemetery: Cambrin Churchyard Extension



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Name: JOHNSTONE, DAVID
Initials: D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Driver
Regiment/Service: Army Service Corps, 864th Coy
Date of Death: 28th March 1917
Service Number: T4/214792
Grave Reference: C41
Cemetery: Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston

Wigtownshire Free Press, 26 April 1917 reported: Official notice of the death at Salonica of Driver D.V. Johnstone, Army Service Corps, son of Robert Johnstone, contractor, Thistle Street, has been received. At the time of joining the army Driver Johnstone was superintendent of Stranraer Slaughterhouse. Prior to this he was employed for several years as a butcher in Helensburgh. He leaves a widow and a little girl to mourn his loss.

NB: CWGC spells the surname Johnstone i.e. with an "e", the headstone spells Johnston.

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Name: KILPATRICK, CHARLES
Initials: C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Chief Engineer Officer
Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy, MV California Star (London)
Age: 39
Date of Death: 4th March 1943
Additional Information: Son of James and Sarah Kilpatrick; husband of Emily D. L. Patrick, of Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Panel Reference: Panel 22
Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial



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Name: KYLE, JOHN STOTT
Initials: JS
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery, 123rd Bde
Age: 22
Date of Death: 22 May 1918
Awards: MC and Bar
Additional information: Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Stott Kyle, of Seaforth, Stranraer, Wigtownshire. Enlisted Sept., 1914. Twice wounded.
Grave Reference: II. C. 11
Cemetery: Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No 2

I am obliged to Ken Morrison who has supplied the following extracts from the London Gazette:

L/Gaz Date: 29 December 1916 Issue number: 29886 Page number: 36 - Award of MC.

Lt. John Kyle, E. York. R., comdg. T.M. By.
L/Gaz Date: 17 August 1917 Issue number: 30239 Page number: 8543

ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY.

Lt. John Kyle, M.C., from E. York. R.,

Spec. Res., to be Lt. 14th July 1917.
L/Gaz Date:10 May 1918 Issue number: 30681 Page number: 5695

Lt. John Kyle, M.C., R.F.A., Spec. Res.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as forward observation officer. Though wounded early in the day he observed from the front line during a heavy bombardment, which continued throughout the day until the enemy attacked towards evening. The telephone wire was continually cut, and he several times went out and repaired it under heavy fire. Finding it impossible to maintain the line, he went backwards and forwards to the nearest point of the buried cable, and thereby maintained a valuable supply of information. On each occasion he crossed some 500 yards of open ground under heavy fire. When the observation post was damaged by a shell he continued to observe from a shell hole during the day and the following night. It was due to his splendid courage and resource that group headquarters were kept supplied with valuable information.
(M.C. gazetted 1st January, 1917.)

Wigtownshire Free Press (11 January 1917) reported: We are pleased to note that Lieut John S Kyle, 3rd East Yorks, commanding Trench Mortar Battery, has been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous service in the field. Lieut Kyle, who was a member of the Officers' Training Corps in Glasgow, enlisted as a private in the Commercial Battalion of the HLI on the outbreak of war, but was shortly afterwards gazetted as Second Lieutenant to the East Yorks Regiment. Lieut Kyle is the only son of Mr Thomas Kyle, of Messrs Craig and Kyle, drapers, Stranraer.

and 20 May 1918: Mr T Kyle (of Messrs Craig and Kyle, drapers, Stranraer) has received official intimation that his son, Lieut J. S. Kyle, RFA, MC, DSO, died at the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, on 22nd May, of wounds received in action. Lieut Kyle, who was a member of the Officers' Training Corps in Glasgow, enlisted as a private in the Commercial Battalion of the HLI at the outbreak of war, but was shortly afterwards gazetted to the East Yorks Regiment. Subsequently he was promoted to a full lieutenant, and transferred to the RFA Spec. Res. In January 1917, he was awarded the Military Cross, for conspicuous service in teh field, and a fortnight ago it was officially announced that he had been awarded the Distinguished Service Order, in recognition of his gallantry and devotion to duty as a forward observation officer. Prior to joining the Army he was engaged in business in Glasgow.





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