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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: NEILL, JAMES VANCE
Initials: JV
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry, 21st Bn
Age: 38
Date of Death: 15 August 1918
Service number: 675493
Additional information: Son of William and Janet Neill; husband of Edith Neill, of Ingersoll, Ontario. Born in Scotland. His brothers Andrew Cloakie Neill and William Neill also fell.
Grave reference: I. J. 22
Cemetery: Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension

Name: NEILL, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry, 21st Bn
Age: 33
Date of Death: Between 3 November 1917 and 4 November 1917
Service number: 675255
Additional information: Son of the late William and Janet Neill, of Mochrum, Wigtownshire, Scotland. His brothers James Vance Neill and Andrew Cloakie Neill also fell.
Grave reference: II. C. 9
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery

Name: NEILL, ANDREW CLOAKIE
Initials: AC
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots, “C” Coy, 12th Bn
Awards: MM
Age: 27
Date of death: 25th April 1918
Additional information: Son of the late William and Janet Neill. His brothers James Vance Neill and William Neill also fell.
Panel reference: Panel 11 to 14 and 162
Memorial: Tyne Cot Memorial





Wigtownshire Free Press (4 May 1916):



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: ROBERTSON, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 2nd Bn
Age: 32
Date of death: 23 April 1917
Service number: 34871
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Robertson, of South St., Port William Wigtownshire.
Grave reference: 42
Cemetery: Cherisy Road East Cemetery, Heninel.

Wigtownshire Free Press (21 June 1917) reported: Mr and Mrs Alex Robertson, High Street, Port William, Have received official intimation that their eldest son, Private John Robertson, RSF, has been killed in action. Private Robertson joined the colours in November 1914, and had only been a few months at the front when he met his death. In civil life he was employed for a number of years in Messrs Arthur & Co, Glasgow, and, previous to the outbreak of war, with Messrs Barr, aerated water manufacturers. A youger brother, Pte Alex Robertson, is at present serving with the Canadians.





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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: STEWART, CHARLES
Initials: C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders, 5th Bn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 29 September 1918
Service No: S/22224
Awards: M M
Additional Information: Son of Robert and Christina Stewart, of Killantrae, Port William, Wigtownshire.
Casualty type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (12 September 1918) reported: Mrs Stewart, Killantrae, Port William, has received word that her son, Pte Charles Stewart, Camerson Highlanders, has been awarded the Military Medal. Private Stewart was a joiner to trade before enlistment.



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: STEWART, DAVID
Initials: D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 5th Bn
Age: 25
Date of Death: 9th December 1942
Service Number: 3188657
Additional Information: Son of William and Margaret Stewart, of Port William, Wigtownshire.
Grave Reference: D151A
Cemetery: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: WALLACE, SAMUEL ARCHIBALD
Initials: SA
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 36
Date of Death: 28th December 1945
Service number: 115049
Additional information: Son of James and Jessie Wallace. B.Sc. Engineering (Glasgow).
Grave reference: Plot 1. Row C. Grave 3
Cemetery: Christiansborg War Cemetery

Thanks to John Houston we now know that Flt Lieut Wallace studied at the University of Glasgow from 1927 and graduated BSc in 1932. He studied Engineering and went on to become an Electrical Engineer. His name will be added to the University's Roll of Honour.





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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: HAILES, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots, “A” Coy, 16th Bn
Age: 40
Date of Death: Between 8th April 1918 and 16th April 1918
Service Number: 51361
Additional Information: Son of Joseph and Hannah Hailes, of Thornham Magna, Eye, Suffolk; husband of Edith Ann Hailes, of Derby House, Broad Walk, Buxton, Derbyshire.
Panel Reference: Panel 1
Memorial: Ploegsteert Memorial

The grave stone is actually for Pte Hailes’ daughter but at the very bottom, almost obscured by grass it reads: Also the above Robert Hailes missing at the Battle of Armentiers 9th April 1918.



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Survivor of Battle of Waterloo: William McMillan, Scots Greys

The inscription reads: Also of the above named William McMillan formerly Sergeant of the Scots Greys and present with his regiment at the Battle of Waterloo who died at Boghouse on the 7th December 1867.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Captain Eric Stewart

A rather unusual grave. The stone is flat to the ground and has two thin metal engraved plates (one of which has come loose). One is in the form of a cross and the other is engraved: RIP In loving memory of Eric Capt Stewart RA. From his wife 1937.

If anyone else can throw any light on the identification of Capt Stewart I'd be grateful. The engraving is not deep so it is hard to pick up much detail in the photograph.

Update: Ken Morrison has identified him as Eric George Stewart whose plane crashed into the sea en route from Liverpool to Belfast on 21st January 1937. This has allowed me to find two local press cuttings which complete the story:

Galloway Gazette 5 June 1937: A man's body was found by a fisherman on the Port William shore on Tuesday, at Lagg Bay, Kirkmaiden, and the Wigtownshire Police are endeavouring to establish identity.

The man appears to have been six feet in height and of good physique. The head, legs and hands were missing.

He was clothed in a blue poplin shirt with a 16 in. neckband. No. C. 277g wrist-bands of the shirt have two mother of pearl buttons on the same side and are of military pattern: grey polo jersey, ribbed with two fawn strips knitted into collar qauter inch broad and half an inch apart: another grey jersey below with "Austin Reed of Regent Street" on tag: woollen vest with "Springjoy Interlock. English made, original fabric" on the tab.

The body was removed to the Mortuary at Mochrum Churchyard.

Not far from it were some two dozen school children's jotters, bearing the title "Whitehaven Education Committee". Some of those bore the date February 1937. It is thought that the body had probably been in the water six months.

Galloway Gazette 3 July 1937: The body that was washed up at Lagg Bay, Monrieth, on the Wigtownshire coast in June has been identified as that of Captain Eric Stewart, pilot of an airplane that fell into the Irish Sea on January 25.

The machine crashed 25 miles out from the mouth of the River Mersey.

The mechanic who accompanied Captain Stewart was picked up by a steamer, and a search was made at the time for the pilot without success.

Captain Stewart was a New Zealander and was employed with a commercial aviation company. His widow resides at Upton Road, Broadstairs, Kent. Identification was effected by laundry tabs on the under clothing.






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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frank Ferguson. Killed in action in 1917 but I haven't been able to identify which Frank Ferguson he may be. On the death notice of his mother, Annie, in the 60s her surname was spelt Fergusson.



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