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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 5:46 pm    Post subject: Megget War Memorial, Cappercleuch Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 46439
OS map ref: NT240231

The UKNIWM entry states that this memorial has been moved three times in its lifetime:
When the church was drowned under the building of Megget reservoir it was moved to the old Cappercleuch Church but when this was closed, it was moved to its present cairn in 1995.
It was rededicated at its present site in November 1996.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OS map ref: NT240231
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thanks to Secret Skwirrel for the following information which he spied on the St. Marys Angling Club website

Giving something back
A few weeks ago Ian asked me to have a look at the war memorial close to the AA box in the village. He said Mrs Mitchell (the elder) could remember when the memorial was easily read as the printing was highlighted in black against a golden background, but now the whole plaque was black (with corrosion) readable only at close quarters. He asked if I would be interested in restoring it to its former glory.

A small part of my work is restoring clock dials for the jewellery trade so I had a look at it and on examination found under the black patination the base metal was yellow brass.
So today Ian and I went along and carried out some work on the plaque and in less than an hour we had her looking shipshape. Now all that is required is a rub with a very fine abrasive pad two or three times a year which will keep the plaque in tip top condition as a fitting memorial to those who paid the ultimate price in the quest for freedom from tyranny.


And what a difference they have made to the plaque, it is now looking braw.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first man listed

TAGGART, HENRY RAWSON
Initials: H R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Unit Text: 3rd Bn.
Secondary Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Secondary Unit Text: attd. 1st Bn.
Age: 19
Date of Death: 24/07/1918
Additional information: Son of the Rev. M. Taggart, of The Manse, Lyne, Peeblesshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: H. 10.
Cemetery: SAILLY-LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Also listed on a plaque in Lyne Kirk
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My feeling is that this topic should be re-named "Megget war memorial, Cappercleuch".

I was going to say "Megget Parish", but on doing some homework on that one, the answer should be "no". The parish of Megget had been part of the united parishes of Lyne & Megget (although Lyne parish and Megget parish were not geographically attached to one another). However, from 15 May 1891, the old Megget parish (Peebles-shire) was transferred into Yarrow parish, and became part of Selkirkshire at the same time. This was one of many acts of tidying up of parish and county boundaries that took effect on that day, following the work of the Boundaries Commission given that task in the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1889.

So by the time of WWI, Megget civil parish did not exist.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:49 am    Post subject: Pte. Thomas Yellowlees Reply with quote

CWGC
Name: YELLOWLEES
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 9th Bn.
Date of Death: 28/09/1917
Service No: 10385
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 6.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

SNWM
Surname: YELLOWLEES
Firstname: Thomas
Service Number: S/10385
Date Death: 28/09/1917
Place of birth: Selkirk
Other: 9th Bn. formerly 9014 5th Regt.
SNWM roll: THE BLACK WATCH (ROYAL HIGHLANDERS)
Rank: Pte
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ADP wrote:
My feeling is that this topic should be re-named "Megget war memorial, Cappercleuch".


I agree and have now amended the title.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: MITCHELL, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 335231
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots, 8th Bn
Date of Death: 11/4/1918
Age: 25
Additional Information: Son of James Mitchell, of Henderland, Selkirk.
Panel Reference: Panel 10 to 13
Memorial: Loos Memorial.

Also named on Peebles War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Calder is possibly as detailed below. Although the Megget War Memorial states he served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and the Book of Remembrance for Tweeddale concurs, the latter gives the date of death as 9/4/1918, which accords with the CWGC record for James Calder. CWGC has him as serving with the Gordon Highlanders.

Name: CALDER, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 202977
Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders, 6th Bn
Date of Death: 9/4/1918
Age: 39
Additional Information: Son of the late George and Jessie Calder, of Duns, Berwickshire; husband of Annie Cockburn Calder, of Linden Lea, St. Boswell's, Roxburghshire.
Panel Reference: Panel 115 to 119
Memorial: Loos Memorial

Also named on Peebles War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM MEGGET WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WAR 1914 - 1919.

2nd LIEUT. HENRY R. TAGGART. A.&.S.H.

Henry Rawson Taggart age 19 Second Lieutenant, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders attached to the 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Harry was educated at Peebles High School and then at Glasgow Academy in 1915/16 before he attended Edinburgh University where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps until April 1917. He was commissioned from there in August 1917. Harry joined the 1st Black Watch in France in early May 1918 but he was killed less than three months later near the Hohenzollern Redoubt.
Born 1898 in Dennistoun, Glasgow. Son of the Rev. Moses Taggart and of Martha Hall (Allan) Taggart of The Manse, Lyne, Peeblesshire.
Killed in Action on 24 July 1918 and buried in Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery Extension, Bethune, France.
Also named on the Yarrow Parish War Memorial, on the Lyne and Megget Roll of Honour in Lyne Kirk, on a plaque in Lyne Kirk, and on the Yarrow Roll of Honour at Yarrow Feus.
Also named on the Peebles War Memorial, on the Glasgow Academy memorial, on the Old College memorial in Edinburgh University and on the University's Roll of the Fallen.


PTE. JAMES CALDER. A.&.S.HIGHRS.
James Calder age 39 Private (202977) 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
James was a policeman with Selkirkshire Constabulary and was based at Cappercleuch, St. Mary's Loch, Yarrow when he enlisted.
Born 1879 in Swinton, Berwickshire. Son of the late George (died 1882) and Jessie (Reid) Calder of Polwarth and of Duns, Berwickshire. Husband of Annie Cockburn (Wheelans) Calder of Cappercleugh, St. Mary's Loch, Yarrow and of Linden Lea, St. Boswells, Roxburghshire who he married in 1907 in Duns, Berwickshire.
Missing in Action on 9 April 1918 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Yarrow Parish War Memorial, on the Lyne and Meggat Roll of Honour in Lyne Kirk, on the Yarrow Church memorial, on the Yarrow Roll of Honour at Yarrow Feus, and on the Peebles War Memorial.


PTE. ROBERT MITCHELL. R.SCOTS.
Robert Mitchell age 25 Private (335231) 1/8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Robert joined his battalion in France as Private (7682) in August 1915.
Born 1892 in Megget, Peeblesshire/Selkirkshire. Son of James and Margaret (Mitchell) Mitchell of Henderland, Cappercleuch, Yarrow.
Missing in Action on 11 April 1918 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Yarrow Parish War Memorial, on the Lyne and Meggat Roll of Honour in Lyne Kirk and on the Yarrow Roll of Honour at Yarrow Feus.


PTE. JOHN McDONALD. K.O.S.B.
John McDonald age 24 Private (29546) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was employed at the St. Mary's Hotel at Cappercleuch, Yarrow when he enlisted.
Born 1893 in Kilmallie, Argyllshire and Inverness-shire. Son of Hugh and Margaret (Hardie) McDonald of Rose Cottage, Achnacarry, Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire.
Died of Wounds on 17 February 1917 and buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France.
Also named on the Yarrow Parish War Memorial, on the Yarrow Church memorial and on the Yarrow Roll of Honour at Yarrow Feus, and also named on the St. Ciarians Church memorial in Achnacarry.


PTE. TOM YELLOWLEES. BLACK WATCH.
Thomas Yellowlees age 21 Private (10385) 9th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Thomas was a gamekeeper with the Earl of Wemyss at Cramalt Lodge, Megget, Cappercleuch, Yarrow when he enlisted in the Royal Scots Greys. He was posted to the 8th Black Watch in France in July 1915 before joining the 9th Battalion.
Born 1896 in Yarrow. Thomas and Isabella (Scott) Yellowlees of Winterburgh, Ettrick, Selkirkshire.
Missing in Action on 28 September 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Yarrow Parish War Memorial as Thos. Yellowlees, Scots Greys, on the Lyne and Meggat Roll of Honour in Lyne Kirk, and on the Yarrow Roll of Honour at Yarrow Feus, on both as Thomas Yellowlees, RS Greys, Cramalt, and on the Ettrick Parish War Memorial as Thomas Yellowlees, Black Watch.
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