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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:27 am    Post subject: CARGILL Reply with quote

Situated in the village square, Burrelton on the A94 between Coupar Angus & Perth.
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Unveiled by the Earl of Ancaster - August 27th 1922
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PERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER: 30.08.1922

UNVEILING OF CARGILL WAR MEMORIAL
AN IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY


In bright sunshine and amid scenes of rural beauty a large crowd assembled on the Village Green at Burrelton on Sunday afternoon, when the War Memorial was unveiled by the Earl of Ancaster. The scene was a most impressive one. Peace, like a white-winged dove, brooded over the face of nature. The people stood with heads bowed in reverence before a cross of marble, erected to perpetuate the memory of those who fought and fell, cherishing in their heart a noble ideal. A cross is always associated with sacrifice, and surely the young men passed through a Gethsemane and ascended a Calvary that the nation might be free. Doubtless there were many whose wounds bled afresh as they stood before the memorial and read the names of loved ones inscribed thereon. That is only natural, but, if there was sorrow, there was also pride in the glorious deeds of heroism accomplished by those who sleep on a foreign strand.
Mr W. Henderson presided, and was accompanied on the platform by the Earl of Ancaster; Rev. Wm. A. Campbell, M.A., Cargill; Rev. Angus P. Fletcher, Wolfhill U.F. Church; and Rev. David W. M'Kay, Woodside U.F. Church. The Countess of Ancaster was also present. The local Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, in their smart uniform of blue, were drawn up at one side of the platform. The choirs of the various churches had combined, and Miss M. Henderson officiated at the instrument. The proceedings were opened by singing 'Our God our help in ages past. Our hope for years to come'. And as the grand and sublime strains floated out on the breeze we felt that we were indeed in a sacred temple - a temple not made with hands - and that all the surroundings were in perfect harmony with the spirit of praise. The Rev. D.M. M'Kay then engaged in prayer, and in beautiful and well chosen words and with a wealth of tenderness expressed the heart's gratitude to the Great Helper for the grace given to the young in enabling them to suffer and endure to the end that Britain might be free.
Mr W. Henderson, in introducing the Earl of Ancaster, said the year 1914 was one never to be forgotten. Almost every home in the land has cause to remember it. But the memorial which would now be unveiled should be an inspiration to future generations, and a splendid reminder of what they owed to the men whose names were inscribed thereon. It would remind them that in the great struggle for right, for freedom and justice, the men of Cargill had played an heroic part. The memorial was erected not only in honour of those who had served, but also in sympathy with those who had suffered, and in proud and grateful memory of those of the parish who had died in the war. The desire that the Earl of Ancaster should unveil the memorial was unanimous. He was the representative of a family long associated with the parish, a family held in the highest respect.
Mr George Robertson, school teacher, then read the names of the fallen, as follows:-

Pte. Alf. W. Brand, Scots Guards
Pte. James Davidson, Black Watch,
Pte. Alex. Dickson, Black Watch
Pte. John Ford, Black Watch
Sergt. Joe M. Isles, Border Regiment
Pte. George Isles, Highland Cyclist Bat.
Pte. William F. Kerr, R.A.M.C.
Pte. W. Lamond, H.L.I.
Trp. Pat. D. Lawson, Scottish Horse
Pte. John Martin, Black Watch
Pte Wm. Meldrum, Canadians
Pte. Wm. Millar, Black Watch
2nd Lieut. Basil Moon, London Regiment
Pte. John Morrison, Black Watch
Cpl. James Nairn, Black Watch
Cpl. Wm. J. Purves, M.M.G.S.
Staff Nurse Jessie Ritchie, Q.A.I.M.N.S.R.
Cpl. Ed. M. Robertson, Leicestershire Regt.
Pte Alex. Simpson, Black Watch
Pte. John Slidders, Lancashire Fusiliers
Pte, John Smith, Black Watch
Trp. James W. Whytock, Canadians

The veil was then drawn aside, and the memorial was dedicated in a tender and touching prayer by the Rev. W. A. Campbell, and Drummer Kerr, of the Black Watch Depot, sounded the 'Last Post'.
The Earl of Ancaster began his address by saying that he thought the various memorials throughout the country had been conceived in a sensible and, if he might say so, happy way. In the great capital of the Empire they had the Cenotaph in one of the main thoroughfares, close to the Mother of Parliaments. That memorial was a plain and simple one, draped with the flags of the nation, to the memory of the countless thousands of the sons and daughters of the Empire who laid down their lives that Britain might be free. He often had occasion to pass the Cenotaph in Whitehall, and, as he gazed upon it, he reflected that its plainness and simplicity was significant of the spirit which prompted the brave men to sacrifice their lives for their country. What was that spirit? It was the spirit of duty "Theirs not to reason why; Theirs but to do and die".
Into the valley of death these men marched because they believed they were going for their country's good. They felt it was their duty to go, and they went gladly and bravely. They went forth with a cheery smile and a dauntless elastic step to do their bit for their country. Sympathy went out on that occasion to those of the parish who lost relatives in the Great War, but, though sorrow might be in their hearts, they could not help feeling, too, a great pride in their race, that in the day of trial Britain was not found wanting. Many times it had been said that we had grown old and that the fighting spirit had died amid the quarrelling of the politicians, and the love of games and amusements. The names on the many memorials throughout the country gave the lie to those ideals. The speaker said that he was still afraid that there were troublous and stormy times ahead of us. But he would ask his hearers to profit by the example of the men who had suffered and died, and draw together with patience, and unity, and a brave spirit. We might be sorely stricken, wounded, impoverished by the war, but we must act together in the spirit of unity and self-sacrifice, and the old country would arise, phoenix-like, from the ruins and become once again happy and contented.
The choir then sang 'How bright these glorious spirits shine', after which 'Lochaber No More' was played by Pipers Oswald and Calderwood, Black Watch. After the benediction had been pronounced the people joined in singing the 'National Anthem'. It was an impressive and touching ceremony, and one that will long be remembered in Cargill. When men think of it, when they lift their eyes to the cross on which the names of the fallen are inscribed, will they remember the ideal for which the young and brave suffered and died? If we forget that, then they suffered and died in vain.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhubthaigh wrote:

When men think of it, when they their eyes to the cross on which the names of the fallen are inscribed, will they remember the ideal for which the young and brave suffered and died?
If we forget that, then they suffered and died in vain.


Prophetic words indeed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My attention was drawn to the surname of Isles which appears here.
There are only a dozen men to this surname commemorated on the CWGC who fell in the Great War so it is a very unique..

Name: ISLES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment
Unit Text: 11th Bn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 18/11/1916
Service No: 13654
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. David Isles, of Scott St., Burrelton, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: X. J. 10.
Cemetery: LONSDALE CEMETERY, AUTHUILE

What is really interesting with the above is that the 11th Bn. Border Regiment advanced over the ground that the Lonsdale cemetery now stands on on the infamous July 1st 1916 - indeed the cemetery is named after them.
Very few who advanced that day lived to tell the tale.
I wonder if Joe survived the 1st July only to be killed right at the end of the Battle of the Somme?
And I wonder how a boy from Pertshire ended up in a Cumbrian "Pals" Battalion?


Another Isles is commemorated on the Hawick Roll of Honour.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derek,

Nice post about the Isles. I'm casting my mind back to some earlier research. I don't think that I ever got a hit on any George Isles, anywhere.
I also think that the woman who had the keys for the Wolfhill Village Hall was related to the Isles.
For what its worth my gggg grandmother was Charlotte Isles from around that area but I haven't tried to establish any such links with these men so far.
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DerekR wrote:
My attention was drawn to the surname of Isles which appears here.
There are only a dozen men to this surname commemorated on the CWGC who fell in the Great War so it is a very unique..

Name: ISLES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment
Unit Text: 11th Bn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 18/11/1916
Service No: 13654
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. David Isles, of Scott St., Burrelton, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: X. J. 10.
Cemetery: LONSDALE CEMETERY, AUTHUILE

What is really interesting with the above is that the 11th Bn. Border Regiment advanced over the ground that the Lonsdale cemetery now stands on on the infamous July 1st 1916 - indeed the cemetery is named after them.
Very few who advanced that day lived to tell the tale.
I wonder if Joe survived the 1st July only to be killed right at the end of the Battle of the Somme?
And I wonder how a boy from Pertshire ended up in a Cumbrian "Pals" Battalion?


BLAIRGOWRIE ADVERTISER: 15.12.1917
Burrelton
Sergt. Joseph M. Isles, Border Regiment, son of Mr David Isles, North Street, and who was reported missing in November last year, is now reported killed. Before enlisting he was employed at Carlisle.
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As I mentioned previously I could get no 'hit' on a George Isles. This was also the case with Alex. Simpson, B.W. - stay with me here!
On the Blairgowrie & Rattray W.M. is Ian Simpson who fell in Korea - he was born at Hatton of Cargill. I quote from his casualty report "The father, Mr Alexander Simpson, is an old Black Watch man, having served with the 1st Battalion in the 1914-18 War"
Another error here?
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BLAIRGOWRIE ADVERTISER: 13.10.1917
Cargill
Pvt. John Smith, Black Watch, brother of Mrs Hutton, Gallowhill, was killed in action on 26th September, aged 21 years. When he enlisted in April, 1915, he was a ploughman with Mr Anderson, Boreland, Coupar Angus. He had been at the front only since July last.

Name: SMITH, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 4th/5th Bn.
Date of Death: 26/09/1917
Service No: 266038
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 94 to 96.
Cemetery: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
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BLAIRGOWRIE ADVERTISER: 29.04.1916
Burrelton Soldier Killed
Pvt. Alfred Brand, 1st Scots Guards, son of Mr James Brand, North Street, Burrelton, was this week officially announced as having been killed on 25th January, 1915. He served his apprenticeship as a clerk with Messrs John Fleming & Sons, Coupar Angus Preserve Works, and was subsequently engaged by coal companies at Cowdenbeath and Lassodie, where he enlisted on 8th September, 1914. He was aged 21, and was a young man of much promise.

Name: BRAND, ALFRED
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment: Scots Guards
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 25/01/1915
Service No: 10637
Additional information: Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Brand, of North St., Burrelton, Coupar Angus, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 3 and 4.
Cemetery: LE TOURET MEMORIAL
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BLAIRGOWRIE ADVERTISER: 21.04.1917
Burrelton
Corpl. William J. Purves, Motor Machine Gun Section, son of Mr William Purves, Toronto Villa, Woodside, died of wounds on 26th March. He enlisted in 1915, and went abroad the following year. Deceased, who was 21 years of age, was educated at Perth Academy and was a prominent athlete. Before enlisting he was an apprentice in the Perth office of Messrs Maxtone, Graham & Sime, C.A.

Name: PURVES, WILLIAM JAMES
Initials: W J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Motors)
Unit Text: 12th Light Armoured Motor Bty.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 26/03/1917
Service No: 1585
Additional information: Son of William and Agnes Duncanson Purves, of Toronto Villa, Woodside, Coupar Angus, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 56.
Cemetery: JERUSALEM MEMORIAL

He is also commemorated on the Perth Academy War Memorial
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=1664
and
Abbey Church, Coupar Angus
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=1505
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BLAIRGOWRIE ADVERTISER: 07.09.1918
Burrelton
Pte. William Lamond, Scottish Rifles, grandson of Mr W. Lamond, Woodside, has been killed. At the age of 16 he enlisted in June, 1915, and went to the front last April. He was a ploughman in the district.

Name: LAMONT, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Date of Death: 01/08/1918
Service No: 46201
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: SOISSONS MEMORIAL
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