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IanA



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:00 pm    Post subject: Mertoun Reply with quote

Situated in Mertoun Cemetery, just outside Clintmains, this has got to be the most difficult stone I have ever tried to read. One face was fine because the sun slanting across at an angle provided shadows to the incised letters. The other faces were fiendishly awkward to read even with my nose six inches from the stone! For this reason, I provide a transcription of the names.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The remaining two faces had:

Pte W. Blackadder 26th AIF
Tpr G. Dodds 2/1st L&B H
L/Cpl J.P. Mitchell 2nd RH
Pte J.H. Savage 12th HLI
Pte H. Welsh A&S H
Pte J.G. White 7th Cameron H
Pte A. Welsh RAMC


KOSB

Sergt W. Gibb 2nd Bn
L/Cpl R. Dickson 6th Bn
Pte P. McCall 1st Bn
Pte T. Reid 6th Bn

1939-1945

Cpl J.M. Hamilton RAF
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One son who has slipped through the net:

Surname MOODY
Firstname David
Service Number 12673
Date Death 06/06/1918
Decoration
Place of birth Mertown Berwickshire
Other 1st Garrison Bn.
SNWM roll THE GORDON HIGHLANDERS
Rank C.S.M
Theatre of death India.

David is listed on the Lilliesleaf War Memorial under his earlier regiment of the KOSB.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Scotsman - Thursday, 13th January 1921, page 5

    WAR MEMORIALS

    MERTOUN. - Lord Henry Scott presided at the unveiling of the Mertoun War Memorial. In the absence of Lady Ellesmere, the ceremony was performed by Lord Ellesmere.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:52 pm    Post subject: Pte. John Falconer Reply with quote

WW1
THE ROYAL SCOTS
Pte. John Falconer, 2nd Battn.

(Glasgow Herald 4th Jan 1916)
"The ninth soldier belonging to the Berwickshire parish of Mertoun to fall in the war is John Falconer, killed in action on December 17. He enlisted in May, prior to which he was a ploughman."

CWGC
FALCONER, JOHN
Rank: Private
Service No: 23016
Date of Death: 19/12/1915
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 11.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of George and Alison Falconer, of Clint Mains, St. Boswell'S, Roxburghshire.

SNWM
Surname: FALCONER
Firstname: John
Service Number: 23016
Date Death: 19/12/1915
Place of birth: Fogo Berwickshire
Other: 2nd Bn.
SNWM roll: THE ROYAL SCOTS (LOTHIAN REGIMENT)
Rank: Pte


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looked a bit different when it was new...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comparing with the pictures above from 2007, it seems that this has been given a 'spruce-up', rendering the lettering much-improved.

I must say that I found it slightly incongruous in its surroundings, which is among the parish cemetery. Not in the hamlet or near the parish church.









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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Blackadder brothers, killed almost exactly a year apart:

BLACKADDER, JOHN
Rank:Private
Service No:23018
Date of Death:23/03/1916
Age:25
Regiment/Service:Royal Scots
2nd Bn.
Grave ReferenceH. 39.
CemeteryDICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blackadder, of Broomhall, Mertoun, St. Boswells, Roxburghshire.

BLACKADDER, WILLIAM
Rank:Private
Service No:5540
Date of Death:26/03/1917
Age:34
Regiment/Service:Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
26th Bn.
Panel Reference
MemorialVILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of John and Agnes Blackadder, of "Broomhall", Mertoun, St. Boswells, Berwickshire, Scotland.

William enlisted in April 1916 (after his brother's death) He arrived in France in the December and 3 months later was killed.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:55 am    Post subject: David Moody Update of info Reply with quote

David Moody Company Serjeant Major 12673 1st Garrison Bn. Gordon Highlanders b Mertown 13/04/1885 e Melrose Age 42 Died Pakistan 06/06/1918 Son of David Moody & Jane Douglas. Father's Occ: Gamekeeper & Fisherman. 1891 Census: Bemersyde, Mertoun. Rawalpindi War Cemetery 4. B. 27. Jedburgh & Ladykirk Parish Church Memorials
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:39 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 78890
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

L/CPL. W. AITCHISON, 4th BATTN. ROYAL SCOTS.
William Aitchison age 26 Lance Corporal (2560) 1/5th Battalion (Queen's Edinburgh Rifles) Royal Scots.
William was employed in Hawick when he enlisted in September 1914. He took part with his battalion in the initial landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 but he was killed two months later during the battle of Gully Ravine.
Born 1889 in St. Boswells, Roxburghshire. Son of the late George Aitchison (died 1903) of Maxpoffle, Bowden, St. Boswells and Mary (Little) Aitchison of Mertoun Mill, Berwickshire.
Missing in Action on 28 June 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


PTE. J. BLACKADDER, 2nd BATTN. ROYAL SCOTS.
John Blackadder age 25 Private (23018) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots.
John, like his friend John Falconer (see below) was a forester on the Mertoun Estate. They had enlisted together in May 1915 and joined their battalion in October 1915 but he was killed at St Eloi in Belgium.
Born 1890 in Mertoun. Son of John and Agnes (Best) Blackadder of Broomhall, Mertoun.
Killed in Action on 23 March 1916 and buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

and his brother

PTE. W. BLACKADDER, 26th A.I.F.

William Blackadder age 34 Private (5540) 26th Battalion, Australian Infantry.
William was a storeman living at Abbot Street in Cairns, Queensland when he enlisted in April 1916. He sailed from Brisbane in September and joined his battalion in France in December but he was killed three months later.
Born 1882 in Mertoun. Son of John and Agnes (Best) Blackadder of Broomhall, Mertoun.
Missing in Action on 26 March 1917 and named on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.
Also named on the Cairns Cenotaph.


L/CPL. R. DICKSON, 6th BATTN. K.O.S.B.
Robert Dickson age 26 Lance Corporal (25715) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Born 1891 in Mertoun. Son of Stephen and Wilhelmina (Graham) Dickson of Clint Mains, Mertoun.
Stephen had been a shepherd on the Mertoun Estate for his whole life.
Missing in Action on 3 May 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TPR. G. DODDS, 2/1st L.& B.H.
George Dodds age 22 Private (2065) 2/1st Lothians and Border Horse.
George was a bank clerk with the Bank of Scotland when he enlisted. He was serving at the Amisfield Camp in Haddington, East Lothian when he contracted measles and suffered cardiac failure.
Born 1893 in Mertoun. Son of James Dodds, former schoolmaster at Mertoun, and of Annie (Rodgers) Dodds of Yetholm, Roxburghshire.
Died on Service on 8 January 1916 and buried in Yetholm Parish Churchyard. (CWG)
Also named on the Yetholm Parish War Memorial, on the Kelso War Memorial and on the Bank of Scotland memorial in Edinburgh.


PTE. J. FALCONER, 2nd BATTN. ROYAL SCOTS.
John Falconer age 21 Private (23016) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots.
John, like his friend John Blackadder (see above) was a forester on the Mertoun Estate. They had enlisted together in May 1915 and joined their battalion in October 1915. John was buried in the Princess Patricia's Cemetery at Voormerzeele near Ypres but his grave was lost.
Born 1894 in Fogo, Berwickshire. Son of George and Alison (Hall) Falconer of Clint Mains, Mertoun.
Killed in Action on 19 December 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.


SERGT. W. GIBB, 2nd BATTN. K.O.S.B.
William Gibb age 23 Sergeant (201002) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was a ploughman at Courthill, Nenthorn near Kelso when he enlisted in the 4th KOSB (Reserve) in February 1915. He was posted to the 2nd KOSB in France.
Born 1894 in Ednam, Roxburghshire. Son of Janet Gibb of Greenlaw, Berwickshire. Husband of Elizabeth (Fletcher) Gibb of Mertoun Newstead who he married in 1914 in Gordon, Berwickshire.
Killed in Action on 28 June 1918 and buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, France.
Also named on the Nenthorn Parish War Memorial in Berwickshire.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PTE. J. MARSHALL, 15th BATTN. ROYAL SCOTS.
The link to Mertoun is not clear but he is thought to be:
John Marshall age 21 Private (18214) 15th Battalion (1st Edinburgh) Royal Scots.
Born 1895 in Stewarton, Ayrshire as John Nicholson Marshall. Son of the late Flora Nicholson Marshall (died 1905) and of John Marshall (coachman) of Strathtyrum, St Andrew's, Fife and of 49 Lyon Street and 35 Provost Road, Dundee.
Killed in Action on 9 April 1917 and buried in Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy, France.


L/CPL. A.S. MEIKLE, 12th BATTN. ROYAL SCOTS.
Angus Sutherland Meikle age 23 Lance Corporal (40287) 5th/6th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Angus was employed at Maidenhall Farm, Mertoun when he enlisted in April 1916. He served as Private (25135) in the 7th/8th Battalion of the King's Own Scottish Borderers before transferring to the 12th Royal Scots, and he then served with the 2nd and 5th/6th Battalions.
Born 1894 in Oxnam, Roxburghshire. Son of Robert and Isabella (Sutherland) Meikle of Courthill, Nenthorn and of Earlston Mains, Earlston, Berwickshire.
Killed in Action on 21 April 1918 and buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France.


L/CPL. J.P. MITCHELL, 2nd R.H.
Thought to be:
James Percival Mitchell age 25 Lance Corporal (S/7936) 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
James joined his battalion in France in June 1915. They then moved to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra on 31 December 1915.
Born 1889 at Leaderfoot, Melrose as James Percival. Son of Elizabeth (Percival) Mitchell and step-son of James Mitchell of The Lodge, Gladswood, Melrose who married in 1890 in Bedrule, Roxburghshire.
Missing in Action on 21 January 1916 and named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
Also named on the Melrose War Memorial.
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