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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 4:13 pm    Post subject: Gilnockie School Reply with quote

A very interesting memorial of marble which when made would have sat in the school at Gilnockie.
Now it sits in a garden.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Named on the Scottish National War Memorial but not by CWGC.

Samuel Wolves Hounam – age 22 – Second Lieutenant: 11th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Samuel was born at Gilnockie Schoolhouse in Canonbie where his father was the teacher. He went on to Dumfries Academy and then to Edinburgh University as a student of the Arts 1914-1915. He was a member of the OTC and was commissioned in the Black Watch in April 1915. Samuel was discharged due to illness in November 1916 and awarded a Silver War Badge No.2530. Samuel died of a brain tumour at his mother's family home in Kildonnan, Stoneykirk, Wigtownshire. He was described as a medical student.
Born 1896 in Cannonbie Dumfriesshire. Son of John Hounam and of the late Marion (McGill) Hounam.
Died on 2 June 1918 and buried in Kirkmadrine cemetery, Stoneykirk.
Also named on the Canonbie and Stoneykirk War Memorials, on the Dumfries Academy memorial and on the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ran across this article in the Eskdale and Liddlesdale Advertiser while looking for something else.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 3:06PM
Gilnockie Boys will never be forgotten

A ROLL of honour was put up in Gilnockie School shortly after the end of World War One ‘in loving memory of the old boys of Gilnockie school who died for their country in the Great War 1914-1918’.
Mr Hounam was the headteacher at the time and after morning prayer every morning, he and the pupils would salute the Gilnockie boys.
When the school closed, it was sold as a house and two of the local lads retrieved the roll of honour.
It was placed in Claygate where it stands to this day. The names inscribed are: Archie Telfer, KOSB; Wm Murray, KOSB; Chris Armstrong, KOSB; Jas. Jackson, KOSB; Tom Yellowlees, Black Watch; Robt. Graham, Black Watch; Sam W Hounam, Black Watch; John Miller, Cameron Hos.; Maur. Robson, Cameron Hos.; Wm Armstrong, Royal Scots Fus.; John Wylie, Royal Scots Fus.; John Glendinning, Border; Jas. Grieve, Australians.
The photo of the roll of honour was taken before it was placed in the school.
John Wylie, one of the men named, was Arthur Wylie Irving’s uncle. Arthur, who lives in Canonbie, has provided the information and the photos.
Arthur said his uncle was born and bred in Claygate and lived in Wylie Cottage with his mum and dad Arthur and Mary Wylie. John was the brother of Arthur’s mother, Ann, who married William Irving and they also lived in Wylie Cottage where Arthur’s older brother John was born.
John, who now lives in Ealing, London, visited Edinburgh Castle recently and looked up some information in a book on the Royal Scots Fusiliers (RSF) in the National Memorial Museum.
It held this record of John: “WYLIE, John 40556 b. Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Killed in action (F&F) 30/10/18.” F&F means France & Flanders.
There were 319 officers and 5,644 other ranks in the RSF who fought in the war and there were 18 battalions. John was in the 12th battalion.
John Irving recalls his mother and aunt Liz Wylie saying that John had enlisted in the KOSB but was later transferred to the RSF and he was the victim of a sniper.
He died when he was just 22 during the last two weeks of the war in France.
For some unknown reason he was buried in Belgium.
This poem Gilnockie Roll of Honour was written by two girls, Jeannie Butcher, 13, and Nannie Telfer, 12, who were pupils at Gilnockie school during the war or shortly after.
It was in the month of August,
Just in the Harvest Time,
The prime and pride of Britain
Were called to fill the line.
They fought in France and Belgium
Against determined foes,
And many were the tyrants
That fell before their blows.
In many of the battles;
Numbers of soldiers fell;
But still they kept on smiling
Amidst the shot and shell.
Great numbers of our Allies
Are fighting hand to hand,
They are fighting for the honour
And the freedom of their Land.
“Old Boys” from Gilnockie School
Are serving the colours gay;
Some are killed, wounded, and missing
In the Lands that are far, far away.
Still they’re remembered and thought of at home
By those who have sat by their side,
And in the old schoolroom their names may be seen,
Saluted, with honour and pride.
We’ll give three cheers for our gallant Lads,
Who are giving their lives for you;
If it was not for our soldier boys,
What would our Empire do?

Residents of Claygate and Gilnockie assemble on Remembrance Sunday each year at the small memorial engraved with the names of the 13 soldiers to pay tribute to those who died. The Gilnockie boys will never be forgotten.
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