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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:11 pm    Post subject: Kirkmaiden Parish, Drummore Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 44436

This is the memorial for Kirkmaiden Parish and was originally situated at the old Kirkmaiden Church (also known as Kirk Covenant) at OS Map Ref NX 125 368 but is believed to have been moved in the 1970s to its present position outside the current Kirkmaiden Parish Church (Saint Medanís) in Drummore at OS Map Ref: NX 134 367 (note that to get to the incorrect Map Ref on UKNIWM requires a boat!).

UKNIWM also has an incorrect second entry for this memorial Ref 5870 which I have asked them to remove.

This parish covers the communities of Drummore and Port Logan

The top inscription is not especially clear in the photos but reads ĎAut vincere aut morií (Either conquer or die).

WW1 Names:
LANCE CORPL CHARLES PEEBLES RSF
PTE DAVID PEEBLES RSF
PTE JAMES W WILSON RSF
PTE JOHN MONTGOMERY RSF
PTE JAMES ECCLES RSF
PTE JAMES MURRAY RSF
PTE MATTHEW N McCLUMPHA RSF
PTE EDWARD MORLAND RSF
PTE WILLIAM McGAW MGC
PTE JOHN CUNNINGHAM SG
PTE JAMES BRAID RN
PTE WILLIAM LECKIE RH
PTE JAMES ECCLES SH
PTE DAVID BLACKWELL CH
PTE THOMAS STEVENSON CH
SERGT JAMES JOHNSTON HLI
PTE SAMUEL S McKEAND HLI
PTE JOSEPH J PAXTON HLI
PTE JOHN LITTLE HLI
PTE WILLIAM A McKIE MR
PTE ALEXANDER McMEEKIN EKR
PTE ALEXANDER BALLANTYNE AIF
LANCE CORPL WILLIAM CHALMERS CEF
CORPL MATTHEW McC COBBLEDICK CEF
SAPPER JOHN C HARVEY CEF
SAPPER WILLIAM CHALMERS RE
DRIVER DAVID McDOWALL ASC
LANCE CORPL ALEXANDER CHAMBERS 5th DG
SUB LIEUT JAMES McCULLOCH RNVR

WW2 Names:
ALEXANDER COCHRANE
THOMAS RAMSAY CONLAN
FREDERICK CHARLES MAXWELL
WILLIAM McAULAY
ANDREW BARR McQUILLAN
JOHN SPROAT









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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The former Kirkmaiden UF Church, now St Maden's



And Kirkmaiden Parish Church at the top of the hill above Drummore, the original location of the memorial. It is also known as Kirk Covenant because it was built in 1638, the year of the signing of the National Covenant.



And hopefully a clearer shot of the Latin inscription ĎAut vincere aut morií (Either conquer or die).



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The name of Carr Simpson has been added to this memorial. I will photograph the addition as soon as I can arrange to be down that way. In the meantime do read the article from the Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press published on 10 Nov 2011. There is a longer version of Carr's story in Julia MacDonald's book. The ring mentioned is still in the family.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listed here is L/Cpl ALEXANDER CHAMBERS 5th DG
I ran across a newspaper report while researching Kirkcowan WM in Wigtownshire, which states that R. Chambers of Shennaton, Kirkcowan had been informed that his brother Lance Corporal Alex. Chambers, Dragoon Guards had been killed in action on 22(sic)/11/1917.
Prior to enlisting he had been a warden at an asylum in Melrose.
(Wigtownshire Free Press 20/12/1917 p.3a)

CHAMBERS, ALEXANDER
Rank:Lance Corporal
Service No:GS/11735
Date of Death:26/11/1917
Age:28
Regiment/Service:5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
Grave ReferenceI. A. 18.
CemeteryORIVAL WOOD CEMETERY, FLESQUIERES
Additional Information:
Son of Alexander Chambers, of Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire.

He is listed on the Melrose War Memorial. (but not on Kirkcowan)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:52 pm    Post subject: WW1 - Pte. Jospeh J. Paxton, H.L.I,. Reply with quote

SNWM - WW1
Surname PAXTON
Forename Joseph
Rank Pte
Service number 4268
Decoration
Place of birth Port William Wigtownshire
Date of death 18 March 1916
Theatre of death Home (Military Hospital, Ripon.)
Cause of death Died (after surgery for peritonitis)
SNWM roll THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY
Unit name Unknown Unit attached to THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY
Other detail 9th Bn. (T.).

CWGC - PAXTON, Joseph James
Rank: Private.
Service No: 4268.
Date of Death: 18/03/1916. Age: 29.
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 9th (Glasgow Hdrs.) Bn.
Grave Reference: Grave 321
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN CEMETERY
Additional Information:Husband of Elizabeth Pickering Paxton, of 11, Newlands Drive, Partick, Glasgow.

CWGC additional info is not quite correct. Joseph Paxton was the husband of Elizabeth Lochhead. After Pte. Paxton's death she remarried and became Mrs. E. Pickering of the address in Partick.

Grave registration reports (Finals) of February, 1924 record James' father, Mr. Wm. Paxton, c/o Robert Paxton, Painter, George Street, Stranraer.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:49 pm    Post subject: WW1 - Pte. William McGaw, M.G.C. Reply with quote

The Glasgow Herald, Monday, 27th August, 1917.
"Deaths on Service.
McGAW.-
Killed in action on 16th inst., Private William McGaw, aged 21 years, Machine Gun Corps, youngest son of Robert McGaw, merchant, Drummore, Wigtownshire."


SNWM - WW1
Surname McGAW
Forename William
Rank Pte
Service number 97880
Decoration
Place of birth Kirkmaiden Wigtown
Date of death 16 August 1917
Theatre of death F&F
Cause of death Killed in action
SNWM roll MACHINE GUN CORPS
Unit name MACHINE GUN CORPS INFANTRY
Other detail formerly 45703 R. Scots.

SDGW - Born Kirkmaiden, Wigtowns.; lived Drummore; enlisted Stranraer.

1901 Census Wigtowns., Kirkmaiden, Stair Street, recorded (transcription):- William McGaw (5), Scholar, born Kirkmaiden; Robert McGaw (49), Grocer Shopkeeper, born Kirkmaiden; Jean McGaw (34), wife, born Kirkcudbrights., Twynholm; siblings.

CWGC - McGAW, William
Rank: Private.
Service No: 97880.
Date of Death: 16/08/1917. Age: 21.
Regiment/Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 49th Coy.
Panel Reference: Panel 154 to 159 and 163A. (Stone 157.)
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McGaw, of Ingleston, Drummore, Wigtownshire.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: ECCLES, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1st Bn
Service Number: 14292
Date of Death: 12/3/1915
Panel Reference: Panel 19 and 33
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Wigtownshire Free Press (10/2/1916) reported the death of James Eccles and the service of 4 other relatives:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's good to see that the Australian Eccles survived the war.

https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=88060

Robert ECCLES.

Regimental number 2192
Religion Church of England
Occupation Labourer
Address Commonwealth Bank, Account No 87277, Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 30
Next of kin Brother, James Eccles, Drummore, Wigamshire,(sic) Scotland.
Enlistment date 2 August 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 29th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/46/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 32nd Battalion
Fate Returned to Australia 12 July 1919

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: CHALMERS, WILLIAM MCMILLAN
Initails: WM
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers, 73rd Field Coy
Service Number: 44001
Date of Death: 25/9/1915
Age: 27
Additional Information: Husband of Harriett Chalmers, of 15, Leopold Avenue, West Didsbury, Manchester.
Panel Reference: Panel 4 and 5
Memorial: Loos Memorial

Wigtownshire Free Press (23/3/1916):

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: COCHRANE, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Chief Officer
Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy, MV Caprella (London)
Date of Death: 19/10/1940
Age: 37
Additional Information: Son of Andrew and Janet R. Cochrane, of Drummore, Wigtownshire.
Panel Reference: Panel 23
Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

Wigtownshire Free Press (24/4/1941): The name Alexander Cochrane, The Ivies, Drummore, appears in the official casualty list of the Merchant Navy published this week. At the time of his death he was first mate.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alexander Cochrane was the only man lost from the tanker "Caprella".

from http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/639.html
"At 00.15 hours on 20 Oct 1940, U-100 fired two torpedoes at two tankers in convoy HX-79...........
The burning Caprella (Master Percy Prior) was quickly abandoned by the crew. One crew member was lost. The master and 51 crew members were picked up by HMS Lady Elsa (FY 124) (Lt J.G. Rankin, RNR) and landed at Belfast.
On 22 October the drifting wreck of the Caprella was located vertically submerged showing only the bow 15 metres above water
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Name: MCKEAND, S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 13742
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 15th Bn
Date of Death: 24/7/1916
Age: 23
Additional Information: Son of Hugh and Mary McKeand, of High Currochtree, Drummore, , Wigtownshire. Born at Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire.
Grave Reference: XIV E 10A
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (3/8/1916): Drummore soldier dies of wounds. Mr McKeand, High Currochtrie, received intimation that his son, Samuel, had been wounded in action and was in General Hospital. Later word conveyed the news that he was seriously wounded in the head. On Wednesday morning last a wire for the War Office notified that he had died from wounds. The deceased was a native of Kirkmaiden where he was well known. He followed farm work, but a few years ago left it and went to Glasgow, and he was employed on the tramways. At the outbreak of the war he joined the Tramways Battalion of the HLI. He had been in active service for some time.



Thanks to John (jrah60) who has pointed out that Samuel McKeand is commemorated on the City of Glasgow RoH, residing at 79 Collins Street.


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Name: MONTGOMERY, JOHN PEAT
Initials: JP
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 6th/7th Bn
Service Number: 15327
Date of Death: 12/8/1916
Age: 26
Additional Information: Son of Hugh and Elizabeth Montgomery; brother of Marion S. Ramsay, of 98, Gloucester St., Glasgow.
Grave Reference: I A 26
Cemetery: London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval

Wigtownshire Free Press (30/8/1916): Mrs Montgomery, Main Street, Drummore, has received a letter from an officer at the front, intimating the death of her son, Pte John P Montgomery, RSF, on Saturday 12th August. In his letter, Lieut Laurie says - "We had a small attack last Saturday night. Your son behaved splendidly, and did a very difficult piece of work well. The officer in charge was killed, and shortly afterwards your son fell also." Private Montgomery enlisted on 24th December 1914, and has now been in France for over a year.

Wigtownshire Free Press (7/9/1916):



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Name: PEEBLES, C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number: 20757
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1st Bn
Date of Death: 14/7/1916
Grave Reference: IV A 10
Cemetery: Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz

Also his brother:

Name: PEEBLES, DAVID
Initials: D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 20807
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 2nd Bn
Date of Death: 30/7/1916
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 3C
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial

Wigtownshire Free Press (August 1916):

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Name: CHALMERS, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number: 432220
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry, 49th Bn
Date of Death: 16/9/1916
Age: 33
Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Chalmers, of Glasgow, Scotland
Grave Reference: VIII E 24
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cmetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (18/1/1917):

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