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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:44 am    Post subject: KIRKCALDY, WW2 Reply with quote

This memorial has been erected adjacent the Great War Memorial outside Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery;



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting that they have three names listed as unit not known but they do have their ranks.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The town had a public appeal for donations towards a lasting tribute in 1920, and grounds were gifted by Mr. Sang the nurseryman for their location. The War Memorial was funded largely by a donation from John Nairn, chairman of Nairns’ Linoleum, whose son Ian was killed on the Somme and the memorial was officially unveiled on 27th June 1925.

I live in Kirkcaldy, and to be fair have not seen all that many other memorials. However, I beleive this is one of the best in the country. Can anyone recommend another (with pics here) that rivals it in a town of this size (c.70,000 population) ?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...having siad that, the CWGC record show Ian thus :

Name: NAIRN, IAN COOPER
Initials: I C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 14th (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry) Bn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 02/09/1918
Awards: M C and Bar
Additional information: Son of John and Gertrude Nairn, of Forth Park, Kirkcaldy.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. B. 35.
Cemetery: PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

That wouldn't be on the Somme then would it ? Yet the local history publications stated he died there. What do you think ? It's definitely 'our man' because the Nairn family owned Forth Park before donating it - it's now the principal matenity hospital in Fife.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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2001 Census
Comparative Population Profile:
Kirkcaldy: Total resident population 46,912

Kirkaldy, like Dunfermline, has made a really good effort at naming their war dead on plaques. Other places of comparible size have not, i.e. nameless monuments.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clarkc_bpo wrote:

Name: NAIRN, IAN COOPER
Cemetery: PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION


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Peronne was in the German section of the Somme for most of the war. Here's what the CWGC say about the cemetery:

Peronne was taken by the German on 24 September 1914. On 18 March 1917, the 40th and 48th Divisions captured the town, but it was recovered by the Germans on the 23rd March 1918. It changed hands for the last time on 1 September 1918, when it was taken by the 2nd Australian Division The cemetery extension was begun by the 48th (South Midland) Division in March 1917, used by the Germans in 1918, and resumed by Australian units in September 1918. At the Armistice it contained 177 graves, now in Plots I and II. It was then enlarged when graves were brought in from the battlefields north and east of Peronne and from certain small cemeteries in the area. There are now 1,579 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the extension. 220 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to seven casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and ten buried in other cemeteries whose graves could not be found. The extension also contains five Second World War burials. There are 97 German war graves, 68 being unidentified. The adjoining communal cemetery contains the grave of one airman of the First World War, killed in August 1914. The extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:19 pm    Post subject: Kirkcaldy Reply with quote

Thanks to Mrs Aase Goldsmith for the following
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:52 am    Post subject: Flt. Lt. Francis Scott Banner Reply with quote

ROYAL AIR FORCE
Francis S. Banner D.F.C. & Bar Flt. Lt.

(Glasgow Herald 3rd September 1945)
"At Salisbury, on 31st August 1945, as the result of a flying accident, Flight Lieutenant Francis Scott Banner, D.F.C., dearly beloved husband of Patricia Gordon Reid, 230 High Street, Kirkcaldy, and elder son of Commander S.S. Banner, R.N., and Mrs Banner, Rosyth."

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Name: BANNER, FRANCIS SCOTT
Initials: F S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date of Death: 31/08/1945
Service No: 118153
Awards: D F C and Bar
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Compt. E. Grave 25.
Cemetery: KIRKCALDY (HAYFIELD) CEMETERY

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Killed After Three Weeks in Navy
Mr James Dawkins, electrical engineer, East Albert Road, Kirkcaldy, received a telegram from the Admiralty to-day stating that his son, William Dawkins, has been killed enemy action.
He was 20 years of age and joined the Royal Navy only three weeks ago. Before that he was with his father in his business.
Evening Telegraph 12 March 1941]
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAWKINS, WILLIAM.
Rank:Electrical Artificer 5th Class
Service No:P/MX.78739
Date of Death:11/03/1941
Age:21
Regiment/Service:Royal Navy
H.M.S. Vernon.
Grave ReferenceCompt. E. Grave 9.
CemeteryKIRKCALDY (HAYFIELD) CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of James and Marion Dawkins, of Kirkcaldy.

From memory I think "Vernon" was a shore base, so William was probably killed in an air raid.
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