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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 3:56 pm    Post subject: St.Boswells (T*) Reply with quote

St.Boswells War Memorial

Situated at the crossroads on the side of the A68 in front of St.Boswells Cricket ground.
UKNIWM Ref No. not listed
OS ref NT 592 305




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A list of the names

1914-1918 , , ,
BALLOCH , George , Gunner , Royal Field Artillery
BELL , Alexander , Trooper , Lancers
BLAIN , John , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
BROWN , John , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
CHARTERS , Andrew , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers, MM
GOW , William , Private , Highland Light Infantry
GRAHAM , Joseph D , Private , Army Veterinary Corps
GRAY , James , Private , Gordon Highlanders
GURNEY , James , Private , Scots Guards
KELSALL , John L , Lieutenant , Royal Field Artillery
LINDORES , Andrew , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
MARSHALL , David , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
McVITTIE , John , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
MELROSE , Walter , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
MUNRO , John , Private , Royal Scots
PATON , Walter S , Lieutenant , Border Regiment
PRESTON , William , Private , Manchester Regiment
RAE , John McD , Lance Corporal , Royal Scots
ROBERTSON , George , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
SCOTT , David W , Gunner , Royal Garrison Artillery
SCOTT , Henry , Sergeant , Kings Own Scottish Borderers, MM
SCOTT , Robert , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
SOMERVAILE , John , Lieutenant , Rifle Brigade
SWINTON , George , Piper , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
TAIT , Robert , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
WALTER , William , Gunner , Royal Field Artillery
WATSON , A F , 2nd Lieutenant , Royal Highlanders, B.Sc
WEATHERSTONE , Adam , Private , Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
WILSON , George B , Private , Post Office Rifles
WILSON , John , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
YOUNGSON , John , Private , Seaforth Highlanders
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BRACK , George , Guardsman , Scots Guards
LAIDLER , James , Private , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
MCMILLAN , D W , Sergeant , Royal Air Force DCM
RUTHERFORD , James , Corporal , Kings Own Scottish Borderers
SCOTT , W , Private , Royal Army Service Corps


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In regard to "Swinton, George, Piper, KOSB" -

Was it normal to list someone with an honoury rank rather than their official rank. George Swinton is listed as a Private on his MIC and War Medal.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my experience it is not normal for the honoury rank to be listed. However, I'm sure that there is another Borders' memorial listed here which features 4 or 5 "pipers".

In reference to the St.Boswell's memorial, the name panels have been moved from the side facing the road are are now on the safer inside, infact on the face that is sown on the first photograph above. I have no idea when this took place.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graeme R wrote:
In regard to "Swinton, George, Piper, KOSB" -
Was it normal to list someone with an honoury rank rather than their official rank. George Swinton is listed as a Private on his MIC and War Medal.


I'm sure someone will put me right but I think it's because Piper was an appointment not a rank. He would be known as Piper within the battalion and to his friends and family but in all official records he would be listed as Private.

CWGC entry

SWINTON, G L
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 7th/8th Bn.
Date of Death: 26/06/1918
Service No: 29828
Additional information: Husband of M. Swinton, of Waster, Muirdeen, Kelso.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. G. 37.
Cemetery: DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN

SNWM entry

SWINTON, George Lothian
Service Number: 29828
Date Death: 26/06/1918
Place of birth: Egerston, Roxburgh
Other: 7/8th Bn.
SNWM roll: THE KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
Rank: Pte
Theatre of death: F.& F.


StEloi wrote:
...I'm sure that there is another Borders' memorial listed here which features 4 or 5 "pipers"...


It is Nenthorn War Memorial

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photographs courtesy of Sapper:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This memorial is the one that I've seen the most change in.

In the last 4 years(?) the naming plaques have both been removed from the surface facing the A68 and are now on the opposite side, away from the traffic. Railings have also been added and a false Cross plate added to the front where the original name plaques were inserted.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was the original layout:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:27 pm    Post subject: St.Boswells Reply with quote

One of the biggest improvements here is when the annual Armistice Service is being held - away from traffic.
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Name: WATSON, ALASTAIR FISHER
Initials: A F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 9th Bn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 23/04/1917
Additional information: Born at Renton, Dumbartonshire. Son of The Rev. A. Cameron Watson and Elizabeth R. S. Watson, of The Manse, St. Boswells, Roxburghshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 8.
Cemetery: GUEMAPPE BRITISH CEMETERY, WANCOURT


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

George Lothian Swinton:

Entry from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

Piper, No 29828 7/8th (Service) battn. The Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 2nd s of James Swinton of Thornielee, Clovenfords, Co. Selkirk by his wife Margaret dau of George Lothian; b, Edgerston co. Roxburgh, 28 September 1891; educ Newtown St Boswells; volunteered for active service on the outbreak of war and joined the KOSB on 5 Aug 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 2 Feb 1917 as a Bandsman and died at a Field Ambulance 26 June 1918 of wounds received in action the same day. Buried at Duisans. His CO Lt J K Ballantyne wrote to his wife "...He will be much missed by his friends in the Battalion and especially by his fellow bandsmen with whom he was very popular....he died a soldiers death fighting for King and country and fighting for the greatest cause that any nation has ever yet fought" He m at Bowden manse 4 Jan 1918, Mary dau of William Scott.

Also listed in the book - The Pipes of War by Seton and Grant
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