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Ian M



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject: Galashiels Academy Reply with quote


Gala Academy from the SouthEast


Plaque located just inside main pupils' entrance


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Galashiels Academy War Memorial was erected by the Former Pupils Club in 1946. At that time Galashiels Academy was situated in Roxburgh Street.


Pte John Baxter
Sgt Nav Dennis W. Constance
Pil Off Thomas F. Dorward
Flt Sgt John R. Dryden
Pte Hart Foley
Sgt W.H. Gladstone
F.O. Peter F. Gunter
Flt Sgt Robert Henderson
Pte George W. Henry
Lieut R.A.A. Jackson
Sodn. Ldr J.J. Jagger D.F.C
F.O. Ian O.M. Smith
Capt Ian L. Spalding
L.Cpl John S. Lawrie
F.O. Alexander Lees
L.Cpl James Lees
Sgt John B. Leslie
SNR.Cadet Joseph Lowrie
Sgt James G. Middlemas
W.O. Alistair W. McGinnis G.M.
Eng. Off. A.D. Maclachlan
Cpl Nigel G. McQueen
Flt Sgt W.N. Paterson
Sgt Air Gnr. William Philip
L.Cpl George W. Sanderson
Sgt Iain M. McCulloch
Flt Sgt J.H. Sheridan
L.Cpl John W. Simpson
Pte Robert D. Small
Sgt David T. Stanners
Leuit John M. Sutherland
Cpl James Swan
Pte D.J.B. Thomson
R.O. Arthur I. Tomlinson
Pil Off John B. Tweedie
Rad Off Ian R.H. Waddell
Pil Off Robert Watson
L.Cpl James Stalker
Flt Sgt David Fisher

ERECTED BY THE FORMER PUPILS CLUB
OF THE SCHOOL - 1946
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sqdn. Ldr J.J. Jagger D.F.C.

Jagger is named of the Dumfries War Memorial.

SQ/LDR. J. J. JAGGER, D.F.C., Royal Air Force.
John Johnstone Jagger, Distinguished Flying Cross age 33 Squadron Leader (123520) 35 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Born 1910 in Galashiels, Selkirkshire. (Source:SNWM and GRoS Birth Register)
Son of John Johnstone Jagger and Helen (McVinnie) Jagger of Dumfries and of Scott Crescent, Galashiels.
(Source:CWGC, GRoS Marriage Register and gwc.co.uk)
Husband of Elizabeth Thomson (Couper) Jagger, of Dewarton, Midlothian who he married in 1935 in Edinburgh.
(Source:CWGC and GRoS - Marriage Register)

On leaving George Watson's College, Edinburgh in 1926 he went to Germany to study the language and on returning to this country entered the cinema business, becoming a manager in Dumfries.
http://www.gwc.org.uk/our-school/history-of-george-watsons-college/watsons-war-records/?surname=jagger&conflict=WW2&regiment=Any&cemetery=Any&Submit=Submit

Missing in Action 21 January 1944.
Commonwealth War Grave Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

John's Halifax bomber took-off from RAF Graveley, Cambridgeshire for a raid on Magdeburg but crashed near Hanover. (Source:aircrewremembered.com)

DFC Citation - The London Gazette 10 December 1943 Page:5436
Acting Flight Lieutenant John Johnstone JAGGER(123520), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,
One night in November, 1943, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. Soon after taking off, one of the bomber's engines commenced to lose power. Flight Lieutenant Jagger continued to the target however, and successfully completed his attack. Whilst over the city, the defective engine became useless but Flight Lieutenant Jagger flew the bomber safely to base.
This officer has always displayed the greatest determination to reach and bomb his objective and his example has inspired all.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 74488
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hadn't noticed W.O. Alistair W. McGinnis G.M. before.

Warrant Officer
McGINNIS, ALLISTAIR WALTER
Service Number 1344410
Died 20/08/1944
13 Sqdn.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
G M
Malta Memorial.

London Gazette 10 March 1944 p.1224
1344410 Flight Sergeant Alastair Walter McGinnis,. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 1063270 Sergeant Henry Webster, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. In September, 1943, these airmen, who were in the vicinity of an airfield, observed an aircraft overhead with its starboard engine and main plane on fire. The aircraft passed from view and crashed behind neighbouring trees. Commandeering a passing car, Flight Sergeant McGinnis and Sergeant Webster proceeded to the scene of the crash. The aircraft was burning furiously and ammunition was exploding. In spite of this and of the danger that the bombs, which they could see in the wreckage, might explode at any moment, these airmen approached the aircraft to search for the crew. They found the wireless operator (air) in the rear of the aircraft and succeeded in extricating him and in beating out the flames on his clothing. They also extricated another member of the crew who was lying in the burning wreckage but was unfortunately dead. Flight Sergeant McGinnis and Sergeant Webster then carried the wireless operator (air) away from immediate danger and commenced to render-first aid to him. While they were thus engaged one of the bombs exploded and both airmen were thrown to the ground and hit by ialling shrapnel. Undeterred, they continued to tend to their comrade. They laid him in a ditch further away and stayed with him until an ambulance arrived. In circumstances of great danger Flight Sergeant McGinnis and Sergeant Webster displayed coolness and outstanding _gallantry and undoubtedly saved the life of one member of the crew.
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