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john burnett



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:26 am    Post subject: GUARDBRIDGE, WW1 Reply with quote

Thanks to Mrs Aase Goldsmith for photographs.
UKNIWM not on.







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dhubthaigh
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a gem for me. Although Guardbridge is in Leuchars Parish this memorial is specifically for the men from the village, which obviously took the form of an institute at one time.
I had a look at the Leuchars Memorial and all but two of the men are listed there viz;

Gowans, Reg. N. S. (M.M. & Bar)

Name: GOWANS
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Unit Text: 54th Coy.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 11/12/1917
Service No: 4051
Awards: M M and Bar
Additional information: Son of Nellie and the late John Gowans, of Brixton Bank, Guardbridge, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XV. F. 12.
Cemetery: DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY
Born: Shotley Bridge, Durham

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Mackie, James

No positive i.d.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also noticed that one of the men commemorated at Ardler - Andrew Myles M.M., with whom I had not yet made any positive link to the area, is also listed here at Guardbridge;

ARDLER
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?p=712

and also

LEUCHARS
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?p=2738#2738

I wonder if Andrew, James & Robert Myles are connected?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:55 am    Post subject: David P Armitt GH Reply with quote

David P Armitt Pte S/21391 1st Gordon Highlanders b Leuchars, Fife e Cupar, Fife Age 19 Killed in Action F&F 17/04/1918 Son of Janet Helen Armitt, of Cupar Rd., Guard Bridge, Fife. 1901 Census: 16 Mill's Buildings, Leuchars. Soldiers Will 3 pages. Chocques Military Cemetery Fr 0098 Plot III Row C Grave 05 The Scotsman 30-05-18 P6: Guardbridge. Leuchars
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graeme.ruxton



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From internet searching, it looks like there was a Memorial Institute in the town from 1921-1958. The pieces that make up the current memorial were then moved to the small church in the town, which itself closed in 1999 and was remodelled as a private residence. It is easy for memorials to get lost as buildings are demolished or change use, that the current memorial has such a tasteful and tranquil setting is a minor triumph.

Despite the church in the town, Guardbridge seems to have come under the parish of Leuchars, and the near complete overlap between the names on this memorial and the WW1 names on the Leuchars one likely helps explain the lack of WW2 memorial in Guardbridge.
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stuartn



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Institute is WMR 85452
The Tablet is WMR 85453
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