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Wigtown UF church Roll of Honour
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:22 pm    Post subject: Wigtown UF church Roll of Honour Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM

Location, in Wigtown Parish church at OS Map Ref NX 436 555

The original location (United Free church) no longer exists, it was demolished some years ago. This is a photo of Wigtown Parish Church, its current location.

Unusual for a Roll of Honour, it does not identify those who died.









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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like JH Fordyce was the Church's Minister. I found this in The Western Australian (15/11/1911): "Presbyterian Church -The Rev. J. H. Fordyce, MA., who was formerly Presbyterian minister at Claremont, has been unanimously elected minister of the United Free Church at Wigtown, Scotland. Mr. Fordyce was resident in Western Australia for eight years, first at Boulder City, and afterwards at Claremont. While at Claremont he was elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the State, and while he occupied that position was asked by the Assembly to under take the starting of work in the North West, until then untouched by the Church. Having, as superintendent, completed the organising of the work as far as possible at that time, he resigned the appointment, and returned to Scotland early in the spring of this year."
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone identify the regiment that J[ohn] Nimmo served with, please? It looks like "LFA" but I haven't a clue what that is. Probably something straightforward. As an aside, his son, Fraser Nimmo, died in WW2 and is named on Wigtown War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is now WMR, ex UKNIWM, memorial 72013
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

William Allison was born in 1880 in Whithorn and spent the next 31 years there, becoming a cabinet maker by trade. In 1911 he married spirit dealer Annie Stewart of Bladnoch and took over the license of what is now The Bladnoch Inn from her. He played football for Wigtown Utd and served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers through the war. He is also named on the Wigtown Burgh Roll of Honour.

As an aside, in July this year I held a WW1 memorabilia event in the Church and a local brought in about a dozen silk embroidered cards that William Allison had sent home to his wife and daughter.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henry Bell. I have been not been able to find out much about Henry Bell sabe that he was living on Harbour Rd in Wigtown at the time of the 18881 census and had moved to the Railway Inn at Kirkinner 10 years later. He is also named on the Burgh Roll of Honour.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: BROADFOOT, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Private:
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry, 72nd Bn
Awards: MM
Age: 28
Date of Death: 8 November 1917
Additional Information: Son of Alexander and Margaret Broadfoot, of Monreith Village, Portwilliam, Wigtownshire, Scotland.
Grave Reference: XXX. K. 12
Cemetery: Etaples Militray Cemetery

Alexander Broadfoot was born on 11 April 1889 at Horwich, the son of Alexander and Margaret Broadfoot. For five years he worked in William Cook’s grocers shop in Port William and emigrated to Canada in 1913, sailing from Glasgow to Halifax, Nova Scotia. He enlisted on 14 February 1916 at Vancouver. He was awarded the Military Medal for his work as a messenger at Vimy Ridge. One of the most notable actions in the history of the Seaforths was the capture of Crest Farm during the Battle of Passchendaele on 30 October 1917. A dispatch from the Commander-in-Chief, after the battle, stated in part that "the unit which took Crest Farm had by this action accomplished a feat of arms which would go down in the annals of British history as one of the greatest achievements of a single unit." From examining the regimental war diary I believe it is in this action that Alexander Broadfoot received the wounds that led to his death.
On 1 December 1917 the Galloway Gazette reported:

Mrs Turner, Clarksburn, Monreith village, Port William, has received official intimation that her nephew, Private Alexander Broadfoot MM, Seaforth Canadian Highlanders, died of wounds on November 8th. Private Broadfoot was twice mentioned in despatches and at Vimy Ridge he was successful in winning the Military Medal for bravery in the field. Private Broadfoot served five years as a grocer with Wm Cook, Port William and is the second employee to receive the Military Medal. In 1913 Private Broadfoot went to Canada and joined the colours shortly after war broke out. His last leave was in August [the Gazette had reported on 11 August that Alexander was home on leave at his old home, Mrs Turner’s at Clarksburn. It further mentions the award of the MM at the Battle of Vimy Ridge for “some daring work as a runner”.] Most sympathy is felt for his bereaved friends at home and his brother who is on active service at the front. His sister has received the following letter from a chaplain to the forces: It is with sorrow I write to inform you of the death of your brother. He was brought along with many other Canadians to hospital some days ago. I have seen him each day and have tried to keep him cheerful. It was not difficult because he was a brave soul. Each time I came away from his bed I felt more and more glad because he was so certain of the presence of God with him. Yesterday he was exceedingly cheerful, and I had no doubt of his recovery. But he must have had some internal injury, and this morning I stood by his bed and held his hand as he passed into the larger, brighter Blighty, the true Home. God give you all needful grace and strength and comfort.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

William Turner Broadfoot, Alexander Broadfoot's brother, was born at Bolton in 1890 but had moved to Wigtown by the 1901 census. In 1911 he was still in Wigtown, working as a grocer's assistant, but emigrated to Canada. He enlisted on 14/2/1916 at Vancouver with the 72nd Bn, Canadian Infantry, Service Number 130246. The local newspaper reported that he was wounded by a gunshot in the left leg in September 1918 and was evacuated to hospital at Norwich. Returned to Canada after the war and died at Vernon, British Colombia on 13/7/1951.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Samuel Campbell was born at Knockmore Farm, Wigtown. He later moved to Kirkinner where he worked as a joiner. He enlisted in January 1915 and went to East Africa with the Wireless Telegraphy section of the Royal Engineers. He was discharged at the end of the war suffering from malaria but reapplied for colonial service in 1922.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomas Clark was born in 1893 at Botany Street, Wigtown. In 1911 he was still living with his parents there and worked as a general labourer. Save for the mention on the Roll of Honour of him serving with the Scottish Rifles I have been unable to find anything about his military career.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Drysdale was born at Stranraer in 1898. Before the war he worked as a postman and his father lived at 22 Bank Street, Wigtown. David enlisted with the Royal Marines Light Infantry in July 1915 and was sent to Gallipoli. After returning from there he joined the 176th Tunnelling Company and was promoted to Corporal in August 1918. He was captured and was a prisoner of war for 10 days at the end of the war. He was demobilised in March 1919.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Edwards was born in July 1889 at Harbour Rd, Wigtown, the son of the town's mole catcher, a trade he himself took up prior to enlisting. He enlisted with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and saw action at Gallipoli where he was wounded. In May 1918 he was discharged as no longer fit for service.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Headrick Fordyce was the Minister of Wigtown's United Free Church prior to enlisting. He was born in Perthshire and became a Minister in Australia, where he married in 1907, prior to coming to Wigtown. He lived at the Manse at 9 Harbour Road. According to the Roll of Honour Rev Fordyce served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He survived the war and, presumably, returned to the Ministry, dying in Edinburgh in 1957.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: HALE, EDWARD
Initials: E
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 19827
Regiment/Service: Army Cyclist Corps, IX Corps Cyclist Bn
Date of Death: 5/10/1918
Age: 23
Additional Information: Son of John and Madeline Hale, of Bladnoch, Wigtownshire.
Panel Reference: Panel 10
Memorial: Vis-en-Artois Memorial

Edward Hale was born in London but lived in Bladnoch and was a tailor's apprentice before the war.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arthur Hale, Edward's brother, was born at Bladnoch in 1900. He joined the Royal Navy, Service no J52380. Enlisted Devonport as a Boy II sailor 30/3/1916 serving on HMS Powerful. Served on HMS Conqueror, HMS Hairbell, HMS Comus, HMS Concord, HMS Defiance, HMS Emperor of India. He remained in the RN for 10 years after the Armistice, completing service 1/11/1928 as a Leading Hand. He returned to Wigtown and died in 1968.
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