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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:30 pm    Post subject: Auchencairn Reply with quote



Auchencairn War Memorial was designed and built by Messrs William Kirkpatrick Ltd., Manchester. It is made of Aberdeen granite and weighs seven tons. The memorial was erected at Bridgend on land gifted in perpetuity by Mr Walter Ovens of Torr.

The memorial was unveiled before a large attendance on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd August 1920 by Colonel Victor M. Fortune, D.S.O., Black Watch.

Mr Andrew Muir, M.M., ex-Corporal, 1/9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Highland Light Infantry, laid a wreath on behalf of the local post of Comrades of the Great War.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



More information on these men and others from the Auchencairn area can be found within the Auchencairn and the Great War section http://www.sonsofgalloway.org.uk/auchencairn/index.html of Sons of Galloway.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A V.C. finial. Very unusual. It looks well looked after as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
It looks well looked after as well.


It is in a very good state of repair. It stands in rather spartan, walled surroundings, but it now has the "Millenium Garden" behind it that, when looking from the main road (A711), does make a colourful back-drop during the summer.



The memorial is on the A711 Dalbeattie to Kirkcudbright coast road and stands immediately after the hump-back bridge as you enter the village from the east (Dalbeattie).
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 5868

OS Map Ref: NX 7997 5153 (by GPS)

Great photos, do you give lessons? Laughing
You seem to have missed the WW2 names from the side of the memorial. Sorry my pic is not up to the standards of the others.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more pics




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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the Lost Bombers website

Wellington X9826 Information
Type Wellington
Serial Number X9826
Squadron 115
X1D KO-D
Operation Mannheim
Date 1 29th August 1941
Date 2 30th August 1941


Further Information
"Serial range X9785 - X9834. 50 Wellington Mk.1C. Part of a batch of 378 Wellington Mk.1C. X9600-X9644; X9658-X9707; X9733-X9767; X9785-X9834; X9871-X9890; X9905-X9954; X9974-X9993 (270) delivered by Vickers (Hawarden) between May41 and Mar42, continued in the series Z1040-Z1181 (108). X9663; X9678 converted to Mk.XV1. Airborne 2014 29Aug41 from Marham. On return, shot down by an Intruder and crashed 0212 30Aug41 near Martlesham Heath Airfield, Suffolk. F/S Boyce died from his injuries 1Sep41. Sgt J.K.Murdoch KIA Sgt F.J.McGaw KIA F/S A.Forse KIA Sgt W.H.Blades RCAF KIA F/S J.W.Boyce RCAF Inj Sgt W.J.Cowell KIA "

In August 1941 the squadron began to use 'Gee' navigational aid operationally, I think it was one of the first squadrons to do so.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject: William Clint Muir Reply with quote

William Clint Muir is one of many men who died several months after being discharged from the army due to illness contracted during service, and subsequently not officially commemorated on the CWGC Debt of Honour Register.

I submitted his case to the MoD in December 2008 and happily, it was accepted in early January this year - very quick, less than four weeks and that includes the Christmas and New Year holidays. Yesterday, his entry was uploaded to the online Debt of Honour Register:

Name: MUIR, WILLIAM CLINT
Initials: W C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Lanarkshire Yeomanry
Age: 21
Date of Death: 19/02/1916
Service No: 995
Additional information: Son of James and Margaret Muir, of Auchencairn.
N.B.: Recent research has shown that Private Muir is buried here.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Lair 27
Cemetery: AUCHENCAIRN CEMETERY

From the sermon of Rev. William Thomson, United Free Kirk, Auchencairn:

Yesterday afternoon there passed away one whose name is inscribed on our congressional roll of honour. William C. Muir, like many of our brave lads, offered himself for the service of his country in November, 1914, and passed through the necessary training in the Lanarkshire Yeomanry, eagerly looking forward to service abroad. The severe cold of the late spring of 1915, however, brought upon him acute rheumatism, with fever, which necessitated his being removed to the military hospital. After five months of illness he had sufficiently recovered to be able to travel home, and we had hopes that, with youth on his side, he would ultimately regain his wonted strength. This hope was not realised, and during the past two months he came through great tribulation, and yesterday crossed the last trench.

I don't know the whereabouts of the Auchencairn U.F. Kirk roll of honour. The building was already an empty shell when I was a young boy - it was used for storing hay by the Ha' (Hall Farm).

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just noticed the similarity to the Kirknewton & East Calder War Memorial in West Lothian. The maltese cross is different though.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:29 pm    Post subject: William Sneddon Campbell GH Reply with quote

William Sneddon Campbell Private S/16207 1st Garrison Bn. Gordon Highlanders b Balmaclellan, Kirk. e Dumfries 33 Died Pakistan 07/10/1918 Son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Campbell, of Auchencairn, Dumfries and Galloway. Soldiers Will 4 pages. KARACHI 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL KARACHI 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of newer piccies - the WW2 panel could do with refurbishment.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Detailed personal and military histories for each of the men named on the WW1 panel are in Stuart Wilson's book
"Answering the Call - Auchencairn and the First World War"
but Stuart and I agreed that I should add a summary for each man in line with the format I have used on other memorials.
We also researched the WW2 names a couple of years ago for an issue of the Auchencairn History Society newsletter, and I have included them here.
This is Stuart's home village memorial, and I can almost see it from my home on the other side of the Urr Estuary, so its kind of fitting that this is the final civic memorial in Kirkcudbrightshire to be posted on the Project.

With best wishes for 2018!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The memorial covers Auchencairn village and the surrounding district, which form a part of Rerrick Parish in Kirkcudbrightshire.
The Rerrick parish memorial is in nearby Dundrennan.

1914 - 1919

PRIVATE SAMUEL BEATTIE, S.R
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Samuel Beattie age 29 Private (43114) 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Samuel was a ploughman at Ladyland, Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire when he enlisted in February 1915. As Private (18259) he joined the 1st King's Own Scottish Borderers at Gallipoli in July 1915. He then served in Egypt before moving with his battalion to France in March 1916 where he was transferred to the Cameronians.
Born 1886 in Rerrick Parish. Son of Robert and Janet (Murray) Beattie of St. Cuthbert's, Kirkcudbright and of Rose Cottage, Tongland Village, Kirkcudbrightshire. Husband of Agnes Snedden (Campbell) Beattie of Clark's Hall, Auchencairn who he married in 1907 in Rerrick Parish.
Missing in Action on 19 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
His brother Andrew Beattie also fell and is named on the Kirkcudbright War Memorial.
Andrew Beattie age 23 Private (17389) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Andrew enlisted in December 1914 and joined his battalion in France on 22 April 1915 but he was killed a week later.
Born 1890 in Craigraploch, Rerrick.
Killed in Action on 30 April 1915 and buried in Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery And Extension, Ypres, Belgium
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CORPORAL CHARLES BOGIE, CANADIANS.
Charles Alexander Bogie age 34 Corporal (81086) 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
Charles was farming at Sintaluta, near Indian Head in Saskatchewan, when he enlisted at Winnipeg, Manitoba in December 1914. He sailed from Canada in February 1915 and joined his battalion in France in April 1915. Less than a month later he was wounded and he was evacuated to hospital in Bristol. He rejoined his battalion in July 1915. He was wounded again in April 1916 and was evacuated to hospitals in England. He was unable to rejoined his battalion until March 1917. Charles was wounded for the third time and died in the 22nd Casualty Clearing Station at Bruay.
Born 1882 in Dumfries. Son of Thomas and Joan Agnes (Heuchan) Bogie, of Auchencairn.
Died on Wounds on 21 September 1917 and buried in Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
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PRIVATE DAVID CALLANDER, R.S.
David Callander age 20 Private (301535) 1/7th Battalion, Royal Scots.
David was a farm servant when he enlisted in December 1915 but he was working at the barytes mine at Barlocco, Rerrick when he was mobilised in May 1916 and as Private (3962) he landed in Egypt in December. David was wounded at Gaza in April 1917 and treated in hospitals at Port Said and Giza. He was wounded again in November 1917 but died of his wounds twelve days later in the 27th General Hospital at Abassia, Cairo.
Born 1897 in Rerrick Parish. Son of Robert and Lilias (McMillan) Callander of Old Torr and of Balgreddan, Auchencairn.
Died of Wounds on 24 November 1917 and buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.


PRIVATE WILLIAM CAMPBELL, GORDONS.
William Sneddon Campbell age 33 Private (S/16207) 1st Garrison Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
William enlisted in October 1915 and served as Private (22942) in the King's Own Scottish Borderers and as Private (21641) in the Highland Light Infantry before he joined the Gordons. (The 1st Garrison Battalion went to India in January 1917)
William died of illness and was buried in Muree New Cemetery, north east of Islamabad, in what is now Pakistan.
Born 1886 in Balmaclellan, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of the late Mary (Sneddon) Campbell and of Andrew Campbell of Auchencairn.
Died on Active Service on 7 October 1918 and named on the Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial, Pakistan.


LANCE CORPORAL JOSEPH CLARK, CANADIANS.
Joseph Clark age 27 Private (859851) 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
Joseph had emigrated to Canada in about 1910 and he was working as a sectionman on the railway at Ashville in Manitoba. He was a member of the local militia, the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada, when he enlisted in Winnipeg in March 1916. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in October and joined his battalion in France in November. He was wounded at Vimy Ridge in April 1917 but was able to rejoin his unit a month later. Joseph was wounded again in October at Passchendaele and died in the 83rd General Hospital in Boulogne.
Born 1889 in Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of the late Andrew and of the late Henrietta John Ann (Grierson) Clark of Dalbeattie. Adopted son or nephew of James and Margaret Welsh of Screel Cottage, Auchencairn.
Brother of Mrs Margaret Ross of 90 Queen Street, Castle Douglas who he named as his next of kin.
Died of Wounds on 28 October 1917 and buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.
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PRIVATE WILLIAM CRAIK, CANADIANS.
Served as William CRAIG although service records were amended to show family name as Craik.
William Craig age 25 Private (19377) 1st Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
William was a labourer with the Canadian Northern Railway Company when he enlisted in the 101st Regiment (the Edmonton Fusiliers) at Edmonton, Alberta in August 1914. He had previously served for a year with the King's Own Scottish Borderers. The battalion was re-designated as the 9th Battalion at Valcartier Camp in Quebec and the troops re-enlisted there in September before sailing from Canada in October. William joined the 1st Battalion in France in February 1915 but was killed at Hill 60 near Ypres.
Born 1891 in Auchencairn, Rerrick. Son of Maggie Craik of Firthead, Dalbeattie and of Queen Street, Castle Douglas. His aunt and foster mother was Janet Craik of Auchencairn who he named as his next of kin.
Missing in Action on 23 April 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.


PRIVATE ROBERT LEARMONT, R.N.D.
Robert Learmont age 22 Able Seaman (Clyde Z/7250) Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division.
Robert was an apprentice engineer in Castle Douglas when he enlisted in November 1915 and he joined the Nelson Battalion in France in July 1916. He was evacuated back to the UK due to illness in November and rejoined his battalion in March 1917. He was detached to the 176th Tunnelling Company in May but rejoined his battalion again in September.
Robert was interred in the 63rd Divisional Cemetery in Marcoing but his burial place was destroyed in later battles and he is remembered by a special memorial.
Born 1895 in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late Elizabeth Jane (McShane) Learmont and of James Learmont of Thornglass, Auchencairn.
Elizabeth died in 1908 in Lochmaben.
Killed in Action on 31 December 1917 and named on the Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery Memorial, France.
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