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St Helen's Church, Cocburnspath, Borders
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gourdongirl



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:24 pm    Post subject: St Helen's Church, Cocburnspath, Borders Reply with quote

I had to take this photo through the window as the church was locked when I was there.


The brass plaque reads:
In memory of the men from Cockburnspath and District who gave their lives in the War 1939-1945.

Andrew H S Evans
James L Fairbairn
James H Hay
Alexander Harkess
John A Lauder
Andrew Lowrie
william J Paterson
Wilson Paxton
Alexander R Thomson
John Wood
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EVANS, ANDREW HAROLD SARGENT
Initials: A H S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 24
Date of Death: 19/02/1941
Service No: 741895
Additional information: Son of Harold Easton Evans and Mary Helen Evans, of Adelaide, South Australia.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 80. Grave 220.
Cemetery: COCKBURNSPATH PARISH CHURCHYARD
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FAIRBAIRN, JAMES LESLIE DUNCAN
Initials: J L D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 26/06/1944
Service No: 14209059
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: V. B. 7.
Cemetery: ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX

SNWM-born in Berwickshire
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HAY, JAMES HUNTER
Initials: J H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
Unit Text: 1st Bn. The London Scottish
Age: 35
Date of Death: 18/07/1943
Service No: 2890741
Additional information: Son of George Hay and of Catherine Hay (nee Phorson); husband of Rothes Sylva Hay (nee Atkins), of West Croydon, Surrey. Member of the Pharmaceutical Society.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. D. 33.
Cemetery: CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't find an Alexander Herkess in CWGC or SNWM, but can find an Alexander Harkess (only one!) He was born in Innerleithan according to SNWM, but buried in Prestonpans. It could be a match!
HARKESS, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Engineman
Regiment/Service: Fishing Fleet
Unit Text: Fishing Vessel. S.S. Bellevue (Granton).
Age: 51
Date of Death: 21/02/1942
Additional information: Son of James and Isabella Flockhart Harkess; husband of Elizabeth Peden Harkess, of Cockenzie.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. B. Grave 109.
Cemetery: PRESTONPANS NEW CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LAUDER, JOHN ADAM
Initials: J A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 77 Sqdn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 17/06/1944
Service No: 1570546
Additional information: Son of Richard A. and Elizabeth Lauder, of Musselburgh, Midlothian.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 72.
Cemetery: VLIELAND GENERAL CEMETERY

SNWM- Born Dunbar
Possible match
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOWRIE, ANDREW
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 5th Bn.
Age: 27
Date of Death: 11/06/1944
Service No: 3190326
Additional information: Son of Thomas Hope Lowrie and Mary Hall Thomson Lowrie, of Roxburgh; husband of Elizabeth Lowrie (nee Sanderson), of Roxburgh.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 5. D. 14.
Cemetery: HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

This is the only one - possible match?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

William J Paterson
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PAXTON, WILSON
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 99 Sqdn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 01/10/1941
Service No: 1051617
Additional information: Son of Helen W. Hood, of Kelso, Roxburghshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Old Part.
Cemetery: COCKBURNSPATH PARISH CHURCHYARD
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THOMSON, ALEXANDER R G.
Initials: A R G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 16/07/1944
Service No: 3060087
Additional information: Son of William and Elizabeth Jane Thomson; husband of Joan Fairbairn Thomson, of Cockburnspath, Berwickshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XII. B. 15.
Cemetery: BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOOD, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
Unit Text: 4th Bn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 09/06/1940
Service No: 3058457
Additional information: Son of Peter and Euphemia Wood, of Lintlaw, Berwickshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Row B. Grave 3.
Cemetery: ARQUES-LA-BATAILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



St Helen's Church Cockburnspath.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although this is listed as a church memorial the inscription suggests it could be considered a civic one. The following casualty listed is also listed on Crieff War Memorial, Perthshire but not on the public memorial for Cockburnspath;

Surname PAXTON
Firstname Wilson
Service number 1051617
Date of death 01/10/1941
Decoration
Place of birth Gordon Berwickshire
Other
SNWM roll ROYAL AIR FORCE and DOMINION AIR FORCES
Rank Sgt
Theatre of death R.A.F.V.R. B.C.

Name: PAXTON, WILSON
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 99 Sqdn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 01/10/1941
Service No: 1051617
Additional information: Son of Helen W. Hood, of Kelso, Roxburghshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Old Part.
Cemetery: COCKBURNSPATH PARISH CHURCHYARD

THE STRATHEARN HERALD: 04.10.1941
DEATH OF LOCAL AIRMAN


It is with sincere regret that we learn of the death of Sergeant-Observer Wilson Paxton as the result of injuries received in a crash. The intimation was received from a relative by telegram on Wednesday, and so far no details are available. Sergeant Paxton belonged to the Cockburnspath district, and came to Crieff five years ago to serve his apprenticeship in the local branch of the the Bank of Scotland. It is generally known that he had an excellent record in the bank; he was a member of the Institute of Bankers by examination, and his future looked a very promising one. He had a very high conception of loyalty and honour, which, with a naturally bright and happy disposition, endeared him to his many friends in Crieff. The sympathy of the community of Crieff goes out to his relatives in their irreparable loss. Wilson Paxton was a brave fellow, and made of the stuff of which the British nation is proud.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhubthaigh wrote:
Although this is listed as a church memorial the inscription suggests it could be considered a civic one.

Co'path is one of several Berwickshire villages who seem to have erected a parish church plaque after WW2 instead of adding to the WW1 memorial.

Gordon and Chirnside did similarly.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:27 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) report Reply with quote

WMR 54129
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