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ďA Committee was formed from the Congregation in 1946 to determine the most suitable Memorial to commemorate those members of the Church who had given their lives and those who had served in the armed forces during the Second World War. Two courses were decided upon, the first was that we should have a small but artistic Memorial placed inside the Church.
This was to take the form of a parchment book with the names of those who had served, suitably inscribed, the book to be placed inside a clear casket placed on the small table, itself a memorial to one of our memberís sons who had fallen in the First world War.
The Book was placed in the Church on Armistice Sunday, 9th November 1947 and it was unveiled by Brigadier J.W.H. Gow, Commandant of Erskine Hospital and dedicated by one of our elders, Professor Tindal.



ďThe work of our Minister under war conditions was beset with difficulties better to be imagined than described. The Manse itself was not spared the great sorrow that had visited other homes. By a strange coincidence a son of the Manse in the Second World War was also to lose his life serving his country in the Air Force just like Rev. MacMillanís son. Rev. Blairís elder son, Flying Officer Colin C. Blair, RAFVR, was lost somewhere over Norway and there is no record of the confirmation of his death. In 1946 a dedication ceremony was held on Sunday 13th October of a Communion Cup donated to the Church by Rev. and Mrs. Blair in memory of their son Colin.Ē

Name: BLAIR, COLIN CAMPBELL
Initials: C C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flying Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: Photographic Reconnaissance Unit. Sqdn
Age: 26
Date of Death: 01/09/1941
Service No: 77781
Additional information: Son of the Revd. Duncan Blair, M.C., D.D., and Ada Jane Blair, of Bearsden, Dunbartonshire. Honours History and Economics, Glasgow University; Barrister-at-Law.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 29.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, ENGLAND.
Son of the Revd. Duncan Blair, M.C., D.D., and Ada Jane Blair, of Bearsden, Dunbartonshire. Honours History and Economics, Glasgow University; Barrister-at-Law.
Extract from Glasgow University Archives
Flying Officer Colin Campbell Blair of the RAFVR was born in Glasgow and attended the High School of Glasgow. He graduated from the University in 1938 with an MA in History and Political Economy and travelled south to study for the Bar at Gray's Inn.
Blair joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in December 1938 and served in the early stages of the war with Army Co-operation Squadrons in England in France. He subsequently established a reputation for daring with the Spitfire Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. On 26 September 1941 he flew from Wick to photograph enemy installations at Stavanger and Christiansund in Norway, but did not return.

Extract from George Watsonís College.
Colin C. Blair, Flying Officer, Royal Air Force, was the elder son of the Rev . Duncan
Blair, Newlands (South) Church of Scotland, Glasgow, and formerly minister of
Braid Church, Edinburgh. Born on 19th April 1915, he attended Watson's from
1922 to 1926. He had taken a Double Honours degree in History and Economics at
Glasgow University, and had all but completed his courses at Gray's Inn, London, when he volunteered for the R.A.F. in 1939. He was lost over Norway in 1941.


The second proposal was that we endow a cottage in the grounds of Erskine Hospital for the use of a disabled ex-serviceman and his family in the hope that we would retain an interest in the family with a view to perhaps educating his children.
The recommendations of the committee were duly carried out but it was to be the spring of 1950 before the cottage that the congregation had donated to Erskine House was completed, dedicated and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Constable and their family.Ē


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Captain BARCLAY, IAN WILLIAM
Service Number 246810
Died 04/07/1944
Aged 34
Royal Army Medical Corps
Cemetery/memorial reference: Sec. B. Grave 616.
MEARNS CEMETERY, SCOTLAND
Son of Andrew Wilson Barclay and Elizabeth Frame Barclay, of Glasgow; husband of Agnes (Nannie) W. Barclay, of Glasgow. M.B., Ch.B.
Ian Barclay Captain RAMC 4 Calderwood Road (Glasgow WW2 RoH)

Commemorated The High School Glasgow & Glasgow University
Extract from Glasgow University Archives
Captain John (Ian) William Barclay of the RAMC was born in Glasgow and educated at the High School and at the University, where he graduated MB, ChB in 1932. He became a general practitioner in the city.
Barclay joined the RAMC in 1942 and was initially stationed in the UK. He was subsequently posted to India where he fell ill. He was sent home to the UK for treatment but died on 4 July 1944.
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Sergeant (Observer) CRAIG, JAMES WILLIAM BARRIE
Service Number 751594
Died 10/02/1941
Aged 22
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 254 Sqdn.
Cemetery/memorial reference: A IV British. L. 12.
TRONDHEIM (STAVNE) CEMETERY, NORWAY
Son of James Donaldson and Ann Finnie Craig, of Newlands, Glasgow.
James W.B. Craig Sergeant RAFVR 23 Lubnaig Road (Glasgow WW2 RoH)
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Sergeant (Air Bomber) DEMPSTER, DAVID DAND
Service Number 1559214
Died 20/12/1943
Aged 21
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 51 Sqdn.
Cemetery/memorial reference: 1. A. 10.
DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, GERMANY
Son of George Alexander Dempster and Barbara Scott Dempster, of Glasgow.
David Dand Dempster Sergeant RAFVR 26 Riverside Road (Glasgow WW2 RoH)


Details of the above lossÖ Extract - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol.4 - W R. Chorley

20-21 december 1943
51 Squadron
Halifax II JD123 MH-S
Op. Frankfurt.

Took off from Snaith at 1651 hrs (No further details)
Crew.
P/O. H H. Sherer DFM +
Sgt.J. Hendry +
P/O. W H. Craig +
Sgt. D D. Dempster +
Sgt. T J. Jackson +
F/S. L W. Ball +
Sgt. J H J. Darvall +
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Lieutenant MCCOLL, ROBERT SMITH
Service Number 293722
Died 31/10/1944
Aged 21
Royal Armoured Corps 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry
Cemetery/memorial reference: 9. A. 7.
BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY, NETHERLANDS
Son of Robert Smith McColl and Helen McColl, of Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire.
Commemorated Glasgow Academy WW2 Memorial
Robert S. McColl Lieutenant RAC 27 Merrylee Road (Glasgow WW2 RoH)
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Serjeant MCFARLAN, ROBERT
Service Number 1438348
Died 04/11/1944
Aged 48
Royal Artillery
Cemetery/memorial reference: Compt. 2.A. Linn Extn. Grave 717.
CATHCART CEMETERY, SCOTLAND
Son of William Milroy McFarlan and Mary Salmon McFarlan, of Glasgow; husband of Helen Waldie Mitchell McFarlan, of Newlands, Glasgow.
Robert McFarlan Sergeant RA 72 Kintore Road (Glasgow WW2 RoH)
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Sister MCGREGOR, MABEL DOUGLAS
Service Number 239998
Died 07/12/1942
Aged 30
Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 22. Column 2.
BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL, ENGLAND
Daughter of William and Elizabeth McGregor.
Mabel D. McGregor Sister QAIMNS 71 Merryvale Avenue (Glasgow WW2 RoH)
http://www.nursingmemorialappeal.org.uk/the-nurses.html
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Second Mate SIMPSON, WILLIAM STEVENSON
Died 02/10/1941
Aged 40
Merchant Navy S.S. Hatasu (Liverpool)
Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 56.
TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, ENGLAND
William S. Simpson Officer MN 76 Earlspark Avenue (Glasgow WW2 RoH)
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Private STUART, GORDON WATSON
Service Number 2762145
Died 13/04/1944
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Cemetery/memorial reference: Sec. H. (New Part). Grave 1502.
GLASGOW (EASTWOOD) OLD AND NEW CEMETERY
Gordon Watson Stuart Craftsman REME 51 Lochlea Road (Glasgow WW2 RoH)
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Flight Sergeant (Pilot) THOMSON, WILLIAM CONNELL
Service Number 1368472
Died 29/11/1943
Aged 28
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Cemetery/memorial reference: Grave 14745.
CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, ENGLAND
Son of Robert William and Elizabeth Connell Thomson; husband of Nancy Thomson, of Chryston, Lanarkshire.
Commemorated Allan Glenís School WW2 Memorial
William Connell Thomson RAFVR 10 Rowand Avenue (Glasgow WW2 RoH)
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Private WILSON, GAVIN
Service Number D/38640
Died 11/03/1940
Aged 44
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 9th (H.D.) Battalion
Buried at DUNDEE CREMATORIUM, SCOTLAND
Gavin Wilson Private Black Watch (Glasgow WW2 RoH)
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