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SGT. J. McCALL, CAN. INF.
John McCall – age 32 – Sergeant (434233) 50th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
John was a shoemaker in Calgary, Alberta when he enlisted there in January 1915. He served throughout the war but died of pleurisy at the No.55 Casualty Clearing Station in Charleroi.
Born 1886 in Dumfries. Son of Margaret McCall of 13 Briar Bank, Dumfries. Husband of Mary Ann (Neisham) McCall of Calgary and of 62 High Street, Dumfries who he married in 1911 in Dumfries.
Died on Service on 11 February 1919 and buried in Charleroi Communal Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


PTE. D.M.R. McCULLOCH, R.SCOTS.
Thought to be Dermid McCulloch who served as:
Maxwell Ross – age 18 – Private (3436) 12th Battalion, Royal Scots.
He enlisted in August 1914 as Ross and landed with his battalion in France in May 1915.
(His Service Record notes his name as McCulloch and his Next of Kin as his sister Edith)
Private Maxwell Ross 12th Royal Scots of 6 English Street, Dumfries was reported wounded.
Born c. 1897 in Dumfries – as Dermid McCulloch.
Son of James and Elizabeth (McMinn) McCulloch of 6 English Street, Dumfries.
Brother of Kenneth and Edith.
Missing in Action on 27 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named (as above) on the Dumfries War Memorial.


PTE. G. McGEOCH, K.O.S.B.
George McGeoch – age 31 – Private (29988) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George was employed at the brewing company of Armstrong & Dickie in Dumfries when he enlisted as Private (2037) in the 1/5th KOSB. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 and was badly wounded on 12th July. Later he served with the 1st KOSB and then the 7th/8th KOSB
Born 1886 in Dumfries. Son of William and Grace McGeoch of 13 Chapel Street, Dumfries.
Husband of Jessie Service (Telfer) McGeoch (later Mrs Bradley) who he married in 1916 in Rutherglen, Glasgow.
Missing in Action on 24 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


PTE. J. McKIE, K.O.S.B.
John McKie – age 24 – Private (4402 & 241117) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Educated at St. John's School in Dumfries, John was employed in a granite works in Dumfries when he enlisted in 1915. He was wounded in 1917 at Gaza in Palestine. He was wounded again at the end of July 1918 in France and was drowned when the Ambulance ship “Warlida” was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel by the German submarine UC-49.
Born 1894 in Dumfries. Son of John and Mary Ann McKie of 32 Shakespeare Street, Dumfries.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at sea on 3 August 1918 and named on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire.
Also named on the St John's School Memorial and on the Dumfries War Memorial.
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CPT. B. McKINNELL, M.C. L'POOL SCOT.
Bryden McKinnell, Military Cross – age 26 – Captain: 1/10th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Bryden was born in Liverpool but as a child moved to Copenhagen where his father was in business. Later the family came to live in Maxwelltown where his grandfather, John Bryden, managed the Troqueer Mill, and Bryden was educated at Dumfries Academy. He became a Lieutenant in the 5th KOSB before he returned to Liverpool as a corn-broker. He was commissioned in the Liverpool Scottish and landed with his battalion at Le Havre in November 1914. He was promoted to Captain in January 1915 and was awarded the M.C. He was killed at Hooge, Belgium.
Born 1889 in Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire. Son of William and Margaret McKinnell.
Missing in Action on 16 June 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Dumfries Academy Memorial and on the Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial.


LT. A. OAKDEN, R.E.
Arthur Marshall Oakden – age 26 – Lieutenant: Royal Marine Engineers 1st Field Company, Divisional Engineers, Royal Naval Division.
Arthur was educated at King Edward VI School in Retford, Nottinghamshire and was an engineering graduate of the University of Manchester. He was working with Wetcarbonizing Ltd. at Ironhirst Peat Works in Dumfries when he enlisted in September 1914. He was commissioned in October and landed at Gallipoli in April 1915.
Born 1889 in Nottingham. Son of William and Mary Elizabeth Oakden, of The Bank House, Retford.
Killed in Action on 21 May 1915 and buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the King Edward Grammar School War Memorial, Retford, Retford War Memorial, St. Swithuns Church Memorial, Retford. University of Manchester War Memorial and Manchester University Engineering Department War Memorial


PTE. R. PAGAN, K.O.S.B. (Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial)
There are two men who this might be:
Robert Pagan – age 35 – Private (6381) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert joined the army as Private (6739) in June 1899 and served in the South African War. In 1902 he went to India and served there, and in Burma, until his term expired. He was transferred to the Army Reserve in June 1907 and discharged in June 1911. He rejoined his old battalion in 1914 and went to France on 11 January 1915.
Born 1880 in Maxwelltown, Torqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of the late William and Agnes Pagan of 10 South Queensberry Street, Dumfries.
Died of Wounds on 9 February 1915 and buried in Dranouter Churchyard, Belgium.

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Robert Pagan – age 19 – Private (25049) “D” Company, 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert was a vanman with the Dumfries and Maxwelltown Co-operative Society when he enlisted in June 1916.
Born 1897 In Glencairn, Dumfriesshire. Son of David and Susan (Edgar) Pagan of 6 Briarbank, Greenbrae, Dumfries.
Missing in Action on 13 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
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PTE. A. PROUDFOOT, K.O.S.B.
Arthur Proudfoot – age 27 – Private (16509) 7th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Educated at St. John's School in Dumfries, Arthur landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915.
Born 1888 in Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of George and Mary (Thomson) Proudfoot of 38 Munches Street, Dumfries.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the St John's School Memorial and on the Dumfries War Memorial.


PTE. W.T. RACTLIFFE, R.E.
William Thomas Ractliffe – age 23 – Sapper (63858) 103rd Field Company, Royal Engineers.
Educated at St. John's School in Dumfries, William was an apprentice joiner in Dumfries when he enlisted in 1914. He went to France in August 1915.
Born 1893 in Dumfries. Son of George and Elizabeth (Pyle) Ractliffe of 6 Gordon Street, Dumfries.
Died of Wounds on 10 September 1916 and buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial, on the Dumfries Academy Memorial, on the Nithsdale Amateur Rowing Club Roll of Honour and on the St John's School Memorial.


PTE. T. RAMSAY, K.O.S.B.
Thomas (Tom) Ramsay – age 28 – Private (1708 & 240414) “A” Company, 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Educated at St. John's School in Dumfries, Tom was employed at the Dumfries Peat Works when he enlisted in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915.
Born 1889 in Dumfries. Son of James and Mary Ramsay of 5 St. Michael's Terrace Dumfries.
Husband of Janet (Hanley) Ramsay of 7 Rosevale Cottages, Dumfries who he married in 1914 in Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 13 November 1917 and buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
Also named on the St John's School Memorial and on the Dumfries War Memorial.


SGT. S. RICHARDSON, S.GDS.
Samuel Alexander Richardson – age 34 – Lance Sergeant (3707) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards.
In 1891 Samuel was at school in Burns Street Dumfries. He was working as a shoemaker in Berwick when he joined the army in September 1900 and was based at Wellington Barracks in London in 1901. Later he served in Egypt before returning to the UK. He landed with his battalion on 13 August 1914 but a month later was wounded and evacuated to the Majestic Hotel in Paris which was being used as a military hospital. He died there six days later.
Born in 1881 in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Son of William and Jane (Paterson) Richardson. Husband of Alice Gladys (Frost) Richardson, of 12 Haverlock Street, Chalk Farm, London who he married in 1905 in London.
Died of Wounds on 20 September 1914 and buried in City of Paris Cemetery, Bagneux.
Also named on the Berwick-upon-Tweed War Memorial.


PTE V. RICHARDSON, A.P.S.
Victor Valentine Richardson – age 36 – Rifleman (3034 & 371015) 2/8th Battalion, London Regiment (Post Office Rifles)
Victor had served in the South African War and was a postman in Dumfries when he enlisted in 1914. Although intended to be a second-line unit, the battalion landed in France in January 1917.
Born 1881 in Dumfries. Son of John and Jane Richardson of Dumfries. Husband of Sarah (Walker) Richardson (later Mrs. Ernest Ridding) of 36 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire who he married in 1907 in Preston.
Missing in Action on 27 May 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the Post Office Memorial in Dumfries.
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SGT. G. SELBY, CAMERONS.
George Selby – age 27 – Sergeant (6720) 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
George had been educated at the Dumfries and Maxwelltown Industrial School.
He landed with his battalion at Le Havre on 14 August 1914, one of the first British formations to move to France.
Born c.1887 in England. Son of ???? Husband of Mary Selby.
Killed in action on 24 October 1914 and buried initially in Weidendreft German Cemetery, Langemarck, Belgium but re-interred in Perth Cemetery (China Wall) Belgium after the war.


PTE. A. SMITH, K.O.S.B.
Adam Smith – age 28 – Private (12760) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Adam was educated at Glasgow Street, School, Maxwelltown and was a weaver at Rosefield Mills when he enlisted in the 6th KOSB in 1914. He was posted to the 2nd KOSB in France in May 1915 but died in the 21st Casualty Clearing Station at Corbie.
Born 1887 in Dumfries. Son of William and Sarah (Laidlaw) Smith of 2 Old Bridge Street, Maxwelltown. Husband of Isabella (Stott – formerly Mrs. Hope) Smith of 9 Mill Road, Maxwelltown who he married when he was a Private in the 6th KOSB in November 1914 in Dumfries.
Died of Wounds on 7 December 1915 and buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.
Also named on the Maxwelltown/Troqueer War Memorial.

and his brother

PTE. W. SMITH, K.O.S.B
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William Smith – age 21 – Private (11538) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was educated at Glasgow Street, School, Maxwelltown and was a millworker when he enlisted in 1913. He was serving with his battalion in Dublin and moved with them to France on 15 August 1914 as part of the original British Expeditionary Force.
Born 1896 in Maxwelltown, Troqueer. Son of William and Sarah (Laidlaw) Smith of 2 Old Bridge Street, Maxwelltown.
Missing in Action on 20 September 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Maxwelltown/Troqueer War Memorial.


PTE. A. SPENCER, R.S.FUS.
Alfred Spencer – age 20 – Private (18302) 6th/7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Alfred was educated at Laurieknowe School, Maxwelltown and was employed by Dinwiddie & Co. Hosiery Manufacturer, Dumfries when he enlisted in March 1915. He joined the 1st RSF in France in July 1915 but was wounded and evacuated home. After serving at the front and being wounded again, he made his fourth and final return to France in June 1917.
Born 1897 in Maxwelltown, Troqueer. Son of William Henry and Mary (McKnight) Spencer of Maxweltown.
Missing in Action on 22 August 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Maxwelltown/Troqueer War Memorial.


PTE. J.A. STEWART, K.O.S.B.
James Alexander Stewart – age 24 – Private (29621) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers transferred as Private (375733) to the Labour Corps.
James enlisted in August 1916 and was posted to a Labour Battalion. He came home on leave on 24 November but contracted influenza on the journey and died at his home in Dumfries.
Born 1894 in Dumfries. Son of Edmund Brown Stewart and of Mary Jane Stewart. Husband of Agnes Little (Black) Stewart of 50 Irish Street, Dumfries who he married in 1913 in Dumfries.
Died on Service on 8 December 1918 and buried in Dumfries (St. Michael's) Cemetery.
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PTE. J. STRONG, K.O.S.B.
James Strong – age 25 – Private (5179 & 241513) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was an apprentice gardener at York Place Nursery in Dumfries when he joined the Territorial Army, enlisting as Bugler/Private (794) in the 5th KOSB in February 1911. He was mobilised in August 1914 and landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915. He was discharged, time expired, in April 1916 and returned to the UK but re-enlisted and re-joined his battalion. At some point he was transferred to 2nd KOSB.
Born 1893 in Caldbeck, Wigton, Cumberland. Son of John and Helen Isabel Strong, of High Row, Haltcliff, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, Cumberland.
Killed in Action on 18 September 1918 and buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, France.


PTE. O.B. TAYLOR, CAN.L.I.
Oliver Beaumont Taylor – age 34 – Private (107) Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
In 1891 the family were living in St. Michael's Street in Dumfries and, in March 1899 when he was 19 years old, Oliver enlisted in the King's Own Scottish Borderers. He served with the 1st KOSB in South Africa from January 1900 to December 1902 and he was awarded the Royal Humane Society Medal for saving life.
“On the 12th February, 1900, Private Cusack, King's Own Scottish Borderers, while bathing in the Riet River, Orange River Colony, got into difficulty fifteen yards from the bank, Taylor, at great risk, plunged in and brought him within five yards of the bank, when he became exhausted and sank. Simpson then went in, and at great risk, rescued Taylor, Cusack then being rescued from the bank
In December 1902 Oliver was posted the 2nd KOSB in India and served there for 4 years before transferring to the Army Reserve. He was discharged in March 1911 after 12 years service.
He was working as an electrician in Toronto when he enlisted in August 1914 in Ottowa.
Born 1880 in Gorbals, Glasgow. Son of the late Joseph Henry Taylor and of Jane (Hannah) Taylor of Troqueer Cottages, Troqueer Road, Maxwelltown and later of 23 Aylestone Lane, Wigston, Leicestershire.
Missing in Action on 8 May 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.


PTE. D. TEASDALE, K.O.S.B.
David Teasdale – age 28 – Private (9414) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
David had been educated at the Dumfries and Maxwelltown Industrial School and was a farm servant when he enlisted in the KOSB in December 1905. In 1911 he was serving with 1st KOSB in India.
Born 1886 in Stanwix, Carlisle. Son of the late John and Mary Teasdale.
Missing in Action on 18 October 1914 and named on Le Touret Memorial, France.


C.S.M. R. TOWNSEND, D.C.M. K.O.S.B.
Robert Townsend, Distinguished Conduct Medal – age 28 – Company Sergeant Major (2028 & 240579) 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert was a Policeman in Newcastle when he enlisted. He died in the Nasrieh School Hospital in Cairo. He was awarded the DCM as 240579 C.S.M. R. Townsend, K.O.S.B.
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in rallying his men after they had been repulsed from an enemy redoubt, and leading them with great determination again to the attack."
Born 1889 in Hawick, Roxburghshire. Son of Charles and Mary Townsend of 54 Bank Street, Dumfries.
Died of Wounds on 21 November 1917 and buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the Hawick Roll of Honour.
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PTE. C. WATSON, CAMERONS.
Charles Watson – age 19 – Private (9033) 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
Educated at Dumfries and Maxwelltown Industrial School, Charles was a musician when he enlisted in the Cameron Highlander in February 1911 when he was 16. He landed with his battalion at Le Havre on 14 August 1914, one of the first British formations to move to France.
Born 1895 in Dumfries. Son of John and Jane Watson.
Missing in Action on 14 September 1914 and named on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France.


PTE. R.J. WATT, K.O.S.B.
Robert Watt – age 30 – Private (17307) 7th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert was employed at Leafield Sawmill in Dumfries when he enlisted. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915.
Born 1885 in Dumfries as Robert John Byers. Son of Annie Byers and of Robert Watt of 32 Munches Street, Dumfries. Husband of Sarah (McGowan) Watt of 24 Queensberry Street, Dumfries who he married in 1904 in Dumfries as Robert Watt.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial.

and his brothers

PTE. JOHN WATT, K.O.S.B.
John Watt – age 18 – Private (16595) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was working at the Troqueer Mill when he enlisted. He joined his battalion in France in April 1915. Born 1897 in Dumfries as John Watt Byers. Son of Annie Byers and of Robert Watt of 32 Munches Street, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 4 June 1916 and buried in Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial.

and

PTE. JAS. WATT, K.O.S.B.
James Watt – age 25 – Private (16553) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
James was employed in a peat works when he enlisted in January 1915. He landed at Boulogne with the 8th RSF in September 1915 but by November the battalion had been moved to Salonika in Greece. James contracted dysentery and was invalided home. He returned to France in September 1917 and served with the 1st RSF.
Born 1892 in Dumfries as James Byers. Son of Annie Byers and of Robert Watt of 32 Munches Street, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 22 April 1918 and buried in Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil, France.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


PTE. J.W. WHINHAM, M.M. H.L.I.
John William Whinham, Military Medal – age 21 – Corporal (41862) 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Formerly Private (4576 and 29595) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was a gardener at Brocklehirst House, Dumfries when he enlisted in January 1916.
He transferred to 12th HLI. and served at Arras and Ypres. John was awarded the Military Medal in 1917 for his actions in getting ammunition forward while under heavy shell fire.
Born 1896 at Brampton, Cumberland. Son of Edward and Jane (Finnie) Whinham of The Gardens, Mabie, Troqueer.
Missing in Action on 24 March 1918 and named on the Poziers Memorial, France.
Also listed on the New Abbey War Memorial and on the Maxwelltown/Troqueer War Memorial.


BOY W. WHITE, R.N.
William White – age 18 – Boy 1st Class (J/29911) H.M.S. "Formidable" Royal Navy.
Educated at St. John's School in Dumfries, William had been a choir-boy at St.John's for a number of years. He was an apprentice plumber when he joined the navy in March 1914. He was posted to the battleship “Formidable” in June and had just signed-on for 12 years when he was drowned when his ship was torpedoed and sunk off Lyme Regis by the German submarine U-24.
Born 1897 in Dumfries. Son of William and Mary White of 30 English Street, Dumfries.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 1 January 1915 and named on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
Also named on the St John's School Memorial and on the Dumfries War Memorial.


PTE. S.McL. WHITEHEAD, M.G.C.
Samuel McLellan Whitehead – age 25 – Private (98517) 38th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Formerly Private (31826) The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Samuel was a baker in Maxwelltown and footballer with Dumfries Amateurs. He had been in France since August 1917.
Born 1893 in Maxwelltown, Troqueer. Son of George and Anne (McLellan) Whitehead.
Husband of Helen (McQueen) Whitehead of 2 David Street, Maxwelltown who he married in 1915 in St. Rollox, Glasgow.
Killed in Action on 19 April 1918 and buried in Senlis Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Also named on the Maxwelltown/Troqueer War Memorial.


PTE. J. WILSON, R.A.S.C.
James Wilson – age 23 – Private (S4/122243) 40th Field Bakery, Army Service Corps.
James was educated at Laurieknowe School, Maxwelltown. He was a baker in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire when he enlisted. He arrived in Egypt in July 1915 and served at Gallipoli but contracted liver disease and died in the 11th Casualty Clearing Station.
Born c.1892 in Dumfries. Son of Mrs. Mary Wilson of 13 Mill Road, Maxwelltown.
Died on Active Service on 19 September 1915 and buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Maxwelltown/Troqueer War Memorial.
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