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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:08 pm    Post subject: Roberton West Kirk Reply with quote

Location: Howgate Road, Roberton, Biggar. ML12 6RS

Roberton's West Kirk is one of two churches in this small village, both of which are now private residences. Formerly the United Free Church it closed in the 1970s, I believe.
The church was converted into a home about 10 years ago. There are two stained glass window memorials: one to the four men from the Wiston and Roberton parish who died in the First World War.
The other is dedicated to William Douglas MacGregor.






It reads: To the Glory of God and in Memory of the Men of the Parish of Wiston and Roberton who gave their lives in the Service of King and Country during The Great War 1914-1918.
Gunner John A Halliday Heavy Battery Canadians September 1918.
Private James Waddell Tank Corps Germany October 1918.
Private Hugh Neilson Scottish Rifles.
Private John Wilson Scottish Rifles.
Greater Love hath no man than this.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2021 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: HALLIDAY, JOHN ALEXANDER
Initials: J A
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 1250592
Regiment/Service: Canadian Garrison Artillery, 2nd Brigade.
Date of Death: 27/09/1918
Age: 34
Additional information: Son of James and Christina Halliday.
Grave Reference: I. B. 3.
Cemetery: Cagnicourt British Cemetery.
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Name: NEILSON
Initials: H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service No: 37268
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st/8th Bn.
Date of Death: 18/12/1917
Age: 20
Additional information: Son of John and Margaret Neilson, of Woodlands Farm, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. Born at Wiston, Lamington, Lanarkshire.
Grave Reference: XVI. F. 3.
Cemetery: Gaza War Cemetery.
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Name: WADDELL, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service No: 304955
Regiment/Service: Tank Corps, 14th Bn.
Date of Death: 25/10/1918
Age: 19
Additional information: Son of James and Mina Waddell, of Schoolhouse, Roberton, Abington, Lanarkshire.
Grave Reference: XV. A. 37.
Cemetery: Cologne Southern Cemetery.
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Name: WILSON, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service No: 28497
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 10th Bn.
Date of Death: 23/07/1918
Age: 19
Additional information: Son of George Wilson, of Castledykes, Wiston, Lamington, Lanarkshire.
Memorial: Soissons Memorial
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2021 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All four soldiers are also named on the civic war memorial in Wiston kirkyard. A press clipping reporting the unveiling of the window can be seen on the Wiston and Roberton Civic Memorial thread.
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