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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:56 pm    Post subject: William Law Reply with quote

William Law was born in Colraine, Derry but enlisted in Kilsyth, Sterling. He died on the 25th January 1915 in France and Flanders.
He was a Guardsman in the Scots Guards. His service number was 9875.

CWGC: 12. E. 21. Canadian Cemetery no 2 Neuville-St Vaast aged 25
The cemetery was established by the Canadian Corps after the successful storming of Vimy Ridge on 9th April, 1917.
Some of those buried in the cemetery fell in that battle or died of wounds received there, though the majority of the graves were made later for the burial of the dead recovered from surrounding battlefields.

He was the son of Andrew and Sarah Law, brother of Samuel Law, of 43 Low Craigends, Kilsyth.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:21 am    Post subject: Archibald Bowe Reply with quote

Archibald Bowe was born in Dalserf, Lanarkshire, he died on the 26th July 1917 in Salonika.
He enlisted in Kilsyth and was a CSM (Company Sergeant Major) in the 12th Battalion Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Service no 3/7778.
When he resigned in 1914 he was nearly 40 years old. He lived at 19 Charles St, Kilsyth at the start of the war and was a clerk.
His wife was Margaret B Bowe. He had 3 children, Eliza born in 1911, James born in 1913 and Margaret Kitchener born in 1916.
He joined on the 6th October 1914 aged 39 and 300 days old.
His recruitment says that he was previously in the Argyll’s but was retired and on a pension.
He was promoted to sergeant, then acting CSM before becoming CSM in March 1916.
He was killed by a fall and buried at Pieta Cemetery Malta.
In 1919 the War Office were trying to find Margaret, his widow at 19 Charles St, Kilsyth.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:43 am    Post subject: Patrick Boyce Reply with quote

Patrick Boyce died on the 7th June 1916 in France and Flanders.
He was a private in the 1/7th Battalion of Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders).
Service number 2908. Died of his wounds in the Western European Theatre.

CWGC: aged 28, son of Edward and Helen Boyce, of Kilsyth, husband of Kate Hagen (formerly Boyce), of 56 Smithston Row, Croy, Glasgow.
I D 1 : Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.

1901 Scotland Census: 101 Main St, Kilsyth.
Patrick is 13 years old and one of 5 children to Edward and Helen Boyce.
Edward Boyce 54 born Ireland
Hellen Boyce 45 wife born USA
Owen 20 son miner
John 18 son miner
Patrick Boyce 13 born Kilsyth
Charles 8 son
Edward 4 son
All the children were born in Kilsyth.
There are also 8 boarders living with them.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:09 pm    Post subject: David Clelland Reply with quote

David D. Clelland was born in Kilsyth and died on the 27th September 1915, aged 19 in France and Flanders.
He enlisted in Kilsyth to join Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) 11th Battalion.
His service number was S/4187.

CWGC: Panel 125 to 127 Loos Memorial.

1901 Scotland Census: 47 Queenzieburn Rows.
Thomas and Janet were the parents of 5 children including David, aged 6.
Thomas Clelland 45 b Kilsyth Coal Pit Engine Keeper
Janet 42 wife
Peter 14
Alexander 12
David Clelland 6 b Kilsyth
Elizabeth 4
Thomas 2
All the family were born in Kilsyth.
Attestation
10th September 1914
Aged 19, a miner
Military history sheet
Mrs Stevenson, sister 27 Shuttle St Kilsyth
Medical 11th September 1914
19 years old
5 ft 7 ˝, chest 34, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair dark.
Religion Presbyterian
Medal Rolls: David Cleland A & SH pte S/4187
15 star British and Victory medals
Died on or since 27-9-15
Date of entry 9-7-15
So he died just over 2 months from his entry to the war.
Despatched to his brother, William aged 37 at 19a Low Craigends Kilsyth. (1st May 1919)
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:38 pm    Post subject: Patrick McCart Reply with quote

Patrick McCart was born in Kilsyth and also lived there.
He died on the 26th October 1918 in Mesopotamia.
He enlisted in Hamilton as a private in the Highland Light Infantry, 1st Battalion.
His service number was 31463.
Formerly 23255 Scottish Rifles.

CWGC: panel 35 and 64 Basra Memorial
The Basra Memorial commemorates more than 40,500 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the operations in Mesopotamia from the Autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921 and whose graves are not known

1901 census 2 Charles St Kilsyth
Henry McCart 28 b Ireland
Alice McCart 28 b Kilsyth
Michael McCart 2
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:44 pm    Post subject: Thomas Johnstone Reply with quote

Thomas Johnstone was born in Kilsyth and lived there.
He died on the 9th April 1917 in France and Flanders.
He enlisted in Sterling as a private in the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 16th Battalion.
His service number was 31050
CWGC: Thomas Johnston aged 23
Grave ref G.21. Ste Cathrine British Cemetery
Ste. Catherine is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, adjoining the city of Arras on the north side.
Ste. Catherine British Cemetery is on the left of the road to Therouanne (the Chaussee Brunehaut [D341]), not far beyond the Church, then along a side street.
From March 1916 to the Armistice, Ste. Catherine was occupied by Commonwealth forces and for much of that time it was within the range of German artillery fire.
The cemetery was started in March 1916 and used by the divisions and field ambulances stationed on that side of Arras until the autumn of 1917.
The cemetery was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the surrounding area.
Ste Catherine British Cemetery contains 339 First World War burials.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Son of John McVey Johnston and Ada Johnston, of Ardenlea, Murray Avenue, Kilsyth.

1901 Scotland Census: Station Buildings Kilsyth
John 30 Pastry baker
Ada 28
Thomas 7
John 5
Mary 2
Charles 1
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:54 pm    Post subject: William Russell Reply with quote

William Russell was born in Kilsyth and also lived there.
He died on the 26th July 1916 in France and Flanders.
He enlisted in Sterling and was a Sergeant in the Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) 10th Battalion.
His service number was S/1660.
CWGC: Pier and face 15A and 16C Thiepval Memorial
1901 Scotland Census: Son of John and Barbara Russell, 38 Westport Street, Kilsyth. He was 11 in 1901 so he died when he was about 26 years old.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:57 pm    Post subject: William McPherson Reply with quote

William McPherson was born in Kilsyth and enlisted in Glasgow as a private in the Gordon Highlanders 1st Battalion.
His service number was 7987.
He died on the 18th June 1915 in France and Flanders.
CWGC: Panel 38 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Son of Mr and Mrs Charles MacPherson of Kilsyth and husband of Lilias MacPherson, 15 Don Street Aberdeen.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:58 am    Post subject: Robert Nimmo Reply with quote

Robert Nimmo was born in Boness Linlithgowshire but enlisted in Kilsyth.
He died on the 20th July 1918, aged 27 in France and Flanders.
He was a private in the 1/7th Battalion of Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
His service number was S/21611.
He is buried at Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.
At the end of April 1918, five divisions of Commonwealth forces (IX Corps) were posted to the French 6th Army in this sector (Soissons) to rest and refit following the German offensives on the Somme and Lys.
Here, at the end of May, they found themselves facing the overwhelming German attack which, despite fierce opposition, pushed the Allies back across the Aisne to the Marne.
Having suffered 15,000 fatal casualties, IX Corps was withdrawn from this front in early July, but was replaced by XXII Corps, who took part in the Allied counter attack that had driven back the Germans by early August and recovered the lost ground.
Son of William and Helen Nimmo of Kelvinhead, Kilsyth.
Husband of Mary, Main Street Cumbernauld, Glasgow.

1901 census: Shawend Kilsyth
William Nimmo 36 b Linlithgow
Helen 40 b Shetland Islands
Helen 15 daughter b Boness
William 11 b Boness
Robert Nimmo 9 b Boness 1892
Elizabeth 7 b Kilsyth
Christina 4 b Kilsyth
Jane 1 b Kilsyth
The family must have moved to Kilsyth about 1894
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:31 pm    Post subject: Alexander Miller Reply with quote

Alexander Miller was a Corporal in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 7th Bn.
He died on the 23rd April 1917 aged 20, Service No: 275184
Awards: M. M. (The military medal was awarded to NCOs and men of the Army for individual or associated acts of bravery not of sufficient heroism as to merit the DCM.)

CWGC: Son of Alexander and Annie Miller (nee Barrie), of 10, Register Rd. Kilsyth.

Fampoux village was taken by the 4th Division (passing through the 9th (Scottish) Division) on 9 April 1917.
It remained close behind the Allied front line, but part of it was lost on 28 March 1918 during the German advance.
The village was cleared by the 51st (Highland) Division on 26 August 1918.

The cemetery was begun in June 1917 when a numbers of graves of April and May were brought in from the battlefield.
It was used until March 1918 and two further burials were made in October 1918. In addition to the 9th and 51st Division, the 15th (Scottish) Division fought in the area, and over half the graves are those of soldiers of Scottish regiments.
Level Crossing Cemetery contains 405 burials and commemorations of the First World War.
29 of the burials are unidentified and a special memorial commemorates one casualty believed to be buried in this cemetery.

CWGC: I. B. 42. Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux

1901 Scotland Census
Alex was 4 years old and he lived with his parents, Alexander and Annie in Low Craigends Kilsyth.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:19 pm    Post subject: Charles Anthony Reply with quote

Charles Anthony was in the 17th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry.
He died on the 18th November 1916, aged about 25.
His service no was 27177.
You will note that he died on the last day of the Battle of the Somme.
Remembered with honour at Thiepval Memorial.

CWGC: Pier and Face 15 C

On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt.
Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance.
Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day.
However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained.
At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured.
The village had been an original objective of 1 July.
Attacks north and east continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions.
The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November with the onset of winter.

The 1901 Scotland Census shows Charlie aged 10, living at Barrwood, Kilsyth with his parents, William and Susan. He had 2 brothers, William aged 6 and Hugh aged 4, and a sister, Maggie aged 3.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:28 pm    Post subject: George Rennie Brown Reply with quote

George Rennie Brown was in the Seaforth Highlanders 7th Battalion.
He died on the 3rd August 1918 aged 32.
His service number was S/42233.
He was the son of John and Jeanie Brown and husband of Janet (ne Stark) of Leabank, Murray Avenue, Kilsyth.
CWGC: Caestre Military Cemetery I F 2

The stone in Kilsyth Cemetery is to the Stark Family.
George Rennie Brown was the son in law of James Stark and husband of his daughter, Janet. She lived until 1977 aged 90.
Daniel and Hunter Stark are also on the headstone.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: James Clark Reply with quote

Private James Clark died on the 23rd April 1917 in France and Flanders.
He lived in Kilsyth and enlisted in Sterling.
He joined the 1/7th Battalion the Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders).
His service number was (276060).
He was killed in action in the Western European Theatre.

CWGC: B 31 Roeux British Cemetery.

Roeux was built over a system of caves which helped to make its capture in 1917 exceptionally difficult.
It was attacked by the 9th (Scottish) Division without success on 12 April.
The chemical works close to the railway station were taken by the 51st (Highland) Division on 22 April, and after incessant fighting the village was cleared by the same Division on 14 May.
The chemical works were lost on 16 May, and it was finally taken by the 51st Division on the following 26 August.

Roeux British Cemetery was made by fighting units between April and November 1917.

The cemetery contains 350 burials and commemorations of the First World War.
31 of the burials are unidentified and 82 graves destroyed by shell fire are now represented by special memorials.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:06 pm    Post subject: Thomas Comrie Reply with quote

Lance Corp. Thomas Comrie died on the 3rd June 1918 in France and Flanders.
He was in the Highland Light Infantry, 15th (Service) Batt (1st Glasgow).
Service No (37088)

CWGC: Bac-Du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, France, ref I. E. 16.

1901 Scottish Census: Thomas C Comrie, aged 6 was the son of Matthew and Maggie Comrie.
There were another 5 children.
They lived at Deacon’s Road, Kilsyth
The brother of William H B.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:21 pm    Post subject: Douglas McIntyre Reply with quote

Douglas D McIntyre was born in Kilsyth and died on the 25th September 1915.
He enlisted in Glasgow as a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany’s.
His service number was S/4683

1901 Scotland Census: 5 Brick Row Kilsyth
Donald McIntyre 34 born Bilsby, Renfrewshire, coal miner.
Margaret 36 b Kilsyth
Donald 13
George 11 born Kilsyth 1890 Kilsyth
Margaret 9
Annie 7
John 5
Douglas McIntyre 3 born 1898 Kilsyth
Mary 10 months


CWGC: Loos Memorial panel 112 to 115
Dud Corner Cemetery stands almost on the site of a German strong point, the Lens Road Redoubt, captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the first day of the battle.

The name "Dud Corner" is believed to be due to the large number of unexploded enemy shells found in the neighbourhood after the Armistice.

The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay.
On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated.
At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.

Could be the brother of George McIntyre?
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