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Names, ranks and service on the first line of each entry are as they appear on the memorial.


JAMES T. DAVIDSON, DECK BOY. M.N.
James Thomas Davidson – age 18 – Deck Boy, M.V. British Endurance (London) Merchant Navy.
James died after falling into the ship's hold while in port in Australia.
Born 1924 in Selkirk. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Edgar (Scott) Davidson of 35 Tower Street, Selkirk.
Died on Service on 1 April 1942 and named on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
Also named on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial.


JAMES S. DUNDAS, CAPT. K.O.S.B.
James Strathearn Dundas – age 26 – Captain (100912) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was educated at Edinburgh Academy and at Edinburgh University where he graduated M.A. in 1938. He was studying for a law degree and was a member of the Officer Training Corps when war was declared. He was commissioned in October 1939 and served with the 1st KOSB in France and Belgium before being evacuated from Dunkirk in May/June 1940. He was promoted to Captain in 1942 and was the second-in-command of “B” Company when the first of the Horsa gliders carrying the 7th Battalion, KOSB landed at Arnhem on the first day of the battle, Sunday 17 September 1944, to secure the Ginkel Heath position, designated as DZ-Y for the 4th Parachute Brigade. On 25 September the battalion were defending the perimeter near Oosterbeek Hoog Railway Station and that night were withdrawn to cross back over the Rhine. However James had been killed that day and was buried in the hotel grounds at Hartenstein but he was re-interred in August 1945.
Born 1918 in Selkirk. Son of William and Jess (Macintosh) Dundas of Shawpark, Selkirk. Husband of Edith Isabel (Walker) Dundas of Johnstone Manse, Dumfriesshire who he married in 1942 in Johnstone.
Killed in Action on 25 September 1944 and buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Also named on the Johnstone Parish War Memorial, on the Edinburgh Academy War Memorial and on the Edinburgh University Old College War Memorial.


JOHN W. FOWLER, GUNNER. R.A.
John Whyte Fowler – age 25 – Gunner (3196431) 2/1 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery.
Jack ran a tweed merchant and tailors business in Mill Street, Selkirk and had been the Standard Bearer for the Tailors' Incorporation at the 1938 Common Riding. He served in the King's Own Scottish Borderers before transferring to the Artillery. Jack was a gunner on the Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship “Cathrine” when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-43 in mid-Atlantic.
Born 1915 in Selkirk. Son of the late George Cockburn Fowler (died 1931) and of Mary Moffat (Whyte) Fowler of 49 Market Place, Selkirk.
Killed by Enemy Action/Lost at Sea on 17 June 1941 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
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ALEXANDER GEDDES, PTE. R.A.S.C.
Alexander John Geddes – age 27 – Private (T/98790) Royal Army Service Corps.
Alexander served his apprenticeship as an ironmonger in Market Place, Selkirk. and was on the staff of a Glasgow firm before joining the Army. He was taken prisoner earlv in the Italian campaign in 1943 and was transferred to a camp in Germany. When he was repatriated he was very ill and was taken to Drymen Hospital near Glasgow before being transferred to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride. Alexander died of tuberculosis in the Bangour War Hospital at Uphall, West Lothian.
Born 1918 in Selkirk. Son of the late Christina Dodds (Rodger) Geddes (died 1933) and of James Geddes of 26 Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk.
Died on Service on 8 September 1945 and buried in Selkirk Cemetery. (CWG)


PETER GRIEVE, L/CPL. R.A.S.C.
Peter Grieve – age 40 – Lance Corporal (T/253462) Royal Army Service Corps.
Peter had come to Selkirk in the 1920's and for much of that time he was employed at the Fleece Hotel. He had been in the army for over four years and had served in North Africa and Italy before landing at Normandy on D-Day in June 1944. Peter died near Nuth on the Dutch/German border and was re-interred at Brunssum in July 1946.
Born 1905 in Queensferry, West Lothian. Son of David and Marion (Harper) Grieve of South Queensferry, West Lothian. Husband of Wilhelmina (Higgins) Grieve of 22 Forest Road Selkirk who he married in 1926 in Selkirk.
Died of Wounds on 17 November 1944 and buried in Brunssum War Cemetery, Netherlands.


ROBERT HISLOP, PTE. K.O.S.B.
Robert Hislop – age 23 – Private (3189336) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
The 2nd KOSB had been in the East since 1923. They were at Razmak in India until November 1942 when they moved to Peshawar. They then went for jungle training in preparation for landing in Burma. Bert died of malaria in hospital in Ranchi in West Bengal.
Born 1920 in Selkirk. Son of the late Robert Hislop of Ettrickhaugh Cottages (died 1933) and Jane Brunton (Pringle) Hislop of 26 Shawburn Road, Selkirk.
Died on Active Service on 30 July 1943 and buried in Ranchi War Cemetery, India.
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FRANCIS J. IMRAY, PTE. A.&S.H.
Note: military records show his name as James or James Henry Imray.
Francis James Imray – age 30 – Lance Corporal (2876622) 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Frank was employed at the Dunsdale Mill in Selkirk when he enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders in 1935. He sailed to Singapore in 1937 and was captured there in February 1942 when the garrison surrendered to the Japanese. He was transported to Labuan Island in Borneo where he died of malaria and beri-beri.
Born 1914 in Maryhill, Glasgow as Francis James Imray. Son of the late James Imray and of Catherine (Nicholson) Imray of Green Square, Selkirk.
His brother David of The Glen, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire was named as his next of kin.
Died on Service on 23 October 1944 and named on the Singapore Memorial.


JAMES JOHNSTONE, CPL. K.O.S.B.
James Johnstone – age 39 – Corporal (3188334) 8th (Home Defence) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James had been a football player and referee as well as secretary and treasurer to the Selkirk club. He also played in the Burgh Band. James and three colleagues were killed by falling masonry at Townhead House, Greenlaw, Berwickshire when a bomb fell on the town.
Born 1902 in Selkirk. Son of the late Robert Johnstone (died 1937) and Janet (Rae) Johnstone (died 1931) formerly of Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk. Husband of Elizabeth Armstrong (Stark) Johnstone of 18 Goslaw Green, Selkirk who he married in 1931 in Selkirk.
Killed by Enemy Action on 8 April 1941 and buried in Selkirk Cemetery. (CWG)


TOM LAIDLAW, S/SGT. GLIDER PILOT REGT.
Thomas Gray Laidlaw – age 23 – Staff Sergeant (3059966) 1st Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps.
Tom had served his apprenticeship as an ironmonger in Market Place, Selkirk before being employed in Edinburgh where he joined the Royal Scots in 1940. At some point he joined the AAC. Operation Ladbroke was a glider landing near Syracuse, Sicily, as part the Allied invasion of Sicily. The first Allied mission using large numbers of the aircraft, the operation was carried out from Tunisia by glider infantry of the British 1st Airlanding Brigade with a force of 136 Waco Hadrians and eight Airspeed Horsas but many of the gliders crashed into the sea.
Born 1919 in Selkirk. Son of James and Nancy (Gray) Laidlaw of 37 Market Place, Selkirk.
Missing in Action/Lost at Sea on 10 July 1943 and named on the Cassino Memorial, Italy.

and his uncle

ROBERT LAIDLAW, SGT. K.O.S.B.

Robert Laidlaw – age 43 – Private (3178692) 8th Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Robert enlisted in the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1919 and had served in India, Egypt, China and in Palestine. He went to France with the regiment at the outbreak of war and was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940. He was then posted to the 8th Lancasters which joined the Malta garrison in August 1941 and served through the Siege. Robert had 25 years of service when he died in the 90th General Hospital at Mtarfa on Malta.
Born 1901 in Selkirk. Son of the late Thomas and Ellen Laidlaw of Selkirk. (both died 1916) Husband of Edie (Thomson) Laidlaw, of 4 Heatherlie Terrace, Selkirk who he married in 1934 in Selkirk.
Died on Active Service on 22 July 1944 and buried in Pembroke Military Cemetery, Malta
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WILLIAM L. LEES, SGT. K.O.S.B.
William Lowrie Lees – age 33 – Sergeant (3190643) 4th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was in the tailoring business with his father, was a member of the Tailor's Incorporation and was elected Standard Bearer of the Royal Burgh in 1936. A sportsman, he played rugby for the Selkirk Club. He served in Brittany in France in June 1940 and returned to the continent, landing at Ostend in Belgium in October 1944. The 4th and 5th KOSB took part in the assault landings on Walcheren Island, at the mouth of the Scheldt in early November. William was buried at Udenhout in North Brabant, Netherlands and was re-interred in May 1946.
Born 1911 in Selkirk. Son of William and Agnes Temple (Blanch) Lees of 5 Scott Crescent, Selkirk. Husband of Elsie Hogarth (Trotter) Lees of 38 King Street, Galashiels, Selkirkshire who he married in 1939 in Selkirk.
Killed in Action on 24 November 1944 and buried in Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery, Netherlands
Also named on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial.


JOHN P. LOCKIE. GUNNER. R.A.
John Pretswell Lockie – age 28 – Gunner (1077169) 71 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery.
John was employed at St. Mary's Mill in Selkirk before he joined up in 1940. The Regiment, as part of the 53rd (Welsh) Division, landed at Normandy in late June 1944. John was killed at St. Laurent de Condel near Caen and was re-interred at Banneville in October 1945.
Born 1915 in Selkirk. Son of the late Hugh Lockie (died 1933) and of the late Maggie (Prestwell) Lockie (died 1934) Brother of George and Sidney of 38a Curror Street, Selkirk.
Killed in Action on 14 August 1944 and buried in Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial.
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ALEXANDER D. M. MURRAY, LIEUT. K.O.S.B. AIRBORNE.
Alexander Donald Milles Murray – age 19 – Lieutenant (311345) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Alexander was educated at Winchester College before attending the the Royal Military College at Sandhurst as Cadet (14425786) He was commissioned from there in February 1944 and volunteered for the 7th Airborne Battalion, being promoted Lieutenant in August 1944. Alexander was the officer commanding No.5 Platoon in “B” Company when on the morning of 17 September 1944 the first of over 50 Horsa Gliders carrying troops of the 7th (Airborne) Battalion, KOSB, 1st Airlanding Brigade, 1st Airborne Division, took off from RAF Down Apney in Gloucestershire and from the nearby RAF Blakehill Farm in Wiltshire. In the early afternoon they began to put down in their designated Landing Zone at Arnhem in the Netherlands. Their task was to clear any enemy from the area and then to defend the Drop Zones for 4 Parachute Brigade, due to arrive the following day. Alexander was killed near Johannahoeve Farm and was re-interred in August 1945.
Born 1925 in Kensington, London. Son of Brigadier Cyril Alexander Murray, formerly of The King's Own Scottish Borderers, and Marjorie Lilias (Milles) Murray of Philipburn, Selkirk.
Killed in Action on 18 September 1944 and buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands
Also named on the St. John's Episcopal Church memorial in Selkirk.


HARRY J. MURRAY, PTE. R.A.O.C.
Harry James Murray – age 35 – Private (10577656) Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
Harry had been a grocer and sub-postmaster at Raeburn Meadow in Selkirk and a member of the Home Guard before he joined up. He served in West Africa before going to India where he was killed in an accident. Harry was buried in Chiringa Military Cemetery in Bengal and was re-interred in Chittagong in February 1946.
Born 1910 in Selkirk. Son of Provost John Murray and of Helen (Edwards) Murray of Glan-Coed, Selkirk. Husband of Jessie Anne (Rae) Murray of 41 Shawburn Road, Selkirk who he married in 1936 in Selkirk.
Died on Active Service on 22 October 1944 and buried in Chittagong War Cemetery, Chattogram, Bangladesh.
Also named on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial.
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CHARLES E. S. MACDONALD, PTE. CAMERON HIGHLANDERS.
Charles Edward Stuart Macdonald – age 18 – Private (14498432) 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
Charlie had been an agent for the Prudential Assurance Company and had served in the Home Guard before joining his battalion in early October 1944. He was killed a month later.
Born 1926 in Edinburgh. Son of David and Annie MacDonald of 78 Mill Street, Selkirk.
Killed in Action on 18 November 1944 and buried in Mierlo War Cemetery, Netherlands
Also named on the St. John's Episcopal Church memorial in Selkirk.


ALEXANDER K. McALLAN, SGT. K.O.S.B.
Alexander Kerr McAllan – age 24 – Sergeant (3190313) 4th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Alexander was an apprentice stone-mason when he joined the Territorials before the war. The 4th and 5th battalions of the KOSB were in the Low Countries in the autumn of 1944, taking part in the assault landings on Walcheren Island, at the mouth of the Scheldt. They then fought through into Germany.
Born 1920 in Selkirk. Son of John and Janet (Scott) McAllan of 10 Milnshot Park, Selkirk.
Killed in Action on 7 January 1945 and buried in Brunssum War Cemetery, Netherlands.


ROBERT McCUDDEN, SGT. R.A.F.V.R.
Robert McCudden – age 19 – Sergeant (1822819) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Robert had been employed at Ettrick Mill in Selkirk. He had joined the local Air Training Corps in December 1941 and enlisted in the RAF in May 1943. He was onboard a Wellington bomber of 14 Operational Training Unit which had taken off from RAF Market Harborough in Leicestershire for a training flight when engine failure caused it to crash in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. All of the crew except one were killed.
Born 1924 in Selkirk. Son of Alexander and Christina (Reid) McCudden of Kilncroft, Selkirk.
Died on Service on 13 August 1944 and buried in Selkirk Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial and on a memorial at the crash site.
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JOHN J. McSHANE, SGT. R.A.F.V.R.
John Joseph McShane – age 21 – Sergeant (1345092) 102 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John's Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Pocklington in Yorkshire on a training flight but the aircraft crashed at Heyton, near Market Weighton, Yorkshire.
Born 1922 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Son of the late James McShane and of Ellen Annie (Sargent) McShane of 17 Market Place, Selkirk.
Died on Service on 3 October 1943 and buried in Pocklington Burial Ground. Yorkshire.

His brother also died on service but he is not named on the memorial.
James Anthony McShane – age 19 – Midshipman (A) H.M.S. Condor, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was killed in a flying accident when his aircraft of 767 Training Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm crashed at Tulloes Wood, Dunnichen near Forfar, Angus.
Born 1920 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
Died on Service on 23 August 1940 and buried in Arbroath Western Cemetery, Angus.


ROBERT F. PATERSON, TROOPER. REC. REGT.
Robert Francis Paterson – age 29 – Trooper (3186694) 52nd (Lowland) Divisional Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.
Robert was a member of the Territorial King's Own Scottish Borderers before the war. He landed with his Division at Ostend in Belgium in October 1944 and in 1945 as the Allied armies reached the River Rhine, the 52nd had the honour of being the first Reconnaissance regiment to cross the river in their storm boats along with commandos of the 1st Special Service Brigade. Robert was killed near Neuenkirchen in Germany and was re-interred in Reichswald Forest in April 1947.
Born 1915 in Selkirk. Son of John and Janet Paterson of Milnshot Park, Selkirk. Husband of Ethel May (Howe) Paterson of 8 Goslaw Green, Selkirk who he married in 1939 in Hawick, Roxburghshire.
Killed in Action on 7 April 1945 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Germany
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LEONARD PIERONI, STEWARD. M.N.
Leonard Pieroni – age 16 – Galley Boy, M.V. Pelayo (Liverpool) Merchant Navy.
Leonard was a member on the St. John's church choir and served in the Home Guard for a year. The “Pelayo” was sailing in convoy from Gibraltar to Swansea when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-552 off the northern Spanish coast.
Born 1925 in Selkirk as Leonard Jackson Pieroni. Son of Pearl Pieroni and grandson of Pietro and Louisa (Hare) Pieroni of 29 Curror Street, Selkirk.
Killed by Enemy Action/Lost at Sea on 15 June 1942 and named on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
Also named on the St. John's Episcopal Church memorial in Selkirk.
His uncle Richard Pieroni of the KOSB and the Machine Gun Corps was killed in action in 1918.


JOHN B. RAE, A.B. R.N.
John Baptie Rae – age 20 – Able Seaman (P/JX 514032) H.M.S. Ceylon, Royal Navy.
Jackie was serving on the light-cruiser “Ceylon” when he became ill. He died of broncho-pneumonia in the Naval Auxiliary Hospital in Colombo, Ceylon.
Born 1924 in Galashiels, Selkirkshire. Son of John and Mary Lee Orr (Baptie) Rae of 16 Thornfield Terrace, Selkirk.
Died on Active Service on 7 April 1945 and buried in Colombo (Liveramentu) Cemetery, Sri Lanka.


FREDERICK W. REEKIE, PTE. K.O.S.B.
Frederick William Reekie – age 22 – Private (3193080) 5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
The 52nd (Lowland) Division landed at St. Malo in Brittany on 13 June 1940 but France capitulated and the 5th KOSB was the covering battalion during the withdrawal on 18 June.
Born 1917 in Selkirk. Son of the late Andrew Reekie (died 1921) and of Beatrice Wiggins (Wallis) Reekie of 4 Raeburn Meadow, Selkirk.
Missing in Action on 18 June 1940 and named on the Dunkirk Memorial, France.
Also named on the St. John's Episcopal Church memorial in Selkirk.
His father Andrew Reekie had been a Sergeant (A343) in the 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. He was discharged from the army in February 1917 due to his wounds. Andrew died of tuberculosis at his home in Selkirk on 4 February 1921 and is buried in a Commonwealth War Grave in Selkirk Cemetery.
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ARTHUR RIDDELL, STOKER. R.N.
Arthur Riddell – age 31 – Stoker 1st Class (P/KX 116683) H.M.S. Fidelity, Royal Navy.
Arthur was employed at the Picture House in Selkirk when he joined the navy. The French merchant ship “Le Rhin” was taken over by Britain, converted to the special service vessel (SSV) HMS Fidelity and commissioned on 24 September 1940. The ship was armed with four 4inch guns and four torpedo tubes, and was equipped with two seaplanes and a motor torpedo boat. She became detached from an outbound convoy while sailing for Colombo, Ceylon via Capetown with a cargo of two Landing Craft and 50 Royal Marine Commandos, and was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-435 in the mid-Atlantic.
Born 1912 in Selkirk. Son of the late Thomas Riddell (died 1915) and of the late Maud (Reeves) Riddell (died 1913) of Halliday's Park, Selkirk.
Missing in Action/Lost at Sea on 1 January 1943 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
His father, Thomas, Private (17279) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers, was killed in action on 2 November 1915.


GEORGE RIDDELL, PTE. K.O.S.B.
George Riddell – age 19 – Private (14397261) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George worked with his father in the gardens at Philiphaugh, Selkirk. The 6th KOSB landed on the Normandy beaches on 15 June 1944 and took part in the battles around Caen and the River Odon. George was killed two weeks later near Grainville-sur-Odon and was re-interred in July 1945.
Born 1924 in Selkirk. Son of William and Jessie Riddell, of Ivy Lodge, Philiphaugh, Selkirk.
Killed in Action on 1 July 1944 and buried in St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France.


JAMES RIDDELL, CPL. R.A.S.C.
James Riddell – age 23 – Corporal (T/3189555) Royal Army Service Corps attached to the Royal Artillery.
James enlisted in the King's Own Scottish Borderers at the outbreak of war and was posted to France with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was with the RASC in Malaya when Singapore fell in February 1942 and escaped to Java but was captured in March 1943. James died while being transported to Japan and was buried at sea.
Born 1921 in Selkirk. Son of James and Annie (Stewart) Riddell, of 11 Anderson Road, Selkirk.
Died on Service on 24 June 1944 and named on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
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THOMAS SMITH, PTE. ROYAL SCOTS.
Not listed by CWGC – Thought to be:
Thomas Smith – age 54 – Private, Royal Scots.
Thomas was a master slater in the family business in Selkirk. In World War One he had served in the Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry as Private (1156) and in the 17th Royal Scots as Lance Corporal (276763). He rejoined the Royal Scots in 1939 and served for over three years. Thomas died at his home at 20 Market Place after a short illness.
Born 1890 in Selkirk. Son of the late John Smith (died 1923) and of Isabel Linton (Lees) Smith (died May 1944) of 20 Market Place, Selkirk.
Died on 10 September 1944 and buried in Selkirk Old Churchyard.


WILLIAM SNOWDEN, SGT. R.A.F.V.R.
William Snowden – age 20 – Sergeant (1822845) 103 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William had nine years of service with the Boy's Brigade when he joined the RAF in May 1943. His Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Elsham Wolds in Lincolnshire for a raid on the synthetic oil plant at Leuna near Leipzig but the aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed near Merseberg. William and other crew members were re-interred in Berlin in July 1947.
Born 1924 in Selkirk. Son of Robert and Joan Bateman (Stewart) Snowden of 70 Scott Crescent, Selkirk.
Killed in Action on 6 December 1944 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial.
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ROBERT STOTT, D.F.M. P.O. R.A.F.V.R.
Robert Stott, Distinguished Flying Medal – age 22 – Pilot Officer (162588) 101 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer.
Robert was a baker's vanman in Selkirk before he joined the RAF in 1941. He and a comrade were awarded DFM's as 1716019 Sergeant Kenneth Norman HICKLIN, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 101 Squadron. 1066653 Sergeant Robert STOTT, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 101 Squadron.
“In September, 1943, these airmen were rear and mid-upper gunners respectively of an aircraft which attacked Hanover. During the operation the bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire and then, whilst illuminated by the searchlights, was attacked by a fighter. Although their turrets were struck and damaged, whilst a fire burned alarmingly amidships, these gunners fought on with great coolness and drove off the attacker. Afterwards, Sergeant Hicklin was overcome by fumes but quickly recovered when dragged clear of his turret by Sergeant Stott and another member of the crew. Displaying great courage and endurance, these gallant gunners then rendered great assistance in extinguishing the fire in the fuselage. Their coolness, courage and devotion to duty in most trying circumstances were most inspiring
Three days before they were killed Kenneth and Robert were commissioned as Pilot Officers.
Their Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire for a raid on Berlin but the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter. They and other crew members were buried in Brusthem (St. Trond) Cemetery and were re-interred at Haverlee in March 1947.
Born 1921 in Selkirk. Son of the late James Brown Stott (died 1941) and of Jessie Mitchell (Graham) Stott of 40b Curror Street, Selkirk. Husband of Agnes Elizabeth (Chisholm) Stott of 174 High Street, Musselburgh, Midlothian who he married in 1943 in Pollok, Glasgow.
Killed in Action on 26 November 1943 and buried in Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial.


J. MALCOLM STRANG STEEL, LIEUT. GRENADIER GUARDS.
James Malcolm Strang Steel – age 24 – Lieutenant (176736) 6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards.
James was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, Cambridge where he took a degree in agriculture. He was commissioned from an Officer Cadet Training Unit in March 1941. In June 1942 the 6th Battalion left for Syria and in March 1943 they joined the leading troops of the 8th Army under General Montgomery. Four days later the youngest Battalion of the Regiment was engaged in the first battle of its history, The Battle of the Horseshoe – Mareth Line. In a single night of battle the battalion suffered a high loss in casualties.
Born 1919 in Chelsea, London. Son of Major Sir Samuel Strang Steel, 1st Baronet Steel of Philiphaugh, Selkirkshire and of the Hon. Vere Mabel Cornwallis, Lady Strang Steel.
Killed in Action on 17 March 1943 and buried in Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia.
Also named on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial, on the St. John's Episcopal Church memorial in Selkirk, on the Eton College memorial and on the Trinity College memorial.
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WILLIAM H. TODD, DRIVER. R.A.S.C.
William Houliston Todd – age 40 – Driver (T/74047) Royal Army Service Corps.
William was a coal lorry driver for the Selkirk Co-Operative Society and a driver in the local Fire Brigade. As a reservist he was mobilised in September 1939 and served in France before he was posted to Crete where he was taken prisoner at the end of May 1941. He had spent three years in Germany when he became ill and died. William was buried in Annaburg Waldfriedhof, south of Berlin, and was re-interred in August 1947.
Born 1904 in Selkirk. Son of the late Jane (Whitelaw) Todd (died 1932) and of Thomas Todd of Bridge Street, Selkirk. Thomas died on he same day as his son. Husband of the late Margaret Ann M. (Robertson) Todd (died 1933) of Selkirk who he married in 1927 in Galashiels.
Died on Service on 26 April 1944 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.


ROBERT S. TURNBULL, GUNNER. R.A.
Robert Scott Turnbull – age 22 – Gunner (919468) 240 Battery, 77 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. Royal Artillery.
77 Regiment arrived at Singapore in January 1941 but they were moved to Java in February and were overrun by the Japanese invasion in March. Robert became a prisoner of war and was transported to Japan. He died of disease in the Moji Branch Camp of the main camp at Fukuoka.
Born at 1921 at Ashybank, Selkirk. Son of Adam and Margaret (Scott) Turnbull of Clifton Road, Selkirk and of 15 Roseneath Terrace, Edinburgh.
Died on Service on 4 December 1942 and named on the Yokohama Cremation Memorial, Japan.


JOHN TYSON, PTE. K.O.S.B.
John Tyson – age 20 – Private (3189065) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Jock was a sportsman and boxer who had joined the Territorial KOSB as a boy. He was employed as a wood-cutter with the Forestry Commission until he was old enough to enlist in the 7th KOSB. He was a member of the No.2 Anti-Tank Platoon when on the morning of 17 September 1944 the first of over 50 Horsa Gliders carrying troops of the 7th (Airborne) Battalion, KOSB, 1st Airlanding Brigade, 1st Airborne Division, took off from RAF Down Apney in Gloucestershire and from the nearby RAF Blakehill Farm in Wiltshire. In the early afternoon they began to put down in their designated Landing Zone at Arnhem in the Netherlands. Their task was to clear any enemy from the area and then to defend the Drop Zones for 4 Parachute Brigade, due to arrive the following day.
Born 1924 in Selkirk. Son of the late Janet White (Emond) Tyson (died 1933) and of William Tyson of 46 Tower Street, Selkirk.
Missing in Action on 22 September 1944 and named on the Groesbeek Memorial, Netherlands.

Three of Jock's uncles, Bertram, James and John, were killed in WW1.
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WALTER G. WARD, FLT. SGT. R.A.F.V.R.
Walter Graham Ward – age 22 – Flight Sergeant (1567245) 428 (RCAF) Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Walter had been a member of Selkirk Cricket and Rugby Clubs and had served with the local Air Training Corps. He was already a trained pilot when he joined the Canadian crew at the 26 Operational Training Unit as their flight engineer. Their Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Middleton St George in County Durham on a cross-country navigation training flight but the aircraft crashed at the village of Sandon near Stafford.
Born 1928 in Selkirk. Son of ???? Grandson of the late James and Jane (Blackadder) Ward of Forest Terrace, Selkirk.
Died on Service on 30 April 1945 and buried in Selkirk Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on a memorial in Sandon Village.


HARRY A. A. WEBSTER, SQD. LDR. R.A.F.
Harry Arthur Andrew Webster – age 28 – Squadron Leader (37619) 220 Squadron, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.
Harry was granted a commission as a Pilot Officer in March 1936. He was promoted to Flying Officer in August 1938, to Flight Lieutenant in August 1940 and to Squadron Leader in September 1941. 220 Squadron, flying Boeing Fortress bombers, arrived at RAF Lagens, in the Azores Islands in October 1943 and Harry's aircraft had been tasked with taking meteorological readings at sea level on each hour following take-off as part of an anti-submarine sweep. Wreckage was found southwest of Terceira in the Azores exactly one hour’s flying time from the runway.
Born 1915 in Morningside, Edinburgh. Son of the late Colonel William Leckie Webster, R.A.M.C. (died 1940) and of Eva Marjorie (Seth, Pringle-Pattison) Webster of Nutfield, Camberley, Surrey. Husband of Gillian (Hartland-Mahon) Webster of Shawford, Winchester, Hampshire who he married in 1942 in Winchester.
Died on Active Service/Lost at Sea on 25 October 1943 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


JAMES J. WRIGHT, P.O. R.A.F.V.R.
James Johnstone Wright – age 30 – Flying Officer (119102) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
James played rugby for the Selkirk Club and for the Moray Club in the north of Scotland. He had worked as a designer in woollen mills at Newmill and was at Isla Bank Mills in Keith when he enlisted in 1940. He was commissioned from Sergeant (1023135) to Pilot Officer in January 1942 and promoted on 1 October but he was killed five days later when his Wellington bomber of No.1 Overseas Aircraft Delivery Unit disappeared while flying out to the Middle East.
Born 1911 in Selkirk. Son of Andrew and Isabella (Johnstone) Wright of 6a Clifton Road, Selkirk.
Missing in Action on 6 October 1942 and named on the Gibraltar Memorial, Gibraltar.
Also named on the Selkirk Parish Church memorial.
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Not on the memorial but named on the St. John's Episcopal Church memorial in Selkirk.

Walter Scott-Plummer – age 32 – Major (56602) Royal Horse Artillery, Member of the Order of the British Empire, Military Cross and Bar.
Walter was educated at Eton College before attending the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. He was commissioned from there in August 1933, promoted to Lieutenant in August 1936, to Captain in August 1941 and to Major in 1942. He was awarded a MC for his actions in France in 1940 and a second MC for his actions in Greece in 1941. Later he served at El Alamein and in Libya before he moved to India in command of a Field Battery where he was in action at Kohima and at Mandalay in Burma where he was killed. Walter was re-interred at Taukkyan in the 1950's.
Born 1913 in Selkirk. Son of Charles Henry Scott-Plummer and Muriel Grace (Johnstone-Douglas) Scott-Plummer of Sunderland Hall, Selkirkshire.
Killed in Action on 21 March 1945 and buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar.
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