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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:34 am    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

MARR, ROBERT. PTE. A.S.C.
Robert Marr, Private (C/2905) Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport, XI Corps. Age 27.
Robert was a motor driver for the Temperance Hotel in Creetown when he enlisted in August 1914. He went to France on 16 August 1914. Robert died from bronchial pneumonia in the 54th Casualty Clearing Station at Aire.
Born 1891 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of Aaron and Agnes (Crawford) Marr of Harbour Street, Creetown.
Died on active service on 13 July 1918 and buried in Aire Communal Cemetery, France.


MATTHEWSON, JOHN. PTE. A.& S.H.
John Matthewson, Private (202739) 1/8th (The Argyllshire) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age 35.
John was living at 79 Broomlands Street, Paisley when he enlisted in March 1917 in the 1/6th (Renfrewshire) Battalion. He was transferred to the 1/8th and served at Cambrai and St. Quentin.
Born 1883 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of Alexander and Maggie (Slevin) Matthewson of Creetown. Husband of Maria (Hanley) Matthewson who he married in 1914 in Glasgow.
Missing in action on 21 March 1918 and named on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.


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MUIR, ROBERT. PTE. SEAFORTHS.
Robert Muir, Private (285372) 6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 41.
Robert served his apprenticeship as a grocer in Creetown, and later removed to Lenzie and then to Kilmarnock, where for five years he had been foreman in the grocery department of Messrs. Wm. Rankin and Sons, King Street. (see also post on Page 4.) He enlisted as Private (23093) in the Royal Scots Fusiliers and was posted as Private (253032) to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in France before being transferred to the Seaforths.
Born 1876 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of Peter and Mary (McKenzie) Muir of Creetown and later of Braeside Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Missing in action 23 on November 1917 and named on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.
Also named on the Kilmarnock War Memorial.


M'CHEYNE, ROBERT. PTE. CANADIANS.
Robert McCheyne, Private (186638) 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 26.
Robert lived with his parents in Carsluith, Creetown until he left for Canada in 1912. He was a farm labourer when he enlisted in November 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Born 1891 in Newton Stewart, Penninghame, Wigtownshire. Son of Alexander and Jane (Edgar) McCheyne of Carsluith, Creetown, Kirkmabreck.
Missing in action on 6 November 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

Note: Robert was a cousin of the brothers Alexander Joseph McCheyne, David McCubbing McCheyne, Francis Wallace McCheyne and James McCheyne who were killed in WW1 and who are listed on the Kells Parish War Memorial in New Galloway, Kirkcudbrightshire. A further cousin Thomas McCheyne also served with the Canadians as Private (81625) 2nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry and was killed on 26 April 1916. He is listed on the Kirkinner Parish War Memorial, Wigtownshire.
Robert and Thomas are listed together on the War Memorial at Miniota in Manitoba.
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M'DAVID, JAMES CLYMONT MAITLAND. L/SGT. K.O.S.B.
James Clymont Maitland McDavid, Lance Sergeant (240203) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 22.
James served with the Territorials and was mobilised as Private (1307) in August 1914. He joined the 6th KOSB in France in early 1917.
Born 1894 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of Joseph and Isabella (McClymont) McDavid of St. John Street, Creetown.
Missing in action on 3 May 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France. Also named on the Ewart School Memorial in Newton Stewart.

and his brother

M'DAVID, JOHN RAE. PTE. BLACK WATCH.
John Rae McDavid, Private (41156) 1/6th (Perthshire) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Age 18.
“Jack” was educated at the Ewart High School and joined the Commercial Bank in Newton Stewart. He enlisted in June 1917 and was posted as Private (S/23224) to the 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in France on 31 March 1918. He was transferred to the Black Watch and less than two weeks later was fatally wounded. He died in the 4th Canadian Casulaty Clearing Station in Pernes.
Born 1899 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of Joseph and Isabella (McClymont) McDavid of St. John Street, Creetown.
Died of wounds on 12 April 1918 and buried in Pernes British Cemetery, France. Also named on the Ewart School Memorial in Newton Stewart and on the Commercial Bank memorial now in RBS St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh.


M'DILL ROBERT CECIL. PTE. SEAFORTHS.
Robert Cecil McDill, Private (S/12591) 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 19.
Robert was employed at Boots the Chemist, Shandwick Place Branch, in Edinburgh when he enlisted in March 1916. He was killed at Martinpuich.
Born 1897 in Edinburgh. Son of William and Robina (Haining) McDill of Ravenshall Cottages, Gatehouse-of-Fleet. (on the boundary of Anwoth and Kirkmabreck Parishes)
Missing in action on 15 September 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:31 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

M'DOWALL, ARCHIBALD. PTE. H.L.I.
Archie McDowall, Private (18379) 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Age 33.
Archie was a sett maker at the quarries in Creetown when he enlisted. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915.
Born 1882 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of Hugh Shaw McDowall and of Jane Poole (Fraser) McDowall of High Street, Creetown.
Missing in action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


M'DOWALL, WILLIAM. L/CPL. KING'S ROYAL RIFLES.
William McDowall, Lance Corporal (A/203378) 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Age 37.
In 1911 William was a groom at Breckles Hall, Attleborough in Norfolk but he was living with his family in Weymouth Street, Marylebone, London when he enlisted in 1915 as Private (S/23069) in the 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade.
Born 1881 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of William and Jane (Rowan) McDowall of Creetown. Husband of Frances Jane (Cook) MacDowall who he married in 1913 at St. George Hanover Square, London.
Killed in action on 2 September 1918 and buried in Dury Crucifix Cemetery, France.


M'DOWALL, ALEXANDER. PTE. A.& S.H.
Alexander Vernon McDowall, Private (S/15832) 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age 20.
Alexander was a quarryman when he enlisted in December 1915. He was posted to the 14th Battalion of the A&SH in France in June 1916 but was at the Infantry Base Depot for some months until he was posted to the 10th Battalion in October 1916.
Born 1896 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of Robert and Maggie (Vernon) McDowall of St. John Street, Creetown.
Missing in action on 12 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


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M'LELLAN, JOHN. PTE. K.O.S.B.
The Stewartry Roll of Honour has McLellan, John of Creetown and McClelland, John of Kirkmabreck, but has no details for either.
It's possible that this may be:
John James McCelland, Private (9764) 1st Gordon Highlanders who was born in Kirkmabreck in 1887 and who was killed 19 December 1915 but I'm still researching.


M'MANUS, JAMES. PTE. K.O.S.B.
James McManus, Private (16742) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 35.
James was a granite mason enlisted in November 1914. He joined his battalion in France in May 1915 and served at the Somme, Arras and Ypres until his Division was moved to Italy, taking up positions along the River Piave, in late January 1918. They were recalled to France in March 1918.
Born 1882 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of James and Janet (McDowall) McManus of St. John Street, Creetown.
Killed in action on 28 June 1918 and buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, France.


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M'NEARNIE, JAMES. PTE. LOWLAND FIELD AMB.
James McNearnie, Private (1780) 3rd/1st Lowland Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Age 28.
James had served his apprenticeship as a joiner in Creetown. By 1911 his father had died and the family were living with the eldest brother John at 74 Crammond Street, Govan, Glasgow and were at 49 Elmfoot Street, Govan when James enlisted. He was working as a motor man with Glasgow Corporation Tramways.
Born 1887 in Newton Stewart, Penninghame, Wigtownshire. Son of the late James McNearnie and of Janet (Menzies) McNearnie of Harbour Street and of Blackland Cottage, Creetown and later of Oatlands, Glasgow.
Died on active service/Lost at Sea on 13 August 1915 and listed on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Glasgow Roll of Honour.

and his brother

M'NEARNIE, ALEXANDER. PTE. A.& S.H.
Alexander McNearnie, Private (13335) 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Tramways). Age 23.
Alexander lived with James and the rest of the family, and also worked for the Glasgow Corporation Tramways.
Born 1892 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of the late James McNearnie and of Janet (Menzies) McNearnie of Harbour Street and of Blackland Cottage, Creetown and later of Oatlands, Glasgow.
Missing in action on 1 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Also named on the Glasgow Roll of Honour and on the 15th HLI Memorial in the Museum of Transport in Glasgow.

The brothers are also named on the memorial of the Whitevale Depot of the Glasgow Corporation Tramways.

Note:The McNearnie name appears in various spellings on various records, see the post on page 1.



O'HARA, ROBERT. PTE. A.& S.H.
Robert O'Hara, Private (S/23648) 1/7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age 19.
Born 1899 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of Thomas and Margaret (McCreadie) O'Hara of Creetown, then of Taynuilt, Argyll and then of Cavendish Street, Glasgow. Robert was a stone-dresser in Bonawe Quarry, Taynuilt when he enlisted as Private (1454) in the 41st Training Battalion. He joined the Argylls in France in April 1918.
Died of wounds 26 August 1918 and buried in Anzin-St. Aubin British Cemetery, France.
Also listed on the Creetown U.F. Church Memorial now in Kirkmabreck Parish Church.


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RAINSFORD-HANNAY, RAMSAY. CAPTAIN. 45TH RATTRAY'S SIKHS.
Ramsay Rainsford-Hannay, Major: 45th Rattray's Sikhs. Age 32.
Born 1884 in Malta. Son of Colonel Ramsay William Rainsford-Hannay and of Helen Jane (Brancker) Rainsford-Hannay of Kirkdale House, Carsluith, Creetown. Ramsay was commissioned to the 45th Sikhs from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1905 and to Captain in 1912, he served in Mesopotamia and was killed near Kut-al-Amara.
Killed in action on 1 February 1917 and named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
Also named on an individual memorial in Kirkmabreck Parish Church.


SCOTT, ADAM. PTE. K.O.S.B.
Adam Scott, Private (8580) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 40.
Adam was a sett-maker in the quarries in Creetown when he enlisted in April 1915. He joined his battalion at Gallipoli in August 1915.
Born 1876 in Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Janet (Marr) Scott of Oakbank, Carsluith, Creetown. Husband of Janet (McDonald) Scott of The Daffin, Carsluith, Creetown who he married in 1902 in Hoddom, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in action on 7 September 1916 and buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.


SCOTT, JAMES ALEXANDER. PTE. K.O.S.B.
James Alexander Scott, Private (2947 & 240975) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 22.
James was employed by Birrell Brothers, salmon tacksmen, of Creetown when he enlisted in January 1915. He served in Egypt and Palestine and was wounded at Gaza. James died of his wounds in hospital in Cairo.
Born 1895 in Carsluith, Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of Mary Scott of Bay View Terrace, Carsluith, Creetown. In 1901 he was living with his grandparents John and Sarah Scott at Bay View Cottages, Carsluith and he named Sarah as his next of kin.
Died of wounds on 30 November 1917 and buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.


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SIMPSON, HARRY. PTE. ROYAL SCOTS.
Henry or Harry Simpson, Private (48516) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 20.
Harry was an engine driver when he enlisted in February 1916. He was employed at Braehead, Kirkinner, Wigtownshire when he was mobilised in January 1917 and posted as Private (21179) to the 77th Training Battalion before he was posted to the Royal Scots in France in July 1917.
Born 1897 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of William and Sarah (Baxter) Simpson of 12 Grimshaw Terrace, Creetown.
Killed in action on 16 December 1917 and buried in Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux, France.


STRACHAN, ROBERT HORNALL. L/CPL. H.L.I.
Robert Hornall Strachan, Lance Corporal (18310) 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Age 20.
Robert enlisted in January 1915 and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915. He was wounded at Loos and evacuated to the UK and after he recovered he served on the Somme.
Born 1895 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of George and Elizabeth (Kelly) Strachan of The Hollow and of Craigielea, Creetown.
Missing in action on 13 August 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.


TEMPLETON, PETER. L/CPL. R.S.F.
Peter Templeton, Lance Corporal (17783) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 44.
Pre-war Peter had served with the Territorials and he re-enlisted when war broke out. He died of illness in the 24th General Hospital in Etaples.
Born 1872 in Kirkmabreck. Son of John and Mary (MacDuff) Templeton of Carsluith, Creetown.
Died on active service on 3 May 1917 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Note:The Templeton family grave is in the Old Kirkmabreck Parish Churchyard in the hills behind Carsluith village.


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THOMSON, ALEXANDER. PTE. SCOTS GUARDS.
Alexander Thomson, Private (11974) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Age 22.
Alexander was employed on the railway at Stranraer when he enlisted there in November 1914. He joined his battalion in France in April 1915.
Born 1892 in Muirkirk, Ayrshire. Son of Police Sergeant Isaac Thomson and of Margaret (Vallance) Thomson of Harbour Street and Church Street, Creetown, Kirkmabreck.
Missing in action on 27 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Burgh of Stranraer War Memorial.


THOMSON, WILLIAM. L/CPL. ROYAL SCOTS.
William Thomson, Lance Corporal (43649) 15th Battalion, Royal Scots. Formerly Private (23117) Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Age 30.
Born 1887 in Kirkmabreck. Son of Robert and Elizabeth (McKean) Thomson of Burnside Cottage, Creetown. William enlisted in February 1916 in the Cameronians.
Missing in action on 22 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


THOMSON, BESSIE. NURSE. KIRKMABRECK V.A.D.
Elizabeth Thomson, Nursing Member: Voluntary Aid Detachment, 58th (Scottish) General Hospital. Attached to the British Red Cross. Age 28.
Born 1889 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Daughter of Robert and Margaret (Vernon) Thomson of St. John Street, Creetown. Bessie applied to do nursing and was posted to the Old Mill Military Hospital in Aberdeen. She volunteered for overseas service in March 1916 and served in the 58th (Scottish) General Hospital in St. Omer, France. She was killed during an enemy air-raid on the hospital.
Killed by enemy action on 30 September 1917 and buried in Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:02 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

VERNON, PETER. PTE. CYCLIST CORPS.
Peter Vernon, Private (6263) 26th Division, Army Cyclist Corps. Formerly Private (15045) Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 23.
Peter was a labourer when he enlisted at Paisley as Private (14045) Royal Scot Fusiliers in September 1914. He was transferred to the Cyclists. He landed with his Division in France in September 1915 but in October/November the Division moved to Salonica in Northern Greece. Peter died of malaria in the 28th General Hospital.
Born 1893 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of James and Margaret (McDowall) Vernon of Barholm Street, Creetown.
Died on active service on 22 August 1916 and buried in the Salonica (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece.

and his brother

VERNON, JAMES. PTE. ROYAL SCOTS.
James Vernon, Private (16877) 12th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 31.
James was living with his wife and family Elderslie, Paisley, Renfrewshire when he enlisted in September 1914. He joined the 1st Royal Scots in France in May 1915 and moved with them to Salonica in northern Greece in December 1915. After three and a half years of active service he was granted a month's leave at home before being posted to the 12th Royal Scots in France in early 1918.
Born 1886 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of James and Margaret (McDowall) Vernon of Barholm Street, Creetown. Husband of Helen (Patterson) Vernon of 2 Newton Terrace, Elderslie, Paisley who he married in 1912 in Elderslie, Renfrewshire.
Missing in action on 25 April 1918 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

Although Peter and James both served in Salonica from December 1915 they did not meet and James only learned of Peter's death in a message from home.


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VERNON, DAVID JOHN RUMSAY. CPL. LOND.SCOT.
David John Rumsey Vernon, Corporal (3757 & 510722) 1/14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish) London Regiment. Age 21.
In 1911 David was a student living with his uncle and aunt John and Eleanor Jane (Rumsey) Vaughan in Brecon, Wales. He was living in Queen's Park, London when he enlisted in November 1914. He joined his battalion in France in March 1915.
Born 1896 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of the late John Dargavel Vernon and of Elizabeth Simpson (Rumsey) Vernon (later Mrs. Donald Harris) of Blacklands, Creetown.
Missing in action on 1 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.


WHAN, DAVID. PTE. ROYAL SCOTS.
David Muir Whan, Private (51128) 16th Battalion (2nd Edinburgh) Royal Scots. Age 20.
David was munitions worker when he enlisted as Private (3330) in the 2/1st Lothian and Borders Horse Yeomanry in March 1917. He was posted to the Royal Scots in France in February 1918.
Born 1898 in Carsluith, Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of David and Janet Ann (MacMorine) Whan of Park Crescent, Creetown and of Bay View House, Carsluith, Creetown.
Missing in action on 16 April 1918 and named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.


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WILSON, ADAM. PIPER. H.L.I.
Adam Wilson – age 24. It seems that Adam enlisted in September 1914 and served in the 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry until early 1917 when he was transferred to the 1/6th Battalion in Egypt/Palestine where he died of disease. I suspect that the paperwork had not caught up and as a result he is named on various records with different service numbers.
CWGC has Private (18256) 4th Battalion attached to 6th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry with his next of kin as Mrs Grace Wilson of Bargrennan and of Carsphairn. The Army Registers of Soldiers effects has the same number, battalion and next of kin.
However SNWM has Private (243538) 6th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Born Creetown, enlisted Irvine, Ayrshire.
SRoH has Wilson, Piper Adam, Blackmyre, Creetown. Enlisted September, 1914, H.L.I. Died on active service April, 1917.

In 1911 Adam, aged 19, was a gardener at Eglinton Castle estate, Kilwinning near Irvine.
Born 1892 Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of the late William Wilson of Harbour Street, Creetown and of Grace (Rodger) Wilson, later of Disdow Cothouse, Gatehouse-of-Fleet and then of Bargrennan and Carsphairn, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Died on active service on 10 April 1917 and buried in Deir el Belah War Cemetery, Palestine.


YOUNG, JOHN LAING. PTE. BLACK WATCH.
Served as:
John Young Laing, Private (2472) 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Age 21.
Born 1892 in Edinburgh as John Inglis Young. Son of William Laing Young and of the late Margaret (Inglis) Young. (Margaret died two weeks after John's birth). In 1911 John was working on Uroich Farm near Laurieston, Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire but enlisted in August 1914 from Muirkirk in Ayrshire, where his father was living and working.
He died of wounds on 19 November 1914 in the King Edward VII Hospital in Cardiff (3rd Western General Hospital) and was buried in Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery, Wales.
Also named as John Y. Laing, Black Watch on the Muirkirk Parish War Memorial.

John's link with Kirkmabreck is still not known but local newspaper reports have: "Private John Laing of the Black Watch, who belongs to Creetown, Kirkcudbright, has succumbed to injuries in a Cardiff hospital."


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1939 - 1945

BELL, ROBERT ALEXANDER. L/CPL. K.O.S.B.
Robert Alexander (Bert) Bell, Lance Corporal (3191570) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 26.
One of the first Creetown men to be called up, "Bert" served in the 1st BEF and was lifted from the beaches at Dunkirk. He returned to France on D-Day 1944.
Born 1918 in Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of John and Mina (Heron) Bell of Creetown. Husband of Elizabeth (Lupton) Bell of St. John Street, Creetown who he married in 1942 in Edmonton, London.
Killed in action on 2 March 1945 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Robert was killed during the advance from the Dutch Border to the Rhine during Operation Veritable. He was buried at Winnekendonk but was re-interred at Reichswald Forest in November 1946.


BROWN, ALEXANDER. FLT.SGT. R.A.F.
Alexander Brown, Flight Sergeant (552771) 105 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force. Age 20.
Alexander was a member of the Kirkmabreck Boy Scouts and joined the RAF when he was 16. He was promoted to Sergeant when he was still just 17 and served as a wireless operator and air gunner
He took off in his Blenheim fighter/bomber from RAF Luqa on Malta to attack shipping off the south east coast of Tunisia, heading for Tripoli. As they made a low level attack over a heavily laden schooner the aircraft crashed into the sea, possibly as a result of hitting strong wires stretched between the ship’s masts.
Born 1920 in Kirkmabreck. Son of Nicholas Brown and step-son of John Hickson. They married in 1923 in Carlisle, however Nicholas died in April 1924 in Kirkmabreck.
Grandson of Mrs. Robert Brown of Harbour Street, Creetown and nephew of Elizabeth Vernon (Brown) Irving of Creetown.
Missing in action on 17 September 1941 and named on the Malta Memorial.


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FRASER, WILLIAM. SGT. R.A.F.
William Fraser, Sergeant/Navigator (1559186) 7 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20.
William was Gold Medalist at Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart in 1941 and, as a member of 906 Squadron A.T.C., he joined the RAF from school in 1942 and began operations in 1943. He was navigator for a Pathfinder crew. William's Lancaster bomber took off from RAF Oakington in Cambridgeshire for a raid on Berlin. The aircraft crashed at Zuhlen near Rheinsberg to the north of Berlin. Two of the crew survived while the others were buried in Zuhlen. William was re-interred in Berlin Cemetery in June 1947.
Born c.1923 in Dumfries. Son of Rebecca Fraser of Creetown.
Killed in action on 29 January 1944 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Douglas Ewart High School Memorial in Newton Stewart and on the RAF Association Memorial in Dumfries.


GIRGAN, JOHN TOM. PTE. K.O.S.B.
John Thomas Girgan, Private (3190913) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers (Galloway), 1st Airlanding Brigade. Age 24.
Born 1920 in Kirkmabreck. Son of ?
Missing in action between 21 and 23 September 1944 at Arnhem and named on the Groesbeek Memorial, Netherlands.
Also named on the 7th KOSB Roll of Honour in the Dumfries Aviation Museum.
John is one of three men on the Kirkmabreck memorial who were killed during Operation Market Garden at Arnhem. They landed by glider on the first day of the battle, 17 September 1944, to secure the landing ground for the 4th Parachute Brigade. By the night of the 25th the remaining men were withdrawn across the Rhine.


LAING, WILLIAM B. O/S. R.N.
William Brough Laing, Ordinary Seaman (P/JX 162410) HMS Durban, Royal Navy. Age 18.
William was educated at Kirkdale school in Carsluith and joined the navy when he was 15. He was killed near Singapore during a Japanese air raid on his ship.
Born 1923 in Newburgh, Fife. Son of Peter and Lizzie Thyne (Brough) Laing of Creetown.
Killed in action on 12 February 1942 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
In February 1942 the light cruiser “Durban” moved with the rest of the Eastern Fleet to Java, after the Japanese started their attack on Singapore. Durban was damaged by bombing before she could leave, but was able to make it to Batavia.


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McCALL, HUGH. W/OFF. R.A.F.
Note all records spell the name as McCOLL.
Hugh McColl, Warrant Officer (516742) 248 Squadron, Royal air Force. Age 27.
Hugh joined the RAF before the war. On the morning of 1 December 1942 three Beaufighters of 248 Squadron took off for a security patrol south of Brest. They were all shot down by fighters.
Born 1915 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire. Son of the late Hugh McColl and of Elizabeth (Lees) McColl (later Mrs. Byron) of Grimshawe Street, Creetown.
Missing in action on 1 December 1942 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the RAF Association Memorial in Dumfries.
248 were flying Beaufighters on patrols over the Bay of Biscay in support of Coastal Command anti-submarine aircraft.


McDOWALL, WILLIAM BARR. DVR. R.A.O.C.
William Barr McDowall, Driver (14246984) Royal Engineers. Age 21,
Born 1923 in Kirkmabreck. Son of David John and Marion (Barr) McDowall of 7 Harbour Street, Creetown. William was seriously ill and evacuated from France in December 1944. He died in hospital in Lichfield, Staffordshire on 7 January 1945 and was buried in Kirkmabreck Parish Churchyard in Creetown. (CWG)
Also interred here is his sister JANE BARR McDOWALL, age 18, a Fire Watcher who was killed in a car crash returning from a training exercise in Gatehouse-of-Fleet on 23 September 1942. She was employed in the Creetown branch of the Co-operative Society.


McGUFFIE, ANTHONY WELSH. DVR. R.E,
Anthony Welsh McGuffie, Sapper (14364022) 626 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. Age 24.
Anthony had been educated at Kirkdale school in Carsluith but his family were at King's Laggan in Gatehouse when he enlisted. He was killed by a mine.
Born 1921 in Kirkmabreck. Son of Alexander Thomas and Elizabeth (Welsh) McGuffie of Casrluith Mill, Creetown.
Died on active service 9 May 1945 and buried in Udine War Cemetery, Italy.
Also named on the Anwoth Parish Church War Memorial now in Gatehouse-of-Fleet Parish Church.
German forces in Italy surrendered on 2 May 1945.


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