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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject: WW2 Reply with quote

McKIE, ARCHIBALD C. LAC. R.A.F.
Archibald Campbell McKie, Aircraftman 1st Class (1162692) RAF Kallang, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 31.
Pre-war Archie had been a chauffeur with the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey. He had been a Prisoner of War in Java since the fall of Singapore in February 1942 and was enroute to Japan when the cargo ship "Tamahoko Maru" was torpedoed by the US submarine USS Tang.
Born 1913 in Muckairn, Argyllshire. Son of John and Mary Cameron (Campbell) McKie of Creetown.
Lost at Sea on 24 June 1944 and named on the Singapore Memorial.
Also named on the RAF Association Memorial in Dumfries.


McKIE, WILLIAM. L/S. R.N.
William McKie, Leading Seaman (D/SSX 26058) HMS Tartar, Royal Navy. Age 21.
William was born and brought up in Kirkinner. He joined the navy in 1938 and served at Norway and in the North Atlantic, including at the sinking of the Bismark. He was killed in an accident on board his ship while it was undergoing a major refit in the Royal Albert Dock in London.
Born 1920 in Kirkinner, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Annie (Barr) McKie of Barholm Cottage, Creetown.
Accidentally Killed on Active Service on 14 September 1941 and buried in Kirkinner Cemetery (CWG)
Also named on the Kirkinner Parish WW2 Memorial.


McLELLAN, DAVID, T.SGT. K.O.S.B.
David McLellan, Lance Sergeant (3190789) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers (Galloway), 1st Airlanding Brigade. Age 33.
Born 1911 in Glasgow. Son of Thomas and Mary Jane (McDowall) McLellan of Creetown.
Killed in action on 21 September 1944 and buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Also named on the 7th KOSB Roll of Honour in the Dumfries Aviation Museum.
David 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 By the night of the 25th the remaining men were withdrawn across the Rhine.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:09 pm    Post subject: WW2 Reply with quote

SALMOND, ETHEL G. ACW1. W.A.A.F.
Ethel Grieve Salmond, Aircraftwoman (2117952) Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Age 29.
Born 1914 in Dundee. Daughter of Major George and Ethel (Grieve) Salmond of Kirkmabreck House, Creetown and later of Dumfries.
Died on active service on 21 July 1944 of heart disease in Newcastle General Hospital and buried in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (West Road) Cemetery (CWG) Also named on the City of Dundee Roll of Honour.
Major George Salmond had been the Headmaster of Creetown School. In the early years of the First World War he served with the 1/5th KOSB. He was born in Forfar and his wife was born in Dundee.


VERNON, JAMES. PTE. K.O.S.B.
James Vernon, Private (3192881) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers (Galloway), 1st Airlanding Brigade. Age 26.
Born 1918 in Stirling. Son of David and Mary (Cummings) Vernon. Husband of Patricia (Hughes) Vernon of Creetown who he married in 1938 in Penninghame, Wigtownshire.
Killed in action on 19 September 1944 and buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands. Also listed on the 7th KOSB Roll of Honour in the Dumfries Aviation Museum.
James 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.


BRYCE, JAMES A. TPR. R.A.C.
James Alexander Millan Bryce, Trooper (14274055) The Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers) Royal Armoured Corps. Age 24.
James had been a well known local footballer with Creetown Club before his family moved to Liverpool where he joined the police force.
Born 1920 in Kirkmabreck. Son of James Alexander and Janet Reid (Emerson) Bryce of Liverpool, formerly of Creetown. Husband of Doris Joan (Flint) Bryce of Shard End, Birmingham who he married in 1942 in Meriden, Warwickshire.
Killed in action on 11 April 1945 and buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
James was buried in Lingen New Cemetery but was re-interred in Rheinberg in August 1947.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:18 am    Post subject: Frank Butler Pte GH Reply with quote

Frank Butler Private S/11854 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders b Kirkmabick,Kirkcudbright. e Dumfries Age 21 Killed in Action Somme, France 01/07/1916 Son of Lawrence and Annie (Macken) Butler of Woodfall Cottages and of Mill Street, Creetown. 1901 Census: Park Crescent, Kirkmabreck. Father's Occ: Granite Settmaker. B 1896. Enlisted in A & S High. Soldiers Effects: Father: Lawrence. Gordon Cemetery, Mametz Fr 0331 Sp. Mem. B. 31
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: WW1 - Pte Robert Muir, Seaforths Reply with quote

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MUIR, ROBERT. PTE. SEAFORTHS.
Robert Muir, Private (285372) 6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Formerly Private (23093) Royal Scots Fusiliers and Private (253032) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age 41.
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 November 1917 and listed on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.


Also listed on Panel 4 at the Kilmarnock War Memorial:- http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?p=68890#68890

Dumfries and Galloway Standard, Saturday, 5th January, 1918.
"CREETOWN MAN KILLED Private Robert Muir, Seaforth Highlanders, son of Mr and Mrs Peter Muir, 8 New Mill Road, Kilmarnock, was killed in action on 23rd November. He was a native of Creetown and served his apprenticeship as a grocer with Mr Morgan, Creetown, and later removed to Lenzie and thence to Kilmarnock, where for the past five years he had been foreman in the grocery department of Messrs. Wm. Rankin and Sons, King Street. Deceased was 42 years of age and unmarried."
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:37 pm    Post subject: Re: WW1 Reply with quote

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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 1 February 1917 and listed on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.


The Glasgow Herald, Friday, 16th February, 1917 (page 5).
"CASUALTIES Notes on Officers
CAPTAIN RAINSFORD-HANNAY, INDIAN INFANTRY

Captain Ramsay Rainsford-Hannay, Indian Army (killed February 1) was born on April ?? (might be 20th), 1884. He was the fourth son of Colonel Ramsay William Rainsford-Hannay, of Kirkdale, Kirkcudbrightshire, and of Mrs Rainsford-Hannay, who died this month. Captain Hannay was a nephew of the late Dr. Cameron Lees, K.C.V.O. of St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh."
(CWGC have his rank as Major and this is the rank that appears to be inscribed on Panel 56 A at Basra. SNWM have him as Captain.)

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1660058/RAINSFORD-HANNAY,%20RAMSAY
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The UKNIWM report now says it is of Creetown Granite and has been renamed to include Kirkmabreck Parish in the title
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:47 pm    Post subject: Private Robert McCheyne Reply with quote

In 1917-1918 Private Robert McCheyne's parents were living in Cockermouth, Cumbria, at 17 St Helen's Street, where his father was a fitter.
This has come to light as I have unearthed today the previously uncatalogued papers of the Administration of his estate, after his death, which were handled by a Cockermouth Solicitor.
Those papers are at Whitehaven Archives, and are reference DWM 485/64.

I was then checking whether he was on Cockermouth cenotaph, and the IWM WMR names index led me back to Creetown.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuart - I see that Robert's service record is now on-line and that his parents were at Embleton, Cockermouth in 1920/21.
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=141306

The Dumfries & Galloway Standard of 8/12/1917 p.3 reported

NEWTON STEWART MAN KILLED.
Private Robert M‘Cheyne, brother-in-law of Mr William Harris, Carsethorn, was killed France on 6th November. A letter from a friend of the deceased soldier stated that a shell burst and killed four and wounded five, Pte. M‘Cheyne was 26 years age. He was a native of Newton-Stewart, but latterly resided at Carsluith, near Creetown, with his parents, who now live in Cumberland. Five years ago went to Canada, and proceeded to France with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in August, 1916. A brother who is also serving with the Canadians was wounded about fortnight before Private M'Cheyne was killed, and is now in hospital at Walmer.
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