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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:23 pm    Post subject: Cochran and Company Annan Reply with quote

This is a company memorial. Cochrans manufacture boilers. The memorial is located just inside the entrance to the factory office. The names inside the inner box are the fallen and the remainder served and returned.

UKNIWM Ref: 44215

Location is Newbie, just outside Annan. OS Map Ref: NY 183 652


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a stroke of luck and made contact with a local historian called Jim Hawkins. He kindly provided the scans below from Cochran Roll of Honour naming the 1914-1918 dead. This was was printed in the company's magazine Forum Volume 1 in June 1919.

Jim tells a story that Pte A Smith RE was reported killed, appeared on the Roll of Honour and in the magazine but actually turned up alive after the war and lived on until at least the 1950s. It is a little confused because his name is given as Alex on the Roll of Honour but Andrew in the magazine - further complicated by the existance of another Pte Andy Smith (KOSB) on the Roll of Honour who survived.

I have researched local war memorials, SNWM and CWGC and there was no A Smith RE with either a connection to Annan area or 60th Div Sig CO who died, so this supports the claim that he survived.

Details are sketchy but Jim relates.........

"I knew an Andy Smith at Cochran & Co in the 1950s. The story which I was told was that Andy was wounded and captured in the Balkans and was posted missing. When he eventually arrived home he was aleady listed as dead when the Cochran list was printed.
Andy's grandaugher who lives in Eastriggs only knows that he had been wounded fighting the Turks but has little further information. I do not know if Andrew Smith is the Andy who returned to work at Cochran & Co and died in 1973."

Certainly makes for an interesting tale and a possible topic for a future researcher.

Meanwhile, here are the excellent pics of those who died (including the one who came back).







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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done to Cochrans - all I can say is that is a superb tribute.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, excellent.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very nice tribute and thanks to Spoons for digging around for extra information. One thing doesn't seem to make sense though.

The text at the start of the magazine's tribute says "..we write but their names, and, equal in death, make no distinction of length of service or rank." Except for the only officer who is given the prime position and a larger photograph!

It is by unit order of precendence on the roll of honour so no distinction there.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
A very nice tribute and thanks to Spoons for digging around for extra information. One thing doesn't seem to make sense though.

The text at the start of the magazine's tribute says "..we write but their names, and, equal in death, make no distinction of length of service or rank." Except for the only officer who is given the prime position and a larger photograph!

It is by unit order of precendence on the roll of honour so no distinction there.

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In the magazine they are all in strict alphabetical order except the one officer - perhaps he was management? In any case I agree - not as advertised!
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PTE. SAMUEL J. ANDERSON, BORDER REGIMENT.
Samuel Johnstone Anderson – age 22 – Lance Corporal (11767) 6th Border Regiment.
Samuel had served his apprenticeship as a moulder at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted in August 1914. He had previously served for two years in the Territorial 5th KOSB. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in July 1915 but contracted dysentery and was evacuated to hospital in Malta where he died.
Born in 1893 in Annan. Son of John and Jane (Johnstone) Anderson of 10 North Street, Annan.
Died on Active Service on 13 September 1915 and buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial and on the Annan Parish Church memorial.


CORPL. JAMES ARMSTRONG, 2/5th K.O.S.B.
James Armstrong – age 20 – Corporal (40187) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was an apprentice engineer at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted in October 1914. He was posted to the KOSB in France in August 1916, He was badly wounded in April 1917 and had rejoined his battalion in mid June.
Born 1896 in Brydekirk, Dumfriesshire. Son of Robert and Mary Ann Armstrong of Manse Crescent, Brydekirk, Annan.
Died of Wounds on 31 July 1917 and buried in Potijze Chateau Lawn Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial, on the Brydekirk Parish War Memorial and on the Brydekirk Parish Church memorial (together with his brother George Haining Armstrong, age 18, Private (53083) 1/8th Battalion, Royal Scots who was killed on 12 April 1918)


PTE. JOSEPH A. H. BLACK, K.O.S.B.
Joseph Alexander Hamilton Black – age 30 – Corporal (2141) 2/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Joseph had been a boiler maker at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan and was a well known local footballer with the Solway Star club. He served with the 2/5th KOSB and was engaged on munitions work when he died of Bright's disease at his home.
Born 1884 in Kingston, Gorbals, Glasgow as Joseph James Hamilton Black.
Son of the the late William and Mary (Hamilton) Black. Husband of Annie Robertson (Lynn) Black of Downie's Wynd, Annan who he married in 1908 in Annan.
Died on Service on 1 March 1916 and buried in Annan Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.
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PTE. JAMES BURTON, M.M. ROYAL WEST KENTS.
James Burton, Military Medal – age 20 – Private (28509) 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
James was working at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted as Private (M/317871) in the Army Service Corps. He was posted to the 8th Royal West Kents but was transferred to the 1st Battalion where he was awarded a M.M. as 28509 Pte. Burton, J., 1st Bn. (Newbie) Born 1898 in Newbie, Annan as James Burton Rae. Son of Joseph Elliot Burton and of Mary Jane (Rae) Burton of 8 Three Trees Road, Newbie and of 1 Hope Place, Terregles Street, Maxwelltown, Kirkcudbrightshire who married in 1898 in Annan.
Killed in Action on 27 September1918 and buried in Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial and on the Annan Parish Church memorial.


PTE. RICHARD E. S. CARRUTHERS, 1/5th K.O.S.B.
Richard Ernest Scott Carruthers – age 21 – Private (1456) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Richard was an apprentice boilermaker at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan. As a member of the Territorial 5th KOSB he was mobilised in August 1914 and landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915. Robert contracted enteric fever and died in hospital on Mudros.
Born 1894 in Gosforth, Castle Ward, Northumberland. Son of George and Elizabeth (Scott) Carruthers who had married in 1888 in Dornock. In 1891 they were at Monkseaton in Northumberland but by 1901 they were at Hay's Place in Annan.
Died on Active Service on 4 August 1915 and buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial (together with his brother Christopher George Carruthers, age 27, Sergeant (135445) 4th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles who was killed on 9 April 1917)


PTE. SIMON CLOWE, K.O.S.B.
Simon Clowe – age 20 – Private (13672) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Simon worked at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915.
Born 1896 in Lawesknowe Railway Cottage, Kirkpatrick Juxta, Dumfriesshire.
Son of the late George Clowe and of Catherine (Graham) Clowe of Bellevue, Eastriggs, Dornock, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Dornock Parish War Memorial and on the Dornock Parish Church memorial (together with his brother David Clowe, age 22, Private (13081) 6th Battalion, KOSB who was killed on the same day)
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A.B. JOHN COLLINS, R.N.D.
John Collins – age 22 – Able Seaman (Clyde Z/5305) Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
John had been an apprentice boiler-maker at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted in June 1915. He joined his battalion at Gallipoli in October 1915. After service in Egypt the battalion move to France in May 1916 but John contracted a fever (pyrexia) and was evacuated home in November 1916. He rejoined his battalion in France in May 1917 but was fatally wounded and died two days later in the 46th Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1895 in Annan. Son of Martin and Margaret (Smith) Collins of Northfield Lodge and of Blackhills, Annan.
Died of Wounds on 28 October 1917 and buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial and on the Annan Parish Church memorial.


PTE. THOMAS CONNOR, BORDER REGIMENT.
Thomas Connor – age 24 – Private (11763) 7th (Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Battalion, Border Regiment.
Thomas was employed at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted. He joined the 6th Borderers at Gallipoli in August 1915. He then spent a period with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion in the UK before he joined the 7th Battalion in France.
Born 1894 in Annan. Son of Martin and Mary Ann (Whitlaw) Connor of 15 Scott's Street, Annan.
Killed in Action on 19 September 1918 and buried in Gauche Wood Cemetery, Villers-Guislain, France.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.


PTE. MATTHEW CORMIE, 1/5th K.O.S.B.
Matthew Cormie – age 19 – Private (1883) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Matt was an apprentice engineer at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was killed at the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1895 in Annan. Son of William and Marion (Lockhart) Cormie of 3 Three Trees Road, Newbie, Annan.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial and on the Annan Parish Church memorial.
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PTE. PETER FERGUSON DIXON, 1st CAMERON HGDRS.
Peter Ferguson Dixon – age 21 – Private (S/32691) 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
Peter was brought up in Annan and worked in the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan.
Born 1897 in Carlisle, Cumberland. Son of Andrew and Nicholas (Ferguson) Dixon of 19 Three Trees Road, Newbie, Annan.
Killed in Action on 4 November 1918 and buried in Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-Au-Bois, France.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.


PTE. ROBERT DOUGLAS, R.S.F.
Robert Douglas – age 31 – Private (8372) 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment.
Robert was a labourer when he enlisted in the 2nd Border Regiment in June 1906. He served in Gibraltar, India and Burma before he was transferred to the Army Reserve in April 1913. He was working at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he was mobilised in August 1914 and he landed with his battalion at Zeebrugge on 5 October 1914 but was killed three weeks later.
Born 1883 in Annan. Son of the late John and Ellen (Aitken) Douglas.
Brother of Alexander Dougls of Pathhead, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Durham and of Annie Stevenson of 11 St. Patrick's Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, who he named as his legatees.
Missing in Action on 26 October 1914 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.


GUNNr. BENJAMIN GRAHAM, R.F.A.
Benjamin Graham – age 25 – Gunner (125968) 131st Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
Benjamin was working at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted.
Born 1891 in Annan. Son of Joseph and Mary (Bell) Graham of Newbie Cottages, Cummertrees, Annan.
Killed in Action on 14 June 1917 and buried in La Targette British Cemetery, Neuville-St. Vaast, France.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.
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SERGT. WILLIAM LAIDLAW, M.M. A. & S.H.
William Laidlaw, Military Medal – age 25 – Lance Sergeant (S/3092) 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
William was a riveter at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted in the Argylls in August 1914. He had previously served in the Territorial 5th King's Own Scottish Borderers. He was with the 3rd Reserve Battalion until October 1915 when he joined his battalion in France. He was wounded in May 1916 but was able to rejoin his battalion three months later. He was awarded a M.M. for bravery in the field and was promoted to Sergeant in May 1917.
Born 1892 in Tundergarth, Dumfriesshire. Son of Charles and Jemima Thomasina (Armstrong or Clark or Linn) Laidlaw of Three Trees Road, Newbie, Annan.
Killed in Action on 12 June 1917 and buried in Crump Trench British Cemetery, Fampoux, France.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial, on the Middlebie Parish War Memorial and on the Eaglesfield District War Memorial.


PTE. ROBERT LAURIE, A. & S.H.
Robert Laurie – age 29 – Private (7227) 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
Robert had been a grocer's apprentice in Annan until he joined the army. He served with the 2nd Camerons in India until his term expired. He was working at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he re-enlisted in August 1914 and joined the 1st Camerons who were in Edinburgh. He landed with his battalion at Le Havre on 14 August, one of the first British formations to move to France. Robert was killed a year later at the battle of Loos.
Born 1886 in Annan as Robert McPherson Laurie. Son of the late James Laurie of Howgill, Annan and of Marion (McPherson) Laurie of Croftheads Cottages, Annan.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.


A.B. RICHARD LUPTON, H.M.S. SEVERN.
Richard Lupton – age 33 – Able Seaman (J/59349) H.M.S. Severn, Royal Navy.
Richard had worked at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan but he was described as a fisherman when he enlisted in September 1916. He was posted to the Cruiser HMS Hyacinth on the Cape of Good Hope Station in December 1916 and to the Monitor HMS Severn in April 1917. He was uprated to AB in July 1917. The “Severn” served on the East Africa station until 1918 and, after a long refit in Alexandria, also served on the lower Danube until March 1919. Richard died of pneumonia at the Royal Naval Hospital on Malta.
Born 1886 in Dornock, Dumfriesshire as Richard Carruthers.
Son of the late Richard Lupton and of Mary (Carruthers) Lupton of Annan. Husband of Elizabeth (Notman) Lupton of 6 Hays Place, Annan who he married in 1909 in Annan.
Died on Service on 27 April 1919 and buried in Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Malta.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.
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PTE. JAMES McGINLEY, BORDER REGIMENT.
Note: there are a number of variations of the family name.
James McGinley – age 29 – Private (18696) 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment.
James was working at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted for home guarding duties with the 2/5th KOSB in August 1914. He transferred to the Border Regiment and joined his battalion in France in June 1915. James was killed three months later during the battle of Loos.
Born 1887 in Penpont, Dumfriesshire. (as McGenily)
Son of the late Samuel McGenley and of Margaret (McNaught) McGenley.
Husband of Williamina (Grierson) McGinley of Back Lady Street and of 19 George Street, Annan who he married in 1905 in Annan as McGenley.
(On the 1911 census they are listed as McGinley)
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.


PTE. JOHN McQUADE, A. & S.H.
John McQuade – age 27 – Private (10289) 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
John was a riveter at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan and a prominent local footballer with the Solway Star when, as a reservist, he was mobilised in August 1914 and within a few days he landed with his battalion at Boulogne.
Born 1889 in Annan as John Davidson. Son of Joseph and Margaret (Davidson) McQuade of Johnstone Street, Annan who married in 1890.
Husband of Catherine Taylor Williams of 24 Baker Street, Stirling who he married in Stirling in 1915 when he was based at the Castle.
Killed in Action on 13 June 1916 and buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.


CPL. FRANK MYALLS, K.O.S.B.
Frank Thomas Myall – age 36 – Corporal (3048) No.1 Supernumerary Company, 2/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Frank was brought up in Lambeth in London and he went, at the age of 13, to the Training Ship “Exmouth” at Grays in Essex in October 1894 before he joined the Navy as a Boy in January 1895. He signed on for 12 years as an Ordinary Seaman in December 1897 and was discharged as Leading Seaman (182429) in December 1909. He married in August 1910 in Edinburgh and came to work as a machine-man at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan. He enlisted in August 1914 for home guarding duties and had just been posted to Portpatrick in Wigtownshire when he fell off the quay at the harbour side and was drowned.
Born in December 1879 as Frank Tom Myall in Blandford, Dorset. Son of the late John and Leonora (Freeman) Myall. Husband of Effie or Euphemia (Nicholson) Myall of 37 Port Street, Annan who he married in 1910 in St. Giles, Edinburgh.
Died on Service on 5 March 1915 and buried in Portpatrick Cemetery. Wigtownshire.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.
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PTE. JAMES SCOTT, 1/5th K.O.S.B.
James Scott – age 29 – Private (2023) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James, known locally as “Major”, was a hand-driller at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted in October 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was fatally wounded at the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1885 in Annan. Son of James and Agnes (Kennedy) Scott of Port Street Annan. Husband of Jean (Thomson) Scott of 4 English Street, Annan.
Died of Wounds on 12 July 1915 and buried in Skew Bridge Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.

and his brother

PTE. WILLIAM SCOTT, 16th H.L.I
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William Scott – age 20 – Private (42218) 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry.
William worked at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted. He was posted as Private (1459) to the King's Own Scottish Borderers in France in 1916 but was transferred to the 16th and then 15th Battalions of the HLI.
Born 1897 in Annan. Son of James and Agnes (Kennedy) Scott, of 32 Port Street Annan.
Missing in Action on 29 November 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in April 2007 "Spoons" posted this:

I had a stroke of luck and made contact with a local historian called Jim Hawkins. He kindly provided the scans from Cochran Roll of Honour naming the 1914-1918 dead. This was was printed in the company's magazine Forum Volume 1 in June 1919.
Jim tells a story that Pte A Smith RE was reported killed, appeared on the Roll of Honour and in the magazine but actually turned up alive after the war and lived on until at least the 1950s. It is a little confused because his name is given as Alex on the Roll of Honour but Andrew in the magazine - further complicated by the existance of another Pte Andy Smith (KOSB) on the Roll of Honour who survived.

I have researched local war memorials, SNWM and CWGC and there was no A Smith RE with either a connection to Annan area or 60th Div Sig CO who died, so this supports the claim that he survived.

Details are sketchy but Jim relates.........
"I knew an Andy Smith at Cochran & Co in the 1950s. The story which I was told was that Andy was wounded and captured in the Balkans and was posted missing. When he eventually arrived home he was aleady listed as dead when the Cochran list was printed.
Andy's grandaugher who lives in Eastriggs only knows that he had been wounded fighting the Turks but has little further information. I do not know if Andrew Smith is the Andy who returned to work at Cochran & Co and died in 1973."

Certainly makes for an interesting tale and a possible topic for a future researcher
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Here is the story as I've worked it out:

PTE. ANDREW SMITH, 60th DIV. SIGNAL CO. R.E.
It seems that he enlisted as Private (2022) in the 1/5th King's Own Scottish Borderers in October 1914 and landed with his battalion in Egypt in June 1915. Later he was renumbered as Private (240575) and at some point he was transferred as Private (412854) to the Royal Engineers. There is evidence that he stayed in the Army until the 1930's.
(Source: D&G Standard 10/10/1914 p.4 and Medal Roll/Card)
On the 1911 census there is only one Andrew Smith in the area near the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan and he is listed as a “Miller at Boilerworks”. Aged 22, he and his wife, Helen S. also aged 22 (married for less that 1 year) were living with his widowed mother in Eastrigg, Dornock Parish near Annan. Andrew had married Helen Steel Thomson in 1910 in Annan.
On the post war Valuation Rolls he is listed as a tenant - in 1915 in Dornock Village, as a Boilermaker, in 1920 & 1925 & 1930 in Dornock Village as a Soldier, and in 1935 in Bellevue Cottage, Eastriggs, Dornock as a Machineman.

Helen, aged 70 and “married to Andrew Smith, machineman (retired)” died in 1958 at Bellevue, Dornock and Andrew, aged 84, died in 1973 at Bellevue. They are buried together in Dornock Burial Ground.
(Source: GRoS – Death Registers and cemetery records)

He was born 1888 in Annan. Son of the late William Smith and of Mary Ann (Warwick) Smith, and is also named on the Annan War Memorial.
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PTE. WILLIAM THOMSON 6th K.O.S.B.
Note: all record have Thompson.
William Thompson – age 29 – Private (13031) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William worked at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan when he enlisted. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915 but was killed four months later during the battle of Loos.
Born 1886 in Annan as Thompson. Son of Francis and Andrewina (Beattie) Thompson of 17 Butts Street, Annan.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Annan War Memorial (as Thompson)



James and Thomas Walker were employed at the Cochrane & Company Works at Newbie, Annan and, as members of the Territorial 5th KOSB, they were mobilised in August 1914. They landed with the battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 and both were wounded at the battle of Achi Baba Nullah on 12 July. They were evacuated to hospital, James to Egypt and Thomas to Hampshire.

PTE. JAMES WALKER, 1/5th K.O.S.B.
James Walker – age 18 – Private (1458) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Born 1897 in Annan. Son of William and Elizabeth (Henderson) Walker of Queensberry Street, Annan.
Died of Wounds on 9 August 1915 and buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.

and his brother

PTE. THOMAS WALKER, 1/5th K.O.S.B
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Thomas Walker – age 21 – Private (848) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas died in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, South Stoneham, Hampshire.
Born 1894 in Annan. Son of William and Elizabeth (Henderson) Walker of Queensberry Street, Annan.
Died of Wounds on 6 September 1915 and buried in Annan Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Annan War Memorial.
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