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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

R. SMITH
I cannot trace a military record for this man but he is thought to be Robert Campbell Smith.
Born 1897 in Spott, Haddingtonshire/East Lothian. Son of Robert and Elizabeth (Peters) Smith of Saltcoats, Dirleton.


G. SOUTER
George Souter – age 19 – Private (203766) 7th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
George enlisted as Private (1289) in the Territorial 2/8th Royal Scots. He was posted as Private (40072) to the 10th/11th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry in France before being transferred to the Camerons.
Born 1898 in Edinburgh. Son of William and Wilhelmina (Cockie) Souter of Ferrygate, Dirleton/North Berwick.
Killed in Action on 28 March 1918 and buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.
Also named on the North Berwick War Memorial as Soutar.


A. WARDROP
Alexander Wardrop – age 24 – Driver (T4/123951) 37th Reserve Park, Army Service Corps.
Alexander was a ploughman at Castlemains Farm, Dirleton when he enlisted in October 1915. He joined his unit in Salonica in northern Greece in August 1916 but a month later he contracted malaria and died in the 29th General Hospital.
Born 1893 in Kirkliston, Edinburgh. Son of Robert and Elizabeth (Lawrie) Wardrop of Castlemains, Dirleton.
Died on Active Service on 30 September 1916 and buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece.


D.P. WATT
David Paterson Watt – age 30 – Lance Corporal (S/17265) Depot, Cameron Highlanders.
David served his apprenticeship as a golf club maker in North Berwick and continued his trade in Edinburgh where he became the professional at Mortonhall in 1910. He was living at Millar Crescent in Edinburgh when he enlisted in February 1915. He joined the 1st Camerons in France in January 1916 but was evacuate home due to shell-shock in March. He returned to France in February 1917 and joined the 6th Camerons but he was badly wounded in April and evacuated to England where he died following amputation of a leg at the Westgate-On-Sea Hospital in Thanet, Kent.
Born 1885 in Dunbar, East Lothian. Son of James and Annie (Logan) Watt of Dirleton. Husband of Elizabeth (Horseburgh) Watt of 23 Millar Crescent and of 31 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh who he married in 1913 in Edinburgh.
Died of Wounds on 25 April 1917 and buried in Edinburgh (Newington or Echo Bank) Cemetery.
Also named on the North Berwick War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D. WAUGH
David Waugh – age 22 – Private (11122) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards.
David joined his battalion in France in April 1915.
Born 1894 in Melrose, Roxburghshire as David Taylor Waugh. Son of James and Jane (Taylor) Waugh of Dirleton and of Biel Mill Lodge, Stenton, East Lothian.
Missing in Action on 13 September 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France


A. TAYLOR
Alexander Taylor, Military Medal – age 25 – Sergeant (12589) 10th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Alexander enlisted in Hull. The award of his MM was made in July 1917.
Born 1892 in North Berwick. Son of James and Annie (Robertson) Taylor of Cedar Grove, Dirleton.
Missing in Action on 23 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France

and his brother who died 10 days earlier

W. TAYLOR

William Taylor – age 19 – Private (19107) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots.
William was a gardener living at Cedar Grove, Dirleton when he enlisted in December 1914. He landed with the 16th Royal Scots (2nd Edinburgh) at Le Havre in January 1916 but he was wounded in August and evacuated to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley, Hampshire. He was posted to the 2nd Royal Scots in December 1916 but was wounded again and died in 8th Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1897 in North Berwick. Son of James and Annie (Robertson) Taylor of Cedar Grove, Dirleton.
Died of Wounds on 13 April 1917 and buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WW2


R. FALCONER
Ronald Falconer – age 22 – Private (3191400) 15th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps.
Born 1919 in Edrom, Berwickshire. Son of Mary Falconer, step daughter of Walter and Mary Middlemass. Grandson of Walter and Mary Middlemass of Gladsmuir, East Lothian and of Lugate, Stow, Midlothian.
Died on Service on 28 March 1941 - registered in Deben, Suffolk - and buried in Dirleton Cemetery. (CWG)


JAS. RENNIE
James Rennie – age 21 – Driver (T/14694275) Royal Army Service Corps.
Born 1923 in Dirleton. Son of Alexander and Thomasina (Whitecross) Rennie of Dirleton.
Killed in Action on 22 September 1944. and buried in Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands


H. TWEEDIE
Hugo Douglas Tweedie – age 34 – Major (49956) 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.
Hugo was commissioned in the Scots Guards from the Royal Military College at Sandhurst in January 1931 and he was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1934. He was seconded to the Colonial Office in September 1936 and he was promoted to Captain in January 1939. He was Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period July 1941 to October 1941 while he was attached to the King's African Rifles.
Born 1910 in North Berwick. East Lothian. Son of the late John Tweedie (died 1937) and of Agnes Pauline (Paton) Tweedie of Edradour, Strathearn Road, Dirleton. Husband of the Hon. Moyra Eileen (Montague-Douglas-Scott) Tweedie of Benrig, St. Boswells who he married in 1942 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Killed in Action on 8 April 1945 and buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the New Club memorial in Edinburgh.


T. WOOD
Thomas Wood – age 23 – Trooper (7907580) 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.
The battle of Gazala (26 May-14 June 1942) forced the British to abandon the defences of the Gazala Line and retreat back towards the Egyptian frontier.
Born 1919 in North Berwick. Son of Thomas and Mary Alice (Kenny) Wood of Dirleton.
Missing in Action on 27 May 1942 and named on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two local men buried in CWGC War Grave in Dirleton Cemetery but not named on any local War Memorial.

John Hair – age 27 – Craftsman (215549) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
John of Elm Bank, Dirleton had been a motor mechanic. He died of Tuberculosis at Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire.
Born 1920 in Bolton, East Lothian. Son of the late Jeanie Urquhart (Sanderson) Hair (died 1944) and of John Brockie Hair of Dirleton.
Died 25 November 1947.


Charles Derek Pitman – age 30 – Flying Officer (70545) 49 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
Charles was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He became an engineer and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the RAF Reserve in June 1930. He was promoted in December 1931. He was the pilot of a Hampden bomber which had taken of from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire for a mine laying sortie to the Gironde Estuary, near Bordeaux but the aircraft crashed near Andover, Hampshire after running out of fuel when returning.
Born 1909 in Edinburgh. Son of Robert Octavius Pitman, and of Beatrix (Sanderson) Pitman, of The Corner House, Gullane, East Lothian.
Died on Active Service on 17 October 1940.
Also named on the Eton and Trinity College War Memorials.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other CWGC War Graves in Dirleton Cemetery.

RAF Drem was home to 13 Flying Training School and, following the outbreak of the Second World War, it became an air defence fighter unit for the city of Edinburgh and the shipping area around the Firth of Forth, In 1942, Royal Navy personnel were posted to RAF Drem and in 1945 the unit was handed over to the Admiralty and renamed HMS Nighthawk.



Brian Peter Bailey – age 19 – Sergeant (741799) 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Brian's Spitfire from RAF Drem crashed at Haddington, East Lothian when a wing broke away while recovering from a loop.
Born 1920 Headington, Oxfordshire.
Died 30 December 1939.


Frederick Alan Bishop – age 23 – Pilot Officer (41821) Royal Air Force.
Frederick's Audex Trainer of 13 Flight Training School at RAF Drem crashed into a hill on the Whittingehame Estate just south of East Linton, East Lothian while on a training flight.
Born c.1916
Son of Albert and Susannah Mary Bishop, of Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia.
Died 14 September 1939.
(See also Keith Bartram Chiazzari below)


Douglas Phillip Hurlstone Boniface – age 23 – Sub-Lieutenant (A) H.M.S. Merlin, Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve.
HMS Merlin was an air station of the Royal Naval Air Service, at Donibristle, Fife.
His Fulmar of 784 Squadron Naval night-fighter school at RAF Drem flew into trees at Whitekirk, East Lothian during a night landing while on a solo training flight when East Fortune was mistaken for Drem
Born c.1921
Son of George Edward Boniface, and of Ethel Fanny Boniface (nee Keyes), of Feilding, Wellington, New Zealand.
Died 18 January 1944.


John Clifford Boulter, Distinguished Flying Cross – age 28 – Flight Lieutenant (37757) 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force.
John's Spitfire from RAF Drem collided with a Hurricane of 43 Squadron when taking off from Drem.
Born c.1913
Son of John Stanley and Else Eugene Boulter of Ramornie, Ladybank, Fife.
Died 17 February 1941.
DFC Citation:
“This officer has continuously been engaged on active operations since October, 1940. He is an excellent and determined leader, and his coolness and initiative have enabled him to destroy at least five enemy aircraft and share in the destruction of others.”

His brother Hugh Herman Boulter, Sergeant (741844) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 13 August 1940
Buried at Bassingbourn Cum Kneesworth Cemetery, Cambridgeshire.



David Bourne – age 20 – Pilot Officer (63091) 43 Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
David's Hurricane from RAF Drem spun into the ground near Donibristle in Fife when control was lost in a steep turn under low cloud.
Born 1921 Meopham, Strood, Kent.
Son of Harold James Bourne and Margaret Emma Bourne, of Meopham, Kent.
Died 5 September 1941


Peter Anthony Burnell-Phillips, Distinguished Flying Medal – age 24 – Flight Lieutenant (37848) 607 (County of Durham) Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force.
Tony's Hurricane from RAF Macmerry, East Lothian spun into the ground at Haddington, East Lothian
Born 1916 Wandsworth, London.
Son of Anthony and Ida Burnell-Phillips.
Died 9 February 1941
DFM Citation: as 745892 Sergeant Peter Anthony BURNELLPHILLIPS, No. 607 Squadron.
“One day in August, 1940, this airman displayed great skill when, by determined flying tactics, he forced a Dornier to crash into the sea although he had expended all his ammunition. On another occasion he destroyed a hostile aircraft after his own had been severely damaged and he had received a bullet wound in his foot. He has displayed exceptional skill, determination and gallantry
in his attacks against the enemy and has destroyed at least five of their aircraft.”


Keith Bartram Chiazzari – age 19 – Pilot Officer (41827) Royal Air Force.
Keith's Audex Trainer of 13 Flight Training School at RAF Drem crashed into a hill on the Whittingehame Estate just south of East Linton, East Lothian while on a training flight.
Born c.1920
Son of Henry William and Elsie Honoria Chiazzari, of Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa.
Died 14 September 1939.
(See also Frederick Alan Bishop above)


John Grant Dasent – age 24 – Flying Officer (404342) 485 Squadron, 2 Tactical Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force.
John's Spitfire from RAF Drem hit the sea and damaged the aircraft off Dunbar, East Lothian during a Royal Navy co-operation exercise, He baled out but was found to be dead when he was picked up.
Born c.1919
Son of Gerald Poynings Dasent and Ellen Elizabeth Dasent of Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Died 22 December 1943.


Basil Francis Evans – age 23 – Corporal (566005) Royal Air Force.
Basil's Oxford Trainer of 13 Flight Training School at RAF Drem dived into the ground at Lammerlaw, East Lothian during a training flight, cause unknown.
Born 1916 Croydon.
Died 26 October 1939.
(See also Charles Maurice Thorpe below)


Ronald Cameron Ferguson – age 28 – Flight Lieutenant (40378) Royal Air Force .
Ronald's Anson of 45 Maintenance Unit, RAF Kinloss in Moray flew into Turf Law near Soutra in the Lammermuir Hills, East Lothian in a snowstorm during a transit flight from Castle Bromwich to Kinloss.
Born c.1917
Son of Daniel and Jean Scott Ferguson of Ogmore Vale, Glamorgan.
Died 1 February 1945.


Denis Winton Hall – age 21 – Sergeant (1168705) 410 (RCAF) Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
His Boulton Paul Defiant from RAF Drem flew into Black Law south-east of Gifford, East Lothian during a night training flight.
Born 1920 New Shorham, Sussex.
Son of Robert William Hall, and of Pansy Hall, of Lancing, Sussex.
Died 30 August 1941.


Ian Leslie Millingen – age 20 – Sergeant (411798) 222 Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Australian Air Force.
Ian's Spitfire from RAF Drem crashed south of Dunbar, East Lothian, possibly due to structural failure of the wing.
Born c.1922
Son of Leslie Samuel and Violet Melita Millingen, of Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia.
Died 1 October 1942


Owen Burgess Norwood – age 24 – Sub-Lieutenant (A) H.M.S. Nighthawk, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Owen's Hellcat flew into high ground at Fala Moor southeast of Dalkeith, Midlothian when returning from a night navigation execise.
Born 1921 Preston, Lancashire.
Son of Harold Owen Norwood and Harriett Norwood.
Husband of Helen Mary Norwood of Oxford and of Clifton, Warwickshire.
Died 7 August 1945.


Wilfrid Leslie Rowe – age 34 – Leading Radio Mechanic (FX/561772) H.M.S. Merlin, Royal Navy.
HMS Merlin was an air station of the Royal Naval Air Service, at Donibristle, Fife.
Wilfrid was was a passenger on a B17 of the USAAF which crashed on take off from RAF Drem.
Born 1909 Maida Vale, London.
Son of Ernest Ashley Rowe and Katharine Rowe.
Husband of Eva Katharine Rowe of Christchurch, Hampshire.
Died 4 February 1944.


Arthur Wescombe Searle – age 20 – Pilot Officer (80101) 123 Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Arthur's Spitfire from RAF Drem collided with another Spitfire of 123 Squadron (pilot baled out) over Edinburgh and crashed into the Botanical Gardens during a practice flight.
Born c.1921
Son of Douglas George and Alice Louisa Searle, of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia.
Died 5 September 1941.


David Hayward Steele – age 20 – Sergeant (416291) 453 Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Australian Air Force.
David's Spitfire from RAF Drem crashed south-east of Garvald, East Lothian.
Born c.1922
Son of Robert Moore Steele and Florence Muriel Steele, of Heathpool, South Australia.
Died 28 August 1942.


Gerald Walter Sweeting – age 26 – Lieutenant (A) H.M.S. Merlin, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
HMS Merlin was an air station of the Royal Naval Air Service at Donibristle, Fife.
Gerald's Fulmar of 784 Squadron Naval night-fighter school at RAF Drem crashed on the approach to Drem.
Born 1918 Barnet, London.
Son of Henry Ravenhill Sweeting and Louise Eleanor Sweeting of Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex.
Husband of Phyllis Lilian Rose Sweeting, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Died 16 August 1944.

His brother John Ravenhill Sweeting – age 34 – Captain (107770) Royal Army Medical Corps
Died Between 18 and 19 January 1945
Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar.


Charles Maurice Thorpe – age 22 – Corporal (566539) Royal Air Force.
His Oxford Trainer of 13 Flight Training School at RAF Drem dived into the ground at Lammerlaw, East Lothian during a training flight, cause unknown.
Born 1916 Uppingham, Rutland.
Son of Charles Herbert and Annie Thorpe, of Uppingham, Rutland.
Died 26 October 1939.
(See also Basil Francis Evans above)


Bernard Clare Webber – age 20 – Sergeant (754818) 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Bernard's Spitfire from RAF Drem crashed at Grantshouse, Berwickshire during a snowstorm.
Born 1920 Plymouth.
Son of Squadron Leader Frank Clare Webber and Gertrude Webber of Kingston, Surrey.
Husband of Stina Marion Webber.
Died 31 December 1940.
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