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W. IRELAND
William Ireland – age 20 – Private (40068) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was a porter and clerk with the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company at Bridge of Dee Railway Station and, as a member of the Territorials, he was mobilised in August 1914 in 5th KOSB. Allocated initially to the 2nd KOSB, he was posted to the 1/5th KOSB and served in Egypt and Palestine where he was wounded. He went to France in April 1918 and at some point was transferred to the 7th/8th KOSB. William was killed at Soissones.
Born 1897 at Ingleston Gatehouse, Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Maggie (O'Neil) Ireland of The Buchan, Kelton, Castle Douglas. Killed in Action on 23 July 1918 and buried in Buzancy Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas and on the G&SW Railway Memorial now in Ayr Station.


R. JAMIESON
Robert Jamieson – age 19 – Private (51026) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Robert was an apprentice builder when he enlisted in February 1917 as Private (3792) in the 1/10th Royal Scots, but in March he was transferred as Private (3408) to the 2/1st Lothian and Borders Horse Yeomanry. On 26 February 1918 he joined the 13th Royal Scots in France. Robert was taken prisoner at Arras and killed by British shell after being detailed to bring in German wounded.
Born 1899 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of William and Marion (McNaught) Jamieson of Hamilton Place and of 18 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 28 March 1918 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.
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F. LAURIE JOHNSTONE
Frederick John Lawrie Johnstone, Military Cross – age 21 – Captain: 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Frederick was educated at Eton College and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned in November 1914 and joined his battalion in France in January 1915. He was awarded the M.C as Lt. (temp. Capt.) Frederick John Lawrie Johnstone “For conspicuous gallantry in action. During heavy fighting he assumed command of two other companies as well as his own, organised a successful counter-attack, kept up the supply of ammunition and bombs, and did fine work generally.” He served at La Bassee, Loos, Nueve Chapelle, Festubert and the Somme where he was fatally wounded at High Wood on 20 August 1916.
Born 1895 at Ernespie Mansion, Crossmichael. Son of Charles Lawrence Johnstone (an East Indies Merchant) and Ellen Stormonth (McKie) Johnstone of Drum Park, Dumfries and of Gelston Castle.
Died of Wounds on 29 August 1916 and buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Crossmichael War Memorials, in the St Ninian's Episcopal Church, Castle Douglas, the Gelston and District War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.


H. LINDSAY
Hamilton Stewart Lindsay – age 27 – Private (260130) 1/5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Formerly Private (301576) 1/8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Hamilton was wounded and taken prisoner in March 1918 at St. Quentin. He died at Kattowitz Camp in Prussian Silesia (now Katowice, Poland)
Born 1891 at Airieland, Kelton, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of John and Jessie (Stewart) Lindsay.
Husband of Margaret Saunders Lindsay of Gelston Village who he married in 1913 at Buittle.
Died on Service on 4 November 1918 and buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland.
Also named on the Gelston School Roll of Honour, the Gelston and District War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.
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D. McDILL
David McDill – age 27 – Private (A/24183) 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry) Canadian Infantry
Although born in Glasgow, David attended Rhonehouse School for 9 years and then Castle Douglas Higher Grade School. He was initially employed by the Glasgow and South West Railway as a clerk at Bridge of Dee Station and, some years later at Hawkhead Station near Glasgow. He then move to the department store, Affleck and Brown, in Manchester before taking up a post with the Union Bank of Canada in 1911. David was a bank clerk in Souris, Manitoba when he enlisted in December 1914. In July 1915 he was promoted to Company Quartermaster Sergeant in the 5th CIF and signed a new set of Attestation papers at Shorncliffe, Kent, England, however on 12 November 1915 he reverted to the rank of Private at his own request. David was killed in the trenches near Ploegsteert and was buried in the Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery but was re-interred in January 1930.
Born 1888 at Anderston, Glasgow. Son of John H. and Jane (Hyslop) McDill of Rhonehouse, Kelton.
Killed in Action on 11 December 1915 and buried in Berks Cemetery Extension, Belgium.
Also named on the Rhonehouse and District War Memorial, on the Rhonehouse Public School Roll of Honour, on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas and on the Castle Douglas Higher School Roll of Honour (now lost); and on the Union Bank of Canada Memorial Tablet on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.


J. McGAW
James McGaw – age 23 - Private (S/13817) 6th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
James was a farm servant when he enlisted in October 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915 and was reported missing after the battle of Loos.
Born 1892 at Dundrennan Village, Rerrick, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of the late John and Margaret (Agnew) McGaw of Gelston Village.
In 1901 the family were living in Crossmichael and this is given as his Place of Birth on his Army Service Record. His nearest surviving relative was his sister Helen McGarva of Gelston Village.
Missing in Action on 26 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Borgue War Memorial, the Gelston and District War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.
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R. McQUEEN
Robert McQueen – age 25 – Private (40158) 7th /8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert had 4 years pre-war service with KOSB as a Trumpeter and was mobilised in August 1914 in the 5th KOSB. He transferred to 7th/8th KOSB in 1916 and went to France where he served at the Somme. Robert was killed in action at Ypres.
Born 1894 at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of Robert Stewart McQueen and Mary (Ward) McQueen of Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 19 August 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the Rolls of Honour in the Castle Douglas Carpet Bowling Club and in the Royal British Legion.


J. McVEE
James Hepburn McVee – age 19 – Private (1821) 1/5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James had been a farm servant at Southwick, Kirkcudbrightshire when he enlisted in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was wounded and evacuated to hospital in Alexandria where he died.
Born 1896 at Gelston Village. Son of James and Mary (formerly Riddell, ms. Armstrong) McVee.
Died of Wounds on 12 July 1915 and buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the Gelston School Roll of Honour, the Gelston and District War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.
In a sad co-incidence many comrades of James also died on 12 July 1915 at the battle of Achi Baba Nullah (known as Bloody Valley) where the battalions sustained 30% casualties.


W. McVINNIE
William Johnstone McVinnie – age 27 – Private (4580 & 266846) 1/6th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
William had served his apprenticeship as a gardener at Dildawn House, Kelton. Prior to enlisting in April 1916 he was for five years a gardener and senior gardener at Hallyburton House, Kettins, Forfarshire near Couper Angus. William died in the 1st Canadian General Hospital in Etaples.
Born 1890 at Laurieston, Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire - as Vinnie.
Son of Robert and Jessie Connel (Johnstone) McVinnie of Auchlane Cottage, Rhonehouse, Kelton.
Died of Wounds on 6 April 1917 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Rhonehouse and District War Memorial, on the Rhonehouse Public School Roll of Honour and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas, and on the Kettins War Memorial and the Kettins Parish Church Memorial in Perthshire.


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A. McWILLIAM
Adam McWilliam – age 26 – Corporal (10604) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Adam enlisted in 1909 and had been with the 1st KOSB in India since 1912. He returned with his battalion to England and landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 where he was wounded on the following day. He was evacuated home and was posted to the 6th KOSB in France in December 1915. He was wounded at the Somme in 1916 and again in April 1917 at Arras when he was evacuated home. He rejoined his battalion on 17 September but less than a month later he was killed.
Born 1891 at King Street, Castle Douglas. Son of the late Elizabeth (McGuffog) McWilliam and of John McWilliam of Gelston.
Grandson of James and Mary Jane McWilliam of Gelston.
Missing in Action on 13 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Gelston School Roll of Honour, the Gelston and District War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.

and his brother

J. McWILLIAM

James McWilliam – age 30 – Private (1661 & 240382) 1/5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was employed at Gelston Castle Estate when he enlisted in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 and then served in Egypt, in Palestine, where he was wounded at Gaza in April 1917, and then in France.
Born 1888 in Tongland Village, Kirkcudbrightshire as James Carruthers McGuffog. Son of the late Elizabeth (McGuffog) McWilliam and step-son of John McWilliam of Gelston. Grandson of James and Mary Jane McWilliam of Gelston.
Missing in Action on 29 July 1918 and named on the Soissons Memorial, France.
Also named on the Gelston School Roll of Honour, the Gelston and District War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.
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W. MARSHALL
William Marshall – age 37 – Private (4157) 17th Battalion, Australian Infantry. AIF.
A sailor and wharf labourer, William enlisted in October 1915 at Sydney, New South Wales giving his Next-of-Kin as an aunt, Annie Marshall of Rhonehouse. He sailed in March 1916, arriving in the UK in June and in France in September.
Born 1880 in Kelton Parish. Son of the late John and Mary Jane (Burns) Marshall of Rhonehouse, Kelton and of Low Borgue Cottages.
Missing in Action on 9 October 1917 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Rhonehouse and District War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.


A. MOFFATT
Archibald Skirving Woolery Moffat – age 47 - Lieutenant Colonel: 1st Battalion attached to 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment.
Educated at Craigmount School, Edinburgh and in Switzerland, Archibald was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in 2nd Border Regiment in 1888. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1890; to Captain in 1896; to Major in 1909; and to Lt. Col. in 1915. He transferred to the 1st Battalion in India in 1909 and in 1911 went to Burma. He returned from there with his battalion at the outbreak of war and rejoined the 2nd Battalion in France in January 1915. Archibald was killed at Festubert.
Born 1867 in Castle Douglas, Kelton. Son of James and Mary (Skirving) Moffat of Lochbank House, Castle Douglas Kelton and of Ken Ervie, Parton, Kirkcudbrightshire. Husband of Marjorie Amstrong (Just) Moffat who he married in 1912 at Nuwara Eliya in Ceylon.
Missing in Action on 16 May 1915 and named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
Also named on the Parton War Memorial.
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W. MURRAY
William Murray – age 27 – Private (6202 & 332933) 1/9th Battalion (Glasgow Highland) Highland Light Infantry.
William enlisted as Private (1472) in the Lanarkshire Yeomanry in April 1916 and was posted to the 1/9th HLI.
Born 1890 at Urr, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Margaret (Smith) Murray of Rhonehouse, Kelton. Husband of Mary Emma (Whiteley) Murray of King Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1914 at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish.
Missing in Action on 27 September 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the Rhonehouse and District War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.


A. NICHOLSON
Alexander Nicholson – age 24 – Private (30280) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Alexander was a joiner when he enlisted in March 1916. He joined his battalion in France in July 1916 and served on Somme front. He was killed at Arras.
Born 1892 in Rhonehouse, Kelton Parish. Son of Underwood and Nicholas (McKeand) Nicholson of Rhonehouse, Kelton.
Missing in Action on 9 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Rhonehouse and District War Memorial, on the Rhonehouse Public School Roll of Honour and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.

and his brother

T. NICHOLSON

Thomas Underwood Nicholson – age 24 – Lance Corporal (17291) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas enlisted in December 1914 and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915.
Born 1889 at Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Underwood and Nicholas (McKeand) Nicholson of Rhonehouse, Kelton.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Rhonehouse and District War Memorial, on the Rhonehouse Public School Roll of Honour and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.
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M. PHILLIPS
Maurice Aldcroft Phillips – age 29 – Captain: 31st Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
Maurice attended the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, was commissioned in December 1905 and posted to the 35th (Howitzer) Battery, RFA in Ireland. The battery moved to France on 23 August 1914 as part of the 37th (Howitzer) Brigade in the 4th Division.
He was promoted to Captain in October 1914 and was present at the retreat from Mons at Le Cateau. Maurice was killed in the front-line trenches after directing the supporting artillery when the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) of the Canadian Infantry took the orchard at Quinque, Festubert. He was Mentioned in Field Marshall Lord French's Dispatches.
His body was buried to the rear of the lines and was later moved to Le Touret Military Cemetery. The original wooden grave cross is in St. Ninian's Episcopal Church, Castle Douglas.
Born 1885 in Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire. Son of Charles Aldcroft Phillips and of Constance (Ainsworth) Phillips of 15 Lancaster Road, Eccles and of Dildawn House, Kelton.
Killed in Action on 21 May 1915 and buried in Le Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, France.
Also named on the Rhonehouse and District War Memorial and on the St. Ninian's Episcopal Church Memorial, Castle Douglas.


A. W. RAE
Alexander Wilkie Donaldson Graham Rae – age 30 - Private (25052) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Alexander enlisted in December 1915 and served at Arras. He was transferred as Private (433338) to 366th Company, Labour Corps. He was found to have tuberculosis and was discharged from the army on 25 April 1918. He was awarded a Silver War Badge (409160) but died in the Stobhill Military Hospital in Glasgow.
Born 1887 at Balmaclellan, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of James and Jane (Graham) Rae of Crocketford. Husband of Henrietta Williamson (Buchanan) Rae of Torglass Cottage, Gelston.
Died on 6 May 1918 and buried in Kelton Old Churchyard, near Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. (CWG)
Also named on the Buittle War Memorial and on the Gelston and District War Memorial.
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W. McC. RAE
William McCoskry Rae – age 19 – Private (47944) Depot, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
William enlisted in August 1917 and was posted to the 2nd RSF in France. He was wounded and evacuated to hospital. He died of tuberculosis in a section of the 2nd Western General Hospital in Stockport, Cheshire.
Born 1899 at Bridge of Dee in Kelton Parish. Son of Robert and Margaret (McCoskry) Rae of Low Arkland Cottage, Kelton Hill, Rhonehouse.
Died on Service on 14 December 1918 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemetery, Kelton.
Also named on the Rhonehouse and District War Memorial and on the Rhonehouse Public School Roll of Honour.


J. H. RITCHIE
John Henry Ritchie – age 21 – Lance Corporal (850139) 19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
John was farming when he enlisted in March 1916 at Niagara Falls Ontario. The battalion were being withdrawn from the front line in the Lens Sector back to their billets when they came under shell fire. John suffered multiple wounds from shrapnel and died in the 6th Canadian Field Ambulance shortly after.
Born 1894 at Corra Cottages, Buittle, Kirkcudbright. Son of John and Janet (McDill) Ritchie of Gelston.
Died of Wounds on 22 July 1917 and buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Also named on the Gelston School Roll of Honour, the Gelston and District War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.


H. SMITH
A detailed account of Hugh's life can be found in Stuart Wilson's book ' Answering the Call – Auchencairn and the First World War'

Hugh Mair Dunlop Smith – age 21 – Driver (655796) 381st Battery, 158th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
Hugh enlisted in November 1915 in the 2/2nd Kirkcudbrightshire Battery RFA. He transferred to 381st Battery in France in 1917 and was killed at Ypres.
Born 1896 at Broughton Mains, Whithorn, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Jessie Wyllie (Mair) Smith of Hall Farm, Auchencairn and of Keltonhill Farm and of Torres of Kelton.
Died of Wounds on 18 November 1917 and buried in Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the Roll of Honour in Castle Douglas British Legion.
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J. TURNBULL
James Turnbull – age 17 – Private (1647) 1/5th King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was an apprentice blacksmith in Gelston when, aged 16, he enlisted in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915. James was killed on his 17th birthday.
Born 12 July 1898 at Cairngarroch, Stoneykirk, Wigtonshire. Son of Joseph and Sarah ( Hendry) Turnbull of Muncraig, Borgue and of Milton Cottages, Kirkcudbright.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and name on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Kirkcudbright War Memorial, the Gelston and District War Memorial, the Rhonehouse Public School Roll of Honour and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.


R. WATSON
Robert Watson – age 26 – Private (40621) “D” Company, 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow) , Highland Light Infantry. (Glasgow Tramways Battalion)
Robert enlisted in January 1916. He was reported missing at Nieuport, Belgium.
Born 1890 at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of Robert and Janet (Lee) Watson of 54 Academy Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in Action on 15 July 1917 and buried in Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery, Nieuwpoort, Belgium.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas and on the 15th HLI Memorial in the Transport Museum, Glasgow.
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J. WILSON
John Wilson – age 27 – Sergeant (34798) 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.
Formerly Sergeant (13524) 15th Highland Light Infantry. (1st Glasgow).
John was living with his brother James at John Gray Street in Langside and they were working for the Glasgow Corporation Tramways when they enlisted in September 1914 in 15th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Tramways Battalion) They landed with their battalion at Boulogne in November 1915. John was wounded and later transferred to Y& L Regiment.
Born 1889 at Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of John and Agnes (McLean) Wilson of Crossmichael. Husband of Isabel Jane (Skene) Wilson of Rhonehouse, Kelton who he married in 1916 at Rhonehouse.
Died of Wounds on 9 April 1917 and buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ypres, Belgium.
Also named, with his brother James, on the Roll of Honour in Crossmichael Parish Church and on the War Memorials in Crossmichael.


A. YOUNG
Alexander Young – age 23 – Stoker 1st Class (K/13456) H.M.S Invincible, Royal Navy.
Alexander was a farm servant when he joined the navy in December 1911. He had served on the “Invincible” for a year in 1913 and rejoined the ship in August 1914. He took part in the Battles of the Bight, of the Falkland Islands, and at Jutland where he was lost.
Born 1893 in Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Alexander and Jessie Johnston (Jamieson) Young of Halmyre Cottages and of King Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 31 May 1916 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
Also named on the Borgue Parish War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.
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Thanks. This is now WMR, ex UKNIWM, memorial 72076
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