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Kettleholm, St Mungo's Parishioners WW2

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:38 pm    Post subject: Kettleholm, St Mungo's Parishioners WW2 Reply with quote

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Location, inside St Mungo's church at OS Map Ref: NY 143 771

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JOHN BELL.
John Warren Bell – age 27 – Corporal (3190897) 5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was the second kennelman at Gleholm Kennels on the Castlemilk Estate, St. Mungo when he joined the Territorials in the summer of 1939.
Born c.1913 in Dumfriesshire. (Source:SNWM but cannot trace on GRoS)
Son of James Johnstone Bell and of Mary (Warren) Bell. Husband of Mary Little (McDonald) Bell of Shawhead, Kettleholm and of Ecclefechan, Hoddom who he married in 1936 in Hoddom.
Killed in Action ON 18 June 1940 and buried in Cherbourg Old Communal Cemetery, France.

The 4th and 5th (Territorial) Battalions, with the 52nd (Lowland) Division, landed as part of a second BEF at St. Malo in Brittany on 13 June 1940 but France capitulated and on 18 June the battalions were taken off from Cherbourg. The army casualties buried in the cemetery are mostly men of the 5th KOSB, which was the covering battalion during the withdrawal.


JOHN DIROM.
John Murdoch Dirom – age 22 – Lance Corporal (3189248) 7th (Airborne) Battalion (Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Born 1921 in Wamphry, Dumfriesshire. Son of John and Agnes Murdoch Dirom. Husband of Joyce Mary Key (Blake) Dirom of Pakefield, Suffolk who he married in 1943 in Lothingland, Suffolk.
Died on Active Service on 4 April 1944 and buried in Lowestoft (Kirkley) Cemetery, Suffolk.

In the early hours of 4 April 1944, during a training exercise, a Stirling bomber towing a Horsa Glider carrying No.3 Platoon of “A” Company, 7th KOSB, hit a tree on high ground and crashed, killing all aboard. 24 Borderers were killed, together with an RAMC “medic”, 6 RAF personnel and 2 glider pilots.


JOHN DONALDSON.
John Donaldson – age 21 – Sergeant (1589606) 77 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John's Halifax bomber took off from RAF Full Sutton in Yorkshire for a “gardening” or mine laying task but was lost without trace.
Born 1923 in St.Mungo Parish, Dumfriesshire. Son of ??????
Missing in Action on 12 January 1945 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the Hoddom Parish War Memorial in Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire.


DAVID GALLOWAY
Not listed by CWGC/SNWM and no trace of a military record but thought to be:
David Galloway – age 23 –
David was a meal miller who lived at Carlyle House, Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire when he died of diptheria at the Infectious Diseases Hospial in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire.
Born c.1919 in ???? (cannot trace)
Son of David Crawford Galloway and of Elizabeth (Riddick) Galloway of North Croft, St Mungo. (They married in 1915 in Muckairn, Argyllshire).
Husband of Agnes Scott (Mason) Galloway who he married in October 1939 in Ecclefechan, Hoddom, Dumfriesshire.
Died on 27 March 1942 and buried in Hoddom Cemetery.

Private William Galloway, age 22, of the KOSB returned to his home in Applegarth after being released from Stalag XIB on 16 April 1945 after 2 months as a PoW. He is the son of Mr & Mrs D Galloway of North Croft, St Mungo. (Source: D&G Standard 12/5/1945 p.4)


ANDREW ROGERSON.
Andrew Rogerson – age 19 – Private (14656937) “C” Company, No.9 Platoon, 7th (Airborne) Battalion (Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Andrew was employed on the Castlemilk Estate when he enlisted.
Born 1925 in Dryfesdale, Dumfriesshire as Andrew Lithgow Rogerson.
Son of James and Janet Grieve (Lithgow) Rogerson of Castlemilk Mill Cottages, St. Mungo.
Missing in Action on 24 September 1944 and named on the Groesbeek Memorial, Netherlands.

The first of the Horsa gliders carrying the 7th Battalion KOSB landed at Arnhem on the first day of the battle, Sunday 17 September 1944, to secure the Ginkel Heath position, designated as DZ-Y for the 4th Parachute Brigade. On 25 September the battalion were defending the perimeter near Oosterbeek Hoog Railway Station and that night the survivors were withdrawn to cross back over the Rhine.
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