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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:23 pm    Post subject: 7th KOSB - Arnhem Reply with quote

I came across this Roll of Honour in the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum (OS Map Ref: NX 999 786). It is not, as you might expect, in the Airborne forces part of the museum but is in the Aerodrome Control Tower.

Not listed on UKNIWM.

This has the look of something that has been produced as part of a print run, so other examples may exist elsewhere.

It set the old brain cogs going and it seems to me that I have seen some blanks of the 'certificate' with just the border and nothing in the centre at sometime in the past. You will note that the border mentions Korea so it is obviously later than Arnhem which it commemorates. I was serving with 1KOSB 35 years ago, do I remember the blanks as part of the stocktake of PRI? If so, there may be similar KOSB memorials (other than Arnhem) elsewhere. Can anyone shed any light on a half forgotten memory?





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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't recall seeing anything similar elsewhere relating to the KOSB on my travels.

I was fortunate to know a 7th KOSB veteran of Arnhem who managed to escape back over the river rather than fall into German hands.
An amazing character who sadly passed away a couple of years back.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wondered why the action at Arnhem was singled out for a 7th Bn RoH. It is because this was the only time during the Second World War that this battalion was in action.

It had been formed as a duplicate of the 5th T.A. Bn in 1939 as part of the newly formed 15th (Scottish) Division. It served in 44th Brigade in England until October 1942 when the Division was reorganised and 7th KOSB moved to the Northern Isles as part of the Orkney and Shetland Defences.
After a stay in Shetland and then Orkney the battalion was converted in late 1943 as an airborne unit as part of 1st Airlanding Brigade, 1st Airborne Division. During training there was a serious accident on 4th April 1944 when a Stirling bomber towing a Horsa glider crashed. Twenty six 7th Bn men were killed along with the two glider pilots and the six RAF crew of the Stirling.

At Arnhem the battalion was landed in 56 gliders and between 17th and 25th September was involved in heavy fighting defending a dropping zone at Ginkel Heath and the 'white house' at Oosterbeek until forced to withdraw across the Rhine on the morning of the 26th.

The battalion suffered such a high loss at Arnhem that it was placed in suspended animation until 1945. Its last wartime role was to go to Norway as part of the force accepting the German surrender and in November 1945 it was disbanded.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: FERGUSON, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 7th (Airborne) Bn.
Age: 31
Date of Death: between 20/09/1944 and 21/09/1944
Service No: 3190462
Additional information: Son of William and Margaret Ferguson; husband of Mary Ferguson, of Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 4.
Memorial: GROESBEEK MEMORIAL

He is also listed on the Dalry memorial and the Dalry Town Hall memorial.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

69 years ago today the first of the men from Kirkcudbrightshire to be killed at Arnhem was:

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, Kirkmabreck, Kirkcudbrightshire who he married in 1938 in Penninghame, Wigtownshire.
Killed in action 19 September 1944 and buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Others who were killed in the following days

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 21 September 1944.

John Thomas Girgan, Private (3190913) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers (Galloway), 1st Airlanding Brigade. Age 24.
Born 1920 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck. Son of ?
Missing in action between 21 and 23 September 1944

James Kirk Hunter, Private (3190517) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers, (1st Airlanding Brigade). Age 36.
Born 1907 at Johnstone, Dumfries. Son of James Kirk and Annie Stitt Hunter; husband of Mary Elizabeth Hunter of Southwick, Kirkcudbrightshire. Killed in Action 23 September 1944

John McKnight Martin, Corporal (3190457) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers, (1st Airlanding Brigade). Age 24.
Born 1919 at Colvend, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Martin of Kirkgunzeon, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Robert Wilson, Corporal (3190243) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers (Galloway), 1st Airlanding Brigade. Age 24.
Born 1920 in Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of ?
Killed in action between 25 and 26 September 1944.

William Henderson, Private (14327562) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. 1st Airlanding Brigade. Age 20.
Born 1924 at Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of James and Agnes Henderson.
Killed in Action between 25 and 26 September 1944.

Joseph Caven Pere, Private (3191028) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers, 1st Airlanding Brigade. Age 24.
Born 1920 at Dalbeattie. Son of Mark and Isabella Pere.
Died of Wounds as a Prisoner of War 28 September 1944.
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As Adam posted earlier the 7th KOSB were converted to Airlanding troops in late 1943. Unsuitable men were replaced and as a result the former Galloway Battalion was made up of men from all over the UK - from Cornwall to Aberdeen and from Swansea to Suffolk. A number of the platoon commanders were Canadian officers from the CANLOAN scheme - two of whom are listed below.

18 SEPTEMBER

ALLWOOD, Eric age 21 Private (14204759) Born 1923 in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
Son of Thomas Henry and Evelyn May Allwood, of Rainworth, Nottinghamshire.

CAMPBELL, John age 22 Private (14205312) Born 1921 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Son of Robert and Jeanie Campbell, of Springside, Ayrshire.

HAZLEWOOD, James age 24 Private (2055904) Born 1920 in Skipton, Yorkshire.
Son of Tom and Alice Victoria Hazlewood.
Husband of Vera (Lancaster) Hazlewood, of Fawley, Yorkshire who he married in 1944 in Bradford.

HENDERSON, Thomas James age 20 Private (14327560) Born 1924 in Eyemouth, Berwickshire.
Son of David and Violet May Henderson of Eyemouth, Berwickshire.

HILL, Henry Ralph age 38 Major (31899) Born 1905 in Behar, India.
Officer Commanding, Support Company.
Son of James Leslie and Susan Minnie Hill.
Husband of Barbara Mary (Wardle) Hill, of Camberley, Surrey who he married in 1942 in Surrey.

KIPPING, Albert Edward age 21 Lieutenant (CDN/169) Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Officer Commanding, 15 Platoon (D Company), 7th (Airborne) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Born c.1923 in Toronto, Ontario.
Son of Arthur Victor and Ada Jean Kipping, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

LEISER, John age 19 Private (14424706) Born 1925 in Scone, Perth.
Son of John Leiser, and of Mary Leiser, of Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Resident at 24 Atholl Street, Dundee, Angus.

LIDDLE, James Watson Clunie age 20 Private (14327584) Born 1924 in Edinburgh.
Son of John and Annie Liddle, of Leith, Edinburgh.

MACFARLANE, Peter age 28 Lance Corporal (3194351) Born c.1916 in Edinburgh.
Son of Donald and Jeannie Macfarlane, of East Linton, East Lothian.

McKAY, Alexander age 23 Private (3055446) Born c.1921 in Edinburgh.
Son of Addison and Isabella McKay, of Edinburgh.
Alexander is the only 7th KOSB man buried in Ede Cemetery, a town 18 kilometres north-west of Arnhem.

MOOR, Walter age 29 Private (3325496) Born 1915 in Penrith, Cumberland.
Son of Tom and Annie Mary Moor, of Penrith, Cumberland.
Husband of Annie (Stewart) Moor, of Penrith who he married in 1936 in Penrith.
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MURRAY, Alexander Donald Milles age 19 Lieutenant (311345) Born 1925 in Kensington, London. Officer Commanding, 5 Platoon (B Company).
Son of Brigadier Cyril Alexander Murray, formerly of The King's Own Scottish Borderers, and Marjorie Lilias Murray (nee Milles), of Selkirk.
Prefect and Head of House (Bramston's), Winchester College, 1943.

NOBLE, Robert age 24 Corporal (3192852) Born 1920 in Edinburgh.
Son of David and Jeannie Noble, of Craigmillar, Edinburgh.

NORLEDGE, Brian Helford age 21 Private (7952766) Born 1923 in Wandsworth, London.
Son of the Revd. Arthur Charles Norledge, and Gladys Emily Norledge, of All Saints Vicarage, New Eltham, London.

STEWART, James age 20 Private (14327649) Born c.1924 in Lanarkshire.
Son of Andrew and Annie Stewart, of Linlithgow, West Lothian.

ELCOCK, Robert age 28 Private (3325403) Born 1916 Barton upon Irwell. (Manchester)
Thought to be the son of Joseph and Lily (Collier) Elcock.
Resident in Manchester.

ROBERTSON, Eric James age 29 Private (5255853) Born 1914 Gloucester.
Son of ?
Resident in Coventry.
Possibly the husband of Emma A (Jenner) Robertson who married in 1939 in Lothingland, Suffolk.
(The exact date of death is not known - Between 18 and 25 September)
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19 SEPTEMBER

BROWN, Ernest George age 23 Private (14212356) Born c.1921 Cornwall.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Brown, of Falmouth, Cornwall.

CORRY, James age 24 Sergeant (3192269) Born 1919 in Canonbie, Dumfrieshire.
Son of George Corry, and of Mary Corry, of Hawick, Roxburghshire.

OLDS, Alfred age 20 Private (14394581) Born 1924 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
Son of Eliza Annie Olds, of Huddersfield.

PEPPERELL, Albert age 26 Lance Corporal (2883683) Born 1918 in Holborn, London
Son of ?
Resident in Middlesex.
Thought to be the husband of Rhoda D. (Pearce) Pepperell who married in 1942 in Edmonton, Middlesex.
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PLUMMER, Leonard age 24 Lance Corporal (4542325) Born 1920 in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Son of Frederick George and Sarah Ann Plummer, of Bradford, Yorkshire.
Husband of Alice Edna (Bolan) Plummer, of Bradford Moor, Bradford who he married in 1940 in Bradford..

STRANG, James Heaney age 28 Lieutenant (299312) Born 1916 in Glasgow.
Officer Commanding, 4 Platoon (A Company)
Son of John and Mary Strang.
Husband of Margaret (Kenny) Strang, of Dunoon, Argyllshire who he married in 1940 in Glasgow.

VERNON, James age 26 Private (3192881) Born 1918 in Stirling.
Son of David and Mary Vernon.
Husband of Patricia (Hughes) Vernon, of Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire who he married in 1938 in Penninghame, Wigtownshire.

CHANDLER, Charles Frederick age 34 Private (14345768) Born 1910 in Blything, Suffolk.
Son of Thomas E. and Sarah Anne Chandler of Aldringham, Suffolk.
Husband of Queenie (Miller) Chandler of Aldringham who he married in 1938 at Blyth, Suffolk.
(Died between 19 and 20 September)

GRANT, Alastair age 39 Lance Corporal (14210846) Born 1905 in Aberdeen.
Son of James Grant, and of Jessie Grant, of Glasgow.
(Died between 19 and 20 September)
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20 SEPTEMBER

CARRIGAN, Thomas Joseph age 23 Private (6922961) Born 1922 in Bermondsey, London. Son of Thomas and Mary Carrigan of London.

COCHRAN, Alexander Verner age 31 Major (58124) Born 1913 in India.
Officer Commanding, HQ Company.
Son of Lt.-Col. A. C. P. Cochran and Mrs. Cochran
Husband of Penelope Hearson (Twynam) Cochran of Selkirk who he married in 1942 in India.

CRIGHTON, Alexander Kirk age 26 Lieutenant (187758) Royal Scots Fusiliers
Officer Commanding, 2 Platoon, Mortar Group (Support Company), 7th (Airborne) KOSB
Born in 1918 Govan, Glasgow. Son of Alexander L. and Agnes L. Crighton, of Glasgow.

DOVASTON, Douglas age 22 Private (6923024) Born 1922 in Brentford, Middlesex.
Resident in Middlesex.
Thought to be the son of John and Maude (May) Dovaston. (Married 1918 in Brentford)

FISHER, John age 20 Private (14327544) Born c.1924 in Glasgow.
Son of John and Christina Fisher, of Glasgow.
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20 SEPTEMBER continued

HILL, Richard William age 19 Private (14436002) Born 1925 in Woolwich, London.
Son of Richard W. Hill and Winifred M. Hill, of Greenwich, London.

HUNTER, Adam Robert age 21 Lieutenant (299298) Born 1923 in St. Quivox, Ayrshire.
Officer Commanding, 9 Platoon (C Company)
Son of Daniel and Isabella Williams Hunter, of Whitletts, Ayr.

McDADE, William age 31 Corporal (3196498) Born 1913 in Gourock, Renfrewshire.
Son of William and Isabella McDade.
Husband of Christina Margaret (Carey) McDade, of Glasgow who he married in 1940 in Glasgow.

SAUNBY, George age 28 Private (3194119) Born 1916 in Guisborough,Yorkshire.
Son of Joshua and Margaret Saunby, of Skinningrove, Yorkshire.

URE, James age 19 Private (14637319) Born 1925 in Tulliallan, Clackmannanshire/Fife.
Son of James and Mary Ure, of Tullibody, Clackmannanshire.

WAYTE, Albert Edwyn Francis age 27 Lieutenant (CDN/477) Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Officer Commanding, 10 Platoon (C Company), 7th (Airborne) Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Born 1917 in Montreal, Quebec. Son of Edwyn John and Violet Constance Wayte, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

FERGUSON, Robert age 31 Sergeant (3190462) Born 1913 in Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of William and Margaret Ferguson
Husband of Mary Ferguson, of Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire.
(Died between 20 and 21 September)

CARLTON, George age 29 Corporal (3195280) Born 1915 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
Son of Thomas William and Mary Carlton.
Husband of Harriet Alice (Marsden) Carlton, of Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire who he married in 1939 in Darwen, Lancashire.
(Died between 20 and 24 September)
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CASSIDY, Samuel age 24 Private (14207764) Born c.1920 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Husband of Mary Cassidy, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Resident in Birmingham.

CROSS, Sidney Phillip age 20 Lance Corporal (14377431) Born 1924 in Woodstock, Oxford.
Son of Herbert R. and Emily Cross, of Coventry.

FENTON, Abraham age 24 Private (3326393) Born 1920 in Glasgow.
Son of A. and Mary Jane Fenton, of Glasgow.
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GIBSON, William age 29 Private (3194310) Born 1915 in Portobello, Edinburgh.
Son of James and Helen Gibson, of Portobello, Edinburgh, Midlothian.
Husband of Charlotte Jessie (Herbert) Gibson, of Portobello who he married in 1937 in Portobello.

GRAHAM, Andrew age 32 Sergeant (3186216) Born 1913 in Longtown, Cumberland.
Son of Andrew and Annie Graham.
Husband of Mary Graham, of Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire.

HART, Robert age 21 Private (14327558) Born 1922 in New Cumnock, Ayrshire.
Son of John Montgomery Hart and Janet Hart, of Ayr.

HUNTER, Joseph Maclean age 24 Lieutenant (186115) Born c.1920 in Dumfries.
Officer Commanding, 13 Platoon (D Company)
Son of Dr. Joseph Maclean Hunter, M.P.(for Dumfriesshire) and Jean Augusta Hadley Hunter, M.D.
Husband of June (Shires) Hunter, of Notting Hill, London who he married in 1944 in Westminster, London.

LEWIS, Alexander age 38 Private (14211165) Born 1906 in Glasgow.
Son of Alexander and Jessie Lewis of Glasgow.

McLAUCHLAN, James age 24 Private (3196917) Born 1919 in Lochlee, Dundee.
Son of ?
Resident in Edinburgh.
Note: CWGC spell the name as McLauchlan, all other records use McLaughlan.

McLELLAN, David age 33 Lance Sergeant (3190789) Born 1911 in Glasgow.
Son of Tom and Mary Jane McLellan, of Creetown, Kirkmabreck, Kirkcudbrightshire.

MASON Andrew Logan age 19 Private (14415584) Born 1925 in Edinburgh.
Son of David Smith Mason and Jessie Logan Mason, of Edinburgh.

MEAKIN, Herbert age 22 Private (10602309) Born 1922 in Salford, Lancashire.
Son of Herbert and Dinah Meakin, of Urmston, Lancashire.
Husband of Joyce Maud (Livingstone) Meakin, of Davyhulme, Lancashire (Manchester) who he married in 1944 in Barton, Lancashire.

MIDDLEWEEK, William Frederick age 22 Private (6920650) Born 1922 in Wandsworth, London.
Son of William Frederick and Ann Susan Middleweek, of Southfields, London.

MURDOCH, David age 19 Private (14656699) Born 1925 in Greenock, Renfrewshire.
Son of ?
Resident in Greenock.

PRINGLE, John age 24 Lance Corporal (3194158) Born 1920 in Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire.
Son of John and Robina Pringle, of Closeburn, Dumfriesshire.
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RAE, Thomas Bell age 25 Sergeant (3190895) Born 1919 in Kelton Parish, Kirkudbrightshire.
Son of Andrew Rae, and of Margaret Rae, of Gretna Green, Dumfriesshire.
Resident in Carlisle.

SHARPLES, Arthur Derek Lind age 23 Lieutenant (184453) Born 1921 Chorlton, Manchester. Officer Commanding, 2 Platoon, Anti-Tank Group (Support Company)
Resident in Bury, Lancashire.
Son of Arthur and Natalie Douglas Sharples, of Ealing, Middlesex.

STEVENSON Eric Knowles age 20 Private (14327648) Born 1924 in Edinburgh.
Son of James and Jane Stevenson, of Edinburgh.

TIMPSON Edward Alexander age 25 Lance Corporal (1559280) Born 1919 in Lewisham, London.
Son of William Edward and Rosina Magdalena Timpson, of Catford, London.

GIRGAN, John Thomas age 24 - Private (3190913) Born 1920 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck, Kirkcudbrightshire. Thought to be the son of Matthew and of Margaret (Clark or McGarva) Girgan.
(Died between 21 and 23 September)
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