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Kirkmichael Church WW2

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 7:51 pm    Post subject: Kirkmichael Church WW2 Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref 44336

Location is inside Kirkmichael Parish church, Parkgate at OS Map Ref: NY 004 883

UKNIWM describes the church location as Townhead but it is in fact in Parkgate. In this area, Townhead is a term used to describe the top end of the village (in height or furthest from the main road) and Townfoot is the lower end. There are lots of Townheads and Townfoots (and Lochhead and Lochfoot). But the village name here is Parkgate.

Names:
PTE J B BELL
SGT R CAMPBELL
ACI J J DOUGLAS
P/O G H HANNAN
FUS A McFADZEAN
PTE A McNEISH
PTE J MUIRHEAD
P/O J L SHIELLS DFM





One name caught my eye so I went off on a piece of research.

Name: SHIELLS, JAMES LAUDER
Initials: J L
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 15 Sqdn.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 16/04/1943
Service No: 143451
Awards: D F M
Additional information: Son of James Alexander and Agnes Robson Butler Shiells; husband of Margaret Elizabeth Shiells, of Dumfries.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: D. Coll. grave 13-20.
Cemetery: ST. ERME COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

also listed on Kirkmichael civic memorial at Nethermill

and from http://lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=10796

Stirling BF474 Information
Type Stirling
Serial Number BF474
Squadron 15
X1D LS-H
Operation Mannheim
Date 1 16th April 1943
Date 2 17th April 1943

Further Information
"Serial range BF455 - BF483. 29 Stirling Mk.111. Part of a batch of 200 Short S.29 Stirling Mk.1/111/1V. BF309- BF358; BF372-BF416; BF434-BF454 (116) Mk.1; BF455-BF483; BF500- BF534; BF561-BF580 (84) Mk.111; BF464; BF468; BF532; BF575; BF580 were converted to Mk.1V. Delivered by Short & Harland between Jan43 and Apr43. Contract No.774677/38. Delivered to No.15 Sqdn 15Mar43. BF474 was one of two 15 Sqdn Stirlings lost on this operation. See: BK691. Airborne 2146 16Apr43 from Mildenhall. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at St-Erme-Outre-et-Ramecourt (Aisne), 20 km ESE of Laon, France. All are buried in St-Erme Communal Cemetery Extension. P/O Shiells DFM was Gazetted 1Jun45. F/S Perring's brother, John Derek Perring, also died on Active Service, and F/S Pich_ was the adopted son of Alfred and Arlina Pich_ of Lake Linden, Michigan. P/O J.L.Shiells DFM KIA P/O K.M.Pich_ RCAF KIA Sgt J.P.Lacy KIA F/S C.B.Perring KIA Sgt L.A.James KIA Sgt J.Gould KIA Sgt B.J.A.Bessette RCAF KIA Sgt D.J.A.Hyde KIA 'Battle of the Ruhr', A.Cooper, spells P/O Shiells as Shields. "
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks,

UKNIWM/WMR have now corrected the location.
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