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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:33 pm    Post subject: Laing Alexander Reply with quote

Laing Alexander L/cpl 5 Bailey's Sharpshooters (South Africa) b Wallfield 15/06/1885 e Salisbury Age 32 Killed in Action F & F 16-Aug-16 Son of William & Elizabeth Cook Laing, Wallfield, Urquhart. Morayshire Roll of Honour: Page 201 : Occ Bank Accountant. Thiepval Memorial M. R. 21 Addenda Panel
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:39 pm    Post subject: McEwen S Reply with quote

Name: McEWEN
Initials: S J
Nationality: South African
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: South African Infantry
Unit Text: 4th Regt.
Date of Death: 24/10/1918
Service No: 20776
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 2049.
Cemetery: CATHCART CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ASHCROFT, WILLIAM GILMOUR
Rank: Major
Service No: 93607
Date of Death: 28/06/1944
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
7th Bn.
Grave ReferenceVI. D. 9.
Cemetery ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX
Additional Information:
Son of Thomas and Janet Reid Ashcroft; husband of Margaret Spalding Ashcroft, of Elchies, Morayshire. B.Sc. (Glasgow).

A report in the Galloway News on 15 July 1944 reads:
"Major W G Ashcroft, Seaforth Highlanders, head master of Urquhart Public School, has been killed in Normandy. A native of Newton Stewart and a graduate of Glasgow University, he was appointed to Urquhart in 1932, after one year as head master at Clackmarras, Morayshire. He was called up as a Territorial, and leaves a wife and two sons."

Interestingly the Glasgow University RoH has:
"Major William Gilmour Ashcroft was born in Mearns, Renfrewshire in 1904. He graduated Bachelor of Science from the University in 1929."
(scotlandspeople has 1905 - Renfrewshire, but not Mearns)

I don't see him on any Galloway Memorials.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject: WILLIAM GILMOUR ASHCROFT Libindx has info... Reply with quote

Occupation : SCHOOL TEACHER & MAJOR IN 7TH SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS
Date of Birth : c. 1905
Place of Birth : NEWTON MEARNS
Spouse's Name : MARGARET ANDERSON SCHOOLHOUSE URQUHART
Headstone Ref : U205
Date of Death : JUN 1944
Place of Death : NORMANDY FRANCE
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:15 am    Post subject: Urquhart Reply with quote

I have recently found information suggesting that this memorial is to a design commissioned from Sir Robert Lorimer. The Tennant family were regular clients and the memorial bears a strong Lorimer look.
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