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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three brothers, the sons of William and Janet (Vance) Neill of Mochrum.


PRIVATE, ANDw. NEILL.
[Church RoH - Private. Andrew Neill, M.M.]
Andrew Clokie Neill, Military Medal, Private (43346) 12th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 27.
Andrew was awarded the M.M. (London Gazette 6/7/1917 p.6834)
Born 1891 in Mochrum.
Missing in Action on 25 April 1918 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


PRIVATE, JAMES NEILL.
[Church RoH - Private. James Neill]
James Vance Neill, Private (675493) 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 38.
Born 1880 in Mochrum.
Former husband of Mary (Blair) Neill who married in 1904 in Glasserton, Wigtownshire, but who is thought to have died in Canada.
Husband of Emma Edith (Huckle) Neill of Ingersoll, Ontario who he married in 1912.
James was a carpenter when he enlisted in February 1916 in Ingersoll, Ontario. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia for Liverpool in October 1916 and arrived in France in April 1917.
Killed in Action on 15 August 1917 and buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, France.


PRIVATE, Wm. NEILL.
[Church RoH - Private. William Neill]
William Neill, Private (675255) 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 33.
Born 1884 in Mochrum.
William was a carpenter when he enlisted in January 1916 in Ingersoll, Ontario. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia for Liverpool in October 1916 and arrived in France in March 1917.
Killed in Action between 3 and 4 November 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

James and William are named on the War Memorial in Ingersoll, Ontario.


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PRIVATE, ROBERT NICHOLSON.
[Church RoH - Private. Robert Nicholson]
Robert Nicholson, Private (7906) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 42.
Robert enlisted in October 1914 and joined his battalion in France in the December.
Born 1873 in Port William, Mochrum. Son of Jane Nicholson of Mochrum and of Garlieston, Sorbie, Wigtownshire.
Husband of Elizabeth (Love) Nicholson of Port William, later Mrs. Borthwick of Brewery Street, Dumfries, who he married in 1907 in Mochrum.
Missing in Action on 12 March 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.


PRIVATE, JAMES D. NISH.
[Church RoH - Pte. James D. Nish]
James Hooper Dawson Nish, Corporal (71201) 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 20.
James was farming near Winnipeg, Alberta when he enlisted in October 1914. He was a serving member of the local militia, the Cameron Highlanders of Canada, as was his brother Robert who he named his next-of-kin. He was wounded in the leg by shrapnel and died in the Main Dressing Station.
Born 1895 in Mochrum. Son of the late Robert MacKenzie Nish and Jamima Hooper (Dawson) Nish.
Died of Wounds on 16 September 1916 and buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, France.


PRIVATE, E. O'NEILL.
[Church RoH – Private. Edward O. Neill]
Edward O'Neill, Private (3207234) 21st (Reserve) Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 20.
Edward was farming near Claresholm, Albert when he enlisted in May 1918 in Calgary. He was at the Canadian Army Training Camp at Witley in Surrey, England when he died.
Born 1899 in Mochrum. Son of John and Sarah O'Neill of Loch Head, Elrig, Mochrum.
Died on Service on 9 August 1919 and buried in Witley (Milford) Cemetery, Surrey.


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LT. G. OUTRAM. (sic)
[Church RoH - Lieut. Edmund Outram]
Edmund Outram, Second Lieutenant: 26th (Reserve) Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Age 21.
Edmund was commissioned in April 1915 and served in “B” Company of the 19th Battalion.
Born 1895 in Glasgow. Son of Captain Edmund Outram, Distinguished Service Order (Mercantile Marine) and of Agnes (Young) Outram of 20 Norwich Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, of Port William and later of Filey, Yorkshire.
Missing in Action on 1 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.

As far as I can establish, Captain and Mrs. Outram came to live in Port William after the war but had no previous connection with Port William.
Captain Outram had been in command of the “SS Alsatian” when it was requisitioned and converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser. He remained as Captain and was awarded the DSO for his service in the Royal Naval Reserve. (London Gazette 6/8/1915)



PRIVATE, CHas. B. RIDDOCK.
[Church RoH - Private. Charles B. Reddock]
The spelling of the surname varies from record to record. Reddock is used in military records.
Charles Boyd Reddock, Private (865578) 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 22.
Charles was farming with his brother William near Brandon, Manitoba when he enlisted in May 1916 . He was wounded in November 1917 and evacuated to hospital in Birmingham. He was wounded again a year later and died in the No.55 General Hospital in Boulogne.
Born 1896 in Mochrum. Son of the late Archibald Scott Reddock and of Mary (Boyd) Reddock of Barrachan Farm, Mochrum.
Died of Wounds on 7 October 1918 and buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France.


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PRIVATE, DAVID ROBBINS.
[Church RoH - Private. David Robbins]
David Robbins, Private (8118) 1/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 31.
David landed with his battalion at Gallipoli on 6 June 1915.
Born 1884 in Stoneykirk, Wigtownshire. Son of the late David and Elizabeth (Kennedy) Robbins.
In 1891, aged 6, he was living with his uncle and aunt, James and Agnes Hears, in Mochrum.
Husband of Annie (Love) Robbins who he married in 1913 in Mochrum.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


SERGEANT, JOHN ROBERTSON.
[Church RoH - Sergt. John Robertson]
John Robertson, Private (34871) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 32.
John had been employed in Glasgow for a number of years, latterly with Messrs A.G. Barr, aerated water manufacturers at Parkhead. He was living at Causewayside Street, Tollcross when he enlisted in November 1914, but had only been at the Front for a few months.
Born 1885 in Mochrum. Son of Alexander and Annie (Davidson) Robertson of South Street, Port William.
Killed in Action on 23 April 1917 and buried in Cherisy Road East Cemetery, Heninel, France.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LT. K. J. STAFFORD, M. C.
[Church RoH - Lieut. Kenneth J. Stafford, M.C.]
Kenneth James Stafford, Military Cross, Lieutenant: 37th Battery, 27th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Age 20.
Born 1898 in St. Andrews, Fife. Son of the Reverend John Owen Stafford, Minister at Mochrum Parish Church and later at Gretna Parish Church, and of Mary Anne Tweedie Kerr Stafford.
Kenneth was educated at Carlisle Grammer School and at Clifton Bank School, St. Andrews. He enlisted in April 1916, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in February 1917 and promoted to Lt. in August 1918.
He was awarded the Military Cross. (London Gazette 2/4/1919 and 9/12/1919)
“Lt. Kenneth James Stafford, R.F.A. (Spec. Res.), attd. 37th By., 27th Bde.
For great gallantry and devotion to duty on 4 November, 1918, near Beaudignies, when his battery was very heavily shelled. he went up to the position and remained there for some hours, encouraging the men and attending to several who were wounded. He continued to do so after being badly wounded. Throughout these operations he set a fine example to those with him.”
Died of Wounds on 14 November 1918 and buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
Kenneth's father, The Rev. John Owen Stafford, was killed on 7 April 1941 in Gretna when a German bomb hit the town's masonic hall.


PRIVATE, CHas. STEWART.
[Church RoH - Private. Charles Stewart, M.M.]
Charles Stewart, Private (S/22224) 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Age 22.
Charles was awarded the Military Medal. He died in 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1896 in Mochrum. Son of Robert and Christina (McClymont) Stewart of Killantrae, Port William.
Died of Wounds on 29 September 1918 and buried in Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium.


PRIVATE, FRANCIS STEWART.
[Church RoH - Private. Francis Stewart]
Francis Nichols Stewart, Private (25371) 10th/11th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, attached to the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 20.
Born 1896 in Mochrum. Son of Annie Stewart, later Mrs William Ferguson of Calderbank, by Airdrie, Lanarkshire.
Missing in Action on 30 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.


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PRIVATE, ARCHD. THOMSON.
[Church RoH - Private. Archibald Thomson]
Archibald Thompson, Private (252806) 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 22.
Archibald was farming near Herbert, Saskatchewan when he enlisted at Swift Current in April 1916. He died of wounds sustained at Hill 70 near Lens.
Born 1894 in Sorbie, Wigtownshire. Son of the late Archibald and Janet (McGowan) Thompson of Whithorn.
Archibald (senior) died in 1906 at South Barsalloch Farm, Port William.
Died of Wounds on 18 August 1917 and buried in Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery, France.


Tpr. Jas. THOMSON.
[Church RoH - Trooper. James Thomson]
this might be Archibald's nephew, who served as
JAMES DONNAN BROWN, Private (696641) 50th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 25.
Born 1892 in Whithorn – as James Donnan Brown Thompson. Son of Mary McGowan Thompson.
Grandson of the late Archibald Thompson of South Barsalloch Farm, Port William.
James was also farming near Herbert, Saskatchewan, with his uncle Robert Thompson. He enlisted at Medicine Hat in April 1916.
Missing in Action on 3 September 1917 and named on the Vimy Memorial, France.


Or it might be

Tpr. Jas. THOMSON.
[Church RoH - Trooper. James Thomson]
James Thomson, Private (20961) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 27.
Born 1889 in Elrig Village, Mochrum – as James Thomson Love. Son of Agnes Love of Elrig and of James Thomson of Loch Head, Mochrum.
Missing in Action on 30 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1939 - 1945


FLT.SGT. JAMES BROLL, R.A.F
.
[Church Memorial – F/Sgt. James Broll]
James Broll, Flight Sergeant (1690453)619 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 22.
Born 1922 in Mochrum. Son of ?
Grandson of William and Margaret (Sloan) Broll of Mochrum.
Missing in Action on 24 July 1944 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
James's Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Denholme Lodge in Lincolnshire for a raid on Keil but was shot down by a night-fighter over the North Sea.


PTE. G. McMILLAN GALLOWAY, 2nd S.H
.
[Church Memorial – Pte. Gilbert McM Galloway]
Gilbert McMillan Galloway, Private (4620991) 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 26.
Gilbert was educated at schools in Port William and Whithorn and at the Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart before he served his apprenticeship in the Scotch trade in London. He had just set up his own business when war was declared and he enlisted in the 2nd/7th Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) before being posted to the Seaforths.
Born 1916 in Kirkinner, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Jane Mary (McMillan) Galloway.
Husband of Violet Emily (Gray) Galloway of Thornhill, Dumfriesshire who he married in 1941 in Edmonton, London.
Killed in Action on 2 November 1942 and buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the Douglas Ewart High School Memorial in Newton Stewart.


SGT. ANDREW J. HANNAH, R.A.F.
[Church Memorial – Sgt. Andrew J. Hannah]
Andrew James Hannah, Sergeant (1570758) 101 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 21.
Born 1923 in Whithorn. Son of ?
Missing in Action on 15 October 1944 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Andrew's Lancaster had taken off from RAF Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire for a raid on Duisberg. 101 Squadron was Bomber Command's first electronic counter-measures squadron.


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PTE. ROBERT KEVAN, R.A.F.
[Church Memorial – Cpl. Robert Kevan]
Robert Kevan, Corporal (545496) 98 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Age 26.
Born 1914 in Port William, Mochrum. Son of Janet M. Kevan and step-son of Robert A. Dalziel of Whithorn, Wigtownshire.
Killed in Action on 17 June 1940 and buried in Pornic War Cemetery, France.
Robert was originally buried in Les Moutiers but he and the others there were re-interred in Pornic in October 1947.
For the first nine months of the war, No. 98 served as a reserve squadron and during the period April/June 1940, was based in France flying Fairey Battle light bombers. Its homecoming was a tragic one for on 17 June 1940 the RMS Lancastrian, which was carrying most of No. 98's personnel, was bombed and sunk. Seventy-five airmen of the squadron were officially reported lost and fifteen others are believed to have perished.


P/O. ARCHIE LEES, R.A.F.
[Church Memorial – P/O Archie M. Lees]
Archibald MacPherson Lees, Pilot Officer (174542) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 22.
Born 1922 in Colmonell, Ayrshire. Son of James Cunningham Lees and of Eleanor Mary (Maclean) Lees of Port William, Mochrum.
Killed on Active Service on 22 April 1944 and buried in Ayr Cemetery, Ayrshire. (interred with his sister Nora who died in 1938 in Glasgow)
Archibald's Stirling bomber, of 1660 Heavy Conversion Unit, took off from RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire on a night navigation exercise but collided with another Stirling and the two aircraft crashed. The crews of both aircraft were killed.


CPT. JAMES MILHENCH, M.N.
[Church Memorial – Capt. James Milhench]
James Milhench, Master: S.S. Ocean Trader (Liverpool) Merchant Navy. Age 48.
James was a Temporary Lieutenant (849) in the Royal Naval Reserve in September 1917. He was awarded Masters Certificate in June 1919.
Born 1894 in Mochrum. Son of James and Jane Milhench of Port William, Mochrum.
Husband of Catherine Josephine (Routledge) Milhench of Port William who he married in 1920 in Mochrum.
Died on 31 July 1942 and buried in Boston (Forest Hills) Cemetery, Massachusetts, USA.


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SGT. JOHN McGHIE, R.A.F.
[Not on Church memorial]
John McGhie, Sergeant (541465) 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Age 22.
Born 1918 in Port William, Mochrum. Son of James and Agnes (Nicholson) McGhie of Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.
Missing in Action on 25 October 1940 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the Kirkinner Parish War Memorial and on a WW2 Memorial plaque in Whauphill Village Hall.
No.224 Squadron was a Coastal Command maritime reconnaissance squadron. In October 1940 they were flying Lockheed Hudsons from Leuchars on patrols over the North Sea looking for German ships as well as providing convoy escorts.


SGT. JOHN M. McMASTER, R.A.F.
[Not on Church memorial]
John McCaig McMaster, Flight Sergeant, Navigator/Bomber (1344310) 38 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 31.
Born 1913 in Glasserton, Wigtownshire. Son of Hugh and Agnes Fleming (McCaig) McMaster of Port William.
Killed in Action on 3 July 1944 and buried in Leros War Cemetery, Greece.
Also named on the Glasserton Parish War Memorial.
In the early hours of 3 July John's Wellington bomber (HZ633) was shot down by anti-aircraft fire near Partheni in the north of Leros while on a mine-laying operation.
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PTE. DAVID McNALLY, 5th A.&.S.H.
[Church Memorial – Pte. David McNally]
David McNally, Private (3192207) 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age 27.
Born 1918 in Glenluce, Wigtownshire. Son of David and Annie (Murdoch) McNally of Port William.
Killed in Action on 1 July 1944 and buried in St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France.


SGT. DAVID H. MacTIER, R.A.F.
[Church Memorial – Sgt. David H. MacTier]
David Henry MacTier, Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (1365036) 9 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 34.
Born 1909 in Port William, Mochrum. Son of Robert and Euphemia (Douglas) MacTier of Port William.
Killed in Action on 9 April 1943 and buried in Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Also named on the Douglas Ewart High School Memorial in Newton Stewart.
David's Lancaster bomber took off from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire for a raid on Duisberg. The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Kleinwijk, Netherlands. All of the crew were killed and are buried together.


SGT. SAMUEL H. POTTS, R.A.F.
[Church Memorial – Sgt. Samuel H. Potts]
Samuel Hainey Potts, Sergeant/Observer (580464) 49 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force. Age 23.
Born 1916 in Port William, Mochrum. Son of James and Jessie (Hainey) Potts of Colmonell, Ayrshire.
Killed on Active Service on 21 December 1939 and buried in Chevington Cemetery, Northumberland.
Also named on the Colmonell War Memorial and on a plaque in St. John's Church, Chevington.
Samuel's Hampden bomber took off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire to find and attack the battleship “Deutschland” thought to be operating off the Norwegian coast. The ship was not found and the returning aircraft attempted to land at various airfields along the North Sea coast. Samuel's aircraft crashed near the Fighter Command airfield at RAF Ackington near Chevington in Northumberland and he and and his wireless operator (E.H.Humphry) were killed.


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SIGmn. ROBERT SHORROCK, R.N.R.
[Church Memorial – Fireman R. Shorrock]
Not Listed by CWGC/SNWM.
Robert Shorrock, Seaman (DA 8547) Royal Naval Reserve. Age 51.
Born 1891 in Blackburn, Lancashire. Son of Mary Ellen Shorrock.
Husband of Elizabeth (Lynch) Shorrock of Seaview Terrace, Port William, Mochrum who he married in 1918 in Glenluce, Wigtownshire.
Died on 28 December 1942 of Tuberculosis at home in Port William.
Robert's service record indicates that he served in the Royal Navy Reserve from September 1915 until his discharge to the Reserves in January 1920 and, like most RNR seamen, served on various trawlers which had been requisitioned for war service.
He was almost certainly recalled at the outbreak of the Second World War
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PTE. DAVID STEWART, 5th K.O.S.B.
[Church Memorial – Pte. David Stewart]
David Stewart, Private (3188657) 5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 25.
Born 1917 in Mochrum. Son of William and Margaret (Young) Stewart of Port William.
Died on Active Service on 9 December 1942 in the No.92 General Hospital and buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery. Egypt.
In late 1942 the 5th KOSB were based in Scotland. It seems likely that David was on his way to join the 2nd KOSB in India when he was taken ill.
It is a sad co-incidence that many men from the 5th KOSB were buried in Kantara during WW1.

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DelBoy wrote:
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Name: NEILL, JAMES VANCE
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Unit Text: 21st Bn.
Age: 38
Date of Death: 15/08/1917
Service No: 675493
Additional information: Son of William and Janet Neill; husband of Edith Neill, of Ingersoll, Ontario. Born in Scotland. His brothers Andrew Cloakie Neill and William Neill also fell.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. J. 22.
Cemetery: AIX-NOULETTE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

SNWM
unlisted


DelBoy wrote:
CWGC
Name: NEILL, WILLIAM
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Unit Text: 21st Bn.
Age: 33
Date of Death: between 03/11/1917 and 04/11/1917
Service No: 675255
Additional information: Son of the late William and Janet Neill, of Mochrum, Wigtownshire, Scotland. His brothers James Vance Neill and Andrew Cloakie Neill also fell.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. CC. 9.
Cemetery: TYNE COT CEMETERY

SNWM
unlisted


The Glasgow Herald, Saturday, 24th. November, 1917.
"Deaths on Service.
NEILL.-
Killed in action on 18th (sic) August, James Vance Neill (Canadians), also on 3rd or 4th November, William Neill (Canadians), dearly beloved sons of Mr and Mrs William Neill, Mochram, Port-william, Wigtownshire."

1901 Census Wigtownshire, Mochrum, recorded (transcription):- William Neill (53), Joiner, Head, born Wigtowns., Penninghame; Janet Neill (51), Wife, born Mochrum; James Eanie (sic) Neill (23), Joiner (journeyman), son, born Mochrum; Wm. Neill (16), Blacksmith (apprentice), son, born Mochrum; Andrew Clokie Neill (10), Scholar, son, born Mochrum; other siblings.
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From the Wigtownshire Free Press 75 years ago. January 2 1941: Corporal Robert Kevan, RAF, who was reported missing some time ago, is now known to have lost his life. Corporal Kevan, who was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Dalziel, Cutreoch Cottage, Isle of Whithorn, was on board the Lancastria when she was attacked. His body was found on the French coast and was buried at Moutiers Cemetery. Corporal Kevan was to have married when he came home on leave.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Mike.
I hadn't realised that Robert Kevan had been re-interred but there is indeed a "Concentration Document" on CWGC that shows that his body and others were moved from Les Moutiers to Pornic in October 1947.
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