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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PRIVATE, ROBERT BAXTER.
[Church RoH - Private. Robert Baxter]
Robert Baxter, Private (16168) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 23.
Robert was a farm servant at Killantrae, Port William when he enlisted. He joined his battalion at Gallipoli in August 1915.
Born c.1893 in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Son of Robert and Jane Baxter of Boyne Square, Belfast.
Died of Wounds on 2 July 1916 and buried in Acheux British Cemetery, Somme, France.


PRIVATE, JAMES BLACK.
[Church RoH - Private. James Black]
James Black, Private (S/21503) 6th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Age 28.
James had been a coachman to Sir Herbert Maxwell, 7th Baronet of Monreith and in 1911 was a Steward's Room man at Coombe Court, Kingston Hill, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, from where he enlisted.
Born 1889 in Port William, Mochrum. Son of Alexander and Jane (Heron) Black.
Missing in action on 24 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.


PRIVATE, GEORGE BROWN.
[Church RoH - Private. George Brown]
George Brown, Private (200275) 3/1st Battalion, Ayrshire Yeomanry. Age 24.
The 3/1st was formed as a training unit in 1915 and it remained in UK until disbanded in early 1917.
George died of pneumonia at home at Rosebank Cottage, Ochiltree, Ayrshire.
Born 1893 in Mochrum. Son of William McTurk Brown and of Margaret (Menzies) Brown of Lochhead, Elrig, Mochrum. Husband of Agnes (Gray) Brown, later Mrs Little, of Rosebank Cottage, Ochiltree, Ayrshire who he married in 1915 in Ochiltree.
Died on 27 April 1917 and buried in Ochiltree New Cemetery, Ayrshire. (CWG)


PRIVATE, JAMES BROWN.
[Church RoH - Private. James Brown]

[I cannot trace this man]


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PRIVATE, Wm. BROWN.
[Church RoH - Private. William Brown]
William Brown, Private (41972) 2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Age 24.
William enlisted as Private (47614) in the Royal Scots Fusiliers but was posted to the 2nd Scottish Rifles.
Born 1894 in Mochrum. Son of Thomas and Mary Jane (Kerr) Brown of Airylick Farm, Port William.
Killed in Action on 10 September 1918 and buried in Sucrerie Cemetery, Ablain-St. Nazaire, France.


PRIVATE, JOHN D. CAVEN.
[Church RoH - Private. John D. Caven]
John Dalrymple Caven, Private (53598) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 19.
Prior to enlisting in March 1917, John was employed at Broompark Farm, Auchenmaig, Mochrum.
Born 1899 in Mochrum. Son of John and Helen Caven of Main Street, Port William.
Missing in Action on 23 August 1918 and named on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France.


L.CPL. T. G. CHAMBERS.
[Church RoH - L/Corpl. Thomas G. Chambers]
Thomas George Chambers, Lance Corporal (506655) 9th Battalion, Canadian Engineers. Age 34.
Thomas was working as a Horseman at Carmangay near Lethbridge, Alberta when he enlisted in December 1916. He arrived in England in June 1917 and was posted to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company in France in October. Thomas was killed by machine-gun fire near Monchy-le-Preux. He was attached to the 116th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, to search for booby-traps during their attack.
Born 1884 in Mochrum. Son of William and Mary (Donnan) Chambers of Monreith Lodge and of Drumfad Farm, Monreith.
Killed in Action on 26 August 1918 and buried in Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SERGEANT, D. M. CHESNEY.
[Church RoH - Sergt. David M. Chesney. M.M.]
David McMurdo Chesney, Military Medal, Sergeant (S/17708) 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Age 21.
David had been employed at Mark of Shennanton, Kirkcowan when he enlisted in April 1915. He joined his battalion in France in October 1915. [The award of the Military Medal was made after his death - London Gazette 13/5/1919 p.6042]
Born 1897 at Craiglarie, Mochrum. Son of Robert and Mary (McMurdo) Chesney of Challochglass, Kirkcowan, Wigtownshire.
Killed in Action on 25 October 1918 and buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Kirkcowan War Memorial.


Tpr. H. DIXON.
[Church RoH - Trooper. Henry Dixon]
Henry Dixon, Trooper (3300) 2nd Life Guards. Age 23.
Henry had been a policeman in the City of Glasgow's “E” Division for about a year when he enlisted in November 1914. He was living in Scotia Street in the St. George's Cross area. Henry was wounded by shrapnel and died on the following day.
Born 1892 in Barrachan, Mochrum. Son of Henry and Mary (Davidson) Dixon of Barrachan, Mochrum and of Port William.
Died of Wounds on 17 September 1916 and buried in Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France.
Also named on the City of Glasgow Police Memorial and on the Glasgow Roll of Honour.


RIFLEMAN, JAMES GOURLAY.
[Church RoH - Rifleman. James Gourlay]
James Gourlay, Rifleman (R/33977) 16th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Age 35.
James was living in Gloucester when he enlisted as Private (29069) in the Gloucestershire Regt. In 1911 he was a traveller in the drapery trade and boarding at 55 Knowles Road, Gloucester.
Born 1882 in Mochrum. Son of the late Robert and Margaret (Black) Gourlay of Chilcarroch Cottage, Mochrum.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


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PRIVATE, WILLIAM GRIER.
[Church RoH - Private. William Grier]
William MacDonald Grier, Private (50505) 2/10th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 33.
William was a Stationers Warehouseman in Dumfries when he enlisted as Private (24614) in the King's Own Scottish Borderers in June 1916. He was posted to the 6th KOSB in France in May 1917 but was admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital in July and in September was evacuated home. In October he was posted to the 1/10th (Cyclist) Battalion of the Royal Scots and went with them to Dublin in April 1918. In July he transferred to the 2/10th Battalion and sailed for Archangel in Northern Russia.
Born 1885 in Lugar, Ayrshire. Son of William MacDonald Grier and of Elizabeth Campbell (Wallace) Grier of Mochrum. Husband of Margaret (Milroy) Grier of Queensberry Street, Dumfries who he married in 1911 in Glenluce, Wigtownshire.
Missing in Action on 27 October 1918 and named on the Archangel Memorial, Russia.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial.
2/10th Royal Scots moved to England, from Ireland, in July 1918 and to North Russia in August 1918 as part of the Archangel Force, returning home June 1919.


CORPORAL ROBt. HAILES.
[Church RoH - Corpl. Robert Hailes]
Robert Hailes, Private (51361) 16th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 40.
Robert was a butler at Monreith House when he enlisted in November 1915. He was mobilised as Private (19821) in the 4th (extra reserve) Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in June 1916. Robert went to France in March 1918 and was posted to the 16th Royal Scots.
Born 1879 in Eye, Hartismere, Suffolk. Son of Joseph and Hannah Hailes of Thornham Magna. Eye, Suffolk. Husband of Edith Ann (Smith) Hailes of Derby House, Broad Walk, Buxton, Derbyshire who he married in 1905 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Their daughter Edith Evelyn, aged 3 years and 11 months, died at Monreith Lodge in January 1911.
Missing in Action between 8 and 16 April 1918 and named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.


PRIVATE, WILLIAM HANNAH.
[Church RoH - Private. William Hannah]
William Hannah, Private (43937) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 20.
William was an estate worker at Derrie Farm, Elrig when he enlisted in November 1915. He was mobilised as Private (2616) in the Ayrshire Yeomanry in April 1916 and posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers in France in June 1917 but on arrival was transferred to the 11th Royal Scots.
Born 1897 in Kirkinner, Wigtownshire. Son of James and Jane (Whannell) of Elrig, Mochrum and of Milton Shore Cottage, Port William.
Killed in Action on 21 September 1917 and buried in Perth Cemetery (China Wall) Belgium.


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PRIVATE, WILLIAM HERON.
[Church RoH - Private. William Heron]
William James Heron, Private (11933) 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Age 27.
William had been a constable in the City of Glasgow's “A” Division for six years when he enlisted in November 1914. He was living in East Clyde Street and was a cook in the Central Division's Police Barracks. He joined his battalion in France in April 1915.
Born 1888 in Glasserton, Wigtownshire. Son of the late James Heron of Near Fell Cothouse, Glasserton and of Margaret (McKie) Heron of High Street, Port William.
Missing in Action on 16 May 1915 and named on Le Touret Memorial, France.
Also named on the City of Glasgow Police Memorial and on the Glasgow Roll of Honour.


PRIVATE, PETER HOOD.
[Church RoH - Private. Peter Hood]
Peter Hood, Private (8130) 1/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 22.
Peter landed with his battalion at Gallipoli on 6 June 1915.
Born 1893 in Mochrum – as Peter Erskine. Son of Janet (Erskine) Hood and step-son of Robert Hood of Auchengallie Farm, Mochrum.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


ABLE SEAMAN, JOHN HOUSTON.
[Church RoH - Able Seaman. John Houston]
John Houston, Able Seaman and Lamps: S.S. Polandia (Liverpool) Mercantile Marine. Age 33.
Born 1884 in Port William, Mochrum. Son of William Smith Houston and Margaret Bowstead (Dobbins) Houston of Port William.
Lost at Sea on 10 March 1917 and named on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
S.S.Polandia was enroute from Birkenhead to Cherbourg, France when she disappeared without trace. 31 crewmen were lost.


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PRIVATE, DAVID JAMIESON.
[Church RoH - Private. David Jamieson]
Note: CWGC spell the name as Jameson.
David Jamieson, Private (42866) 13th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) Age 25.
Born 1893 in Mochrum. Son of Thomas and Susan (Parker) Jamieson of Main Street, Port William. Husband of Alice (Mousley) Jamieson of Oliver Street, Edge Hill, Liverpool who he married in 1914 in Liverpool.
Killed in Action on 8 February 1918 and buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, France.


PRIVATE, Wm. JAMIESON.
[Church RoH - Private. William Jamieson]
William Jamieson, Private (35437) 4th (Reserve) Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Age 24.
The 4th Cameronians was a training unit which remained in UK throughout the war. In April 1916 it moved to Greenock. William died of meningitis in Greenock Infirmary.
Born 1893 in Mochrum. Son of James and Janet (Parker) Jamieson of Main Street, Port William.
Died on Active Service on 9 September 1917 and buried in Greenock Cemetery, Renfrewshire. (CWG)


PRIVATE, DAVID KELLY.
[Church RoH - Private. David Kelly]
David Kelly, Private (9540) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 27.
David had been a regular soldier and in 1911 was serving with the 1st RSF in South Africa. In August 1914 the 2nd RSF were in Gibraltar. They returned to England, landing in September, and William landed with them at Zeebrugge on 6 October 1914.
Born 1887 in Kirkinner, Wigtownshire. Son of Annie Kelly of Mochrum.
Missing in Action on 24 October 1914 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Church Memorial only - Private. JAMES KERR.
James Gold Kerr, Private (M2/104884) Army Service Corps, attached to 5th Field Survey Company, Royal Engineers. Age 22.
James enlisted in Sheffield and landed in France in August 1915. He suffered a fatal accident and died of his injuries in the 48th Casualty Clearing Station at Brie.
Born 1896 in Carmichael, Lanarkshire. Son of John Kirk Kerr (gamekeeper) and Martha (Gold) Kerr of Happendon, Douglas, Lanarkshire, of Monreith and of Yarncliffe Lodge, Grindleford, Sheffield.
Died on Active Service on 3 October 1918 and buried in Brie British Cemetery, France.


DRIVER, ROBt. KERR.
Although Robert's name appears here, he is named on the Church Roll of Honour amongst those who survived the war.
James Kerr (above) would almost certainly have been a Driver in the ASC.
Perhaps Robert's name is on the memorial in error.


PRIVATE ALEXr. KEVAN.
[Church RoH - Private. Alex Kevan]
Alexander Kevan, Private (9064 & 201159) 1/4th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 26.
Alexander was a gamekeeper on the Barnbarroch Estate, Whauphill when he enlisted. He joined his battalion in Egypt in 1916 and died in the 2nd Field Ambulance in Palestine.
Born 1890 in Mochrum as Alexander McCulloch Nicholson. Son of Elizabeth Nicholson of Mochrum Village.
Died of Wounds on 14 November 1917 and buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine.


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PRIVATE, ALEXr. LINDSAY.
[Church RoH - Private. Alex Lindsay]
Alexander Lindsay, Private (S/40938) 1/6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Formerly Private (S/27057) Cameron Highlanders. Age 22.
Alexander was living at Nicholson Street, Gorbals, Glasgow when he enlisted as Private (S/27057) 7th Cameron Highlanders.
Born 1895 in Inch, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Janet (Jess) Lindsay of Low Milton Farm, Mochrum and later of South Strand Street, Stranraer.
Died of Wounds on 25 April 1917 and buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Also named on the Glasgow Roll of Honour.

and his brother

PRIVATE, JAMES LINDSAY
.
[Church RoH - Private. James Lindsay]
James Lindsay, Private (132175) 8th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Age 19.
Born 1898 in Portpatrick, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Janet (Jess) Lindsay of Low Milton Farm, Mochrum and later of South Strand Street, Stranraer.
Killed in Action on 24 April 1918 and named on the Pozieres Memorial, France.


PRIVATE, JOHN MARSHALL.
[Church RoH - Private. John Marshall]
John Marshall, Private (41134) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 32.
John was drafted as Private (16685) in the 56th Training Reserve. He was posted as Private (49646) to the 2nd Royal Scots but was transferred to the KOSB.
Born 1886 in Mochrum. Son of John and Elizabeth (Melville) Marshall of Elrig Village, Mochrum.
Killed in Action on 23 March 1918 and buried in Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Alexander Lindsay Pte S/40938 6th Gordon Highlanders b Inch,Wigtownshire 22/01/1895 e Glasgow r Stranraer Age 22 Died of Wounds F&F 25/04/1917 Son of John and Janet Jess Lindsay, of 7, South Strand St., Stranraer, Wigtownshire. Soldiers Effects: Father: John. Brothers: William John James & Thomas. Brother James also died. 24 Apr 1918. Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension Fr 0095 Plot II Row G Grave 09
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LT. COL. AYMER EDWARD MAXWELL.
[Church RoH – Lieut. Col. Aymer E. Maxwell]
Aymer Edward Maxwell, Lieutenant Colonel: Commanding the Collingwood Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Captain 1st Lovat Scouts Yeomanry and formerly Captain Grenadier Guards. Age 36.
Born 1877 in Edinburgh. Son of Sir Herbert Eustace Maxwell, Bart. of Monreith and of Lady Maxwell (Mary Fletcher-Campbell).
Husband of Lady Mary (Percy) Maxwell of House of Elrig, Mochrum who he married in 1909 in St. George Hanover Square, London.
Educated at Eton and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst he was commissioned in the Grenadier Guards in 1897 and served with them in the South African War. He retired as a Captain in 1907 but joined the Lovat Scouts in 1911 and was placed on the Reserve of Officers. He rejoined the Grenadiers at the outbreak of war and was posted, with a temporary commission in the Royal Marines, to command the Collingwood Battalion in the newly formed Naval Division; tasked with defence of the port of Antwerp. He was wounded during the first German attack and died in the Military Hospital on the following day.
Died of Wounds on 9 October 1914 and buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium.
Also named on a plaque in the Maxwell Mausoleum in Kirkmaiden Old Churchyard, Monreith and on a plaque in the Crichton Chapel at the former Royal Institution in Dumfries.
At the declaration of the war on 4 August 1914, there was a surplus of some 20-30,000 men of the reserves of the Royal Navy who would not find jobs on any ship of war. This was sufficient to form two Naval Brigades and a Brigade of Marines for operations on land. Experienced army officers were seconded to the Division to provide battlefield knowledge.



PRIVATE, JOHN MAXWELL.
[Church RoH - Private. John Maxwell]
John Maxwell, Private (23048) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 19.
John had enlisted in 1915 and had been based in Edinburgh as a Lewis Gun Instructor until July 1917 when he was posted to the 1/5th KOSB in Palestine.
Born 1898 in Sorbie, Wigtownshire. Son of Samuel and Annie (McShane) Maxwell of Port William.
In 1901 the family were at Arrow Farm, Glasserton and in 1911 were in Sorbie.
Killed in Action on 13 November 1917 and buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
Also named on the War Memorials of Glasserton Parish, of Sorbie Parish in Garlieston, and of the district of Upper Sorbie in Sorbie Village.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Church Memorial only - Corpl. PETER MAXWELL.

Peter Maxwell, Lance Corporal (25420) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 27.
Peter was educated at Whithorn Public School. He was a drapers warehouseman in Glasgow when he enlisted in July 1916. He went to France in March 1917 but was wounded on 9 May 1917 and was evacuated to hospital in France. He rejoined the KOSB but was wounded again and died in the 19th Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1889 in Whithorn. Son of the late William Maxwell and of Elizabeth (Heron) Maxwell of Glasserton Street, Whithorn. Husband of Mary Paterson (McCreadie) Maxwell of 56 Polmadie Road, Glasgow (and later of Sydney, Australia), who he married in 1915 in Govanhill, Glasgow.
Died of Wounds on 2 September 1917 and buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France.
Named on the Whithorn War Memorial and on the Glasgow Roll of Honour.


PRIVATE, PETER MILHENCH.
[Church RoH - Private. Peter Milhench]
Peter Milhench, Private (257488) 5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 29.
Peter was farming in the Loreburn area of Saskatchewan when he was drafted for military service in October 1917 at Regina.
Born 1888 in Mochrum. Son of Robert and Jane (McCaig) Milhench of Mochrum.
Killed in Action on 29 September 1918 and buried in Haynecourt British Cemetery, France.


PRIVATE, Jas. MILLIGAN.
[Church RoH – L/Corpl. James Milligan]
James Milligan, Lance Corporal (42727) 21st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.
Age 21.
James enlisted as Private (2410) in the King's Own Scottish Borderers in October 1914. He was transferred to the MGC and served at Arras. He was fatally wounded near Bapaume.
Born 1898 in Appleby, Glasserton, Wigtownshire – as Michael James Milligan. Son of Agnes Milligan, later Mrs. Agnes McBurnie of Mochrum, of Minnigaff and of Gatehouse-of-Fleet.
Died of Wounds on 8 October 1918 and buried in Thilloy Road Cemetery, Beaulencourt, France.
Also named on the Minnigaff Parish War Memorial in Kirkcudbrightshire.


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GUNNER, Wm. McALLISTER.
[Church RoH - Gunner. William McAllister]
William McAllister, Gunner (41438) “C” Battery, 96th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Age 23.
William joined the RFA at the outbreak of war and was a Signalman as well as a Gunner. He landed with his Brigade in France on 10 September 1915 but was wounded at Loos on 27 September and died a few days later.
Born 1892 in Penninghame, Wigtownshire. Son of William and Jane (McCrorie) McAllister of Old Mill, Mochrum.
Died of Wounds on 3 October 1915 and buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, France.

Sent to me by Mike Morley - "The Galloway Gazette have reproduced the following from the 20 Nov 1915 edition:"

SAD LOSS OF SOLDIER DEVOTED TO HIS HORSE
Mr McAllister, Old Mill, Port William, has received a letter from the sergeant of his son's regiment telling him how he met his death:
"He was always a jolly fellow, well liked by all, and went by the name of 'Mac'. He was recognised by all the battery as the best signaller we had, so you will understand that apart from his company, he is missed greatly in this work. He was a fine soldier and received his wound while doing his duty towards his country. I had been talking to him about one hour before I heard the sad news.
There is one thing that I would mention, and that is your son's great thought for his horse. He rode a black mare, which he called 'Polly'. He thought more of her than himself, I believe, always looking after her before doing anything for himself. He came out to do his duty for his country and he did it to the last letter, and fell a hero to the cause."



PRIVATE, CHAS. McCAIG.
[Church RoH - Private. Charles McCaig]
I cannot trace this man – The only casualty with this name listed by SDGW/SNWM/CWGC is shown below.
Perhaps he was a relative of Hugh and John McCaig
.

Charles McCaig, Gunner (192653) “A” Battery, 58th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Age 29.
Born 1888 at William Street, Dalbeattie. Son of Crawford and Elizabeth (Milley) McCaig. Husband of Agnes (Gall – latterly Grierson) McCaig of Wallace St. Dumfries who he married at Closburn, Dumfriesshire in 1914.
Missing in Action on 13 October 1917 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Named on the Dalbeattie War Memorial.


GUNNER, HUGH McCAIG.
[Church RoH - Gunner. Hugh McCaig]
Hugh Fergusson McCaig, Lance Corporal (7256) 89th Company, Machine Gun Corps. Age 27.
Hugh was living in Canada when he heard of his brother John's death (see below) He returned to Port William and enlisted and served as Private (21851) King's Own Scottish Borderers before being transferred to the MGC.
Born 1889 in Mochrum. Son of the late Robert McCaig and of Elizabeth (Fergusson) McCaig of the Fergusson Inn, Monreith.
Killed in Action on 18 October 1916 and buried in London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, France.


And his brother

PRIVATE, Jno. McCAIG
.
[Church RoH - Private. John McCaig]
John McCaig, Private (16165) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 20.
Before enlisting John had been employed in Monreith Gardens. He was drowned in the sinking of the troopship Royal Edward when it was torpedoed by the German submarine UB14 in the Aegean.
Born 1894 in Mochrum. Son of the late Robert McCaig and of Elizabeth (Fergusson) McCaig of the Fergusson Inn, Monreith.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 13 August 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Of the some 900 casualties of the sinking about 60 were from the 9th (Reserve) Battalion, KOSB as replacements for losses in the 1st Battalion.


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ABLE SEAMAN, T. McDOWALL.
[Church RoH - Able Seaman Thomas McDowall]
Thomas McDowall, Able Seaman (J/18352Ch.) H.M.S. “P.C. 61”, Royal Navy. Age 23.
Thomas enlisted in the Navy as a “Boy” in July 1912 and was appointed as an Ordinary Seaman in July 1913 when he enlisted for 12 years. He served throughout the war latterly being posted to the destroyer “PC61”.
Born 1895 in Kirkinner, Wigtownshire. Son of the late Thomas McDowall and of Elizabeth (McKie) McDowall of Skate Farm, Mochrum.
Accidentaly Drowned on 4 May 1919 and buried in Aughaval (Holy Trinity) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
At the end on the war HMS “PC61” was operating off Westport, Co. Mayo. Thomas, an officer and another seaman came ashore at Rosbeg, near Westport, for supplies. On the return journey their sailing boat capsized and both of the Seamen drowned.


PRIVATE, THOMAS McGILL.
[Church RoH - Private. Thomas McGill]
Thomas McGill, Private (6544) 16th Battalion, Australian Infantry. Age 27.
The entire McGill family emigrated from Chanque Farm, Mochrum in June 1910 and worked a farm at Coorow, north of Perth, in Western Australia. Thomas and his brother, John Bell McGill, enlisted in March 1916 and sailed from Freemantle in the October. He arrived in France in February 1917 but was wounded in April 1917 and was invalided to England for treatment for a gunshot wound to his right arm. He rejoined his Battalion on 12 August 1917 but eight days later was fatally wounded and died in the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1890 in New Luce, Wigtownshire. Son of James and Janet (Bell) McGill of Coorow, Western Australia, and later of Queen's Park, Perth.
Died of Wounds on 20 August 1917 and buried in Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France.

Note: Tom's brother, John Bell McGill, survived the war but died in Whithorn in 1922. He had married Elizabeth Kevan in Whithorn in 1917 and had returned to Whithorn to bring her and their son to Australia.
The brothers' cousin, George Bell, who had worked with them on the farm at Coorow, was killed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 serving with the 11th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He is named on the Balmaclellan and Corsock War Memorials in Kirkcudbrightshire, where his mother lived.


PRIVATE, J. McKEAND.
[Church RoH - Private. James McKeand]
James McKeand, Able Seaman (Clyde Z/6937) Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Age 22.
James worked as a tailor when he enlisted in November 1915. He joined his battalion in France in December 1916.
Born 1894 in Garlieston, Sorbie, Wigtownshire. Son of Robert and Elizabeth (Poole) McKeand of Port William, Mochrum.
Missing in Action on 24 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.


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PRIVATE, JAMES McNEILL.
[Church RoH - Private. James McNeill]
The spelling of the surname varies from record to record but is most often with one “L”
James McNeil, Private (263029) 1/4th Seaforth Highlanders.
Formerly Private (5947 & 201495) Cameron Highlanders. Age 31.
Born 1887 in Port William, Mochrum. Son of John and Annie (Griffen) McNeil of Port William. Husband of Janet (Cairnie) McNeil of Main Street, Port William who he married in in 1911 in Glasserton, Wigtownshire.
James was a Carrier operating between Whauphill Station and Port William when he enlisted in 1916.
Died of Wounds on 28 October 1918 and buried in Ramillies British Cemetery, Cambrai, France.
James was originally buried in Escaudoeuvres Cemetery, in the grounds of the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor, but he and others were re-interred in Ramillies Cemetery after the war.


PRIVATE, WILLIAM McQUAID.
[Church RoH - Private. William McQuaid]
William McQuaid, Private (8132) 1/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 39.
William had been employed on the Monreith Estate. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli on 6 June 1915 and was wounded in the attack of 12 July. William was evacuated to hospital in Alexandria where he died.
Born 1876 in Whithorn, Wigtownshire. Son of Patrick and Mary Ann (Boyes) McQuaid. Husband of Jessie (Wyllie) McQuaid of Main Street, Port William who he married in 1914 in Mochrum.
Died of Wounds on 23 July 1915 and buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.


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