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mikky



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Edit Another photo of John F Crichton



CRICHTON, JOHN FAIRWEATHER
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 18/07/1916
Additional information: Brother of Mr. W. F. Crichton, of 53, Priory Place, Craigie, Perth.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 A.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL



John Fairweather Crichton
Lt 8th Black Watch
Died 18/7/1916
Another of the orphans


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



McLAREN, J
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Age: 27
Date of Death: 01/10/1918
Service No: 16570
Additional information: Son of Peter and Joan McLaren, of Pine House, Acharn, Aberfeldy, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. A. 6.
Cemetery: TARANTO TOWN CEMETERY EXTENSION, ITALY


Pte John McLaren
2nd Cameron Highlanders
Died 1/10/1918

This mans' brother William Ross McLaren won the MM at the battle of Y ravine
Monday November 13th 1916. He also was the man who built
'The Comrades Hut' in Acharn, in which these photos can be found.
He was quite a man, as no doubt was John.



Again am indebted to another Grandson of William Ross McLaren for this great tribute to Pte John McLaren
Badly damaged in a fire, written by the Rev William Gillies it reads;

I have been talking to the children about the
qualities of obedience, earnestness, and manliness
and love that marked the character of Samuel as
boy and man and I should like, before closing to
make a reference to boy who grew up
among us who was endowed with these qualities and
who has now died in his countries service. Most
of us here were well aquainted with the late Pte
John McLaren and Camerons, and we held him
in the highest respect.
In civil life we knew him to be quiet and
modest, as a workman he was most industrious
and painstaking; as a son and brother he was
dutiful and affectionate.
Four years ago this country was in dire straits
Kitchener was calling for men. John McLaren
heard that call and right away responded.
He enlisted in the Cameron Highlanders and in
the course of time was sent to France. There he
took part in many a fierce struggle, until in 1915
his Division was transferred to Macedonia to hold
the Bulgars back. There he had to work hard in
a trying and extremely unhealthy climate-----
and helped to prepare those extensive lines----
that saved the city of Salonika from -----
Later on he advanced to the malaria-----
the Struma. He took a brave and manly part in
many raids and battles that have been --------
of here at home. When not engaged in-------
life out there was weary and monotonous in the extreme
but he held on with-----------------------------------
and tenacity until after-------------------------
turn came for leave home. While he was with us
here the news came that an advance had been
made in Macedonia and before he could have been
far on his way back Bulgaria surrendered. We
hoped that he was returning to enjoy the victory to
which he had contributed his strength and earnest
spirit; but the heavenly father had other plans
for him. His fighting was indeed finished and all
his victories won. He was called to enjoy a better
place than earth could give. Travelling through
Italy, he contracted a chill that developed into
pneumonia and in the hospital attached to the rest
camp at Tarantino he died. His remains are buried
among the graves of that sunny land and his spirit
enjoys the light of the blessed father----
We mourn for him----------

Indeed we do.

Mike


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



The orphanage is the building on the right.



The memorial around 1920-ish.

The top of the building, just visible on the right of memorial, is that of the Holder ( community ) hall, the building to the left of the orphanage in top photo

Orphanage photograph from
' Old Killin,Kenmore and Loch Tay ' by Bernard Byrom


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



DEWAR, JAMES
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Scots Guards
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 28/03/1918
Service No: 13009
Additional information: Son of Mrs. Dewar, of Drummond Cottage Keltneyburn, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, and the late Peter Dewar.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 1.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL


Pte James Dewar Scots Guards
Died 28/3/1918
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am indebted to the Grandson of Lt William Ross McLaren MM for this historic photograph. It is of the unveiling ceremony of the Kenmore War Memorial. Highlighted are:
1. Lady Breadalbane
2. Rev William Gillies
3. Lt William Ross McLaren MM. The man who Won the Military Medal at battle of Y Ravine Beaumont Hamel, on a very foggy 13th November 1916
He also built the Archway to the entrance of the church, built Acharn Comrades Hut, was on the War Memorial Commitee. Some man!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant Mike!

It's not very often that any more than the dignitaries are named, so to to be able to identify William McLaren is excellent.

I wonder how he felt post war being involved in those projects.

As you said - 'Some man'!

Anne
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Anne. It must have been a difficult day. He was wounded on at least one occasion. After Beaumont Hamel he was promoted to Lt served with the Durham Light Infantry.The more I find out about him, the more I admire him.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=591855


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=297663

More research to do on this man, I think this is him.
Mike

Edit; I have recently had a phone call from a relative of this man, and if find any more information, and the family don't mind, I will post it.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=250100


The photograph collection has him as Donald Cowan but I think that must be a mistake. I think it is Hugh Cowan.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:30 pm    Post subject: Harold Towner Reply with quote

Private Harold Towner - was my grandfather's brother. His full name was Alfred Harold Towner and he was actually born in Barcombe, Lewes Sussex, but was raised on Jersey Island. Having been placed in the Kenmore Orphanage at such a young age he probably didn't know he was actually born in Barcombe. Harold was one of seven siblings left orphaned upon the deaths of his parents in 1898. My grandfather James, his eldest sister, and a younger brother where admitted to Dr. Barnardo's in London, two sisters went to Waifs & Strays, and Harold and his brother Albert entered the Kenmore Orphanage. I have been fortunate in finding information on all the siblings and have had the priviledge to connect with their descendents.
Much thanks to Mike for the pictures, and information you sent me on Harold and the orphanage. The family has truly appreciated them.
If any one has more information on Harold, his brother Albert, or the Kenmore Orphanage I'd love to hear from you.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am very glad I could help. A tragic story for your family.Well done on all your hard work finding your family, and if I find any more information, I will send to you.
Cheers Mike
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the People's Journal March 3d 1917



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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More from the People's Journal




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