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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see plans are are afoot to relocate this memorial. The A68 has been a main road for years, why is it a problem now?

http://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/local-headlines/plans-afoot-to-move-memorial-to-more-suitable-location-1-2789529
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The short answer is that the volume of traffic on the A68 has changed considerably since the memorial was erected. Standing to attention in the middle of a modern trunk road for two minutes is no longer an option. My understanding of the situation is that someone saw the offer of money on the table for the restoration of war memorials and thought they would apply to have the memorial reversed. Sensible, but it does not come under the banner of 'restoration' and I doubt whether funds will be forthcoming. I suspect the memorial will stay as it is for a while longer.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think I've seen so many photographs of one memorial which manage to make it look like several memorials or one memorial which has been moved several times. Is this memorial in the middle of park land or at the side of a main road? And whilst the parkland photos are "pretty", do they add to the reality. After a frustrating couple of hours trying to figure out what is going on here, I now no longer care if the thing is pulled down Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



The memorial has never moved from its present spot.
Originally, the names of the Fallen faced onto the main road, the A68.
In recent years, this became very problematic for people to view the names etc due to the volume of traffic etc.
So the name plaques were re-sited on what was previously the rear of the memorial.
It has now been proposed that the entire memorial is relocated nearer to the village and placed in a quieter position.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:20 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

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GEORGE BALLOCH, R.F.A.
Note: CWGC and military records have his name as BALLOCK.
George Harper Balloch – age 24 – Gunner (94716) “C” Battery, 46th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
In 1911 George, aged 18 was a houseboy at 78 Brook Street, Mayfair, London and was an under-butler when he enlisted at Maidstone in Kent. He landed with his Battery in France in May 1915 as Bombardier but later he reverted to Gunner.
Born 1893 in Selkirk. Son of Archibald and Mary Jane (Harper) Balloch of St. Boswells, of Park Cottage, Tait's Hill, Selkirk and of 115 Forest Road, Selkirk.
Killed in Action on 11 November 1917 and buried in La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Selkirk War Memorial.


ALEXANDER BELL, LANCERS.
Alexander Bell – age 33 – Private (53023) 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.
Alexander enlisted as Private (4948) in the 16th (The Queen's) Lancers. He was posted to the 11th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers in France in January 1917 and was transferred to the 32nd RF in September. He moved with them to Italy in November and they returned to France in March 1918 but the battalion was disbanded and Alexander was attached to the Anson Battalion of the Royal Naval Division for a month before being posted to the 7th RF in the same Division. He was killed just under a month later.
Born 1885 in Leith, Edinburgh. Son of Andrew and Jane (Weatherly) Bell of Edinburgh. Husband of Mary (Richardson) Bell of The Holmes and of Laburnum Cottage, St. Boswells who he married in 1916 in St. Boswells.
Killed in Action on 25 May 1918 and buried in Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.


JOHN BLAIN, K.O.S.B.
John Pretsell Blain – age 20 – Private (573) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
As a member of the Territorial 4th KOSB John was mobilised in August 1914 and he landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but he was killed a month later during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1894 in Newton Stewart, Penninghame, Wigtownshire. Son of the late Hugh Pettigrew Blain (died 1913 in St. Boswells) and of Jane Campbell (Pretsell) Blain of Benrig, St. Boswells.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
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JOHN BROWN, K.O.S.B.
John Brown – age 33 – Private (201497) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was a grocer's vanman when he enlisted. As Private (8591) he joined his battalion in Egypt and served in Palestine before they moved to France in April 1918. John suffered a gunshot wound to his spine in September and was evacuated to the 2nd Scottish General Hospital at Craigleith in Edinburgh where he died a year later.
Born 1886 in Borthwick, Midlothian. Son of John and Mary Ann (Robertson) Brown of Borthwick, Midlothian. Husband of Ellen (Boyd or Learmonth) Brown of Paton's Buildings, St. Boswells who he married in 1910 in Kelso, Roxburghshire.
Died of Wounds on 25 September 1919 and buried in St. Boswells Parish Churchyard. (CWG)


ANDREW CHARTERS, M.M. K.O.S.B.
Andrew Charters, Military Medal – age 34 – Private (28596) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
In 1901, aged 16, Andrew had been a farm servant at Fens, St. Boswell and the family were at Weirgate Mains, St. Boswell when Andrew enlisted. He joined the 1st KOSB in France but was wounded at the Somme in 1916. He returned to France in early 1917 and joined the 6th KOSB and was a stretcher bearer when he was fatally wounded. He had just been awarded a Military Medal. Andrew was buried in Winkel (St. Eloi) Churchyard but was re-interred in Langemark.
Born 1884 in Ancrum, Roxburghshire as Andrew Dalgleish Charters. Son of Thomas and Helen Rieve (Dalgleish) Charters of Weirgate Cottage, St. Boswells.
Died of Wounds on 17 October 1918 and buried in Cement House Cemetery, Langemark, Belgium.


WILLIAM GOW, H.L.I.
William Gow – age 23 – Private (27907) 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.
William was a painter in St. Boswells when he enlisted in the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1914. He was posted to the HLI where he became a signaller. Born 1894 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of Thomas and Agnes (Johnstone) Gow of Weirgate Cottages, St Boswells and of 7 Second Terrace, Radnor Park, Clydebank, Glasgow.
Missing in Action on 23 July 1917 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
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JOSEPH D. GRAHAM, A.V.C.
Joseph Graham – age 32 – Private (SE/4272) 16th Veterinary Hospital, Army Veterinary Corps.
In 1901 Joseph, aged 16, was a farm servant at Knottyholm in Canonbie, Dumfriesshire but was a railway porter at Bowland near Galashiels, Selkirkshire when he married in 1907 as Joseph Douglas Graham. He landed in Egypt on 16 March 1915 but died of pneumonia in the Nasrieh Hospital in Cairo.
Born 1884 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late Police Constable John Graham (died 1901) and of the late Mary Forsyth Douglas (Connel) Graham (died 1889) of Langholm. Husband of Mary (Braid) Graham of Tweedbank, Melrose, Roxburghshire who he married in 1907 in Melrose. Died on Service on 30 August 1916 and buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the Langholm War Memorial.


JAMES GRAY, G.Hrs.
James Gray – age 21 – Private (10361) 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
James, aged 19, was a butler/valet at Maxpoffle House, St. Boswells when he enlisted in June 1915 and he joined the 2nd Gordon Highlanders in France in October. He was wounded at the Somme on 1 July 1916 and treated at the 2nd General Hospital at Abbeville before he was evacuated to the Royal Victoria hospital at Netley, Hampshire. He returned to France and was posted to the 1st Battalion in December 1916.
Born 1896 at Bankhead in Linton, Roxburghshire as James Coulter.
Son of Sarah Coulter or Brown and step-son of John Gray of Boundaries, Jedburgh who had married in 1905 in Linton.
Sarah's parents are shown as Andrew Brown and Margaret Coulter.
Missing in Action on 18 June 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Jedburgh War Memorial.

Had some trouble with his man until I found two items in a local newspaper:

Jedburgh Gazette 31/8/1917
JEDBURGH MAN MISSING. Mrs John Gray, Boundaries, Jedburgh, has now received from Perth notification of date 22nd August. that her son, Private James Gray. Gordon Highlanders, was posted as missing on the 18th June, 1917. This is official confirmation of the information published in the Gazette four weeks ago.

Jedburgh Gazette 24/6/1918
PRIVATE JAMES COULTER (JEDBURGH) REPORTED KILLED.
Mrs John Gray. 1 Boundaries. Jedburgh, has received official intimation that no further news having been obtained relative to her son, Private James Coulter, Gordon Highlanders, who has been missing since 18th June 1917, the Army Connell have been regretfully constrained to conclude that he was killed on the above date. A message of sympathy from the King and Queen accompanies the intimation. Private Coulter was 22 years of age, and Mrs Gray's only son. Previous to enlistment he was a butler Maxpoffle, St Boswells.
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JAMES GURNEY, S.G.
James Gurney – age 38 – Private (11958) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards.
James had served his apprenticeship as a tailor in St. Boswells and was employed in Edinburgh then at Ormiston in East Lothian from where he enlisted at the outbreak of war. He spent some months at the Guards Depot at Caterham in Surrey before he joined his battalion in France in February 1915. James was reported to be the first man from St. Boswells to fall when he was killed two months later. He was buried in Edward Road No.4 Cemetery (Factory Trench) but was re-interred at Souchez in January 1925.
Born 1877 in St. Boswells as James John Younger Gurney. Son of the late Agnes (Swanston) Gurney (died 1884) and of James Gurney of St. Boswells.
Killed in Action on 11 April 1915 and buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.


JOHN L. KELSALL, LIEUT. R.F.A.
John Lindsay Kelsall – age 26 – Captain, "B" Battery, 86th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
John of Bothendene House, St. Boswells was educated at Ardvreck School in Crieff, Perthshire, at Marleborough College in Wiltshire from 1905 to 1909 and at the Imperial College of Science in London. He was commissioned from a Cadet in the Officer Training Corps in August 1914 and was promoted to Captain in the Army Service Corps in July 1915 before he went to France in August. He was transferred to the RFA in June 1917 but was killed at Zillebeke Lake near Ypres two months later.
Born 1891 in Crieff, Perthshire as John Kelsall. Son of Henry and Mary Eudoxia Lindesay (Dallas) Kelsall of Bothendene House, Bowden, St. Boswells and of Moss Side Estate, Rochdale, Lancashire. Grandson of the late Henry Kelsall of The Butts, Rochdale.
Killed in Action on 28 August 1917 and buried in The Huts Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Bowden Parish War Memorial and on the Bowden Parish Church memorial.

His brother was awarded a Military Cross.
The Scotsman 12/6/1916 p.8
MILITARY CROSS FOR CAPTAIN KELSALL, A.S.C. Temp. Captain Hugh Ainsworth Kelsall (Horse Transport), A.S.C, has been awarded the Military Cross. Captain H. A. Kelsall went from the Military College, Sandhurst, to France with the 2nd Division, First Army, in August 1914, and was through the battle of the Aisne. He was mentioned in dispatches in January last. He was promoted permanent Lieutenant and Temp. Captain, Adjutant to Headquarters Train in April 1916; and has now received the Military Cross. He is twenty years of age, and was educated at Ardvreck, Crieff, and Marlborough College. He is the third son of Mr Henry Kelsall, and grandson of Hannah, Ladv Eliott of Stobs.
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ANDREW LINDORES, K.O.S.B.
Andrew Lindores – age 26 – Private (7106) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers.
Andrew landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in early June 1915.
Born 1888 in Earlston, Berwickshire. Son of Alexander and Janet (Burrell) Lindores of Crossflats, St. Boswells and of Corsbie, Earlston.
Died of Wounds on 22 June 1915 and buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.


DAVID MARSHALL, K.O.S.B.
Thought to be:
David Stewart Marshall – age 27 – Corporal (34454) 143rd Company, Machine Gun Corps.
David was a gardener when he enlisted as Private (7233) in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Reserve at Galashiels in November 1914. He re-enlisted in May 1916 at the MGC Depot at Grantham in Lincolnshire and joined his company in France in August.
Born 1890 at Badshalloch Cottage in Kilmaronock Parish, Dunbartonshire.
Son of the late David Marshall (died 1892) and of Agnes (McGregor) Marshall, and step-son of William Campbell who married Agnes in 1895 in Kilmaronock.
The family lived at High Lodge, Parkhill, Balfron, at Camoquhill Douglas, Balfron and at Dunkyan Lodge, Killearn, all in Stirlingshire.
Killed in Action on 23 August 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Killearn Parish War Memorial and on the Bowden Parish Church memorial.


JOHN McVITTIE, K.O.S.B.
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WALTER MELROSE, K.O.S.B.
Walter Melrose – age 34 – Private (26951) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
In 1901 Walter aged 19, was a ploughman in St. Boswells.
Born 1881 Loanhead or New Smailholm, Smailholm, Roxburghshire as Walter Hume Melrose. Son of the late James Melrose (died 1917) and Mary (Hume) Melrose of Laretburn, St.Boswells. Brother of Mrs. Margaret Scott of Lindenlea, St. Boswells.
Missing in Action on 4 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
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JOHN MUNRO, R.S.
Thought to be:
John Munro – age 20 – Private (20644) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots.
John enlisted at Galashiels in February 1915 and landed with the 12th Battalion in June 1915. He was wounded twice before being evacuated to hospital in Boulogne with frost-bite in December. He was wounded and made a prisoner of war on 28 March 1918 while serving with the 13th RS but died in the German Field hospital at S'gravenbrakel (Dutch) or Braine-Le-Comte (French) to the north of Mons in Belgium.
Born 1897 in Edinburgh. Son of the late Charles Munro (died 1916) and of Isabella (Rennie) Munro of 9 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh.
Died of Wounds on 14 April 1918 and buried in Braine-Le-Comte Communal Cemetery, Belgium.


WALTER S. PATON, Lt. BORDER Rgt.
Walter Storie Paton – age 24 – Second Lieutenant, 11th (Lonsdale) Battalion, Border Regiment.
Walter was a teller in the British Linen Bank in Melrose, Roxburghshire when he enlisted as a Private in 15th Royal Scots (1st Edinburgh) in September 1914. He was commissioned in April 1915 and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in November. On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the battalion attacked the German line at Authuille and stormed the Leipzig Salient.
Born 1891 in Wilton, Hawick, Roxburghshire. Son of John Scott Paton and Annie (Bunyan) Paton of Elder Bank, St. Boswells.
Killed in Action on 1 July 1916 and buried in Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille, Somme, France.
Also named on the British Linen Bank memorial in St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh.


WILLIAM PRESTON, MANCHESTERS.
William Preston – age 32 – Private (50526) 13th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, transferred as Private (563006) to the 982nd Employment Company, Labour Corps.
William was brought up by his grandparents Edward and Margaret Preston in Maxton Village, Roxburghshire. He enlisted as Private (282445) in the Army Service Corps but was posted to the 13th Manchesters in Salonica, northern Greece. Later he transferred to the Labour Corps but he died of illness in the 47th General Hospital.
Born 1886 in Maxton, Roxburghshire. Son of Janet Preston. Cousin of Mrs. William Cockburn, of The Green, St. Boswells.
Died on Active Service on 17 September 1918 and buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece.
Also named on the Maxton Parish War Memorial.
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JOHN McD. RAE, L.CPl. R.S.
John MacDougall Rae – age 18 – Private (51673) 12th Battalion, Royal Scots.
John was a law clerk when he enlisted in March 1917. He was mobilised as Private (TR2/13474) in the 55th Training Reserve Battalion in June and posted as Private (53019) to the 4th Reserve Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers in December 1917. He joined the 12th Royal Scots in France at the beginning of April but was killed three weeks later.
Born 1899 in St. Boswells. Son of James and Margaret (MacDougall) Rae of Temple, St. Boswells.
Missing in Action on 25 April 1918 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
The Death notice reads: RAE—Previously reported missing at Kemmel Hill. France, on 25th April, 1918, now known to have been killed on 18th April, 1918, at White Chateau, in his 18th year , L.-Cpl. J. M. Rae, younger son of Mr and Mrs Rae, Temple, St Boswells.


GEORGE ROBERTSON, K.O.S.B.
George Robertson – age 30 – Private (12351) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
In 1901 George was serving his apprenticeship with his father. He was a stone-mason when he enlisted in 1914 and he landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915 but was killed four months later during the battle at Loos.
Born 1885 in St. Boswells. Son of the late James Robertson (died 1903) and the late Agnes Jessie (Younger) Robertson (died 1913) of St. Boswells. He named his brother Henry Robertson of Bonny View, St. Boswells as his legatee.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


DAVID W. SCOTT, R.G.A.
David Wright Scott – age 23 – Gunner (81932) 290th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
David was a baker who lived with his brother Thomas at Laburnum Cottage in St. Boswells when he enlisted in December 1915. He was mobilised in May 1916 and posted to his battery in December 1916.
Born 1894 in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire. Son of the late Joan Roy (Wright) Scott (died 1905) and of James Kennedy Scott, and step-son of May Mary Prentice (Waldie) Scott of 10 High Street, Jedburgh and of Lochend Farm Jedburgh. May married James in 1909 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire.
He named his brother Thomas as his legatee but Thomas died in March 1919.
Killed in Action on 31 October 1917 and buried in Ruisseau Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Jedburgh War Memorial.


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HENRY SCOTT, M.M. SERGt. K.O.S.B.
All military records have Harry Scott. I cannot find any record of the award of a Military Medal.
Henry Scott – age 29 – Sergeant (200022) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Harry was a member of the Territorial 4th KOSB and as Private (509) he was mobilised in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 and then served in Egypt, Palestine and France until he was discharged in July 1919. Henry died of tuberculosis at his home in St. Boswells.
Born 1889 in St. Boswells as Henry Scott. Son of William and Helen (Dalgleish) Scott of Melrose Buildings, St. Boswells.
Died on 29 July 1920 and buried in St. Boswells Parish Churchyard. (CWG)


ROBERT SCOTT, K.O.S.B.
CWGC register notes “Native of Newtown St. Boswells”
Robert Scott – age 20 – Private (200408) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert, as Private (6539) landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915. He then served in Egypt and in Palestine where he died in he 74th Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1897 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of Robert and Helen (Charters) Scott of 6 Hall Street, Galashiels, Selkirkshire.
Died of Wounds on 17 November 1917 and buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine.
Also named on the Galashiels Roll of Honour.


JOHN SOMERVAILLE, L. RIFLE Bde.
John Somervaille – age 35 – Rifleman (302789) 1/5th Battalion, London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)
In 1901 John, aged 19, was an accountant's clerk in London and by 1911 he was living at 39 Ferme Park Road, Stroud Green. He enlisted from there as Private (4681) and joined his battalion in France in 1916 but he was killed at Les Boeufs on the Somme.
Born 1881 in St. Boswells. Son of the late Robert Somervaille (died 1903) and of the late Jessie (Davidson) Somervaille (died 1912) of Charlesfield, St. Boswells. He named his brother William as his executor and legatee.
Missing in Action on 9 October 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
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GEORGE SWINTON, PIPER, K.O.S.B.
George Lothian Swinton – age 28 – Private (29828) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George of Hiltonshill, St. Boswell enlisted in the KOSB Reserve in August 1914. He joined his battalion as a bandsman in February 1917 but died in the 46th Field Ambulance at Duisans.
Born 1891 in Edgerston, Roxburghshire. Son of James and Margaret (Lothian) Swinton of Hiltonshill, St Boswell and of Thornielee, Clovenfords, Selkirkshire. Husband of Mary (Scott) Swinton of Carilaw, St. Boswells and of Wester Muirdeen, Kelso, Roxburghshire who he married at Bowden Manse, Roxburghshire on 4 January 1918.
Died of Wounds on 26 June 1918 and buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France.


ROBERT TAIT, K.O.S.B.
Robert Tait – age 35 – Private (23706) 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert had been a carting contractor when he enlisted. He died of Brights disease in the Flora Stevenson's section of the 2nd Scottish General Military Hospital, Craigleith, Edinburgh.
Born 1881 St. Boswells. Son of the late Robert Tait (died 1892) and of the late Janet (Blake) Tait (died 1916) of Paton's Buildings, St. Boswells.
He named his sisters Mrs. Janet Scott & Isabella Tait as his legatees.
Died on Service on 1 June 1917 and buried in St. Boswells Parish Churchyard. (CWG)


WILLIAM WALTER, R.F.A.
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A.F. WATSON, BSc, 2nd Lt. R. Hrs.
Alastair Fisher Watson – age 25 – Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Alastair was educated at Kelso High School and at George Watson's College in Edinburgh before becoming a Student of Science at Edinburgh University in 1910. He studied at the East of Scotland Agricultural College. He had served in the Officer Training Corps in both the College and the University. He graduated in 1914 and enlisted as Private (1429) in the 1/1st Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry, landing with his squadron at Le Havre in September 1915. He was commissioned in the Black Watch in June 1916 but was wounded on the Somme in August and evacuated home. Alastair returned to France in January 1917.
Born 1892 in Renton, Dunbartonshire as Alexander Fisher Watson.
Son of The Rev. Alexander Cameron Watson and Elizabeth R. S. (Fisher) Watson of The Manse, St. Boswells.
Killed in Action on 23 April 1917 and buried in Guemappe British Cemetery, Wancourt, France.
Also named on the Kelso High School memorial, the George Watson's College memorial and on the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen.


ADAM WEATHERSTONE, A&S.H.
Note: most civil records show the family name as Weatherston.
Adam Weatherstone – age 20 – Private (S/11449) 11th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Adam was wounded on 15 September and died six days later in one of the Casualty Clearing Stations at Dernancourt, near Albert.
Born 1895 in Ancrum, Roxburghshire. Son of George and Margaret (Dodds) Weatherstone of Wellrigg Farm, Ancrum/St. Boswells.
Died of Wounds on 21 September 1916 and buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
Also named on the Ancrum Parish War Memorial.


GEORGE B. WILSON, P.O. RIFLES.
George Brown Wilson – age 35 – Rifleman (371202) 2/8th Battalion, London Regiment (Post Office Rifles)
George was a postman in Selkirk when he enlisted as Private (3297) in the Post Office Rifles. His battalion landed at Le Havre in January 1917 but he was killed eight months later at St. Julien, near Ypres.
Born 1882 in Innerleithen, Peeblesshire. Son of the late James Wilson (died 1895) and Abigail (Brown) Wilson (died 1907) of Innerleithan. Husband of Mary Gray (Robertson) Wilson of Bonny View, St. Boswells who he married in 1905 in St. Boswells.
Missing in Action on 20 September 1917 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.


JOHN WILSON, K.O.S.B.
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JOHN YOUNGSON, SEAFORTHS.
John Youngson – age 35 – Private (241602) 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
In 1911 John, aged 29, was a gardener living in a boarding house at Elderbank, St. Boswells.
He enlisted in Glasgow as Private (25668) in the Highland Light Infantry but was posted to the Seaforths.
Born 1882 in Googerat, India. Son of the Rev. John Whyte Youngson, D.D. Church of Scotland missionary in India and of Helen (Moir) Youngson.
In 1891, age 9, he was living with his grandmother Helen Youngson, 76, at 5 Link Street, Roshearty, Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire.
Missing in Action on 31 July 1917 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
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