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F.SGT. DAVID FISHER, R.A.F.
David Fisher – age 27 – Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (973934) 11 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
David was educated at Galashiels Academy and was employed by a painting company in Galashiels when he enlisted in December 1939. He was badly wounded in Greece in early 1941 when the squadron had been sent there from Egypt. It then moved to Palestine to take part in the campaign in Syria and then to Iraq before returning to Egypt. After Japan entered the war the squadron was posted to Ceylon in April 1942 but David was killed when his squadron leader's Bristol Blenheim crashed in bad weather at Galkanda in central Ceylon.
Born 1914 in Galashiels. Son of John and Annie Fisher of 227 Magdala Terrace, Galashiels. Husband of Barbara (Gray) Fisher of 15 Livingston Place, Galashiels who he married in 1939 in Galashiels.
Died on Active Service ON 22 April 1942 and buried in Kandy War Cemetery, Sri Lanka.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial.


PTE. HART FOLEY, LINCS. REGT.
James Hart Foley – age 32 – Private (1625024) 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.
James was educated at Galashiels Academy and in 1936 he was living at 3 Victoria Road in Guiseley, West Yorkshire. The 6th Lincolns arrived in Algeria in January 1943 and then landed at Salerno in Italy in September. They suffered severe losses a year later in the battles around Coriano Ridge near San Marino.
Born 1911 in Galashiels. Son of John and Elizabeth (Imrie) Foley of Galashiels. Husband of Iris (Exley) Foley of East View, Yeadon, Wharfedale, Yorkshire who he married in 1940 in Yeadon.
Killed in Action on 19 September 1944 and buried in Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial and on the Our Lady and St Andrew R.C. Church memorial in Galashiels.
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SGT. R. FORTE, R.A.F.
Rudolph Angel Antonio Forte – age 21 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1565064) 76 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Rudolf's Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Holme on Spalding Moor in Yorkshire for a raid on Magdeburg but the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed near Helmstedt. Four of the crew were killed and buried at Sommersdorf but they were re-interred in July 1947.
Born 1923 in Hawick, Roxburghshire. Son of Massimino and Maria Pacetta Forte of 189 Galapark Road, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 21 January 1944 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Our Lady and St Andrew R.C. Church memorial in Galashiels.
Rudolph's father Masimino (born 1886 in Casalattico, Italy) served as Gunner (207191) in the Royal Garrison Artillery and as Private (050978) in the Army Ordnance Corps in WW1.


2ND.LT. A. T. FRASER, THE BUFFS.
Angus Thomson Fraser – age 24 – Second Lieutenant (312456) The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) attached to the 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment.
Angus was educated at Galashiels Academy and was employed in the boot & shoe department of the Co-operative Society in Galashiels when he enlisted in 1940. He was commissioned from Cadet (984764) in March 1944. The 1st Dorsets landed at Normandy on D-Day 6 June 1944 and in the ensuing campaign the Battalion lost heavily, especially among their company, platoon and section commanders. By 1st July across their four rifle companies only one officer remained in the job he had held on D-Day. The Dorsets received reinforcements from other regiments. Angus was killed near Caen and was re-interred at Tilley in June 1945.
Born 1920 in Rubislaw, Aberdeen. Son of Angus Calder Fraser and Isabella Thomson (Fraser) Fraser of 178 Wood Street, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 30 July 1944 and buried in Tilly-Sur-Seulles War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Also named on the Galashiels East Church memorial. (but not on the Academy memorial)
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SGT. W. H. GLADSTONE, K.O.S.B.
William Hardie Gladstone – age 31 – Sergeant (3190624) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was educated at Galashiels Academy and was a pattern weaver at Rosebank Mill in Galashiels. He was a keen rugby player for Gala Star and for Gala R.F.C. The 6th KOSB landed on the Normandy beaches on 15 June 1944 and took part in the battles around Caen and the River Odon.
Born 1912 in Galashiels. Son of James Pringle Gladstone and of Agnes (Hardie) Gladstone, of Galashiels. Husband of Agnes Currie (Rutherford) Gladstone of 212 Galapark Road Galashiels who he married in 1937 in Galashiels.
Died of Wounds on 3 July 1944 and buried in Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, Calvados, France.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial.

He joined up with - (note the service numbers)


SGT. J. GRAY, K.O.S.B.
James Gray – age 24 – Sergeant (3190623) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was a joiner in Galashiels and held a King's Badge as a Staff-Sergeant in the Boys Brigade. The 6th KOSB had landed on the Normandy beaches on 15 June 1944 and fought through France, Belgium and Holland. James was killed in the Eindhoven area and was re-interred at Mierlo in July 1945.
Born 1920 in Galashiels. Son of Adam and Eliza (McDougall) Gray of 51 Glendinning Terrace, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 20 November 1944 and buried in Mierlo War Cemetery, Netherlands.


F.O. P. F. GUNTER, R.A.F.V.R.
Peter Foley Gunter – age 22 – Flying Officer (188973) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Peter was educated at Galashiels Academy and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer from Flight Sergeant (1565242) in November 1944. He was promoted in May 1945 and he was in the final stages of his training at 5 Operational Training Unit at the Royal Canadian Air Force base at Abbotsford in British Columbia when his Liberator bomber collided with another Liberator on the runway and both aircraft caught fire. Only three of the combined crews escaped.
Born 1923 in Galashiels. Son of the late Robert Gunter (died 1932) and Margaret (Foley) Gunter of 58 Forest Gardens, Galashiels.
Died on Service on 3 July 1945 and buried in Abbotsford (Hazelwood) Cemetery, British Columbia, Canada.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial and on the Our Lady and St Andrew R.C. Church memorial in Galashiels.
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SPR. W. W. HALL, R.E.
William Wilson Hall – age 26 – Sapper (1896399) 233 Field Company, Royal Engineers.
Born 1916 in Galashiels. Son of John and Janet Hall of 130 Magdala Terrace, Galashiels.
Missing in Action on 29 June 1942 and named on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.


PTE. A. D. HALLIDAY, D.L.I.
Andrew Deans Halliday – age 24 – Private (3191248) 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.
While recovering behind the Alamein line after the battle at Gazala, the 6th, 8th and 9th battalions of the DLI each contributed a company to a composite battalion for an attack on the southern part of Ruin Ridge on 27/28 July, while the Australians attacked the northern part.. Although the position was taken, almost the entire battalion was killed or captured by the German counterattack. Andrew's remains were recovered from the battlefield and he was re-interred in June 1943.
Born 1918 in Galashiels. Son of Duncan and Isabella Little (Deans) Halliday of 122 Halliburton Place, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 27 July 1942 and buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.


MARINE W. P. HALLIDAY, R.M.
William Pollock Halliday – age 40 – Marine (PO/X106630) Royal Marines.
William was a butcher to trade. He died at his home in Galashiels from the effects of an old head injury.
Born 1903 in Maryhill, Glasgow. Son of James and Helen Lillias (Pollock) Halliday. Husband of Isabella Anderson (Deans) Halliday of 131 Magdala Terrace, Galashiels who he married in 1930 in Galashiels.
Died on Service on 3 March 1944 and buried in Galashiels (Eastlands) Cemetery. (CWG)
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F.SGT. R. HENDERSON, R.A.F.
Robert Henderson – age 24 – Flight Sergeant (1564276) 550 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
The crew of Robert's Lancaster bomber had been posted to 550 Squadron from 1667 Conversion Unit in June 1945 and Robert was the co-pilot and flight engineer. The aircraft was being used on a post-war trooping flight and had taken off from Bari in Italy for a flight to the UK with a crew of six and twenty Army personnel as passengers. The aircraft was never heard from again.
Born c.1921 but I cannot trace. Son of the late Mary (Dewison) Henderson (died 1933) and of John Lawson Henderson of Channel Street, Galashiels.
Died on Service on 29 September 1945 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial as Flt. Sgt. Robert Henderson.


C.A. R. HENDERSON, N.A.A.F.I. R.N.
Robert Henderson – age 19 – Canteen Assistant (C/NX 66) H.M.S. Curacoa. Royal Naval Canteen Service.
Robert had served his apprenticeship as a grocer in Market Street, Galashiels before he joined up when he was 18. He was posted to the “Curacoa” on his 19th birthday. In September 1942 the Anti-Aircraft Cruiser “Curacoa” joined Irish Sea Escort Force based at Belfast for convoy defence in the Irish Sea and the NW Approaches and on 1 October she deployed to escort the RMS Queen Mary, carrying 15,000 American troops, on her final stage to the Clyde. On the following day the “Curacoa” was rammed and sunk by the liner.
Born 1923 in Galashiels. Son of David McCulloch Henderson and of Catherine (Culbertson) Henderson of 23 Croft Street, Galashiels who had married in 1921 in the R.C. Church in Galashiels.
Died on Active Service/Lost at Sea on 2 October 1942 and named on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.
Also named on the Our Lady and St Andrew R.C. Church memorial in Galashiels.


PTE. G. W. HENRY, K.O.S.B.
George Walter Henry – age 26 – Private (3190633) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George was educated at Galashiels Academy and had served his apprenticeship as a compositor in Galashiels. He had been a Warrant Officer in the Boys' Brigade, holding a King's badge. The 6th KOSB had landed on the Normandy beaches on 15 June 1944 and fought through France, Belgium and Holland. George was killed in the Eindhoven area and was re-interred at Mierlo in July 1945.
Born 1918 in Galashiels. Son of Walter Hume Henry and of Helen Cairns (Hume) Henry of Oatlands Terrace, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 26 November 1944 and buried in Mierlo War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial.
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PTE. A. M. HILSON, K.O.S.B.
Andrew Mentier Hilson – age 26 – Private (865806) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
The 1st KOSB landed at Queen beach at Normandy on D-Day 6 June 1944. Andrew was killed four days later near Cambes and was re-interred at Douvres in May 1945.
Born 1917 in Larkhall, Lanarkshire, indexed as Andrew Muter Hilson. Son of William and Elizabeth (Melville) Hilson of 406 Watson Street, Motherwell. Husband of Elizabeth (King formerly Monaghan) Hilson of 33 Waverley Place, Galashiels who he married in April 1944 in Galashiels as Andrew Meuter Hilson.
Killed in Action on 10 June 1944 and buried in La Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres, Calvados, France.
Also named on the Motherwell War Memorial.


PTE. J. HUMBLE, CAMERON HGHRS.
James Humble – age 22 – Private (3062129) 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
James was employed in the Buckholmside Skinworks in Galashiels when he enlisted in 1940. He had served in North Africa and Sicily before returning to the UK to prepare for D-Day. The Battalion landed at Normandy on 7 June but James was killed at Longueval just over a week later. He was re-interred at Ranville in June 1945.
Born 1921 in Galashiels. Son of William and Elizabeth Ann (Laidlaw) Humble of Torwoodlee, Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire.
Killed in Action on 16 June 1944 and buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Also named on the Caddonfoot Parish War Memorial.


CPL. J. B. IRVINE, SEAFORTH HGHRS.
John Bell Irvine – age 21 – Corporal (2821271) 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
John had been an engine cleaner living at 30 Magdala Terrace, Galashiels when he enlisted. In March 1943 the 51st Highland Division was ordered to send two battalions to hold a sector of the Zigzaoug anti tank ditch on the Merath line. The 5th Camerons and 5th Seaforth found themselves pinned down in the Wadi and caught in tremendous fire. When they were withdrawn, under cover of smoke, at 0300hrs on 24 March they had suffered very heavy losses.
Born 1921 in Galashiels. Son of Henrietta Inglis Irvine who married James Mulvey in 1923 in Edinburgh. Husband of Jane or Jean (Williamson) Irvine, of Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty who he married in 1941 at Ferintosh, Conon Bridge, Urquhart, Dingwall when he was a Private in the 5th Seaforths.
Missing in Action on 23 March 1943 and named on the Medjez-El-Bab Memorial, Tunisia.
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PTE. RALPH JACKSON, EAST YORKS.
Ralph Jackson – age 28 – Private (13047490) 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.
2nd East Yorks landed at Queen Beach in Normandy on D-Day 6 June 1944. Ralph was killed near La Bijude to the north of Caen and was re-interred at Hermanville in June 1945.
Born 1916 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Son of James and Mary Ann (Lockwood) Jackson of Halifax. Husband of Janet Grieve (Wood) Jackson of Galashiels who he married in 1942 in Calder, West Yorkshire.
Killed in Action on 28 June 1944 and buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.


LT. ROBERT A. A. JACKSON, R.H.
Robert Arthur Alexander Jackson – age 21 – Lieutenant (262464) 7th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
“Jackie” was educated at Galashiels Academy and from 1942 at the Royal High School in Edinburgh from where he was commissioned from the Officer Training Corps in February 1943. He served with his battalion in Sicily until the 51st Highland Division returned to the UK in December 1943. The 7th Black Watch landed at Normandy on D-Day+4, 10 June 1944 but Jackie was killed a few weeks later near Colville-sur-Orme and was re-interred at Douvres in May 1945.
Born c.1923 in France. (Source: SNWM) Son of Robert Dodds Jackson (died 1933) of 60 St John Street, Galashiels and of Andrea (Membolt) Jackson who had married in 1922 in Galashiels; and stepson of William Dodds Jackson of 41 Forest Gardens, Galashiels who had married Andrea in 1934 in Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 3 July 1944 and buried in La Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres, Calvados, France.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial and on the Galashiels Old Church memorial..
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S.LDR. J. J. JAGGER, D.F.C. R.A.F.V.R.
John Johnstone Jagger, Distinguished Flying Cross – age 33 – Squadron Leader (123520) 35 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John was educated at Galashiels Academy, Aylwin College in Arnside, Westmorland and at George Watson's College in Edinburgh. On leaving in 1926 he went to Germany to study the language and on returning to this country entered the cinema business, becoming a manager in Dumfries.
He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer from Sergeant (1343694) in April 1942.
DFC Citation - The London Gazette 10 December 1943 Page:5436
Acting Flight Lieutenant John Johnstone JAGGER(123520), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,
One night in November, 1943, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. Soon after taking off, one of the bomber's engines commenced to lose power. Flight Lieutenant Jagger continued to the target however, and successfully completed his attack. Whilst over the city, the defective engine became useless but Flight Lieutenant Jagger flew the bomber safely to base.
This officer has always displayed the greatest determination to reach and bomb his objective and his example has inspired all.

In January 1944 John's Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Graveley in Cambridgeshire for a raid on Magdeburg but the aircraft crashed near Hanover.
Born 1910 in Galashiels. Son of John Johnstone Jagger and Helen (McVinnie) Jagger of Chellow Royd, Galashiels and of 91 St Michael Street, Dumfries.
Husband of Elizabeth Thomson (Couper) Jagger, of Dewarton, Midlothian who he married in 1935 in Edinburgh.
Missing in Action on 21 January 1944 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial, on the Aylwin College memorial, on the George Watson's College memorial and on the Dumfries War Memorial.


SGT. WM. KEITH, BLACK WATCH (R.H.)
William James Keith – age 32 – Sergeant (2760927) 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
William was a former student of the Scottish Woollen Technical College in Galashiels and was reported as “a native of Alva”. He was born in London when his father was a Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police but by 1923 the family were in Alva, Clackmannanshire. He had worked in the Dalmore Works in Alva and then as a designer at the Otterburn Tweed Company near Carlisle before he enlisted in 1940. He served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy before landing at Normandy in June 1944. William was killed at La Roche in the Ardennes, Belgium and was buried in Rendeux but he was re-interred in 1947.
Born 1913 in Islington, London. Son of James and Margaret Ann (Pirie) Keith of Minto Gardens, Alva, Clackmannanshire. Husband of Elizabeth (Cranston) Keith of Scott Crescent, Galashiels who he married in 1940 in Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 11 January 1945 and buried in Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Galashiels Old Church memorial and on the Alva War Memorial.
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L.CPL. JOHN S. LAWRIE, R.E.
John Scott Lawrie – age 29 – Lance Corporal (1888848) 288 Field Company, Royal Engineers.
John was educated at Galashiels Academy and was the “Braw Lad” at the Gathering celebrations in Galashiels in 1939. He played stand-off for the Gala 1st XV and cricket with the Gala 1st XI. He was employed as a clerk in the Ladhope Mill when he enlisted in April 1940. He became a prisoner of war at the fall of Singapore in February 1942 and was forced to work on the Burma railway. John died of cholera at Kinsayoke Camp and was re-interred at Kanchanaburi in April 1946.
Born 1914 in Galashiels. Son of the late George Lawrie (died 1918) and of Margaret Thomson (Leishman) Lawrie of 74 Thistle Street, Galashiels. Husband of Margaret Welsh (Richardson) Lawrie of 16 Waverley Place, Galashiels who he married in 1940 in Galashiels.
Died on Service on 6 August 1943 and buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial.
His father George Lawrie, Saddler/Sergeant (120040) 1/1st Lothians and Border Horse, died of illness on active service in hospital in Rouen, France on 6 February 1918.


F.O ALEX. LEES, R.A.F.
Alexander Lees – age 27 – Flying Officer/Navigator (138084) 78 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Alexander was educated at Galashiels Academy and was a chemist. He was commissioned from Leading Aircraftman (1393896) in December 1942 and was promoted in June 1943. His Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Breighton in Yorkshire for a raid on Berlin but the aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed at Fahlhorst. The crew were buried there but were re-interred in April 1947.
Born 1912 in Galashiels. Son of the late Jeannie or Jane (Thomson) Lees (died 1941) and of John Scott Lees of Thistle Street, Galashiels. Husband of Margaret Priscilla (Moore) Lees of the Oriental Hotel, Wigtown who he married on 13 March 1944 in Wigtown.
Killed in Action on 24 March 1944 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial and on the Galashiels East Church memorial.
Alexander's best man at his wedding was Norman Sinclair Davidson, RCAF, of Collingwood, Ontario, Canada who was the bomb-aimer on the aircraft and who was also killed.
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L.CPL. JAMES LEES, A.& S. HGHRS.
James Lees – age 26 – Lance Corporal (3324835) 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
James was educated at Galashiels Academy, had been a trainee in the Edinburgh office of a Galashiels solicitors' practice and had just passed his final law examinations when he enlisted in 1940. He became a prisoner of war at the fall of Singapore in February 1942 and was forced to work on the Burma railway. James died of cholera at Nieke Camp and his ashes were re-interred at Kanchanaburi.
Born 1917 in Galashiels. Son of Robert Dalgleish Lees and of Annie (Brownlee) Lees of 17 Dale Street, Galashiels.
Died on Service on 5 June 1943 and buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial and on the Galashiels East Church memorial.


SGT. JOHN G. LEES, R.A.
John Graham Skirving Lees – age 28 – Sergeant (953876) 1 Airlanding Light Regiment, Royal Artillery.
The 1st Airlanding Light Regiment was deployed to North Africa, arriving in Oran, Algeria in May 1943. Although not required for the Sicily invasion, the Regiment travelled to Italy from Tunisia in September and arrived as part of the seaborne invasion flotilla at Taranto. They supported the 1st
Canadian Division in Campobasso and the 5th Infantry Division to Rionero in October 1943. John died as a result of an accident while serving as a member of No.1 Battery.
Born 1915 in Galashiels. Son of the late Margaret Muir (Graham) Lees (died 1939) and of Thomas John Skirving Lees of Galashiels. Husband of Freda Edith (Way) Lees, of Newbury, Berkshire who he married in 1942 in Newbury.
Killed in Action on 7 October 1943 and buried in Bari War Cemetery, Italy.


SGT. J. B. LESLIE, GORDON HGHRS.
John Buchanan Leslie – age 25 – Sergeant (2883213) 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
John was educated at Galashiels Academy. The 1st Gordons, as part of the 51st Highland Division, landed at Normandy on D-Day 6 June 1944 and John was killed a month later near St. Honorine La Chardonnerette. He was re-interred at Ranville in August 1945.
Born 1918 in Galashiels. Son of James and Marion (Buchanan) Leslie of 31 Tweed Terrace, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 11 July 1944 and buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial.

and his brother

L.CPL. ROBT. LESLIE, K.O.S.B.

Robert Leslie – age 25 – Lance Corporal (14278918) 9th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert had been a policeman with the Roxburghshire Constabulary in Jedburgh for three years when he enlisted in September 1942. He had previously been in the grocery trade. The 9th KOSB were on coastal defence duties in the Norfolk area when Robert died in an accident in Norwich.
Born 1917 in Galashiels. Son of James and Marion (Buchanan) Leslie of 31 Tweed Terrace, Galashiels. Husband of Janet Slight (Hay) Leslie of 106 St Andrew Street, Galashiels who he married in 1942 in Galashiels.
Died on Service on 3 June 1943 and buried in Galashiels (Eastlands) Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Jedburgh War Memorial.
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CPL. C. MARSHALL, SEAFORTH HGHRS.
Christopher Marshall – age 37 – Corporal (3240703) 6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Christopher had been in the Army for some years and had served in India. He was recalled to his regiment at the outbreak of war and served in France until he escaped from Dunkirk in May 1940. On 5 May 1942 a British Force conducted an amphibious invasion of the Vichy French colony of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Christopher landed with the 6th Seaforths near the naval harbour of Diego Suarez. He then served in India and in Iraq before the battalion led the landings at Sicily on 10 July 1943. Christopher was wounded and evacuated to Tripoli in Libya where he died.
Born 1906 in Sunderland, County Durham. Son of Christopher and Annie (Tansey) Marshall. Husband of Grace Clifford (Screen) Marshall of 13 Dale Street, Galashiels who he married in 1939 in Edinburgh.
Died of Wounds on 20 July 1943 and buried in Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya.


ORD. CODER J. MELVILLE, R.N.
John Melville – age 37 – Ordinary Coder (C/JX 361352) H.M.S. Dasher, Royal Navy.
Jack had been a teller in the British Linen Bank in Galashiels for about five years and was a well known local singer. A member of the Amateur Operatic Society, he also sang in the East Church choir. Prior to joining the navy he was a Group Warden with the Civil Defence Organisation. He was serving on the escort aircraft carrier “Dasher” when she exploded and sank in the Clyde Estuary between Ardrossan and Arran.
Born 1905 in Dunfermline, Fife. Son of George and Bessie (Dick) Melville of Dunfermline. Husband of Euphemia (Toshack) Melville of 164 Wood Street, Galashiels who he married in 1938 in Dunfermline.
Died on Active Service on 27 March 1943 and buried in Ardrossan Cemetery, Ayrshire. (CWG)
Also named on the Galashiels East Church memorial. on the British Linen Bank memorial in the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh and on the Dunfermline City War Memorial (as Jack)
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SGT. J.G. MIDDLEMAS, R.A.F.
James Graham Middlemas – age 19 – Sergeant/Flight Engineer (1822037) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Graham was educated at Galashiels Academy and had been a member 427 (Selkirkshire) Squadron of the Air Training Corps. He had joined 49 Squadron, Bomber Command in December 1943. He had already taken part in a number of raids including on Berlin but he was killed whilst flying in a Lancaster bomber of 5 Lancaster Finishing School based at RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire. During a night-time navigation and bombing exercise the aircraft crashed near Gonlaston, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. The crew were buried together in a communal grave in Newark.
Born 1925 in Galashiels. Son of Harry and Isabella Blain (Graham) Middlemas of Playhouse Buildings, Galashiels.
Killed on Service on 26 May 1944 and buried in Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery, Nottinghamshire. (CWG)
Also named on an individual and crew memorial erected by his parents near the crash site and on the Galashiels Academy memorial.


GNR. JAMES MILLAR, R.A.
James Millar – age 33 – Gunner (1121987) 2 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery.
James had been an assistant operator at the Playhouse Cinema in Galashiels but was working in forestry when he enlisted. He was killed during the second battle of El Alamein where his regiment supported the 1st Armoured Division.
Born c.1909 in Lanarkshire. (Source: SNWM but I cannot identify) Son of Mr &Mrs Millar of 109b Scott Street, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 2 November 1942 and buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.


W.O. GEORGE D. MOODY, R.A.F.
George David Moody – age 21 – Warrant Officer/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (1114037) 460 (RAAF) Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
George's Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Binbrook for a raid on Nurnberg but the aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed near Grafenberg. The crew were buried in Fuerth Civic Cemetery but were re-interred at Durnbach in July 1948.
Born 1922 in Channelkirk, Berwickshire. Son of John Charles Moody and of Jane (Hunter) Moody of Galashiels. Husband of Barbara Helen (Shepherd) Moody who he married in 1943 in Brentford, Middlesex.
Killed in Action on 31 March 1944 and buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany.
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W.O. ALEX. MURRAY, R.A.F.
Alexander Murray – age 25 – Warrant Officer (630659) 97 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
Alexander had joined the RAF in early 1939. He was an Aircraftman when his Whitley bomber had taken off from RAF Driffield in Yorkshire in May 1940 for a raid on the synthetic oil plant at Gelsenkerchen but the aircraft was hit by ground-fire on the Dutch-German border and had to be abandoned. All of the crew were made prisoners of war. Alexander died in the camp at Fallingbostel and was buried in Oerbke but he was re-interred in Becklingen in August 1946.
Born 1919 in Galashiels. Son of the late John Neilson Murray (died 1923) and of Jane Ann (Bertram) Murray of 75 Victoria Street, Galashiels.
Died on Service on 20 November 1944 and buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.


AIR.M. WM. B. McCLORY, F.A.A.
William Bell McClory – age 33 – Air Mechanic 1st Class (FAA/FX. 101836) H.M.S. Khedive, Royal Navy.
The assault aircraft carrier “Khedive” had sailed from Trincomalee in Ceylon on 8 April 1945 with ships of East Indies Fleet to carry out bombardments and air operations. Two days later a Grumman Hellcat fighter of the Fleet Air Arm missed arrester wires on landing and crashed on deck causing another aircraft to fall overboard. Four personnel were killed.
Born 1912 in Galashiels. Son of the late Betsy (Bell) McClory (died 1941) and of Adam McClory of 162 Scott Street, Galashiels. Husband of Margaret (Shillinglaw) McClory of St. Boswells, Roxburghshire who he married in 1935 in Galashiels.
Died on Active Service on 10 April 1945 and named on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial, Hampshire,


2ND.OFF. T. McCRIRRICK, M.N.
Thomas McCrirrick – age 21 – Second Officer, S.S. Denpark (Greenock) Merchant Navy.
The “Denpark” was in a convoy sailing from Takoradi in West Africa to Workington with a cargo of manganese ore when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-128.
Born 1920 in Galashiels. Son of the late Bessie (Philp) McCrirrick (died 1922) and of Thomas McCrirrick, and stepson of Eva Nicol (Philp) McCrirrick of 226 Galapark Road, Galashiels.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 12 May 1942 and named on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
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SGT. IAN M. McCULLOCH, R.A.F.
Ian Maywood McCulloch – age 23 – Sergeant (901582) 9 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Ian was educated at Galashiels Academy and was an air gunner on a Wellington bomber which had taken off from RAF Honington in Suffolk for a raid on Leverkusen but the aircraft crashed into the North Sea.
Born 1917 in Galashiels. Son of Grant McCulloch (died 1923) and of Jean Anderson (Maywood) McCulloch of Galashiels.
Missing in Action on 19 June 1940 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial and on the Galashiels Old Church memorial.


PTE. R. McKENNA, LINCS. REGT.
Robert McKenna – age 23 – Private (3189153) 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.
Robert was employed in the Bristol Mill in Galashiels when as a Territorial with the 4th KOSB he was mobilised at the outbreak of war. The 1st Lincolns were stationed in India and were not in action until March 1942. At some point Robert joined the battalion, fighting the Imperial Japanese Army in the Burma Campaign, and he was killed on Akyab Island. Robert was re-interred at Taukkyan in June 1952.
Born 1920 in Galashiels. Son of the late Thomas McKenna and of Amelia (Dilger) McKenna of 18 Stirling Street, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 7 April 1944 and buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar.
Also named on the Our Lady and St Andrew R.C. Church memorial in Galashiels.


ENG.OFF. ALEX. D. MACLACHLAN, M.N.
Alexander Douglas Maclachlan – age 26 – Fourth Engineer Officer, M.V. Scottish Maiden (London) Merchant Navy.
Alexander was educated at Galashiels Academy and was an assurance inspector in Galashiels when he married in June 1938. The tanker “Scottish Maiden” was sailing from Curacoa in the Caribbean, via Halifax, Nova Scotia to Avonmouth with a cargo of diesel and marine fuel oil when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-99 in mid-Atlantic.
Born 1913 in North Berwick, East Lothian. Son of Peter Kay Maclachlan and of Elizabeth (Douglas) Maclachaln of 25 Tweed Road, Galashiels. Husband of Janet Fawcett (Clapperton) Maclachlan of 104 Galapark Road, Galashiels who he married in 1938 in Galashiels.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 5 November 1940 and named on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
Also named on the Galashiels Academy memorial.
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SPR. WM. D. McLAREN, R.E.
William Drummond McLaren – age 23 – Sapper (14213366) 294 Field Company, Royal Engineers.
William landed in Normandy with his Field Company on 12 June 1944 and fought through the campaign in North West Europe as part of 49th (West Riding) Divisional Engineers. He was killed near Westervoort and was re-interred at Uden in August 1946.
Born 1921 in Galashiels. Son of John and Margaret (Drummond) McLaren, of Galashiels. Husband of Sarah Monica (McGonnell) McLaren of Galashiels who he married in 1940 in Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 16 April 1945 and buried in Uden War Cemetery. Netherlands.


CFMN. LAWRENCE McLEAN, R.E.M.E.
Lawrence White McLean – age 26 – Craftsman (7603329) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Lawrence was a mechanic with the SMT Company in Edinburgh when he enlisted in September 1939. He had been stationed in Malaya since 1940, initially as an armourer in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He became a prisoner of war at the fall of Singapore in February 1942 and was forced to work on the Burma Railway. Lawrence died in the Tambaya Camp and was re-interred at Thanbyuzayat in January 1946.
Born 1917 in Galashiels. Son of William and Janet Wilson (Bunyan) McLean of 11 Wilderhaugh, Galashiels.
Died on Service on 24 December 1943 and buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar.


PTE. JAMES NOBLE, K.O.S.B.
James Noble – age 22 – Private (3189407) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James joined the army in 1938 when he was 16. He landed with his battalion in France at the end of April 1940 and they crossed the Belgian frontier in May but, faced by an enemy of overwhelming numerical superiority, they were ordered to withdraw and while fighting their way to the coast James was captured on 10 May. He died nearly five years later during a forced march from Stalag 20B at Mariensburg in Poland and he was buried in Anklam Cemetery in Northern Germany but he was re-interred in Berlin in October 1947.
Born 1922 in Galashiels. Son of William and Helen Noble of 266 Halliburton Place and of 237 Wood Street, Galashiels.
Died on Service on 13 February 1945 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
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