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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:51 am    Post subject: Kilmarnock Academy - World War 2 Roll of Honour Reply with quote

This is the Second World War Roll of Honour for Kilmarnock Academy. The detail transcribed here were published in a special edition of The Gold Berry, the school magazine.

The information is also contained in a memorial roll contained in a casket, a photograph of which is below. This casket is in front of the First World War memorial in the school.



I should point out that this transcription contains the following four names which have been omitted from other transcribed rolls which can be found online. (I have contacted Kilmarnock Academy in order that they can include these names in their online Roll)

The excellent foreword from Robert Macintyre is also unavailable elsewhere.

The names are:

Agnes Dunbar Wilson
Matthew Drummond Henderson Wilson
Andrew Young
Hugh Mair Young
The names were transcribed by me from the copy of The Gold Berry in my collection.

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David McNay


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Foreword

It is now several years since it was first decided to institute some form of memorial to the former boys and girls of Kilmarnock Academy who lost their lives in the second of the great wars which have convulsed the world in our time. The War Memorial Committee which was then formed, consisting of representatives of the Former Pupils, the Old Cadets and the Teaching Staff, has nevertheless continued to meet frequently, pushing on its chosen project of a Memorial Library against many obstacles, none of which lay wholly within its control and some of which only time could remove.

It was not until quite recently that pressure on school accommodation eased sufficiently to allow the old Infant Room, now disused as such, to be converted into a Sixth Form Room and Library. Again, the funds subscribed, though large enough to encourage further effort, fell considerably short of what had been hoped for. The successful achievement of the project in those circumstances has been due to three factors: first, the tenacity of the committee as a whole and the invaluable contribution of certain technical experts among its number, whom I am forbidden to name; second, the generosity of one or two merchants and several tradesmen who gave us freely of their stock and their skill; and third, the labours of the Art and Technical staffs in designing and executing a memorial book, casket and plinth which far transcend in propriety and craftsmanship anything we could have bought in the open market, and have in effect greatly increased our resources.

Though the Library is not yet all that we might have wished and still hope that it will eventually become, we feel that it is already a setting not wholly unfit for the Memorial. It is my personal hope that it may become truly a Memorial Library in another sense, through the presentation of books by friends and former pupils who wish thereby to commemorate their own sojourn here or that of some loved one. For this purpose suitable labels have been printed and will be furnished to any donor.

The little book, a special edition of The Gold Berry, to which these words form an introduction is in itself a war memorial, intended primarily as a souvenir for the relatives and friends of those whom it commemorates. It is a stark and tragic statement which there has been no attempt to gloss or to adorn. We have made it so because without breach of faith to the dead no other course was possible. The inescapable fact about a war memorial is that it must be a memorial of war, with all that that implies of heartbreak, suffering, and the premature and seemingly fortuitous extinction of hope and promise.

It is well that, if sacrifice is not again to prove vain, succeeding generations should not forget these bitter realities.

ROBERT MACINTYRE, Rector.
Convener of War Memorial Committee.,


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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:03 pm    Post subject: Robert Simpson Adair Reply with quote

Robert Simpson Adair, of Gatehead, was a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy from 1927 to 1939. He took the Leaving Certificate in 1938, and gained his Rugby Cap in the following year, when he was also a joint editor of The Gold Berry. He was a keen member of Kilmarnock Amateur Swimming Club. His ambition had been to follow a career in the Civil Service.

Joining the R.A.F. as a volunteer in 1940, he became Sergeant Wireless-Operator. He was posted missing after a raid over Kiel on 24th June 1941.

Name: ADAIR, ROBERT SIMPSON
Initials: R S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 76 Sqdn.
Date of Death: 24/06/1941
Service No: 980197
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 12. G. 11.
Cemetery: BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY

From Lost Bomber website

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Halifax L9492
Type Halifax
Serial Number L9492
Squadron 76
X1D MP-?
Operation Kiel
Date 1 23rd June 1941
Date 2 24th June 1941


Further Information
"Serial Range L9485 - L9534. 50 Halifax Mk.1. Part of a batch of 100 HP 54 Halifax Mk.1/11. L9485-L9534; L9560- L9584; L9600-L9608 (84) Mk.1, of which L9534 became Mk.11 prototype; L9609-L9624 (16) Mk.11. 50 Halifax Mk.1. Delivered by Handley Page (Cricklewood & Radlett) between 13Oct40 and 15Jun41. Airborne 2309 23Jun41 from Middleton St.George. Shot down by a night-fighter (Oblt Reinhold Eckardt, 11./NJG1) and crashed 0232 at Eilendorf, 1 km S of Buxtehude, 20 km SW of Hamburg. Those killed are buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau. This was the first Halifax to be reported missing from operations. P/O W.K.Stobbs KIA Sgt A.Turner KIA Sgt J.L.Cullum KIA F/S G.H.Barnard KIA Sgt J.S.Lipton PoW Sgt R.S.Adair KIA Sgt J.S.Lipton was interned in Camps 9C/357, PoW No.39157 "
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:04 pm    Post subject: Robert John Alexander Reply with quote

Robert John Alexander came to the Academy from Stewarton. In his four years as a pupil his quiet capabilities impressed both class-mates and teachers. He had intended to enter business as a hosiery manufacturer. He met his death in an air sortie over Japanese positions in Burma; during this operation he piloted the leading aircraft and courageously pressed the attack till shot down. This was on the 17th of November 1944.

Name: ALEXANDER, ROBERT JOHN
Initials: R J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Warrant Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 2 Sqdn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 17/11/1944
Service No: 1348897
Additional information: Son of Robert John and Elizabeth Nairn Alexander, of Stewarton, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Joint grave 27. H. 23-24.
Cemetery: TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY

Listed on the Stewarton War Memorial
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:05 pm    Post subject: Robert Armour Reply with quote

Robert Armour was a quiet, studious boy of solid ability, and a good cadet. Trained as an artificer in the Royal Artillery, he was posted to 74 Field Regiment R.A., a unit of the hard-fought 50th Division, with which he soldiered in Africa. With his regiment he landed in Sicily on the 10th of July 1943, and was killed by shellfire on the 24th of July near Catania. He was twenty-four.

Name: ARMOUR, ROBERT THOMAS
Initials: R T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
Unit Text: 74 Field Regt.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 24/07/1943
Service No: 1527678
Additional information: Son of Robert and Robina Armour, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. B. 33.
Cemetery: CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:06 pm    Post subject: William Armour Reply with quote

William Armour came to us from Grange School in 1931. A keen runner and a useful member of the Cadet Corps, he subsequently became a clerk with Ayrshire Electricity Board. He was a Sergeant Air Gunner with the R.A.F. when he was posted missing from a flight over the barren hills of the Red Sea. He was then twenty years old.

Name: ARMOUR, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 20
Date of Death: 17/12/1941
Service No: 755697
Additional information: Son of William and Agnes Armour, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 241.
Memorial: ALAMEIN MEMORIAL
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:07 pm    Post subject: Allan Beattie Reply with quote

Allan Beattie passed his first two years of schooling at the Academy. He was a quiet boy who did well in his studies and was liked by everyone. He left school in 1933, to become eventually a clerk with the Saxone Shoe Company. He was killed on the 10th of July 1944 while serving with the 6th Bn. The Royal Scots Fusiliers in North-West Europe.

Name: BEATTIE, ALLAN
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 10/07/1944
Service No: 3131991
Additional information: Son of Matthew and Elizabeth Beattie, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire; husband of Margaret Beattie, of Kilmarnock.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. C. 4.
Cemetery: ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:08 pm    Post subject: John Douglas Bell Reply with quote

John Douglas Bell of Prestwick attended the Academy from 1908 to 1913. He was a Sergeant in the Cadet Corps. His chosen career was mechanical engineering, and he took the degrees of B.Sc. and M.I.Mech.E. At the beginning of the Second War he joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and achieved the rank of Lieut.-Colonel. While arranging the evacuation of his unit from the beaches of Dunkirk, he was killed by an enemy dive-bomber. He was awarded the Military Cross.

BELL, JOHN DOUGLAS
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Unit Text: 7 Army Field Workshop
Age: 43
Date of Death: 27/05/1940
Service No: 20396
Awards: Military Cross
Additional information: Son of William and Elizabeth Bell; husband of Mary Stewart Bell, of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. B.Sc., Eng., M.I.Mech.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 1 Row 1 Joint grave 26.
Cemetery: DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY

Lt Col Bell is also commemorated at the University of Glasgow. From their website:

http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/biography/?id=WH0284&type=P

Lieutenant-Colonel John Douglas Bell, MC, of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, was born in Glasgow. He attended Kilmarnock Academy and studied Engineering at the University, graduating BSc in 1924. He was a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. In 1939 the General Council Registers Of Members recorded that he had been working as an engineer in Margherita in Assam.

Bell joined the RAOC during the war. He was killed on 27 May 1940 in an attack by a German dive bomber, during the evacuation of British Army units from the beaches of Dunkirk. He was awarded the Military Cross.

Listed on the Bridge of Weir War Memorial and also the Prestwick War Memorial
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:08 pm    Post subject: Robert Cochran Boyd Reply with quote

Robert Cochran Boyd, of Barleith, won his Rugby Cap at school, and continued to play for Kilmarnock Rugby Football Club when on leave from the Army. He was a keen member of Kilmarnock Students' Charities Organisation and spent much of his spare time in helping individually to raise funds for the Infirmary. Commissioned in the York and Lancaster Regiment, he was killed while on motor-cycle instruction in 1941.

Name: BOYD, ROBERT COCHRANE
Initials: R C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 21/06/1941
Service No: 143491
Additional information: Son of David and Euphemia Currie Cochrane Boyd, of Hurlford.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. F. Grave 567.
Cemetery: KAIMSHILL CEMETERY, KILMARNOCK

Listed on the Crookedholm War Memorial
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:09 pm    Post subject: Cecil John Brice Reply with quote

Cecil John Brice died on active service with the R.A.F. in 1942. He had already made a career for himself in banking. He was a keen fisherman and a very good golfer. Latterly he became an adept of bridge, and had the honour of playing for Ayrshire in the Inter-County matches. He was of a kindly disposition and enjoyed a joke with his many friends. He left a wife and three young children.

Name: BRICE, CECIL JOHN
Initials: C J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 34
Date of Death: 29/04/1942
Service No: 1561181
Additional information: Son of Walter James Brice and Elizabeth Ferguson Brice, of Kilmarnock; husband of Margaret Reid Brice, of Kilmarnock.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. W. Grave 41-50.
Cemetery: KILMARNOCK CEMETERY

Listed on the Clydesdale Bank War Memorial, St Vincent Place, Glasgow
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:10 pm    Post subject: francis George Burgess Reply with quote

Francis George Burgess attended Kilmarnock Academy from 1937 to 1940; formerly he had been a pupil of Spier's School, Beith. At Kilmarnock he won his Rugby Cap. It was as a Flying Officer (Navigator) of 272 Squadron R.A.F. that he was lost while attacking shipping in the harbour of Sestri Levante (Gulf of Genoa). The aircraft was shot down in flames and crashed in the sea. There were no survivors.

Name: BURGESS, FRANCIS GEORGE
Initials: F G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flying Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 272 Sqdn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 04/09/1944
Service No: 151037
Additional information: Son of Francis John and Jessie Ann Burgess, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 13, Column 1.
Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:11 pm    Post subject: Thomas McWhirter Calderwood Reply with quote

Thomas McWhirter Calderwood was training for a business career with Messrs. Howie of Hurlford when he left to join the R.A.F. immediately on the outbreak of War. He was a fine sportsman and, like his brothers, a first-class Rugby player. He did not return from a bombing raid over Osnabruck. The aircraft which he commanded was badly hit and on the homeward trip crashed in flames in Holland. He was twenty-two years old.

Name: CALDERWOOD, THOMAS MCWHIRTER
Initials: T M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Obs.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 405 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn
Age: 22
Date of Death: 10/08/1942
Service No: 118607
Additional information: Son of Alexander and Annie Calderwood, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot JJ. Grave 104.
Cemetery: EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY

From Lost Bombers Website

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=6627

Halifax W7709
Type Halifax
Serial Number W7709
Squadron 405
X1D LQ-J
Operation Osnabr_ck
Date 1 9th August 1942
Date 2 10th August 1942


Further Information
"Serial Range W7695 - W7720. 26 Halifax Mk.11. Part of a batch of 200 HP59 Halifax Mk.11. W7650-W7679; W7695- W7720; W7745-W7784; W7801-W7826; W7844-W7887; W7906-W7939. Delivered by Handley Page (Cricklewood & Radlett) between 6May42 and 7Jun42. Airborne 2350 9Aug42 from Topcliffe. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed 0342 alongside a farmhouse, owned by Mr Van Der Steef, at Oploo (Noord Brabant), 20 km NE of Helmond, Holland. all are buried in woensel General Cemetery. The impact set light to the thatch on the farmhouse roof, but the occupants escaped without injury. F/L D.J.Bain KIA Sgt W.A.Hill KIA P/O R.H.Vaughan KIA P/O T.McW Calderwood KIA Sgt T.G.Morgan KIA F/S F.E.Gibbons RCAF KIA Sgt H.P.Gover KIA "
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James Andrew Caldwell had passed a Civil Service examination and had secured an appointment pending his release from service. As captain of a Hampden bomber raiding Dusseldorf he was shot down on the 28th of November 1941. He was then twenty-one. A studious boy, liked for his quiet humour by many friends, he had been a keen member of the school Cadet Corps.

Name: CALDWELL, JAMES ANDREW
Initials: J A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flying Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 408 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 28/11/1941
Service No: 84689
Additional information: Son of Gilbert and Anna Caldwell, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 29.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

From Lost Bomber site

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=4534

Hampden AE437
Type Hampden
Serial Number AE437
Squadron 408
X1D EQ-U
Operation Dusseldorf
Date 1 27th November 1941
Date 2 28th November 1941


Further Information
"Serial Range AE352 - AE401. 45 HP52 Hampden Mk.B.1. Part of a batch of 425 Hampden B.1. AD719-AD768; AD782-AD806; AD824- AD873; AD895-AD939; AD959-AD988; AE115-AE159; AE184-AE203; AE218- AE267; AE286-AE320; AE352-AE401; AE418-AE442. Delivered by The English Electric Co.(Preston) between Oct40 and Oct41. AD743; AD908; AD977; AE194; AE231; AE307; AE310; Ae363 were converted to Hampden TB (Torpedo Bomber) and transferred to the USSR. Airborne 1640 27Nov41 from Syerston. At 2229 Heston D/F Station acknowledged a call from this aircraft, asking for a bearing. Tragically, it is believed the crew misinterpreted the information sent by Heston and when last heard on W/T the Hampden was plotted in a 40 mile radius of 4730N 13W, some 270 miles off Brest and apx. 300 miles SW of Lands End. More than likely the crew thought they had received a course to steer (QDM) when they had in fact been given, as requested, a bearing, (QTE) effectively flying on a reciprocal. Lost without trace, they are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/O J.A.Caldwell KIASgt H.E.Marshall RCAF KIA Sgt E.A.Harry KIA Sgt R.Crawley KIA "
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Thomas Trevor Charlton came to us from England. In his three years at Kilmarnock Academy he showed himself a fine Rugby player, distinguishing himself with the School XV, with Kilmarnock Rugby Club, and also with Ayr County. He was also a keen swimmer. As captain of a Lancaster bomber on the 29th of August 1944 he had successfully attacked his target at Stettin; on the way home his aircraft crashed in Denmark.

Name: CHARLTON, THOMAS TREVOR
Initials: T T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 514 Sqdn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 30/08/1944
Service No: 183027
Additional information: Son of John Clifford Charlton and Anne Isobel Charlton, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: ESTRUPLUND CHURCHYARD

From Lost Bombers website

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=9968

Lancaster PB143
Type Lancaster
Serial Number PB143
Squadron 514
X1D JI-B
Operation Stettin
Date 1 29th August 1944
Date 2 30th August 1944


Further Information
"Serial Range PA964 - PD196 This aircraft was one of 800 Lancasters ordered from A.V.Roe (Cadderton) Apr43 of which 756 were delivered as 255 Mk.1s, 500 Mk.111s and one Lancastrian between May44 and Mar45, mainly from Chadderton with 87 from Yeadon. The Mk.111s had Merlin 38 engines initially installed except for the late production models with Merlin 224 engines. PB143 was a Mk.111 and was delivered to 514 Sqdn Jun44. Took part in the Key Operations against: Kiel 23Jul44; Stuttgart 24Jul44; Stuttgart 28Jul44. When lost this aircraft had a total of 143 hours Airborne 2105 29aug44 from Waterbeach. Crashed into the sea off the small Danish village of Estrupland, where six are buried in the local churchyard. On 6 Sep, the body of F/O Dell was taken from the water and he is buried in Frederikshaven Cemetery. At 36, F/O Gibbs was above the average age for Bomber Command aircrew. F/S T.T.Charlton KIA Sgt R.W.Pomroy KIA Sgt N.Stevens KIA Sgt K.M.Goodman KIA F/O R.F.Dell RCAF KIA Sgt P.T.delvin KIA F/O W.E.Gibbs KIA "
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William Cringan was three years a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy. On leaving, he went to the Saxone Shoe Company, and studied keenly at night school with a view to entering the company's offices. He met his death as a private soldier of No. VI Commando in Tunisia, on the 26th of February 1943. At this time the Americans had been forced to withdraw some fifteen miles in face of a vigorous German counter-attack. VI Commando, numbering three hundred, were thrown in to stem the onslaught. Less than a hundred of these gallant men survived.

Name: CRINGAN, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry
Secondary Regiment: Commando
Secondary Unit Text: and No. 6
Age: 24
Date of Death: 26/02/1943
Service No: 3132610
Additional information: Son of Thomas D. and Agnes R. Cringan, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 16. B. 3.
Cemetery: MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY

Private Gringan was killed at the Battle of Steamroller Farm at Fedt et Atia in Tunisia where 6 Commando fought against a much larger force of German Paratroopers.
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