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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:44 pm    Post subject: John Calderhead Bruce Strang Reply with quote

John Calderhead Bruce Strang, after five years in the Academy, became an Assistant Sanitary Inspector with Ayr County Council. By this time War had been declared. He entered the R.A.F. and trained as an observer. He was Sergeant Observer in a bomber which did not return from operations over Duisburg , the presumed date of his death being 31st of August, 1943.

Name: STRANG, JOHN CALDERHEAD BRUCE
Initials: J C B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Nav./Bomber)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 139 Sqdn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 31/08/1943
Service No: 1343141
Additional information: Son of Septimus Millar Strang and Edith Jane Strang, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. Assistant Sanitary Inspector.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Joint grave 6. F. 8.
Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Adrian Archibald Taylor Reply with quote

Adrian Archibald Taylor left school in 1936 to train as a marine engineer. He was therefore destined for the Merchant Navy. In 1941 his ship, s.s Empire Citizen was torpedoed amidships during an Atlantic gale, and no lifeboats were cleared. It is believed that Adrian, who was Fourth Engineer of the ship, never left the engine-room.

Name: TAYLOR, ADRIAN ARCHIBALD
Initials: A A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Fourth Engineer Officer
Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy
Unit Text: S.S. Empire Citizen (London)
Age: 21
Date of Death: 02/02/1941
Additional information: Son of Robert Connell Taylor and Aline Taylor, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 39.
Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL

The Steam Ship Empire Citizen had been the German East Africa Line's 'Wahehe' before being captured by the Royal Navy off Iceland in 1940. She was sunk by U-107 in 1941

From U-Boat net

http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/750.html

Empire Citizen
Type: Steam merchant
Tonnage: 4.683 tons
Completed: 1922 - Reiherstieg Schiffswerfte & Maschinenfabrik, Hamburg
Owner: P. Henderson & Co, Glasgow
Homeport: London
Date of attack: 3 Feb, 1941

Fate: Sunk by U-107 (GŁnter Hessler)
Position: 58.12N, 23.22W - Grid AL 2714
Complement: 83 (78 dead and 5 survivors).
Convoy: OB-279 (straggler)
Route: Liverpool - Rangoon
Cargo: General cargo
History
Laid down as Wadigo, completed as German Wahehe for Woermann Linie AG, Hamburg

On 21 Feb, 1940, the Wahehe was captured southeast of Iceland by the British cruiser HMS Manchester(15) (Cdr J.N. Sparks) and the British destroyer HMS Kimberley (F 50) (LtCdr R.G.K. Knowling) and taken to Kirkwall. The vessel was renamed Empire Citizen by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).


Notes on loss

At 01.45 hours on 3 Feb, 1941, the Empire Citizen (Master Edward Charles Hughes), a straggler from convoy OB-279, was torpedoed and sunk by U-107 southwest of Iceland. The master, 64 crew members, one gunner and 12 passengers were lost. Four crew members and one gunner were picked up by the British corvette HMS Clarkia (K 8Cool (LtCdr F.J.G. Jones) and landed at Londonderry.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:48 pm    Post subject: Alan Watson Thom Reply with quote

Alan Watson Thom was with us from 1934 to 1940. At Cambridge University he gained a First Class in the Engineering Tripos, then went to research as the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. He was one of the most brilliant young men in the department of High Speed Flight. His death was tragic with the irony of War: after much dangerous work in the testing of the Meteor jet prototype he was killed in a crashed transport plane.

Unable to find a CWGC record for Alan Watson Thom.

Listed on the Dunlop War Memorial

Also commemorated on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour, which he attended from 1940 to 1941. It lists that his father Alexander was a lecturer at the University. It also lists that he was a Junior Scientific Officer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment.


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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:49 pm    Post subject: Crawford Hogarth Thomson Reply with quote

Crawford Hogarth Thomson, when he left us, became a registered architect. On the outbreak of War he joined the Royal Navy. On his second Atlantic trip his ship was torpedoed some four hundred miles off Iceland. After fourteen days in an open sailing boat the survivors reached Iceland, where the people treated them with great kindness. Six weeks after the rescue, however, he died of pneumonia.

Name: THOMSON, CRAWFORD HOGARTH
Initials: C H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. Baldur.
Date of Death: 28/11/1941
Service No: P/JX 253412
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: C38. 18.
Cemetery: REYKJAVIK (FOSSVOGUR) CEMETERY

HMS Baldur was the Navy's base in Iceland
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:50 pm    Post subject: Maxwell Walker Reply with quote

Maxwell Walker joined the Royal Navy in 1933 as Engine-Room Artificer. He gained a first-class certificate and sailed in 1938 to Singapore as crew of H.M. Tug St. Jost. After some time in Hong Kong he was posted to Alexandria where he joined H.M. Submarine Regulus. This vessel was presumed sunk while patrolling in the Straits of Otranto in December 1940.

Name: WALKER, MAXWELL
Initials: M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M. Submarine Regulus
Age: 29
Date of Death: 06/12/1940
Service No: P/MX 49774
Additional information: Son of Maxwell Walker, and of Helen Thomson Little Walker, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 41, Column 2.
Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

The following page lists the HMS Regulus as being lost on the 26th December:

http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-12SS-03R-Regulus.htm

But on another page on the site Walker is listed with the rest of the crew as being lost on the 7th December:

http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1940-12DEC.htm



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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:51 pm    Post subject: Thomas Jack Walker Reply with quote

Thomas Jack Walker, of Prestwick , was a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy from 1930 to 1933. On leaving school he became a motor mechanic. Early in the War he joined the R.A.F. and achieved the rank of Flight Sergeant. He was posted missing from operations over Essen in March 1943.

Name: WALKER, THOMAS JACK
Initials: T J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 207 Sqdn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 12/03/1943
Service No: 969796
Additional information: Son of John Farquhar Walker and Elizabeth Walker, of Prestwick, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 30. A. 3.
Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY

From the lost Bombers Website

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2415

Lancaster ED604

Type Lancaster
Serial Number ED604
Squadron 207
X1D EM-A
Operation Essen
Date 1 12th March 1943
Date 2 13th March 1943


Further Information
"Serial Range ED303 - EE202 This aircraft was one of 620 Lancasters ordered from A.V.roe (chadderton) in 1941 and built as 129 Mk.1s and 491 Mk.111s from Nov42 to Jun43, mixed up to ED782 and all as Mk.111s from Ed783 onwards. The Mk.1s were initially fitted with Merlin 20 and the Mk.111s with Merlin 28 engines. ED604 was a Mk.1 and was delivered to 207 Sqdn 6Mar43. This aircraft was lost on its first operation, with a total of 7 hours. Airborne 1923 12Mar43 from Langar. Crashed near Bottrop, where all were buried in the Parkfriedhof. They have been subsequently re- interred in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Both recipients of the DFM had their Awards Gazetted 6Nov42. F/O M.E.Doble DFC KIA Sgt A.Garden KIA F/O B.Clitheroe DFC KIA P/O I.A.H.Linklater DFM KIA Sgt B.L.Litolff KIA F/S T.J.Walker KIA F/S R.S.Carr DFM KIA "
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:52 pm    Post subject: Thomas Wallace Reply with quote

Thomas Wallace, a pupil from 1931 to 1934, was an apprentice watchmaker when he joined the RA.F. After a spell as instrument repairer with a fighter squadron, he trained as a fighter pilot and late in 1942 was posted to Malta. The German assault on the island was as its height when, on 23rd November 1942 his aircraft was shot down and crashed in the sea.

Name: WALLACE, THOMAS
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 229 Sqdn.
Date of Death: 23/11/1942
Service No: 969293
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 4, Column 2.
Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:54 pm    Post subject: William Wallace Reply with quote

William Wallace, after four years as the Academy, served as an apprentice draper with a view to entering his father's business. He joined the R.A.F. (V.R.) and as Sergeant Air Gunner was eventually posted to 358 Squadron (South-East Asia ). At the end of his first tour of operations he was killed while flying in a Liberator on test.

Name: WALLACE, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 358 Sqdn.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 25/05/1945
Service No: 1568323
Additional information: Son of David W. Wallace and Christina Wallace, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 3. D. 10.
Cemetery: CHITTAGONG WAR CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hugh Ramsay Wark spent all his schooldays at Kilmarnock Academy, where in his final year he won a Shaw Prize. When he joined the Army he was studying commercial subjects with a view to qualifying as chartered secretary. He was a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery when killed in Burma at the Battle of Arakan, February 1944.

Name: WARK, HUGH RAMSAY
Initials: H R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
Unit Text: 6 Medium Regt.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 08/02/1944
Service No: 300470
Additional information: Son of William and Agnes Ramsay Wark, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 12. B. 14.
Cemetery: TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:57 pm    Post subject: James Williamson Reply with quote

James Williamson, of Crossroads, spent five years with us. He was keen on athletics, and won the cricket ball event at the school sports. He joined The Royal Scots Fusiliers and was a Corporal of the 11th Bn. when killed in action in 1944. He was twenty-eight years of age.

Name: WILLIAMSON
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Unit Text: 11th Bn.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 25/06/1944
Service No: 3135514
Additional information: Son of Thomas and Annie Williamson, of Hurlford, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. D. 8.
Cemetery: FONTENAY-LE-PESNEL WAR CEMETERY, TESSEL

Listed on the Crookedholm War Memorial
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:59 pm    Post subject: Agnes Dunbar Wilson Reply with quote

Agnes Dunbar Wilson, of Kilwinning, attended Kilmarnock Academy for a year. In 1942 she joined the W.A.A.F., in which service she had two sisters. Two years later she was killed in a road accident at Stamford, Lincolnshire. At the time of her death she was seventeen years old; she had joined the services at fifteen. She is the youngest of the casualties here recorded.

Name: WILSON, AGNES DUNBAR
Initials: A D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Aircraftwoman 1st Class
Regiment/Service: Women's Auxiliary Air Force
Age: 16
Date of Death: 24/11/1944
Service No: 2118452
Additional information: Daughter of Angus and Isabella Jane Wilson, of Kilwinning.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. L. 2nd Extn. Grave 188.
Cemetery: KILWINNING CEMETERY

Listed on the Kilwinning War Memorial
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 10:02 pm    Post subject: Matthew Drummond Henderson Wilson Reply with quote

Matthew Drummond Henderson Wilson entered the R.A.F. before the War, on a short service commission. When this terminated he became a civilian flying instructor; he was recalled when War broke out. Most of his operational work was done in bombers; he was killed after a raid on Essen, when he brought back his aircraft and crash-landed. The crew were saved, but he himself was killed. He held the rank of Squadron-Leader.

Name: WILSON, MATTHEW DRUMMOND HENDERSON
Initials: M D H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Squadron Leader (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
Unit Text: 15 Sqdn.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 11/04/1942
Service No: 70885
Additional information: Son of Matthew Wilson and of Elizabeth Davidson Wilson (nee Henderson); husband of Aymee Alfrida Wilson (nee Robertson), of Bonnyrigg, Midlothian.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: WYTON (ST. MARGARET AND ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD

From the Lost Bombers website:

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=729

Type Stirling
Serial Number N3703
Squadron 15
X1D LS-G
Operation Essen
Date 1 10th April 1942
Date 2 11th April 1942


Further Information
"Serial range N3700 - N3729. 30 Stirling Mk.1. Part of a batch of 100 Short S.29 Stirling Mk.1. N3635-N3684; N3700- N3729; N3750-N3769 (100), of which N3645, N3647-N3651 (6) were destroyed at the Rochester works by enemy action. replaced by DJ972- DJ977. N3640, N3657 and N3711 became Mk.11 and were re-converted to Mk.1 or Mk.111. N3669-N3670 were non-standard with dorsal turrets. Delivered by Short Brothers Ltd between Nov41 and Jul42. Contract No.763825/38. Delivered to 15 Sqdn 1Apr42. Airborne 2235 10Apr42 from Wyton. Badly shot about by Flak and, subsequently, crashed 0435 at Godmanchester, 1 mile SSE of Huntingdon. S/L M.D.H.Wilson KIASgt Southey Sgt Gornall F/O C.G.Reeve Sgt Lammie Sgt Jordan Sgt E.G.S.Gould KIA Sgt Chambers There is a report in 'The Stirling Story' that N3703 was in fact badly shot up by an Intruder near Cambridge and subsequently written off. "


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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 10:02 pm    Post subject: Andrew Young Reply with quote

Andrew Young, of Darvel, left school in 1937. Like many of his fellow townsmen, a great tennis place, he represented the County of Cumberland in tournaments. That was after he had gone to Carlisle as Assistant Sales Manager of Sundour Fabrics. He joined the R.A.F. (V.R.) and was killed in a road accident at East London, South Africa, while training as an observer.

Name: YOUNG, ANDREW
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date of Death: 20/12/1941
Service No: 1051811
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec.11C. Grave 752W.
Cemetery: EAST LONDON (EAST BANK) CEMETERY

Listed on Darvel War Memorial
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Hugh Mair Young Reply with quote

Hugh Mair Young attended Kilmarnock Academy from 1924 to 1926, coming to us from Newmilns H.G. School, where he had been distinguished in many sports. A bricklayer to trade, he joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was killed on the 23rd of January 1944, the details of his death being uncertain.

Name: YOUNG, HUGH MAIR
Initials: H M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Fusilier
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Age: 33
Date of Death: 23/01/1944
Service No: 14383354
Additional information: Son of Henry and Isabella Young; husband of Harriet Horsfield Young, of Newmilns, Ayrshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VI, K, 22.
Cemetery: MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY

It seems that Hugh Young was killed on the attack on Mount Natale. According to the Regimental History, the Royal Scots Fusiliers in that period suffered 209 casualties including 12 officers.

Listed on Newmilns War Memorial
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Kilmarnock Academy WW2 Roll of Honour transcription as hosted by the School.

http://www.kilmarnockacademy.co.uk/formerpupilsww2.htm
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