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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject: Galashiels Academy Reply with quote


Gala Academy from the SouthEast


Plaque located just inside main pupils' entrance


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The Galashiels Academy War Memorial was erected by the Former Pupils Club in 1946. At that time Galashiels Academy was situated in Roxburgh Street.


Pte John Baxter
Sgt Nav Dennis W. Constance
Pil Off Thomas F. Dorward
Flt Sgt John R. Dryden
Pte Hart Foley
Sgt W.H. Gladstone
F.O. Peter F. Gunter
Flt Sgt Robert Henderson
Pte George W. Henry
Lieut R.A.A. Jackson
Sodn. Ldr J.J. Jagger D.F.C
F.O. Ian O.M. Smith
Capt Ian L. Spalding
L.Cpl John S. Lawrie
F.O. Alexander Lees
L.Cpl James Lees
Sgt John B. Leslie
SNR.Cadet Joseph Lowrie
Sgt James G. Middlemas
W.O. Alistair W. McGinnis G.M.
Eng. Off. A.D. Maclachlan
Cpl Nigel G. McQueen
Flt Sgt W.N. Paterson
Sgt Air Gnr. William Philip
L.Cpl George W. Sanderson
Sgt Iain M. McCulloch
Flt Sgt J.H. Sheridan
L.Cpl John W. Simpson
Pte Robert D. Small
Sgt David T. Stanners
Leuit John M. Sutherland
Cpl James Swan
Pte D.J.B. Thomson
R.O. Arthur I. Tomlinson
Pil Off John B. Tweedie
Rad Off Ian R.H. Waddell
Pil Off Robert Watson
L.Cpl James Stalker
Flt Sgt David Fisher

ERECTED BY THE FORMER PUPILS CLUB
OF THE SCHOOL - 1946
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Sqdn. Ldr J.J. Jagger D.F.C.

Jagger is named of the Dumfries War Memorial.

SQ/LDR. J. J. JAGGER, D.F.C., Royal Air Force.
John Johnstone Jagger, Distinguished Flying Cross – age 33 – Squadron Leader (123520) 35 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Born 1910 in Galashiels, Selkirkshire. (Source:SNWM and GRoS – Birth Register)
Son of John Johnstone Jagger and Helen (McVinnie) Jagger of Dumfries and of Scott Crescent, Galashiels.
(Source:CWGC, GRoS – Marriage Register and gwc.co.uk)
Husband of Elizabeth Thomson (Couper) Jagger, of Dewarton, Midlothian who he married in 1935 in Edinburgh.
(Source:CWGC and GRoS - Marriage Register)

On leaving George Watson's College, Edinburgh 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.
http://www.gwc.org.uk/our-school/history-of-george-watsons-college/watsons-war-records/?surname=jagger&conflict=WW2&regiment=Any&cemetery=Any&Submit=Submit

Missing in Action – 21 January 1944.
Commonwealth War Grave – Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

John's Halifax bomber took-off from RAF Graveley, Cambridgeshire for a raid on Magdeburg but crashed near Hanover. (Source:aircrewremembered.com)

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.

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I hadn't noticed W.O. Alistair W. McGinnis G.M. before.

Warrant Officer
McGINNIS, ALLISTAIR WALTER
Service Number 1344410
Died 20/08/1944
13 Sqdn.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
G M
Malta Memorial.

London Gazette 10 March 1944 p.1224
1344410 Flight Sergeant Alastair Walter McGinnis,. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 1063270 Sergeant Henry Webster, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. In September, 1943, these airmen, who were in the vicinity of an airfield, observed an aircraft overhead with its starboard engine and main plane on fire. The aircraft passed from view and crashed behind neighbouring trees. Commandeering a passing car, Flight Sergeant McGinnis and Sergeant Webster proceeded to the scene of the crash. The aircraft was burning furiously and ammunition was exploding. In spite of this and of the danger that the bombs, which they could see in the wreckage, might explode at any moment, these airmen approached the aircraft to search for the crew. They found the wireless operator (air) in the rear of the aircraft and succeeded in extricating him and in beating out the flames on his clothing. They also extricated another member of the crew who was lying in the burning wreckage but was unfortunately dead. Flight Sergeant McGinnis and Sergeant Webster then carried the wireless operator (air) away from immediate danger and commenced to render-first aid to him. While they were thus engaged one of the bombs exploded and both airmen were thrown to the ground and hit by ialling shrapnel. Undeterred, they continued to tend to their comrade. They laid him in a ditch further away and stayed with him until an ambulance arrived. In circumstances of great danger Flight Sergeant McGinnis and Sergeant Webster displayed coolness and outstanding _gallantry and undoubtedly saved the life of one member of the crew.
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Most of those named here are also named on the main Galashiels War Memorial.
Joseph Lowrie, Alistair Walter McGinnis, Nigel Guthrie McQueen and Robert Watson are not named on the main memorial but are named on other War Memorials.
Angus Thomson Fraser is on the main memorial but is not on this memorial.


PTE. JOHN BAXTER.
John Baxter – age 23 – Driver (T/154831) 18th Division Ammunition Company, Royal Army Service Corps.
John was a partner in the family drapery business when he enlisted. He was wounded in France in 1940 and evacuated back to the UK but he was killed in a motor cycle accident near Norwich in Norfolk.
Born 1916 in Galashiels. Son of Walter and Adeline Sarah (Dove) Baxter of Springbank, Tweed Road, Galashiels. Husband of Alison Clark (Hutton) Baxter, of 309 Galapark Road, Galashiels who he married in 1938 in Galashiels.
Died on Active Service on 2 September 1940 and buried in Galashiels (Eastlands) Cemetery (CWG)


SGT. NAV. DENNIS W. CONSTANCE.
Dennis Winstone Constance – age 22 – Sergeant/Observer (1101609) 9 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Dennis was employed at Comely Bank Mill in Galashiels when he was called up in February 1941.
His Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire for a raid on Essen but the aircraft crashed at Angermund. The crew were buried in Dusseldorf North Cemetery but were re-interred in January 1947.
Born 1920 in Galashiels. Son of Harold Winstone Constance and Emily Reese (Massie) Constance of 22 Forest Gardens, Galashiels. Husband of Edith Joyce (Timms) Constance of Leeds, Yorkshire who he married in August 1942.
Killed in Action on 16 September 1942 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.


PIL. OFF. THOMAS F. DORWARD.
Thomas Fairgrieve Dorward – age 24 – Pilot Officer/Pilot (60525) 25 Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Thomas was educated at Galashiels Academy, St. Mary's School in Melrose and at Sedbergh School in Yorkshire (now Cumbria) He played rugby for Gala RFC and was a Scottish rugby international, playing as scrum-half in five Tests in 1938/9. He was a director of J. & J.C. Dorward of Waulkrigg Mills in Galashiels and in 1939/40 he travelled for the company in North America. Thomas was commissioned from Leading Aircraftman (970366) in November 1940 and was the pilot of a Bristol Blenheim which had taken off from RAF Wittering in Northamptonshire for a low-level daytime flight but in foggy conditions the aircraft hit a tree and crashed at Cottesmore near Bourne, Lincolnshire.
Born 1916 in Galashiels. Son of Adam Paterson Dorward and of Isabella (Fairgrieve) Dorward of Ardenleigh, Galashiels.
Died on Active Service on 5 March 1941 and buried in Galashiels (Eastlands) Cemetery. (CWG)
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FLT. SGT. JOHN R. DRYDEN.
John Robert Dryden – age 22 – Sergeant (613297) 61 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
John was a member of the Red Triangle Rugby Club in Galashiels when he joined the RAF in 1938.
He was the flight engineer on his Lancaster bomber which had taken off from RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire for a raid on Emden. The aircraft crashed near the target area and the crew were buried in Wittmund but were re-interred at Sage in April 1947. John's remains could not be identified and he is named on the RAF Memorial at Runnymede.
Born 1919 in Galashiels. Son of Cameron Anderson Dryden and Agnes Pace (Sinclair) Dryden of 53 Galapark Road, Galashiels,
Killed in Action on 23 June 1942 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


FLT. SGT. DAVID FISHER.
David Fisher – age 27 – Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (973934) 11 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
David 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.


PTE. HART FOLEY.
James Hart Foley – age 32 – Private (1625024) 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.
In 1936 James 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.


SGT. W.H. GLADSTONE.
William Hardie Gladstone – age 31 – Sergeant (3190624) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William 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.
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F.O. PETER F. GUNTER.
Peter Foley Gunter – age 22 – Flying Officer (188973) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Peter 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.


FLT. SGT. ROBERT HENDERSON.
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.


PTE. GEORGE W. HENRY.
George Walter Henry – age 26 – Private (3190633) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George 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.


LIEUT. R.A.A. JACKSON.
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. 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, France.


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SQDN. LDR. J.J. JAGGER D.F.C.
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.


L.CPL. JOHN S. LAWRIE.
John Scott Lawrie – age 29 – Lance Corporal (1888848) 288 Field Company, Royal Engineers.
John 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.


F.O. ALEXANDER LEES.
Alexander Lees – age 27 – Flying Officer/Navigator (138084) 78 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Alexander 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.
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.
James Lees – age 26 – Lance Corporal (3324835) 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
James 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.


SGT. JOHN B. LESLIE.
John Buchanan Leslie – age 25 – Sergeant (2883213) 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
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.


SNR.CADET JOSEPH LOWRIE. [named on the Newtown St. Boswells War Memorial]
Joseph Lowrie – age 17 – Cadet, S.S. Benalbanach (Leith) Merchant Navy.
The “Benalbanach” was conveying troops and equipment on her second trip to the Allied landing area in North Africa when the convoy was attacked by a single enemy aircraft. She was hit by two torpedoes, caught fire, blew up and sank almost immediately taking the lives of 57 crew members and 353 service personnel.
Born 1925 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of George William Lowrie and of Jessie (Wilson) Lowrie of Monksford Stables, Newton St. Boswells.
Killed by Enemy Action/ Lost at Sea on 7 January 1943 and named on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.


SGT. JAMES G. MIDDLEMAS.
James Graham Middlemas – age 19 – Sergeant/Flight Engineer (1822037) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Graham 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.
He is also named on an individual and crew memorial erected by his parents near the crash site.
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ENG. OFF. A.D. MACLACHLAN.
Alexander Douglas Maclachlan – age 26 – Fourth Engineer Officer, M.V. Scottish Maiden (London) Merchant Navy.
Alexander 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.


SGT. IAIN M. MCCULLOCH.
Ian Maywood McCulloch – age 23 – Sergeant (901582) 9 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Ian 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.


W.O. ALISTAIR W. MCGINNIS G.M. [named on the Melrose War Memorial]
Alistair Walter McGinnis, George Medal – age 23 – Warrant Officer (1344410) 13 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
“Sandy” was educated in Melrose and at Galashiels Academy before he worked in Newton St. Boswells. He played rugby for Melrose when he enlisted in 1940 and after training in America and Canada he joined his squadron in North Africa in 1942. In February 1944 the squadron moved from North Africa to Italy, going operational with the Martin Baltimore light bomber on 1 April 1944. There it took part in attacks on Italian communications, and then switched to the night interdiction role - attacking enemy ground units. In August they were based at Cecina, Tuscany, Italy.
Flight Sergeant Alastair Walter McGinnis and Sergeant Henry Webster were awarded George Medals for rescuing two crewmen from the wreckage of a crashed aircraft. The aircraft was burning furiously and ammunition was exploding. They found the wireless operator in the rear of the aircraft and succeeded in extricating him and in beating out the flames on his clothing. They also extricated another member of the crew who was lying in the burning wreckage but was unfortunately dead. In circumstances of great danger Flight Sergeant McGinnis and Sergeant Webster displayed coolness and outstanding gallantry and undoubtedly saved the life of one member of the crew.
Born 1921 in Morningside, Edinburgh. Son of the late Charles Edmond James McGinnis of the Rhodesian Police who died in June 1923 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia and of Hannah Margaret (Ovens) McGinnis of Claymyres Cottage, Newstead, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 20 August 1944 and named on the Malta Memorial, Malta.
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CPL. NIGEL G. MCQUEEN. [named on the Sidcup War Memorial]
Nigel Guthrie McQueen – age 27 – Corporal (7018709) 1st Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps.
Nigel was educated in Melrose and at Galashiels Academy before serving his apprenticeship with Noble, chemist in Galashiels. He was employed as a dispenser by Boots in London when he enlisted. He was killed when his Hotspur Glider hit a tree during a training exercise at 3 Glider Training School, at RAF Stoke Orchard near Cheltenham.
Born 1915 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of John and Isabella Turnball (Watt) McQueen of Melrose. Husband of Edith Ella Margaret (Pearce) McQueen of Sidcup, Kent who he married in 1940 in Bromley, Kent.
Died on Service on 17 August 1942 and buried in Chislehurst Cemetery, Kent.


FLT. SGT. W.N. PATERSON.
William Noble Paterson – age 24 – Flight Sergeant (1345502) 159 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William was the upper gunner on a Liberator bomber which had taken off from RAF Digri in Bengal, India on a low level daylight attack on the Bangkok to Lampang Railway but the aircraft was attacked by a Japanese fighter and crashed in the Bay of Bengal.
Born 1921 in Galashiels. Son of Andrew and Anne (Noble) Paterson of Galashiels.
Missing in Action on 6 October 1944 and named on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore.


SGT. AIR GNR. WILLIAM PHILIP.
William Philip – age 21 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1616244) 44 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William was a dental mechanic in Galashiels when he enlisted in March 1942. He spent four months in training in Canada. His Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Dunholme Lodge in Lincolnshire for a raid on the scientific research centre at Peenemunde but the aircraft crashed in the Baltic Sea. William was buried in Gross Zicker Cemetery on Ruger Island but was re-interred in Berlin in August 1948.
Born 1922 in Galashiels. Son of James and Margaret Philip of 43 St. John's Street, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 18 August 1943 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.


L.CPL. GEORGE W. SANDERSON.
George William Sanderson – age 23 – Lance Corporal (3190759) 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
George was a member of the Gala Cycling Club. He was employed by Oliver & Sons, nurserymen of Darnick, Melrose when he enlisted in the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1939. He joined the 1st Cameronians in India as they deployed to Burma in February 1942, serving with the Chindits in the process. George was evacuated to Sylhet in Assam, India where he died and he was re-interred at Gauhati in November 1946.
Born 1921 in Edinburgh (also registered in Galashiels) Son of George William and Winifred Conroy Sanderson, of 46 Forest Gardens, Galashiels.
Died of Wounds on 3 May 1944 and buried in Gauhati War Cemetery, Assam, India.
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FLT. SGT. J.H. SHERIDAN.
James Harvey Sheridan – age 35 – Flight Sergeant/Air Bomber (1563203) 102 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
James was a draftsman with an iron-founders in Galashiels. He was killed when his Halifax bomber, which had completed a raid on Dortmund, crash-landed short of the runway on its return to RAF Pocklington in Yorkshire. The other crew members were injured but survived.
Born 1909 in Galashiels. Son of Michael and Georgina (Harvey) Sheridan of Scott Street, Galashiels. Husband of Margaret Moyes (Heatlie) Sheridan of 97 Tweed Road, Galashiels who he married in 1932 in Galashiels.
Died on Active Service on 1 January 1945 and buried in Galashiels (Eastlands) Cemetery. (CWG)


L.CPL. JOHN W. SIMPSON.
John Warwick Simpson – age 21 – Lance Corporal (3190669) 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.
The 8th DLI were part of the BEF sent to France in 1939 and withstood the onslaught of the German Blitzkrieg in May 1940, taking part in the British counter-strike at Arras before the retreat to Dunkirk.
Born 1918 in Galashiels. Son of Walter Rollo Simpson and Grace (Maclachlan) Simpson of Meigle Street, Galashiels and of Blyth Bridge, West Linton, Peeblesshire who had married in 1916 in Galashiels.
Missing in Action on 22 May 1940 and named on the Dunkirk Memorial, France.


PTE. ROBERT D. SMALL.
Robert Drummond Small – age 18 – Private (14514487) 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Robin assisted his father as a greenkeeper at Ladhope Golf Course before he enlisted in April 1943. The battalion landed at Normandy on D-Day+1, 7 June 1944. Robert was killed near Tilly La Campagne and was re-interred at Banneville in August 1945.
Born 1925 in Largo, Fife. Son of Robert and Jessie Catherine Dowie (Wilson) Small of Galashiels.
Killed in Action 0n 8 August 1944 and buried in Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France.


F.O. IAN O.M. SMITH.
Ian Ogg Mackenzie Smith – age 23 – Pilot Officer (87038) 99 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Ian was commission from Leading Aircraftman (967461) in October 1940. His Wellington bomber had taken off from RAF Waterbeach near Cambridge for a raid on Berlin but was lost without trace over the North Sea.
Born 1917 in Barnet, London. Son of John Dugald Smith and Mary Helen (Ogg) Smith of Morven, Galashiels. Husband of Mary Florence (McGowan) Smith who he married on 3 March 1941 in Dumfries.
Missing in Action on 9 May 1941 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
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CAPT. IAN L. SPALDING.
Ian Lindsay Spalding – age 26 – Captain (EC/1180) 3rd Royal Battalion, 12th Frontier Force Regiment, India Army.
Ian was commissioned in the Indian Army in August 1940. The 3/12th FFR fought in the East African and Western Desert Campaigns where it was all but destroyed at El Adem on 15 June 1942. It was reformed in Egypt in October 1943 and served in Tunisia and Italy.
Born 1917 in Galashiels. Son of the late William Spalding (died 1939) and of the late Elizabeth Young (Lindsay) Spalding (died 1937) of Galashiels and of Annan, Dumfriesshire. Grandson of Elizabeth Hall Lindsay and brother of Elizabeth Jean Spalding of Lawyers Brae, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 26 May 1944 and buried in Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy.


L.CPL. JAMES STALKER.
James Stalker – age 20 – Lance Corporal (14273277) 8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Jim was employed in the office at Comely Bank Mill in Galashiels when he enlisted in 1942. The 8th Argylls fought in Tunisia, Sicily and all the way up Italy. Jim was killed in the Adriatic sector, south east of Bologna.
Born 1924 in Galashiels. Son of Walter Haldane Stalker and of Ann Georgina Stewart (Henderson) Stalker of 172 Magdala Terrace, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 22 October 1944 and buried in Faenza War Cemetery, Italy.


SGT. DAVID T. STANNERS.
David Thomson Stanners – age 21 – Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (1065713)
Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
David had studied at the Technical College in Galashiels before being employed in the pattern department at Buckholm Mill. He was a member of the Gala Harriers when he joined the RAF in 1940. David's Wellington bomber of 15 Operational Training Unit had taken off from RAF Harwell in Oxfordshire in support of a raid on Bremen but the aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed off the Dutch coast. David's body was washed up at Hallum in Friesland in July 1942.
Born 1921 in Kinross. Son of John and Annie (Graham) Stanners of 52 Glendinning Terrace, Galashiels who had married in 1905 in Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 25 June 1942 and buried in Ferwerderadeel (Hallum) Protestant Churchyard, Netherlands.


LIEUT. JOHN M. SUTHERLAND.
John McDonald Sutherland – age 23 – Lieutenant (330218) Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
John was educated at Galashiels Academy, and at the College of Art at the Heriot-Watt College in Edinburgh. He studied building construction at the Technical College in Galashiels and served his apprenticeship with the family company of Messrs G. Sutherland & Sons, Sculptors of Galashiels. He was commissioned from Cadet (2382677) in September 1944. John was killed near Speldorf in Germany after the Allies had crossed the Rhine and he was re-interred in Reichswald in October 1946.
Born 1921 in Galashiels. Son of David and of Lily Stewart (Dow) Sutherland of 7 Paton Street, Galashiels.
Killed in Action on 28 March 1945 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
The “Angel of Peace” above the WW1 name plaque on the Galashiels War Memorial was sculpted by his father David Sutherland.


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CPL. JAMES SWAN.
James Guthrie Swan – age 28 – Corporal (T/64679) 12 Company, Royal Army Service Corps.
James was serving in Hong Kong when Japanese forces began their attack on 8 December 1941. The colony surrendered on Christmas Day.
Born 1913 in Galashiels. Son of James Swan and of Isabella Guthrie. Adopted son of Mrs Jane Ann (Smart) Neilson of 3 Bridge Street, Galashiels.
Missing in Action between 8 and 25 December 1941 and named on the Sai Wan Memorial, Hong Kong, China.


PTE. D.J.B. THOMSON.
David James Boyd Thomson – age 23 – Private (3193075) 5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
David was educated at the Academy and at the Technical College in Galashiels and he was employed as a designer in Selkirk when he enlisted in January 1940. He and another Borderer were fatally wounded at St Margaret's, Dunbar, East Lothian while on coastal defence duties.
Born 1917 in Galashiels. Son of James Boyd Thomson and Isabella Robertson (Cossar) Thomson of 17 Stanley Street, Galashiels.
Died on Active Service on 31 December 1940 and buried in Galashiels (Eastlands) Cemetery. (CWG)


F.O. ARTHUR I. TOMLINSON.
Arthur Ian Tomlinson – age 22 – Flying Officer/Navigator (165616) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Arthur was a promising rugby player with the Gala 1st XV and was employed by the National Bank of Scotland. He was commissioned from Leading Aircraftman (1568958) in June 1944. His Liberator bomber of 111 (Coastal) Operation Training Unit had taken off from Windsor Field on Nassau in the Bahamas for a training flight but it collided with another Liberator and crashed near the airfield. The second aircraft managed to land but Arthur and his crewmates were killed.
Born 1922 in Newington, Edinburgh. Son of John and Margaret (Harkness) Tomlinson of 72 Thistle Street, Galashiels.
Died on Active Service on 23 February 1945 and buried in Nassau War Cemetery, Bahamas.


PIL. OFF. JOHN B. TWEEDIE.
John Burns Tweedie – age 34 – Pilot Officer/Flight Engineer (175327) 115 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John was commissioned from Sergeant (1890840) on 10 April 1944. His Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Witchford near Ely, Cambridgeshire for a raid on Dusseldorf but the aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed in the target area. The crew were buried in Dusseldorf North Cemetery but were re-interred in October 1946.
Born 1909 in Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire. Son of James and Janet Tait (Burns) Tweedie of Galashiels. Husband of Dorothy Ethel (Newbery or Parker) Tweedie of Kensington, London who he married in April 1944 in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Killed in Action on 23 April 1944 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
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