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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HUGH DOBIE M'MILLAN.

Named on the Moffat War Memorial in Dumfriesshire as:

McMILLAN, CAPT. H.D. BLACK WATCH.
Hugh Dobie McMillan – age 36 – Captain, 8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Hugh was educated at Warriston College in Moffat and at Merchiston College in Edinburgh after which he became a tea planter in Ceylon on the Lindoola Estate. He returned home to enlist in 1916 and he and his wife and child were onboard the “Arabia” when it was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB43 in the Mediterranean on 4 November 1916. They were rescued and were landed at Malta before continuing their journey. Hugh was commissioned in January 1917 and went to France in April. He was posted as a Captain to a School of Instruction in January 1918 and returned to the Black Watch in April 1918 but was killed three months later.
Born 1882 in Moffat. Son of the late Samuel and Eliza Goodsir (Dobie) McMillan of Lynebank, Moffat. Husband of Ethel L. (Tilly) McMillan, of Lindoola, Talawakelle, Ceylon who he married in Ceylon.
Killed in Action on 19 July 1918 and buried in Meteren, Military Cemetery, France.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two men named TOM WELSH on the memorial were cousins.

Tom Welsh – age 36 – Captain, 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Tom was educated at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh. He farmed the family land at Earlshaugh and tenanted sheep farms at Carterhope and at Ericstane near Moffat where he lived with his own family. He had been a Town Councillor in Moffat and had represented the town on the County Council. He had been commissioned in the 3rd (Dumfries) Volunteer Battalion in June1900, was transferred as Captain to the Territorial 5th KOSB in June 1908 and latterly commanded the Sanquhar and Kirkconnel Company. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was killed a month later during the battle of Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1879 in Moffat as Tom Welsh. Son of the late Thomas of Earlshaugh and of the late Jane Jardine (Halliday) Welsh of Ericstane.
Husband of Alexandra Mary Bell (Smith) Welsh who he married in 1907 in Moffat.
Killed in Action on 12 July 1915 and buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named the Moffat War Memorial and on a memorial tablet in the County Buildings in Dumfries.


Tom Welsh, Military Cross – age 33 – Captain, 1st Field Ambulance, South African Medical Corps attached to the 2nd Regiment, South African Infantry.
Tom was educated at Merchiston Castle School before studying Medicine at Edinburgh University from where he graduated M.B. & Ch.B. in 1910. He became Assistant Medical Officer at the De Wit Mine in Johannesburg and joined the South African Forces at the outbreak of war, serving during the Rebellion and the German South West Africa campaign. He was commissioned as a Captain in the SAMC in November 1915 and moved with the 1st Field Ambulance to England and then to Egypt before arriving in France in April 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross as "Capt. Tom Welsh, S. African Med. C., attd. S. African Infy. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed great courage and determination in organising and leading stretcher parties under very heavy fire.” and was twice Mentioned in Despatches. Tom was killed near Arras.
Born 1884 in Edinburgh as Thomas Welsh. Son of the late James Welsh and of Jessie Jardine (Halliday) Welsh of 8 Chamberlain Road in Edinburgh, who had married in 1878 in Moffat, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 12 April 1917 and buried in Athies Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Athies was captured by the 9th (Scottish) Division, which included the South African Brigade, on 9 April 1917.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CECIL JOHN WILLIAM SIMPSON.

Named on the Moffat War Memorial in Dumfriesshire as:

LT. COL. C. J. W. SIMPSON, MAHRATTA L.I.
Cecil John William Simpson – age 40 – Lieutenant Colonel (IA/787) 4th Battalion, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry.
Cecil was educated at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh before attending the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. From there he went to the Quetta Staff College and was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1924, was posted to the 5th Mahratta Light Infantry in 1925 and served with them as Lieutenant (April 1926) and Captain (January 1933) until 1939. He was brought back to the UK in February 1939 and served in the War Office as a General Staff Officer (Major January 1941) for two years before being sent on a mission to the Far East. He escaped from Hong Kong just before it fell to the Japanese in December 1941. He returned to India in 1943 as the Chief Administrative Officer of a Division and later was given command of the 4th Battalion of his old regiment. They battled the Japanese around Imphal in early 1944 and Cecil was was killed during an attack on the Battalion Headquarters. He was buried in Palel Military Cemetery but was re-interred in Imphal in April 1945.
Born 1904 in Moffat. Son of the late Alexander Morgan Simpson and Annie Cecile Simpson, of Claremont, Moffat. Husband of Margaret Agnes (McConnell) Simpson, formerly Mrs Philip Fleetford Sise of Montreal, who he married in June 1942 in London.
Killed in Action on 6 July 1944 and buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India.
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Lewis Neil Griffitt Ramsay 2nd Lt (Louis Nail) 3rd Gordon Highlanders attd 2nd Bn b Aberdeen 03/02/1890 Age 25 Killed in Action F & F 21/03/1915 Son of Sir William Mitchell Ramsay, LLD DCL DD. & Lady Ramsay, 13 Greenhill Terr; Edinburgh. City Roll of Honour : 41 Braid Ave; Edinburgh. Roll of Service in the Great War : page 2 : photo. Aberdeen University Book of Remembrance. The Bond of Sacrifice Vol II: Page 384: Photo. Probate Will Date: 10 Jun 1915. Estaires Communal Cemetery Fr 0768 Plot II Row H Grave 06 Evening Times 25-3-15 Page 5 City & Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh
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