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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject: Dalbeatie WW1 Memorial - Panel 5 Reply with quote

PTE. JAMES VARNEY, KOSB.
Thought to be:
John Varney, Lance Sergeant (14305) 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Age 21.
An undergamekeeper at Laurieston Hall, Balmaghie and then a motor-driver at the King's Arms, Dalbeattie, John enlisted in September 1914 in the KOSB. He was transferred to the 10th Cameronians and landed with them in France in July 1915. He was wounded at Loos on 25 September and died of wounds at the No. 1 Base Hospital in Rouen.
Born 1894 at Nethertown Cottages, Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of John and Ellen (Tait) Varney of Plumtree Cottage, Crossmichael Village, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Died of wounds on 5 October 1915 and buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
Also named on the Balmaghie Parish War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour in Balmaghie Parish Church.


PTE. JAMES WEEKS, GORDONS.
Thought to be:
James Henry Weaks, Private (11061) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 20.
James was a former pupil of the Dalbeattie Higher Grade Public School and he spent his early years in Dalbeattie but left in 1912. In 1911 he was working as a bobbin turner in a mill in Dalbeattie and was living with his brothers William and John as “boarders” at Ivy Cottage, Mill Street. He joined the RSF in Paisley and landed with his battalion at Zeebrugge in October 1914. He was killed at Neuve Chapelle.
Born 1895 at Paisley, Renfrewshire. Son of John and Margaret McCall (Clapperton) Weaks of Paisley. His mother died in 1907 and he named his sister Elizabeth (Weaks) McMillan as his next of kin.
Missing in Action on 14 March 1915 and named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
Thought to be some of children from the Glasgow area placed with Dalbeattie families.


QMS. JAMES WEIR, KOSB.
James Weir, Company Quartermaster Sergeant (81526) "D" Company, 50th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Formerly (1926) KOSB. Age 23.
A former pupil of the Dalbeattie Higher Grade Public School and of Dumfries Academy, James was a student at Glasgow University at the outbreak of war. He enlisted in September 1914 in the 1/5th KOSB. He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and was a machine gun instructor at Grantham in Lincolnshire. He served at Ypres, Peronne and Amiens.
Born 1895 at Corsock Bridge, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of James and Annie (McKay) Weir of the Schoolhouse, Corsock, Dalbeattie.
Killed in Action on 8 August 1918 and buried in Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Also named on the Corsock Village War Memorial, the Dalbeattie School and the Dumfries Academy memorials, and on the Glasgow University Roll of Honour.


PTE. RICHARD WELSH, CANADIANS.
Richard Welsh, Private (457361) 7th Company, Canadian Machine Gun Corps. Age 29.
Richard was working as a stone cutter when he enlisted in June 1915 at Montreal. He named his brother Frank as his next of kin. He had served 4 years with the KOSB before emigrating to Canada.
Born 1888 at Glasgow. Son of Michael and Martha (Hutcheson) Welsh of Braid Street, Anderston, Glasgow. In 1901 Richard, aged 12, was living at Port Street, Dalbeattie with brother James, both born Glasgow, as “boarders” with Mrs. Mary Stewart.
Killed in Action on 9 April 1917 and buried in Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Thelus, France.
Also remembered on the Memorial at St. Peter's RC Church in Dalbeattie.
Though to be some of the children from the Glasgow area placed with Dalbeattie families.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:33 pm    Post subject: Dalbeatie WW1 Memorial - Panel 5 Reply with quote

JEANIE T WRIGHT, WAAC.
Jeanie Turnbull Wright, Worker (46868) Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps. Age 20.
Jeanie was a former pupil of the Dalbeattie Higher Grade Public School and was a qualified shorthand typist. She died of influenza and pneumonia at the Perth Royal Infirmary.
Born 1898 at Taunton, Somerset as Jeanie Wright Turnbull. Daughter of the late George Turnbull and the late Williamina Jane (Currie) Turnbull.
Step daughter of Andrew Wright of The Galla, Dalbeattie who had married Williamina in 1901.
Died on Service on 29 October 1918 and buried in Dalbeattie Cemetery.
Also named on the Memorial in Perth Congregational Church.


PTE. GORDON WYKES, RSF.
Gordon Wykes, Private (35130) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 29. Gordon was a granite sett maker in Dalbeattie when he enlisted in December 1915. He was mobilised as Private (29859) in the Royal Scots in February 1916 and was posted to the 1st RSF in France in December 1916.
Born 1888 at Burn Street, Dalbeattie. Son of George and Barbara (Kingstree) Wykes of 35 Maxwell Street, Dalbeattie.
Missing in Action on 26 September 1917 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Also named on the Memorial at St. Peter's RC Church in Dalbeattie.


STOKER. ALEXANDER YOUNG, RN.
Possibly - but I cannot link to Dalbeattie
Alexander Young, Stoker 1st Class (K/13456) H.M.S Invincible, Royal Navy. Age 23.
Alexander was a farm servant when he joined the navy in December 1911. He had served on the “Invincible” for a year in 1913 and rejoined the ship in August 1914. He took part in the Battles of the Bight, of the Falkland Islands, and at Jutland where he was lost.
Born 1893 in Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Alexander and Jessie Johnston (Jamieson) Young of Halmyre Cottages, Kelton and of King Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 31 May 1916 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
Also named on the Borgue Parish War Memorial and on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.


GUNNER. ALEX. J. L. MATTHEWSON, RFA.
Not listed by CWGC
Alexander James LLewelyn Matthewson, Gunner (224635) Royal Field Artillery. Age 22.
Alexander was educated at the Dalbeattie Higher Grade Public School and at Dumfries Academy. He enlisted in 1917 but was discharged from the army on 30 December 1918 due to illness and he died of tuberculosis at Bermondsey Military Hospital, Ladywell, Lewisham, London.
Born 1897 at Rhayader, Radnorshire, Wales. Son of James and Elizabeth (McKie) Matthewson of Alpine Street, Dalbeattie.
Died on 11 October 1919 and believed to be buried in Dalbeattie Cemetery.
Sadly there is no evidence that Alexander's illness was due to his military service so there is not a case for his inclusion on the CWGC Register.

Alexander's father, James, was a well known local man who rose from a quarryman to Quarry Manager in Cornwall and then to be Inspector of Works on several major projects at home and abroad. At the time of Alexander's birth, James was the Inspector of Works, Dam Construction on the Elan Valley Project in North Wales for Birmingham Corporation Waterworks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:19 pm    Post subject: Dalbeattie WW2 Memorial Reply with quote

1939 - 1945


FLT. SGT. JOHN H. BARR, RAF.
John Hamilton Barr, Flight Sergeant (1366045) 172 Squadron, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 32.
John had graduated with a B.Sc. Degree from Glasgow University in 1933 and was a teacher in Dalbeattie in September 1939. His Wellington bomber, equipped with Leigh Searchlight, was lost after taking off from RAF Chivenor in North Devon on an anti-submarine patrol in the Western Approaches/Bay of Biscay
Born 1911 at Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. Son of Alexander Hamilton Barr and of Barbara (Foggo) Barr. Husband of Anne McDiarmid (Anderson) Barr of Kirkbean who he married in 1939 in Colvend, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son-in-Law of Alford and Jane Anderson of Craigbittern, Sandyhills, Colvend, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Missing in Action on 29 September 1943 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Windsor.
Also named on the Lesmahagow War Memorial, on the Colvend Parish War Memorial, on the Hamilton Grammar School memorial and on the Glasgow University Roll of Honour.


CPL. WILLIAM BLAIR, LON.SCOT.
William Blair, Corporal (3134084) 1st Battalion (The London Scottish) Gordon Highlanders. Age 29.
Born 1915 at Southwick Road, Dalbeattie.
Son of Robert and Ellen (Smith) Blair of Dalbeattie.
Missing in Action on 12 January 1944 and named on the Cassino Memorial, Italy.


FLY.OFF. DONALD C BIGGAR, RAFVR.
Donald Charlton Biggar, Flying Officer (W.Op) (159528) 171 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 24.
Donald was promoted from Flight Sergeant (1108038) to Pilot Officer in August 1943 and to Flying Officer in February 1944. His Halifax bomber took off from RAF North Creake in Norfolk. The aircraft's role as a bomber support squadron in No.100 Group, was to drop "Window" in an attempt to jam German radar. Donald and his crewmates were buried in Dortmund Main Cemetery but were re-interred in Reichswald in May 1947.
Born 1921 at ???? Son of William Thomson Biggar and Winifred Mary (Jenkins) Biggar of Montrose, Dalbeattie.
Killed in Action on 7 March 1945 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany.
Also named on the St. Bees School memorial in Cumbria.


SGT.PLT. JOHN J CARSWELL, RAF.
John Jackson Carswell, Sergeant (Pilot) (1568844) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 22.
John died in an accident in Egypt. Probably in the collision between two RAF P47 Thunderbolts of 73 Operational Training Unit based at Fayid.
Born 1923 in Dalbeattie. Son of John Whitfield Carswell and Roberta Haxton (Paton) Carswell of Dalbeattie.
Died on Active Service on 28 April 1945 and buried in Fayid War Cemetery, Ismailia, Egypt.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:32 pm    Post subject: Dalbeattie WW2 Memorial Reply with quote

L.CPL. ERIC CASSIDY, GORDONS.
Eric McIlroy Cassidy, Private (2765845) 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Age 21.
Born 1924 at Glasgow.
(No other family information)
Killed in Action on 15 April 1945 and buried in Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.


GNR. FRANK CLARK, RA.
Francis Clark, Gunner (1427010) 3 Battery, 1 Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery. Age 24.
Frank joined the army in 1938. His Regiment was formed from 1 Anti Aircraft Battalion RA in January 1940 and went to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force.
Born 1915 at Dalbeattie. Son of Felix and Catherine (Lee) Clark of Port Street, Dalbeattie.
Killed in Action on 28 May 1940 and buried in Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Memorial at St. Peter's RC Church in Dalbeattie.


SGT. HUGH CAMPBELL, LAARA.
Hugh Campbell, MA (Edinburgh), Sergeant (934900) 223 Battery, 32 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Age 23.
Hugh was educated at Dalbeattie High School, at Kirkcudbright Academy and at Edinburgh University from where he graduated in October 1939. He joined his unit in March 1940 and went overseas in July 1941.
Born 1918 at Dalbeattie. Son of George and Agnes R Campbell.
Killed in Action on 30 December 1941 and buried in Pembroke Military Cemetery, Malta.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:59 pm    Post subject: Dalbeattie WW2 Memorial Reply with quote

ALS. WILLIAM R FORTEATH, RN.
William Robert Forteath, Leading Seaman (D/JX 239132) HMS Laforay, Royal Navy. Age 22.
Billy was a linotype operator with the Stewartry Observer when he enlisted in September 1940.
Born 1921 at Dalbeattie. Son of Bailie William R. Forteath and of Wilhelmina (Plunkett) Forteath of Brigen', Dalbeattie.
Missing in Action/Lost at Sea on 30 March 1944 and named on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
HMS Laforey, an "L" class destroyer, was sunk by torpedoes from U223 after depth charging forced the submarine to the surface. Only 65 of the ship's company survived.


FUS. THOMAS GRACIE, RSF.
Thomas Gracie, Fusilier (14633516) 6th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 19.
Born 1925 at Dalbeattie. Son of James and Jeanie Gracie of 5 Southwick Road, Dalbeattie.
Died of Wounds on 26 June 1944 and buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, Normandy, France.
In its first action after landing on 13 June, in an attack on the village of St. Mauvieu, the Battalion lost 25% of its fighting strength with some 40 killed and over 120 wounded.


PTE. WILLIAM HENDERSON, KOSB AIR.
William Henderson, Private (14327562) Support Company, No.2 Mortar Platoon, 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. 1st Airlanding Brigade. Age 20.
William was employed with Brown & Carson, Butchers in Dalbeattie when he enlisted.
Born 1924 at Dalbeattie. Son of James and Agnes Henderson of 19 Station Road, Dalbeattie.
Killed in Action on 25/26 September 1944 and buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Having landed on the first day of the battle, Sunday 17 September, by the 25th the battalion were defending the perimeter near Oosterbeek Hoog Railway Station and that night began the withdrawal back across the Rhine.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:40 am    Post subject: Dalbeattie WW2 Memorial Reply with quote

BOY TEL. CAROL R KEAN, RN.
Carol Reuben Kean, Boy Telegraphist (D/JX 170171) HMS Galatea, Royal Navy. Age 17.
Carol joined the navy in 1939.
Born 1924 at Dalbeattie. Son of William and Ethel (Golding) Kean of 1 Craigmath Terrace, Dalbeattie.
Missing in Action/Lost at Sea on 15 December 1941 and named on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
The cruiser HMS Galatea was torpedoed by the German submarine U557 and sank 30 miles NW of Alexandria, Egypt.


LCPL GEORGE MARR, CMP.
George Marr, Lance Corporal (3191062) Corps of Military Police. Age 22.
George was killed in an accident. His gravestone in Dalbeattie Cemetery was provided by officers and men of the Guards Armoured Division.
Born 1920 at Dalbeattie. Son of George and Janet Marr of 34 Craigmath, Dalbeattie.
Died on Active Service on 8 March 1943 and buried in Dalbeattie Cemetery.


PTE. THOMAS McADAM, DLI.
Thomas McAdam, Private (3191189) 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Age 24.
Thomas was a surface worker at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel, Dumfrieshire when he enlisted in July 1939. He had played for two seasons with Kelso F.C. He served in France in 1940 and went to North Africa in 1941. He was with the 8th DLI in North Africa when he was reported missing in June 1942 and in September he sent a post card reporting that he was a prisoner of the Italians. However in January 1944 his mother was advised that he was presumed to have died in November 1942. It seems that he had been drowned when the Italian cargo ship “Scillin” was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine HMS Sahib when she was transporting over 800 Allied prisoners of war from North Africa to Italy.
Born 1918 at Dalbeattie. Son of Mr & Mrs McAdam of 216 High Street, Dalbeattie.
Killed on Service/ Lost at Sea on 14 November 1942 and named on the Alemein Memorial, Egypt.
Also named on the Memorial at St. Peter's RC Church in Dalbeattie.


PTE. ROBERT I McCONNELL, SEAFORTHS.
Not listed by CWGC and I cannot trace this man.
Two members of Dalbeattie RBL (aged 85 and 91) remember Robert as an orphan brought up by a Nobbie Clark of High St. Dalbeattie but they have no knowledge about the circumstances of his death.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:59 am    Post subject: Dalbeattie WW2 Memorial Reply with quote

STOKER. DAVID H McCORMICK, RN.
David Herron McCormick, Stoker 1st Class (C/KX 115043) HMS Warspite, Royal Navy. Age 21.
David was serving his apprenticeship as a linesman for Glover's of Manchester who were installing electric cables in the Dalbeattie area when he enlisted in 1940.
Born 1922 at Dalbeattie. Son of Hugh and Barbara (Herron) McCormick of 65 Southwick Road, Dalbeattie.
Missing in Action/Lost at Sea on 16 September 1943 and named on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.
The battleship HMS Warspite was hit and severely damaged by a radio controlled glider bomb whilst bombarding inland of the Salerno beachhead in Italy.


PTE. ALEXR. McCREADIE, KOSB.
Alexander McCreadie, Private (3189142) 5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 26.
Alexander enlisted at the outbreak of war and served in Belgium in 1940.
Born 1918 at Glasgow. Son of William and Jessie (Latimer) McCreadie.
Husband of Elizabeth (Agnew) McCreadie of 82 Copland Street, Dalbeattie who he married in 1937 in Dalbeattie.
Killed in Action on 18 February 1945 and buried in Mook War Cemetery, Netherlands.


SGT. WILLIAM J. McCALL, RAMC.
William John McCall, Corporal (7373396) Royal Army Medical Corps. Age 27.
Born 1918 at Muckairn, Argyllshire. Husband of G. McCall of Dalbeattie.
Died on 18 December 1945 and buried in Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:46 am    Post subject: Dalbeattie WW2 Memorial Reply with quote

PTE. JOHN McDONALD, HLI.
I cannot find any other details for this man.
John MacDonald, Private (3309364) Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Born ? at Glasgow (SNWM)
Died 13 July 1940 and buried in Dalbeattie Cemetery. (CWG)


CPL. DAVID McMINN, ROY.SCOTS.
David John Denniston McMinn, Corporal (3049684) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 36.
Born 1907 in Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Sarah (Campbell) McMinn. Husband of Mary Brown (Beattie) McMinn of Dalbeattie who he married in 1933 in Twynholm.
Missing in Action on 3 April 1943 and named on the Rangoon Memorial, Burma.
On 3 April, in the Arakan region of NW Burma, Japanese troops attacked the exposed left flank of the 14th Indian Division where the 1st Royal Scots were in support and overran several units.


PTE. JOSEPH PERE, KOSB.
Joseph Caven Pere, Private (3191028) Support Company, No.1 Mortar Platoon, 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers, 1st Airlanding Brigade. Age 24.
Joe was an apprentice builder in Dalbeattie when, as a member of the Territorials, he was mobilised at the outbreak of war. He was wounded and captured at Arnhem and died while a Prisoner of War. He was buried in Haldern, Rheinland but re-interred in Reichswald in March 1947.
Born 1920 in Dalbeattie. Son of Mark and Isabella (Caven) Pere of 25 William Street, Dalbeattie.
Died of Wounds on 28 September 1944 and buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany.


RFLM. ANDREW RICHARDSON, SCOT.RFL.
Andrew Richardson, Rifleman (3254561) 6th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Age 24.
Andrew was employed by the construction company R. McAlpine when he enlisted in 1941.
Born 1920 at Dalbeattie. Son of Andrew and Maggie (Notman) Richardson of Cullaloe, Dalbeattie.
Died of Wounds on 6 November 1944 and buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium.
The 6th Cameronians (52nd Div) fought with the 1st Canadian Army during the Battle of the Scheldt - 2 October to 8 November.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:10 am    Post subject: Dalbeattie WW2 Memorial Reply with quote

CPL. JOHN SLINGSBY, KOSB.
John Philip Slingsby, Private (1769307) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 23.
John had been with the 2nd KOSB in India and Burma for over two years.
Born 1920 at Dalbeattie. Son of John and Diana (Huxtable or McCall) Slingsby of of 1 Union Street, Dalbeattie.
Missing in Action on 19 January 1944 and named on the Rangoon Memorial, Burma.
In January 1944 the 7th Indian Infantry Division re-entered Burma to begin the eventual defeat of the Japanese Army.


PTE. MARSHALL B SMITH, PAR.BRGD.
Marshall Barrie Smith, Private (14363561) 13th Battalion (2/4th The South Lancashire Regiment), Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. Age 31.
Marshall was buried in the village of Hamminkeln but was re-interred in Reichswald in November 1946.
Born 1913 at Old Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire. Son of Edgar Travers Ferrie Smith and Jane (Barrie) Smith. Husband of Jean Coupland (Harkness) Smith of Southwick Road, Dalbeattie who he married in 1935 in Dalbeattie.
Killed in Action on 24 March 1945 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany.
24 March was the first day of Operation Varsity, the landing of airborne troops across the Rhine into Germany.The British 6th Airborne Division was ordered to capture the villages of Schnappenberg and Hamminkeln, clear part of the Diersfordter Wald of German forces, and secure three bridges over the River Issel.


FLT.SGT. JAMES STRETTON, RAF.
James Horby Stretton, Sergeant (Flight Engineer) (949546) 101 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 23.
James had been an apprentice joiner in Dalbeattie. He enlisted in 1940 and was killed when his Lancaster bomber, based at RAF Holme on Spalding Moor, crashed on landing at RAF Scorton near Richmond, Yorkshire after a raid on Dortmund.
Born 1920 at Dalbeattie. Son of James Horby Stretton and Harriet Handley (McAllan) Stretton of 164 Southwick Road, Dalbeattie. Husband of Clara (Pimlott) Stretton of Radcliffe who he married in 1942 in Radcliffe, Heywood, Lancashire.
Killed in Action on 5 May 1943 and buried in Dalbeattie Cemetery.
Also named on the Park Church Memorial now in Dalbeattie Parish Church.


SPR. JOHN STEEL, RE.
John Watson Steel, Sapper (14748416) 294 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Age 19.
Son of Matthew and Robina Merrilee (Watson) Steel of Dalbeattie.
Killed in Action on 13 April 1945 and buried in Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Also named on the Park Church Memorial now in Dalbeattie Parish Church.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:26 am    Post subject: Dalbeattie WW2 Memorial Reply with quote

CPL. SAMUEL THOMSON, REC.CRPS.
The only Corporal Thomson of the Reconnaissance Corps listed by CWGC and SNWM is:
Thomas Thomson, Corporal (3188899) 52nd Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Born Kirkcudbrightshire. Age 25.

Thought to be:
Samuel McNairn Thomson - Born 1919 at Dalbeattie.
Son of Jeanie Lees of Annan, Dumfriesshire.
Nephew of Mrs. McMillan of 59 Southwick Road, Dalbeattie.
Killed in Action on 19 February 1945 and buried in Milsbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Also named (as Samuel) on the Memorial at St. Peter's RC Church in Dalbeattie and on the Annan War Memorial as S. Thomson, RAC.


FLT. SGT. JOSEPH WYKES, RAF.
Joseph Wykes, Sergeant (Air Gunner) (1127228) 75 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 22.
Joseph was killed when his Stirling bomber crashed after an engine failure during take-off from RAF Newmarket for a raid on Duisberg.
Born 1920 in Dalbeattie. Son of Joseph Kingstree Wykes and of Elizabeth (Craig) Wykes of 49 Union Street, Dalbeattie. Husband of Florence Nightingale (Boyle) Wykes of 5 Westpark Terrace, Dumfries and of Welwyn, Hertfordshire who he married in 1940 in Dalbeattie.
Killed in Action on 13 May 1943 and buried in Dalbeattie Cemetery.
Also named on the Memorial at St. Peter's RC Church in Dalbeattie.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:56 am    Post subject: Pte. James Drain Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
PTE. JAMES DRAIN, BORDER REGIMENT.
James Drain, Private (6593) 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Age 37. Enlisted August 1914. Wounded 12 March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle.
Born 1878 in England. Son of James Drain of Barrhill, Dalbeattie.
A former pupil of Dalbeattie Higher Grade Public School.
Died of Wounds 29 March 1915 in Norfolk War Hospital. Buried in Norwich Cemetery, Norfolk.


(Glasgow Herald 1st April 1915)
"A telegram was received in Dalbeattie yesterday intimating the death in a Norwich Hospital of Private Jas. Drain, son of Mr John Drain, Barrhill. He enlisted at Carlisle in the 2nd Border Regiment, and went to France at the New Year. While leaving the trenches at Neuve Chapelle he was shot in the spine."

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Derek. It has reminded me to update the entry for this man (on Page 2) It now reads:

PTE. JAMES DRAIN, BORDER REGIMENT.
James Drain, Private (6593) 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Age 37. Enlisted August 1914. Wounded 12 March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle.
Born 1878 in Shap, Westmoreland, England. Son of James and Margaret (McTurk) Drain of Barrhill, Dalbeattie. Husband of Sarah (Owen) Drain of Copland St. Dalbeattie who he married in 1898 in Prestwich, Manchester.
A former pupil of Dalbeattie Higher Grade Public School.
Died of Wounds 29 March 1915 in Norfolk War Hospital. Buried in Norwich Cemetery, Norfolk.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some panels on the memorial are looking "the worse for wear". Especially the WW2 panels.
Paul (Spoons) with his War Memorial Trust hat on, has this in hand.





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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That letter ink fade happened in only four years? Shocked

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DelBoy wrote:
That letter ink fade happened in only four years? Shocked

Derek.

Sure did, compare the bottom plaque with this photo taken in Dec 2008.



I will ask WMT and the local War Memorials Officer to find out why it has deteriorated so fast, no salt as it is a long way from the nearest road. My best guess is that it was previously painted with something inappropriate (emusion? Shocked )

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