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jamiemcginlay



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sculptor Charles Pilkington D'or Jackson's business papers are lodged at the National Library in Edinburgh, Accession 7445.
There are letters, Box 2, File 67 in which Jackson submitted his sketches for the design of a 'Galloway Lion' for the Dalbeattie war memorial. Unfortunately the letters in the files tend to be one sided and there is no reply in the file to confirm that it was Jackson who carried out the work.
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Memorial has been refurbished and is looking pretty smart.
Well done to Dumfries and Galloway Council and to Douglas Swan & Sons, Monumental Sculptors.
I have removed the photobucket logos.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done indeed, I was there on 4th June and it was in a sorry state then

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:12 am    Post subject: Re: Dalbeattie WW1 Memorial Panel 3 Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
SGT. WILLIAM McADAM, SEAFORTHS.
William McAdam, Lance Sergeant (10064) 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 26. Enlisted 1906 serving 6 years in India.
Born 1888 at Dalbeattie. Son of William and Walburga McAdam of Maxwell St. Dalbeattie.
Missing in Action 9 May 1915. Remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, France and on the War Memorial in Buittle Church.


(Glasgow herald 26th May 1915)
"News has been received of the death in France of Segeant William McAdam, Craignair, Dalbeattie. He was in the 1st Seaforths, and came over from India, where he had been for 5 1/2 years. He was wounded towards the end of last year, but returned to the trenches in the spring, and the news was conveyed by a soldier in the same section."


(Glasgow Herald 3rd June 1915)
"Two letters have been received by the parents of Sergeant Wm. McAdam, Craignair, Dalbeattie, A Company, 1st Seaforths, stating that he was killed in action in France on May 9."
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walter Slingsby is also listed on the war memorial in Crawfordjohn churchyard. Anybody know of any connection with that parish?
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Janet wrote:
Walter Slingsby is also listed on the war memorial in Crawfordjohn churchyard. Anybody know of any connection with that parish?


I'm afraid not Janet. Walter was born and educated in Dalbeattie
In 1901 the family were in New Abbey (Walter 17) but I cannot trace Walter after that. He's not on the 1911 census nor the 1915 Valuation Roll. There is a "possible" on 1911 census in Lincolnshire but the birth year is out by a couple of years.

It's almost certainly the same man at Dalbeattie and Crawfordjohn. There is only one on SNWM (incorrectly as Walker Slingsby) and there are only four Medal Cards for Walter Slingsby. Three are for "English" Regiments and just one "Argyll".

Sorry. Crying or Very sad

An update
I'm getting a wee bit closer to linking Walter to Crawfordjohn (I think!)
The Army Register of Soldiers effects lists his legatees as his sisters, Mrs Mary Norman and Mrs Ada C Thornhill, and a Mrs Isabella V K Blacklaw.
On the 1891 census in Dalbeattie are his sisters Mary Jane Slingsby and Ada Slingsby - so that bit is OK.
In 1911 Isabella Blacklaw, born Stow, Midlothian, and her family are in Crawfordjohn where her husband William was a ploughman born Traquair, Peebles. Isabella Veitch Knox had married William in 1902 in Traquair.
So she is the person named as a legatee but I still don't know what the relationship was and why it warranted his name being added to the Crawfordjohn memorial!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From last week's Galloway News

Dalbeattie will host a special World War One commemoration on Friday. [26 September 2014]

Hundreds of people are expected at the recently upgraded memorial in Colliston Park as the town pays its respects to those lost in the Great War.

The ceremony was organised after £12,000 worth of work was carried out at the site and president of the local British Legion, Jim Dingwall, is delighted with the community’s efforts.

He said: “This will be the most important event here since the memorial was opened in 1921. I’ve asked the school to make a wee garden of remembrance and it will be Dalbeattie’s own commemoration.

“You can have this event at any time over the four year anniversary and we’ve picked Friday.”

Mr Dingwall added: “All the work is costing £12,000 but we’ve had donations from local groups and builder Mick Gaffney deserves a lot of praise for the work he has done. It looks absolutely brilliant and hopefully the work will last another 100 years.”

More than 300 Dalbeattie Primary pupils will play a major part in the ceremony and teacher Alex Howie says they have prepared as best they can.

She said: “We gathered quite a lot of important information. We reorganised all 146 names from World War One on the memorial and put them in chronological order of when they died. So on Friday when we put the memorial crosses in we will do so in the order they died.

“There are nine names on another memorial that are not on this one so we have crosses for them as well as some for unknown soldiers.

“The children will also be scattering poppies.”

Work to the memorial includes a new wheelchair-friendly path as well as two new inscribed benches made from Dalbeattie granite


I missed the event but I will get new photos.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote






The two benches of polished granite are most appropriate since Dalbeattie has the distinction of being the first place in the world where granite was commercially polished.
The Great Exhibition of 1851 had a piece of polished and incised granite on display, starting a fashion that lead to a boom in granite polishing.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 7:31 am    Post subject: Thomas Green update Reply with quote

Thomas Green Pte S/8965 1st Gordon Highlanders b Urr, Kirkcudbright. e Aberdeen Age 29 Killed in Action F & F 25/09/1915 Son of Robert Green, Stone Dyker , Copland St; Dalbeattie & Joan Robertson. Husband of Mary Topping. Occ: Labourer. Short Service 22 pages. Roll of Honour Vol II. Employed in the North British Ironworks. Soldiers Effects: Widow: Mrs Mary Dingwall. Married 1918 Andrew Dingwall. Service Returns: 117/AF 22. Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres M. R. 29 Panel 38 Coatbridge RoH: Photo. Dumfries & Galloway Standard 3-11-15 Page 6: Photo Coatbridge & Dalbeattie
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