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Penpont War Memorial Dumfriesshire
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Stewartry



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James McAllister is likely to be:

7114 L/Cpl James Montgomery McAllister, 1/4th KOSB
Transferred to 1/5th KOSB in 1916 or early 1917. Re-numbered 200677 in March 1917.

His number suggests an enlistment date of late Oct/early Nov 1914, so he would have joined the 2/4th KOSB and was later posted to the first line for service at Gallipoli. Enlisting with the 4th KOSB suggests that he was living and working in the Borders. Perhaps after his wounding, he was given the chance to transfer to his 'local' battalion.

I wonder what has happened to his service file?!

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teddy



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:20 pm    Post subject: Penpont War Memorial Dumfriesshire Reply with quote

Stewarty,

Many thanks for help on James McAllister, still not found why and what doing when died at Columbus Hospital Chicage, on 14th August 1918.

Have Death on service notice and Intimations notice from Dumfries and Galloway Standard dated 18th Sept 1918.

Thanks for your time and help.

Regards,

Teddy
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teddy



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:13 pm    Post subject: Penpont War Memorial WW1 Reply with quote

Has anyone any information on John Miles please, who is on the above Wm.

Grateful for any help pleae.

Teddy
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teddy



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:59 pm    Post subject: Penpont War Memorial WW1 Reply with quote

Thomas Findlater, spelt on WM on Finlater,
After research think it must be:
Thomas MacDonald Finlater, orginally from Alloa, who was a gardener at Drumlanrig Castle. He enlisted into A &SH Service No S/14164 on 28 Oct 1915, discharged date looks like 28 Jan 1919 but is not clear....so says "spoons" He was discharged A1 fit. If you can show that he died shortly after discharge then he might be your man.
Alternatively he may have gone back to Alloa, the employers at Drumlanrig knew he had not returned from war assumed he had died and he was entered on the WM incorrectly" all from spoons.

One point is Drumlanrig is in the Parish of Durisdeer, but he could be stayed in Penpont village which is next door parish.

Found Thomas died in 1955 in Alloa, found information by Stuart.

Can anyone help please, do I put him down as incorrectly on Wm or has anyone another person.

Help needed.....Teddy
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:49 am    Post subject: Re: Penpont War Memorial Dumfriesshire Reply with quote

teddy wrote:
Stewarty,

Many thanks for help on James McAllister, still not found why and what doing when died at Columbus Hospital Chicage, on 14th August 1918.

Have Death on service notice and Intimations notice from Dumfries and Galloway Standard dated 18th Sept 1918.

Thanks for your time and help.

Regards,

Teddy


James McAllister, age 28, was a Private in the United States Army.
James had been a gardener with Captain Gladstone at Capenoch, Penpont before he emigrated to Canada. He arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia in March 1913 and had been living in Winona, Ontario when he entered the USA at Detroit in April 1914 on his way to Petoskey, Michigan. He was employed as a gardener by the Cochran family of Astor Street, Chicago. They had a vacation home on Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, Michigan and James was there when he was drafted into the US Army in June 1917. On each record he named his mother as Jane McAllister of Bankhead, Dumfriesshire. He died in the Columbus Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
(Source: D&G Standard 18/9/1918 p.3, Passenger record, Detroit Border Crossing records and US Draft Registration Card)
Born 1889 in Bankhead, Keir, Dumfriesshire.
Died on Service on 14 August 1918.
He is buried in the Cochrane family plot in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago where there is a simple marker "James McAllister - Our gardener".

John Lewis Cochran (died 1923) was a property developer in Chicago.

I found this about the Cochran's (see: http://www.edgewaterhistory.org/ehs/local/cochran-they-built-chicago )

"As they did most summers, the Cochran family spent the summer of 1923 at their vacation home at Mackinac Island. But instead of returning to their home on Astor Street in the fall, the family leased an apartment in the new Lake Shore Drive Hotel."


A big thank you to Anne Anderson who found James's crossing record at Detroit and his death record in Chicago - and to the folks at Graceland Cemetery who sent me details of his burial.
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