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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject: Castle Douglas Carpet Bowling Club Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM

Location is in the Carpet Bowling Club on Cotton Street, Castle Douglas OS Map Ref NX 762 622.

Another bit of digging around in a most unlikely building turns up an amazing memorial. This is a superb watercolour Roll of Honour but unfortunately no detail of the artist. This is the original location although the building has had a more recent extension stuck on the front. The carpet bowling club was very popular in years past, much less so now. When I visited the club was having a new floor laid and so was in a bit of a mess.

I will just post some pics of the excellent artwork today and try and sort out readable names over the next day or two.









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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spoons,

This is a gem. How did you get onto that one ?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have decided to visit every local public or club premises and ask. This will be a long and difficult job but I have already come up with 2 out of 4, nothing in the golf or bowling clubs but carpet bowling yes and community centre yes. My next tries will be football and rugby clubs, local hospital, post office, police station, fire station and air cadets hut - oh, and British Legion of course. Anywhere with its own premises is worth a try. I won't be able to do this for the whole of Dumfries and Galloway of course but I should be able to cover my own patch.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul

That is definitley the way to go. After Civic memorials and churches the next thing is the clubs.

I think you'd be surprised at just how many memorials and rolls of honour are out there.

As you point out there are so many places to visit it can only be done locally.

About the Golf club. They may not have had a roll of honour but perhaps a golf cup or medal was donated in memory of someone lost in the World Wars? Worth asking about the next one you visit.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I have managed to get readable inscriptions, sorry it is across 3 prints. Note yet again the fine artwork on this memorial.





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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a very impressive Roll. So many we see on the forum are off-the-shelf rolls but a lot of time and effort has been spent on this one.

I take it the image of the men playing bowls is of the Castle Douglas club. Perhaps the men are some of those lost?

Note that there is one Second World War name squeezed into the bottom right hand corner.

JOHNSTONE, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Secondary Regiment: No. 9 Commando
Age: 24
Date of Death: 03/02/1944
Service No: 3189032
Additional information: Foster-son of Mrs. E. A. Kean, of Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 6.
Memorial: CASSINO MEMORIAL
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sequence of names on the Roll is a bit "odd", for example Mc's and O's are ignored so that McAdam is the first name and O'Haire is in the H's.
I have followed the sequence.


J McADAM KOSB
John Brydson McAdam – age 30 – Private (12451) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915. He was wounded at Loos in September 1915 and again in July 1916.
Born 1886 at Castle Douglas, Kelton Parish. Son of Robert and Agnes (Brydson) McAdam of 239 King Street, Castle Douglas. (family grave in Kelton Old Churchyard)
Died of Wounds on 19 July 1916 and buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


R BURGESS CAMERONS
Robert Burgess – age 23 – Lance Corporal (S/21990) 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
Robert enlisted in January 1916 in the 7th Cameron Highlanders and served at Ypres and the Somme. He was wounded near High Wood. Robert was transferred to 1st Battalion and was killed near Givenchy.
Born 1895 at Kilberry, Argyllshire. Son of Ebenezer and Janet (McTaggart) Burgess of Hardgate, Urr and of the Square, Auchencairn, Kirkcudbrightshire. (family grave in Auchencairn Cemetery)
Missing in Action on 20 April 1918 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Urr Parish War Memorial in Haugh of Urr.


D CROSBIE KOSB
David Crosbie – age 38 – Private (42018) 17th Battalion (3rd Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry.
David was a stone mason when he enlisted as Private (5778) in the King's Own Scottish Borderers in November 1916. He was transferred to the HLI in France in January 1917 and served in the Lewis Gun Section.
Born 1879 at Islen, Buchan in Kelton Parish. Son of Martha Crosbie, latterly an Hotel Keeper of Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Husband of Jane McGregor (Wilson) Crosbie of 19 Newmarket Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1910 at Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 2 December 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. George's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


T COLVIN CAMERONS
Thomas Colvin – age 19 – Private (S/16659) 2nd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
Thomas was a postman in Castle Douglas when he enlisted in January 1915. He was posted to his battalion in France on 13 April 1915 but was wounded on 10 May at Hill 60 during the 2nd Battle of Ypres and died of wounds in the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station at Bailleul.
Born 1895 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of James and Mary (Murray) Colvin of 35 St Andrew's Street and of Academy Place, Castle Douglas. (family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery)
Died of Wounds on 13 May 1915 and buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord) France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in Castle Douglas Post Office.
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M FERGUSON KOSB
Malcolm Ferguson – age 23 – Private (23369) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Malcolm was an apprentice millwright when he enlisted in September 1916. He joined his battalion in France in January 1917.
Born 1895 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of John and Janet (McQueen) Ferguson of 58 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in Action on 25 August 1918 and buried in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the Kelton Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion.

and his brother

S FERGUSON KOSB

Samuel Davidson Ferguson – age 26 – Lance Corporal (43011) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Samuel was a cheese-maker at Dalbeattie Creamery when he enlisted in April 1916. He went to France in July 1916 two days after his marriage and was killed at Messines.
Born 1890 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of John and Janet (McQueen) Ferguson of 58 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas.
Husband of Margaret (Turner) Ferguson of Sowerby Place, Castle Douglas who he married, while based at Stobs Camp, Hawick, on 15 July 1916 at Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 6 June 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


A GAW KOSB
Alexander Gaw – age 32 – Private (45264) 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow), Highland Light Infantry. (Glasgow Tramways Battalion)
Alexander was a compositor at the Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser when he enlisted in the 1/5th King's Own Scottish Borderers. He was posted as Private (25417) to the KOSB in France but was transferred to the HLI and was killed when a shell hit his dug-out. At the time he was a signaller attached to the Royal Engineers.
Born 1886 in Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of Robert and Mary (Wright) Gaw of 15 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas.
Husband of Isabella (Thomson) Gaw of St. Andrew Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1912 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Killed in Action on 13 April 1918 and buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the 15th HLI Memorial in the Transport Museum in Glasgow.


J GRIERSON ROYAL SCOTS
Joseph Grierson – age 21 – Private (24156) 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Scots.
Joseph was working with his father as a butcher when he enlisted April 1916. He died, while in training, of meningitis at the City Hospital, Edinburgh.
Born 1895 at Buittle, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of James and Agnes (Glover) Grierson of Breoch Cottage, Gelston, Kirkcudbrightshire. (family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery)
Died on Service on 10 November 1916 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemetery, Kelton.
Also named on the Gelston War Memorial and on the Gelston School Roll of Honour.
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J J O'HAIRE KOSB MM Br. MM Fr. CROIX DE GUERRE
John Joseph O'Haire – age 38 – Private (4542 & 241198) 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John had for many years been a railway surfaceman but prior to his enlistment in November 1915 he was working with a Government contractor on repairs to Threave Castle. He joined his battalion in Egypt in June 1916 and then moved with them to France. In late July/early August the 34th Division, newly reformed with units from Egypt, Palestine and India, fought alongside French Divisions at the 1918 Battle of the Marne. In recognition of his “continuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Beugneux” in his role as a Dispatch Runner, John received a Military Medal and was awarded a Medaille Militaire and a Croix de Guerre by General Mangin, Commanding the French Army.
Born 1880 at Buittle, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Annie (Monaghan) O'Haire.
Husband of Isabella (Davidson) O'Haire of 5 Marle Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1905 at Castle Douglas. (family grave in Kelton Old Churchyard)
Killed in Action on 14 October 1918 and buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial.


W HENRY RIF BRIGADE
William Henry – age 19 – Rifleman (S/36626) Rifle Brigade posted to London Regiment (Artists' Rifles)
William was employed as a coachbuilder in Castle Douglas when he enlisted as Private (M/300145) in the Army Service Corps in March 1917. He was posted to the Rifle Brigade in France and attached to the 1/28th Battalion of the London Regiment (Artists' Rifles).
Born 1899 in Thornhill, Morton Parish, Dumfriesshire. Son of William and Agnes Jardine (McGinlay) Henry of 71 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 27 March 1918 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
William is not named on any local war memorial.
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J HUGHES ROYAL NAVY
John Caven Hughes – age 21 – Able Seaman (Z/7116) Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
John was a motor driver when he enlisted in November 1915. He joined his battalion in France in November 1916 but was wounded in February 1917 and evacuated to hospital in the UK. He returned to his battalion in May 1917. John was killed at Cambrai.
Born 1897 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of William and Sophia (Cavan) Hughes of 24 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas. (family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery)
Missing in Action on 25 August 1918 and named on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial.

and his brother

T HUGHES KOSB

Thomas Hughes – age 21 – Private (4628 & 241256) 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas had been a shoemaker with Dundee Equitable Boot Depot in Castle Douglas and was at the St. Andrews branch in Fife when he enlisted in the 4th (Reserve) Battalion, KOSB in February 1916. He was posted to the 1/5th KOSB and joined them in Palestine. Thomas was reported missing and presumed killed at Gaza.
Born 1895 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of William and Sophia (Cavan) Hughes of 24 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas. (family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery)
Missing in Action on 19 April 1917 and named on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial.


W HOGG KOSB
Walter Lorraine Hogg – age 30 – Private (46398) 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Walter was a baker and living at 8 Robertson Street, Partick, Glasgow when he married on 29 July 1918. He enlisted in July 1918 but died at the Curragh Camp near Dublin.
Born 1888 at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of the late Thomas Hogg and Nicholes (Clingan) Hogg of Castle Douglas.
Husband of Barbara (Bland) Hogg who he married in 1918 at Blythswood, Glasgow.
Died on Service on 12 November 1918 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemetery, Kelton.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


G IRVING DCLINFANTRY
George Irvine – age 36 – Private (35763) 1/4th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
George enlisted as Private (191936) in the Motor Transport section of the Army Service Corps in June 1916 but was posted to the 1/4th DCLI in Egypt. He was drowned when the Troopship “Transylvania” was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-63 off Cape Vado in the Gulf of Genoa. The “Transylvania” had sailed from Marseille to Alexandria on 3 May 1917 with a full complement of troops and escorted by the Japanese destroyers Matsu and Sakaki. 10 crew members, 29 army officers and 373 soldiers lost their lives.
Born 1880 at Kinross, Kinrossshire. Son of George and Helen (Lowe) Irvine.
Husband of Bessie (McKie or Murray) Irvine of 90 King Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1905 in Castle Douglas.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 4 May 1917 and named on the Savona Memorial, Italy.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.
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T JOHNSTONE RASC
Thomas Johnstone – age 30 – Private (M/273764) 648th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps.
Thomas had served his apprenticeship as coach-painter in Castle Douglas. He was then employed at the Arrol-Johnston Motor Works in Dumfries before moving to Messrs John Payne & Co. of Castle Douglas. He enlisted in December 1916 and served in East Africa for 10 months before he contracted enteric fever and died in hospital in Dar es Salaam.
Born 1886 at Back King Street, Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Sommerville) Johnstone.
Husband of Agnes McCracken (McNairn) Johnstone of 14 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1911 in Castle Douglas.
Died on Active Service on 11 February 1918. and buried in Dar es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


R JAMIESON ROYAL SCOTS
Robert Jamieson – age 19 – Private (51026) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Robert was an apprentice builder when he enlisted in February 1917 as Private (3792) in the 1/10th Royal Scots, but in March he was transferred as Private (3408) to the 2/1st Lothian and Borders Horse Yeomanry. On 26 February 1918 he joined the 13th Royal Scots in France. Robert was taken prisoner at Arras and killed by British shell after being detailed to bring in German wounded.
Born 1899 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of William and Marion (McNaught) Jamieson of Hamilton Place and of 18 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 28 March 1918 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Kelton Parish Church memorial.


T McKIE KOSB
Possibly
Samuel Thomas McKie – age 19 – Private (26469) 41st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.
Samuel was a farm servant when he enlisted as Private (20358) in the KOSB in June 1915. He transferred to the MGC and was posted to France in March 1916.
Born 1898 in Balmaclellan Village, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Agnes Jane McKie (who died in July 1916 in Balmaclellan Village)
Killed in Action on 25 March 1918 and buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Balmaclellan War Memorial.


R McKAY CAMERONS
Robert McKay – age 28 – Private (133998) 2nd Kite Balloon Section, Royal Air Force.
Robert was a painter when he enlisted as Private (16877) in the 7th Cameron Highlanders. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915. Later he was transferred to the RAF.
Born 1890 at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of Helen (McKay) McCormick and step-son of Archibald McCormick of 122 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas.
Died of Wounds on 29 September 1918 and buried in La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouk, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.
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W KAY SCOT RIFLES
Walter Kay – age 31 – Private (15135) 11th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Walter enlisted in September 1914 and landed with his battalion at Bolougne in September 1915. In November the battalion moved to Salonica in northern Greece.
Born 1887 at Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of James and Agnes (Scott) Kay of Borgue and of Whiteneuk, Clarebrand, Crossmichael.
(family grave in Crossmichael Churchyard)
Killed in action on 2 November 1917 and buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece.
Also named on the Crosmichael War Memorials, on the Roll of Honour in Crossmichael Parish Church and on the Trinity United Free Church memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.


S KIRK ROYAL SCOTS
Possibly
Samuel Kirk – age 21 – Private (S/9766) 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Samuel was a vanman with Messrs Chicken, Bakers of Maxwelltown and was living at 39 Brooke Street, Dumfries when he enlisted in September 1915. He had been in France for 5 months when he died in the 1st General Hospital in Etretat near Le Havre.
Born 1895 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of the late Jessie Jane (Twiname) Kirk and of Charles Kirk of Cotton Street, Castle Douglas. Step-son of Agnes (Harkness) Kirk. (family grave in Kelton Old Churchyard)
Died of Wounds on 6 July 1916 and buried in Etretat Churchyard, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


G LIVINGSTONE KOSB
George Livingston – age 19 – Private (32322) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George was working as a grocer in Castle Douglas when he enlisted in February 1917. He was killed at Meaulte.
Born 1898 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of the late George Livingston and of Lucy Elizabeth (Mitchell) Livingston of 103 Queen Street and of 75 King Street, Castle Douglas. (family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery)
Missing in Action on 27 March 1918 and named on the Pozieres Memorial, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. George's United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


R McLEOD RFA
Robert McLeod – age 22 – Air Mechanic 1st Class (403509) “X” Aircraft Park, Royal Air Force.
Robert enlisted as Gunner (4214) in the Kirkcudbrightshire Battery of the 2nd Lowland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and landed with his battery in Egypt in June 1915. Later he transferred to RAF
Robert died of pneumonia in the 21st General Hospital in Alexandria while on the way home.
Born 1895 at Carlingwark Hill, Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of David and Elizabeth (Stewart) McLeod of Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
(family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery)
Died on Service on 19 December 1918 and buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. George's United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.
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A MIDDLETON ROYAL NAVY
Archibald Davidson Middleton – age 22 – Stoker 1st Class (SS/109555) HMS Indefatigable, Royal Navy.
Archibald joined the Royal Navy in January 1910 with his friend Robert White, SS/109556 (see below) He claimed to be a motor driver, aged 19 (DoB 4/8/1891) but was just 16. They were posted to HMS Carnarvon in May 1910 and to HMS Indefatigable in February 1911. Archibald and Robert were lost at the Battle of Jutland.
Born 1894 at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of William and Mary (Davidson) Middleton of 46 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
(family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery)
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 31 May 1916 and named on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


J MORRIN ROYAL SCOTS
I cannot trace this man.


J MILROY A&SH
James Milroy, Distinguished Conduct Medal – age 27 – Lance Corporal (S/17065) 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
James was a hairdresser living at 65 Dumbarton Road, Partick. Glasgow when he married in June 1914. He enlisted 1916 and was wounded twice before being killed in action. James was awarded a D.C.M. as S/17065 Pte. J. Milroy, 13th Bn., attd. 2nd Bn., A. & S. Highrs. (Glasgow)
“For conspicuous gallantry and good work. He was sent forward with a patrol near Neuvilly on the night of 10 October 1918 with orders to find crossings for his company over the River Selle. He found a footbridge, which was heavily wired. Under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire he cut the wire and rendered the bridge passable for his company to cross the river without serious losses
Born 1891 at Sandfield, Castle Douglas in Crossmichael Parish. Son of the late Elizabeth (Gibson) Milroy of Castle Douglas and of James Milroy of Dalbeattie.
Husband of Elizabeth Jane (Hume) of 45 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glasgow who he married in 1914 in Partick.
Missing in Action on 23 October 1918 and named on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. George's United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


J NISH RFA
John Nish – age 24 – Gunner (125975) Royal Field Artillery.
John was a cattleman employed by W&T Wallet, live stock auctioneers, Castle Douglas when he enlisted in the 52nd Reserve Battery of the RFA in February 1916, but while based as Redford Barracks, Edinburgh he was taken ill and died of cerebrospinal meningitis at the County Fever Hospital, Slateford, Mid Lothian.
Born 1892 at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of John and Catherine Sarah (Smith) Nish of 59 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
(family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery)
Died on Service on 6 April 1916 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemetery, Kelton.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.
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R PURDIE MM ROYAL SCOTS
Robert Purdie, Military Medal – age 31 – Private (7911 & 43137) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Robert was an iron dresser at The Foundry in Castle Douglas when he enlisted in March 1916. He was mobilised in April and joined the Royal Scots in France in July. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion. In January 1917 he was admitted to the Field Ambulance with accidental burns to his leg and was evacuated to the 22nd General Hospital at Camieres before being evacuated to hospital in England. He returned to France in May 1917 and was posted to the 13th Battalion
Awarded the MM as 43137 Pte. R. Purdie, R. Scots (Castle Douglas) for bravery in the field, he served at the Somme in 1916, Arras and Ypres in 1917.
Born 1886 at Academy Street, Castle Douglas. Son of James and Annie Purdie of 136 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 22 August 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


R McQUEEN KOSB
Robert McQueen – age 25 – Private (40158) 7th /8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert had 4 years pre-war service with KOSB as a Trumpeter and was mobilised in August 1914 in the 5th KOSB. He was posted to the 7th/8th KOSB in 1916 and went to France where he served at the Somme. Robert was killed in action at Ypres.
Born 1894 at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of Robert Stewart McQueen and Mary (Ward) McQueen of Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 19 August 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour in the Royal British Legion.


J McROBERT ROYAL SCOTS
James Muirhead McRobert – age 32 – Private (41213) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots.
James was shoemaker and, until he was mobilised, was a temporary rural postman. He enlisted as Private (29979) in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in November 1916. He went to France in March 1917 and was transferred to 11th Royal Scots on 2 April. A week later at Arras, on 9 April, he was wounded. James died of his wounds in the St. John's Ambulance Brigade Hospital at Etaples.
Born 1885 at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of Robert and Agnes (Muirhead) McRobert of 97 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas.
Husband of Jessie Gordon (McSkimming) McRobert of 99 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas (later Mrs McKenzie of Viaduct Cottage, Gatehouse-of-Fleet) who he married in June 1916 at Castle Douglas.
(family grave in Kelton Old Churchyard)
Died of Wounds on 20 April 1917 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the Trinity United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in Castle Douglas Post Office.
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R RAE AUSTRALIANS
Robert Rae – age 27 – Private (63) 44th Battalion, Australian Infantry.
Robert had been a van man with a Grocer and Wine Merchant in King Street, Castle Douglas before emigrating to Australia. He was working as a labourer and living at 171 Hay Street, East Perth, Western Australia when he enlisted in January 1916. He sailed from Freemantle in June, arriving in England on 27 July, and was posted to France in November 1916. Robert was wounded in action and died on the following day in the 44th Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1890 at Castle Douglas. Son of Alexander and Margaret (McLachlan) Rae of 114 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
(family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery)
Died of Wounds on 6 October 1917 and buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. George's United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


J STEWART KOSB
James Stewart – age 38 – Sergeant (12383) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was a baker when he enlisted as Private (5469) in the KOSB in October 1895 when he was 18 years old. After 12 years service, 5 of those in India, Burma and Aden, James was transferred to the Army Reserve in 1907 and became a Postman in Castle Douglas and Auchencairn. He enlisted in August 1914 and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915. James was fatally wounded at Loos.
Born 1877 at Academy Street, Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish as William James Carruthers Stewart. Son of Adam and Margaret (Carruthers) Stewart of Academy Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. George's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in Castle Douglas Post Office.


J STEWART KOSB
John Stewart – age 30 – Sergeant (15199) 7th /8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John had been a soldier and pre-war had served in India, Egypt and South Africa. He enlisted in September 1914 and landed with the 7th KOSB at Boulogne in July 1915. He served at Loos and the Somme. He was wounded in September 1915 when he was hit in the head by shrapnel and was treated in the 11th General Hospital in Boulogne.
Born c.1886 at Castle Douglas. Son of the late Alexander Stewart and of Annie (Marshall) Stewart of Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Husband of Ellen Roberts Taylor (Hawthorne) Stewart of 63 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1912 at Castle Douglas.
Died of Wounds on 9 August 1916 and buried in Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery, Somme, France.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the memorial in St. Ninian's Episcopal Church in Castle Douglas.
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