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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 4:23 pm    Post subject: Pte William McIntyre, 3411, Black Watch Reply with quote

William McIntyre died 20 March 1916. He and his brother Hugh were both wounded in September 1915. This news article shares extracts from letters sent from William and his brother Hugh to their father, Mr Alexander McIntyre.

Oakbank Soldiers Wounded
The recent heavy fighting on the western front in which the British Army so gloriously distinguished itself, naturally turned the thoughts of villagers to the lads who had enlisted from the village. Casualty lists in the morning ad evening papers were eagerly scanned, but no name of any of the locals appeared and it was generally believed that all had escaped when word reached Mr Alexander McIntyre that his two sons, Privates William and Hugh, had been wounded. The information came in a short letter from William, who stated that he had been shot in the stomach, and that while he lay in the ambulance wagon awaiting removal to hospital he saw his brother Hugh getting his wounds dressed on the field. Further information was anxiously waited on, and it came on Tuesday of this week, when a letter was received from Hugh saying he was lying in No. 7 General Hospital suffering from a wound in the ankle. In his letter he says, “ I will never forget Saturday 25th September. It was in the morning about half past five that we commenced our big advance against the German lines. It was awful to hear the yells of the wounded and dying Germans. We had penetrated their lines for about two miles when I was struck in the ankle and I consider myself very lucky to have got off so easy as it was a terrible affair. It is a long since I was in a bed so good as this. We get plenty of good food, and I hope to be all right again soon.”
William is 21 years of age and Hugh 19. In civil life both were employed by the Oakbank Oil Coy. And enlisted in the 8th Battalion Black Watch on 23rd August last year, William at East Calder and Hugh in Edinburgh. Their military training was accomplished at Aldershot, and they arrived with their regiment in France on 1st May last. William spent most of his time in the trenches, and was on trench duty for 35 days at one spell. Hugh for a time was on transport duty, and had only experienced life in the trenches for one month when he received his wound.
(Midlothian Advertiser 8 October 1915)

Note: Hugh's granddaughter told me, “ My Granddad's toes were blown off in the war.”
It is unknown if this was as a result of the above injury or if Hugh was injured in a later incident.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 4:38 pm    Post subject: Pte Robert Gifford, S/11932, 3Bn Black Watch Reply with quote

Gifford Robert

I noticed that SDGW stated:
Died date: 01/07/1917
Died how: Died
Theatre of War: Home
As the information gave the Theatre of War as Home, I searched www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk and found a death certifcate for a Robert Gifford who died on 1 July 1917. There is no death in the England and Wales Death Index for a Robert Gifford, age 23, died 1 July 1917.
Death certificate, GROS: 1917 061/00 0029, shows Robert Gifford, Private with the 3rd Black Watch, dying in the Military Hospital, Cromarty. His usual address is given as Nigg Camp, Nigg, where the Black Watch training camp was. Cause of death is given as “ Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, 2 days”. “Douglas Lawrence, L/Cpl 3rd Seaforths, attd R.A.M.C., Military Hospital Cromarty” was the informant and the death was registered “1917 July 2nd at Cromarty”.
Pte. Robert Gifford is buried in Kirknewton Cemetery, Grave 298, and has a CWGC headstone.
1901 census shows him living with his parents, James and Margaret, and siblings at Haugh Farm Cottage, Kirkliston West Lothian.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:35 pm    Post subject: James Lockerbie, L/Cpl S/16587 1st Bn Cameron Highlanders Reply with quote

James Lockerbie was born on 20 Apr 1893 at East Calder, Kirknewton.

I cannot find any Memorial for him so I am placing his information here.

SNWM.
Surname LOCKERBIE
Firstname James
Service Number S/16587
Date Death 24/07/1916
Place of birth Kirknewton, Midlothian
Other 1st Bn.
SNWM roll THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS
Rank L/Cpl
Theatre of death F & F

CWGC:
LOCKERBIE, J
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 16587
Date of Death: 24/07/1916
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
1st Bn.
Grave Reference: I.C.7.
Cemetery: DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

In the 1901 census, age 7, he was living at 54 Main Street, Kirknewton, with his aunt and uncle William and Margaret Corkle.

His mother Agnes Paden Knox or Lockerbie died on 27 Nov 1904, age 31, at Stoneyburn, Whitburn. James was age 10.

In the 1911 census, age 17, he was living with his father James 43, sister Agnes 14, as boarders with his aunt and uncle William and Margaret Corkle at 141 Tarbrax, Carnwath.

James 'attested' on 6 Jan 1915 at Hamilton, age 21.
He went to France with his Battalion on 4 May 1915.

On 16 May 1915, James was wounded by a gun shot wound to his arm.
He was shipped back to the UK on 6 Jun 1915.
He rejoined his Battalion on 2 Jul 1915.
On 20 Oct 1915 he was appointed L/Cpl (unpaid).
On 23 Apr 1916 he was wounded by a gun shot to the head and died of his wounds at Casualty Clearing Station No 34.

James is buried in DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION , Grave Ref I.C.7.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:43 pm    Post subject: Gunner James Curran McLuskie Reply with quote

Although this soldier was born at Kirkcudbrightshire, he was employed by the Oakbank Oil Company, Parish of Kirknewton. Also commemorated on the Rolls Of Honour of Balmaghie Church and Rhonehouse School.

Name: McLUSKIE, JAMES CURRAN
Initials: J C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit Text: 121st Siege Bty.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 28/12/1916
Service No: 69267
Additional information: Son of John and Agnes McLuskie, of Loop Cottage, Bridge of Dee, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. J. 11.
Cemetery: QUARRY CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN


UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Name: James Curran Mcluskie
Birth Place: Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire
Residence: Bridge-of-dee
Death Date: 28 Dec 1916
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Edinburgh
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Number: 69267
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Note: Spelling variation. Kirknewton and East Calder Memorial lists McLuskey.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: James Lockerbie, L/Cpl S/16587 1st Bn Cameron Highlander Reply with quote

Tom Lang wrote:
James Lockerbie was born on 20 Apr 1893 at East Calder, Kirknewton. I cannot find any Memorial for him so I am placing his information here.


He is listed on the Tarbrax War Memorial:

http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=8421

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:30 pm    Post subject: James Lockerbie Reply with quote

I have some further information on James Lockerbie named on the Tarbrax Memorial and here on this forum:-

Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – News has been received by his sister that Pte James Lockerbie, of the 2nd Btn Cameron Highlanders, belonging to Tarbrax, has been wounded in action on May 14th. The wounds, which were caused by bursting of shrapnel, are in the left arm and leg. Later information sent by Pte Lockerbie states they are not of a serious nature and that he expects to be discharged from hospital at an early date.
Midlothian Advertiser 28th May, 1915.
Tarbrax Cameron Killed in Action – Intimation has been received by Miss Agnes Lockerbie, Tarbrax that her brother L/Cpl James Lockerbie, 1st Cameron Highlanders was killed in action on 23rd July by a gunshot wound in the head. L/Cpl Lockerbie who was only 23 years of age enlisted shortly after war was declared and after being in training at Invergordon for some time was drafted out to France. He was only some two months out when he received serious wounds in the arm and leg and was returned to England with a hospital draft. After recovery he was again drafted out in October of last year and has come through most of the heavy engagements. Deceased’s father is also serving with the Forces in France with the Royal Scots and met his son about three weeks before his death. Above we give a photo of L/Cpl Lockerbie in the regalia of the Loyal order of Ancient Shepherds. He was a member of the William Fraser Lodge Tarbrax, in the workings of which he took a keen interest, having held various officers in the Lodge. The sympathy of the whole village goes out to his sister in sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 11th August, 1916.

I've a photo taken from the Midlothian Advertiser, which I've worked on but can't seem to post photos here............. sorry...........
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:05 am    Post subject: Alexander Stevenson 2nd Lt GH update Reply with quote

Alexander Stevenson Second Lieutenant 6th Bn. Gordon Highlanders b Edinburgh 10/02/1885 Age 31 Killed in Action Somme, France 09/12/1916 Son of Alexander Stevenson, and Cecilia Marshall Stevenson, of Addiewell, West Calder; Husband of Isabella Kemp Stevenson, of Richmond Villa, Huntly, Aberdeenshire. 1901 Census: Auchenhard House, Livingstone. Occ: Pupil Teacher. Will Probate Date 18 May 1917. Lumsden, Parish of Auchindoir, 2nd Lieut., 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders T.F., d. 09/12/1916 in France, intestate. Ovillers Military Cemetery Fr 0393 Plot I Row A Grave 07 The Scotsman 23-12-16 P8: Occ: Teacher.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:02 am    Post subject: James Moir Forbes GH Reply with quote

James Moir Forbes Pte 3/6968 2nd Gordon Highlanders b New Deer 26/09/1874 e Aberdeen Age 40 Killed in Action F & F 16/05/1915 Son of Robert Forbes & Agnes Moir. Short Service 5 pages. Occ: Miner. Service Returns: 117/AF 142. Soldiers Effects: Wid: Isabella. (Forsyth). Married 1906 Larbert. Soldiers Will 4 Pages. Le Touret Memorial M. R. 22 Panel 39 - 41 Evening Times 9-6-15 Page 5 Kirknewton & East Calder
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:12 am    Post subject: James Richardson McDowall GH Reply with quote

James Richardson McDowall Pte S/2763 1st Gordon Highlanders b Kirknewton, M'loth. e East Calder Age 19 Killed in Action F&F 06/05/1915 Son of James and Margaret McDowall, of 12, Oakbank, Mid Calder. 1901 Census: 126 Oakbank. Fa Occ: Oil Works Labourer. Soldiers Effects: James. Bro: William Robert. Sis Helen Richardson. Service Returns: 117/AF 32. Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres M. R. 29 Panel 38 AWJ 25-05-17 Page 3: Photo Kirknewton & East Calder
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:25 am    Post subject: David Whigham GH Reply with quote

David Whigham Private S/7451 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders b Kirknewton, M'loth. e Edinburgh Age 19 Killed in Action Pas de Calais, France 25/09/1915 Soldiers Effects: Mo Mary. Service Returns:117/AF 183 Age 28. Loos Memorial M. R. 19 Panel 115 to 119 Dundee Courier 26-10-15 P7 Kirknewton & East Calder
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MagsD wrote: William Noel Caldwell
A.L.A., Fleet Air Arm. Died 13/05/1942, aged 23, Boggie Farm (V.R. R.N.A.S., Arbroath). Son of Andrew Fisher Caldwell.

I fell into the same trap of adding a "D" to CALWELL and the "Addition Information" section on the CWGC entry is also full of errors.

CALWELL, WILLIAM NOEL.
Rank: Leading Airman
Service No: FX85505
Date of Death: 13/05/1942
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. Condor
Grave Reference: Compt. D. North Border, Grave 39.
Cemetery: ARBROATH WESTERN CEMETERY

Additional Information:
Son of Dr. Andrew M. Calwell, M.C., M.B., Ch.B., and Ida P. Calwell, of Wilkieston, Midlothian.

He is named on this memorial as:
A.L.A. WILLIAM NOEL CALWELL, FLEET AIR ARM.
and on the Langholm War Memorial in Dumfriesshire as
L/SEA. CALWELL, N. F.A.A.

William Noel Calwell – age 23 – Leading Airman (FX85505) H.M.S. Condor, Royal Navy.
William was educated at Loretto School in Musselburgh until 1936 when he became a farmer. He was elected Cornet of the Lanholm Common Riding in 1938. He joined the Fleet Air Arm in April 1941 and was mobilised in September. He was serving in 767 Squadron at HMS Condor in Arbroath when his Swordfish aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision over Fearn in Angus.
Born 1918 in St. Giles, Edinburgh, also registered in Langholm. Son of Dr. Andrew Fisher Calwell, M.C., M.B., Ch.B., of Wilkieston, Kirknewton, West Lothian, and of the late Isa Primrose (Berwick) Calwell who died in Dumfries a few weeks before her son was killed.
Died on Active Service on 13 May 1942 and buried in Arbroath Western Cemetery, Angus.
Also named on the Loretto School memorial.

Dr. Caldwell was awarded a Military Cross in 1918.
T./Lt . Andrew Fisher Calwell, M.B., R.A.M.C., attd. 13th Bn., K.R.R.C.
For gallantry and devotion to duty in the attack on Louvignies on 4th November, 1918. He attended to the wounded under very heavy shell fire, and subsequently removed them to a place of safety. Later, he went forward through a barrage and remained dressing them in the open for two hours until all had been attended to. (London Gazette 9/12/1919)
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