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PTE. JOHN F. LITTLE, CANADIANS.
John Francis Little age 24 Private (892577) 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
John emigrated to Canada just before the war. He was farming at High Bluff, Manitoba when he enlisted at Winnipeg in November 1916. He contracted measles and was in hospital in Winnipeg until April when he was able to rejoin his unit. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in May 1917 and was posted to his battalion in France in September 1917. John was admitted to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station with shrapnel wounds but died four days later.
Born 1893 in Westerkirk. Son of John and Jane (Henderson) Little of Clerkhill Cottage, Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire and of Billholm, Westerkirk, Langholm. Husband of Maggie or Margaret (Armstrong) Little of 10 Coates Crescent, Edinburgh and of York Villa, Stanwix, Carlisle who he married in Carlisle in June 1917. John was granted permission to marry on 25 June 1917.
Died of Wounds on 16 November 1917 and buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Eskdalemuir Parish War Memorial.
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George and Pulteney Malcolm were grandsons of General Sir George Malcolm, G.C.B. who in turn was a nephew of the three "Knights of Eskdale," as the Duke of Wellington called them. They all belonged to the Eskdale branch of the Malcolm family and were linked to Burnfoot, Westerkirk.


MAJ. GEO. J. MALCOLM, R.F.C.
George John Malcolm age 26 Major, 20 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and Royal Field Artillery.
George's father was the Political Officer in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria. He was educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham and London University where he graduated B.Sc. in 1911. As the Cadet Battery Sergeant Major of the University Officers Training Corps, he was commissioned in August 1911. He qualified as a pilot in a Vickers Biplane at Brooklands in November 1913 and joined the Royal Flying Corps in June 1914. He went to France in August 1914 and flew into Liege and Namur. He was badly wounded in March 1915 and invalided home. After recovery he served as Squadron Commander at Hounslow, Chelmsford, Norwich and Dover, being promoted to Captain in June 1915 and to Major in March 1916. He returned to France and took command of 20 Squadron at St. Omer but was killed in a flying accident.
Born 1891 in Dominion City, Manitoba, Canada. Son of George and Frances Emily (Sykes) Malcolm, of 48 Perham Road, West Kensington, London. Grandson of General Sir George Malcolm, G.C.B. and of the Rev. J. H. Sykes of Haselar, Warwickshire.
Died on Active Service on 9 July 1916 and buried in Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France.
Also named on the University of London Roll of the Fallen.


CAPt. POLTy. MALCOLM, GREN. GDS.
Pulteney Malcolm age 24 Captain, Commanding the King's Company, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards.
Puteney was educated at in Oxford and at Eton College before attending Corpus Christie College, Oxford University in 1913. He was commissioned to the 4th KOSB in August 1914 and transferred to the Grenadiers in May 1915. He was wounded and gassed at Loos in September 1915 but he recovered to join the newly formed Household Battalion and served with them on the Somme and at Arras. He was wounded twice more, the last time in 1917 at Gavrelle. When he recovered he was then appointed Adjutant of the Reserve Battalion at Windsor. In January 1918 he was selected to command the King's Company of the Grenadiers and he lead the company's advance to the Mory Switch Trench. Malcolm and the twelve other casualties were buried in a row by the Germans near where they fell in the sunken road at l'Homme Mort and they have an individual memorial there.
Born 1894 at Bakloh, Pujaub, East India. Son of Lieutenant Colonel Pulteney Malcolm, M.V.O., D.S.O., (Chief Constable of Cheshire) and of Emily Maria (Bower) Malcolm of Great Barrow, Chester.
Grandson of General Sir George Malcolm, G.C.B.
Killed in Action on 25 August 1918 and buried in L'Homme Mort British Cemetery, Ecoust-St.Mein, France.
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PTE. DONALD MACDONALD, BORDER.
Donald MacDonald age 29 Private (17383) 11th Battalion, Border Regiment.
Donald was living in Dalston, Cumberland when he enlisted in the 11th (Lonsdale) Battalion at Carlisle in December 1914 and landed with them at Boulogne in November 1915. He was killed at Passchendaele Ridge.
Born 1888 in Westerkirk. Son of Alexander and Mary (Welsh) Macdonald of Westerhall, Westerkirk, Langholm.
Missing in Action on 3 December 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

and his brother

PTE. THOMAS W. MACDONALD, BORDER
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Thomas Welsh MacDonald age 25 Private (17386) 11th Battalion, Border Regiment.
Thomas enlisted in the 11th (Lonsdale) Battalion at Carlisle in December 1914 and landed with them at Boulogne in November 1915. He was killed at Authuille Wood on the first day of the 1916 battle of the Somme.
Born 1891 in Westerkirk. Son of Alexander and Mary (Welsh) Macdonald of Westerhall, Westerkirk, Langholm.
Killed in Action on 1 July 1916 and buried in Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille, Somme, France.
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SERGT. ALEX. McVITTIE, M.M., K.O.S.B.
Alexander McVittie, Military Medal age 24 Sergeant (14277) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Alexander enlisted in October 1914 and landed with the 8th KOSB in July 1915. He later served with the 1st and 6th KOSB before he rejoined the 8th Battalion (by then combined with the 7th) He was awarded a M.M. in 1918.
Born 1894 in Westerkirk. Son of Alexander and Jane (Beattie) McVittie of Burnfoot Cottage, Westerkirk.
Killed in Action on 22 May 1918 and buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France.


PTE. JOHN J. PATERSON, K.O.S.B.
John James Paterson age 19 Private (17683) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was a farm Servant at Lyneholm, Westerkirk when he enlisted in August 1914. He joined his battalion at Gallipoli in May 1915 but died six weeks later.
Born 1896 at Broadford in Dunscore, Dumfriesshire. Son of Elizabeth Murray Paterson, later Mrs Samuel Kirkpatrick of High Nunton, Kirkcudbright.
Died of Wounds on 28 June 1915 and buried in Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Dunscore Parish War Memorial.


CPL. THOMAS WELSH, NORTHD. FUS.
Thomas Welsh age 22 Corporal (1407) 1/4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.
Thomas enlisted at Bedlington in Northumberland and landed with his battalion in France in April 1915. He was wounded twice before being killed at Flers-Courcelette.
Born 1894 in Westerkirk. Son of Thomas and Jane (Riddell) Welsh, of Camerabank (or Kemerabank) Westerkirk.
Missing in Action on 15 September 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.


PTE. FRED. G. WILSON, BORDER.
Frederick George Wilson age 28 Private (17385) 1st Battalion, Border Regiment.
Frederick enlisted in the 11th (Lonsdale) Battalion at Carlisle in December 1914 and landed with them at Boulogne in November 1915. He was invalided home in July 1916 and returned to France at the end of February 1917. He was posted to the 1st Battalion on 1 April 1917.
Born 1889 in Westerkirk. Son of Walter and Fanny Main Wilson of Esk Cottage, Bentpath, Westerkirk.
Missing in Action on 11 April 1918 and named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
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1939 * 1945

SPR. REUBEN NICHOLSON, R.E
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Reuben Nicholson age 19 Sapper (14686080) 968 Port Maintenance Company, Royal Engineers.
Born 1925 in Castleton, Roxburghshire.
Son of Thomas and Tamer (Fraser) Nicholson of Langholm, Dumfriesshire.
Thomas and Tamer worked at Bellbank Trough in Roadhead, near Bewcastle, Cumberland in 1911.
They married at nearby Haltwhistle in Northumberland in 1913
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Died on Active Service on 16 December 1944 and buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium.
Also named on the Bewcastle Roll of Honour in St. Cuthbert's Church, Cumbria.
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