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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

T. SCOTT.

(This is one of the most sad stories I have found during my many years of research)

Thomas Scott – age 28 – Private (9605) Scots Guards.
Thomas was a stone mason and was working in Edinburgh when he enlisted in August 1914. He was at Wellington Barracks in London when his daughter was born in New Cove, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire in December 1914 and he joined the 2nd Scots Guards in France in February 1915. He served throughout the war and was with the 1st Scots Guards when he was granted leave as his daughter Thomasina, aged almost 4, had died of influenza on 11 November 1918. Thomas contracted the same illness and died at New Cove just over two weeks later.

Born 1890 in Galashiels, Selkirkshire.
In 1901 Thomas, age 10, and his family were in Melrose and from 1904 the family were at Valley View, Gattonside, Melrose.
Son of Andrew and Agnes (Nichol) Scott of Victoria Street, Galashiels.
Husband of Elizabeth (Mills) Scott of Cove Farm, Cockburnspath who he married in 1917 in Cockburnspath.
Died on Service on 22 November 1918 and buried in Cockburnspath Parish Churchyard, Berwickshire. (CWG)
Also named on the Gattonside Village War Memorial, on the Melrose War Memorial, on the Free Church memorial in Melrose and on the Galashiels War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2021 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Any info appreciated Reply with quote

douglass wrote:
There is a memorial tablet in the church yard at Cockburnspth about John Skeldon Grieve who was killed in. july 1916, which reads

IN MEMORY OF PRIVATE JOHN SKELDON GRIEVE 12TH BATT ROYAL SCOTS ONE OF THE FIRST TO VOLUNTEER IN THE GREAT WAR. KILLED IN ACTION ON THE SOMME JULY 8 1916

This is starting to erode as its made from sandstone, every time i look at it it seems to be getting worse, i have tried to trace any known relative but nothing to date. the council say they cant do anything without permission from relatives, im alwats tempted tp put sometype of clear glas/plastic cover over it but not sure what to do?, are there any historical memorial groups who aim to preserve memorials etc, i would gladly like any information on what can be done.
I can PM a photograph to anyone who wishes a look to see the damage and try to post a pic on this site but not sure if i have the correct software
many thanks
douglas steel


There seems to be a second memorial plaque in Dunglass Gardens
Berwickshire News 1 January 1918 p.3
COCKBURKSPATH. On Sunday, Dec. 16, Lady Hall of Dunglass unveiled in Dunglass Gardens a Memorial Tablet erected by Sir John and Lady Hall to the memory of Pte. John Grieve, (son of Mr Jas. Grieve, gardener, Dunglass), who was a gardener at Dunglass. The Tablet built into the garden wall contains the following inscription—“ln memory of Pte. John Skeldon Grieve, 12th Batt. Royal Scots — one of the first to volunteer in the Great War— who was killed on the Somme 6th July, 1916..”
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2021 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G. BINNIE
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour as George Binnie.
I cannot trace this man.


G. BROWN
George Brown – age 20 – Private (40915) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
George 19.5 was a ploughman at Ecclaw Farm, Cockburnspath when he enlisted in August 1916. He was posted as Private (25708) to the 7th/8th King's Own Scottish Borderers in France in November 1916 but he was transferred to the 1st RSF a month later.
Born 1897 in Abbey St. Bathans, Berwickshire. Son of Robert and Agnes (Renton) Brown of Ecclaw Farm, Cockburnspath.
Missing in Action on 3 May 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


R. S. BUGLASS
Rodger Smith Buglass – age 30 – Private (40094) 10th/11th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.
Rodger was posted as Private (1059) to the Royal Scots in France but was transferred to the HLI. He fought at the Somme in 1916 and was wounded at Arras in April 1917. He rejoined his battalion in June and he was part of the Trench Mortar Battery team when he was killed near Ypres.
Born 1887 in Ayton, Berwickshire as Roger Fish. Son of Mary (Fish) Buglass and step-son of Thomas Buglass of Coldingham, Berwickshire, of Auld Hame, North Berwick and of East Linton, East Lothian who had married in 1891.
Killed in Action on 27 August 1917 and buried in Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


T. FAIRBAIRN
Thomas Fairbairn – age 29 – Private (17077) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots.
In 1911 Thomas was a shepherd in Norham-on-Tweed, Northumberland. He enlisted in the 15th Royal Scots and was transferred to the 11th Battalion. He was captured in March 1918 and died of pneumonia in a Prisoner of War camp at Metz.
Born 1889 in Cove Village, Cockburnspath. Son of James and Alice (Young) Fairbairn of Cove, Cockburnspath.
Died on Service on 10 July 1918 and buried in Chambieres French National Cemetery, Metz, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.
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J.D. FRENCH
John Douglas French – age 27 – Sergeant (350392) 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion, Royal Scots.
John enlisted in Edinburgh as Private (2023) and he landed with his battalion at Le Havre in February 1915.
Born 1890 in Cockburnspath. Son of the late Elizabeth Marjorie (Ballantyne) French (died 1903) and of William French of The Hotel, Cockburnspath and of 30 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh.
Killed in Action on 23 December 1917 and buried in Red Cross Corner Cemetery, Beugny, France.


T. GRAY
Thomas Gray – age 26 – Private (15345) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Thomas landed with his battalion in France in July 1915. He was captured at Vermelles in May 1916 and died two and a half years later in the Working Camp at Wulkau near Stendel. Thomas was re-interred in Berlin in 1922/23.
Born 1892 in Cockburnspath. Son of Thomas and Janet (Lyall) Gray of Cove, Cockburnspath.
Died on Service on 23 October 1918 and buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Innerwick Parish and Oldhamstocks Parish War Memorials in East Lothian.


G.W. GEDDES
George Watson Geddes – age 23 – Private (40472) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George was employed in the British Linen Bank in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire when he enlisted as Private (4164) in the 9th Royal Scots. He was posted to the Royal Scots in France in September 1916 but was transferred to the 1st KOSB.
Born 1895 at Cockburnspath. Son of George Watson Geddes and Catherine Hay (Bryden) Geddes of Ramheaugh Cottage, Castledykes, Cockburnspath.
Missing in Action on 11 April 1918 and named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour, on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the British Linen Bank Memorial in Edinburgh.

and his brother

W.B. GEDDES

William Bryden Geddes – age 31 – Private (48079) 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.
William had been an architect in Cockburnspath for some years when he enlisted as Sapper (176943) in the Royal Engineers and he was posted to the Tyneside Scottish.
Born 1886 in Cockburnspath. Son of George Watson Geddes and of Catherine Hay (Bryden) Geddes of Ramheugh Cottage, Castle Dykes, Cockburnspath. Husband of the late Ina Josephine Robertson (Nicholson) Geddes (died 1913) of Hillrest, Oldhamstocks, East Lothian (near Cockburnspath) who he married in 1912 in Carluke, Lanarkshire.
Missing in Action on 11 September 1917 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.
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J.S. GRIEVE
John Skeldon Grieve – age 24 – Private (15004) 12th Battalion, Royal Scots.
John was a gardener on the Dunglass Estate, Cockburnspath when he enlisted. He landed with his battalion in France in May 1915.
Born 1892 in Bilsdean Village, Oldhamstocks, Haddingtonshire/East Lothian.
Son of the late Agnes (Skeldon) Grieve (died 1914) and of James Grieve of Dunglass, Oldhamstocks.
Missing in Action on 8 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour, on the Oldhamstocks Parish War Memorial and on a memorial tablet in Dunglass Gardens.


J.J. LAING
James John Laing – age 32 – Corporal (1040) 1/8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
James served his apprenticeship as a tailor with his father in Cockburnspath and was assisting in the family business when he enlisted as one of the original members of the Cockburnspath section of the Territorial 8th Royal Scots when it was formed in April 1914. He landed with his battalion at Le Havre in November 1914.
Born 1884 in Cockburnspath. Son of the late Thomas Laing (died 1915) and of Annie Purves (Blair) Laing of The Hawthorn's, Cockburnspath,
Missing in Action on 22 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.
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A. LAUDER
Alexander Lauder – age 20 – Lance Corporal (23804) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Alexander was farming with his uncle William Young at Ashfield, Duns, Berwickshire when he enlisted. He was badly wounded at Arras in April 1917 and had his leg amputated before he was evacuated to Frensham Hill Military Hospital in Farnham, Surrey where he contracted pneumonia and died.
Born 1897 in Wilton, Hawick, Roxburghshire. Son of David Lauder, Stationmaster, and of Sophia (Young) Lauder of the Station House, Cockburnspath.
Died of Wounds on 1 May 1917 and buried in Cockburnspath Parish Churchyard. (CWG)
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


R. LITSTER
Richard Litster – age 19 – Gunner (67936) "A" Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Richard was employed as a grocer when he enlisted. He was discharged from the army and died of consumption at the family home at Bilsdean near Cockburnspath.
Born 1897 in Oldhamstocks, Haddingtonshire/East Lothian as Richard Scambler Litster. Son of George and Isabella (Tod) Litster of Bilsdean, Oldhamstocks.
Died on 19 December 1916 and buried in Oldhamstocks Parish Churchyard, East Lothian.
Also named on the Oldhamstocks Parish War Memorial.


G. C. LUGTON
George Crow Lugton – age 32 – Deck Hand (10306DA) H.M.S. Boadicea II, Royal Navy.
George enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve in January 1916. In February 1917 he joined “Boadicea II” which was the shore base and parent ship for armed patrol trawlers based at Kingstown (now Dϊn Laoghaire) between 1915 and 1919. George died of influenza and pneumonia in Monkstoun Hospital, Kingstown.
Born 1886 in Edinburgh. Son of the late John Lugton (died 1889) and Eliza Miller (Crow) Lugton of Cove, Cockburnspath, from 1896 Mrs Thomas Smith of Cove and of 14 Custom House Square, Dunbar, East Lothian.
Died on Active Service on 10 October 1918 and buried in Dean's Grange Cemetery, County Dublin, Ireland.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.
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D. MCFARLANE
Duncan McFarlane – age 25 – Private (15368) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Duncan had been a grocer's assistant and a bakery worker in Cockburnspath before he enlisted in September 1914. He landed with his battalion in France in July 1915 but he died two months later in the 1st Casualty Clearing Station at Chocques.
Born 1889 in Cockburnspath. Son of the late Grace Edington (Wight) McFarlane (died 1891) and of Joseph McFarlane, and step-son of Susan (Darling) McFarlane of Ramrig, Duns, Berwickshire who married Joseph in 1895.
Died of Wounds on 14 September 1915 and buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


J. C. NELSON
Joseph Craik Nelson – age 19 – Lance Corporal (S/16265) 11th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Joseph was a gardener at Priory Lodge, St. Andrews, Fife when he enlisted in June 1916. He joined his battalion in France in May 1917 but he was killed three months later.
Born 1898 at Mawcarse in Orwell, Kinross-shire. Son of James and of Catherine Hannah (Timblick) Nelson of Stockbridge Cottage, Cockburnspath.
James Nelson, a coachman and gardener had been born in Cockburnspath.
Missing in Action on 26 August 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


A. OLIVER
Possibly:
Andrew Oliver – age 29 – Private (16797) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Andrew joined his battalion in France in March 1915.
Born 1888 in Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire. Son of the late Mary (Wood) Oliver (died 1893) and of the late Andrew Oliver (died 1911) and step-son of Isabella (Carruthers) Oliver who married Andrew in 1897 in Ladykirk, Berwickshire. Brother of Walter and Janet Oliver of Brockholes, Grantshouse and of Cairncross, Reston, Berwickshire.
Missing in Action on 4 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour, on the Houndwood Parish War Memorial and on the Grantshouse United Free Church Roll of Honour.


R. PEARSON
Not listed by CWGC nor by SNWM – but under review.
Robert Pearson – age 38 – Private (291524) 8th/10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Robert of Ecclaw Farm, Cockburnspath was a road roller assistant with the East District Surveyor when he enlisted in 1916.
Born 1879 in Cranston, Midlothian. Son of Marion Pearson, who died in 1918 in Cockburnspath.
In 1911 at Ecclaw were Marion 71, Ellen 46, Marion 39, Robert 31, all born in Cranston, and grandson Charles 18 born Haddington.
His sisters Ellen and Marion of Ecclaw Farm, Cockburnspath were named as his legatees.
Missing in Action on 26 August 1917.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour
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Three sons of William and Jane (Purves) Paxton of Old Linhead, Cockburnspath.

G. PAXTON
Gideon Paxton – age 23 – Sergeant (15993) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Gideon was employed at Linhead Farm, Cockburnspath when he enlisted and he landed with his battalion in France in May 1915.
Born 1893 in Cockburnspath as Gideon Perrie Paxton.
Missing in Action on 21 March 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


J. PAXTON
James Paxton – age 19 – Private (1047) 1/8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
James was a shepherd and one of the original members of the Cockburnspath section of the Territorial 8th Royal Scots when it was formed in April 1914. He landed with his battalion at Le Havre in November 1914 but he was killed a month later.
Born 1895 in Cockburnspath.
Missing in Action on 19 December 1914 and named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


J.P. PAXTON
John Purves Paxton – age 28 – Private (4576) 58th Company, Machine Gun Corps.
John was employed at Linhead when he enlisted as Private (S/13967) in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was transferred to the MGC in France and was fatally wounded at Albert.
Born 1888 in Cockburnspath.
Died of Wounds on 26 November 1916 and buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.

Another brother, David Paxton, aged 24, a Police Constable at Blyth in Northumberland, died of tuberculosis at the family home of Old Linhead on 6 June 1915.
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G. RENTON
George Renton – age 20 – Private (25791) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George was brought up by his mother's family, the Patersons, in Cockburnspath after her death.
Born 1897 in Edinburgh. Son of the late Marjory (Paterspn) Renton (died 1902) and of George Renton of Edinburgh. Nephew of Alexander and John Paterson of Old Cambus East Mains, Cockburnspath.
Missing in Action on 30 November 1917 and named on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


A. RITCHIE
Alexander Ritchie – age 19 – Private (16312) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots.
Alexander joined his battalion in June 1915.
Born 1896 at Gourdon, Bervie, Kincardineshire. Son of Thomas and Diana (Hadden) Ritchie of Redheugh, Cockburnspath and of Thurston Mains, Innerwick, East Lothian.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


H. ROSS
Hugh Ross – age 27 – Private (271271) 17th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Hugh was in business a grocer in Motherwell, Lanarkshire when he enlisted as Private (760) in the Lanarkshire Yeomanry in September 1914. He joined the Royal Scots in late 1917.
Born 1891 in Currie, Midlothian. Son of Hugh and Janet (Clark) Ross of Millburn Street, Motherwell and of Glasgow Road, Burnbank, Hamilton. Husband of Helen Fairbairn (Fairley) Ross of The Mount, Cockburnspath who he married in September 1917 in Cockburnspath when he was serving with the 2/1st Lanarkshire Yeomanry.
Killed in Action on 30 September 1918 and buried in Zantvoorde British Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Motherwell War Memorial.
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J. RUTHERFORD
John Rutherford – age 37 – Private (20743) 15th Battalion (1st Edinburgh) Royal Scots.
John was a tailor in Kelso, Roxburghshire when he enlisted in February 1915. He was posted to 2nd Royal Scots in France in June 1915 but was wounded in March 1916 and treated at the 6th British Red Cross Hospital in Etaples before being evacuated to Brook War Hospital in Woolwich, London.
After he recovered he was posted to the 15th Royal Scots in November 1916.
Born 1880 in Cockburnspath. Son of Peter and Isabella (Johnston) Rutherford of Red Row, Cockburnspath. Husband of Mary Ellen Royce (Read) Rutherford of 22 The Square, Kelso who he married in 1911 in Kelso.
Killed in Action on 31 May 1917 and buried in Mindel Trench British Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour, on the Kelso War Memorial and on the memorial in Kelso North Church.

and his brother

R. RUTHERFORD

Robert Rutherford – age 23 – Private (16669) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Robert was a ploughman at Bushelhill Farm, Cockburnspath when he enlisted in December 1914. He joined his battalion in October 1915 but he was wounded in May 1916 and evacuated to the Edinburgh War Hospital at Bangour. He rejoined his battalion in France in October 1916.
Born 1895 in Cockburnspath. Son of Peter and Isabella (Johnston) Rutherford of Red Row, Cockburnspath.
Killed in Action on 1 August 1918 and buried in Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


J. SCAMBLER
James Scambler – age 34 – Private (9395) 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
James was a foreman surfaceman with the North British Railway Company when as a reservist he was mobilised in August 1914 and he joined his battalion in France on 21 August.. James was killed during the battle of Loos.
Born 1880 in Innerwick, East Lothian. Son of Richard and Janet (Litster) Scambler of Branxton, Innerwick. Husband of Elizabeth (Manderson) Scambler of Bilsdean near Cockburnspath who he married in 1911 in Olhamstocks, East Lothian.
Killed in Action on 25 September 1915 and buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France.
Also named on the Innerwick Parish and Oldhamstocks Parish War Memorials and on the North British Railway Company memorial in Waverley Station, Edinburgh.
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T. SCOTT
Thomas Scott – age 28 – Private (9605) Scots Guards.
Thomas was a stone mason and was working in Edinburgh when he enlisted in August 1914. He was at Wellington Barracks in London when his daughter was born in New Cove, Cockburnspath in December 1914 and he joined the 2nd Scots Guards in France in February 1915. He served throughout the war and was with the 1st Scots Guards when he was granted leave as his daughter Thomasina, aged almost 4, had died of influenza on 11 November 1918. Thomas contracted the same illness and died at New Cove just over two weeks later.
Born 1890 in Galashiels, Selkirkshire. Son of Andrew and Agnes (Nichol) Scott of Victoria Street, Galashiels.
In 1901 Thomas, age 10, and his family were in Melrose, Roxburhshire and from 1904 the family were at Valley View, Gattonside, Melrose.
Husband of Elizabeth (Mills) Scott of Cove Farm, Cockburnspath who he married in 1917 in Cockburnspath.
Died on Service on 22 November 1918 and buried in Cockburnspath Parish Churchyard. (CWG)
Also named on the Gattonside Village War Memorial, on the Melrose War Memorial, on the Free Church memorial in Melrose and on the Galashiels War Memorial.


J. D. SHIELL
John Dodds Shiell – age 27 – Private (S/6818) 9th Battalion (Pioneer) Gordon Highlanders.
John was a ploughman at Bogend Farm, Fogo, Berwickshire when he enlisted in November 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915 and served at Loos. He was wounded by a shell on the Somme in October 1916 John suffered multiple wounds in March 1918 and died a week later in the 2nd Australian General Hospital at Wimereux.
Born 1889 at Butterdean Farm, Grantshouse, Oldhamstocks, near Cockburnspath. Son of the late Margaret (Dodds) Shiell (died 1893) and of William Shiell of Blackburn, Grantshouse.
Died of Wounds on 31 March 1918 and buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour, on the Grantshouse UF Church Roll of Honour and on the Fogo Parish War Memorial.
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J. SPIDEN
James Spiden – age 22 – Corporal (15996) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots.
James was a farm Servant at Pathhead, Cockburnspath when he enlisted in January 1915. He landed with his battalion in France in May 1915 but he was killed four months later at Hooge during the battle of Loos.
Born 1893 in Prestonkirk, East Lothian. Son of George Spiden and of Janet Ainslie (Hogg) Spiden of Pathhead and of Ecclaw, Cockburnspath.
Missing in Action on 27 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


P. STEWART
Peter Stewart – age 19 – Private (16825) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Peter joined his battalion in March 1915 but he was killed a month later.
Born 1895 in Cockburnspath. Son of William and Mary King (Brodie) Stewart of Blackburn, Grantshouse, Cockburnspath.
Missing in Action on 23 April 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


A. UTTERSON
Note: until 1901 records show the family name as Outterson.
Adam Utterson – age 29 – Lance Corporal (1041) 1/8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
In 1901 Adam was serving his apprenticeship as a bootmaker in Ladykirk, Berwickshire. He worked in Kelso, Roxburghshire until he came to Cockburnspath in 1914 and was employed as a shoemaker. He enlisted as one of the original members of the Cockburnspath section of the Territorial 8th Royal Scots when it was formed in April 1914 and volunteered for overseas service, joining the battalion in France in December 1914.
Born 1885 in Chirnside, Berwickshire as Adam Outterson. Son of James and Mary (White) Utterson of Grantshouse, Cockburnspath. Husband of Jane or Jeanie (Kerse) Utterson who he married in 1907 in Kelso.
In 1918 she became Mrs. Martin Richard Phillips, later of Booralaming, Dowerin, Western Australia.
Died of Wounds on 8 February 1915 and buried in Bois-Grenier Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.
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J. W. WALKER
John Whittle Walker – age 27 – Private (350483) 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion, Royal Scots.
John was a joiner working in Leith, Edinburgh when he enlisted and as Private (2276) he landed with his battalion at Le Havre in February 1915. He was badly wounded at St Julien in April but rejoined his battalion when he recovered.
Born 1890 in Pease Mill, Cockburnspath. Son of Joseph and Eliza (Whittle) Walker of Pease Mill, Cockburnspath and of Penmanshiel Cottage, Grantshouse, Cockburnspath.
Died of Wounds on 25 March 1918 and buried in Roye New British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


W. A. WATSON
William Anderson Watson – age 19 – Private (41982) 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
William was employed at Ecclaw Farm, Cockburnspath and was a member of the Territorial 8th Royal Scots. He was just 15 when he was mobilised in August 1914 and he was transferred to the Army Service Corps before he was eventually posted to the Bedfordshires in France.
Born 1899 in Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire. Son of Adam Walker Watson and of Agnes (Cowe) Watson of Paitshill, Cockburnspath.
Missing in Action on 24 April 1918 and named on the Pozieres Memorial, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour.


J. W. WIGHTMAN
John Wightman – age 20 – Corporal (29929) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was a ploughman at Whitsome Laws, Berwickshire when he enlisted. He died of gas poisoning and wounds in the 10th General Hospital in Rouen.
Born 1897 at Blackburn Farm, Grantshouse, Cockburnspath. Son of the late Janet (Ross) Wightman (died 1900 in Edrom, Berwickshire) and of John Wightman of Spital Mains, Hutton, Berwickshire and of Greenhead, Reston, Berwickshire.
Died of Wounds on 3 August 1917 and buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
Also named on the Cockburnspath Parish Church Roll of Honour as John W. Wightman and on the Whitsome Parish War Memorial as John Wightman
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Name added to the memorial in November 2004 - see posts on page 1.

R. STEEL
Robert John Steel – age 19 – Private (202357) 5th/6th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Robert had enlisted in Edinburgh as Private (4046) in the Royal Scots and he was posted as Private (1901) to the 1/5th Cameronians in France. The 1/5th and 1/6th Battalions merged in May 1916.
Born 1897 at Hoprig in Cockburnspath. Son of Margaret Steel.
In 1912 Margaret married William Lunn in Whitsome, Berwickshire.
Missing in Action on 29 October 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. France.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2021 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The WW2 Memorial and names are at
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=8136
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