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Castle Douglas Post Office Roll of Honour

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: Castle Douglas Post Office Roll of Honour Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM

This Roll of Honour is in the sorting office behind the main post office in Castle Douglas (not accessible to the public - so thanks to PO staff for allowing me access). Although this is a more modern building, it replaces an earlier post office building on the same site so this is where the memorial has always been. OS Map Ref: NX 764 624.

I found out about this memorial by coming across a local newspaper report of the unveiling. Post office archives have a list of all post office memorials but this is not on their list either, so I will let them know.









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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a report of the unveiling from Dumfries and Galloway Courier and Herald 4 Jan 1919. The roll was executed by mr Ewart of Dalbeattie who was then over 80 years of age. There are many interesting facts in the article so it is well worth a read.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have notified Post Office archives of this memorial and sent photos.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The memorial is still missing from the Post Office Archives database, I have reported it to them again.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T COLVIN Postman Cameron Highs.
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.
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 Carpet Bowling Club.


S HENRY Overseer R.E. (Signals)
Samuel Henry age 40 Lance Corporal (288243) A Signal Depot (Bedford) Royal Engineers.
Sam was an overseer at Castle Douglas Post Office when he enlisted. He died in Bedford.
Born 1877 at Castle Douglas in Kelton parish. Son of the late Edward and Margaret (Clark) Henry of Castle Douglas.
Husband of Margaret Jane (Hunter) Henry of Castle Douglas who he married in 1906 in Kelvin, Glasgow.
Died on Service on 30 June 1918 and buried in Bedford Cemetery, Bedfordshire, England.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial and on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


J McROBERT Temp. Postman 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.
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 Carpet Bowling Club.


W J C STEWART Postman KOSB
Served as:
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 Carpet Bowling Club.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A G CANDLISH (Dalry) Auxiliary KOSB Awarded Military Medal
Anthony Gordon Candlish, Private (203487) London Gazette 12 November 1918 p.13397
Born 1896 in Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of the late Anthony Candlish and of Sarah Corson (McLeod) Candlish of Kirkland Street, Dalry.
Died 1955 in Dumfries, aged 59.
Named on the Roll of Honour in Dalry Town Hall.


D CHEYNE (New Galloway) Deliverer Cameron Highs.
Thought to be:
David McCubbing McCheyne age 22 Corporal (S/13563) 7th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
David had been a Telegraph Messenger in New Galloway and was a mechanic when he enlisted in September 1914. He joined his battalion in France in August 1915 and was wounded in August 1916 promoted to Corporal in November. He was wounded again in March 1917 and died in the 42nd Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1895 at High Street, New Galloway, Kells. Son of James and Mary (Mulholland) McCheyne of High Street, New Galloway.
Died of Wounds on 13 March 1917 and buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Also named on the Kells Parish War Memorial in New Galloway together with three of his brothers - Alexander, Francis and James.


R J CLARK (Dalry) Temp. Postman Gordon Highs.
Robert James Clark age 20 Private (14026) 1/6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Robert worked as a joiner with his father. He enlisted in January 1916 and joined his battalion in France in July. Robert was killed by a shell while on sentry duty in the front line trench.
Born 1896 in Kells Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Hugh and Esther (Martin) Clark of Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Killed in Action on 1 November 1916 and buried in Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
Also named on the Dalry War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour in Dalry Town Hall.


J McMURRAY (Gatehouse) Auxiliary PO Rifles
James McMurray age 20 Rifleman (4844) 1/8th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Post Office Rifles)
James was a member of the Post Office staff at Gatehouse-of-Fleet and lived with his grandparents James McMurray, a former postman, and Margaret Jane McMurray of High Street and of Catherine Street, Gatehouse.
Born 1896 in Gatehouse. Son of Margaret Jane McMurray.
Missing in Action on 7 October 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Anwoth and Girthon Parishes War Memorial and on the Girthon Parish Church memorial, now in Gatehouse-of-Fleet Parish Church.


J PORTER (Gatehouse) Postman KOSB
John Porter age 34 Private (2269) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was a post runner on the Gatehouse to Ravenshall route. He lived with his aunt and uncle, John and Jane (Porter) Clarke in the High Street and Neilson Square, Gatehouse-of-Fleet, who had raised him from a baby after the death of his parents. John enlisted in November 1914 and he landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915.
Born 1881 in Largs, Ayrshire. Son of the late Thomas and Martha (Wilson) Porter.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Anwoth and Girthon Parishes War Memorial and on the Girthon and Anwoth United Free Church memorial now in Gatehouse-of-Fleet Parish Church.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A WALKER (Gatehouse) Auxiliary KOSB
Albert Walker age 21 Sergeant (1542 & 240317) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Albert was working in his father's bakery business when he enlisted in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli on 6 June 1915 but was wounded on 30 June and evacuated to hospital in Malta. He rejoined his battalion and then served in Egypt and Palestine. Albert was killed at Mughar
Born 1896 in Tongland, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Janet (Ireland) Walker of High Street, Gatehouse-of-Fleet.
Killed in Action on 13 November 1917 and buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
Also named on the Anwoth and Girthon Parishes War Memorial and on the Girthon and Anwoth United Free Church memorial, now in Gatehouse-of-Fleet Parish Church.


R WALLER (Dalry) Postman KOSB
Robert Waller age 22 Private (203483) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert was a postman in Dalry and had been in the Territorials since 1911 when he was mobilised as Private (874) in the 1/5th Battalion, KOSB in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was wounded and evacuated home until August 1917 when he was posted to the 7th/8th KOSB in France.
Born 1895 in Dumfries. Son of Robert and Isabella (Thomson) Waller, of 105, English Street, Dumfries.
Missing in Action on 28 March 1918 and named on the Arras Memorial
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the Townhead Church memorial now in St. Michael's Church in Dumfries.

Note: the newspaper report gives his name as R WALKER.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This memorial is now WMR, ex UKNIWM, 71832.

I have also communicated today both with the Post Office and the Postal Museum, about this memorial being on their respective websites.

The Postal Museum have responded with positive noises-although the proof is in the action.

I am awaiting a reply from the Post Office.

So hopefully this will be rather better known in the future.
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