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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject: Neilston Primary School WW1 Reply with quote

Neilston Primary School, 43 High Street, Neilston, East Renfrewshire, G78 3HJ

UKNIWM: Not Listed
OS Grid Ref: NS 480571

There are two memorials in the school.
The WW1 memorial is a wood engraving framed in wood and was originally hung in the entrance corridor.

The WW1 memorial is inscribed as follows:


Anderson William
Andrew Frank
Andrew William
Bennett Thomas
Black Dougald
Black William
Cairnduff James
Campbell Archibald
Clennachan Edward
Cosh Richard
Craig Alexander
Craig Alexander A.
Davidson Isaiah
Docherty George
Donaldson Peter
Dunlop Adam
Gebbie Alexander
Gillespie John
Gray William
Hay Archibald
Hughes Thomas
Laird John
Leckie Peter
Leitch Donald
Love Thomas
McArthur Robert
McKinlay Frank
McLintock Robert
McMaster Robert
McMurdo John
Paterson James
Paterson William
Paton John
Pollock Alexander
Pollock Munro
Porter James
Porterfield Thomas
Shemwell Ewart
Walker Robert
Watson Robert
Wilson John
Winning Andrew
Wood Joseph


The second memorial is in memory of Matthew Montgomery the assistant master, see:

At the moment the two memorials are lying in the janitor’s office waiting, hopefully, to be re-hung in the near future.

John Houston

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Glad to report that the two memorials are now back in their original place.

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jrah60 wrote:
Glad to report that the two memorials are now back in their original place.


Fantastic news that the memorials are back in place. even better looking at them to see they Have been given a overhaul and rework.

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This Scotsman was the sculpture who made the Neilston school memorial plaques;- Robert Bryden "Royal Engraver"
Robert Bryden (1865–1939) was a Scots artist and sculptor.
Bryden was born in Coylton in South Ayrshire, Scotland. After a period working in the office of Hunter & Morris, architects in Ayr, he moved to London where he stayed for fifteen years studying, at the RSA and the Royal Academy, making a living from commissions and teaching art.
He had a large output, working as a painter, engraver and sculptor. Among his works are bronze portraits of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce in Ayr Town Hall. he also specialised in carved wooded figures, a collection of which are to be found at Rozelle House Galleries, a museum of art, in Ayrshire. Bryden is also responsible for the Coylton War Memorial.
In 1899 he was granted the title of Royal Engraver. He published three volumes of etchings illustrating castles in the County of Ayrshire.
Bryden's father David was a colliery manager but Robert was never destined to follow in his footsteps. After attending school at Coylton and Ayr Academy he initially went to work in an architect's office - Morris and Hunter of Ayr. It seems he was not there very long before leaving to study at the Schools of the Royal College of Arts and Royal Academy of Arts in London.
When Bryden returned to Ayrshire after his travels in Spain and Italy, he undertook a series of etchings illustrating the poems of Robert Burns. He valued the history and culture of Ayrshire highly and was very keen to ensure that it was not forgotten. He produced several series' of prints featuring sites around Ayrshire that were linked with the regions key figures such as Burns, including his set of thirteen Picture Cards of Ayrshire and Ayrshire Monuments, published as a book. In the Foreword of this latter publication he stated his hope to encourage others to "cherish jealously all those records of the past, that to future generations they may act as incentives to exertion."
It was not only Ayrshire's historical figures that interested Bryden, he spent much time sketching Ayr's ordinary folk as well as portraits of the region's more famous faces such as George Douglas Brown, author of 'The House with the Green Shutters'.
Bryden produced a vast number of etchings during his career but he also worked with the printmaking processes of mezzotint, drypoint and woodcut. He also painted but towards the end of his career it was sculpture that became his main focus, working on wood carvings and bronze memorial panels.
Attached are a Robert Bryden, self-portrait dated 1890. And links to his wonderful work.…/…/artists/robert-bryden.aspx
These are valuable pieces of our local and National History
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Private William M Anderson 3rd House Cavalry Died of wounds 6th November 1915 at Alexandria Egypt age 41. William was Born in Neilston, enlisted Neilston but resident in Barrhead, He was an ex-pupil of Neilston Public school and is remembered on the School memorial ,He is also remembered on the Barrhead war Memorial & Neilston Church WW1 memorial window The only surviving son of Matthew Anderson, Joiner, Barrhead late of Neilston now 88 Kelburn street: CLARKE'S 1896 DIRECTORY. Scottish post office directory Gives Matthew Anderson Joiner Neilston; William- (Anc Cavalry of the line (Incl Yeomanry and Imperial camel corps) Scottish horse Yeomanry. Private, 3rd Scottish Horse, 06/11/1915, 871. Born and enlisted in Neilston, Renfrewshire -1915 death Notices: Died in hospital in from wounds received at Gallipoli peninsula Trooper Wm Anderson . Wm was employed by the Gateside waterproofing company, He was a keen footballer who played for the Old Neilston football club and Arthurlie FC, He was a survivor from the Boer War. "Remembered with Honour
Lala Baba Cemetery Grave Ref: I A 22. Turkey."
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Lance Sergeant 23060 Francis Douglas Andrew of the 12th Highland Light Infantry died of wounds on the 19th April 1917 at Camiers France age 25.
Frank was Born 1892 at Ardrossan Ayrshire , was schooled at the Neilston public school on high street Neilston, he is listed on the Neilston school war ww1 memorial & Neilston Church memorial. He resided at Nether Kirkton, Neilston Renfrewshire.:
Frank was the Son of John Andrew (Iron Moulder)and Janet Andrew (Nee Miss Douglas) His Mother was deceased 1913 when Frank was married, Frank Married Elizabeth Buchanan Mclauchlan on the 28th of November 1913 in a united Free Church of Scotland service at Kelburn st hall Barrhead.
Frank was 22 and Elizabeth (A printfield worker from 2 Lowndes st Barrhead) was 19 years, her father John was also an Iron moulder and her Mother was Mary (nee Ms Gardner) The Wedding was witnessed by Arthur Goodwin *Neilston Soldier and Jeanie McLauchlan (Eliz sister) . Frank and Elizabeth had a child in 1914 called Mary Gardner Andrew, No doubt named after Elizabeth's Mother. they lived in 192 cross Arthurlie street Barrhead. Frank is "Remembered with Honour
Etaples Military Cemetery Grave Ref. XIX. D. 3. Etables Pas De Calais France."[img][/img]

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To everyone it was the "Big Push"—the mighty Armageddon
William Andrew of Rockmount Neilston was the treasurer of the Neilston Bowling club, He enlisted early 1914 into the 17th Battalion (D coy )of the Highland light Infantry (Glasgow 3rd) at Glasgow. He Trained in Troon Ayrshire not far from home, And later in England at Wensley camp in Sheffield, then Whitechurch - Canford and after initial training he proceeded to France November 1915.
Lance Corporal 15229 Andrew died of wounds received on the 1st day of the battle of the Somme on the 8th July 1916
William born Neilston 1884 was the Son of Walter Andrew a Watchhouse man/ Draper Born Neilston 1847 and Elizabeth Andrew (Born 1845 Neilston) of 34 low Broadlie in the 1901 census The Andrew family consisted of .Siblings Walter Born 1879 a draper- Jessie Born 1880-William 1884 a Draper - Annie 1887- and Matthew born 1890.
The Andrew family go far back in Neilston's History. Williams Grandfather also called Walter was born in Neilston in 1805 he worked as a bleacher (A true Neilston trade back then)he was married to Anne Finnie from Paisley who was born in 1809-they lived at Kirktonfield Neilston near the Bleach works in 1861 and had four kids Margaret 1863-Helen1843-James1843 And Walter Williams father born 1817 all in Neilston village.
Signs of the coming conflict were everywhere. The tremendous accumulation of men and material had been going on unceasingly for weeks, and during the long June days clouds of dust hung in the hot, still air above the roads. For the roads all led towards the line, and the tramp of men, and the rumble of wheels were unending. The Battalion had long ago recovered from a hard and monotonous winter of trench warfare. To each man there remained the joy of remembering days and nights that were unpleasant—for it is a joy to remember, in the comfort and happiness of to-day, the discomforts and sorrows of yesterday. Now the sun was shining. Training was going on apace under the pleasantest of conditions. They were a healthy family. Each man felt his potentiality, and unconsciously boasted it in his every action. Such was the feeling in the Battalion when the certainty of conflict came. To everyone it was the "Big Push"—the mighty Armageddon—of which all had thought and spoken during the winter of waiting. There was no doubt as to the issue. Each man went about his duties with an eye to an immediate and definite future. If anything he gave greater care to his rifle. In his feeling the edge and point of his bayonet, there was something of a caress. Now was the look in each eye born of the lust of killing. It was the knowledge that on a bright morning—now only a few hours distant—man would be matched against man. "Justice of our cause may have been somewhere in our sub-consciousness. Certainly it was not uppermost. To each man the coming conflict savoured of individual mortal combat. The days of waiting were gone. He was going forward to prove his manhood"—so write two veterans of that fight.
The story of that morning is an epic. For every man it was the first experience of "over the top." In sun-baked trenches everyone longed for the zero hour, while the guns rolled and shells crashed with ever-increasing intensity. Nothing was real. Men stood and waited as if in a dream. They felt as if they were listening to the overture; that soon the curtain would rise. Even when the guns ceased their roar for a few moments towards the end, and in the death-like stillness was heard the warbling of birds in "no man's land"—the grim reality of it all was felt. With the lifting mist of the morning, the curtain rose....
At 7.23 a.m. the Battalion started moving across "no man's land." When the barrage lifted the men entered the enemy front line and the work of the moppers-up soon began. The advance across the open was splendidly carried out, all ranks behaving magnificently, as was the case throughout the entire action. Leipzig Trench was taken and the leading lines advanced against the Hindenburg Trench. These were mown down and by 8.15 a.m. every Company Officer was a casualty. It now became obvious to Colonel Morton that Leipzig Trench must be held, as without reinforcements, no further advance could be made, both flanks being exposed, as the 8th Division on their right had been driven back. The left was particularly exposed and parties under Sergt. Macgregor and Sergt. Watt were organised and sent to strengthen the left where "B" and "D" Companies had been almost annihilated. It was now 9 o'clock and the Battalion casualties now amounted to 22 officers and 400 other ranks. The bombers, who had been sent up to replace casualties, were holding the flanks successfully. By 11.15 the entire line was very weak, and still at 2 o'clock in the afternoon the situation was unchanged, 2nd Lieut. Morrison and 2nd Lieut. Marr working and organising the protective flank bombers without the least regard for personal safety. At 4 o'clock the 2nd Manchesters reinforced them with two Companies. Just at this time the line wavered a little in face of the overwhelming bombardment and the appalling casualties, but control was immediately gained. At 5 the shattered unit was ordered to consolidate the ground taken. This was done and two strong enemy counter attacks repulsed. At 9.30 the Battalion started to be relieved by the Manchesters, but the relief was not wholly carried out until near midnight, although several bombing parties had to carry on till well towards mid-day of the following day before being relieved. The 17th concentrated on Campbell Post and held the line in that Sector. In the evening of the next day the Battalion was relieved and returned to dug-outs at Crucifix Corner.
Attached is an extract from the personal diary of Lieut. B. Meadows of the 17th HLI- this gives an account of what William from Neilston might have experienced during the German counter attack on the 1st day of the Somme - if he had escaped injury past "B" and "D" Companies having been almost annihilated by 9 o'clock -Just one hour and a half from them 1st leaving the trenches to attack at 07:30 am.
The Battalion casualties now amounted to 22 officers and 400 other ranks.
The Germans counter-attacked. Their artillery became violent and they attempted to come over the open. We ran for the communication trench and found it disorganised. Orders got mixed and some seemed anxious to retire. Fortunately the 17th H.L.I. bombers, who were in the advanced position, held their ground, driving the enemy back with their own bombs, and the attack over the open was checked by our brigade machine guns which had been massed in the German front line. During the whole action we lost no ground that had previously been gained. By this time our Battalion had been badly hit. 'B' Company on our left had been caught in the wire and cut to pieces by machine gun fire. My own Company, 'A,' was down to low numbers. My Captain and my Platoon Officer were both killed, all the platoon's N.C.O.s were killed or wounded, two Sergeants outright, and all the L.-Corpls. dead. We had 17 officers killed and were working the Battalion with two officers. The Colonel, who had been well forward all day, was without a scratch. It was a remarkably clear day, very hot. We were on the ridge that formed the defence on that side of Thiepval. From here we could see the whole battlefield. I saw the huge eruption at La Boisselle, when the six mines went up, and I remember watching long lines of Highlanders charging along the opposite slope of the valley. The aeroplanes followed every movement, flying low overhead and directing the artillery by dropping flares. The Germans counter-attacked in a half-hearted way through the night. We had casualties from our own artillery and mortar batteries, otherwise the night was quieter than we had expected. We managed to carry away a number of our wounded in waterproof sheets. The battalions on both flanks were unsuccessful in storming the enemy's front line defences, thus our flanks were exposed and blockades had to be formed at the front line and all lines forward to our advanced positions, which developed into a series of bombing posts. Local fights went on at their posts all through the day and night, and it was while chasing each other round corners at the head of the communication trench in the afternoon that we lost Sergeant Turnbull, V.C., who had done wonderful work all day. The nature of the Leipzig defences, a maze of trenches and underground saps, made advancing into the salient extremely hard. One was continually attacked in the rear. What seemed dug-outs were bombed, and when passed numbers of the enemy rush from them, they being really underground communications with their rear defences. The whole fighting was of a cold, deliberate, merciless nature. No quarter was given or taken. One of the battalions opposing us was similar to our own, a students' battalion from Bavaria. The enemy used explosive and dum-dum bullets, and sniped off any of our wounded lying exposed in the open. They were helped in their work by an arrangement we had come to regarding wounded. It was not permitted to stop to take back prisoners or to stop to dress a wounded chum; but it was permitted to stick the bayonet of the wounded man's rifle in the ground and thus to mark the spot where he lay. The Germans observed this and watched for any movement in the heap beside the standing rifle. Men coolly fired at each other at point blank range, and sniping became the chief cause of casualties. It resembled a duel between two men who had had a deadly quarrel—so intensely deliberate. On the morning of the 2nd of July we handed over the front line of attack to Divisional Reserves and went into support. At sunset we were relieved by the Cheshires, and moved back to the dug-outs at Crucifix Corner. We had a number of casualties coming out of action. We were given tea, food and rum, and went off into a heavy sleep."
Alas despite being rescued from the battle field of the Somme William Andrew died of his wounds and truly drifted into a "heavy Soldiers sleep, 7 short days later."
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The loss of a Father and Son
Thomas Bennett was killed in action on the 13th of March 1917 at Arras in France, another lad killed from the Neilston public school roll. Thomas was born in Neilston 1885, by 1901 he was 16 years old and living in Kelburn Street Barrhead, working as a Print Field Labourer, by the time Thomas enlisted into the 8th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders age 28 he was living and working in Falkirk, with his wife Margaret (Barclay) Bennett, of Whinny hall, Kinglassie and their young Children.
Thomas was wounded in Battle 1915 and wrote this poem
Wounded at Loos
Upon the Battlefield of Loos, A wounded soldier lay,
T`was a cold and rainy evening, He’d been lying there all day
He opened up his pocket book
and from a green sealed envelope, A little picture took.
The photo of two little boys, Held in a trembling hand
Who are waiting for him far away, in his own dear, native land,
He is thinking of their brothers and how they`ll take the news
When they hear their Daddy is wounded, On the Battlefield of Loos.
Yes he thinks of them dearly,as he lies there in pain
And thinks of their dear Mother- He may never see again.
And his thoughts still wonder back -when they roamed, hand In hand.
O`ver the heather hills and valleys -of his own fair native land.
And he knows she is thinking of him across the sea
Who is fighting the Germans, to keep his country free.
And she prays to god in heaven, with his almighty hand
To bring him safely back again, to his own native land.
And as the cold hours of the evening wear through
He is thinking of what his country will do
if he never returns to that little band
Who are waiting for him in his own native land
And if it so happens that he will never return
To the land of mountain, The Glen and the Burn
And he lies O`er the sea, in a nameless grave
There will be this consolation, that he died there with the Brave.
Thomas penned the Wounded at Loos poem to his Wife and five young sons, James - Thomas Jnr David , John and William Montgomery Bennett in letter home early 1916 to Scotland.
Thomas wrote home after surviving the horrors of the Loos offensive and himself being wounded on the Battlefield of Loos.
Thankfully Thomas never realised the “Consolation of dying there with the Brave at Loos” a fait that did befall 16 of the Lads from the Neilston Village over three days in September 1915.
But Alas Thomas did join his Brave comrades, as on the 13th of March 1917 at Arras in France, he was killed in action.
Thomas Bennett is Remembered with Honour on the memorial at Faubourg d`Amiens cemetery Grave ref III.6.2 at Pas De Calais France.
His brothers and sisters marked the loss of their dear brothers passing every year in the local Barrhead news
A dear one from our mist has gone.
A brother we knew so well.
He was killed on the battlefield of France.
By the bursting of a German shell.
In the bloom of life death claimed him.
And took him to his rest.
And the ones who lived him most.
Are the ones who loved him best!
Insert By his Brothers and Sisters
Sisters Elizabeth – Martha –Ellen- and Brothers David- John
In loving memory of our dear brother Thomas Bennett of the seaforths Highlanders killed in action March 13th 1917
One year has passed and our hearts are still sore
As time goes by we miss him more
God took him home it was his will
Forget him! No we never will
Sleep on dear brother as days go by
No flowers we lay on your grave where you lie
For broad wide Ocean does keep us apart
But your ever smiling face still shines in our hearts.
Insert by Brothers and sisters
“1918 March 15th Barrhead News “
Margaret Bennett Left Scotland after the war to find a new life in Canada for her and her young sons,But unfortunately it must be written that the horror of war did not escape the Bennett Family as William Montgomery Bennett who was born in 1915 in Scotland was killed in action during world war two in Italy with the Canadian Artillery Division.
In memory of Gunner William Montgomery Bennett of the Royal Canadian Artillery Division: 2 Lt. A.A. Regt.
Killed in Action January 14, 1944 age 28
Military Service Number B/22462
Son of Thomas and Margaret Bennett. Husband of Gabrielle Bennett, of Delhi, Ontario.Canada
Grave Reference:VIII. E. 9.
The Moro River Canadian War Cemetery lies in the locality of San Donato in the Commune of Ortona, Province of Chieti, and is sited on high ground near the sea just east of the main Adriatic coast road (SS16). The cemetery can be reached from Rome on the autostrada A25 (Rome-Pescara) by branching on the autostrada A14 and leaving it at Ortona. The approach road to the cemetery from the main road passes under an arch forming part of the little church of San Donato. The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime. By the winter of 1943, the German armies in Italy were defending a line stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona. The Allies prepared to break through this line to capture Rome. For its part, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to cross the Moro River and take Ortona. In January 1944 the Canadian Corps selected this site, intending that it would contain the graves of those who died during the Ortona battle and in the fighting in the weeks before and after it. Today, there are 1,615 graves in the cemetery, of which over 50 are unidentified and over 1,375 are Canadian.
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William Black August 15th 1917
The Black Brothers are listed on their old school memorial- Neilston primary school world war one memorial on High St.
When Alex and Mary Black left the Parish of Neilston for a new life in Canada they must have thought they had left the old Country behind, and the future was secure for them and their family.
This new life and the thousands of miles between them and their old home land would not prevent both their sons answering the call when the Conflict of WW1 began.
The war called the Black Sons answered the call and they enlisted into the Canadian forces to return to Europe and Join their old chums from back home in Neilston and Barrhead in the Allied forces.
William Jamieson Black was born May 13th 1896 at 78 Victoria place Barrhead the Second son of Alex Black (a Joiner journeyman) and Mary (nee Jamieson)
Black, the family moved to Neilston when William was a young lad. He was a pupil at the Neilston public school on High street Neilston.
The younger of the Black sons, William, enlisted at his new home land at Vancouver Canada as Private 1015465 William Black of the 72nd Battalion Canadian infantry -Young William Died of multi gunshot wounds at the No7 casualty clearing station in France age 21 on the 15th Aug 1917.
Tragically William was the 2nd Son of Alex and Mary Black to die, His elder Brother Dugald a Corporal with the 7th Canadian EBF was Killed In Action the year before, on Nov 28th 1916 between Gordon and Gabriel trenches Carency sector Souchez France, Dugald was a labourer to trade prior to enlisting, The Canadian great war project gives Next of kin Mr Alex Black 2227 on 7th ave East Vancouver -British Columbia. Trade labourer; born 1894 July 29th. The 1911 UK Census lists the Blacks as living at 92 Main Street, Neilston, Dugald age 16. Brother William (14).
Dugald is remembered with Honour Zouave Valley Cemetery, Souchez ref IIA FA15 Pas De Calais France
William is remembered with Honour at Noeux-les Mines communal cemetery ref 11H 32 Pas De Calais France
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14th April 1918 Private S/19786 James C Cairnduff of the 7th Gordon Highlanders was Killed In Action. Age 19 years. James was Born March 11th 1899 at Douglas street Milngavie Glasgow, later the family Resided in Neilston, James attended the Neilston public school on high street, He is remembered On the Neilston school ww1 war memorial & Neilston Church stained glass window.
The Son of Robert Cairnduff( Dyer Bleach field worker) & Agnes MacMaster Cairnduff of I Molendinar Cottages Neilston
-Mother and father married in 28th Oct 1883 in Neilston.
(His brother in law John Wilson also died)
Siblings the 1911 census gives- Sarah age 21 1911 a Reeler and Mill worker born Neilston.
Robert age 19 a labourer and mill worker born Barrhead.
John age 16 Labourer mill worker -James is age 16 at school and Archie age 7 at school also was born Lanarkshire Carmyle Glasgow.
James is "Remembered with Honour at Ploegsteert Memorial panel 9 Comines Wanetonhainaut Belgium"
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Archibald Johnston Campbell was killed in action October 12th 1916 at Aisne, Picardie, France age 22 serving as a Private (noS/14104) with the 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Archibald was Born 1895 at Neilston Renfrewshire he enlisted at Glasgow. He is commemorated at the Neilston school war memorial & Neilston Church memorial Renfrewshire
Archibald was the the Son of Robert Campbell born Neilston 1854 (A Foreman at Calico Printworks)& Martha (Lawn Kerr)Campbell born Barrhead 1855.

The family resided at 101 main street Neilston Renfrewshire
Sister Rebecca born Neilston 1875 age 26 in 1901 working as a Thread Spooler. Mary Born Neilston 1881 a Thread Tickter.
Maggie Born Neilston 1892:

Barrhead News 1916 Nov 17th Also notes: That father Mr Robert Campbell also lost another son in the African Boer war campaign

The Neilston Boer war memorial at Neilston Parish Church lists three lads that died during the Boer war, The 3 Neilston lads are also commemorated at their regimental headquarters at Stirling Castle.
JOHN MCCORKINDALE CAMPBELL (Brother of Archibald killed in action October 12th 1916)
BORN 23RD. JUNE 1878

JOHN CLANNACHAN (Bother Edward was Killed in action 18th Oct 1914)
BORN 24TH MAY 1883

DIED AT KLERKSDORP, 3RD APRIL 1902. George Died of Shellfire Wounds- DRIEKUIL- 03-04-1902.

1900 – 1902

Death of A Neilston Volunteer
Private John Campbell 7284 C Company volunteers
Killed in South Africa at Rustenburg 1st Oct 1900
23 years Old son of Robert Campbell of Neilston.
John was out gathering wood for the camp at Kaffir Kraal a mile off camp when they encountered Boers who fired on them.
The three members of the group surrendered
Private Gillespie of Campbelltown was shot
John Campbell of Neilston was shot dead after surrendering
and a Private McKendrick escaped.
Oct 12th Barrhead news 1900.

Archibald Worked at Co-op wholesale society Glasgow, The Barrhead news 1917 June 1st reported;- Archibald's death under Barrhead and district war heroes, Listed Under Neilston Neilston soldiers of Princess Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders C Coy .

Archibald is "Remembered with Honour
Thiepval Memorial Pier and face 15a and 16c l Somme France"
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Private 8551 Edward Clannachan of the 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers was killed in action on the 18th Oct 1914 age 26 years at la Basse'e Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. Edward was born 1888 in Neilston village Renfrewshire and enlisted at Neilston.

Edward is commemorated locally on the Neilston school war memorial & Neilston Church memorial and Civic memorial main street Neilston. The Son of Edward & Mrs Jane Clannachan. of 34 High Street Neilston.
Edward was a farm servant prior to enrolling into the Army.

1911 Census England has Edward listed in the Military as a Soldier Cook, Born Neilston, Scotland.

Edwards brother John Clannachan born 24th May 1883 was Killed accidentally 14th March 1902 at Kaal Spruit serving in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the Boer war.

Edward is Remembered with Honour on the Touret memorial on ref panel 12 and 13 Le Touret Memorial Pas De Calais France.
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Private Richard Cosh of the 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, The Son of Mr and Mrs David Cosh 13 wellpark cottages was killed in action The 3rd November 1914 age 29 years. Richard was born 1885 in Stranraer but he resided in Neilston as a child and he attended Neilston public primary school. His brothers William and George also resident at 13 wellpark cottages (1918 census) were also soldiers
"Richard is Remembered with Honour
Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie Grafe
Ref 111,10. Laventie France"
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Private Alexander Allan Craig S/41251 of the 4th Gordon Highlanders was killed in action on the 9th of APRIL 1918 age 26;
Alex was Born 1898 in Dunbartonshire but was living at low Auchentiber Neilston 1915 working as a dairyman; He is another casualty from the ranks of the ex pupils of Neilston public school and is remembered on the war memorial & Neilston Church memorial
He was the Son of William (a dairy Farmer ) & Mrs Martha Craig. Sister Isabelle and brother Gilbert and half sister Jane T Morrison Living at 30 Auchentiber Field Neilston Renfrewshire. Remembered with Honour Panel 115 to 119 Loos Memorial Pas De Calais France
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Guardsman Alexander Craig
Alexander was the youngest son of Robert Blackburn Craig a Grocer Fish Dealer, born 1841 in Barrhead and Jessie Craig ( Nee Gormley Born 1851 in Neilston ) of 32 Holehouse, in the village of Neilston East Renfrewshire Scotland.
A Brother to Robert, a Butcher, William a Carrier or Carter to trade , Arthur a Tailor, Jessie a Cotton Winder and youngest sister Margaret Craig.
Alex was Born in 1887 in Neilston to Robert and Jessie, He attended the Neilston public School and attended the old Neilston South Church. He enlisted in the village during September 1914 and became Guardsman 9944 Alexander Craig of the 1 st Battalion Scots Guards. Alex landed in France on the 14th Jan 1915 and was killed just over a week later, at La Basse on the 25th of January 1915
Reports from the front stated 25th/01/1915 6.30 a German deserter captured, reported that an attack was going to be made in 1/2 an hour, bombardment first, and then our trenches were to be blown in by previously made mines. After an hour it all unfolded as the deserter had said. The Germans first shelled them, then got out of their trench and attacked half right, then threw bombs in, they got to the lip of the parapet and shot down into the trenches. The Germans afterwards swarmed up to the ‘Keep’, there they were checked and held. Reinforcements came up and a counter attack was delivered at 1 pm but did not retake much ground. Battalion was relieved at 4pm by Sussex Regt.'
The battalion lost one officer killed, one wounded and seven officers missing. 27 men killed, 120 wounded and 235 missing.
I am presuming Alex who has no known grave (remembered on Le Touret Memorial) was either killed by the German mine blasts or fell in the front line trench that was later taken by the attacking Germans.
Young Alex is Remembered with Honour
Le Touret Memorial panel 3 and 4 Pas De Calais France
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