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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomas O'Rourke
Birth Place: Kildare, Co. Kildare
Death Date: 16 Apr 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Barrhead, Renfrews
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 1st 6th Battalion
Regimental Number: S/43267
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre;
Son of Patrick O'Rourke, of Kilcock, Co., Kildare.
Thomas is commemorated at Aire Communal Cemetery grave ref II. D. 18. Aire is a town about 14 Kms south-south-east of St. Omer.
The Communal Cemetery is 750 metres north of the town, on the road to St. Omer and the four Commonwealth plots are on the east side.
Historical Information
From March 1915 to February 1918, Aire was a busy but peaceful centre used by Commonwealth forces as corps headquarters. The Highland Casualty Clearing Station was based there as was the 39th Stationary Hospital (from May 1917) and other medical units. Plot I contains burials from this period.
The burials in plots II, III and IV (rows A to F) relate to the fighting of 1918, when the 54th Casualty Clearing Station came to Aire and the town was, for a while, within 13 kilometres of the German lines.
The cemetery now contains 894 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and a few French and German war graves. There are also 21 Second War burials, mostly dating from the withdrawal to Dunkirk in May 1940.
The Commonwealth plots were designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
Thomas is also commemorated at Barrhead St Johns
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John Reynolds
Birth Place: Barrhead, Renfrewshire
Residence: Barrhead 34 Glasgow Road
Death Date: 9 Apr 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Stirling
Rank: Private
Regiment: The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
Battalion: 16th Battalion
Regimental Number: 34759
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
Private John Reynolds -missing Mrs (Catherine)Reynolds 34 Glasgow road, Has received word that her husband John Reynolds Royal Scots is reported missing in 9th April. Son Robert was born at Barrhead 6th February 1913.
John has no known final resting place, he is commemorated at the Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery. He is also listed on the St Johns R.C. Church WW1 memorial Barrhead.
The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kms due west of the railway station.
The commonwealth graves commission lists John
In Memory of Private
John Reynolds
34759, 16th Bn., Royal Scots who died on 09 April 1917
He came from Barrhead.
Remembered with Honour
Arras Memorial
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Allan Smith
Birth Place: Glasgow, Lanarks
Residence: Barrhead, Lanarks
Death Date: 16 Sep 1918
Death Place: Salonika
Enlistment Place: Paisley, Renfrews
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regimental Number: S/9320
Type of Casualty: Died
Theatre of War: Balkan Theatre
Allan died in the 63rd General Hospital in Salonica Greece, He left no military will as to payments of £15, 18s 10d and £14 where noted as unissued in Allan's soldiers effects account.
Reported in the Scotsman 16th Oct 1918 as Barrhead soldier A Smith Died 9320 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Allan is commemorated at Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery Exochi Regional unit of Thessaloniki Central Macedonia, Greece Plot: 62. and is also Commemorated at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church at Aurs road Barrhead.
The cemetery is some 15 kilometres north east of Thessaloniki, on the outskirts of the village of Exochi (formerly Kirechkoi), adjacent to the village communal cemetery, just off the road to Hortakoi.
XVI Corps Headquarters were at Kirechkoi from January 1916, soon after the opening of the Salonika campaign, until the advance to the Struma in September 1916.
The cemetery was begun in March 1916, but it remained a very small one until September 1917, when the 60th, 65th and 66th General Hospitals came to the neighbourhood. In June, July and September 1918, other hospitals were brought to the high and healthy country beside the Salonika-Hortakoi road and in September 1918, the influenza epidemic began which raged for three months and filled three-quarters of the cemetery. The last burial took place in January 1919, but in 1937, 12 graves were brought into the cemetery from Salonika Protestant Cemetery where their permanent maintenance could not be assured.
The cemetery now contains 588 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 58 Bulgarian war graves. There are also 17 burials from the Second World War.
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Thomas Smith
Death Date: 8 Apr 1916
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Barrhead, Renfrews
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 1st 6th Battalion
Regimental Number: 4249
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds age 18
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Barrhead news Friday the 28th April 1916 Pte Thomas Smith Died of wounds 8th April 1916 age 18 years . Son of Thomas Smith and Mrs Mary Smith of 23 Carlibar rd Barrhead . He was the grandson of Sergeant Major William Devish of the Inniskilliners who survived the Crimean war and was well known in the Carfin area.
Additional Information: Thomas was previously wounded, he was listed as having 10 months service, and only one in the field when he was wounded and admitted to a hospital on the 13 June 1915 near Palais as part of the reinforcements from Rouen, He was hospitalised with gunshot wounds to his left forearm, and after 16 days treatment he was discharged back to duty 1st July 1915. He was listed as D Coy 1st 6th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (A Roman Catholic)
Thomas is commemorated at Aubigny communal cemetery extension Aubigny-en-Artois Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: I. A. 29.He is also listed at St Johns RC Church Barrhead.
Aubigny-en-Artois is a village approximately 15 Kms north-west of Arras on the road (N39) to St. Pol. From the N39 turn onto the D75 towards the village of Aubigny-en-Artois. The Cemetery lies south on a road leading from the centre of the village, and the Extension is behind it.
Before March, 1916, Aubigny was in the area of the French Tenth Army, and 327 French soldiers were buried in the Extension to the West of what is now Plot IV. From March 1916 to the Armistice, Aubigny was held by Commonwealth troops and burials were made in the Extension until September 1918. The 42nd Casualty Clearing Station buried in it during the whole period, the 30th in 1916 and 1917, the 24th and 1st Canadian in 1917 (during the capture of Vimy Ridge by the Canadian Corps) and the 57th in 1918.
The Extension now contains 2771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and seven from the Second World War. There are also 227 French burials made prior to March 1916, and 64 German war graves. The Extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
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Thomas Strain.
Born Nitshill Renfrewshire 28/1/1891
Home address Main street Nitshill
Employed as a Farm Servant
Service branch: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Unit: Howe Bn.
Rank: Able Seaman
Service number: Clyde Z/7114
Death Date: 24 Apr 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action age 26
Service History: Thomas Enlisted 12/11/15 ; Draft for British Expeditionary Force 25/9/16, joined Howe Battalion. 26/11/16-14/3/17 Suffered Pyrexia Unknown Origin, He later rejoined Howe Battalion. 9/4/17-24/4/17 until Date of Death.
Next-of-Kin & home address: Father, Neil, Main St., Nitshill, Renfrewshire.
Mother Annie Strain Father Neil Strain Siblings Bridget (1878), Mary (1879), Peter (1887), Charles (1889), Catherine (1893), John (1895), William (1900).
Thomas is commemorated on the Arras Memorial Plot: Bay 1 Arras, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, at home he is commemorated on his Local village war memorial at Nitshill and on the St Johns R.C Church at Barrhead Renfrewshire.
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Archibald Stewart
Birth Place: 1890 Barrhead, Renfrew
Residence: Barrhead
Death Date: 29 Jul 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Stirling
Rank: Private
Regiment: Cameronian (Scottish Rifles)
Battalion: 8th Battalion
Regimental Number: 46192
Type of Casualty: Killed in action age 28
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 2544, Lothians And Border Horse.
Stewart - Second anniversary. In loving remembrance of my dear husband Pte Achie Stewart 7/8th S.R. killed in Action on 29th July 1918 On whose soul sweet Jesus Have mercy- RIP In our home you are fondly remembered, Sweet memories cling round your name, Dear hearts that loved you in life, dear Archie, still love you in death just the same, by his widow Elizabeth and 3 Children.
Pte Archie Stewart Mrs Archie Stewart 11 Stormylands st Barrhead has been notified that her husband, Pte Archie Stewart, Scottish Rifles has been killed in action on the 29th July, Previous to being called up he was employed in McConnell's dye works Neilston, He was 28 years of age and leaves a widow and three children.
Final resting place unknown. Archie is listed on the Soissons Memorial.Departement de 'Aisne Picardie, France, He is commemorated at Neilston and at his local Church, St John's Barrhead Roman Catholic Church
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He leaves a widow Maggie and Family of 7
Francis Tait
Birth Place: Barrhead, Renfrewshire 1879
Death Date: 23 Jun 1916
Death Place: Persian Gulf
Enlistment Place: Paisley, Renfrewshire
Rank: Private
Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Regimental Number: S/13176
Type of Casualty: Died
Theatre of War: Asiatic Theatres
Comments: Formerly S/7743, Argyll and Sutherland. Highlanders.
PRIVATE FRANK TAIT Intimation has just been received that Private Frank Tait of the Argyll and Sutherland. Highlanders. Was accidentally drowned on the 21st June . Private Tait was employed before the war as an Ironmoulder in the Tubal Works Barrhead. He leaves a widow (Maggie) and Family of 7 who reside in Neilston. His mother lives at 169 Main street Barrhead
Francis was the son of John Tait whose Occupation in 1881was Hect & Tve Plate Marker, By wife Elizabeth(Born Ireland) who in 1891 was listed as "Wife Of Nail Maker, " at Main St Barrhead residing at McLellands Land.
As well has the Children listed in 1901, The earlier census lists another two sons William born 1874 and Francis born 1879
The 1901 census Gives the Tait Family at 169, Main St Barrhead.
Mrs John Tait age 49 [Elizabeth Tait] born Glasgow 1852
Lizzie Tait age 20 Born Barrhead 1885 Occupation Printfield Worker
Jane Tait age 16 Born Barrhead 1885 Occupation: Mill Worker
John Tait age 12 Born Barrhead 1889 Message Boy Scholar
Bella Tait age 10 Born Barrhead 1891, Scholar
James Tait age 7 Born Barrhead 1894, Scholar
William Tait age 4 Born Barrhead 1897, Child
Francis is commemorated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq Which Until 1997 was located on the main quay of the naval dockyard at Maqil, on the west bank of the Shatt-al-Arab, about 8 kilometres north of Basra.
Because of the sensitivity of the site, the Memorial was moved by presidential decree. The move, carried out by the authorities in Iraq, involved a considerable amount of manpower, transport costs and sheer engineering on their part, and the Memorial has been re-erected in its entirety.
The Basra Memorial is now located 32 kilometres along the road to Nasiriyah, in the middle of what was a major battleground during the first Gulf War.
At home Francis is commemorated at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church at Aurs road Barrhead.
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James Wilson
Birth Place: Barrhead, Renfrewshire
Residence: Barrhead
Death Date: 24 Oct 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Stirling
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regimental Number: 52798
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
The Final Advance In Picardy - Battle Of The Selle - 23/10/1918
Location: Romeries. Allied victory. Following the Allied breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line, German forces retreated across the natural defence line of the River Selle to hastily-prepared positions.
On Thursday 17th October, Fourth Army attacked along a ten mile front to the south of Le Cateau; despite a creeping barrage and under cover of a heavy mist, the British advance met determined enemy resistance. Alerted to a forthcoming attack by the increase in British activity, the Germans had reinforced their positions where a river crossing was most likely.
To the right, the attack met the least resistance and advanced to take Le Cateau by the end of the day. Over the following two days the main attack force, assisted by the arrival of the French troops originally promised for 17th October, overcame the resistance and forced the enemy back towards the Sambre-Oise Canal.
A night attack by Third and First Armies took high ground to the east of the River Selle and having allowed time for the supporting heavy artillery to catch up, all three Armies were able to continue their advance, taking nearly 20,000 Prisoners of War in one week. In VI Corps, 3rd Division relieved 62nd Division on 23rd October, following their attack and capture of Solesmes and Saint-Python, to continue the attack on Romeries.
Passing through Ruesnes on 24th October. Relieved from the front line on 25th October, at 11.00am on 11th November, the Division was in VI Corps Reserve and billeted in the Les Quesnoy and Bavai area.
James is commemorated at vertain communal cemetery extension
Grave Reference: A. 9 and on St Johns R.C. Church Barrhead Renfrewshire Scotland.
Vertain is a village in the Department of the Nord, 5 kilometres north-east of Solesmes. The Cemetery is at the west end of the village, on the road to Haussy.
Vertain was captured on 23 October 1918 by the 24th Royal Fusiliers (2nd Division), who billeted there the same night.
The extension contains 52 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.
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James Wilson
Birth Place: Barrhead, Renfrewshire
Residence: Barrhead
Death Date: 10 Apr 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Barrhead
Rank: Private
Regiment: The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Regimental Number: 33671
Type of Casualty: Killed in action age 19 years
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
Son of Patrick and Mary Anne kelly Wilson, Brothers Thomas and John also served in the Army during WW1.
1901 James Wilson was Age: 3 living with his parents and siblings at 48 Glasgow Road Barrhead Renfrewshire-
Patrick Wilson age 37 born Ireland 1864-a Bath Moulder
Mary Ann Wilson age 35 born Dalry, Ayrshire
Sarah Wilson age 12 born: Barrhead, Renfrew
John Wilson age 7 born: Barrhead, Renfrew
Nellie Wilson age 6 born: Barrhead, Renfrew
James Wilson age 3 born: Barrhead, Renfrew
Lizzie Wilson age 1 born: Barrhead, Renfrew
Thomas Wilson age 4 Days born: Barrhead, Renfrew.
James is commemorated at Tilloy-les-Mofflaines Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: II. G. 25.
And on St Johns Roman Catholic Church memorial Barrhead
Tilloy-lès-Mofflaines is a village 3 kilometres south-east of Arras, on the south side of the main road to Cambrai. Tilloy British Cemetery is south-east of the village on the north-east side of the road to Wancourt, the D37.
Tilloy-lès-Mofflaines was taken by Commonwealth troops on 9 April 1917, but it was partly in German hands again from March to August 1918. The cemetery was begun in April 1917 by fighting units and burial officers, and Rows A to H in Plot I largely represent burials from the battlefield. The remaining graves in Plot I, and others in the first three rows of Plot II, represent later fighting in 1917 and the first three months of 1918, and the clearing of the village in August 1918. These 390 original burials were increased after the Armistice when graves were brought in from a number of temporary battlefield cemeteries in a wide area east of Arras.
The cemetery now contains 1642 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 611 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to 14 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate 11 men of the 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers buried in Tees Trench Cemetery No. 2, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
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John Jack Young
Death Date: 10 Apr 1916
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Barrhead, Renfrews
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment:Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 1st 6th Battalion
Regimental Number: 4258
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre;
Barrhead news Friday April 11th 1916 - Killed in action France Sunday 11th April at 3am Lance Corp Jack Young 1st 6th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Eldest son of James and Mary Young of 7 Aurs Rd Barrhead- "Sleep on dear son , In a soldiers grave. Your life for your country you nobly gave. No one stood near to say goodbye, But save in Gods keeping now you lie"
. Jack previously worked at Shanks and Co Barrhead : Joined the forces at the declaration of war was drafted to France in May and had been there Continuously ever since. Mr Young has a second Son also in the army.: It is perhaps worthy to note that Lance corp Young and private McGregor had been long time close companions and after being apart for some time were thrown together again by the latter's recent arrival at the front. They have now given up their lives together and have been buried in the same cemetery in a distant land.
Pte Albert McGregor 1st 6th A&SH Killed 10th April 1916 age 25 Albert worked as a Cistern Moulder at the Tubal Foundry, He joined up Oct 1914 and was in France for about a month. Albert was the sole supporter of his mother also a widow, Mrs Mary McGregor 238 Main street Barrhead, Note McGregor and Jack Young long companions where brought together in France at the front died and now re Buried in the same cemetery.
These lads where all killed together, Killed same time as Alex Gebbie from Neilston who was blown up in a front line trench when the German's undermined the Argylls trench.
John is commemorated at The Arras Memorial at Faubourg-D´Amiens Cemetery, Arras Departement du Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: Bay 9. And At home on the St Johns R.C. Church Aurs Rd Barrhead
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