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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Morley wrote:
Wow, if my maths is correct that makes the births about 37 years apart, if we are to believe the ages.


I hadn't noticed that!
Different mothers - Horace married Jemima Carrick in 1883 and Annie McClure Rankin in 1921.
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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: NELSON, C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 240192
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1st/5th Bn
Date of Death: 11/5/1917
Grave Reference: F246
Cemetery: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (31/5/1917): Mrs Nelson, Falkirk, has received official word of the death of her husband, Private Chas Nelson, RSF, from paralysis, in Alexandra Hospital, Egypt, on 15th inst. Private Nelson was a member of the Stranraer Territorial Force, and was called up for service on the outbreak of war. He was present with his regiment at some of the severest engagements on the Gallipoli Peninsula, and was ultimately severely wounded in that campaign. Private Nelson was also on board the SS Invernia when that vessel was torpedoed in the Mediterranean on 1st January, and was a considerable time in the water before being picked up. Deceased's mother lives in Dalrymple Street, Stranraer, and his father and two broethers are at present on service with the colours.

Also named on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: PATRICK, W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: Clyde Z/5051
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reservce, Nelson Bn, RN Div
Date of Death: 13/11/1916
Grave Reference: I H 29
Cemetery: Martinsart British Cemetery

Also named on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.

Wigtownshire Free Press (14/12/1916):



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: PIRRIE, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 8079
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1st/5th Bn
Date of Death: 13/7/1915
Age: 24
Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Pirrie, of 21, Dalrymple St., Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Panel Reference: Panel 73 to 76
Memorial: Helles Memorial

Also named on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: RICHARDSON, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 72168
Regiment/Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 44th Coy
Date of Death: 2/8/1917
Panel Reference: Panel 56
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Also named on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: RUSSELL, THOMAS
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Service Number: 125799
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery, 332nd Siege Battery
Date of Death: 21/3/1918
Panel Reference: Bay 1
Memorial: Arras Memorial

Wigtownshire Free Press (23/5/1918): Mrs Russell, 53 Dalrymple Street, Stranraer, has received official intimation that her husband, Gunner Thomas Russell, Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action in France on March 21st last by a shell splinter. Gunner Russell, who enlisted in October 1916, was over 13 years in the employ of Messrs Hugh Hamilton and Sons, provisions merchants. His Major, in a letter states that Gunner Russell was an excellent soldier, and his loss was keenly felt in his Battery. Mrs Russell's second son, Robert, was killed in France on September 25th 1917, and her eldest son, Peter, was wounded in January of the same year.

Also named on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Named on CWGC as Wylle, not Wyllie

Name: WYLLE, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1st/5th Bn
Date of Death: 12/7/1915
Panel Reference: Panel 73 to 76
Memorial: Helles Memorial

Also named on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may be a non-com as I cannot see him on CWGC or SNWM.

David McKie.

Wigtownshire Free Press: At University War Hospital, Southampton, on the 18th inst, (of pneumonia), 13102 Pte David McKie, RSF, att 273rd London Field Ambulance, third son of the late David McKie, and Mrs McKie, 33 High Street, Stranraer, aged 32 years.

UK Army Register of Soldiers' Effects: McKie, David. Royal Scots Fusiliers, Pte 13102. Died 19/2/19, pneumonia, War Hos, Southampton. 27 11s paid to sole legatee, Jane.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may also be a non com.

John McKillops.

Wigtownshire Free Press (23/5/1918): Mrs McKillops, 33 Harbour Street, Stranraer, has received official notice that her son, Private John McKillops, Gordon Highlanders, is reported missing as from April 9. Private McKillops, who enlisted early in 1915, went to France for the third time at the beginning of March. Before enlisting he was employed by Messrs Smith, Dundee Equitable, Inverurie.

UK Army Register of Soldiers' Effects: McKillops John. 1/7th Bn, Gordon Hrs. Pte 266994. 14/4 - 14/7/18, BEF, death assd. 21 9d to mother, sole legatee.

Medal Index Card. McKillops, John. Gordons, Pte 14075, then Pte 266994.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: FERGUSON, ROBERT SPROAT
Initials: RS
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Driver
Service Number: T/110996
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps, 55 Inf Bde Group Coy
Date of Death: 5/12/1943
Age: 33
Additional Information: Son of George Ferguson, and of Sarah Ferguson, of Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Grave Reference: 2 B 50
Cemetery: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (19/3/1942): Driver Robert Sproat Ferguson, RASC, son of Mr and Mrs G Ferguson, 18 Broomfield Gardens, has been reported missing while serving in Malaya. He had seen service in France and was in the Dunkirk evacuation. Prior to joining up in November 1939 he was employed by Mr W Dyer, George Street. A brother is serving on a mine sweeper.

Also named on Stranraer Burgh War Memorial.
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Name: GRAY, ARCHIBALD DOUGLAS
Initials: AD
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Chief Engineer Officer, SS Almeda Star (London)
Date of Death: 17/1/1941
Age: 50
Panel Reference: Panel 5
Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

Wigtownshire Free Press (23/10/1941): Lost at sea January 1941 through enemy action, Douglas Gray, chief engineer, Blue Star Line, second son of the late Mr and Mrs John Gray, Stranraer.

SS Almeda Star was a steam passenger ship of the Blue Star Line. She was sunk by U96 on 17 January 1941 35 miles North East of Rockall with the loss of all 360 on board. (Source: uboat.net)
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Appears on Stranraer Burgh memorial as Andrew Smellie

Name: SMILLIE, ANDREW KENNEDY
Initials: AK
Nationality: New Zealand
Rank: Private
Service Number: 25328
Regiment/Service: Otago Regiment, NZEF, 1st Bn
Date of Death: 5/4/1917
Age: 19
Additional Information: Son of John Charles and Mary Smillie.
Grave Reference: II C 14
Cemetery: St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (10/5/1917): Mrs Smellie, Princess Street, Stranraer, has received definite intimation that her eldest son, Gunner A K Smellie, Z Battery, TMB, NZFA, was killed in action on the Western Front, on 5th ult, his 19th birthday. Gunner Smellie went to New Zealand about four years ago, and was engaged there for the most part on ranch work. He was well known in Stranraer, and was home on furlough about four months ago. He had developed into a fine young man, generous spirited, and evincing a kindly and manly nature. In the land of his adoption he kept in close touch with home and the loved ones here, and proved himself to be a devoted and considerate son to his mother. He was connected with the OS Church, occupying a place on its Roll of Honour. Deep sympathy is felt for the mother and family during their bereavement. He nobly did his duty with the famous Anzacs, and his memory will be treasured as one more of those who has died for country, God, and right. Rev J Heggie, minister of the OS Church, paid a tribute to Gunner Smellie at the service on Sunday, assuring mother and family of the deep sympathy of the congregartion. Seven members of the church Roll of Honour have been killed.

[The report also includes a photograph of Gummer Smellie].
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Name: MURDOCH, A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Company Quartermaster Serjeant
Service Number: 240389
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers, 1st/5th Bn
Date of Death: 19/4/1917
Grave Reference: VI C 7
Cemetery: Gaza War Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (17/5/1917): Intimation has been received that Quartermaster-Sergeant Andrew Murdoch, KOSB, has been killed in action. Sergt Murdoch, who was a son of Mr William Murdoch, fisherman, Stranraer, was employed in the Lands Valuation Office at Newton Stewart when war broke up. He joined the Territirials when they mobilised, and served in Gallipoli and Egypt. While in Newton Stewart, he took part in the fomation and carrying on of the Newton Stewart Rambling Club, and for his services in connection with it was made the recipient of a presentation. Prior to accenting the situation in the Lands Valuation Office, Sergt Murdoch was for some years in the employment of the PP and W Railway Coy as a clerk at the Newton Stewart and Stranraer Stations.
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