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The Miller brothers - for more background material see:
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JAMES MILLER, R.F.A.
Not listed by CWGC – Thought to be.
James Miller – age ?? – Gunner (8626 & 656092) 4th Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
James had been a merchant seaman and had served as a quartermaster on a troopship during the landings at Gallipoli in 1915. He enlisted in the RFA in January 1916 and was wounded and suffered from shell shock in April 1917, but was treated in the 4th Stationary Hospital in France, and was returned to his unit. He was reported as missing and possibly shell-shocked in September 1917 and he was eventually discharged from the army due to sickness, and was awarded a Silver War Badge (379113) in July 1918.
What became of him is unknown.
Born 1890 in Glencairn, Dumfriesshire together with his twin sister Maggie.
Son of William and Janet (Haddow) Miller of Blackwood Village, Closeburn.
Died - ?

and his brother

JOHN MILLER, SEA. HIGH
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Thought to be:
John (Jack) Miller – age 26 – Trooper (1662) 8th Australian Light Horse.
John had been a gardener at Friars' Carse, Auldgirth before he emigrated to Australia in 1908 and was a farm hand at Huickson's Sidings, Kerang, Victoria when he enlisted in Bendigo, Victoria in July 1915. He named his father William at Blackwood Village, Dumfriesshire as his next of kin. He sailed from Victoria in November 1915 and joined his unit in Egypt in February 1916. John was wounded in Palestine on 3 May 1918 and evacuated to the 14th General Hospital at Port Said in Egypt but he died there a month later.
Born 13 December 1892 in Closeburn. Son of William and Janet (Haddow) Miller of Blackwood Village, Closeburn.
Died of Wounds on 4 June 1918 and buried in Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.


BENJAMIN PHILLIPS, SCOT. RIFLES.
Benjamin Phillips – age 28 – Lance Corporal (25928) 4th (Reserve) Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Benjamin enlisted in February 1916 and served in the 2nd Cameronians. He was discharged due to illness in October 1918 and was awarded a Silver War Badge (B50768) He died of heart disease at the family home in Closeburn.
Born 1890 in Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire as Benjamin Hannan Phillips. Son of the late Archibald Phillips and of Jemima (Blackwood) Phillips of Barnmuir, Closeburn.
Died on 23 March 1919 and buried in Closeburn Parish Churchyard Extension. (CWG)
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ADAM ROBERTSON, CAN. INF.
Adam Robertson – age 25 – Private (862397) 123rd Battalion, Canadian Pioneers.
Adam had been a clerk at Closeburn and Thornhill railway stations before the family emigrated to Canada in May 1912. He was a labourer and was living with his family in Toronto when he enlisted in the 180th (Sportsmen) Battalion in February 1916. The battalion sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in November 1916 but Adam was transferred to the 123rd Pioneers (Royal Grenadiers) and landed in France in March 1917. He was badly wounded and treated at the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station on 21 October before being evacuated to the 7th Canadian General Hospital where he died.
Born 1892 in Dumfries. Son of the late Adam Robertson of Closeburn Gardens and of Elizabeth (Sim) Robertson of 334 Howland Avenue, Toronto.
Died of Wounds on 9 November 1917 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.


JAMES G. SHARPE, K.O.S.B.
James Sharpe – age 33 – Private (16460) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James had been an engine driver and sawyer with a timber merchant in Auldgirth for about twenty years when he enlisted in November 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915 but was killed four months later during the battle of Loos.
Born 1881 in Closeburn as James Grierson Sharpe. Son of Robert and Margaret (Grierson) Sharpe of Blackwood Village, Closeburn and of Holmhead, Auldgirth, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


WILLIAM SHARPE, K.O.S.B.
William Sharpe – age 34 – Private (15160) 8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was a freestone quarryman when he enlisted in September 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915.
Born 1882 in Closeburn. Son of William and Helen (Telfer) Sharpe of Campleslacks, Closeburn.
Missing in Action on 15 January 1916 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
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JAMES SNEDDON, K.O.S.B.
Note: Military records have Sneddon, CWGC has Snedden, Civil records have both.
James Snedden – age 18 – Private (40189) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was a rabbit-catcher on the Granton Estate, Moffat, Dumfriesshire when he enlisted in the 2/5th KOSB in 1914. He had been in France for just ten days when he was killed.
Born 1898 in Closeburn as James McLellan Sneddon. Son of George and Rebecca (McLellan) Snedden of Gilchristland, Closeburn, of Granton March, Moffat and of "Annfield," Amsfield Road, Dumfries.
Missing in Action on 15 September 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Moffat War Memorial.


WILLIAM WAUGH, R.F.A.
William Waugh – age 30 – Acting Bombardier (L/10339) 35th Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery attached to the 29th Light Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers.
William was a goods guard with the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company and lived in Glasgow when he enlisted. The 35th Division landed in France in January 1916. William had just returned to the front after some leave when he was killed.
Born 1886 in Moniaive, Glencairn, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late William Waugh and of Jane Fulton (Muirhead) Waugh of Kirkland of Glencairn. Husband of Catherine Scott (Hyslop) Waugh, of Park, Closeburn who he married in 1911 in Closeburn.
Died on Active Service on 15 July 1917 and buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Glencairn Parish War Memorials in Moniaive and on the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company memorial now in Ayr Station.


THOMAS WILSON, SEA. HIGHRS.
Thomas Wilson – age 21 – Private (S/7523) 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Thomas was a ploughman at Briswick, Closeburn when he enlisted in September 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915 but was killed two months later during the battle of Loos.
Born 1894 in Penpont, Dumfriesshire. Son of Thomas and Maggie (Henry) Wilson of Holmhead and of Whitespotts Cottage, Auldgirth, Dumfriesshire. Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


WALTER WILSON, R.S. FUS.
Walter Wilson – age 36 – Private (25167) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Walter had been a grocer in Dalmellington in Ayrshire when he married in 1909 and later in Ayr but stated that he was a railway carriage lampman, living at Longacre Terrace in Ayr when he enlisted in December 1915. He was mobilised in August 1916 and joined the 2nd RSF in France in December 1916. He was evacuated to hospital in Leicester due to illness in February 1917 and was posted to the 1st RSF in France in June before transferring to the 6th/7th RSF in August.1917. Walter was moved back to the 1st Battalion in May 1918 and had just returned from leave when he was killed.
Born 1882 in Glencairn, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late Mary Wilson. Husband of Sarah Ann (Carruthers) Wilson of 8 Longacre Terrace, Ayr, of Station View, Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire and of Crossroads, Closeburn who he married in 1909 in Closeburn.
Killed in Action on 2 September 1918 and buried in Ecoust-St. Mein British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Glencairn Parish War Memorials in Moniaive and on the Kirkconnel Parish War Memorial.
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1939 - 1945


ROBERT ARMSTRONG, R.A.F.
Robert Armstrong – age 20 – Sergeant/Flight Engineer (1567337) 101 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Robert's Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire for a raid on Nuremberg but was shot down by a night fighter and crashed near Rothenbach. The crew were buried in Furth Civic Cemetery but were re-interred in Durnbach in July 1948.
Born 1923 in Terregles, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of James and Agnes Armstrong of Highmains, Closeburn and of Auldgirth, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 31 March 1944 and buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany.


DONALD CARROLL, R.A.S.C.
Donald Carroll – age 21 – Driver (T/121336) 7 Reserve Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps.
Donald was being evacuated from France onboard the requisitioned Cunard cruise liner, Lancastria when she came under attack from enemy aircraft off the port of St. Nazaire. She received three direct hits from a German Junkers 88 bomber and sank, taking with her an estimated 4,000 victims.
Born 1919 in Kells, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of (not known) Nephew of Patrick and Catherine Carroll of Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 17 June 1940 and named on the Dunkirk Memorial, France.
Also named on the Keir Parish War Memorial in Dumfriesshire.


JOHN J. L. S. DOUGLAS, R.A.F.
John James Douglas – age 22 – Aircraftman 1st Class (1562716) 2744 Squadron, RAF Regiment, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John worked at Newtonairds Home Farm, Holywood when he enlisted. 2744 Squadron arrived in Italy in December 1943, initially based in the Naples area. Although their primary role was airfield defence, they later operated alongside Army units as infantry support at Monte Cassino on the Gothic Line. John was buried in a battlefield grave but was re-interred in Assisi in August 1946.
Born 1922 in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire as John James Lori.....Son of Mr. & Mrs. Douglas of Craigshields, Parkgate, Kirkmichael, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 30 June 1944 and buried in Assisi War Cemetery, Italy.
Also named on the Kirkmichael Parish War Memorial and on the Holywood WW2 memorial.
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ROBERT A. HUTCHISON, M.N.
Robert Andrew Hutchison – age 17 – Cabin Boy, S.S. Stockport (Grimsby) Merchant Navy.
In October 1941 the former North Sea ferry “Stockport” became operational as rescue ship and took part in 16 convoys, picking up 413 survivors altogether. She fell behind convoy ON-166 when picking up the survivors from “Empire Trader” and after transferring the men to HMCS Dauphin she tried to rejoin convoy but was torpedoed by the German submarine U-604 and was lost with all hands.
Born 1926 in Nethermains, Closeburn. Son of Lewis and Mary McRobert (Bissit or Halliday) Hutchison of Nethermains, Closeburn.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 25 February 1943 and named on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.


WILLIAM JARDINE, BLACK WATCH.
William Jardine – age 21 – Corporal (3190211) 7th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
William was an apprentice painter in Thornhill when he enlisted. He served in Egypt and Tunisia before he landed in Sicily in early July 1943.
Born 1921 in Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late Robert Kirkpatrick Jardine and of Kate Murray (Shankland) Jardine of North Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 23 July 1943 and buried in Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy.
Also named on the Morton Parish War Memorial in Thornhill.


JOHN KIRKPATRICK, M.N.
John Kirkpatrick – age 22 – Second Radio Officer, M.V. Fishpool (West Hartlepool) Merchant Navy.
John was educated at Wallace Hall Academy before he joined the Post Office. He then attended the Wireless College in Edinburgh and spent some years at sea in tankers. The Motor Vessel “Fishpool” was sunk in an air raid at Syracuse in Sicily while discharging ammunition and aviation spirit brought from Alexandria, killing 23 crew and 5 gunners.
Born 1920 in Closeburn. Son of John and Helen (McKinnel) Kirkpatrick of Shotts, Closeburn.
Killed by enemy action on 26 July 1943 and named on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
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ROBERT MILLAR, R.A.F.
Robert Millar – age 20 – Sergeant (1057521) 53 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
In July 1942 No.53 Squadron became one of the few British units to operate directly from American soil, when it began flying Lockheed Hudsons on anti-submarine patrols off the Eastern seaboard. After spending a month operating from Rhode Island, the squadron moved south to Edinburgh Field in Trinidad, where it remained until the end of November. Robert's aircraft was attacking a German submarine U-505, found on the surface in the Caribbean Sea, when one of the depth charges hit the boat and debris struck the Hudson causing it to explode and crash.
Born 1922 in Thornhill, Morton, Dumfriesshire. Son of John and Margaret (Osborne) Millar of Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 10 November 1942 and named on the Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada.
Also named on the Keir Parish War Memorial in Dumfriesshire.
The fifth crewman on the aircraft was Harold Lewis Drew, Seaman 1st Class (6461768) US Navy.


LOUI McKIE, W.A.A.F.
Loui McKie – age 21 – Leading Aircraftwoman (433863) Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
Loui died of acute appendicitis and pneumonia in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
Born 1922 in Dumfries. Daughter of the late James Douglas McKie and of Hannah (Wright) McKie of High Cample, Closeburn.
Died on Service on 13 October 1943 and buried in Closeburn Cemetery. (CWG)


JOHN PRINGLE, K.O.S.Bs.
John Pringle – age 24 – Lance Corporal (3194158) Headquarters Company, Signals Platoon, 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers (Galloway), 1st Airlanding Brigade.
John was employed at Dinning Farm, Closeburn when he enlisted in 1940. On 17 September 1944 the first of the Horsa gliders carrying the 7th KOSB landed at Arnhem on the first day of the battle,, to secure the Ginkel Heath position, designated as DZ-Y, for the 4th Parachute Brigade. By 25 September the remains of the battalion were defending the perimeter near Oosterbeek Hoog Railway Station and that night were withdrawn to cross back over the Rhine.
Born 1920 in Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire as John William Pringle. Son of John and Robina (Telfer) Pringle of Dinning Farm, Closeburn.
Killed in Action on 21 September 1944 and buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands.
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ALEXANDER M. ROGERSON, R.A.F.
Alexander Malcolm Rogerson – age 29 – Leading Aircraftman (996988) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Alexander died of tuberculosis in the Sanatorium in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire.
Born 1916 in Kirkmichael, Dumfriesshire. Son of Alexander Malcolm Rogerson and of Mary Jane (McDonald) Rogerson of Croalchapel, Closeburn.
Died on 7 December 1945 and buried in Closeburn Cemetery. (CWG)


THOMAS SAVAGE, K.O.S.Bs.
Thomas Savage – age 40 – Lance Corporal (14633672) 4th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas was working in Thornhill when he enlisted. The 4th KOSB landed at Ostend in October 1944 and their first operation would be to aid in opening the Belgian port of Antwerp, in the Battle of the Scheldt and the attack on Walcheren Island in early November.
Born 1904 in Dumfries. Son of the late Janet (Kerr) Savage and of David Savage. Husband of May or Mary Campbell (Purdie) Savage of 80 Closeburn Village who he married in 1934 in Closeburn.
Died of Wounds on 15 November 1944 and buried in Brugge General Cemetery, Belgium.
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