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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reported in today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard - this club is to close at the end of the month. I don't have any contacts to find out what will happen to the memorial and I will not be in a position to follow it up myself. I will however report it to WMT and hope that they, or someone who reads this, will be able to report back.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is now on the WMR, ex UKNIWM, memorial 71635.

In my own area of Cumbria I go ferreting out hidden and obscure memorials like this. It is very useful to find other people with similar determination doing so in their local areas.
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With many thanks to Tony Hibberd of the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln who supplied lots of detail on the Bomber Command men listed on this memorial. https://internationalbcc.co.uk/


WAAF

LACW J. R. RICHARDSON.
Not listed by CWGC/SNWM.
Jessie Richardson – age 24 – Leading Aircraftwoman, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. (Discharged)
Jessie died of tuberculosis at the Dumfries and Galloway Sanatorium in Lochmaben.
Born 1920 in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire.
Daughter of William and Margaret (Kirkpatrick) Richardson of 4 Glebe Terrace, Lochmaben.
Died on 24 May 1944 and buried in Lochmaben Cemetery.
Named on the Lochmaben War Memorial.


RFC

F/CDT B. G. PREECE.
Brazel Gordon Preece – age 18 – Cadet: Royal Air Force.
Brazel had been employed at the Arrol-Johnston Motor Works at Heathhall, Dumfries when he joined the Royal Flying Corps in February 1918. He was killed when his RE8 aircraft crashed at 37 Training Depot Station. RAF Yatesbury in Wiltshire.
Born 1900 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Son of William George and Rebecca Buzza (Webster) Preece of 22 Cresswell Avenue, Dumfries.
Died on Active Service on 16 November 1918 and buried in Dumfries (St. Michael's) Cemetery. (CWG)
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


2/LT R. D. GROSSART.
Robert Dykes Grossart – age 25 – Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps.
Robert was educated at Moffat Academy and at Glasgow University where from 1912 he studied engineering. He had a life long interest in aeroplanes and had constructed his own monoplane at his home in Beattock, Dumfriesshire in 1910 when he was 18. He interrupted his studies to enlist as a Private in the Cameronians in August 1914. He was selected for officer training and was commissioned in the King's (Liverpool Regiment) in May 1915. He spent a year with 15th Reserve Battalion before he was transferred to the 18th Battalion of the Welsh Regt and went with them to France in June 1916. After three months at the front he was posted to Oxford to train as a pilot and then to Catterick Bridge in Yorkshire where he qualified in December 1916. He was based at Beverley in Yorkshire when his aircraft nose-dived into the ground and he was killed.
Born 1892 at Corriehill in Hutton and Corrie, Dumfriesshire.
Son of Robert Fraser Grossart and Wilhelmina (Gibson) Grossart of Milton, Beattock.
Died on Active Service on 9 February 1917 and buried in Kirkpatrick Juxta Parish Churchyard, Beattock. (CWG)
Named on the Lockerbie War Memorial, on the Kirkpatrick Juxta Parish War Memorial, on the Moffat Academy memorial and on the Glasgow University Roll of Honour.


PTE L. MAXWELL.
Not listed by CWGC/SNWM.
Leslie Maxwell – age 20 – Clerk (76835) Royal Air Force.
Leslie was a mercantile clerk when he enlisted as an Air Mechanic in the Royal Flying Corps in April 1917. He was discharged as medically unfit in February 1919 and he died of tuberculosis at the family home.
Born 1898 in Annan, Dumfriesshire,
Son of William and Hannah (Beattie) Maxwell of Solway View, Carlisle Road, Annan.
Died on 23 April 1919 and buried in Annan Cemetery.
Named on the Annan War Memorial.
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A.C. H. ANDERSON.
Hugh Anderson – age 37 – Aircraftman 2nd Class (1828004) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Born 1908 in Symington, Lanarkshire.
Son of the late Hugh and Elizabeth (McTurk) Anderson. Husband of Sarah Montgomery Ferguson (Morrison) Anderson of Eaglesfield, Dumfriesshire who he married in 1932 in Applegarth, Dumfriesshire.
Died on 22 January 1946 in Dumfries and buried in Middlebie Cemetery, Dumfriesshire. (CWG)
Not named on any local War Memorial.


F/SGT R. ARMSTRONG.
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.
Named on the Closeburn War Memorial and on a memorial plaque at Wallace Hall Academy.


SIG II J. R. ARMSTRONG . I cannot trace this person.


SGT R. BATEMAN.
Robert Bateman – age 26 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (632703) 101 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
Robert was the mid upper Air Gunner on his Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire for a raid on Braunschweig. The aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter, crashing into a slate quarry at Lautenthal near Goslar. Robert was initially buried in Lautenthal Village Cemetery but was re-interred at Hanover in January 1947.
Born 1918 in Rerrick, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Thought to be a son of Joseph Bateman and of Elizabeth Kellett (Bell) Bateman of West Kirkcarswell, Rerrick.
Killed in Action on 14 January 1944 and buried in Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Rerrick Parish War Memorial in Dundrennan.


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SGT A. BEATTIE.
Alan Beattie – age 20 – Sergeant (1824754) 156 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Alan was working at Mersehead, Southwick, Kirkudbrightshire when he enlisted. He was the mid upper Air Gunner on his Lancaster bomber which had taken off from RAF Upwood in Huntingdonshire for a raid on the Krupps works at Essen in the Ruhr. The aircraft crashed near Achtmal on the Dutch/Belgian border.
Born 1924 in Urr, Kirkudbrightshire.
Son of the late William Beattie of Mersehead, Southwick and of Margaret Beattie of Carswadda, Lochanhead.
Killed in action on 27 April 1944 and buried in Zundert Protestant Churchyard, Holland.
Named on the Southwick War Memorial.


F/O J. BECK, D.F.M.
John Creighton Beck, Distinguished Flying Medal – age 23 – Flying Officer/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (52694) 512 Squadron, Transport Command, Royal Air Force.
Jackie was educated at St. Andrew's School and St. Joseph's College in Dumfries and worked in a bakery before he joined the RAF in March 1939. He was awarded the DFM as Flight Sergeant (637628) 61 Squadron, RAF, and promoted to Flying Officer in December 1943. Jackie's C-47 Douglas Dakota had taken off from RAF Broadwell to carry out a daytime ferry flight. The aircraft crashed at Watlington, Oxfordshire when it hit trees on high ground at 750 feet. Jackie was severely injured and died the following day.
Born 1920 in Dumfries.
Son of John Creighton Beck and Robina (Wallace) Beck of 177 St. Michael's Street, Dumfries.
Died on Active Service on 22 March 1944 and buried in Dumfries (St. Andrew's) Roman Catholic Cemetery. (CWG)
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


F/SGT D.A. BRIGGS.
David Abel Briggs – age 19 – Sergeant (1590037) 467 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
David was educated at Dumfries High School before entering a Government scheme for training engineers for the RAF. His Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire for a raid on Stettin but was never heard from again.
Born 1924 in Dumfries.
Son of David Abel Briggs and Margaret Briggs of 2 Goldie Crescent, Nithside, Dumfries.
Missing in Action on 6 January 1944 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


A.C. D. BROWN.
Not listed by CWGC.
David was a civilian labourer at the Air Ministry Depot at Heathhall in Dumfries.
Born c.1912
Son of the late William Brown and of Emily (Davidson) Brown of 30 Millburn Avenue, Dumfries. Husband of Agnes Jane McCormick (Wylie) Brown of 6 Heathhall Terrace, Dumfries who he married in 1940 in Dumfries.
Died on 22 June 1941 in Dumfries Infirmary and buried in Dumfries (St. Michael's) Cemetery.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.
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SGT D. BROWN.
Douglas Brown – age 21 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1004817) 106 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Douglas was educated at Kirkcudbright Academy and was employed by A.D. Brown, Grocer in Kirkcudbright. He was the youngest of five brothers serving. He had already taken part in 19 raids and was the rear gunner when his Lancaster bomber took off from RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire for a raid on Essen. It is believed that the aircraft was hit by ground-fire in the Munster area. The crew were originally buried in Wulfen cemetery but were re-interred at Reichswald in April 1947.
Born 1921 in Maryhill, Kelvin, Glasgow.
Son of David and Fanny (Rae) Brown, and nephew of Mrs. M. Carson, of 108 High Street, Kirkcudbright.
Killed in Action on 1 May 1943 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Kirkcudbright War Memorial, on the Kirkcudbright Academy memorial and on the St. Cuthbert's Church memorial.


F/SGT E. BROWN.
Eric Brown – age 20 – Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (638323) No.2 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.
The Bristol Blenheim's crew of three were on a night cross country navigation flight from RAF Catfoss in Yorkshire when the aircraft flew into Burbage Moor near Ringinglow in the Peak District. The aircraft was recorded as having strayed from the planned course.
Born 1921 in Dumfries.
Son of John Brown and the late Mary Carnochan (Reid) Brown of 34 Lockerbie Road, Dumfries.
Died on Active Service on 26 January 1941 and buried in Dumfries (St. Michael's) Cemetery. (CWG)
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the St. Mary's Church memorial in Dumfries.


P/O J. A. BRYSON.
John Alexander Brydson – age 23 – Pilot Officer/Pilot (196890) 66 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John was a joiner in his grandfather's business when he enlisted in 1941 and was promoted to Sergeant Pilot (1343649). He was commissioned in March 1945. In April 1945, 66 Squadron were flying Spitfires from RAF Schijndel and RAF Twente in southern Netherlands as part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. John was shot down while supporting an infantry advance near Arnhem.
Born 1921 in Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of Major William Alexander Brydson and Annie (Hamilton) Brydson of Bowhouse, Terregles.
Killed in Action on 1 April 1945 and buried in Rheden (Velp) Protestant Cemetery, Netherlands.
Named on the Terregles War Memorial.
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F/O J. G. BRYSON.
James Gilmour Bryson – age 23 – Flying Officer/Pilot (134999) 550 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
James was educated at Mount Pleasant School, Rigg, at Annan Academy, at Wallace Hall Academy in Dumfriesshire and at the Edinburgh Agricultural College. He joined the RAF in 1940 and was commissioned from Sergeant (1365290) in October 1942. He was promoted to F/O in April 1943. He was the pilot of his Lancaster bomber which had taken off from RAF Grimsby at Waltham in Lincolnshire for a raid on Berlin but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter north of Hanover and crashed near Hoya. James was buried in Hassel near Bremmen but was re-interred in Hanover in January 1948.
Born 1920 in Gretna, Dumfriesshire.
Son of George W. and Margaret Jane (Gilmour) Bryson of Rigg Cottage, Rigg, Dumfriesshire. Husband of Susie R. (Edmunds) Bryson who he married in 1942 in Surrey.
Killed in Action on 2 January 1944 and buried in Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Gretna Old Parish Church Roll of Honour and on a memorial plaque at Wallace Hall Academy.


F/SGT A. BURNS.
Andrew Burns – age 24 – Flight Sergeant (655643) 78 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
Andrew was educated at Sanquhar Pubic School and worked at the Crawick Shovel factory in Kirkconnel before he joined the RAF. He qualified as a pilot in Canada in September 1941 and was the pilot of his Halifax bomber which had taken off from RAF Linton on Ouse in Yorkshire for a raid on Dortmund. Andrew was killed when the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed near Epe in Germany, but the rest of his crew survived.
Born 1918 in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire.
Son of the late James Burns and of Jean Burns of 19 Robertson Road, Kelloholm, Kirkconnel and of Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 5 May 1943 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Kirkconnel War Memorial, on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.
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W/O E. CALLANDER, D.F.M.
Edward Callander, Distinguished Flying Medal – age 27 – Warrant Officer (1061420) 115 Squadron Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Born 1917 in Dumfries.
Son of Edward and Isabella (Bryden) Callander of 52 Friars Vennel, Dumfries.
Killed while a Prisoner of War on 7 March 1944 at Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Germany and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.

From undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usbiography/c/edwardcallander.html

In 1936, aged 19, Callander joined the French Foreign Legion. In Spring 1940 he was among the Legionnaires who formed part of the Anglo-French forces that took part in the Battle of Narvik in northern Norway. For his part in the operation, Callander was awarded the Croix de Guerre. Meanwhile, France had fallen to the Germans, and Callander returned to Britain, where he joined the RAF as a rear gunner on Wellington bombers. His luck ran out during a raid over Stuttgart on the night of 6 May 1942, and Callander ended up as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 3.
While a POW, Callander escaped on three occasions. On the first occasion he was part of a large group who tunnelled their way out. Having been recaptured, he later evaded his captors while being returned to the camp. In 1944 Callander made his third escape and apparently made it as far as the port of Danzig on the Baltic before being recaptured. This time he was not returned to his camp, instead being shot by the Gestapo.

The citation for his DFM. London Gazette 2/9/1941 p.5102 as Sgt.1061420 No.75 (N.Z.) Squadron.

On the morning of 24/7/1941, he was Air Gunner in the rear turret of Wellington R1457, captained by Sgt. Saunders, which was detailed to carry out a daylight bombing attack on the battleship 'Gneisenau' at Brest. He was No.2 in the rear section of a formation of 12 aircraft and, in this position, was exposed to the full attention of the enemy and at one stage he counted no less than 5 manoeuvring to attack. As his aircraft approached the target, an ME109 came up behind and below and opened fire at long range of approximately 600 yards. He immediately replied with a long burst and the enmey aircraft turned away and was lost to sight. Immediately they had passed through the flak area, one of three enemy aircraft which had been circling above, dived to the attack with with cannon & machine gun fire. The enemy was driven off at 300 yards range but returned to make a second attack. A further burst of 500 rounds was pumped into him and the speed of of the enemy dropped noticeably and smoke was seen to come from it. It then went down with black smoke pouring from its cowling & engine and was seen to burst into flames several thousand feet below. In a simultaneous attack, No.3 of his formation was unfortunately shot down and this left him further exposed. A further attacker was dealt with so effectively that no other enemy dared come within range. During most of these attacks in which he fired 1200 rounds, he was without the help of his front turret which had been damaged and put out of action by enemy fire. Again, on the night of 12/13th June 1941 when returning from a raid on Hamm, his aircraft was attacked by 3 Ju.88's. One attacked from the port bow, rejoined the other 2, then attacked in line astern on the port quarter, breaking away underneath. Each attack was met with such accurate and withering fire that the first 2 were driven off and the third is claimed as probably destroyed. He is probably the finest Air Gunner to have passed through this squadron and the experience gained during 4 years service with the French Foreign Legion plus great coolness, skill and courage he has displayed on all occasions merits his high recognition.
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SGT. R. CAMPBELL.
Roderick Campbell – age 19 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1820283) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Roderick was the mid-upper air gunner on a Lancaster bomber from 1654 Heavy Conversion Unit, RAF Wigsley near Lincoln when it was attacked by one of a number of German Ju88 fighters which had infiltrated the returning bomber stream. The aircraft crashed at Sookholme, near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.
Born 1928 in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire.
Son of Hugh and Janet Campbell of Lambholm Cottages, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in action on 4 March 1945 and buried in Gamerig Cemetery, Kirkmichael, Dumfriesshire. (CWG)
Named on the Kirkmichael War Memorial and on the Royal Four Towns War Memorial in Hightae, Dumfriesshire.


F/LT W.A.G. CLARK.
Walter Alexander Graham Clark – age 32 – Flight Lieutenant (116802) 156 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Walter was educated at Dumfries Academy before he became a clerk with the British Linen Bank in the Borders. He joined the RAF at the outbreak of war as Sergeant (974201) and was promoted to Pilot Officer in January 1942 and to Flight Lieutenant in December. He flew over 30 sorties including one of the first raids on Berlin and latterly he served in a pathfinder Squadron. Walter's Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Warboys in Huntingdonshire for a raid on Berlin but was lost without a trace.
Born 1911 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire.
Son of the late David Clark and of Mary Latimer (Cairns) Clark of Roselea, Rosevale Street, Langholm. Husband of Doris Irene (Fuller) Clark of Kilburn, Middlesex who he married in March 1943 in East Ham, London.
Missing in Action on 22 November 1943 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Langholm War Memorial, on the British Linen Bank Memorial in the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh and on the Newtown St. Boswells War Memorial in Roxburghshire.


SGT W. S. COLLINS.
William Stewart Collins – age 20 – Sergeant, Air Gunner (591325) 49 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
William was educated at Noblehill School and Dumfries Academy before he joined the RAF as boy entrant. He had two years of training at the RAF school and was employed on administration duties before transferring to operational work as a rear-gunner. William's Lancaster bomber took-off from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire for a raid on Karlsruhe but was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Abee in Belgium. Three of the crew were killed. They were buried at Brusthem Airfield but were re-interred at Heverlee in February 1947.
Born 1921 in Dumfries.
Son of William Stewart Collins, sub-postmaster at Galloway Street Dumfries and Mary Isabella (Watson) Collins of 11 Balmoral Road, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 3 September 1942 and buried in Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.
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SGT J. T. CORBETT.
John Turner Corbett – age 24 – Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (977033) 15 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John was employed in Moffat Post Office when he enlisted. His Stirling bomber had taken off from RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire for a raid on Essen but was intercepted by a night-fighter and crashed at Overasselt near Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
Born 1917 in Glasgow.
Son of John Turner Corbett and Helen Jane (McGregor) Corbett, of Seamore House, Moffat.
Killed in Action on 8 August 1941 and buried in Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Named on the Moffat War Memorial and on the Moffat Academy memorial.


SGT W.G. CORMACK
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William George Cormack – age 21 – Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (985764) 101 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William served his apprenticeship as a chemist in Dumfries. His Wellington bomber had taken off from RAF Bourne, Cambridgshire for a raid on Bremen but was hit by ground fire and crashed near the target. He was buried at Delmenhorst but was re-interred in Becklingen in August 1946.
Born 1920 in Dumfries.
Son of John Craig Cormack and Mary (Roberts) Cormack of Westfield, Eastfield Road, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 4 June 1942 and buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the St. Mary's Church memorial in Dumfries.


P/O L. W. COUPLAND.
Lorenzo Diaz Coupland – age 22 – Pilot Officer (49802) Royal Air Force.
Lorenzo was in training in Alabama in the USA under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan when he was killed in a mid-air collision.
Born 22 February 1920 at Tierra del Fuego, Chile.
Son of Robert and Jane (Greig) Coupland of Boghall, Buittle, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Died on Service on 3 November 1942 and buried in Montgomery (Oakwood) Cemetery Annex, Alabama, USA.
Named on the Buittle War Memorial and on a memorial bench in Buittle cemetery.


FL/SGT T. L. CRAVEN.
Thomas Lockerbie Craven – age 21 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1565815) 158 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Thomas was employed in the showroom of the electricity department of Dumfries Town Council. He was the mid-upper gunner when his Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Lissett, near Bridlington, Yorkshire for a raid on Berlin. The aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed near Martensmuhle where he was buried. His body was re-interred in Berlin in May 1947.
Born 1922 Lockerbie, Dryfesdale, Dumfrieshire.
Son of William Lockerbie Craven and Jessie McCartney (Bell) Craven of 33 Rae Street, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 1 September 1943 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the Townhead Church memorial now in St. Michael's Church in Dumfries.
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A.C. J. DONALD.
John Donald – age 19 – Aircraftman 2nd Class (977404) Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
John was educated at St. Andrew's School in Dumfries and was working as a waiter in Bexhill-on-Sea when he enlisted in January 1940. He was killed in a road accident at Axton, Huntingdonshire.
Born 1921 in Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of William McCrae Donald and of Jessie Storrie (Lilly) Donald of Church Street, Maxwelltown, Dumfries.
Died on Active Service on 8 September 1940 and buried in Dumfries (St. Andrew's) Roman Catholic Cemetery. (CWG)
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


SGT. J. DONALDSON.
John Donaldson – age 21 – Sergeant (1589606) 77 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John was the mid-upper gunner when his Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Full Sutton in Yorkshire for a “gardening” or mine laying task but was attacked by a night fighter and shot down over the North Sea.
Born 1923 in St.Mungo Parish, Dumfriesshire.
Son of ??????
Missing in Action on 12 January 1945 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Hoddom Parish War Memorial in Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire.


L.A.C. M. DONECHY.
Martin Donechy – age 23 – Leading Aircraftman (1550017) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Martin was an apprentice baker in Dumfries when he joined the RAF in 1941. He was fatally wounded during an enemy air raid on an airstrip called Sinthie on the west side of the river Irrawaddy in Burma. Several Spitfires of 157 (Hyderabad) Squadron were destroyed and a number of men were killed including LAC Ronald Halliday. (see below). They were buried in Mandalay War Cemetery but were re-interred in Taukkyan after the war.
Born 1922 in Hutchesontown, Glasgow.
Foster son of Mr. J. Mitchell of Janefield Drive, Dumfries.
Died of Wounds on 17 February 1945 and buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. (Burma)
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.


SGT. W.T. DOUGLAS.
Walter Thomas Douglas – age 20 – Sergeant/Untrained Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (987549) Coastal Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Walter was onboard an aircraft of 5 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit when it crashed off the North Devon coast. His body was recovered from the sea near Pembroke Dock, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Walter was buried in Langholm Cemetery, Dumfriesshire on 16 October 1941.
Born 1921 in Newcastleton, Roxburghshire.
Son of Walter Thomas Douglas and Isabella Mary Graham (Routledge) Douglas, of Hagg-on-Esk, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire.
Died on Active Service on 27 August 1941 and buried in Langholm Cemetery. (CWG)
Named on the Canonbie War Memorial.
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F/O J.B. DUNCAN.
John Bryce Duncan – age 32 – Flying Officer/Air Gunner (102115) 51 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John was educated at Rugby and at Magdalene College, Cambridge from where he graduated M.A. in Architecture. He then spent many months visiting India, Australia and Japan before joining a practice in Dumfries. He was commissioned from Leading Aircraftman (1002545) to Pilot Officer in June 1941 and took part in a raid on St. Nazaire in March 1942 but was badly injured when his aircraft crashed on landing. He was promoted to Flying Officer in June 1942 and after recovering from his injuries he volunteered for air crew duties. He was the rear gunner on his Halifax bomber which had taken off from RAF Snaith in Yorkshire for a raid on Berlin but the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter and crashed at Voorst in the Netherlands. John and the crew are buried there.
Born 1911 at Newlands in Kirkmahoe, Dumfriesshire.
Son of John Bryce Duncan and Adeline A. (McKerrow) Duncan of Newlands, Kirkmahoe.
Killed in Action on 1 March 1943 and buried in Voorst General Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.
Named on the Kirkmahoe War Memorial


A.C. W. FISHER.
William Fisher – age 31 – Aircraftman 1st Class (1365456) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William was a salesman with Nestle's Milk Products Ltd. in Glasgow when he enlisted early in the war. He was taken prisoner in February 1942 and died of disease onboard a Japanese transport ship.
Born 1911 in Penpont, Dumfriesshire.
Son of William and Mary (Wilson) Fisher of Beachbank, Penpont.
Died on Service on 28 November 1942 and named on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
Named on the Penpont War Memorial and on a memorial plaque at Wallace Hall Academy.


L.A.C. W.R. FLETCHER.
Walter Robert Fletcher – age 20 – Leading Aircraftman (3021603) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Walter was killed when the Douglas Dakota transport aircraft on which he was a passenger crashed near Feni in Bengal. He was buried at Riazmunshir but was re-interred at Maynamati in January 1946.
Born 1924 in Lockerbie, Dryfesdale, Dumfriesshire
Son of Robert and Annie (Lightfoot) Fletcher of Lockerbie.
Died on Active Service on 13 April 1945 and buried in Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh.
Named on the Lockerbie War Memorial, on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie and on an individual memorial in Dryfesdale Parish Church.
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SGT D.T. FORREST.
Douglas Thomas Forrest – age 19 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1826053) 622 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Douglas was educated at Sanquhar Public School and was employed in a local colliery when he enlisted in December 1943. He was the rear gunner when his Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk for a raid on Frankfurt but his aircraft collided with another aircraft and both crashed at Stattmalten, north of Strasburg.
Born 1925 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.
Son of Robert and ???? Forrest of 46 Renwick Place, Sanquhar. Husband of Annie Deans (King) Forrest of Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire who he married in 1944 in Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 12 September 1944 and buried in Sessenheim Communal Cemetery, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France.
Named on the Sanquhar War Memorial, on the Sanquhar School memorial and on the St. Ninian's Church memorial.


SGT W. FRASER.
William Fraser – age 20 – Sergeant/Navigator (1559186) 7 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
William was Gold Medalist at Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire in 1941 and, as a member of 906 Squadron A.T.C., he joined the RAF from school in 1942 and began operations in 1943. He was navigator for a Pathfinder crew. His Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Oakington in Cambridgeshire for a raid on Berlin. The aircraft crashed at Zuhlen near Rheinsberg to the north of Berlin. Two of the crew survived while the others were buried in Zuhlen. William was re-interred in Berlin Cemetery in June 1947.
Born c.1923 in Dumfries. (but possibly in Kirkmabreck)
Son of Rebecca Fraser of Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Killed in Action on 29 January 1944 and buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Kirkmabreck Parish War Memorial in Creetown and on the Douglas Ewart High School WW2 Memorial.


SGT J.M. GIBSON.
John Murray Gibson – age 20 – Sergeant (642202) 51 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
John was working at the Dumfriesshire Creamery at Lockerbie when he enlisted in the RAF as a wireless operator in May 1939. His Whitley bomber had taken off from RAF Dishforth in Yorkshire for a raid on Keil but reportedly developed engine trouble over the North Sea and was lost without trace.
Born 1921 in Wamphray, Dumfriesshire.
Son of James Alexander Gibson and Elizabeth Mills (Wright) Gibson of the Mill, Wamphray and of Moffat, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 25 April 1941 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Named on the Wamphray War Memorial.
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FL/SGT G.T.W. GIBSON.
George Tod Wright Gibson – age 23 – Flight Sergeant (977499) 210 Squadron, Coastal Command Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
George was an operator in the Rex Cinema in Lockerbie before he enlisted in 1940 and became a wireless operator and air gunner. 210 Squadron were flying Catalina flying-boats providing convoy protection and a detachment from the squadron was based in Gibraltar to support Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. George's aircraft crashed into the sea off Sagres in the Algarve.
Born 1920 in Lockerbie, Dryfesdale.
Son of Alexander and Margaret (Pagan) Gibson of Kintail Park, Lockerbie.
Died on Active Service on 22 March 1943 and buried in Sagres Cemetery, Portugal.
Named on the Lockerbie War Memorial and on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.


SGT W.M. GREEN.
William Macmillan Green – age 20 – Sergeant (1565841) 14 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
14 Squadron had been flying the Martin B26 Marauder twin engine medium bomber in North Africa since October 1942. William's aircraft disappeared during a maritime reconnaissance mission from Alghero in Sardinia.
Born 1923 in Kirkmichael, Dumfriesshire.
Son of John and Agnes (Macmillan) Green of Redbank Cottage, New Abbey Road, Dumfries.
Missing in Action on 9 May 1944 and named on the Malta Memorial.
Not named on any local War Memorial.


SGT D.J. GREEN.
David James Green – age 25 – Sergeant/Flight Engineer (1006321) 61 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
David worked at the Carnation Milk Factory in Dumfries before he enlisted. His Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire for a raid on Essen but the aircraft crashed at Hellingenhaus-Hosel. The crew were buried in Dusseldorf North Cemetery but were re-interred at Reichswald in January 1947.
Born 1917 in Skelmorlie, Ayrshire.
Son of the late Sergeant David James Green and of Mary Agnes (McGill) Green. Nephew of Agnes H. Green of Well Cottage, Princes Street, Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 17 September 1942 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Lochmaben War Memorial and on the Carnation Milk Factory memorial now in Dumfries Museum.

His father, David James Boyd Green, Sergeant (S/7136) 8th/10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders and his uncle, John Green, Sergeant (S/3923) 8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) were both killed in WW1.
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L.A.C. R.B. HALLIDAY.
Ronald Bryden Halliday – age 28 – Leading Aircraftman (1064912) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Ronald was killed during an enemy air raid on an airstrip called Sinthie on the west side of the river Irrawaddy in Burma. Several Spitfires of 157 (Hyderabad) Squadron were destroyed and a number of men were killed including LAC Martin Donechy. (see above). They were buried in Mandalay War Cemetery but were re-interred in Taukkyan after the war.
Born 1916 in Dumfries.
Son of the late James and Margaret (Henderson) Halliday of 16 Municipal Terrace, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 13 February 1945 and buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. (Burma)
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the Townhead Church memorial now in St. Michael's Church in Dumfries.


F/O G.H. HANNAN.
George Henry Hannan – age 30 – Pilot Officer/Air Gunner (79237) 236 Squadron, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Harry was a member of the Dumfries county clerk’s staff before joining the Forces. An amateur footballer with Nithside Juveniles, he was also an assistant secretary for South-East Scotland in connection with the Government’s physical training and recreation scheme. He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in May 1940 and fought with his squadron during the Battle of Britain as a Coastal Command squadron, where it was used for a mix of reconnaissance and long range fighter duties. Harry's Bristol Blenheim had taken of from RAF St. Eval in Cornwall for a reconnaisance sortie to Brest but it failed to return and it was not until early 1944 that a Frenchman, who had reached England, reported that the aircraft had been shot down near his village. The three crewmen were buried in Plouguin, Finistere, north of Brest, and were re-interred in Bayeux in July 1948.
Born 1910 in Terregles, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of Henry Beattie Hannan and of Jean (Macmillan) Hannah of Kirkmichael, Dumfriesshire and of 80 High Street, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 21 December 1940 and buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Named on the Kirkmichael War Memorial.


F/SGT J. HARDING.
James Harding – age 25 – Flight Sergeant, Air Gunner (997847) 102 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
James enlisted in 1940 and served with the RAF in the Middle East for three years before returning to UK to train as an Air Gunner. His Halifax bomber had taken off from RAF Pocklington in Yorkshire for a raid on Hanover but was shot down by a night-fighter near Wardenburg. He was buried there but was re-interred in Sage in July 1947.
Born 1920 in Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Son of James Maxwell Harding and of Matilda (Muir) Harding of 10 Welldale Terrace, Maxwelltown, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 5 January 1945 and buried in Sage War Cemetery, Germany.
Named on the Dumfries War Memorial.
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