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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:32 am    Post subject: Haddington War Memorial, East Lothian Reply with quote

Haddington War Memorial
Location: In front of St Mary's Parish Church in South-east part of town.
OS Ref:NT 517 736

The original photos are clearer.

















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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This week's East Lothian Courier has an article regarding the five brothers from Haddington from one family lost in the First World War.

http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/articles/1/33735

Name: CRANSTON, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 84th Field Coy.
Date of Death: 26/03/1918
Service No: 103604
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 10 to 13.
Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL

Name: CRANSTON, JOHN BUCHAN
Initials: J B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Company Serjeant Major
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
Unit Text: 7th Bn.
Age: 34
Date of Death: 16/07/1916
Service No: 5651
Additional information: Husband of Agnes Cranston, of Sunnybank Cottage, Bridgend, Bathgate.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. G. 7.
Cemetery: VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY

Name: CRANSTON
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Driver
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery
Unit Text: 51st Div. Ammunition Col.
Date of Death: 25/07/1918
Service No: 648910
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XVII. D. 2.
Cemetery: TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE

Name: CRANSTON
Initials: J B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Age: 28
Date of Death: 18/05/1916
Service No: 69417
Additional information: Husband of Annie Wallace (formerly Cranston), of 9, Court St., Haddington.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: D. 76A.
Cemetery: HADDINGTON CEMETERY

Name: CRANSTON, ADAM LINDSAY
Initials: A L
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 30
Date of Death: 13/11/1916
Service No: 40808
Additional information: Son of Elizabeth Cranston, of St. Martin's Gate, Haddington, East Lothian, and the late Alexander Cranston; husband of Margaret Cranston, of Station Rd., Slamannan, Stirlingshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. B. 23.
Cemetery: SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.1

Here is the family group in the 1891 and 1901 censuses.

1891 census - Haddington
Alexander Cranston 36
Elizabeth Cranston 35
Alexander Cranston 12
John Cranston 9
William Cranston 7
Agnes H Cranston 5
James B Cranston 3
Adam Cranston 2
Mary Ann Cranston 3mo

1901 census - Haddington
Alexander Cranston 47
Elizabeth Smith Cranston 46
William Cranston 17
James Buchan Cranston 13
Adam Lindsay Cranston 11
Mary Ann Cranston 9
George Mc Lean McLean Cranston 8
Andrew Cowans Cranston 6
Agnes Cranston 5
Robert Cranston 1

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This weeks East Lothian News had an other article in about the proposed Memorial for the Cranston brothers.

http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/haddington/articles/2009/04/30/38926-council-to-consider-cranston-memorial/
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes the links get broken for news stories so here is the text of the article

Council to consider Cranston memorial

FIVE Haddington brothers killed in action during the First World War could be given a permanent memorial in the county town.

East Lothian Council chiefs are to meet Haddington and District Community Council officials to discuss the possibility of creating an appropriate tribute to the record-equalling sacrifice made by the sons of Alexander and Elizabeth Cranston on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918.

This follows a request to the community council for a memorial from Stuart Pearson, a descendant of the Cranston family, who lives in Sydney, Australia.

Community council chair Jan Wilson said: “It would be nice to have some sort of memorial to these brave men, but we have to be very careful that we don’t build this family up and forget about the other men from Haddington who died in war as well.”

Mrs Wilson added that she was waiting to hear from the council about a date for a meeting over a possible Cranston tribute.

“I don’t know how the council is going to deal with this,” she said.

“Financially, what Mr Pearson wants from us is just not possible. It could be a cairn, but we could not put something beside the existing war memorial.”

Community council vice chair John Golightly said: “I would personally leave it up to East Lothian Council to see what they come up with. I would be reluctant to put our names to it.”

Imperial War Museum records have confirmed that no other Scottish family made a greater sacrifice in the First World War than the Cranstons of Haddington.

Only three other Commonwealth families are known to have lost as many members in the conflict.

Sergeant Alexander Cranston Jnr, 39, of the Royal Engineers was missing presumed killed in the second Battle of the Somme; Colour Sergeant Major John Buchan Cranston, 34, of The Queen’s Own Highlanders was killed by shellfire at the first Battle of the Somme; Territorial Force driver William Cranston, also 34, died from wounds at an army hospital in France; Royal Engineers Sapper James Buchan Cranston, 28, died from infection of his wounds in Haddington after being repatriated from France; Private Adam Lindsay Cranston, 30, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, was posted missing, presumed killed in action.

A sixth brother, Lance Corporal George McLean Cranston of the Royal Scots, was severely gassed, becoming totally incapacitated from 1928.

The seventh and youngest brother, Robert Cranston, who served in the Royal Flying Corps, survived the war unscathed and emigrated to Australia, as did his mother, whose husband had died of cancer in 1911.

Both Alexander Cranston Snr and James Buchan Cranston are buried in St Mary’s graveyard, Haddington.

Miss Agnes Dickson Cranston, the daughter of Alexander Cranston Jnr, recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Levenhall Care Home, Musselburgh. She is the oldest surviving member of the family.

An East Lothian Council spokeswoman said: “I would stress that the still-to-be-arranged meeting between the council and the community council does not in any way commit either party to proceeding with the proposed memorial project.”
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam, could you see if there's a Cpl. Archibald Lawrie Findlay SYMINGTON listed please?

(330324, 9th H.L.I., died 24.03.1918)

Thanks,

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anne

Cpl A.L.F. Symington is listed under the Highland Light Infantry section of this memorial.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some close-ups of the plaques.







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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Second World War plaques





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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indian Army officers on both Great War and Second World War plaques

DAVIDSON, FRANCIS CHARTERIS
Initials: F C
Nationality: Indian
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Indian Army Reserve of Officers
Secondary Regiment: Military Police and Levies
Secondary Unit Text: formerly 110th Mahratta Light Inf., attd. South Waziristan Militia
Age: 27
Date of Death: 10/05/1917
Additional information: Son of Ada Annie Davidson, of 44, Westbourne Park Villas, Paddington, London, and the late Henry Chisholm Davidson.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Face 23.
Memorial: DELHI MEMORIAL (INDIA GATE)

ARNOTT, JOHN DICKSON
Initials: J D
Nationality: Indian
Rank: Major
Regiment/Service: 6th Gurkha Rifles
Unit Text: 3rd Bn.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 17/03/1944
Service No: EC/905
Additional information: Son of Alexander Fulton Arnott and Margaret Dow Arnott, of Edinburgh.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. C. 2.
Cemetery: TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY


McLEOD, FRANK TURNER
Initials: F T
Nationality: Indian
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Indian Army Service Corps
Date of Death: 07/06/1942
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 3.B.5.
Cemetery: GAUHATI WAR CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more names

COURTNEY, Patrick
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Defence Corps
Unit Text: 204th Protection Coy.
Age: 49
Date of Death: 06/03/1917
Service No: 9125
Additional information: Husband of Mary Reynolds Courtney, of Annisfield Mains, Haddington.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: HADDINGTON ROMAN CATHOLIC GRAVEYARD

GAFFNEY, MICHAEL
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Army Service Corps
Unit Text: 236th Siege Bde. Ammunition Col. Mechanical Transport
Age: 29
Date of Death: 21/07/1918
Service No: M2/232062
Additional information: Son of Francis and Margaret Gaffney, of Haddington; husband of Elizabeth Gaffney, of Bothwell House, Hardgate, Haddington.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 24.
Cemetery: PERNES BRITISH CEMETERY

PEACOCK, THOMAS
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Somerset Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/5th Bn.
Age: 35
Date of Death: 02/01/1919
Service No: 36070
Additional information: Son of John and Jane Peacock; husband of Honor Peacock (formerly Tremlett), of 10, Appin Rd., Alexandra Park, Glasgow. Born at Haddington, East Lothian.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: E. 65.
Cemetery: MAALA CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:37 pm    Post subject: Cranston brothers memorial Reply with quote

gourdongirl wrote:
This weeks East Lothian News had an other article in about the proposed Memorial for the Cranston brothers.

http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/haddington/articles/2009/04/30/38926-council-to-consider-cranston-memorial/


The subject has cropped up again.

East Lothian Courier

Although this time they say 4 brothers (not 5) died and 2 were badly maimed with 1 surviving physically unscathed.

Derek.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:02 pm    Post subject: Capt. Thomas Todrick Reply with quote

WW1
ROYAL SCOTS
Capt Thomas Todrick

(Glasgow Herald 23rd of December 1914)
"Killed in action, on the 15th December, Captain Thomas Todrick, in his 34th year, 8th Batt. Royal Scots (Territorials), Writer to the Signet, 30 Regent Terrace, Edinburgh, elder son of Robert Todrick, of the Bank of Scotland, Haddington."

Name: TODRICK, THOMAS
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Age: 34
Date of Death: 14/12/1914
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Additional information: Son of Robert Todrick, of Haddington, East Lothian; husband of Emma Brenda Todrick, of 30, Regent Terrace, Edinburgh. Writer to the Signet.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 1.
Cemetery: BOIS-GRENIER COMMUNAL CEMETERY


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corporal ALF Symington also commemorated on Arngask WM
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:08 am    Post subject: Capt. George Clark Briggs Reply with quote

WW1
ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS
Capt. G.C. Briggs

(Glasgow Herald 10th October 1914)
"Captain G.C. Briggs, Royal Scots Fusiliers, who was previously reported missing and is now reported killed, was the son of Mr Frank Briggs, Huntingdon, East Lothian. He was born in March 1878, and entered the Army in 1899. In 1900 he was made a Lieutenant, and in 1905 he was promoted to Captain. He went through the South African campaign and was present at the relief of Ladysmith. He also took part in the operations at Transvaal, West of Pretoria. He possessed the Queen's medal with four clasps and the King's medal with two clasps."

Name: BRIGGS, GEORGE CLARK
Initials: G C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 36
Date of Death: 14/09/1914
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Additional information: Only son of Francis Briggs, of Huntington, Haddington, East Lothian.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. A. 26.
Cemetery: VAILLY BRITISH CEMETERY


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Memorial pre-WW2 name panel addition.



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