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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mail sent to CWGC:
Hi
I believe that the date of birth for the following man is wrong.
Name: McADAM, JOHN BRYDSON
Initials: J B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 30
Date of Death: 09/07/1916
Service No: 12451
Additional information: Son of Robert and Agnes McAdam, of 239, King Street, Castle-Douglas, Kirkcudbright.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 1. Row E. Grave 45.
Cemetery: CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Scottish National War Memorial, his family's gravestone inscription and his Medal Index Card (online at Ancestry.co.uk) all have his date of death as 19th July 1916. Unfortunately there is no surviving service record on Ancestry.
Hopefully this is just a transcription error which can be checked and corrected.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you get a reply - it's been a couple of months since I sent this case to CWGC.
(hope the first line of the e-mail doesn't confuse them)
CWGC have changed their record to 19 July.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:47 am    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW2 Reply with quote

WORLD WAR TWO PANEL

Note: Kelton Parish includes most of Castle Douglas and an area to the west of the town.

A.M.1ST. CLASS SAMUEL CHARTERS, RN
Samuel Charters, Air Mechanic 1st Class (FAA/FX 85725) HMS Avenger, Royal Navy. Age 29.
Samuel was a hairdresser and a partner in “The Curl” in Friars Vennel in Dumfries when he enlisted in 1940. He was a former amateur boxer and a popular violinist. He was killed when the Escort Carrier “Avenger” was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U155 in the Atlantic.
Born 1913 in Dumfries. Son of the late William Charters and of Annie Burns Charters of 41 Brooke Street, Dumfries. Husband of Margaret Heron (Johnstone) Charters of 18 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1939 at Dumfries.
Killed in action/Lost at Sea on 15 November 1942 and named on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire.
The torpedo caused a fire and explosion in the bomb-room. Only 12 of the ship's company of 550 survived.


GDSMAN THOMAS CLARK, SCOTS GUARDS
Thomas Clark, Guardsman (2700244) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Age 28.
Born 1915 in Kelton Parish. Son of William John and Jessie (Sloan) Clark. Husband of Eleanor McLellan (Colvin) Clark of 18 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1939.
Missing in action on 9 February 1944 and named on the Cassino Memorial, Italy.
Also named on the St. Ringan's Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.
The 1st Scots Guards landed at Anzio on 22 January 1944 but by early February had been pushed back from the bridgehead perimeter with heavy losses.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:06 am    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW2 Reply with quote

PTE. W. J. COCHRANE, 5TH BLACK WATCH
Walter John Cochrane, Private (14209017) 5th Battalion, Black Watch.Age 23.
Walter was employed at Hightae Farm, Castle Douglas when he enlisted. He served in Tunisia and Sicily before landing at Normandy.
Born 1920 at Buittle, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Walter and Agnes (Patterson) Cochrane of Ringford, Kirkcudbrightshire.
The family grave is in Castle Douglas Cemetery.
Killed in action on 12 June 1944 and buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
The 1st, 5th and 7th Black Watch (51st Highland Div.) landed in Normandy on or just after D-Day.


CPL. ALEX. CORSON, KOSB
Alexander Corson, Corporal (3190799) 7th (Airborne) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 24.
Alexander joined the KOSB at the outbreak of war but while living under canvas he sustained a chill from which he never fully recovered. He died of tuberculosis at his home in Castle Douglas.
Born 1921 in Kelton Parish. Son of Alexander and Mary (Clark) Corson of 158 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Died 10 March 1945 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemetery, Kelton (CWG)
Also named on the St. Andrews Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the Kirkcudbright Academy Memorial.

and his brother

LIEUT. E. CLARK CORSON, ROYAL GURKHA RIFLES

Ebenezer Clark Corson, Lieutenant (EC/11465) 4th Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles. Age 22.
Clark was a Guardsman when he was commissioned in December 1943. He was drowned while leading a guerilla patrol crossing the Kun Chaung near Sittang Bend, Burma.
Born 1923 in Kelton Parish. Son of Alexander and Mary (Clark) Corson of 158 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action on 20 July 1945 and buried in Rangoon War Cemetery, Burma (Myanmar)
Also named on the St. Andrews Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the Kirkcudbright Academy Memorial.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:22 am    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW2 Reply with quote

TPR. D. CARLYLE DUNBAR, ROYAL TANK REGIMENT
David Carlyle Dunbar, Trooper (7919120) 8th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Age 23.
David was a coal lorry driver when he enlisted.
Born 1919 at Cummertrees, Dumfriesshire. Son of David (coal merchant) and Annie Dunbar of 2 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 3 November 1942 and named on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt,
Also named on the St. Ringan's Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.
On Day 11 of the Battle of Alemein (3 November) 152nd Infantry Brigade, with 8th RTR in support, attacked south of Tel el Aqqaqir.


DAVID DUNLOP, MERCHANT NAVY
Not listed by CWGC/SNWM
David Murray Dunlop, Assistant Baker, M.V. Empire Pride. Age 36.
David was a baker who had worked in Newton Stewart and in Dumfries before joining the Merchant Navy. He contracted smallpox and was admitted to the British Hospital in Basra, Iraq where he died.
Born 1907 at Abbey Town, Wigton, Cumbria. Son of John and Mary (Murray) Dunlop of 244 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Died on 29 December 1943 in the British Hospital, Basra, Iraq and is buried there.
Also named on the St. Ringan's Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.
The “Empire Pride” was a troopship built in 1941 for the Ministry of War Transport.

and his brother

PTE. PATRICK DUNLOP, KOSB

Not listed by CWGC/SNWM
Patrick Murray Dunlop.(Service record not available) Age 34.
Patrick, like his father and brother, was a baker. He died of tuberculosis (diagnosed 4 years earlier) in his parents' home at 244 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Born 1909 in Castle Douglas, Kelton Parish. Son of John and Mary (Murray) Dunlop of 244 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Husband of Margaret Ann (Caldow) Dunlop of Copland Street, Dalbeattie who he married in 1935 at Dalbeattie.
Died on 23 November 1943.
Also named on the St. Ringan's Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW2 Reply with quote

SQUADRON LEADER PATRICK GIFFORD, DFC, RAF
Patrick (Pat) Gifford, Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader (90188) 3 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force) Age 30.
Patrick was educated at St Mary's Preparatory School in Melrose and at Sedbergh School, Yorkshire (now Cumbria) before he studied law at Edinburgh University (1929-33) After qualifying as a solicitor he became a partner with his father in Castle Douglas. He had joined the Auxiliary Air Force in 1931 and in 1939 he was a Flight Commander with 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron flying Spitfires out of RAF Turnhouse. He was awarded the DFC (Source: London Gazette 28/11/1939 p.7961)
Flight Lieutenant Patrick Gifford, Auxiliary Air Force (90188). During October, 1939, this officer, leading a section of his squadron, sighted an enemy bomber over the mainland heading towards the sea at high speed. Flight Lieutenant Gifford led the attack with skill, daring and determination, and as the result of a final burst of firing from his own guns the enemy aircraft crashed into the sea. Later in October, 1939, this officer's section intercepted a bomber apparently engaged in reconnoitring a British convoy. The enemy aircraft attempted to take cover in the clouds but Flight Lieutenant Gifford led his section after it, firing short bursts as opportunity offered. The pursuit continued some eleven miles out to sea where the raider, showing signs of having been hit, turned and crashed into the sea.”
Patrick was posted to 3 Squadron, flying Hawker Hurricanes, and was promoted to Squadron Leader in January 1940. When the German offensive began on 10 May 1940, 3 Squadron was rushed to France. Ten days later the squadron was back in the UK, having lost almost its entire strength during the collapse. Patrick was reported to have been shot down over Belgium.
Born 1910 in Kelton Parish. Son of Patrick and Helene (Alma) Gifford of Forneth, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 16 May 1940 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Windsor.
Also named on a family memorial and on the WW2 Memorial in the St. Ninian's Episcopal Church, Castle Douglas, and on a memorial outside Castle Douglas Library. Also on the St. Mary's School and Sedbergh School memorials, on the Edinburgh University Roll of Honour and on the Old College Memorial.
Gifford is credited with being the first pilot to bring down an enemy aircraft over UK airspace, flying a Spitfire with 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force.


PTE. SAMUEL R. GORDON, CAMERON HIGHLANDERS
Samuel Robertson Gordon, Private (2932299) 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Age 35.
Samuel enlisted in November 1939 and served in France in 1940.
Born 1909 in Kelton Parish. Son of Samuel Rutter Gordon and Elzabeth (Robertson) Gordon of 175 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action on 4 September 1944 and buried in Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy.
Also named on the St. Ringan's Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the Kirkcudbright Academy Memorial.
During the 8th Army attacks on the Gothic Line in northern Italy, the 2nd Camerons and the 2nd Bn. 7th Gurkhas attacked the village of Tavaleto on 4 September.


SPR. WM. I. HENDERSON, RE
William Irvine Henderson, Sapper (1922974) Royal Engineers. Age 21.
William was accidentally killed when a wall collapsed on him after it had been hit by a lorry in Chatham, Medway, Kent.
Born 1919 in Kelton Parish. Son of James and Mary Elizabeth (Lynch) Henderson of Castle Douglas.
Died on Service on 23 June 1940 and buried in Tongland Churchyard, Kirkcudbrightshire. (CWG)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:08 pm    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW2 Reply with quote

PTE. R. JOHNSTONE, KOSB (9TH COMMANDO)
Robert Johnstone, Private (3189032) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Serving with 9 Commando. Age 24.
Born 1920 in Kelton Parish. Foster son of Mrs. E A Kean of Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 3 February 1944 and named on the Cassino Memorial, Italy.
Also named on the Roll of Honour in Castle Douglas Carpet Bowling Club.
9 and 43 (RM) Commando were tasked with with taking control of three peaks that made up Monte Ornito. 9 Commando came under heavy mortar and shell fire from a feature in front of one of the peaks before it was taken by 3 Troop.


L/CPL. THOMAS KELSO, 2ND KOSB
Thomas Redmond Kelso, Lance Corporal (3188807) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 24 (CWGC)
Born 1921 at Clydebank in Old or West Kilpatrick Parish, Dunbartonshire.
Missing in action on 28 October 1943 and named on the Rangoon Memorial, Burma (Myanmar)
Having unergone jungle training in India, 2nd KOSB sailed to Burma in September 1943.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:25 pm    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW2 Reply with quote

O.S. WM. CAMPBELL McBRIDE, RN
William Campbell McBride, Ordinary Seaman (P/JX 217275) French Ship "Branlebas", Royal Navy. Age 20.
Born 1920 in Rerrick Parish, Kircudbrightshire. Son of Robert and Minnie (McWilliam) McBride of Castle Douglas.
Lost at Sea on 14 December 1940 in a storm off Eddystone after sailing from Dartmouth. Named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Branlebas was a La Melpomene class Torpedo Boat of the French Navy commandeered at Portsmouth on 3 July 1940. Of the crew of 99 only 3 survived.


PTE. JOHN McCORMACK, BLACK WATCH
John Drury McCormack, Private (3193846) 5th Battalion, Black Watch. Age 24.
John was employed as a grocer in Castle Douglas when he enlisted. He had been a Corporal in the King's Own Scottish Borderers and a Sergeant in the King's African Rifles and had served in Tunisia and Sicily.
Born 1919 in Kelton Parish. Son of Norman and Sarah McCormack of 31 Meadow View, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action on 11 June 1944 and buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Also named on the St. Andrews Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.
The 1st, 5th and 7th Black Watch (51st Highland Div.) landed in Normandy on or just after D-Day


L/CPL. W. McCOSKRIE, DLI
William McCoskrie, Lance Corporal (3191192) 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Age 24.
Born c.1919. Son of James and Elizabeth Jane (Adair) McCoskrie of Castle Douglas. Step-son of Agnes Hellen (Welsh) McCoskrie.
Died of wounds on 2 January 1943 and buried in Tripoli War Cememtery, Libya.
Also named on the St. Andrews Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:29 pm    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW2 Reply with quote

CQMS W. McMINN, KOSB
William Robert McMinn, Company Quarter Master Sergeant (3181304) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 46.
William had served in WW1 in the Army of Occupation. He was drowned during a crossing of the River Seine.
Born 1899 at Abbey Yard, Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Maxwell and Jessie Jane (Johnstone) McMyn. Husband of Helen Moffat (Gunn or McLaughlan) McMinn of Castle Douglas who he married in 1936 in Urr Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Died on 28 August 1944 - "Drowned on active service" - and buried in St. Pierre-du-Vauvray Communal Cemetery, France.
(The village of St. Pierre-du-Vauvray is south-east of Rouen, on the west bank of the River Seine)
William's birth was registered in the name McMyn and that name is used on the family grave in Castle Douglas Cemetery. At his marriage and on CWGC the name is McMinn.


SIG. GEO. F. McMINN, RCS
George Franklin McMinn, Signalman (2334724) 18th Division Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Age 22.
Born 1920 in Kelton Parish.
Died on 22 July 1943 in PoW Camp No.1, Thailand and buried in Chungkai War Cememtery, Thailand.
Also named on the Kirkcudbright Academy Memorial.
The 18th Div. landed at Singapore a few weeks before the fall of the island. Chungkai was one of the base camps for the notorious Burma-Siam Railway and burials there are mostly of men who died at the camp hospital.


LAC JAS. L. H. MACMURRAY, RAF
James Laurie Hutchieson MacMurray, Aircraftman 2nd Class (1565623) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20.
Born 1922 in Kelton Parish. Son of William and Mary MacMurray of Castle Douglas.
Died on active service on 9 August 1943 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemetery, Kelton (CWG) His death was registered in Ulverston, Lancashire.
Also named on the St. Andrews Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:46 pm    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW2 Reply with quote

SGT. ROY McSKIMMING, 5TH CAMERON HIGHLANDERS
Roy Lockhart McSkimming, Sergeant (2927248) 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Age 31.
Roy was a former regular soldier and was the assistant janitor at Castle Douglas Primary School when he rejoined his regiment in 1939. He served in France and was evacuated from Dunkirk. He was about to travel home on leave when he collapsed and died. His death was registered in Holderness in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Two of his brothers served in the same regiment, Alexander who was captured in 1940 and became a PoW, and John who died of heart failure at home in Castle Douglas on 25 July 1946 while serving as Driver (T/14704635) in the Royal Army Service Corps and who is buried in the same cemetery.
Born 1909 at Garlieston, Sorbie, Wigtownshire. Son of the late John McSkimming, Stationmaster at Parton, and of the late Margaret (Jamieson) McSkimming of 3 Douglas Terrace, Castle Douglas.
Died on Active Service on 30 December 1940 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemetery, Kelton (CWG)
Also named on the St. Andrews Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.


SGT. EDDIE ANDREAS HALS RILEY, RAF
Eddie Andreas Hals Riley, Sergeant (550943) 57 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force. Age 21.
Eddie's Blenheim Bomber took off from RAF Elgin to attack airfields and searchlight batteries in Norway but was lost without trace.
Born 1919 at Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire as Andreas Hals Riley.
Son of Jeannie Riley of Townhead of Greenlaw, Crossmichael.
Missing in action on 26 August 1940 and listed on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the Kirkcudbright Academy Memorial.
In June 1940, having returned from front line service against the German invasion of the Low Countries, 57 Squadron moved to Elgin in northern Scotland and from July to October - after having first made an attack on enemy-occupied Norway - was employed on anti-shipping sweeps over the North Sea.


AM2 J. R. ROSS, RAF
John Ronald Ross, Aircraftman 2nd Class (973925) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 21.
Born c.1919. Son of John and Ellen (Ferguson) Ross of Castle Douglas.
Died on Service on 5 February 1940 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemeter, Kelton. John's death was registered at Oxford.
Also named on the St. Andrews Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:09 pm    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW2 Reply with quote

1ST CLASS STOKER W. SEMPLE, RN
William Semple, Stoker 2nd Class (P/KX 97776) HMS Delight, Royal Navy. Age 19.
William's ship the Defender Class Fleet Destroyer "Delight" was attacked and sunk by German aircraft off Portland Bill.
Born 1921 at Old Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire.
Missing in action/Lost at Sea on 29 July 1940 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.


LIEUT. D. W. WARREN, RAMC
Donald William Warren, Lieutenant (157929) Royal Army Medical Corps. Age 47.
Donald had previously been house physician at Chalmers Hospital in Edinburgh before going into general practice in Bradford. He was a GP in Castle Douglas when he enlisted. Donald died of tuberculosis at Tornadee, Murtle, Aberdeenshire.
Born 1894 at Leith North, Edinburgh. Son of Samuel and Victoria Louise (Stewart) Warren. Husband of Janet Alma Ritchie (Smith) Warren of 67 Queen Street, Castle Douglas, and of Milnwood, Lanarkshire, who he married in 1923 in St Giles, Edinburgh.
Died on 19 May 1941 and buried in Edinburgh (Corstorphine Hill) Cemetery (CWG).
Also named on the St. Ringan's Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.


CPL. WM. WILSON, RE
William Wilson, Corporal (2130481) 70 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Age 23.
William was a timber merchant, initially in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, and then in Biggar, Lanarkshire. He enlisted in November 1940 and was posted to overseas in August 1941. He died of smallpox in Bareilly, Northern India.
Born 1919 at Kilmore and Kilbride, Argyllshire. Son of David and Margaret (McCallum) Wilson of King Street, Castle Douglas.
The McCallum family grave is in Glenorchy Parish Churchyard, Dalmally - see post on page 1
Died on Active Service on 28 May 1942 at Bareilly, Northen India and buried in Delhi War Cemetery, India.
Also named on the St. Ringan's Church WW2 Memorial now in Castle Douglas Parish Church.



Also Listed on this Memorial

MALAYA 1950 BY ENEMY ACTION

CPL. A. SHENNAN, 1st CAMERONIANS
Andrew Griffin McKie Shennan, Corporal (22137286) 1st Battalion, Cameronians. Age 19.
Born 1931 at Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire - as Andrew Griffin McKie.
Killed in action 6 September 1950 at Johore, Malaya and buried in Kranji Military Cemetery, Singapore.
See previous posts for details - page 1
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spoons wrote:
Mail sent to CWGC:
Hi
I believe that the date of birth for the following man is wrong.
Name: McADAM, JOHN BRYDSON
Initials: J B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 30
Date of Death: 09/07/1916
Service No: 12451
Additional information: Son of Robert and Agnes McAdam, of 239, King Street, Castle-Douglas, Kirkcudbright.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 1. Row E. Grave 45.
Cemetery: CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Scottish National War Memorial, his family's gravestone inscription and his Medal Index Card (online at Ancestry.co.uk) all have his date of death as 19th July 1916. Unfortunately there is no surviving service record on Ancestry.
Hopefully this is just a transcription error which can be checked and corrected.
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Having, back in February, sent all the info. which Spoons has also sent - today I got the following reply from CWGC
If you would forward copies of any documentation showing the date of death we will investigate this further.

Is it just me or...... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got the following from CWGC

Further to your enquiry, I am pleased to confirm that the discrepancy on Private McAdam’s date of death has been investigated and his record amended as follows:


Private McADAM, JOHN BRYDSON
Service number: 12451
Regiment: King’s Own Scottish Borderers
Unit text: 6th Bn.
Age: 30
Date of Death: 19 July 1916
Commemoration: CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Somme, France Plot 1. Row E. Grave 45.

Additional Information: Son of Robert and Agnes McAdam, of 239, King Street, Castle-Douglas, Kirkcudbright.

Please note that whilst our master database has been amended it is currently not possible for us to update the website due to technical difficulties, a situation which we hope will be resolved in the very near future.
I confirm that the headstone will be updated when it is next due for replacement. Thank you for contacting us regarding this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Lisa Simmonds
Records Section
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire. SL6 7DX.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Information on the RCAHMS website http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/209391/details/castle+douglas+king+street+war+memorial/ states that this memorial has been moved. The original location was about 60 metres due south of its current location. I have seen a photo from 1957 which shows the memorial in its current location so presumably it was moved sometime before 1957.
As a rough guide, the original location must have been close to the RBL premises, perhaps the site of the present town car park or Tourist Information Office. Anyone got any further info?

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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All my local contacts tell me that the memorial is on it's original site.
There was a plan to move it to Market Hill but due to local opposition the proposal was dropped. Frustratingly I cannot find a newspaper report of the unveiling ceremony which might have given a clue.
The Dumfries and Galloway Standard of 14 February 1920 reports that:
At a meeting of the Castle-Douglas War Memorial Design Sub-Committee, a design of the proposed memorial, as prepared by Mr. Frank C. Mears, architects, Edinburgh, was submitted, and it was unanimously agreed to recommend its adoption.
The design, which has been procured through the good services of Mr. W.S. MacGeorge R.S.A., shows a shaft rising from an amply stepped base, bearing a square block, the sides of which are designed to carry the names of the fallen and any inscription which may be chosen. The shaft is tall and slender and is itself about 8ft. 6ins high. It bears a richly sculptured head, which carries, as far as can be seen from the drawing, the burgh arms in a Gothic motive, surmounted by a representation of an encircled Cross. The whole height of the memorial is about 18ft. 6ins.


Comparing this with the photo, it looks as though the finished memorial is as this design.
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