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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gladys Cuttle has sent me a newspaper report of the unveiling of the memorial. I'll post more details later but in part it reads:

....the memorial , which is placed in the plantation near the station at the junction of the Dumfries and Dalbeattie roads....

This is the current site.
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gladys sent me the article as well which includes a photo. Undoubtedly it remains in its original location so the RCAHMS entry is wrong.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Castle Douglas War Memorial was unveiled on Sunday 1 May 1921 by Lt. Colonel John McKie, DSO, a resident of Castle Douglas.
According to the Stewartry RoH, Colonel McKie was gazetted in May 1875 into the Scottish Borders Militia (later the KOSB) He served in South Africa in 1900 and 1902. Awarded the DSO and the Queen's Medal (3 bars) he retired in 1903 as a Major (Hon. Lt.Col.)
Mobilised in August 1914 he was appointed purchasing Remount Officer in the Remount Service.
The following report is from the Dumfries and Galloway Standard 4 May 1921, page 6. (Thanks to Gladys)


A curiosity - there are three Canadians listed on the Memorial, one of whom is Pte. Geo. Dempster. For some time I've been convinced that this should have been his brother William Dempster. The newspaper report lists the Names of the Fallen and has Pte. Wm. Dempster.
All other names are identical to the memorial. I wonder if anyone noticed at the time?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sculptor Charles Pilkington D'or Jackson's business papers are lodged in the National Library, Edinburgh, Accesssion Number 7445. In Box 2, File 57 there is a letter from Jackson to architect F.C. Mears giving costs for the three bronze panels. There is no further correspondance to confirm the work went ahead but Jackson worked regularly with Mears at this time so it is probable that he was responsible for the bronze work.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW1 - Alpha Order Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
PTE. BEN RAE, GORDONS
Benjamin Rae, Private (3/6908) 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Age 38.
Born 1877 in Castle Douglas. Son of Benjamin and Jane (Fergusson) Rae of King St. Castle Douglas. Husband of Mary (Hannah or McClune) Rae of Church St. Castle Douglas who he married in 1902 in Kirkcudbright. Enlisted September 1914. Killed by a shell while operating as a stretcher-bearer.
Missing in action 2 June 1915 and listed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium and on the Trinity United Free Church Memorial.


(Glasgow Herald 9th June 1915)
"News has reached his friends of the death in action on June 2 of Private Benjamin Rae, 1st Gordon Highlanders, who belonged to Castle Douglas. He was for many years in the employment of Mr James Gordon, engineer, and was formerly a well known footballer. He enlisted in September, was at the front in November, and had spent nearly seven months in the trenches."
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William Goram Sharp Pte S/41086 8th/10th Gordon Highlanders b Crossmichael,Kirkud. e Dumfries Age 30 Killed in Action F&F 08/04/1917 Son of Alexander Sharp, Butler, Mollance, Castle Douglas. Mother Catherine. Soldiers Effects: Widow: Mabel J A. Mable Jessie Agnes Seggie, 17 Primrose St, Maxwelltown Dumfries. Ste Catherine British Cemetery Fr 0096 Row H Grave 08 Dumfries & Galloway Standard 28-4-17 Page 6: Photo & Page 2
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Pte W G Sharp Reply with quote

anne park wrote:
William Goram Sharp Pte S/41086 8th/10th Gordon Highlanders b Crossmichael,Kirkud. e Dumfries Age 30 Killed in Action F&F 08/04/1917 Son of Alexander Sharp, Butler, Mollance, Castle Douglas. Mother Catherine. Soldiers Effects: Widow: Mabel J A. Mable Jessie Agnes Seggie, 17 Primrose St, Maxwelltown Dumfries. Ste Catherine British Cemetery Fr 0096 Row H Grave 08 Dumfries & Galloway Standard 28-4-17 Page 6: Photo & Page 2


A detailed account of William's life is in Stuart Wilson's book 'Answering the Call - Auchencarin and the First World War'
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW1 - Alpha Order Reply with quote

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PTE. GEO. LIVINGSTON, KOSB
George Livingston, Private (32322) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 19.
George was working as a grocer in Castle Douglas when he enlisted in February 1917. He was killed at Meaulte.
Born 1898 in Castle Douglas. Son of the late George Livingston and of Lucy Elizabeth (Mitchell) Livingston of 103 Queen Street and of 75 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 27 March 1918 and named on the Pozieres Memorial, France.
Also named on the St. George's United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


The certificate that accompanied his memorial plaque is framed and displayed in Livingstone Gentlemen's Outfitters in Castle Douglas which is still owned by the family.

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