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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:16 pm    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW1 - Alpha Order Reply with quote

CAPT. THOS. DUNN, KOSB
Thomas Dunn, Captain "B" Company, 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 24.
Thomas attended Castle Douglas school and Dumfries Academy and was a Student of Arts and Law at Edinburgh University where he was awarded his M.A. in 1912. He was a Cadet in the University O.T.C. 1911-1913. Thomas was employed, whilst a law student, by W&J Burness WS of Edinburgh and enlisted as a Private in 1/4th Battalion, Royal Scots. He was commissioned in November 1914 as a Lieutenant in KOSB and was promoted to Captain in February 1916. He joined his battalion at Gallipoli in August 1915 and then served in Egypt and Palestine. Thomas was killed at Gaza.
Born 1892 in Castle Douglas. Son of John and Jane (Rain) Dunn of 56 St. Andrew's Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action on 19 April 1917 and buried in the Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, on the Dumfries Academy Memorial and on the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen.


PTE. M. FERGUSON, KOSB
Malcolm Ferguson, Private (23369) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 23.
Malcolm was an apprentice millwright when he enlisted in September 1916. He joined his battalion in France in January 1917.
Born 1895 in Castle Douglas. Son of John and Janet (McQueen) Ferguson of 58 Carlingwark Hill, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action on 25 August 1918 and buried in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, France.
Also named on the Rolls of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club and the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas.

and his brother

L/CPL. SAM. FERGUSON, RS

Samuel Davidson Ferguson, Lance Corporal (43011) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 26.
Samuel was a cheese-maker at Dalbeattie Creamery when he enlisted in April 1916. He went to France in July 1916 two days after his marriage and was killed at Messines.
Born 1891 in Castle Douglas. Son of John and Janet (McQueen) Ferguson of 58 Carlingwark Hill, Castle Douglas. Husband of Margaret (Turner) Ferguson of Sowerby Place, Castle Douglas who he married, while based at Stobs Camp, Hawick, on 15 July 1916 at Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 6 June 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


PTE. ARTHUR FITTON, RAF
Benjamin Arthur Fitton, Airman 2nd Class, Training Centre, Royal Flying Corps. Age 24.
Arthur had for a number of years been a reporter at the Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser office in Castle Douglas and was secretary of the local YMCA. After two previously unsuccessful attempts to enlist, due to bad eyesight, he enlisted in the RFC and joined photographers department of the RFC in January 1916. He had just completed his training as an Observer Photographer when he contracted cerebro-spinal meningitis and died in the Curragh Camp Military Hospital near Dublin.
Born 1891 at Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Son of ?
(He named his next-of-kin as James Hobson Fitton of 8 Hillside Avenue, New Southgate, Middlesex)
Died on active service on 17 February 1916 and buried in Curragh Military Cemetery, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Also named on the St. George's United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:17 am    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW1 - Alpha Order Reply with quote

PTE. ALEX. GAW, HLI
Alexander Gaw, Private (45264) 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry - Glasgow Tramways Battalion. Age 32.
Alexander was a compositor at the Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser when he enlisted in the 1/5th King's Own Scottish Borderers. He was posted as Private (25417) to the KOSB in France but was transferred to the HLI and was killed when a shell hit his dug-out. At the time he was a signaller attached to the Royal Engineers.
Born 1886 in Kelton Parish. Son of Robert and Mary (Wright) Gaw of 15 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas. Husband of Isabella (Thomson) Gaw of St. Andrew's Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1912 in Kilmarnock.
Killed in action on 13 April 1918 and buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club and on the 15th HLI Memorial in the Transport Museum in Glasgow.


PTE. GEO. GEDDES, RS
George Watson Geddes, Private (40472) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 23.
George was employed in the British Linen Bank in Castle Douglas when he enlisted as Private (4164) in the 9th Royal Scots. He was posted to the Royal Scots in France in September 1916 but was transferred to the 1st KOSB.
Born 1895 at Cockburnspath, Berwickshire. Son of George Watson Geddes and of Catherine Bryden Geddes of Ramsheaugh Cottage, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire.
Missing in action on 11 April 1918 and named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, on the British Linen Bank Memorial in Edinburgh and on the Cockburnspath War Memorial, together with his brother Private William Bryden Geddes, who was killed on 11 September 1917.


CPL. SAM. HENRY, RE
Samuel Henry, Lance Corporal (288243) "A" Signal Depot (Bedford) Royal Engineers. Age 40.
Sam was an overseer at Castle Douglas Post Office when he enlisted. He died in Bedford.
Born 1877 in Castle Douglas. Son of Edward and Margaret (Clark) Henry of Castle Douglas.
Died on Service on 30 June 1918 and buried in Bedford Cemetery, England. Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in Castle Douglas Post Office.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW1 - Alpha Order Reply with quote

PTE. W. L. HOGG, KOSB
Walter Lorraine Hogg, Private (46398) 3rd Reserve Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 30.
Walter was a baker and living at 8 Robertson Street, Partick, Glasgow when he married on 29 July 1918. He enlisted in July 1918 but died at the Curragh Camp near Dublin.
Born 1888 in Castle Douglas. Son of Thomas and Nicholes (Clingan) Hogg of Castle Douglas. Husband of Barbara (Bland) Hogg of Partick, Glasgow who he married in 1918 in Glasgow.
Died on Service on 12 November 1918 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemetery (CWG)
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


PO. JNO. HUGHES, RND
John Caven Hughes, Able Seaman (Z/7116) Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Age 21.
John was a motor driver when he enlisted in November 1915. He joined his battalion in France in November 1916 but was wounded in February 1917 and evacuated to hospital in the UK. He returned to his battalion in May 1917. John was killed at Cambrai.
Born 1897 in Castle Douglas. Son of William and Sophia (Cavan) Hughes of 24 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 25 August 1918 and named on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France.
Also named on the Carpet Bowling Club Roll of Honour.

and his brother

PTE. THOS. HUGHES, KOSB

Thomas Hughes, Private (4628 & 241256) 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 21.
Thomas had been a shoemaker with Dundee Equitable Boot Depot in Castle Douglas and was at the St. Andrews branch in Fife when he enlisted in the 4th (Reserve) Battalion, KOSB in February 1916. He was posted to the 1/5th KOSB and joined them in Palestine. Thomas reported missing and presumed killed at Gaza.
Born 1895 in Castle Douglas. Son of William and Sophia (Cavan) Hughes of 24 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 19 April 1917 and named on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel.
Also named on the Carpet Bowling Club Roll of Honour.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:00 am    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW1 - Alpha Order Reply with quote

PTE. EVERARD IMRIE, CANADIANS
Everard Imrie, Private (54027) 18th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment) Age 20.
Everard's father died in 1908 in Castle Douglas and, aged 14, he moved to Canada with his mother in 1911 when she returned home to her birthplace, Fergus, Ontario. Initially they lived with his mother's aunt, Margaret Wikie, in Fergus, but they were in Regina, Saskatchewan, where Everard was working as a printer, when he enlisted in Fergus, Ontario in October 1914. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in April 1915 and landed in France in September. Everard was wounded at Lens and died of wounds in the 42nd Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1896 in Castle Douglas. Son of the late Benjamin Bell Imrie, an architect, and Agnes (Wilkie) Imrie of 2068 McIntyre Street, Regina and of the Windermere Hotel, Santa Monica, California, USA. Benjamin and Agnes had married in 1890 at Fergus, Ontario but by 1891 were in Castle Douglas.
Died of wounds on 7 May 1917 and buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


PTE. WM. IRELAND, KOSB
William Ireland, Private (40068) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 20.
William was a porter and clerk with the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company at Bridge of Dee Railway Station and, as a member of the Territorials, he was mobilised in August 1914 in 5th KOSB. Allocated initially to the 2nd KOSB, he was posted to the 1/5th KOSB and served in Egypt and Palestine where he was wounded. He went to France in April 1918 and at some point was transferred to the 7th/8th KOSB. William was killed at Soissones.
Born 1897 at Ingleston Gatehouse, Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Maggie (O'Neil) Ireland of The Buchan, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action on 23 July 1918 and buried in Buzancy Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Kelton Parish Church Memorial, on the Kelton Parish Roll of Honour now in the Royal British Legion, Castle Douglas and on the G&SW Railway Memorial now in Ayr Station.


PTE. GEO. IRVINE, DCLI
George Irvine, Private (35763) 1/4th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Age 36.
George enlisted as Private (191936) in the Motor Transport section of the Army Service Corps in June 1916 but was posted to the 1/4th DCLI in Egypt. He was drowned when the Troopship “Transylvania” was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-63 off Cape Vado in the Gulf of Genoa. The “Transylvania” had sailed from Marseille to Alexandria on 3 May 1917 with a full complement of troops and escorted by the Japanese destroyers Matsu and Sakaki. 10 crew members, 29 army officers and 373 soldiers lost their lives.
Born 1880 in Kinross, Kinrossshire. Son of George and Helen (Lowe) Irvine. Husband of Bessie (McKie Murray) Irvine of 90 King Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1905 in Castle Douglas.
Killed by Enemy Action/Lost at Sea on 4 May 1917 and listed on the Savona Memorial, Italy.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


PTE. JAS. JAMIESON, HLI
I cannot trace this man.
The Stewartry RoH lists him as of Castle Douglas but I have no further details.


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PTE. ROBT. JAMIESON, RS
Robert Jamieson, Private (51026) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 19.
Robert was an apprentice builder when he enlisted in February 1917 as Private (3792) in the 1/10th Royal Scots, but in March he was transferred as Private (3408) to the 2/1st Lothian and Borders Horse Yeomanry. On 26 February 1918 he joined the 13th Royal Scots in France. Robert was taken prisoner at Arras and killed by British shell after being detailed to bring in German wounded.
Born 1899 in Castle Douglas. Son of William and Marion (McNaught) Jamieson of Hamilton Place and of 18 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 28 March 1918 and listed on the Arras Memorial.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, on the Kelton Parish Church memorial and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


PTE. T. JOHNSON, RASC
I cannot trace this man. Possibly a duplicate of the name below?



PTE. THOS. JOHNSTONE, RASC
Thomas Johnstone, Private (M/273764) 648th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Age 30.
Thomas had served his apprenticeship as coach-painter in Castle Douglas. He was then employed at the Arrol-Johnston Motor Works in Dumfries before moving to Messrs John Payne & Co. of Castle Douglas. He enlisted in December 1916 and served in East Africa for 10 months before he contracted enteric fever and died in hospital in Dar es Salaam.
Born 1886 in Castle Douglas. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Sommerville) Johnstone. Husband of Agnes McCracken (McNairn) Johnstone of 14 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1911 in Castle Douglas.
Died on Active Service on 11 February 1918 and buried in Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


PTE. JNO. JOHNSTON, LONDON REG.
John Murray Johnston, Private (68404) 2/4th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) Age 21.
John was a gardener at Blair Drummond Castle, Perthshire when he enlisted in the 2/6th (Perthshire) Battalion, Black Watch in February 1915. He was posted as Private (61601) to the Queen's Own Royal West Kents in France in September 1917 but was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers in October. Later he was certificated as a cook for the Officers Mess of the Royal Flying Corps. He was taken prisoner on 21 March 1918 and he died of dysentery in the German Hospital in Avesnes.
Born 1897 at Parton, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of John Carson Johnston of 96 Queen Street Castle Douglas and of Isabella (Murray) Johnston, later of Royal Street, Gourock, Renfrewshire.
Died on Service on 31 May 1918 and buried in Avesnes-sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.
Avesnes was the HQ of the German 18th Army and the cemetery was used and extended by the Germans. Germans soldiers as well as French, Italian, Russian and British POWs were buried there. (CWGC)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:02 pm    Post subject: CASTLE DOUGLAS WW1 - Alpha Order Reply with quote

DVR. WM. M. KELLY, RFA
William McKie Kelly, Driver (655715) 261st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Age 23.
William enlisted in September 1914 as Driver (4322) in the Kirkcudbrightshire Battery of the 2nd Lowland Brigade, RFA and landed in Egypt in June 1915. The brigade remained in Egypt while the 52nd (Lowland) Division were in Gallipoli but re-joined and were re-number as 261st RFA in May 1916. They were split off again in April 1918 and remained in Egypt while the Division went to France. William contracted malaria and died in the 71st General Hospital in Cairo.
Born 1894 at Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Georgina Kelly. Nephew of Margaret Cairns Burnie of Mollace Cottage, Clarebrand, Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Diedon Active Service on 9 November 1918 and buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the Roll of Honour in Crossmichael Parish Church, on the Crossmichael War Memorials and on the Trinity United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


CPL. DUNCAN M. KERR, KOSB
Duncan McArthur Kerr, Lance Corporal (942) 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 19.
As a member of the Territorials, Duncan had been mobilised in August 1914. He was accidentally killed while on coastal defence duties on the Firth of Forth. On the night of 2 February 1915 a sentry saw a man behaving suspiciously on the beach at Inverkeithing, Fife. When challenged he ran off. Corporal Kerr, as guard commander, and other soldiers conducted a search during which one of the men slipped on seaweed and dropped his rifle which discharged and wounded Corporal Kerr. He was taken to Craigleith Military Hospital in Edinburgh where he later died.
Born 1895 at Bonhill, Dunbartonshire. Son of John Kerr (Prudential Insurance Superintendent) and of Margaret (McArthur) Kerr of 18 Oakwell Road and then 79 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Died of wounds on 13 February 1915 and buried in Vale of Leven (or Bonhill) Cemetery, Dunbartonshire (CWG)
Also named on the St. George's United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.

and his brother

PTE. ROBT. KERR, RS

Robert Freebairn Kerr, Private (202340) Depot, Royal Scots. Age 19.
Robert was an apprentice grocer when he enlisted as Driver (4358) in the Kirkcudbrightshire Battery of the Royal Field Artillery in October 1914. He claimed to be 17 years and 7 months old but was 15years and 7 months. He was transferred to the 33rd Reserve Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers in June 1916 and to the 4th Reserve Battalion of the Royal Scots in July 1917. He was posted to the 1/8th Battalion, Royal Scots in France on 19 March 1918 and was wounded on 11 April. He was operated on in the 7th Canadian General Hospital in Etaples before being evacuated to hospital in Southampton but died on the following day of his wounds and gas gangrene.
Born 1899 at Rhu, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire. Son of John Kerr (Prudential Insurance Superintendent) and of Margaret (McArthur) Kerr of 18 Oakwell Road and then 79 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Died of wounds on 18 April 1918 and buried in Vale of Leven (or Bonhill) Cemetery, Dunbartonshire (CWG)
Also named on the St. George's United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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PTE. SAMUEL KIRK, SEAFORTHS
Samuel Kirk, Private (S/9766) 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 21.
Samuel was a vanman with Messrs Chicken, Bakers of Maxwelltown and was living at 39 Brooke Street, Dumfries when he enlisted in September 1915. He had been in France for 5 months when he died in the 1st General Hospital in Etretat near Le Havre.
Born 1895 in Castle Douglas. Son of the late Jessie Jane (Twiname) Kirk and of Charles Kirk of Cotton Street, Castle Douglas.
Step-son of Agnes (Harkness) Kirk.
Died of wounds on 6 July 1916 and buried in Etretat Churchyard, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


PTE. ALEX. LANDSBOROUGH, RS
Alexander Landsborough, Private (351701) 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 21.
Alexander enlisted in April 1916. He was killed near Arras.
Born 1895 in Castle Douglas. Son of John and Williamina (Black) Landsborough of Academy Place, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action on 23 April 1917 and buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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.


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PTE. ALEX. MANSON, AUSTRALIANS
Alexander Manson Currie - Served as Alexander Manson, Private (4851) 51st Battalion, Australian Infantry. Age 30.
Alexander emigrated to Australia in 1912 and was a farm hand when he enlisted at Blackboy Hill, Western Australia in December 1915. He declared pre-war service with the Galloway Rifles (1 year) and the KOSB Territorials (3 years). He sailed from Freemantle in April 1916 and arrived in France, via Egypt, in June. He was evacuated to England for hospital treatment for influenza in July before being returned to his battalion in France in December 1916. Alexander was killed in action and buried near the village of Noreuil.
Born 1886 at Swan Street, Gatehouse of Fleet in Girthon Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Jane Currie of 64 Queen Street, Castle Douglas. Killed in action on 11 April 1917 but listed on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.
Alexander was a cousin of John and Robert Currie (listed above) and in 1901 all three were together in Castle Douglas.


RFLM. R. M. MEREDITH, KRRC
Robert Matthew Meredith, Rifleman (A/205546) "C" Company, 13th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Age 19.
Robert was employed in the Co-operative Store in Castle Douglas when he enlisted as Private (M/300124) in the Army Service Corps in February 1917. He was posted as Private (TR/13/52915) in a Training Reserve Battalion before being transferred to the KRRC. He served at Ypres, Arras and Bapaume and was killed at Gomiecourt.
Born 1899 in Castle Douglas. Son of John Williams Meredith and of Margaret (Downie) Meredith of 45 Academy Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action on 25 August 1918 and buried in Gomiecourt South Cemetery, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


STO. ARCHIE MIDDLETON, RN - HMS INDEFATIGABLE
Archibald Davidson Middleton, Stoker 1st Class (SS/109555) HMS Indefatigable, Royal Navy. Age 22.
Archibald joined the Royal Navy in January 1910 with his friend Robert White, SS/109556 (see below) He claimed to be a motor driver, aged 19 (DoB 4/8/1891) but was just 16. They were posted to HMS Carnarvon in May 1910 and to HMS Indefatigable in February 1911. Archibald and Robert were lost at the Battle of Jutland.
Born 1894 in Castle Douglas. Son of William and Mary (Davidson) Middleton of 46 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action/Lost at Sea on 31 May 1916 and named on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


2.LT. A. R. S. MILLER, KOSB
Andrew Richard Stuart Miller, Second Lieutenant: 3rd Battalion attached to the 2nd King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 28.
Andrew was educated in Castle Douglas and at Dumfries Academy and served his apprenticeship at the Union Bank in Castle Douglas. In 1909 he joined the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank's London office serving there for three years before being posted to the North China Treaty Port of Tiensin. In 1915 he was posted to Yokohama, Japan and by July 1916 he was in Hong Kong. He left in there later in the year and enlisted as Private (GD/31765) in the East Surrey Regiment after he landed at Tilbury in January 1917. He was commissioned in the KOSB in June 1917.
Born c.1890 in India. Son of Patrick S. Miller of the Madras Police and of Evelyn F. Miller. Brother of Evelyn Frances Stuart Miller of Alma Square, St John's Wood, London.
Died of wounds on 21 April 1918 and buried in Aire Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, on the Dumfries Academy Memorial and on the WW1 memorial in the Gaijin Bochi (Foreigners' Cemetery) in Motomachi, Yokohama, Japan.


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PTE. JAS. MILROY, A&SH
James Milroy, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Lance Corporal (S/17065) 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age 27.
James was a hairdresser living at 65 Dumbarton Road, Partick. Glasgow when he married in June 1914. He enlisted 1916 and was wounded twice before being killed in action. James was awarded a D.C.M. as S/17065 Pte. J. Milroy, 13th Bn., attd. 2nd Bn., A. & S. Highrs. (Glasgow)
For conspicuous gallantry and good work. He was sent forward with a patrol near Neuvilly on the night of 10 October 1918 with orders to find crossings for his company over the River Selle. He found a footbridge, which was heavily wired. Under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire he cut the wire and rendered the bridge passable for his company to cross the river without serious losses.”
Born 1891 at Sandfield, Castle Douglas. (Crossmichael Parish) Son of the late Elizabeth (Gibson) Milroy of Castle Douglas and of James Milroy of Dalbeattie. Husband of Elizabeth Jane (Hume) of 45 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glasgow who he married in 1914 in Partick.
Missing in action on 23 October 1918 and named on the Vis-en-Artois 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.


PTE. WM. MURRAY, HLI
William Murray, Private (332933) 1/9th Battalion (Glasgow Highland) Highland Light Infantry. Age 27.
William enlisted as Private (1472) in the Lanarkshire Yeomanry in April 1916 and was posted to the 1/9th HLI.
Born 1890 in Urr Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Margaret (Smith) Murray of Rhonehouse, Castle Douglas. Husband of Mary Emma (Whiteley) Murray of King Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1914 in Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 27 September 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Alo named on the Rhonehouse War Memorial.


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PTE. JNO. McADAM, KOSB
John Brydson McAdam, Private (12451) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 30.
John landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915. He was wounded at Loos in September 1915 and again in July 1916.
Born 1886 in Castle Douglas. Son of Robert and Agnes (Brydson) McAdam of 239 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Died of wounds on 19 July 1916 and buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.
CWGC had 9 July but SNWM and the family gravestone has 19 July. CWGC has corrected their details.


PTE. SAM. McGILL, KOSB
Samuel McGill, Private (20709) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 22.
Samuel was an engine driver when he enlisted in July 1915. He joined his battalion in France in October and was evacuated to hospital in Bedford with frost-bite in April 1916. Samuel was badly wounded in August and later died of his wounds in the 2nd Canadian General Hospital in Le Treport
Born 1893 in Palnackie, Buittle, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of John and Annie (Robinson) McGill of 34 Carlingwark Street, Castle Douglas and of Palnackie.
Died of wounds on 13 September 1916 and buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France.
Also named on the St. George's Church memorial, now the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Dalbeattie Higher Grade Public School memorial.


PTE. ROBT. McKAY, RAF
Robert McKay, Private (133998) 2nd Kite Balloon Section, Royal Air Force. Age 28.
Robert was a painter when he enlisted as Private (16877) in the 7th Cameron Highlanders. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915. Later he was transferred to the RAF.
Born 1890 in Castle Douglas. Son of Helen (McKay) McCormick, step-son of Archibald McCormick of 122 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas.
Died of wounds on 29 September 1918 and buried in La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouk, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


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SGT. WM. McKIE, MANCHESTER REG.
William Halliday Scott McKie, Lance Sergeant (1647) 1/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Age 17.
William enlisted in Manchester and landed with his battalion at Gallipoli on 6 May 1915. A month later he was killed.
Born 1897 at Karachi, India. (now Pakistan) Son of Sergeant Master Tailor William McKie of the Highland Light Infantry and of Anna Jane (Halliday) McKie. William (a soldier based at Aldershot) and Anna (of King Street, Castle Douglas) married at Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish in 1893.
In 1911 the family were visiting David Halliday (born Castle Douglas) at Moss Side in Manchester. William was a Master Tailor with the HLI in Cork.
By 1915 the family were at 25 Furness Road, Fallowfield, Manchester while William was with the 14th HLI in Troon Ayrshire.
Missing in action on 4 June 1915 and listed on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


1st. A.M. ROBT. McLEOD, RAF
Robert McLeod, Air Mechanic 1st Class (403509) "X" Aircraft Park, Royal Air Force. Age 22.
Robert enlisted as Gunner (4214) in the Kirkcudbrightshire Battery of the 2nd Lowland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and landed with his battery in Egypt in June 1915. Later he transferred to the RAF. Robert died of pneumonia in the 21st General Hospital in Alexandria while on his way home.
Born 1895 at Carlingwark Hill, Castle Douglas. Son of David and Elizabeth (Stewart) McLeod of Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Died on Service on 19 December 1918 and buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the St. George's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


DVR. JAS. McNAUGHT, RFA
James McNaught, Driver (4318) 2nd Lowland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Age 32.
James had served with the Galloway Rifles Volunteers from 1902 to 1908. A keen sportsman, he was a joiner and builder and worked with his father before he enlisted in the Kirkcudbrightshire Battery of the 2nd Lowland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery in September 1914. He contracted scarlet fever while in training and died in Camelon Hospital in Falkirk.
Born 1883 in Castle Douglas. Son of John and Agnes (Maxwell) McNaught of Church Street, Castle Douglas.
Died on Service on 23 March 1915 and buried in Kelton Old Churchyard (CWG)
Also named on the St. George's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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PTE. R. McQUEEN, KOSB
Robert McQueen, Private (40158) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 25.
Robert had 4 years pre-war service with KOSB as a Trumpeter and was mobilised in August 1914 in the 5th KOSB. He was posted to the 7th/8th KOSB in 1916 and went to France where he served at the Somme. Robert was killed in action at Ypres.
Born 1894 in Castle Douglas. Son of Robert Stewart McQueen and of Mary (Ward) McQueen of Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 19 August 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Also named on the Rolls of Honour in the Castle Douglas Carpet Bowling Club and in the Royal British Legion.


PTE. JAS. McROBERT, SR
James Muirhead McRobert, Private (41213) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 32.
James was shoemaker and, until he was mobilised, was a temporary rural postman. He enlisted as Private (29979) in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in November 1916. He went to France in March 1917 and was transferred to 11th Royal Scots on 2 April. A week later at Arras, on 9 April, he was wounded. James died of his wounds in the St. John's Ambulance Brigade Hospital at Etaples.
Born 1885 in Castle Douglas. Son of Robert and Agnes (Muirhead) McRobert of 97 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas. Husband of Jessie Gordon (McSkimming) McRobert of 99 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas (later Mrs McKenzie of Viaduct Cottage, Gatehouse-of-Fleet) who he married in June 1916 at Castle Douglas.
Died of wounds on 20 April 1917 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Trinity United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Rolls of Honour in Castle Douglas Post Office and the Carpet Bowling Club.


PTE. ALAN McVAN, AUSTRALIANS
Alan McVan, Private (459) 40th Battalion (Tasmania) Australian Infantry. Age 21.
Allan was an apprentice sailor on board the grain carrier S.S. Bengairn when he enlisted in January 1915 at Hobart, Tasmania. He sailed from Hobart in July 1916, arriving in England in August, and was posted to France in December 1916. He was accidentally wounded during a rifle grenade demonstration in March 1917, was wounded in action in October 1917 and was evacuated to hospital in Stratford upon Avon. He rejoined his battalion in February 1918. Allan was killed in action and buried near Clery sur Somme, but it seems the grave was lost.
Born 1896 in Glasgow. Son of the late John and Elizabeth (Turner) McVan of King Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action 31 August 1918 and listed on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


GNR. JNO. NISH, RFA
John Nish, Gunner (125975) Royal Field Artillery. Age 24.
John was a cattleman employed by W&T Wallet, live stock auctioneers, Castle Douglas when he enlisted in the 52nd Reserve Battery of the RFA in February 1916, but while based as Redford Barracks, Edinburgh he was taken ill and died of cerebrospinal meningitis at the County Fever Hospital, Slateford, Mid Lothian.
Born 1892 in Castle Douglas. Son of John and Catherine Sarah (Smith) Nish of 59 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Died on Service on 6 April 1916 and buried in Castle Douglas Cemetery (CWG)
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


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PTE. JNO. O'HAIRE, KOSB - MM Br. MM Fr. CROIX DE GUERRE
John Joseph O'Haire, Military Medal, Medaille Militaire, Croix de Guerre, Private (241198) 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 38.
John had for many years been a railway surfaceman but prior to his enlistment in November 1915 he was working with a Government contractor on repairs to Threave Castle. He joined his battalion in Egypt in June 1916 and then moved with them to France.
In late July/early August the 34th Division, newly reformed with units from Egypt, Palestine and India, fought alongside French Divisions at the 1918 Battle of the Marne.
In recognition of his “continuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Beugneux” in his role as a Dispatch Runner, John received a Military Medal and was awarded a Medaille Militaire and a Croix de Guerre by General Mangin, Commanding the French Army.
Born 1880 in Buittle, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Annie (Monaghan) O'Haire. Husband of Isabella (Davidson) O'Haire of 5 Marle Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1905 at Castle Douglas.
Killed in action on 14 October 1918 and buried initially in the KOSB Cemetery, Gheluwe and later moved to Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Carpet Bowling Club Roll of Honour.


PTE. ROBT. PURDIE MM, RS
Robert Purdie, Military Medal, Private (43137) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 31.
Robert was an iron dresser at The Foundry in Castle Douglas when he enlisted in March 1916. He was mobilised in April and joined the Royal Scots in France in July. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion. In January 1917 he was admitted to the Field Ambulance with accidental burns to his leg and was evacuated to the 22nd General Hospital at Camieres before being evacuated to hospital in England. He returned to France in May 1917 and was posted to the 13th Battalion. Awarded the MM as 43137 Pte. R. Purdie, R. Scots (Castle Douglas) for bravery in the field, he served at the Somme in 1916, Arras and Ypres in 1917.
Born 1886 in Castle Douglas. Son of James and Annie or Joan (Johnstone) Purdie of 136 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 22 August 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.


PTE. BEN RAE, GORDONS
Benjamin Rae, Private (3/6908) 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Age 38.
Benjamin was an engineer employed in James Gordon's Implement Works in Castle Douglas when he enlisted in the Army Reserve in September 1914. He was posted to the 1st Gordon Highlanders at Ypres in November 1914 and was killed by a shell when operating as a stretcher bearer.
Born 1877 in Castle Douglas. Son of the late Benjamin Rae and of Jane (Fergusson) Rae of Abercrombie Square, Castle Douglas. Husband of Mary (Hannah or McClune) Rae of 10 Church Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1902 in Kirkcudbright.
Missing in action on 2 June 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Trinity United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


2.LT. JAS. RAE, SEAFORTHS
James Rae, Second Lieutenant: 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 36.
James had a Stationery and Printing business in John William Street, Huddersfield and was living at 47 Birkby Crescent, when he was commissioned in May 1917. He had two other brothers serving in the same regiment, Archibald and John Gray Rae. John was awarded the Military Cross and Bar.
Born 1881 in Dublin, Ireland. Son of the late Provost Adam Rae and of Jeannie (Gray) Rae of King Street, Castle Douglas. Husband of Winifred Beatrice (Furness) Rae of Monkswood, Kirkstall, Leeds who he married in 1913 in Leeds. (Winifred re-married in Leeds in 1921 and became Mrs. Bernadino Oglietti of Turin, Italy)
Missing in action on 4 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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PTE. ROBT. RAE, AUSTRALIANS
Robert Rae, Private (63) 44th Battalion, Australian Infantry. Age 27.
Robert had been a van man with a Grocer and Wine Merchant in King Street, Castle Douglas before emigrating to Australia. He was working as a labourer and living at 171 Hay Street, East Perth, Western Australia when he enlisted in January 1916. He sailed from Freemantle in June, arriving in England on 27 July, and was posted to France in November 1916. Robert was wounded in action and died on the following day in the 44th Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1890 in Castle Douglas. Son of Alexander and Margaret (McLachlan) Rae of 114 Queen Street, Castle Douglas.
Died of wounds on 6 October 1917 and buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium.
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.


PTE. W. G. SHARP, SEAFORTHS
William Gorham Sharp, Private (S/41086) 8th/10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Age 30.
William was a grocers assistant in Dumfries, and he and his family were living at 17 Primrose Street, Maxwelltown, when he enlisted in December 1915. He was mobilised as Private (S/13531) in the Seaforth Highlanders in June 1916 and was posted to the 8th Battalion in France on 6 March 1917 but was transferred to the Gordon Highlanders on the 24 March. Two weeks later he was killed.
Born 1886 at Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Alexander and Catherine (Gorham) Sharp of 9 King Street, Castle Douglas. Husband of Mabel Jessie Agnes (Seggie) Sharp of the Victoria Hotel, Castle Douglas who he married in 1912 at Castle Douglas.
Killed in action 8 April on 1917 and buried in St. Catherine British Cemetery, Arras, France.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.
A detailed account of William's life is in Stuart Wilson's book 'Answering the Call - Auchencarin and the First World War'


DVR. H. M. D. SMITH, RFA
Hugh Mair Dunlop Smith, Driver (655796) 381st Battery, 158th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Age 21.
Hugh enlisted in November 1915 in the 2/2nd Kirkcudbrightshire Battery RFA. He transferred to 381st Battery in France in 1917 and was killed at Ypres.
Born 1896 at Broughton Mains, Whithorn, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Jessie Wyllie (Mair) Smith of Torres of Hall Farm, Auchencairn and of Keltonhill Farm and of Torres of Kelton.
Died of wounds on 18 November 1917 and buried in Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, on the Roll of Honour in Castle Douglas British Legion and on the Kelton Parish Church memorial.
A detailed account of Hugh's life is in Stuart Wilson's book 'Answering the Call - Auchencarin and the First World War'


PTE. ROBT. J. SMITH, A&SH
Robert John Smith, Private (S/8689) 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age 20.
Robert was employed at a steel works in Wishaw when he enlisted in May 1915. He was posted to the 10th Battalion on 4 October 1915 and was killed at Ypres a month later.
Born 1894 in Crossmichael Village, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of James and Isabella (Stevenson) Smith of Clien Villa, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 3 November 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


2.LT. R. P. SMITH MC, SEAFORTHS
Robert Paterson Smith, Military Cross, Second Lieutenant: 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 29.
Robert was employed by the Government in the Gold Coast, West Africa. Pre-war he had served with City of London Territorials and was Corporal in Gold Coast Volunteers. He returned at the outbreak of war and was commissioned in the Seaforths in August 1915. He was posted to the 8th Battalion in May 1916 and served at Loos, the Somme, Arras and Ypres. He was awarded the M.C. " For conspicuous gallantry and. devotion to duty. He was placed in command of what was left of two companies. These he commanded throughout the remainder of the operations with untiring energy and devotion. He carried out several reconnaissances, and his reports were of the utmost value." Robert died of his wounds a few hours after being struck by a shell.
Born 1888 in Castle Douglas. Son of William and Janet (Paterson) Smith of King Street, Castle Douglas.
Died of wounds on 2 August 1917 and buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3, Ypres, Belgium.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church.


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PTE. BRUCE STEWART, RS
Bruce Stewart, Private (18154) 15th Battalion (1st Edinburgh) Royal Scots. Age 35.
Bruce served his apprenticeship in Melrose before he was, for 13 years, an Ironmonger in Castle Douglas. He was living at Bowling Green Cottage when he enlisted in November 1914 and he landed with his battalion at Le Havre in January 1916. He was wounded by shrapnel and taken prisoner on 29 April 1917 at Monchy and on 26 May was reported to be a Prisoner Of War in Hamelin, wounded in the left lung. Bruce died in hospital at Hamelin and was buried there, but was re-interred at Niederzwehren in November 1923.
Born 1882 at Lilliesleaf, Bowden Roxburghshire. Son of William Henry Stewart and of Margaret (Bruce) Stewart of Sunnyside Cottage, Darnick, Melrose and of Tweed View, Newstead, Melrose.
Died of wounds on 13 June 1917 and buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the Melrose and Darnick War Memorials.


PTE. C. E. STEWART, LONDON SCOTTISH
Charles Edward Stewart, Private (6158 & 512369) 1/14th Battalion (County of London) London Regiment (London Scottish) Age 21.
Charles was an apprentice draper in Castle Douglas before he moved to London in 1914. He enlisted in December 1915 and went to France in April 1916.
Son of the late Thomas Stewart of the family firm of W&T Stewart, Cabinetmaker and Upholsterer, Castle Douglas and of Sarah Jessie (Grierson) Stewart of Devorgilla Terrace, Maxwelltown.
Missing in action on 1 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Also listed on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the Maxwelltown/Troqueer War Memorial.


SGT. JAS. STEWART, KOSB
Served as:
James Stewart, Sergeant (12383) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 38.
James was a baker when he enlisted as Private (5469) in the KOSB in October 1895 when he was 18 years old. After 12 years service, 5 of those in India, Burma and Aden, James was transferred to the Army Reserve in 1907 and became a Postman in Castle Douglas and Auchencairn. He enlisted in August 1914 and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915. James was fatally wounded at Loos.
Born 1877 at Academy Street, Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish as William James Carruthers Stewart. Son of Adam and Margaret (Carruthers) Stewart of Academy Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the St. George's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Rolls of Honour in Castle Douglas Post Office and in the Carpet Bowling Club.
A detailed account of James Stewart's life is in Stuart Wilson's book 'Answering the Call - Auchencairn and the First World War'


SGT. JNO. STEWART, KOSB
John Stewart, Sergeant (15199) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 30.
John had been a soldier and pre-war had serviced in India, Egypt and South Africa. He enlisted in September 1914 and landed with the 7th KOSB at Boulogne in July 1915. He served at Loos and the Somme. He was wounded in September 1915 when he was hit in the head by shrapnel and was treated in the 11th General Hospital in Boulogne.
Born c.1886. Son of Alexander and Annie (Marshall) Stewart of Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire. Husband of Ellen Roberts Taylor (Hawthorne) Stewart of 63 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas who he married in 1912 at Castle Douglas.
Died of wounds on 9 August 1916 and buried in Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery, Somme, France.
Also named on the memorial in St. Ninian's Episcopal Church in Castle Douglas and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club..


SGT. JNO. TWEEDIE KOSB
John Cavan Tweedie, Military Medal, Lance Sergeant (40217) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 26.
John served his apprenticeship as a bootmaker with T. Kirk of King Street, Castle Douglas and was working in Glasgow when he enlisted in October 1914. He served at Arras, was wounded twice and was awarded a M.M. for bravery in the field as 40217 Cpl. (L/Sjt.) J. Tweedie, K.O.S.B. (Castle Douglas). John died at Buzancy.
Born 1893 at Burnside Buildings, Castle Douglas in Kelton Parish. Son of Andrew and Margaret (Cavan) Tweedie of Marle Street, Castle Douglas.
Missing in Action on 23 July 1918 and named on the Soissons Memorial, France.
Also named on the Trinity United Free Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour in the Carpet Bowling Club.
His brother Joseph McWilliam Tweedie, Gunner (190934) 342nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery was killed in action on 27 May 1918 and is named on the Dalbeattie War Memorial.


PTE. ROBT. WATSON, HLI
Robert Watson, Private (40621) "D" Company, 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry - Glasgow Tramways Battalion - Age 26.
Robert enlisted in January 1916. He was reported missing at Nieupoort, Belgium.
Born 1890 in Castle Douglas. Son of Robert and Janet (Lee) Watson of 54 Academy Street, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action 15 July on 1917 and buried in Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery, Nieuwpoort, Belgium.
Also listed on the Roll of Honour in Castle Douglas Royal British Legion, on the Kelton Parish Church memorial and on the 15th HLI Memorial in the Transport Museum, Glasgow.


PTE. ANTHONY WEIR, HLI
Anthony T. Weir, Private (330931) 1/9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Formerly Private (3248) HLI. Age 23.
Anthony enlisted in Glasgow as Private (3248) in the 1/9th HLI, joined the battalion in France in June 1915 and served at Delville Wood, the Somme and La Fontaine.
Born 1892 at Ringford, Tongland, Kirkcudbrightshire as Anthony Thomson McSkimming. Son of Agnes (McSkimming) Weir and step son of John Weir of Lochside, Redding. Polmont, Stirlingshire and of Main Street, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire.
In 1901 the family were at Blair Street in Dalbeattie and in 1911 Anthony Thomson Weir 18 was cattleman at Camp Douglas Farm, Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Missing in action on 20 May 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France. Also named on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church, on the Polmont War Memorial and on the Polmont Old Church Memorial.


LDG. STO. ROBT. WHITE, RN - HMS INDEFATIGABLE
Robert White, Leading Stoker (K/29229) HMS Indefatigable, Royal Navy. Age 23.
Robert was a blacksmith when he joined the Royal Navy as Stoker (SS/109556) with his friend Archibald Middleton (see above) in January 1910. They were posted to HMS Carnarvon in May 1910 and to HMS Indefatigable in February 1911. Robert's rating and service number were changed on October 1915. He was lost at the Battle of Jutland when the “Indefatigable” was destroyed by a magazine explosion. Only two survivors were rescued.
Born 1892 in Castle Douglas. Son of the late Patrick and Elizabeth (Cooper) White of Castle Douglas. Brother of Agnes of 21 Carlingwark Hill, Castle Douglas.
Killed in action/Lost at Sea on 31 May 1916 and named on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
Also named on the Roll of Honour in the Castle Douglas Carpet Bowling Club.


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