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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
dhubthaigh wrote:
I thought I'd add the following piece of information which is valuable in connecting people/families and places.
A list of casualties appeared in the Blairgowrie Advertiser on Saturday 18th August 1917, one being;
Pvt. Bruce Stewart (only brother of Mrs Ritchie, The Neuk, Blairgowrie) Machine Gun Section, Royal Scots - was a wounded prisoner of war in Germany.


And help it did Very Happy
I've been trying to link this man with the one listed on the Castle Douglas War Memorial.
From info. from Ralph we knew that he had enlisted at Dumfries and that he was an ironmonger - and yesterday I found this:

Dumfries and Galloway Standard 23 June 1917 page 3
MISSING
Private Bruce Stewart, Royal Scots, officially reported missing since the end of April is the only son of Mr. Stewart, coal agent, Darnick, Melrose.
He served his apprenticeship as an ironmonger in Melrose and for 13 years he was employed by Messrs. McGuffog and McDonald, Ironmongers, Castle Douglas, He enlisted in November 1914 and had been at the front for about two years.


I've e-mailed this directly to Ralph
Thanks Mark


Just to complete the story:

Bruce Stewart – age 35 – Private (18154) 15th Battalion (1st Edinburgh), Royal Scots.
Bruce served his apprenticeship in Melrose before he was for 13 years an Ironmonger in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. 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 Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the Darnick War Memorial.
Niederzwehren cemetery was begun by the Germans in 1915 for the burial of prisoners of war who died at the local camp. In 1922-23 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Niederzwehren is one. (Source: CWGC)

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Melrose sits in the very north of Roxburghshire and was surrounded on three sides by three different counties. The Borders Family History Society describes it as follows:
The Parish of Melrose based on the historic Burgh of the same name is situated in the north east of Roxburghshire being bordered on the north by the Parish of Lauder, on the east by the parishes of Legerwood, Earlston and Mertoun all in the County of Berwickshire, on the south by the Parishes of St. Boswells, and Bowden and on the west by the Parishes of Galashiels and Caddonfoot both in the County of Selkirkshire and Stow in the County of Midlothian.

Many locations are within Melrose Parish but addresses are given as in another county. Threepwood, for example, is usually shown as Lauder, Berwickshire - the nearest town/village.
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PRIVATE J. ALLAN.
James Allan – age 28 – Private (200631) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was a gardener in Darnick, Melrose when he enlisted and as Private (7027) he landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915. He was wounded during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah in July but went on to serve in Egypt and Palestine.
Born 1889 in Melrose. Son of Andrew and Agnes Oliver (Beattie) Allan of Darnick, Melrose.
Killed in Action on 28 November 1917 and buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
Also named on the Free Church memorial in Melrose and on the Darnick Village War Memorial.

and his brother

PRIVATE T.B. ALLAN
.
Thomas Beattie Allan – age 27 – Private (S/40450) 8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Thomas was a gardener in Killin, Perthshire when he enlisted as Private (2482) in the 1/6th (Perthshire) Battalion, Black Watch.
Born 1891 in Melrose. Son of Andrew and Agnes Oliver (Beattie) Allan of Darnick, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 16 December 1917 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Free Church memorial in Melrose and on the Darnick Village War Memorial.


PRIVATE J. ANDERSON.
John Anderson – age 26 – Corporal (273256) 5th/6th Battalion, Royal Scots.
John enlisted as Private (120526) in the Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry and was posted to the 11th Royal Scots in France.
Born 1890 in Gattonside, Melrose. Son of the late James Anderson of Friarshaugh, Gattonside (died 1914) and of Agnes (Hope) Anderson of 4 Dovecote Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire.
Killed in Action on 11 August 1918 and buried in Bouchoir New British Cemetery, Somme, France.
Also named on the Gattonside Village War Memorial and on the Hawick Roll of Honour.
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PRIVATE A. ANDERSON.
Andrew Anderson – age 20 – Private (6869) 2/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Andrew was a shepherd when he enlisted. He died of meningitis in Galashiels, Selkirkshire.
Born 1894 in Greenlaw, Gordon, Berwickshire. Son of Robert Anderson and Mary Logan (Shankly) Anderson of Threepwood, Melrose/Lauder and of Pendical, Southdean, Hawick.
Died on Service on 6 November 1914 and buried in Lauder Cemetery, Berwickshire. (CWG)
Also named on the Lauder War Memorial and on the Old Parish Church memorial in Lauder.

and his brother

PRIVATE R.F. ANDERSON
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Robert Forrest Anderson – age 20 – Private (D/17200) 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)
Robert was employed by Professor Sir John Rankine at Threepwood, Lauder, Berwickshire when he enlisted.
Born 1898 in Whittingham, Haddington, East Lothian. Son of Robert Anderson and Mary Logan (Shankly) Anderson of Threepwood, Melrose/Lauder and of Pendical, Southdean, Hawick.
Killed in Action on 28 September 1918 and buried in Anneux British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Lauder War Memorial and on the Old Parish Church memorial in Lauder.


PRIVATE J.C. BELL.
John Campbell Bell – age 25 – Private (184197) 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
John had been in Canada for three years and was a teamster when he enlisted in Calgary, Alberta in January 1916. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in June and joined his battalion in France in September. John was admitted to the 1st Canadian General Hospital in Etaples with multiple shrapnel wounds and died two days later.
Born 1892 in Wilton, Hawick, Roxburghshire. Son of the late Rhoda Rebecca (Campbell) Bell (died 1907) and of Adam Bell of Faldonside, Melrose.
Died of Wounds on 18 April 1917 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
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PRIVATE G.W BLACK.
George Wade Black – age 26 – Private (19419) 16th Battalion (2nd Edinburgh) Royal Scots.
George had been a gardener with the Carnegie Trust at Pittencrieff Gardens in Dunfermline and was at Inchdairnie Gardens, Kinglassie, Fife when war broke out. He was at Auchen Castle, near Beattock in Dumfriesshire when he enlisted with his brother John (19418) in November 1914. They landed with the battalion at Le Havre in January 1916. George died in the 43rd Casualty Clearing Station at Bailleulval near Arras.
Born 1892 in Melrose. Son of James and Margaret (Leishman) Black of Railway Cottages, Darnick, Melrose.
Died of Wounds on 23 March 1918 and buried in Bac-Du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, France.
Also named on the Darnick Village War Memorial.

and his brother

SERGT. J.R. BLACK
.
John Robert Black – age 26 – Lance Sergeant (19148) 16th Battalion (2nd Edinburgh) Royal Scots.
John was a stonemason when he enlisted with his brother George (19419) in November 1914 and they landed with the battalion at Le Havre in January 1916. He was wounded on the Somme in August but after treatment at the 8th Stationary Hospital at Wimereux he was able to rejoin his battalion in September. John had been promoted to Corporal in July 1916 and was promoted again in January 1917.
Born 1890 in Melrose. Son of James and Margaret (Leishman) Black of Railway Cottages, Darnick, Melrose.
Killed in Action on 9 April 1917 and buried in Ste. Catherine British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Darnick Village War Memorial.


TROOPER R. BLAKE.
Ronald Jamieson Blake – age 21 – Private (273184) 17th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Ronald had attended wool manufacturing courses at the South of Scotland Technical College in Galashiels in 1912 and 1913 and was described as a manufacturer when he enlisted as Private (1829) in the 2/1st Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry in Haddington, East Lothian in October 1914. He was posted to the No.3 Officer Cadet Battalion in Bristol in November 1916 and then as Private (20688) to the 4th Reserve Regiment of Dragoons in France in April 1917 before being transferred to the Royal Scots in September. Ronald was killed a month later.
Born 1895 in Barnet, Hertfordshire. Son of Andrew Jamieson Blake and of Mabel Florence (White) Blake of Oakleigh Park, Whetstone, London.
Grandson of the late Archibald and Agnes Blake of Melrose.
Missing in Action on 24 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Free Church memorial in Melrose.
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PRIVATE J. BOWIE.
John Bowie – age 25 – Private (B/21366) 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.
John Bowie was an attendant in the Melrose Asylum and passed an examination of the Medico- Psychological Association in May 1913. He enlisted in Galashiels as Private (3546) in the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) but was posted to the 1st HLI in France in June 1915. The battalion moved to Mesopotamia in January 1916.
Born 1890 in Alvah, Banffshire. Son of William and Helen (Stewart or Innes) Bowie of Turriff, Aberdeenshire who had married in 1886 in Alvah.
Missing in Action on 8 March 1916 and named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
Also named on the Turriff War Memorial.


CAPTAIN J.W.B. BOYD.
James Wilson Brack Boyd – age 46 – Captain, 3rd Battalion attached to the 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.
James was educated at Cargilfield School and Fettes College in Edinburgh before he began a career in estate management. In 1901 he was at Fyvie in Aberdeenshire but latterly he had spent seven years with Lord Allandale of Bretton Hall near Wakefield, Yorkshire, living in the Old Parsonage in West Bretton, and he gained a commission in the 3rd Y&L Regiment in September 1914. He landed in France in early 1915 but was wounded at Ypres in Belgium in April 1915 and evacuated home. After his recovery he was for some time in command of the Machine Gun School at Sunderland and had returned to his battalion as Captain in command of the 16th Trench Mortar Battery only few weeks before he was killed.
Born 1870 at Ormiston, Eckford, Roxburghshire as James Wilson Boyd. Son of the late Elizabeth Bell (Wilson) Boyd (died 1909) and of William Brack Boyd of Faldonside, Melrose (died 1918)
Died of Wounds on 16 July 1916 and buried in Brandhoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Cargilfield School and the Fettes College War Memorials and on the West Bretton War Memorial in West Yorkshire.


PRIVATE G.L. BUNYAN.
George Lawson Bunyan – age 19 – Private (202074) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George was a gardener at Waverley Hydropathic in Melrose when he enlisted.
Born 1898 in Melrose. Son of George and Esther (Dickson) Bunyan, of High Street, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 30 November 1917 and named on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.
Also named on the Free Church memorial in Melrose.
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CAPTAIN W.H. CALVERT.
Not listed by CWGC.
William Hall Calvert – age 56 – Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps.
William was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh before he became a Student of Medicine at Edinburgh University from 1878 to 1882. He gained his post-graduate MD in 1889. William was in general practice in Melrose for over 25 years until he retired in 1911 and during that time (in March 1900) he became Surgeon-Lieutenant to the 1st Roxburgh and Selkirk -The Border Rifle Volunteer Corps. At the outbreak of war he returned from an extended vacation and was granted a commission in the RAMC. He was attached as a Lieutenant to the 2/6th Seaforth Highlanders at Fort George, near Inverness, in April 1915. He was promoted to Captain but became ill and was obliged to give up his commission. William died in a nursing home in Marylebone, London..
Born 1861 in North Berwick, East Lothian. Son of the late Rev. William Calvert (died 1888) and of Mary (McDougall) Calvert (died 1906) of the Manse, North Berwick and of Elmbank, Melrose. Husband of Jean (King) Calvert of the Laurels, Melrose who he married in 1892 in Melrose.
Died on 16 June 1917 and buried in Melrose Cemetery.
Also named on the Royal High School memorial, on the Edinburgh University Old College memorial and on the University Roll of the Fallen.


TROOPER A. CHAMBERS.
Note: Served as Alexander Chalmers.
Alexander Chambers – age 31 – Lance Corporal (GS/11735) 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
Alexander was a warden in the Melrose Asylum when he enlisted in September 1914. He served as Alexander Chalmers and joined the 5th Dragoon Guards in France in August 1915.
Born 1886 in Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire. Son of the late Alexander Chambers (died 1895) and of the late Elizabeth (Hannay) Chambers (died 1912) formerly of Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire. He named his brother Robert Chambers of Shennaton, Kirkcowan as his next of kin.
Killed in Action on 22 November 1917 and buried in Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres, France.
Also named on the Kirkmaiden Parish War Memorial.
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PRIVATE T.T. CLARK.
Thomas Telfer Clark – age 18 – Private (6861) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was killed a month later during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1896 in Darnick, Melrose. Son of Thomas and Jane (Paterson) Clark, forester, of Gattonside, Melrose and of Symington House Cottages, Symington, Lanarkshire.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Gattonside Village War Memorial.


L.CORP. D.G. CRUICKSHANK.
Donald Gordon Cruickshank – age 39 – Lance Corporal (42223) 16th Battalion (2nd Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry.
In 1911 Donald was a game keeper at Sunderland Hall, Selkirk. He enlisted as Private (7450) in the King's Own Scottish Borderers but was transferred to the HLI in France.
Born 1878 in Yetholm, Roxburghshire. Son of Donald and Margaret (Mann) Cruickshank of Darnick, Melrose. Husband of Margaret Kerr (Cleghorn) Cruickshank who he married in 1907 in Selkirk.
Missing in Action on 2 December 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium..
Also named on the Darnick Village War Memorial and on the Free Church memorial in Melrose.

and his brother

PRIVATE J. CRUICKSHANK
.
John Cruickshank – age 37 – Private (18943) 2nd Labour Company, Seaforth Highlanders transferred as Private (7367) to 13th Company, Labour Corps.
John had been a stonemason in Melrose for many years when he enlisted as Private (24560) in the King's Own Scottish Borderers. He was posted to the Seaforths in France before being transferred to the Labour Corps.
Born 1880 in Melrose and also registered in Stichill, Roxburghshire. Son of Donald and Margaret (Mann) Cruickshank of Darnick, Melrose. Husband of Agnes (Young) of Darnick who he married in 1903 in Edinburgh. Agnes, age 38, died in 1919 in Melrose as Mrs Daniel Cameron.
Killed in Action on 5 August 1917 and buried in Gwalia Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Darnick Village War Memorial and on the Free Church memorial in Melrose.
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MAJOR W.S.N. CURLE, M.C.
William Sydney Noel Curle, Military Cross – age 32 – Major, 107th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
William was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich in July 1904 and by 1911 he was a Lieutenant with “P” Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery in India. He was posted to be the Adjutant of the 3rd South Midland Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery and promoted to Captain in February 1912. He landed in France in April 1915 and was awarded a Military Cross in December 1916. William was wounded and captured in March 1918 and died two days later in the German Field Hospital at Bohain in Northern France and he was buried in the Military Cemetery at Bohain Station but was re-interred at Premont in the 1920's.
Born 1886 in Melrose. Son of James (died 1915) and Marion Passmore White (Newlyn) Curle of Harleyburn, Melrose. Husband of Doris Ethel Waller of Langdale Gardens, Hove, Sussex (1919) and of Westcliffe Terrace, St Lawrence, Thanet, Kent (1927) who he married in 1912 in Chelsea, London.
Died of Wounds on 23 March 1918 and buried in Premont British Cemetery, Aisne, France.


PRIVATE G.H. CURRIE.
George Hardie Currie – age 28 – Private (24037) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
George was a painter when he enlisted in December 1915. He was mobilised as Private (22954) in the King's Own Scottish Borderers but was posted to the RSF in France in June 1916. George joined his battalion on 7 July but was kill on the Somme at the end of the month.
Born 1888 in Melrose. Son of the late William John Currie (died 1906) and of Emily Elizabeth (Leeder) Currie of the Post Office, Darnick and of Towerview, Darnick.
Missing in Action on 30 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. France.
Also named on the Darnick Village War Memorial.
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PRIVATE D. DARLING.
David Darling – age 29 – Private (446705) 31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
David was employed by a draper in the High Street, Melrose before he emigrated to Canada where he had been working as an engineer for eight years when he enlisted in Calgary, Alberta in May 1915. He sailed from Montreal in July and joined his battalion in France in October 1915.
Born 1887 in Melrose. Son of William and Betsy or Elizabeth (Deans) Darling of Scott Place, Melrose and of the Ormiston Institute, High Street, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 10 April 1916 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

and his brother

PRIVATE W. DARLING
.
William Darling – age 20 – Private (554) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was a member of the Territorial 4th KOSB and was mobilised in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was killed a month later during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1895 in Melrose. Son of William and Betsy or Elizabeth (Deans) Darling of Scott Place, Melrose and of the Ormiston Institute, High Street, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


SERGT. W. DAVIDSON.
Not listed by CWGC – but under review.
William Davidson – age 34 – Lance Sergeant (5083) Scots Guards.
In 1901, aged 16, William was a farm servant, living with his family at Dingleton, Melrose. He was working as a carter when he enlisted in the Scots Guards in November 1903. As a reservist when war was declared, he was mobilised and landed with the 1st Scots Guards at Le Havre on 13 August 1914. He was wounded at Nueve Chapelle in May 1915 and after he recovered he became a bombing instructor in London and then in France. He became ill in March 1917 and was admitted to hospital in London. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the Cedar Lawn Red Cross Hospital at Hampstead Heath and was discharged from the army in May having been awarded a Silver War Badge (178247). William took up farm work again as a ploughman at Colmslie Hill near Galashiels but had to be admitted to the Anderson Sanatorium in Hawick, Roxburghshire where he died.
Born 1884 in Swinton, Berwickshire. Son of the late Agnes Hay (Jeffrey) Davidson (died 1915) and of William Davidson of 13 Bristol Terrace, Galashiels, Selkirkshire. Husband of Agnes Hay (Lyall) Davidson of Carilawburn near Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire who he married in 1907 in Galashiels.
Died on 28 June 1919 and buried in Galashiels (Eastland) Cemetery.
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TROOPER T. DICKINSON.
Thomas Dickinson – age 28 – Private (41078) 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Princess Victoria's Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Thomas had served his apprenticeship and worked as a draper in Melrose before becoming a forester. He was employed at Ravenswood, Melrose when he enlisted as Private (6214) in the 2nd Cavalry Reserve in September 1914. He was attached to the 6th Dragoons in France in March 1916 but became ill and was evacuated to the 2nd Scottish General Hospital in Edinburgh in April. He returned to the 6th Dragoons in June but in September 1917 he was transferred to the North Irish Horse Yeomanry which was then absorbed into the 9th RIF.
Born 1889 in Melrose. Son of the late Joseph Dickinson (died 1906) and of the late Agnes (White) Dickinson (died 1905) of Newstead, Melrose.
Killed in Action on 26 October 1917 and buried in Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Newstead Village War Memorial.


LT.COL. A.F. DOUGLAS-HAMILTON V.C.
Angus Falconar Douglas-Hamilton, Victoria Cross – age 52 – Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding 6th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
Angus was commissioned from the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and joined the Camerons in November 1884. By 1891 he was a Lieutenant at Cameron Barracks in Inverness and he married near there three years later. He was promoted to Captain in December 1892 and to Major in March 1901. He had served in the Sudan, Gibraltar, Malta, South Africa, North China and in 1911 he was with the 2nd Battalion in India. He retired from the army in August 1912 and by 1914 he was living at St. Mary's, Weirbank in Melrose. He remained on the Reserve of Officers and so was recalled at the outbreak of war and given command of the 6th Camerons in November 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915 and led them into battle at Loos two months later. An extract from The "London Gazette," dated 18/11/1915, recorded the following
"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when commanding his battalion during operations on 25th and 26th September, 1915, on Hill 70. On the 26th, when the battalions on his right and left had retired, he rallied his own battalion again and again, and led his men forward four times. The last time he led all that remained, consisting of about fifty men, in a most gallant manner and was killed at their head. It was mainly due to his bravery, untiring energy and splendid leadership that the line at this point was enabled to check the enemy's advance."
Born 1863 in Brighton, Sussex. Son of the late Major General Octavius Douglas-Hamilton (died 1904) and of Katharine Augusta Westenra (McLeod) Douglas Hamilton (died 1902) Husband of Anna Watson (Mackenzie) Douglas-Hamilton of Bunchrew House, Inverness-shire and of Ord, Forest Hill, Muir of Ord, Ross-shire who he married in 1894 in Urray, Ross-shire.
Missing in Action on 26 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on an individual memorial in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Melrose and on the Urray Parish War Memorial in Muir of Ord, Ross and Cromarty.
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PRIVATE I.C. DUNN.
Ion Campbell Dunn – age 28 – Private (S/9105) 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Ion was employed in the confectionery trade in Edinburgh and district when he enlisted. He joined his battalion in France in November 1915 but within weeks the battalion moved to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra in late December 1915. Ion was killed a month later.
Born 1888 in Melrose. Son of Ralph Dunn (former Town Clerk, Melrose) and Agnes Robson (Campbell) Dunn of Ferniehirst, Melrose and of Edinburgh.
Died of Wounds on 24 January 1916 and buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.
Also named on the Free Church memorial in Melrose.


L.CORP. I. FERNIE.
Ivor Fernie – age 20 – Lance Corporal (200148) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Ivor was employed in the Town Clerk's Office in Melrose and was secretary of the cricket club. He was a member of the Territorial 4th KOSB and, as Private (790) he was mobilised in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 and then served in Egypt and in Palestine where he was wounded in April 1917. Later that year he became ill and he was evacuated to the 24th Stationary Hospital in Kantara where he died.
Born 1896 in Blackford, Perthshire. Son of the late William Fernie (died 1916) and of Annie (McNab) Fernie of Abbotsford Road, Darnick, Melrose.
Died on Active Service on 8 September 1917 and buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the Darnick Village War Memorial.


PRIVATE R.G. FLEMING.
George Fleming – age 23 – Private (17325) 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
George landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915 but was killed two months later during the battle at Loos.
Born 1891 in Bowden, St. Boswells, Roxburghshire as George. Son of John and Annie Handyside (Davidson) Fleming, of Danielton Cottages, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France,
Also named on the Free Church memorial in Melrose as Geo. Flemng.
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PRIVATE J.H. FORTUNE.
James Hogg Fortune – age 20 – Private (555) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was a plumber in Melrose and, as a member of the Territorial 4th KOSB, he was mobilised in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but contracted dysentery and was evacuated to hospital in Malta where he died.
Born 1895 in Ednam, Roxburghshire. Son of William James and Euphemia (Hogg) Fortune of Gattonside Mains, Melrose.
Died on Active Service on 20 October 1915 and buried in Pieta Military Cemetery. Malta.
Also named on the Gattonside Village War Memorial.


PRIVATE J. GIBB.
John Gibb – age 19 – Private (235126) 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
John landed as Private (6989) with the 1/4th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was wounded during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah a month later and was evacuated to the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. When he recovered he was posted to the Cameronians but was fatally wounded and died in the 32nd Casualty Clearing Station near Ypres.
Born 1898 in Ancrum, Roxburghshire. Son of Edward and Euphemia (Hume) Gibb of Darnick, Melrose.
Died of Wounds on 9 August 1917 and buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Darnick Village War Memorial.


PRIVATE J. GILL.
John Redpath Gill – age 26 – Private (15093) 9th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
John served his apprenticeship as a draper's assistant in Melrose before moving to London. He enlisted at Finsbury and landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in July 1915. He then served in Egypt before the battalion moved to Mesopotamia in February 1916 to strengthen the force being assembled for the relief of the besieged garrison at Kut al Amara. By 27 March, the Division had assembled near Sheikh Sa’ad and then took part in the attempts to relieve Kut during which John was fatally wounded.
Born 1890 in Melrose. Son of William and Janet (Easton) Gill of Newstead, Melrose.
Died of Wounds on 6 April 1916 and named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
Also named on the Newstead Village War Memorial.
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PRIVATE A. GORDON.
Adam Drummond Gordon – age 20 – Private (S/16468) 7th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
Adam joined his battalion in France in October 1915.
Born 1896 in Melrose. Son of James and Euphemia (Drummond) Gordon, of Dingleton, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 17 August 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.

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PRIVATE G. GORDON
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George Andrew Gordon – age 35 – Private (S/19074) 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
George became a full-time postman in Melrose in June 1900 and later moved to the same job in Auchterarder, Perthshire. He married there in 1910. He enlisted as Private (7635) in the 2/4th Battalion of the King's Own Scottish Borderers in January 1915 and was a piper. He transferred as Private (37423) to the 2nd Garrison Battalion of the Royal Scots in October 1916 before transferring again to the Argylls in December. George joined the 10th Battalion in France in April 1917.
Born 1882 Melrose. Son of James and Euphemia (Drummond) Gordon of Dingleton, Melrose. Husband of Janet Faichney (Smitton) Gordon of Whittey Bank, Castle Road, Auchterarder, Perthshire.
Killed in Action on 20 October 1917 and buried in Minty Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Auchterarder War Memorial as GORDON GEO. ANDREW Piper 2/4th KOSB, and on the Newstead Village War Memorial.


LIEUT. T. HART.
Thomas Hart – age 22 – Second Lieutenant, 63rd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.
Thomas was commissioned in the MGC at the end of November 1917.
Born 1896 in Melrose. Son of Frederick Douglas Hart. and Janet Clark (Cairns or Hunter or Thomson) Hart of Dingleton, Melrose and of 50 Craighouse Gardens, Edinburgh.
Killed in Action on 5 April 1918 and buried in Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
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