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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: North Queensferry. Archibald F.J. Lockhart Reply with quote

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Lockhart, Archibald F.J.

Per CWGC website
Name: AFJ Lockhart
Rank Sapper, 12 Field Company Royal Engineers
Service Number: 4922
Date of Death: 2 March 1916 Age 43
Buried: Vl. D. 23, Etaples Military Cemetery, France (Pas de Calais)
Information: Husband of Mrs. E. Lockhart, of Caroline Court, 1058, Nelson St., Vancouver, British Columbia

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Just to add to the confusion SDGW has
Regiment, Corps etc Corps of Royal Engineers
Surname Lockhart
Forename Archibald Frederick James
Initials A F J
Born DUNSTABLE, BEDS
Enlisted IPSWICH, SUFFOLK
Rank SPR.
Number 4922
Died Date 02-03-1916
Died How Died of wounds
Theatre of War France & Flanders
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:00 pm    Post subject: North Queensferry, Fred Monk Reply with quote

Name: Fred Monk
Rank: 2nd Class Stoker RN, HMS Cumberland
Service Number: K4994
Date of Death: 30 Sep 1918 age 31
Burial:23.7 Holy Cross, Port Talbot, Churchyard
Information: Enlisted on 7 March 1918 and after brief training at Devonport was assigned to the armoured cruiser Cumberland. Died of natural causes (influenza). On the same day the ship lost a PO, another Stoker and a Royal Marine to the same outbreak.
Son of Thomas and Ann Monk, Port Talbot.
Appears to be the man who in 1911 was living with his brother-in-law Charles Haycroft, at Simpson's Cottage, North Queensferry. He worked as a loco engine driver on the construction of HM Naval Base.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:11 pm    Post subject: North Queensferry, William Fyffe Anderson Reply with quote

Name: William Fyfe Anderson
Rank: Private, 2 Bn Bedfordshire Regiment
Service Number: 13176
Date of Death: 12 Oct 1916 (age estimated as 24)
Memorial: Face 2C Thiepval
Information: Killed in action. The Battalion was engaged in the Battle of Le Transloy, the only Bn in the Corps to gain any ground that day.
William was born at Broughty Ferry and in 1911 was assistant to his father who was Gardener at Northcliff, North Queensferry (Home of David Bedell-Sivright, first name on this Memorial). He apparently then took up employment in England, leading to his enlistment in this English Regiment.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:59 am    Post subject: North Queensferry, Robert Thomson Reply with quote

Name: Robert Thomson
Rank: Leading Seaman, RN, HMS Armadale Castle
Service Number: 3595B
Date of Death: 17 Oct 1918
Buried: Kilrenny Churchyard, Fife.
Information: He was born in 1883 at Cellardyke, Fife.
He appears to have been a fisherman and joined the RNR in 1905. He was in fishing boat "Guerdon", KY283 between 1911 and 1912, when he joined HM Dredger "St Lawrence" at HM Dockyard, Rosyth. It is unclear when he joined HMS Armadale Castle, (an Armed Merchant Cruiser) but probably this was at the beginning of the war.
Armadale Castle was used early in the war in support of landings in East Africa.
His next of kin was his wife Maggie, who resided at Pier Road, North Queensferry for much of the war before moving to Fraserburgh after his death.
He died in RN Hospital, Plymouth of bronco-pneumonia, which may have been brought on by flu.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:04 am    Post subject: North Queensferry, John Campbell Reply with quote

Name: Campbell, John Fife
Rank: Private, 43 Bn Australian Imperial Force
Service No: 635
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate)
Information: Born about 1885 in Peterhead, the son of John and Isabella Campbell. At the time of the 1911 Census his father had become a rigger on the Forth Railway Bridge and John was a Roperunner. The family lived in the Forth Bridge Huts. He emigrated to Wayville, South Australia, where he married Amy Dorothy Chalmers in 1911. He became a Coal Lumper. He enlisted in February 1916 and sailed with his battalion in June in the transport Afric to Marseilles. He was killed the following year in the 3rd Battle of Ypres, on a day in which the battalion sustained 221 casualties.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:18 am    Post subject: North Queensferry, John Clark Reply with quote

Name: John Clark
Rank: Private, 1st Bn Highland Light Infantry
Service Number: 23124
Memorial: Panel 35 and 64. Basra memorial
Date of Death: 8 Mar 1916 Killed in action in Mesopotamia
Information: The above came from "Soldiers Died in the Great War".
CWGC have spelled his name with a final "e".
His service record has not survived but SDGW gives his birth place as this parish.
He is presumed to be the man born c1891 in NQ and in 1911 living at Main Street and working as a Stone Cutter in the construction of HM Dockyard. The son of John a Kerb Dresser and grandson of John a quarry labourer.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:43 am    Post subject: North Queensferry, Robert Dowie Reply with quote

Name: Robert Dowie
Rank: Private, 8 Bn, Black Watch
Service Number: S/13696
Date of Death: 3 May 1917 (Age 37)
Memorial: Bay 6, Arras Memorial
Information: Awarded Military Medal, gazetted 9 Dec 1916 for action on 25 Sep 1916 in the Battle of Morval.
He was born in 1880 in NQ, son of James Dowie, quarryman and Jane (m.s. McKenzie). His brother William served in the same battalion and is commemorated on this Memorial.
Robert became a Contactor's Timekeeper and married Jane Blackwood in 1905 at Edinburgh. They moved first to Wick, where one child was born and then to Cromarty where they had a second son. Robert worked for the contractor Nott on the construction of the ill-fated Cromarty & Dingwall Light Railway (which was ultimately dismantled and the materials re-used for military railways in France). He joined the Black Watch at Cromarty on 1 Dec 1915 and was originally posted to the 11th Bn for training, but then moved to the 1 Bn (and apparently subsequently the 8th) He apparently acquired a reputation for taking part in trench raids, during one of which he was wounded by an enemy grenade and spent time in a military hospital in Aberdeen before returning to the trenches.
He was reported Missing in Action on 3 May 1917 and this was updated to Killed in Action.
His widow resided in Chirnside, Berwickshire.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:24 am    Post subject: North Queensferry, George McCulloch Reply with quote

Name: George McCulloch
Rank: Private, 1 Bn Black Watch
Service Number: 9741
Date of Death: 16 Sep 1914 (Age 28)
Memorial: La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial
Information: Son of William McCulloch (a merchant seaman); husband of Margaret McCulloch, of Dunrobin Cottage, Alma St., Inverkeithing
After briefly being a Grocer's Apprentice, he enlisted in the Black Watch and served nearly 7 years in India before going into the Reserve at which point he became a quarryman and sett maker in North Queensferry and married Margaret in 1913.
At the outbreak of war he was recalled to the colours and arrived in France on 13 August 1914. He was acting lance corporal. His battalion took part in the first battle of Mons and he was initially reported wounded and missing, subsequently modified to "Died of wounds". It appears that his burial location was lost in the general confusion.
SDGW gives his place of enlistment as Dunfermline. His service record does not appear to have survived.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:41 am    Post subject: North Queensferry, James Richardson Reply with quote

Name: James Edward Richardson
Rank: Private, 5 Bn Royal Scots
Service Number: 3079
Date of Death: 27 Aug 1915
Memorial: Panel 26-30 Helles Memorial
Information: Died of gunshot wounds received at Gallipoli and died at sea. next of kin was half-brother Carl Pedersen, resident at Seaview, North Queensferry
His service record implies that he had been a pre-war Territorial.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:47 am    Post subject: North Queensferry, Robert Miller or Millar Reply with quote

Name: Robert Miller
Rank: Private
It now appears that his name should actually have been differently spelled.
Name: Millar, Robert
Rank: Private, 2/7 Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service No: 267270
Date of Death: 5 Dec 1917
Memorial: Cambrai
Information: This enquiry caused some difficulty but now seems resolved.
Robert was born about 1894 in Carnwath, Lanarkshire, son of Robert and Susan Millar. At the 1901 Census the family lived at Post Office Lane, North Queensferry. His father was a joiner in HM naval Base, Rosyth.
Robert seems to have joined the Highland Cyclist Battalion of the Territorial Army, which had HQ at Kirkcaldy. He was Private 1841. It appears that Robert may have then gone to England to seek employment and joined a local regiment during the war. He was killed during a large German counter-attack in the Battle of Cambrai.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:51 am    Post subject: North Queensferry, Andrew Robertson Reply with quote

Name: Robertson, Andrew Black
Rank: Private, 7/8 Bn Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 40039
Date of Death: 22 Aug 1917
Memorial: Tyne Cot, Belgium
Information: Born about 1873 the son of Andrew and Elizabeth Robertson. The family seems to have moved at an early stage to Dunfermline. Andrew followed in his father's steps and became a butcher, subsequently moving to Rosyth. He first enlisted in the Royal Scots as Private 30982, but was then transferred to the KOSB. He was killed at Pilkem Ridge during the 3rd Battle of Ypres. His precise connection with North Queensferry is not clear.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ferrydigger wrote:
Name: John Campbell
Rank: Private

Information: We have yet to confirm the identity of this man. CWGC list 337 privates of that name killed in World War 1. Five of those have some recorded connection to Fife, but none with an obvious link to this village. Enquiry continues.


ferrydigger wrote:
Name: Robert Miller
Rank: Private

Note. Enquiry continues to verify the identity of this man. CWGC have 72 possibles


ferrydigger wrote:
Name: Andrew Robertson
Rank: Private

Enquiry continues to confirm the identity of this man from 114 possibles listed by CWGC.


Have you tried narrowing it down using the Scottish National War Memorial database and Soldiers Died in the Great War? The newly released The Register of Soldiers Effects available via Ancestry has been seen to be a useful resource on this forum.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:09 pm    Post subject: North Queensferry, William Kenneth Mathewson Reply with quote

Name: William Kenneth Mathewson
Rank: Captain, 2nd Fife & Forfar Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps
Service Number: 88244
Date of Death 18 Jul 1944 (Age 25)
Burial: Grave 11 D 9 Ranville War Cemetery, France (Calvados)
Information: Born 1919, Son of William Galbraith Mathewson and Frances Gordon Mathewson, Easter Balgedie, Fife. The family subsequently moved about 1925 to Northcliff, North Queensferry (former home of First World war casualty David Bedell-Sivright). His father ran a Dunfermline linen factory. When William grew up he became an Accountant in Edinburgh and also joined the Territorial Army. He landed in Normandy with his regiment and took part in Operation Goodwood. His tank having been blown up on 18 Jul 1944, he made his way on foot back to the British lines, to await provision of a replacement tank, that night he was killed in an air raid.

Extract for Regimental War Diary for that date gives:-
At 03 00 hrs we started on a march to a further concentration area east of the Canal de Caen, crossing the canal and the river at Benouville 0974. The concentration area was in a field north east of Ranville where the gliders had landed on D day. The regiment arrived there at about 0400 hrs.
At 0545hrs. many hundreds of aircraft were seen passing over our heads to blast the route in front of us. There was a continual stream for more than an hour. At 0720 hrs the regiment moved off behind 3 R.Tks. through the start line just west of Escoville 1171.
The form-up at the start line was considerably hampered by a minefield laid by the Highland Div. which they had been unable to pick up except for four lanes, These lanes provided a further bottleneck and had a serious effect on the outcome of the whole operations. `
The Bde. from the start line to the railway Caen-Troam moved in the following order: 3 R Tks, 2 FF Yeo, 23 Hussars. Each regt. was in three waves, 2 FF Yeo being with A sqn. On the right and B sqn. on the left in the leading wave; the second wave consisting of the Recce Tp. RHQ, and the carriers of F Coy 8 RB; and the third wave consisting of C sqn., the remainder of F Coy. and I Bty. 13 RHA.
At 0800 hrs., the barrage opened which advanced south to the railway, the Bde. moving close up behind. Little opposition was encountered during this time, the villages on the flanks having been well attended to by the air force. This railway was only a minor obstacle. The barrage stopped on this line for 15 mins. to allow for the crossing of the railway and 2 FF Yeo to go up on the left of the 3 R.Tks. The barrage then continued, moving in a southwest direction towards Le Mesnil Frementel 1065.
The regiment was covering a frontage of about 700 yds. The two leading waves encountered little opposition but much enemy equipment was seen to be abandoned and many prisoners attempted to give themselves up; as there was no time to collect these they were left to be mopped up by subsequent infantry. The two leading waves reached the line of the railway Caen-Vimont 1461 without suffering any serious casualties. The third wave was strongly engaged by anti-tank guns from the area of Cagny 1 164 and the woods to the northeast of it. The first tank to be hit was that of Major C. Nicholls, and almost immediately Capt. J .E.F. Millerís tank was destroyed. The rear troop of B sqn., which was doing flank protection, was also involved and in all some 12 tanks were destroyed in this area before the situation was in hand.
It had previously been stated that the village of Cagny would be 'hamburgedí by the air force. This, however, had not taken place.
Having crossed the railway B sqn. continued as leading sqn. in normal battle formation and they reached the outskirts of Soliers 0862 and Four 0962 before they were seriously engaged. Both these villages were occupied by German infantry and at the same time Panther tanks were seen in the outskirts of the village of Borguebus and also one mile further south. Further tanks were then seen moving about on the edge of the woods at map ref.
1160. Capt. J .D. Hutchison with the two tps. of A sqn. went to protect the southeast flank from a position just northeast of Four, from where he was able to destroy at least two Panthers. These Panthers prevented us from advancing any further, and in the late afternoon they counterattacked in force, getting into the village of Four, from where they were able to cause us further casualties.
The regiment was relieved on this flank by the 23 Hussars and moved back to reorganise on the left behind Capt. J .D. Hutchisonís 5 two troops, who had suffered a loss of two tanks whilst in position. During the day we lost 37 tanks and we destroyed 6 Panthers, 2 Mk IVs, 5 SPs, and 3 88 mms and succeeded in advancing a distance of 5 miles.
Casualties to personnel were as follows:
Killed - Capt. R.H.M. Trehearne and 15 OR's
Missing, presumed killed - Major C. Nicholls and 18 OR's.
Wounded - Lts. D.A. Reid, P.R. Noakes, S.H. Miller and 28 OR's.
Capt. P. Beamish, RAMC, was also taken sick.
It was unfortunate that many of our unhorsed personnel who got back to Al echelon were involved in a heavy attack by a bombing force during the night and suffered a high proportion of casualties. These were as follows:
Killed - Capt. W.K. Mathewson, Lt. I.D. Forbes and 4 ORs.
Wounded ó Lts. A.G.P. Buchan, and R.P. Clarke ;2/Lt. E.J. Spittal and 40 OR's
That night we laagered just north of the railway ref. 0865
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: North Queensferry, John Clark Reply with quote

ferrydigger wrote:
Name: John Clark
Rank: Private, 1st Bn Highland Light Infantry
Service Number: 23124
Date of Death: 8 Mar 1916 Killed in action in Mesopotamia
Information: The above came from "Soldiers Died in the Great War".
He does not appear to have been listed by CWGC.
His service record has not survived but SDGW gives his birth place as this parish.
He is presumed to be the man born c1891 in NQ and in 1911 living at Main Street and working as a Stone Cutter in the construction of HM Dockyard. The son of John a Kerb Dresser and grandson of John a quarry labourer.


If you search on his regimental number on the CWGC database he comes up:

CLARKE, JOHN
Rank: Private
Service No: 23124
Date of Death: 08/03/1916
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 1st Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 35 and 64.
Memorial: BASRA MEMORIAL

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:25 pm    Post subject: North Queensferry, Everett Carl Robinson Reply with quote

Name: Everett Carl Robinson
Rank: Private, 2 Bn Highland Light Infantry
Service Number: 3328163
Date of Death: 27 Jun 1944 (Age 38)
Burial: Vl G 6 St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France (Calvados)
Information: Son of Edward Clark Robinson and Effie May Robinson, of Golden, British Columbia, Canada; husband of Elizabeth Robinson, of Golden.
Everett's father had been a trapper. Everett became a lumber mill worker and married Elizabeth Aitken Brunton, who came from Scotland. They lived in various locations in British Columbia and had two sons. With the difficult conditions of the Depression, they were offered the chance to come to Scotland to help care for Elizabeth's elderly aunts in Innerleithen. In 1936 the family moved there, where he was a mill worker. Everett improved his education and eventually obtained work in Rosyth Dockyard and moved the family to North Queensferry. With the advent of war he joined the army. His four brothers were also in the services and one was also killed in action.
Everett was apparently killed while on patrol with his battalion.
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