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mons14



Joined: 08 May 2013
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:00 pm    Post subject: Hello from Canada Reply with quote

Dear Sirs,

I must start by saying Iíve had some lovely correspondence with some members here over the recent weeks, who have made me feel very comfortable before taking the plunge to make a first post.

I must confess feeling a bit intimidated by the incredible expertise your group has. Iíve much enjoyed, and benefited from the information you have in your forum.

My name is David, and I have had a lifelong passion and obsession (my wife would say) with the Great War. I collect medals and memorabilia related to British and Canadian soldiers of the Great War. I feel a great responsibility and enthusiasm to research and share the stories of the men whose medals I have in my care. I try to formulate the research into stories, and publish them on forums like the British Medals Forum, GWF and the CEF Study group. (I am only an amateur writer but do enjoy this very much)

I bring my collection into schools and do little talks with the students to try and draw a connection between the medal and the man. ĎÖThis is much more than a piece of silverÖit embodies the story of life and death of a man who has long since been lost the annals of history.í The kids usually really enjoy these talks.

Amongst the medals in my care are many men whose names are found on memorial across Scotland, and for that reason I felt it important for me to join up here, and share my research on those brave men.

Iím also an artist and have taken to illustrating the men I research (when time permits). Iíve add a few below which I hope you will find of interest.

Thank you for the opportunity of allowing me to join and much appreciate the fine work that is done here.

My kindest regards,

David









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David McNay
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David,

Welcome to the forum from another David! Happy to have you here. Thanks for posting your artwork, I really enjoyed looking at it. Do you take commissions?
Regards,

David
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David and welcome. There that wasn't so bad was it?
You first drawing is of a Glasgow man, James H. Cowan, DCM. Sadly he was killed on 4 December 1915, just before the withdrawal from Gallipoli .
He is buried in the Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.
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spoons



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome - amazing artwork, I look forward to seeing more.

I know how rewarding it can be to turn a name on a memorial into a real person for a bunch of schoolchildren, especially if I am lucky enough to find a service record which shows he had a scar or tattoo (or was disciplined for not shaving) or if I can find a photo of the man or of his house.

\Paul
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah! The man with the wicked looking blade behind Lt. Winton is explained.
July 13. - A post in the enemy's front line system was raided in daylight by Gurkhas of the 1st Guides who captured fifteen prisoners and three machine guns........................."

From the Great War Forum
http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=71403
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vivid drawings. They put me in mind of Commando comics from my childhood.

Derek.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David,

I'm REALLY surprised that it's taking you this long to get here.

Welcome aboard. Smile
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mons14



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you ALL very kindly for the warm welcome. It's good to meet all of you (and especially nice to see some old friends - DerekR Very Happy )

Appreciate the kind words regarding my drawings, I did at one time take on a flurry of commissions over at the BMF, but due to the pressures of work and home I don't have as much time for these anymore. I try to put out one or two every now and again when time permits. (They do have comic book feel which I think is left over from the days when I worked as a comic book artist)

The drawing of Lieut. Winton MC, was done for a friend who has this gallant Officers medals in his collection; An amazing story:

From the Regimental History:

DECAPITATION BY A KUKRI

"A subaltern in charge of a party of had an extraordinary experience. He had stuck his bayonet into a Turk, but was unable to disengage it owing to the narrowness of the trench. Another Turk beyond began jabbing the butt end of his rifle into the ribs of the Officer, and seemed likely to inflict an injury, when the Officer saw his assailant's head leap from his shoulders, a Gurkha having dexteroulsy decapitated him with his Kukri, which is an invaluable weapon at such close quaters."


Ken Ė Thanks for the further details retarding Pte. Cowan of Glasgow; Iíve done a considerable amount of research on him, and wondered where would an appropriate place on the forum to post his story?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mons14 wrote:


Ken Ė Thanks for the further details retarding Pte. Cowan of Glasgow; Iíve done a considerable amount of research on him, and wondered where would an appropriate place on the forum to post his story?


Hi David, I hope Ken doesn't mind me jumping in................

James Cowan is shown in the Glasgow Evening Times Roll of Honour as being resident of Carstairs Street (Dalmarnock). I haven't found him on any (listed so far) memorial apart from the City of Glasgow Roll of Honour so I guess that is where to post the info. http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=3144

Incidentally, do you know that he also received a mention in despatches (posted in London Gazette 28 Jan 1916, page 1203.

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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No worries Paul. In fact I was down the same track of checking the Glasgow RoH.
The "spooky" bit is that I was brought up not far from Carstairs Street but what I had not realised until I looked up the Google map is that there are three adjacent streets - Solway St. Colvend St. and Rockcliffe St.
I now live in the village of Rockcliffe, in Colvend Parish, on the Solway coast.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul - Thank you for the link to page, and the info on the street, to which I believe is new information for me. I will post my research on Pte. Cowan on there, appreciate the help.

Ken - Really appreciate the added info, and fascinating that you actually lived near his street! What a small world. (Is the street still that same, or redeveloped?)

Kind regards,

David
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While rummaging around the various old Glasgow site for street scenes I ran across the memorial to the men of the 7th (Blythswood) Battalion of the HLI and we've got it on the forum!
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic476.html
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
While rummaging around the various old Glasgow site for street scenes I ran across the memorial to the men of the 7th (Blythswood) Battalion of the HLI and we've got it on the forum!
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic476.html


Excellent, thank you again Ken for all your continued help - really appreciate all your help.

Kind regards,

David
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neilston



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome David

Such Fantastic art, great to see. hope you enjoy the forums and the expertise these guys wield
Put them on the case and I bet they could tell us who Jack the Riper was!!


Cheers Matt
Neilston War memorial asociation
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