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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert Hutton was born in Glasgow on 7/3/1886 (not in Kirkconnel). In 1911, he was living with his mother and siblings in St Ninians, Stirling so I'm guessing he must have moved to Kirkconnel after that but I can find no evidence. He was a butcher in 1911. He is commemorated on the Stirling war memorial. His younger brother John died of wounds in 1918.

HUTTON, ROBERT
Rank: Private
Service No: S/18650
Date of Death: 03/11/1915
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders 7th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 119 to 124.
Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Surname HUTTON
Forename Robert
Rank Pte
Service number S/18650
Decoration
Place of birth Kirkconnel Dumfriesshire
Date of death 3 November 1915
Theatre of death F&F
Cause of death Killed in action
SNWM roll THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS
Other detail 7th Bn.
Name: Robert Hutton
Birth Place: Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire
Residence: Kirkconnel
Death Date: 3 Nov 1915
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Stirling, Stirlingshire
Rank: Private
Regiment: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Regimental Number: S/18650
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Medal card: theatre 1 France 16.10.15; k in a 3.11.15
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The number of colliery men named on this memorial is a reflection of the size of the industry in northern Dumfriesshire and the adjacent southern Ayrshire.

futuremuseum.co.uk has:
Coal has been mined in the Sanquhar and Kirkconnel area since earliest times, from shallow and easily accessible seams. In 1848 the first deep pit at Gateside was sunk, and another at Bankend opened in 1857. The New Gateside Pit was opened in 1891, and five years later Fauldhead Pit, the largest in the coalfield, was commissioned. In 1903 the coal works, by now the largest in private ownership in Scoltand, became 'The Sanquhar and Kirkconnel Collieries Limited'.
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PTE. JAMES ANDERSON K.O.S.B.
James Stewart Anderson – age 21 – Private (2908) 5th Reserve Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James enlisted in the 2/5th KOSB in January 1915 but was discharged due to illness in May 1916. He was awarded a Silver War Badge (489165) James died of tuberculosis at Carronbank, Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire.
Born 1895 in Kirkconnel. Son of James and Mary (Wilson) Anderson of 6 Bridge End and of 66 Main Street, Kirkconnel.
Died on 5 September 1916 and buried in Kirkconnel Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. Wm. ANDERSON K.O.S.B.
William Anderson – age 21 – Private (240960) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted as Private (2909) in the KOSB. He joined his battalion in Egypt and served in Palestine before moving to France in April 1918.
Born 1896 in Kirkconnel. Son of Charles and Isabella (Shankland) Anderson, of 15, Nithside Cottages, Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 14 October 1918 and buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. JOSEPH ASHLEY K.O.S.B.
Joseph Ashley – age 28 – Private (18003) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Joe was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted. He joined the 1st KOSB at Gallipoli in June 1915 where he was wounded and evacuated back to the UK. When he recovered he joined the 2nd KOSB in France.
Born 1889 in Egremont, Whitehaven, Cumberland as Joseph White Ashley.
Son of the late Joseph and Hannah (White) Ashley. Husband of Agnes Reid (Cummock) Ashley of 32 Nithside Terrace, Kirkconnel who he married in May 1914 in Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 6 May 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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PTE. DAVID BEATTIE S.G.
David Edgar Beattie – age 23 – Private (13891) 3rd Battalion, Scots Guards.
David was a constable in the Dumfriesshire Constabulary in Kirkconnel when he enlisted. He joined the 1st Scots Guards in France in October 1915 but was wounded on 15 September 1916 and evacuated to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester were he died.
Born 1893 in Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late Mary (Boyes) Beattie and of James Beattie of Nethermill, Kirkmichael, Parkgate.
Died of Wounds on 4 October 1916 and buried in Torthorwald Churchyard. (CWG)
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial and on the Kirkmichael Parish War Memorial together with his brother George Beattie, age 18 – Private (14603) 11th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) who died on 3 October 1916.


PTE. ALEX. BLACK S.H.
Alexander Black – age 25 – Private (S/5461) 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Alexander was a well-known local footballer with Kello Rovers. He joined his battalion in France in March 1915 but he was killed less than two months later.
Born 1890 in Kirkconnel. Son of Peter and Annie (Smith) Black of 16 Nithside Terrace, Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 9 May 1915 and named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. WALTER BLACK K.O.S.B.
Walter Black – age 23 – Private (17110) 8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Walter was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915 but was killed three months later. His step-father, Joseph McDowall, Private 16879, 1st KOSB had been killed at Gallipoli in June 1915. (see below)
Born 1892 in Kirkconnel. Son of Jessie Black (from 1900 Mrs Joseph McDowall) In 1901 Walter, aged 8, was living with his grandparents David and Jane Black at Old Kelloside, Kirkconnel. He named his aunt Mrs Nellie McQuinn as his legatee.
Missing in Action on 30 October 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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PTE. JOHN BROWN K.O.S.B.
John Brown – age 19 – Private (31392) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John worked as a grocer in Kirkconnel before he enlisted. He was wounded and required a blood transfusion from a fellow soldier but gangrene set in and he died.
Born 1898 in Kirkconnel. Son of Adam and Mary Jane (Dickson) Brown of Laggray, Kirkconnel and of Barr Moor, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.
Died of Wounds on 3 August 1918 and buried in Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


CPL. JOHN BRYDEN Q.O.C.H.
John Bryden – age 26 – Corporal (S/18581) 6th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
John was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted in June 1915. He was posted to the 5th Camerons in France in October 1915. He was wounded and treated at the 24th General Hospital in Etaples before being evacuated to the King George Hospital in London in July 1916. John returned to France, to the 6th Battalion, in April 1917 but was fatally wounded a year later and died in the 42nd Casualty Clearing Station in Aubigny.
Born 1891 in Old Cumnock, Ayrshire. Son of James and Jemima (Lochrie) Bryden of 2 Riverside Terrace, Kirkconnel.
Died of Wounds on 30 May 1918 and buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. GEORGE COWAN K.O.S.B.
George's name was added to the CWGC Debt of Honour Register on 2 October 2015.
George Cowan – age 20 – Private (16718) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George was a coal miner and was living in Kirkconnel when he enlisted in November 1914. He joined the 2nd KOSB in France in March 1915 but due to illness was evacuated to hospital in Glasgow in December 1915. He was posted to the 8th KOSB in March 1916 but was wounded on the Somme in July and treated in hospital at Etaples and at Rouen before he was posted to the 2nd KOSB in October 1916. He was wounded again in May 1917 and evacuate to hospital in Aldershot before returning to France in September. However, due to illness, he was evacuated to hospital in Sheffield and he was discharged from the army in November 1917 as no longer fit for active service due to tuberculosis. He was awarded a Silver War Badge (237109). George was sent to the Lochmaben Hospital in Dumfriesshire where he died.
Born 1897 in Dumfries. Son of the late James Cowan and of Georginia (Richardson) Cowan of 20 Nithsdale Terrace, Kirkconnel and later of 5 Mitchell Lane, Market Street, Maxwelltown.
Died on 10 December 1917 and buried in Dumfries (St. Michael's) Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial and on the Maxwelltown Burgh and Troqueer Parish War Memorial in Dumfries.


CPL. THOMAS COWAN K.O.S.B.
Thomas Cowan – age 26 – Corporal (240017) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas was a miner, a member of Kello Rovers Football Club and served in the Territorial KOSB. He was mobilised in August 1914 and as Private (509) he landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 where he was wounded during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah on 12 July and evacuated to the Scottish General Hospital at Stobhill in Glasgow. He rejoined the battalion in Egypt in 1916. Thomas was reported wounded and missing at Gaza in April 1917 but later his remains were recovered from the battlefield.
Born 1891 in Kirkconnel. Son of William Cowan, J.P., and Janet Pearson (Jackson) Cowan of 52 Main Strret, Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 19 April 1917 and buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three sons of Robert and Janet (Laidlaw) Crinean of 8 Riverside Terrace, Kirkconnel.
In 1901 & 1911 the family were living and working in Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan, Lancashire.

PTE. DAVID CRINEAN A.&S.H.
Note: most military records have his name as Cringan.
David Laidlaw Crinean – age 19 – Private (S/24439) 14th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
David enlisted in February 1918 and had been at the front for just seven weeks when he was killed.
Born 1899 in Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan, Lancashire.
Killed in Action on 8 September 1918 and buried in Hagle Dump Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. JOHN CRINEAN K.O.S.B.
John Crinean – age 27 – Private (1617) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Jack landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in early June 1915 but was fatally wounded a couple of weeks later.
Born 1887 in Dumfries.
Died of Wounds on 20 June 1915 and buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. ROBERT CRINEAN S.H.
Note: most military records have his name as Cringan.
Robert Crinean – age 30 – Private (S/4239) 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Robert and his brother James were coal miners and they enlisted together. They joined their battalion in France in March 1915 before they moved with the battalion to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra in December 1915.
Born 1886 in Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 20 April 1916 and named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.

The fourth son who served was James Laidlaw Crinean, Private (S/4240) 1st Seaforth Highlanders. He was wounded in Mesopotamia and evacuated to hospital in India. When he recovered he rejoined the battalion and survived the war.
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L/CPL. JAMES CROSS R.S.F.
James Cross – age 23 – Lance Corporal (19038) 6th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
James was a miner at Faulhead Colliery when he enlisted in May 1915. He joined his battalion in France in August 1915 and fought at Loos. James served in the battalion's machine-gun section.
Born 1892 in Sorn, Ayrshire. Son of the late Isabella (Stevenson) Cross and of Hugh Cross of Wood Street, Catrine, Ayrshire. Husband of Martha (Robertson) Cross of 7 Kingsway, Kirkconnel who he married in 1911 in Catrine. (from 1917 Mrs. Andrew Harvey)
Missing in Action on 10 August 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. JAMES DAVERS K.O.S.B.
James Davers – age 20 – Private (1261) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James worked in the pit bottom at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel and was a member of the Territorial 5th KOSB. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was killed a month later during the battle of Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1894 in Glencairn, Dumfriesshire. Son of John and Janet (Coupland) Davers of Wellstrand Cottages, Kirkconnel. In 1901 James, aged 7, was living with his grandfather, James, in Dunscore, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. Wm. DOUGLAS K.O.S.B.
William Douglas – age 29 – Private (12264) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was a miner when he enlisted in September 1914 and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915. He served in the battalion's machine gun section and was killed during the battle of Loos.
Born 1886 in Kirkconnel. Son of James and Elizabeth (Kinnaird) Douglas of 66 Main Street, Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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PTE. THOMAS DUNN K.O.S.B.
Thomas Dunn – age 30 – Private (12261) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas was a miner when he enlisted and he joined his battalion in France in June 1915 but he was killed three months later during the battle of Loos.
Born 1885 in Sorn, Ayrshire. Son of the late John and Margaret (McCartney) Dunn. Brother of George McCartney Dunn of Catrine, Ayrshire and of Marion (Dunn) Sampson who he named as his legatees,
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. DANIEL FARNWORTH Q.O.C.H.
Daniel Farnworth – age 20 – Private (S/11765) 6th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
Daniel was a miner living at 14 Common Row, Kirkconnel when he enlisted in September 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915 but was killed just over two months later during the battle of Loos.
Born 1895 in Cronberry, Lugar, Ayrshire. Son of the late Joseph Farnworth and of Sarah Jane (Mobey) Farnworth of 8 Kingsway Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.

and his brother

PTE. Wm. FARNWORTH R.S.F
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William Farnworth – age 25 – Private (19037) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
William was a miner when he enlisted in May 1915. He was posted to his battalion in France in September 1915.
Born 1892 in Auchenleck, Ayrshire. Son of the late Joseph Farnworth and of Sarah Jane (Mobey) Farnworth of 8 Kingsway Kirkconnel. Husband of Annie Pollard (Andrews) of 7 Kingsway and of 13 Nithside Terace, Kirkconnel who he married in 1912 in Kirconnel.
Missing in Action on 3 May 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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PTE. JOHN FOLEY K.O.S.B.
This name is out of sequence on the memorial and looks to be a late addition.
John Foley – age 39 – Private (6751) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was a pavier when he enlisted in the 1st KOSB in June 1899. He served in South Africa from January 1900 until March 1902 when he was posted to the 2nd KOSB in India and Burma until December 1905. He spent the following year in Aden before returning to the UK in December 1906. He was transferred to the Army Reserve in June 1907 and he was living at 9 Holmhead Terrace in Kirkconnel when he was re-engaged in the Army Reserve in January 1911. He was mobilised at the outbreak of war and landed with the 2nd KOSB at Le Havre on 10 August 1914 but was killed two months later at Festubert.
Born 1875 in Dumfries. Son of the late Francis Foley of Irish Street and of Mary (Teenan) Foley of 114 Queensberry Street, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 13 October 1914 and buried in Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial and on the Dumfries War Memorial.


2nd LT. HAROLD FOSTER RNVR.
Harold Arthur Foster – age 23 – Sub-Lieutenant, Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Harold had been a draughtsman in County Cork, Ireland in 1911 and he came to Kirkconnel to study mining engineering at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel. He was resident in the Temperance Hotel in Kirkconnel when he enlisted in October 1914. He was posted to Hawke Battalion and served as Petty Officer (Clyde Z/743) at Gallipoli, where he was wounded twice, and in Egypt as Chief Petty Officer before his battalion moved to France in May 1916. Harold was posted to the GHQ Cadet School that month, was commissioned and was posted to Drake Battalion in France in September 1916 but he was killed two months later during the battle of the Somme.
Born 1893 in County Cork, Ireland. Son of Horace and Eliza Anne (Letley) Foster of The Terrace, Bantry, Ireland and of Langley in Birmingham.
Missing in Action on 13 November 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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PTE. STEPHEN GIBSON K.O.S.B.
Stephen Gibson – age 18 – Private (16210) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Stephen was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted. He was drowned when the Troopship “Royal Edward” was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-14 in the Aegean.
Born 1897 in Blacon Point, Chester. Son of the late John Gibson of Kelloside Cottage and of Mary McGhie (Brydon) Gibson of Riverside Terrace, Kirkconnel.
Killed by Enemy Action/Lost at Sea on 13 August 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. JAMES GILCHRIST Q.O.C.H.
James Gilchrist – age 21 – Private (S/10067) 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
James was a miner at Faulhead Colliery when he enlisted. He and his brother John landed with their battalion at Boulogne in May 1915 and fought at Loos where John was killed. James was killed a year later at Beaumont Hamel during the battle of the Somme.
Born 1895 in Dalmeny, Queensferry, West Lothian. Son of William and Elizabeth (Anderson) Gilchrist of Holmhead Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 11 October 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.

and his brother

L/CPL. JOHN GILCHRIST Q.O.C.H
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John Gilchrist – age 25 – Lance Corporal (S/10316) 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
John was a miner at Faulhead Colliery when he enlisted. He and his brother James landed with their battalion at Boulogne in May 1915 but John was killed for month later at Loos where he was in the battalion's signalling section and was killed by a shell while trying to hand-signal after the telephone lines had been smashed. John was Mentioned in Despatches for his actions.
Born 1889 in Dalmeny, Queensferry, West Lothian as John Baxter Gilchrist.
Son of William and Elizabeth (Anderson) Gilchrist of Holmhead Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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CPL. JAMES GOODALL Q.O.C.H.
James Hendry Goodall – age 22 – Corporal (S/18582) 6th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
James was employed as a shunter at the pit-head at Barrhead Colliery in Renfrewshire when he enlisted in June 1915. He joined his battalion in France in October. James was wounded in October 1916 and treated in hospital in Boulogne but a year later he was killed by shrapnel while going to the aid on an injured comrade.
Born 1895 in Kirkconnel. Son of the late George Goodall and of Sarah (Hendry) Goodall of Holmhead and Broomknowe, Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 8 September 1917 and buried in Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


SGT. DANIEL GORDON Q.O.C.H.
Daniel Gordon – age 24 – Sergeant (S/11254) 6th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
Daniel was a coal miner serving with the Territorial 5th King's Own Scottish Borderers when he enlisted as Private (1305) in the Gordon Highlanders in December 1913. He was posted to the 1st Battalion on 13 March 1914 but bought himself out at the end of the month. He re-enlisted after the outbreak of war and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915.
Born 1893 in Galston, Ayrshire. Son of the late Mary (Connell) Gordon and of James Gordon of 18 Riverside Terrace, Kirkconnel.
Died of Wounds on 22 July 1917 and buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. GEORGE GRIFFIN K.O.S.B.
George Griffins KOSB 16 May 1915 is named on a Kirkconnel Roll of Honour (Source: D&G Standard 6/11/1915 p.7) and in another article it states under Kirkconnel Heroes “His father wrote from Whithorn” (Source: D&G Standard 3/11/1915 p.6)
Thought to be:
George Adair Griffin – age 23 – Private (12125) 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.
George joined his battalion in France on 23 April 1915 but was killed at Festubert.
Born 1892 in Glenluce, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Maggie (Adair) Griffin of Bladnoch, Penninghame, Wigtownshire, late of Craigdhu Farm, Glasserton, Wigtownshire.
Missing in Action on 16 May 1915 and named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial and on the Glasserton Parish War Memorial together with his brother John Griffin, Private (4614) 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers who was killed 22 May 1917. Another brother, Robert Alexander Griffin, Private (S/5953) 7th Black Watch, died on 31 July 1917 and he is named on the Kirkinner Parish War Memorial in Wigtownshire.
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PTE. ROBERT GUTHRIE H.L.I.
Robert Guthrie – age 26 – Private (3208) 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry.
Robert was a Sunday School teacher in the United Free Church and a miner at Faulhead Colliery when he enlisted in May 1915. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne on 23 November 1915 but was killed almost exactly a year later on the Somme.
Born 1889 in Dailly, Ayrshire as Robert Sturgeon Guthrie. Son of James and Mary (Sturgeon) Guthrie of St Conal's Square, Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 19 November 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.

and his brother – killed exactly a year earlier.


TPR. SAMUEL GUTHRIE LANARK YEO.
Samuel Guthrie – age 29 – Private (2250) 1/1st Lanarkshire Yeomanry.
Samuel was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted. He landed with his unit, as dismounted troops, at Cape Helles on Gallipoli in October 1915 but was killed a month later.
Born 1886 in Dailly, Ayrshire. Son of James and Mary (Sturgeon) Guthrie of St Conal's Square, Kirkconnel. Husband of Janet (Rutherford) Guthrie (from 1919 Mrs Alexander Campbell) of St Conal's Square, Kirkconnel who he married in 1909 in Old Cumnock, Ayrshire.
Killed in Action on 19 November 1915 and buried in Pink Farm Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


SGT. ANDREW F. HARKNESS K.O.S.B.
Andrew Findlay Harkness – age 30 – Sergeant (514) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Andrew had played for the Kello Rovers football club, and was a first-class sprinter. He was a joiner to trade, working in Kirkconnel when he enlisted and he landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915.
Born 1885 in Kirkconnel. Son of Andrew and Janet (Findlay) Harkness of Kirkconnel. Husband of Janet (McLeod) Harkness of 92 Townhead, Kirkconnel who he married in 1911 in New Cumnock, Ayrshire.
Killed in Action on 29 December 1915 and buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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CPL. THOMAS HUNTER K.O.S.B.
Thomas Hunter – age 23 – Corporal (240090) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas was a miner when he enlisted. As Private (1022) he served as a signaller and landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 where he was wounded. He then served in Egypt and Palestine where he was fatally wounded. Thomas died in the 74th Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1893 in Blantyre, Lanarkshire. Son of Robert and Jane or Ann Jane (Bennett) Hunter of 15 St. Conal's Square, Kirkconnel.
Died of Wounds on 10 November 1917 and buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. ROBERT HUTTON Q.O.C.H.
Robert Hutton – age 29 – Private (S/18650) 7th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
Robert was employed as a butcher's vanman in Kirkconnel and he lodged in the Temperance Hotel with his friend James Murray. They enlisted together and joined their battalion in France in October 1915 but less than a month later they were killed when a shell hit their dug-out.
Born 1886 in Glasgow. Son of George Hutton and of Margaret (Forster) Hutton of St. Ninians, Stirling.
Missing in Action on 3 November 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial and on the Stirling War Memorial together with his brother John Hutton, Private (291831) 4th/5th Black Watch who was killed on 29 July 1918.


SGT. JOHN JACKSON K.O.S.B.
John William Jackson – age 27 – Sergeant (83) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John worked underground as a fireman at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915. He was wounded in July but later he contracted pneumonia and he died in hospital in Mudros on the island of Lemnos.
Born 1886 in Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late John Jackson and of Jane (Calvert) Jackson of Rowanburn, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Brother of James Jackson, formerly manager at Gateside Colliery in Kirkconnel.
Died on Active Service on 26 December 1915 and buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial and on the Canonbie War Memorial.
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2nd LT. JAMES KERR K.O.S.B.
James Kerr – age 24 – Second Lieutenant, 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was educated at Sanquhar Public School. He was a prominent football player, and made himself famous as a goal-getter with Kello Rovers before he joined Nithsdale Wanderers. He was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel and, as a member of the Territorial 5th KOSB, he was mobilised in August 1914. As Corporal (662) he landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 and later served in Egypt and Palestine during which time he was promoted to Sergeant. He was commissioned on 14 October 1917 and had just rejoined his battalion when he was killed.
Born 1894 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire. Son of Archibald and Grace (McDonald) Kerr of Holmhead, Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 13 November 1917 and buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.


PTE. JAMES KIRK K.O.S.B.
James Kirk – age 23 – Private (240098) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel and as a member of the Territorial 5th KOSB he was mobilised in August 1914. As Private (1042) he landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 and later served in Egypt and in Palestine where he was killed at Gaza.
Born 1893 at Birkbush, Irongray, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Brownridge) Kirk of 17 Main Street, Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 19 April 1917 and named on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. JOHN LEARY Q.O.C.H.
John Leary – age 32 or 34 – Private (6223) 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
John had enlisted in July 1902 and was a reservist while working as a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel. He was mobilised in August 1914 and joined his battalion in France in September.
Born c.1882 in Wigton, Carlisle, Cumberland. Son of the late James Leary and of Catherine (Mullen) Leary, of Whitehaven. Husband of Margaret (McQuade) Leary (from 1915 Mrs Patrick Keily) of Colliery Buildings, Kirkconnel who he married in 1906 in Dumfries.
Died of Wounds on 4 November 1914 and buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.

and his brother – killed almost exactly four years later.


PTE. Wm. LEARY CYC. CO.
William Leary – age 34 – Private (3606) XVI Corps Cyclist Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps.
William was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted as Private (12266) in the 6th King's Own Scottish Borderes in August 1914. He was transferred to the 9th (Scottish) Division Cycle Company in February 1915 and landed with his unit in France in May. In early 1916 the divisional cyclist companies were withdrawn to form a cyclist battalion for each Corps Headquarters and it seems that William served in France until July 1918 when he was posted to Salonica. (The record is almost illegible) William died of malaria in the 80th Field Ambulance in Bulgaria while part of the Army of Occupation.
Born 1884 in Cleator Moor, Whitehaven. Son of the late James Leary and of Catherine (Mullen) Leary, of Whitehaven. Husband of Annas Wilson (Telford) Leary of 10 New Building, Kirkconnel who he married in 1906 in Whitehaven, Cumberland.
Died on Service on 6 November 1918 and buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.

A third brother, James Leary, Private (5211) Border Regiment died on 9 November 1918 after his discharge from the Army due to tuberculosis and is buried in Whitehaven Cemetery.


PTE. Wm. LENNOX K.O.S.B.
William Lennox – age 24 – Private (1254) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel and played football as a half-back with Kello Rovers. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was killed during the battle of Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1891 in Kirkconnel Village. Son of Agnes Lennox of Main Street, Kirkconnel. In 1891&1901 William was living with his grandparents Thomas and Mary (Kidd) Lennox in Kirkconnel Village and was still with his grandmother in 1911.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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PTE. Wm. LIGHTBODY K.O.S.B.
William Lightbody – age 34 – Private (16178) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel and at one time kept goal for Nithsdale Wanderers Football Club. He joined his battalion at Gallipoli in August 1915 and then served in Egypt before the battalion moved to France in March 1916. William was killed on the first day of the 1916 Battle of the Somme.
Born 1882 in Glasgow. Son of George and Jessie Ann (Reid) Lightbody of Catrine, Ayrshire and of Glasgow. Husband of the late Jeanie (Marshall) Lightbody who he married in 1906 in Catrine. By 1911 they and two children, George and Daniel, were living in Kirkconnel but Jeanie died in 1914 in Glasgow. His aunt Mrs Agnes Marshall of Crawick Mill, Sanquhar became his housekeeper and the guardian of his three children.
Killed in Action on 1 July 1916 and buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.


PTE. JOHN LOVE WEST YORKS.
John Love – age 22 – Private (30434) 1/6th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
John was a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted as Private (21621) in the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment. He was posted to the 9th (Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry) Battalion of the West Yorkshires in France in 1916 before being transferred to the 1/6th Battalion. Born 1896 in Kirkconnel. Son of Robert and Mary (Jackson) Love of Nithside Cottages, Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 20 September 1918 and buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW1 memorial.
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