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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:46 pm    Post subject: William Mackieson Reply with quote

MACKIESON, WILLIAM
Rank: Private
Service No: S/14843
Date of Death: 29/10/1916
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Pier and Face 15 A and 16 C.
Memorial THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Hannah Strong Mackieson, of 23, Forth Place, Stirling, and the late Joseph W. Mackieson

Stirling Observer November 21st 1916
Talented Stirling Youth Killed
Pte “Willie” Mackieson, A&SH
Mr Joseph W Mackieson, hairdresser, 6 Barnton Street, has been officially notified of the death at the front of his only son, Willie who was a private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was only 21 years of age and, as in the case of many another gallant lad who has given his life for his country, the fact that he gave every promise of a successful career in civil life makes his sacrifice all the greater.
Writing to Mr Mackieson with regard to the death of his son, a Glasgow chum in the same battalion states that Willie was with a fatigue party carrying rations up to his company and that he was one of the two men killed instantaneously by the bursting of a high explosive shell. The writer, who is now in hospital, adds that Willie and he had long been chums and that he felt his loss very deeply.
Chaplain Frank W Stewart, in a letter to Mr Mackieson states: “The knowledge that your son died at his post of duty, faithful unto death, giving his life in the cause of righteousness and hastening the coming of peace, will, I know help to lighten a little the burden of your sorrow. Our trust and comfort in these dark days is in the promise of our Lord, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God”.
Private Mackieson joined the Commercial and Professional Battalion of the Argylls last November and was drafted out to France in July this year. He saw a good deal of fighting at the Somme and it was there that he met his death. Deceased served his apprenticeship with Messrs Crawford and Fraser, architects, Stirling, afterwards becoming under assistant to Mr Baker in the Art Department of the High School. He gained the Art Bursary (£25 for four years) at the Evening Continuation Classes and became a student at the Glasgow School of Art where he stepped from first to third form in six months. He was an enthusiastic member of the Boy Scouts and for his voluntary services rendered at Forthside AOD during his vacations was awarded the King’s War Scout Badge. As a vocalist, he appeared with success as an imitator of Harry Lauder at social entertainments in the town in times of peace and was very popular. A few weeks before his death, he sang some of his favourite Scotch songs in a French village.

Stirling Observer April 3rd 1917 (paraphrased)
Exhibition of the work of Willie Mackieson held in the Scout Hall in Princes Street, with a collection for comforts to be sent to his former battalion (15th A & SH); one of the original scouts of the Stirling 4th Troop; gained the war service badge; killed in his second action; gained 2nd prize at Scout exhibition in Edinburgh for 20 coloured drawings of wild flowers, 2nd for an etching of the Stirling Guildhall and 1st for a survey map of Stirling district; similar success in Birmingham.

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Listed on a Family Gravestone in Holy Rude Churchyard, Stirling, see:
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/viewtopic.php?t=211&mforum=scottishwargraves
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:51 pm    Post subject: James McKean Reply with quote

McKEAN, JAMES SMITH
Rank: Private
Service No: 231790
Date of Death: 22/11/1918
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 31st Bn.
Grave Reference L 2 B 114 S. C.
Cemetery EDMONTON (MOUNT PLEASANT) CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Helen McKean of 12, Lennox Avenue, Stirling, Scotland, and the late John McKean; husband of Amy McKean, of "Low-Wood," St. James's Avenue, Gravesend, England.

Cause of death - died of illness
Served for 2 years in Royal North West Mounted Police. RNWMP regimental #6292
Canadian soldiers in the Great War

Stirling Observer November 16th 1918
Death notice
McKean – At Edmonton, Canada on 23rd November, of pneumonia, James Smith McKean aged 31, third son of the late John McKean and of Mrs McKean, 27 Argyll Avenue, Stirling. This is the only intimation.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:03 pm    Post subject: William McQueen Reply with quote

McQUEEN, W
Rank: Private
Service No: 1184
Date of Death: 20/02/1915
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1st/7th Bn.
Grave Reference IX B. 75.
Cemetery CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES
Additional Information:

Service Returns
1184 Pte William McQueen 22 Scotland 20.02.1915 BEF France died – gastro enteric

Attestation papers - Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
William McQueen
Born Landrick/Kilmadock near Doune, Perthshire
Age 17 years 3 months
Railway cleaner – Caledonian Railway Company
24 Baker Street, Stirling
Date 12th January 1910
(Re-engaged 12th February 1914)

Casualty form
Embarked Southampton
12.02.1915 Admitted to hospital in the field
20.02.1915 Died in 11 Field Ambulance in the field
Gastro-enteritis Armentieres

(Almost complete set of military records for William at NA)

Stirling Observer March 9th 1915
Stirling territorial dies in hospital
Mrs Stewart, 13 Broad Street, Stirling has received official intimation that her son, Pte William McQueen 7th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire Territorials) died in a field hospital in France on February 20. Private McQueen, who was 22 years of age, was previously employed as a mechanic with the Post Office Telephone Department and he had been a member of the Territorial Force for some six years. No mention is made in the intimation of the cause of death but it does not appear that Private McQueen had been wounded.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:23 pm    Post subject: Robert Merrilees Reply with quote

Robert Merrilees does not appear on CWGC or SNWM, perhaps because he died after discharge. The church officials clearly felt he was a war casualty as he appears on the church memorial; he is also on the burgh memorial and the roll of honour but I expect the churches had an input in who appears there.

Discharge papers
Robert Merrilees ASC T4/088996
Driver enlisted 18.11.1915 discharged 1.09.1916
Cause of discharge Par. 392 XVI KR sick

Death certificate
Robert Hugh Wright Merrilees chauffeur (discharged driver ASC) (single)3rd October 1917 ERI UR Callendar House, Falkirk 26
cystitis and Pyonephrosis info Archibald Merrilees school teacher (private Seaforth Highlanders military hospital Bangour) father

The following information was obtained from Edinburgh burial enquiries at Mortonhall Crematorium
Section C lair 394 MORNINGSIDE CEMETERY
Date of interment 06/10/1917
MERRILEES, ROBERT. DIED 03/10/1917 ROYAL INFIRMARY
(There is no headstone but the staff at Mortonhall kindly gave me the names on the headstones on each side to make finding the grave easier)
Robert's father and four brothers also served and Ian, the next in age to Robert, was a casualty. He is on CWGC and SNWM.

Stirling Observer November 9th 1915
Death notice
Merrilees – died in a German field hospital at Halluin on 27th September of wounds received on 25th, 10716 Lance Corporal Ian EA Merrilees, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers aged 18. Fourth son of Archibald Merrilees, formerly teacher Glasgow and previously of Stirling.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:39 pm    Post subject: James Paterson Reply with quote

PATERSON, JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: 3/7149
Date of Death: 20/07/1916
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Pier and Face 15 A and 16 C.
Memorial THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:

Service Record
Private Paterson A&SH 3rd unit posted 11.08.1914
Killed in action 20.07.1916 served 1 year 344 days
Embarked Southampton 11 November 1914 2nd Battalion A&SH
Special reservist carter age 28 5ft 7½ ins
Blue eyes brown hair Presbyterian

Stirling Observer August 1st 1916
Pte J Paterson A&SH
Mr Paterson, 39 Cowane Street, Stirling has received a letter from an officer of the A&SH, informing him that his son Pte J Paterson of that regiment has fallen in action. The officer adds: His end was without pain. Your son was a good soldier and respected by his comrades. Accept our sincere sympathy in your keen loss.
Deceased, who was 30 years of age, enlisted a few days after the outbreak of war. He was a blacksmith to trade but was employed as a goods porter at the station before joining the colours. His father was till lately employed by the town.

(James' mother, Catherine McGregor, died between 1901 and 1911; his father died in 1919 before James' medals were dispatched; they were sent to his youngest brother John who was living c/o Brown, in High Wycombe and forwarded to him in Australia.)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:59 pm    Post subject: Archibald Robertson Reply with quote

ROBERTSON, A M
Rank: Lance Bombardier
Service No: 107206
Date of Death: 28/12/1917
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 156th Siege Bty
Grave Reference: VI. BB. 48
Cemetery: MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Janet T. Robertson, of 14, Ronald Place, Stirling, and the late John Robertson.

Service Record
“A” depot siege artillery
attested Pte 10.12.1915
Gunner 17.7.1916
Appointed Lance bombardier 5.12.1917
Plotting and observing qualification 10.4.1917
Posted to BEF France 8.11.1917
Became Lance bombardier 23.11.1917
Wounded (gas) 28.12.1917
Died from wounds (gas) 29.12.1917

Stirling Observer January 8th 1918
Bombardier Archie Robertson
Information has been received by Mrs Robertson, Ronald Place, Stirling, of the death in France of her son, Bombardier Archibald Robertson, Royal Garrison Artillery. When in an action on 26th December, he was rendered unconscious by the effects of a gas shell. He was removed to hospital but died two days later, never having regained consciousness. Deceased, who was 32 years of age was the fourth son of the late Mr John Robertson, gardener, and Mrs Robertson and for several years conducted the tobacconist and newsagent business at 66 Upper Craigs. He joined the army in 1915 and had been in France for a couple of months. Mr Robertson was well known in town, especially in the Craigs district.

Death notice
Robertson: At 61 Casualty Clearing Station, France on 28th December (the effects of shell gas), Bombardier Archibald Robertson, RGA, newsagent, fourth son of the late John Robertson, gardener, and Mrs Robertson 14 Ronald Place, Stirling.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:05 pm    Post subject: John Robertson Reply with quote

ROBERTSON, JOHN
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 185466
Date of Death: 20/10/1918
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 122nd Siege Bty.
Grave Reference I. A. 16.
Cemetery CAMBRAI EAST MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Christina Robertson, of 31, Upper Craigs, Stirling, and the late Alex Robertson

(Alex was a railway stoker; he fractured his skull in an accident at Dalmally Railway station in 1905; John was their only child. His mother Christina was the eldest sister of John Balfour of PPCLI - also on the war memorial.)
Service Returns
Royal Garrison Artillery gunner John Robertson age 21 Stirling 20.10.1918 22 Field hospital France died from wounds.

Stirling Observer - November 12th 1918
Killed – Gunner John Robertson, Upper Craigs
Mrs Robertson, 31 Upper Craigs, Stirling has received official word that her only son, Gunner John Robertson, RGA, died on 20th October last in 72nd Field Ambulance, France of wounds received in action the same day. In a letter, his officer states that everything possible was done for him but from the first, little hope was entertained for his recovery. He was very sorry to lose him and the men in his section joined in sending their sincere sympathy. Gunner Robertson was 21 years of age and before enlisting he was employed as an ironmonger with Messrs Graham and Morton, by whom and his fellow employees he was held in high esteem. His father was accidentally killed at Dalmally Station about fourteen years ago. Gunner Robertson was a grandson of Walter Balfour, slater, Stirling.


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Listed on a Family stone in Ballengeich Cemetery, Stirling, see (Page 7):
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/viewtopic.php?t=448&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=90&mforum=scottishwargraves


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:10 pm    Post subject: Walter Ross Reply with quote

ROSS, WALTER
Rank: Lance Serjeant
Service No: 1721
Date of Death: 25/04/1915
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1st/7th Bn
Panel Reference Panel 42 and 44
Memorial YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Jane Ross, of 29, Lower Bridge St., Stirling, and the late Walter Ross
CWGC

Service returns
1/7th Batt Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 1721 Lance Sergeant Walter Ross 29 Scotland 25.04.1915
BEF France killed in action

Stirling Observer 1915 May 18th
Corporal W Ross
Private Horsburgh of the 7th A&SH who reports himself as well, in writing home to his mother states that Corporal Walter Ross of the Argylls has been killed. No details are given and official information has not been received. Corporal Ross was a son of Mr and Mrs Ross, Wolf Cottage, Lower Bridge Street and was employed as a miner when war broke out.

1st June 1915– death notice
Ross – killed in action on 25th April at Ypres, France, Sergeant Walter Ross, 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, aged 28 years, beloved son of Mr and Mrs Ross, Wolf Cottage, Lower Bridge Street, Stirling

Stirling Observer Christmas Annual 1915
Died for their country
Sergt Walter Ross, Stirling
Sergeant Walter Ross of the 7th A&SH (TF) was killed in action by shrapnel in the fighting which took place on the 25th April. Deceased, a son of Mr Walter Ross, lorryman, Wolf Cottage, Lower Bridge Street, Stirling was 28 years of age and was employed at Fallin Colliery when war broke out. He had spent some six years in Canada, where for three years he was a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoon Guards. Ross, who was highly esteemed by his comrades, had a great liking for the military and took a keen interest in his duties. He was a corporal in “A” company on leaving Bedford but was promoted after going to the front.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:15 pm    Post subject: John Shirra Reply with quote

SHIRRA, JOHN
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: S/4484
Date of Death: 21/04/1917
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 25 and 63
Memorial BASRA MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
CWGC

Stirling Observer October 5 1915
Private John Shirra, Black Watch
Mr Charles Shirra, postman, of 3 Bruce Street has received official intimation that his son Lance Corporal John Shirra, Black Watch has been wounded. Lance corporal Shirra, who was 4 years in the 7th Battalion A&SH (TF) enlisted 13 months ago in the 9th Black Watch. He was formerly employed as a baker with Messers Thos Elder and sons, Stirling. He is now in hospital in Dublin.

Stirling Observer May 15th 1917
Lance Corporal John Shirra
Mr Charles Shirra postman and Mrs Shirra, 3 Bruce Street, Stirling have received official information that their son, Lance Corporal John Shirra, Black Watch was killed in action in Mesopotamia on the 21st April. Lance Corporal Shirra, who was almost 26 years of age was formerly employed as a baker by Messrs Elder and Sons and enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war. He had formerly been four years in the local Territorial Battalion but elected to join the Black Watch. He proceeded to France the following year and in September took part in the Battle of Loos where he was wounded. After his recovery he returned to his battalion and went out east in April 1916. He had taken his share in much of the fighting in that quarter.
Another son Private Thomas Shirra is in the Australian Imperial Force. He landed in Australia just at the time war was declared and joined up in Melbourne. He was with the Australians in the Dardanelles and afterwards in France when he was wounded in July 1916.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:26 pm    Post subject: James Stewart Reply with quote

STEWART, JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: S/21610
Date of Death: 31/07/1917
Age: 35
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders 7th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 38 and 40
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Stewart, of 49, King St., Stirling
CWGC

Stirling Observer September 4th 1917
Stirling Soldier Reported Missing
Private James Stewart, Camerons
Mr James Stewart, wood traveller, 49 King Street, Stirling has been notified by the military authorities in Perth that his eldest son Private James Stewart, Cameron Highlanders, has been posted as missing. Private Stewart enlisted about two years ago and had been in France for over a year. He was a joiner by trade and served his apprenticeship with the late Mr MacNab, Friars Street. At the time of his enlistment he was employed at one of the collieries in Motherwell.

Stirling Observer July 23rd 1918
Private James Stewart, King Street
Mr James Stewart, wood merchant’s traveller, 49 King Street, Stirling, has received War Office intimation that his eldest son, James, who was reported missing on 21st July 1917, is now officially presumed killed on that day. Private Stewart, Cameron Highlanders, who was 36 years of age, served apprenticeship as a joiner with Mr Thomas McNab, Friars Street, afterwards being employed in Motherwell, enlisted in September 1915.

Death notice
Stewart: Reported missing on 31st July 1917, now presumed killed on that date, Private James Stewart, Cameron Highlanders, son of Mr James Stewart, 49 King Street.
(James' mother, Helen Steedman, died suddenly in April 1918 - after he was posted missing but before his death was confirmed).

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Listed on a Family gravestone in Ballengeich Cemetery, Stirling, see (Page 7):
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/viewtopic.php?t=448&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=90&mforum=scottishwargraves
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:29 pm    Post subject: John Stewart Reply with quote

STEWART, JOHN B.
Rank: Private
Service No: 4/8388
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 125 to 127.
Memorial LOOS MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
CWGC

John's parents were William Allan Stewart draper’s assistant and Clementina Stewart MS Beattie who were married 1869 June 11 Forfar
John was born in 1876, one of 14 children born to the couple. He married Janet Innes, a widow in 1910 and they had one daughter Clementina

Stirling Observer October 24th 1916
Stirling Woman Loses Husband and Son
Mrs Stewart, 24 Bow Street, Stirling has been notified that her husband, Sergeant(sic) John Stewart, A&S Highlanders who had been reported missing since the battle of Loos in September of last year, is now presumed to have been killed at that time. Sergeant Stewart was a time-expired soldier, having fought through the South African War with the Black Watch but at the outbreak of hostilities in August of 1914, he left his employment as a miner at Carnock Colliery and joined the Argylls. Private William McQueen of the 7th A&SH, Mrs Stewart’s son by a former marriage, died while on service in February of last year. Two other sons are still serving, while Mrs Stewart’s brother and four of her nephews are also in the Army, worthily upholding the record of her great, great grandfather who fought at Waterloo.
Also commemorated on the Forfar memorial (Balmashanner) as are his brothers Donald and George.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:41 pm    Post subject: Thomas Stewart Reply with quote

STEWART, THOMAS
Rank: Private
Service No: 38752
Date of Death: 01/08/1917
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots 13th Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 11
Memorial YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
CWGC

Service returns
1.08.1917 Royal Scots 13th Bn 38752 Thomas Stewart 33
Scotland France presumed dead

Stirling Observer October 1st 1918
Death notice
Stewart: Reported missing 1st August 1917, now officially concluded to have died on that date or since, Private Thomas Stewart, 13th Royal Scots, aged 33.
(CWGC gives no additional information but he was married to Mary Whyte; they had two sons - Walter b & d 1915, Thomas James b 1916. Mother Janet Wright d 1915; father Walter d August 1918.)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:47 pm    Post subject: James Thomson Reply with quote

THOMSON, JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: 201908
Date of Death: 29/09/1918
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 60 to 61.
Memorial TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Mrs Margaret Thomson, of 4, Springfield Place, Stirling
CWGC

Service returns
2nd battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers 261908 Pte James Thomson 27 Scotland 29.09.1918 France killed in action
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:55 pm    Post subject: John H Thomson Reply with quote

THOMSON, J H
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 09/10/1918
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force 107th Sqdn. and 5th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Grave Reference XVIII B. 12.
Cemetery CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY
Additional Information:
CWGC

Attestation papers
John H Thomson
Enlisted at 17 years 11 months
5 Park Crescent, Stirling
12th June 1916 height 5` 7½``
203069 Reserve Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Just left school
Previous military experience – OTC
Attested private 12.06.1916
To army reserve 13.06.1916
Mobilized 08.05.1917
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 5th Reserve battalion
Posted private 08.05.1917
Posted to Royal Artillery cadet school
St John’s Wood Barracks, London NW
Private 10.05.1917
Territorial Forces Association Paisley embodied 10.05.1917
No 2 Cadet Wing RFC Hastings
Having been selected for course of instruction was struck off the strength Private 17.12.1917 Commissioned in RAF private -.07.1918

Stirling Observer October 15th 1918
Missing – Stirling Airman: Lieutenant J H Thomson
Second Lieutenant John Harvey Thomson, observer, Royal Air Force, is reported missing since Wednesday 9th October. Lieutenant Thomson is the elder son of ex-Provost and Mrs Thomson, Park Terrace and is twenty years of age. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and played in the 2nd XV and was for a time in Edinburgh University OTC. He afterwards joined the RAF and underwent training at St Leonards, Bath and other places, obtaining his commission in the first week of July this year. He was at once sent to France and has since been actively engaged in the arduous and hazardous work undertaken by the RAF.

Stirling Observer November 26th 1918
Missing Stirling Airman now reported killed – John H Thomson
Ex-Provost Thomson and Mrs Thomson, Park Terrace, Stirling have received the sad intelligence that their elder son Second Lieutenant John Harvey Thomson, who was an observer in the Royal Air Force and has been missing since 9th October is now reported as having been killed in action, information to this effect having been received from a correspondent in Montreux, Switzerland. (The Observer then copied the info from the "missing" article)
Also commemorated on the Edinburgh Academy memorial.

Thanks to Ken Morrison for the following:
From the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen:
THOMSON, JOHN HARVEY (b. 1898).
Edinburgh Academy. University O.T.C. Artillery, Aug. 1916 to May 1917,
Cadet; Officer Cadet May 1917. 5th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Private Oct. 1917.
R.A.F., Cadet Dec. 1917; 2nd Lieut. (Observer) July 1918. France; Marne, and Somme. Killed near Thulin on 9th October 1918.

From CWGC:
A number of bodies were re-interred in the Cement House Cemetery including from - THULIN NEW COMMUNAL CEMETERY, which contained the graves of eight British soldiers of August 1914 and two R.A.F. officers of October 1918.

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Listed on Family gravestone in Mar Cemetery, Stirling, see (Page 4):
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/viewtopic.php?t=235&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=45&mforum=scottishwargraves


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Whew!! Done it - all 27 men accounted for.
So glad I found this forum.
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