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BIRREL, William - Major General. Penicuick

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:25 am    Post subject: BIRREL, William - Major General. Penicuick Reply with quote

Location: St Mungo's Church, Penicuick

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surgeon General Birrell is given pride of place on the Penicuick War Memorial.

http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-post-60820.html

He was 59 at his death in 1918 and had seen a lot of campaigning in his time. Gallipoli is briefly mentioned in his CWGC entry. In 1915 He was actually the former Director of Medical Services, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

BIRRELL, WILLIAM GEORGE
Initials: W G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Major General
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps
Unit Text: Late
Age: 59
Date of Death: 23/08/1918
Awards: Twice Mentioned in Despatches
Additional information: Son of James and Elizabeth Martin Birrell, of Uttershill, Penicuik. Served in Egyptian (1882-85), Burma (1885-89) (Mentioned in Despatches), and Soudan (1898) Campaigns. Also served on Gallipoli and as D.D.M.S., Southern Command. M.B.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 162. 3. Near North boundary.
Cemetery: PENICUIK OLD PARISH CHURCHYARD
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