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S-M. A. MCKINNELL, K.O.S.B.
Alexander McKinnell – age 29 – Company Serjeant Major (9987) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Alexander landed with the 2nd KOSB at Le Havre on 15 August 1914 and later he served with the 6th and 1st Battalions before he rejoined the 2nd KOSB.
He had been promoted to Sergeant in April 1915
Born 1889 in Middlebie, Dumfriesshire. Son of Mary Ann (McKinnell) Wilson and step-son of the late Archibald Wilson of Carnsalloch Stables and of Conansknowe, Kirkmahoe who had married in 1893 in Dumfries.
Died of Wounds on 30 June 1918 and buried in Aire Communal Cemetery, France.
His brother David Wilson, Scots Guards also fell. Died 10 October 1917. (See below)


PTE. J.N. POOL, SC. R.
John Newlands Pool – age 22 – Private (43164) 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
John had been a distinguished student and classical dux at Dumfries Academy and was studying medicine as a Student of Arts (1914- 1916) at Edinburgh University when he enlisted as Private (22872) in the 6th KOSB in February 1916. He later transferred to the 1st Cameronians.
Born 1894 in Urr Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of James and Jane Agnes (Newlands) Pool of Auchenrath, Kirkmahoe and of Bush Mill, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 16 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Dumfries Academy memorial and on the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen.


PTE. J. ROBERTSON, CANADIANS.
Joseph Fraser Robertson – age 24 – Private (472710) 72nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
Joseph was farming at Unity in Saskatchewan when he enlisted at Saskatoon in November 1915. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in June 1916 and joined his battalion in France in August. He was treated for gas poisoning in March 1917 and for wounds in May. A year later he was diagnosed with endocarditis at the 7th Canadian General Hospital at Etaples before being evacuated to the Military Hospital at Colchester in June 1918. He was invalided back to Canada in September but died of heart failure in the Saskatchewan Military Hospital at Moose Jaw a few weeks later.
Born December 1893 in Kirkmahoe. Son of John and Georgina (Robertson) Robertson of Kirkton Village, Kirkmahoe.
Died on Service on 14 October 1918 and buried in Unity (Pleasant View) Cemetery, Saskatchewan. (CWG)
Also named on the Unity and District War Memorial.
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PTE. R. SHARP, CANADIANS.
Robert Waugh Sharpe – age 24 – Private (447357) Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
Robert was an attendant at the Hospital for the Insane at Ponoka, Alberta when he enlisted in Calgary in July 1915. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in March 1916 and joined the PPCLI in France in June but was killed three months later.
Born 1892 in Dalswinton, Kirkmahoe as Robert Waugh. Son of Elizabeth (Waugh) Wilson of 15 Murieston Crescent, Edinburgh who married James Wilson in 1912 in Edinburgh.
In 1901 Robert was a boarder with Robert and Elizabeth Sharpe in Dalswinton Village and he showed Robert as his next of kin and father. Missing in Action on 15 September 1916 and named on the Vimy Memorial, France.
Also named on the Ponoka District War Memorial.


PTE. T. SHARP, K.O.S.B.
Thomas Kerr Sharpe – age 22 – Private (23824) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas was a ploughman when he enlisted and had joined the 1st KOSB in France in the spring of 1916 before transferring to the 6th KOSB.
Born 1895 in Kirkmahoe. Son of Joseph and Agnes (Kerr) Sharpe, of Skewbridge, Auldgirth, Kirkmahoe.
Killed in Action on 9 April 1917 and buried in Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines, France.


PTE. J. SMITH, ANZACS.
James Smith – age 33 – Private (596) 16th Battalion, Australian Infantry.
James had served for 12 years with the 1st Seaforth Highlanders and was discharged in Calcutta in 1912. He subsequently went to Australia and he was a horse breaker when he enlisted at Helena Vale, near Perth, Western Australia in September 1914. He sailed with his battalion from Melbourne in December 1914 and after a spell in Egypt they landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. James was killed two days later.
Born 1881 in Kirkmahoe. Son of Elizabeth Smith of Duncow Mill, who married Robert Dalgleish in 1891 in Kirkmahoe. Brother of John Smith of Duncow Mill, Kirkmahoe who he named his next-of-kin.
Missing in Action on 27 April 1915 and named on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

It took me a while to track James down but I was really pleased when I did given his long service history and that he was of the "originals" who landed at ANZAC beach.
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PTE. W. SMITH, C-HRS.
William George Smith – age 22 – Lance Corporal (S/20765) 6th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
William was an attendant at the Crichton Institution in Dumfries when he enlisted in 1915.
Born 1893 in Kirkmahoe. Son of James and Mary (McCoull) Smith of Carzield Stables, Kirkmahoe.
Missing in Action on 14 August 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme, France.
Also named on the Crichton Staff memorial in the Crichton Chapel.


COPL. W. H. SWAN, SC. G.
William Swan – age 23 – Lance Corporal (11921) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards.
William had been a railway porter before he joined the City of Glasgow Police and had been a constable in “L” Division, living at 14 India Street, Partick, when he enlisted in October 1914. He joined the 2nd Scots Guards in France in May 1915, was wounded at Loos and evacuated to hospital in Cambridge in September 1915. He joined the 1st Battalion when he returned to France.
Born 1894 in Kirkmahoe as William Hunter Swan. Son of John and Margaret (Halliday or Hunter) Swan of Castlehill Lodge, Kirkmahoe.
Died of Wounds on 27 March 1918 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the City of Glasgow Police memorial and on the Glasgow Roll of Honour.


PTE. R. THOMSON, CANADIANS.
Robert Thomson – age 23 – Private (904918) 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
Robert was a teamster when he enlisted in Edmonton, Alberta. in April 1916. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in November 1916 and joined his battalion in France in January 1917. He was the company runner and was killed by a piece of shrapnel at Parvillers near Amiens.
Born 1895 in Kirkmahoe. Son of Alexander and Grace (Shaw) Thomson of Castlehill Cottage, Kirkmahoe, of 52nd Street, Edmonton and of Bush Farm, Edmonton.
Missing in Action on 13 August 1918 and named on the Vimy Memorial, France.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PTE. J. WALLACE, C-HRS.
James Main Wallace – age 19 – Private (9892) 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
James was named on a Kirkmahoe Parish Roll of Honour as J.M. Wallace, Camerons, of Pennyland (near Dalswinton, Kirkmahoe)
He enlisted in the Camerons in October 1914 and was posted to the 1st Battalion in France on 8 February 1915. James was killed three months later at Aubers.
Born 1896 in Holywood, Dumfriesshire as James Wallace. Son of Robert and Mary (Kerr) Wallace of Howwell, Kirkcudbright.
Missing in Action on 9 May 1915 and named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkcudbright War Memorial, on the St. Cuthbert's Church memorial and on the United Free Church memorial, both in Kirkcudbright.


PTE. G. WATRET, G-HRS.
George Watret – age 32 – Private (291460) 5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Born 1886 in Kirkmahoe. Son of the late James and Janet (Hiddleston) Watret of Kirkmahoe. Brother of Agnes (Watret) Inglis of Kirkton Village, Kirkmahoe.
He named his brothers Robert, William, John, & James, and his sisters Mrs. Agnes Inglis & Mrs.Sarah McEwan as his legatees.
Missing in Action on 21 March 1918 and named on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.


PTE. D. WILSON, SC. G.
David Wilson – age 23 – Private (11509) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards.
David joined his battalion in France in April 1915.
Born 1894 in Kirkmahoe. Son of Archibald Wilson and of Mary Ann (McKinnell) Wilson of Conansknowe, Kirkmahoe.
Archibald died on 13 October, three days after his son's death.
Missing in Action on 10 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
His brother Alexander McKinnell, KOSB also fell. Died 30 June 1918. (See above)


PTE. J. YOUNG, K.O.S.B.
James Young – age 22 – Private (14462) 8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was a motor car driver with Major Crabbe of Duncow, Kirkmahoe when he enlisted. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915 and was reported missing after the Battle of Loos. His body and those of eight of his comrades were found in a shell hole in November 1923 and they were buried in Souchez.
Born 1893 in Kirkmahoe. Son of Walter and Helen (Anderson) of Castlehill Cottage, Kirkmahoe and of Netherlocharwoods Farm, Bankend, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 25 September 1915 and buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.
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WW2 Names – also on a memorial plaque in Kirkton Church


CHARLES CARRUTHERS.
Charles Carruthers – age 27 – Private (2933806) 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
The 5th Camerons landed at Normandy on D-day + 1, 7 June 1944.
Born 1917 in Kirkmahoe. Son of James Maxwell Carruthers and Jemima Jane (Kerr) Carruthers of Broomdykes, Kirkton, Kirkmahoe.
Killed in Action on16 June 1944 and buried in Ranville War Cemetery Calvados, France.


PETER GORDON CRABBE.
Peter Gordon Crabbe – age 23 – Lieutenant (176769) 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Peter was commissioned in the Scots Guards in March 1941 but resigned his commission in December. As Cadet (2890747) he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the HLI in September 1943. The 1st HLI landed at Normandy at the end of June 1944.
Born 1920 in Edinburgh – also registered at Kirkmahoe. Son of Colonel John Gordon Crabbe, O.B.E., M.C., and Frances Mildred (Brook) Crabbe of Duncow, Kirkton, KIrkmahoe.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1944 and named on the Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, France.


ROBERT M. CROSTHWAITE.
Robert Maurice Crosthwaite – age 33 – Captain (52603) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Robert was commissioned from the Royal Military College in August 1931 and was promoted to Captain with the 5th KOSB in April 1939.
The history of the 7th KOSB “Off at Last” relates that he was then given the task of forming the battalion and he became the Adjutant. He left to join the Reconnaissance Corps in June 1941 but suffered from ill heath and extended periods of sick leave.
In 1944 he was passed fit for active service again and sailed for Italy.
Born 1911 in St. Andrews, Fife. Son of Lieutenat Colonel Charles Gilbert Crosthwaite, C.M.G., C.B.E., and of Joan (Becher) Crosthwaite of Woodbridge, Suffolk. Husband of Grizel Kinloch (Landale) Crosthwaite of Dalswinton House, Kirkton, Kirkmahoe who he married in 1939 in Dumfries.
Died on Active Service on 15 July 1944 and buried in Naples War Cemetery, Italy.
He was the brother-in-Law of Peter Wellwood Fortune Landale, Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader (70379) 10 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. (See below)
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HARRY ALAN DALRYMPLE.
Harry Allan Dalrymple – age 32 – Private (7407519) Royal Army Medical Corps.
Harry died at Lewes in Sussex.
Born 1913 in Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire. Son of Joseph and Agnes Jane (Gass) Dalrymple of Solway Cottage, Caerlaverock. Husband of Marion Jane (Adamson) Dalrymple of Glenfoot who he married in 1940 in Kirkmahoe.
Died on 31 January 1946 and buried in Kirkmahoe Parish Churchyard. (CWG)
Also named on the Caerlaverock Parish War Memorial and on the Parish Church memorial.


JOHN BRYCE DUNCAN.
John Bryce Duncan – age 32 – Flying Officer/Air Gunner (102115) 51 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John was educated at Rugby and at Magdalene College, Cambridge from where he graduated M.A. in Architecture. He then spent many months visiting India, Australia and Japan before joining a practice in Dumfries. He was commissioned from Leading Aircraftman (1002545) to Pilot Officer in June 1941 and took part in a raid on St. Nazaire in March 1942 but was badly injured when his aircraft crashed on landing. He was promoted to Flying Officer in June 1942 and after recovering from his injuries he volunteered for air crew duties. He was the rear gunner on his Halifax bomber which took off from RAF Snaith in Yorkshire for a raid on Berlin but the aircraft crashed at Voorst in the Netherlands. John and the crew are buried there.
Born 1911 at Newlands in Kirkmahoe. Son of John Bryce Duncan and Adeline A. (MCKerrow) Duncan of Newlands, Kirkmahoe.
Killed in Action on 1 March 1943 and buried in Voorst General Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.
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Three sons of the late John Wilson Hall (who died in 1943) and of Janet Mary (Dickson) Hall of Kirkton, Kirkmahoe.

JAMES FISHER HALL
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James Fisher Hall – age 25 – Sergeant (2933819) 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
James was a keen footballer with Kirkton F.C. and was a mason at Lochaerbriggs Quarries when he enlisted in early 1940. He had only recently arrived in Egypt. The battalion had arriving in North Africa in August 1942, as part of the 51st (Highland) Division, and experienced its first fighting at the Second Battle of El Alamein in October and November 1942.
Born 1917 in Kirkmahoe.
Killed in Action on 30 October 1942 and buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.

and his brother

JOHN WILSON HALL
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John Wilson Hall – age 25 – Sergeant (2885288) 5th/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Jack was killed during the crossing of the Rhine between Rees and Wesel (Operation Plunder) He was buried in Botzelaer near Rees but was re-interred in Reichswald in October 1946.
Born 1919 in Kirkmahoe.
Died of Wounds on 24 March 1945 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

and his brother

WILLIAM DICKSON HALL
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William Dickson Hall – age 30 – Driver (T/3194395) Royal Army Service Corps attached to the Royal Artillery.
William died as a prisoner of war of the Japanese and was buried in the Lintang Camp Cemetery, Kuching, Sarawak. He was re-interred at Labuan in February 1946.
Born 1915 in Kirkmahoe.
Husband of Jean Bisset (Cook) Hall of Kirkton who he married in 1937 in Kirkmahoe.
Died on Service on 28 March 1945 and buried in Labuan War Cemetery, Borneo, Malaysia.
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JOSEPH EASTON INGLIS.
Joseph Easton Inglis – age 29 – Corporal (3194406) 5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Joseph was employed at the Locharbriggs Quarries when he enlisted in 1939. The 5th KOSB landed at Ostend in Belgium in October 1944 and fought in the battle of the Scheldt before crossing into the Netherlands. Joseph was killed near Masstricht and was Mentioned in Despatches.
Born 1915 in Kirkmahoe. Son of William Telfer Inglis and of Andrewina Nicholus (Watson) Inglis of Kirkton, Kirkmahoe. Husband of Mary Elizabeth (Lister) Inglis of Kirkton who he married in 1938 in Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 28 December 1944 and buried in Brunssum War Cemetery, Netherlands.


JAMES B. JOHNSTONE
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James Brown Johnston – age 22 – Private (3191026) 7th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps.
The 7th Battalion jumped into Normandy on D-day 6 June 1944 and relieved the glider-borne troops who had captured the bridges over the Orne River and Canal. It then took part in the defensive battles around Breville and the breakout to the River Seine.
Born 1922 in Dumfries as Johnstone. Son of John and Jessie Johnston of Riddingwood Cottages, Duncow, Kirkmahoe.
Died of Wounds on 10 June 1944 and buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.


PETER W. F. LANDALE.
Peter Wellwood Fortune Landale, Distinguished Flying Cross – age 26 – Squadron Leader (70379) 10 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Peter was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the RAF in March 1937 and transferred to the Reserve as a Flying Officer in March 1939. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in February 1941 and as Acting Squadron Leader he was awarded a DFC with effect from 17 July 1941 - "By his great courage, skill and personal example S/Ldr Landale has set a very high standard of airmanship in the squadron. These high qualities did not diminish after receiving injuries in a crash as a result of which he was in hospital for six months. He was one of the most reliable captains in the squadron."
He had been badly injured when his Whitley bomber, outbound from RAF Leeming in Yorkshire on a raid to Lorient, crashed near Rhymey in Glamorgan in November 1940. He was piloting another Whitley from Leeming for a raid on Hannover when it crashed in the North Sea.
Born 1915 in Hong Kong. Son of the late David Landale and of Mildred Sophia (Fortune) Landale of Dalswinton, Kirkmahoe.
Killed in Action on 25 July 1941 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on a stained glass window in Dalswinton Church.
He was the brother-in-Law of Robert Maurice Crosthwaite, Captain (52603) KOSB. (see above)
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GEORGE ALEXANDER RAFFERTY.
George Alexander Rafferty – age 31 – Trooper (330161) 1st Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.
In September 1939, 1st RTR was one of the original units in Egypt that formed what was then called The Heavy Brigade. It fought near the 'Knightsbridge Box' before withdrawing with the rest of the 8th Army to El Alamein in June 1942. George was wounded on 6 June 1942 and died a month later in hospital in Alexandria, Egypt.
Born 1911 in Brydekirk, Dumfriesshire. Son of John and Isabella (Alexander) Rafferty of High Street, Brydekirk. Husband of Maggie Jane (Wilson) Rafferty of Meadow Bank, Kirkton, Kirkmahoe who he married in 1935 in Kirkmahoe.
Died of Wounds on 8 July 1942 and buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the Brydekirk Parish War Memorial and on the Parish Church memorial.


JOHN SCOTT
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Thought to be:
William St. John Ross Scott – age 23 – Sapper (14575749) 149 Assault Squadron, Royal Engineers
Scott was educated at Dumfries Academy and had enlisted in 1943. His squadron operated specialist vehicles, including armoured bulldozers, to clear obstacles on the landing beaches at Normandy on D-day.
Born c.1921 in Hereford. (Source: Army Roll of Honour but I cannot trace birth details)
Son of Mr & Mrs Joe Scott of Netherholm, Kirkmahoe and of Altskeith, Aberfoyle, Perthshire.
Killed in Action on 6 June 1944 and buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
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