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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:16 pm    Post subject: Kirkbean Reply with quote





A number (the majority) of the photos that I am uploading have been taken by a member of D&G Family History Society who is happy for them to be used in genealogy/history projects. It was mentioned that the photos are of variable quality, so if anyone believes that they have images that would better portray any of the memorials that I have covered then please get in touch and we can swop them in.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




A list of all the men from the parish who served in and returned from the Great War is inscribed on plaques inlaid into the entrance gate columns of Kirkbean Church.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OS Map Ref: NX 980 591

This is actually listed by UKNIWM as 2 memorials.

The stone cross to those who died is UKNIWM Ref: 44295

The panels for those who served in the great war is UKNIWM Ref: 44319
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't say these are better, I leave that to others to judge, but they are at least alternatives.






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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update with photos sent to UKNIWM 1 Mar 2007, also asked them to remove entry 6022 as it is a duplicate.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:09 pm    Post subject: KIRKBEAN WW1 Reply with quote

Capt. W. S. B. BLACKETT, LEIC. YEO. ARBIGLAND
William Stewart Burdett Blackett, Captain: Leicester Yeomanry. Age 41.
William was educated at Wellington College and at the Royal Military College Sandhurst and was commissioned in the 3rd Grenadier Guards in May 1895. Promoted to Lieutenant 1898 and to Captain 1901, he served through the South African War 1899-1902 and resigned in 1903. At the outbreak of war he was granted a commission as a Lieutenant in the Leicestershire Yeomanry and went to France on 3 November 1914. He was wounded at Ypres 20 November 1914 and died in a French hospital in Poperinge.
Born 1873 in Kensington, London. Son of the late Captain Archibald Campbell Stewart Blackett, Royal Navy and of the late Clara Blanche Harriet (Burdett) Blackett of Dover, Kent. Husband of Kathleen Prudence Eirene (Bagenal) Blackett, later Blackett-Swiny, of Arbigland who he married in 1907 Staplestown Church, Co. Carlow, Ireland.
Died of wounds on 24 November 1914 and buried in Poperinge Communal Cemetery, Belgium.


Sec. Lieut. W. C. DOUGLAS, K.O.S.B. SCHOOLHOUSE
William Campbell Douglas, 2nd Lieutenant: 3rd attached to 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 21.
William was educated at Kirkbean Public School and at Dumfries Academy before he began a mercantile career in London. He enlisted in November 1914 as a Lance Corporal in the 1/14th London Regiment (the London Scottish) In January 1916 he was commissioned in the KOSB and was posted to the 1st KOSB in France in August 1916.
Born 1896 at Kirkbean. Son of William and Annie Douglas of the Schoolhouse, Kirkbean.
Killed in Action on 17 August 1917 and buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Dumfries Academy Memorial.


L-Corp. G BARBOUR, R.S. TALLOWQUHAIRN
Gavin Barbour, Lance Corporal (38221) 8th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Formerly L/Cpl. (3639) 1/5th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 21.
Gavin was educated at Dumfries Academy and served his apprenticeship with the Bank of Scotland in Dumfries before becoming a Teller at the Strathaven Branch, Lanarkshire. He enlisted in January 1915 in the KOSB before being posted to the 1/5th Royal Scots and then to the KOYLI. (The family grave inscription reads “Royal Scots attached to 8th KOYLI”) Gavin died in the 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1896 at New Abbey. Son of Francis and Margaret Barbour of Tallowquhairn Farm and of West Park, Beeswing.
Killed in action on 21 September 1917 and buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Dumfries Academy memorial and on the Bank of Scotland memorial in Edinburgh.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:28 pm    Post subject: KIRKBEAN WW1 Reply with quote

Pt. A. McWILLIAM, A.I.F. CANABONY
Andrew McWilliam, Private (2356) 33rd Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF. Age 33.
Andrew was a farm labourer when he enlisted at Armidale, New South Wales in May 1916. He sailed from Sydney in October, arriving in England January 1917 and he joined the 33rd Battalion in March at Etaples, France.
Born 1882 at Kirkbean. Son of Alexander and Elizabeth McWilliam of Canabony, Kirkbean.
Killed in Action on 7 June 1917 and buried in Toronto Avenue Cemetery, Belgium.


Pt. J. DICKSON, K.O.S.B. GILLHEAD
James Dickson, Private (14809) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 20.
James was a motor driver in Kirkbean when he enlisted in the KOSB in September 1914. He was drowned in the Aegean Sea when the the troopship Royal Edward was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB14 in the Aegean. Of the about 900 casualties, about 60 were from the 9th (Reserve) Battalion, KOSB as replacements for losses in the 1st Battalion.
Born 1894 at Kirkbean. Son of James and Agnes Dickson of Gillhead Smithy, Kirkbean.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 13 August 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
His brother Robert Fraser Dickson, Private (14746) survived the sinking.


Pt. J. GORDON, K.O.S.B. KIRKBEAN
James Gordon, Private (14795) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 19.
James was an under-gamekeeper on the Cavens Estate, Kirkbean when he enlisted. He was a friend of the Dickson brothers (see above) and like James Dickson, he was drowned in the Aegean sea when the troopship Royal Edward was torpedoed.
Born 1896 at Kirkbean. Son of James and Sarah Gordon of Kirkbean.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 13 August 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:01 pm    Post subject: KIRKBEAN WW1 Reply with quote

Pt. R. LAURIE, K.O.S.B. KIRKBEAN
Not listed by CWGC, SNWM nor Stewartry Roll of Honour.
Now thought to be:
Robert Lawrie, Private (S/11975) 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 25.
Born 1892 at Kirkbean. Son of John and Maggie Laurie of Kirkbean Village.
Missing in action on 22 February 1917 and named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.


Pt. P. REID, C.I.F. CARSETHORN
Peter Reid, Private (201889) 4th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) Age 35.
Peter had been a forester on the Cavens Estate when he emigrated to Canada in 1910. He was a carpenter working in Toronto when he enlisted there in the 95th Battalion in November 1915. He arrived in England in May 1916 and was posted to the 4th Battalion in France in September. A month later, on 10 October, he was wounded and evacuated to the King George Hospital in Lambeth, London where he died.
Born 1881 at Kirkinner, Wigtonshire. Son of David and Agnes (Hannah) Reid of Carsethorn, Kirkbean.
Died of wounds on 15 November 1916 and buried in Kirkbean Parish Churchyard. (CWG)


Pt. J. BOYD, K.O.Y.L.I. CARSETHORN
John Howat Boyd, Private (49628) 7th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attached to 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, formerly of the Military Foot Police. Age 27.
In 1911 John was a policeman living at 60 Edinburgh Road, West Derby, Liverpool. He enlisted at Hatton Garden, London.
Born c.1891 at ??? Son of Robert and Elizabeth (Howat) Boyd who married in 1873 at Kirkbean. Grandson of John and Mary Howat of Carsethorn. Missing in Action on 2 April 1918 and named on the Pozieres Memorial, Albert, France.


Sig. W. McLELLAN, K.O.S.B. CARSETHORN
William McLellan, Private (33084) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 20.
Formerly Private (17036) 56th Training Reserve, William was posted to the 2nd KOSB.
Born 1898 at Kirkbean. Son of William and Janet McLellan of Carsethorn. Missing in Action on 25 April 1918 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, France.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:23 pm    Post subject: KIRKBEAN WW1 Reply with quote

Pt. W. WILSON, A.& S.H. CARSETHORN
Thought to be:
William Wilson, Private (5748 & 357007) 10th (Scottish) Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) Age 25.
William was a barman when he enlisted in Liverpool in November 1915. He joined his battalion in France in June 1916, was wounded in August and evacuated home. He was transferred as Private (267515) to the Labour Corps in July 1917 and was posted to the 300th Reserve Labour Company at Oswestry in September. While serving there he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was discharged from the army in February 1918. He died of TB at home in Carsthorn.
Born 1893 at Kirkbean. Son of David and Jeanie Macadam Wilson of Victoria Terrace, Carsethorn.
Died on 4 July 1919 and buried in Kirkbean Parish Churchyard. (CWG)


Pt. A. WYLLIE, R.S. THE KENNELS
Alfred Wyliie, Private (31463) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 32.
Alfred was a gamekeeper at Middleton Hall, Belford, Northumberland when he enlisted. He was posted to the 2nd Royal Scots.
Born 1886 at Strawberry Bank, Kirkbean. Son of John Wyllie (Head Gamekeeper on the Cavens Estate) and of Helen Malcolm (Byers) Wyllie.
Husband of Mary Wylie of Kettleburn, Belford, Northumberland who he married in 1906 in St. Andrews, Fife when he was a gamekeeper in Largo, Fife.
Missing in Action on 9 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Belford War Memorial.
[Updated 2016 thanks to information from Jane Bowen of the Belford Local History Museum]


Fr. J. TODD, C.H. SOUTHERNESS (See additional posting below)
James Todd, Farrier (15517) 6th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Age 25.
James was a ploughman at Gordieston Farm, Dunscore, Dumfriesshire when he enlisted in the 7th Cameron Highlanders in October 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915. He was wounded in April 1917 and evacuated to hospitals in Liverpool and then Belfast where he was treated until November 1917. James was posted to the 6th Battalion in France in March 1918 and was fatally wounded on 23 July.
Born 1893 at Kirkbean. Son of Mary-Jane Todd. Brother of William J. Todd of Southerness, Kirkbean.
Died of Wounds on 24 July 1918 and buried in Royallieu French National Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Dunscore Parish War Memorial.


Pt. W. J. SHENNAN, K.O.S.B. AIRDRIE
William J Shennan, Private (16179) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 24.
William enlisted from Airdrie Farm, Southwick in September 1914 in the 9th (Reserve) Battalion KOSB and joined the 1st KOSB at Gallipoli in August 1915.
Born 1892 at Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire as William John Shannon.
Son of Robert and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Shennon of Port Street, Dalbeattie and of Tororrie Farm, Preston Mill, Kirkbean.
Missing in Action on 14 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
Also remembered on the Southwick War Memorial.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:49 pm    Post subject: KIRKBEAN WW2 Reply with quote

PRO PATRIA 1939 – 1945

S.Gnr. R. J. CANNON, R.N. CARSETHORN

Robert James Cannon, Able Seaman (P/SSX 19985) Royal Navy, HMS Royal Oak. Age 24.
Robert had been a fisherman with his father, when he joined the navy in 1936. He was drowned when his ship, the battleship Royal Oak, was torpedoed and sunk while at anchor in Scapa Flow in Orkney by the German submarine U47.
Born 1914 at Kirkbean. Son of James and Janet (Major) Cannon of Carsthorn, Kirkbean.
Missing in Action/Lost at Sea on 14 October 1939 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.


Ord. Tel. A. CHRISTIAN, R.N. KIRKBEAN
Angus Christian, Ordinary Telegraphist (P/JX 156055) Royal Navy, HMS Afridi. Age 18.
Angus joined navy in 1938. He was lost when the Tribal Class destroyer "Afridi" was dive bombed and sunk off Namsos, Norway.
Born 1921 at Kirkcaldy, Fife. Son of Christina (Wann) Christian and of the late Angus Christian of Dallas, Moray. Stepson of Hugh Campbell, forester on the Cavens estate, Kirkbean.
Missing in Action/Lost at Sea on 3 May 1940 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.


AG/r. J. F. ELLIS, R.A.F. ARBIGLAND
John Fairgrieve Ellis, Aircraftsman 2nd Class (Air Gunner U/T) - (1828430) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20.
Jack was educated at Kirkbean school and Dumfries Academy. He was killed when his Anson aircraft, from No.3 Air Gunnery School at Castle Kennedy, crashed near Knockneen Farm, Kirkcolm, Wigtownshire. The crew of three and three cadets, including Jack, were killed.
Son of Thomas and Isabel (Fairgrieve) Ellis of The Cottage, Arbigland, Kirkbean.
Died on Active Service on 3 July 1944 and buried in Kirkbean Parish Churchyard. (CWG)


Stoker G. MITCHELL, R.N. CARSETHORN
George Jeffrey Mitchell, Stoker 2nd Class (C/KX 112294) Royal Navy, HMS Exmoor. Age 26.
Before the war George was mate on the yacht “Aillonette” owned by Brigadier General Swiny of Arbigland. He was drowned when the Hunt class escort destroyer, Exmoor, sank off Lowestoft as the result of an explosion during an E-boat attack on a North Sea convoy.
Born 1915 at Kirkcudbright. Son of Robert Craik Mitchell and Georgina Mitchell.
Missing in Action/Lost at Sea on 25 February 1941 and named on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Also named on the Kirkcudbright War Memorial.

L/Cpl. J. MURRAY, A.I.F. SOUTH CARSE
James Murray, Lance Corporal (VX 16657) 2/31st Battalion, Australian Infantry. AIF. Age 33.
James emigrated to Australia in 1927. His service file shows that he enlisted at Hawthorne, Victoria in March 1941, that he was born in Scotland and that his father's name was James.
Born 1908 in ????. Son of Mr & Mrs James Murray of Southcarse, Kirkbean. Son of William James Paterson Murray (who died in Kirkbean in 1944) and of Mary Ann (McClounie) Murray of Irongray.
Killed in Action on 11 June 1941 by Vichy French forces, and buried in Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Syria.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Any idea why J Todd would have a rank of Fr. when he was a private?

Fr. J TODD, CH SOUTHERNESS
James Todd, Private (15517) 6th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Age 25.
Born 1893 at Kirkbean. Brother of William J Todd of Southerness. Killed in Action 24 July 1918, buried at Royallieu French National Cemetery, France.

Fr suggests Farrier to me. Any other sugestions?

I have a photo of three mounted Seaforth Highanders on the Western Front. Would an infantry unit using horses have a Farrier?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One 'out of left field'. Fr is also the abbreviation for father. I have seen rank given as Rev where a minister served as a private soldier so any chance this man could have been a catholic priest before enlisting? Not particularly likely in this area I admit.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry guys I've no idea. I had assumed "Fusilier" but as to why the rank is shown as it is Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser, 18th October 1918:

Died of wounds:
Farrier James Todd, Cameron Highlanders, brother of Mr William Todd, postman, Southerness, Preston Mill, has died of wounds received in action on 23rd July. He joined the Camerons on the 21st October, 1914, and has been four years in the army. Previous to joining he was employed as a ploughman with Mr Ramsey, late of Gordieston, Dunscore. He was 25 years of age.

Farrier it is - possibly part of the battalion transport section.

Ken, for your summary, he is officially designated 'died of wounds'. The date of his wounding, 23rd July, fits perfectly with the opening day of the Battle of the Soissonnais and of the Ourcq, in which the 15th (Scottish) Division took part in the Attack on Buzancy while attached to the French Army.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuart

That's great, thanks for confirming the rank (or is it an appointment?)

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