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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:12 am    Post subject: Beeswing WW2 Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM

I have listed this as a civic memorial because there is no other memorial in the village and the men do not appear on any other memorial.

This memorial is a stained glass window inside the former Beeswing church at OS Map Ref: NX 895 692. The church was sold in 2005 and is currently (June 2007) undergoing conversion to a private residence. The owner/builder was very informative and helpful in granting permission to take the photograph. The memorial is grade C listed and there is a covenant on the deeds that the owner is required to grant access by appointment to anyone wishing to view the memorial.

I have a very strong suspicion that the WW1 memorial (unlisted – so if it exists!) was moved on closure of the church to the village hall but I have yet to confirm this. New Abbey church has taken over responsibility for this congregation and there are no memorials connected with Beeswing in New Abbey Church.

Names:
REV HENRY SMITH MA CE
JAMES FERGUSON HOOD LIVERPOOL CITY POLICE
LIEUT ANDREW CHRISTIAN McCULLOCH DSC RN

The first two named are not listed on SNWM

Name: SMITH, The Rev. HENRY
Initials: H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Chaplain 4th Class
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Chaplains' Department
Secondary Regiment: Gordon Highlanders
Secondary Unit Text: attd. 2nd Bn
Age: 29
Date of Death: 15/02/1942
Service No: 135499
Additional information: Son of Thomas Smith, and of Jeanie Angus McPherson Smith (nee Connal); husband of Muriel Burnett Smith, of Dumfries. M.A.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 26. A. 1-4.
Cemetery: KRANJI WAR CEMETERY

Name: HOOD, JAMES FERGUSON
Initials: J F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Civilian
Regiment/Service: Civilian War Dead
Age: 26
Date of Death: 21/12/1940
Additional information: Constable, Liverpool Fire Brigade; of 32 Pemberton Road. Son of John and Jessie Hood, of Newhouse, Beeswing, Dumfriesshire. Died at Juniper Street.
Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
Reporting Authority: LIVERPOOL, COUNTY BOROUGH

Name: McCULLOCH, ANDREW CHRISTIAN
Initials: A C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. Laforey.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 30/03/1944
Awards: D S C
Additional information: Son of Major-General Sir Andrew Jameson McCulloch, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O., D.C.M., D.L., and Lady McCulloch, of Ardwall, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 81, Column 1.
Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL





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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

REV. HENRY SMITH, MA CF.
Henry Smith, MA, Chaplain 4th Class (135499) Royal Army Chaplain's Department. Age 29. Minister of Lochend Church, Beeswing.
Educated at Whitehill School in Glasgow, at Glasgow University and at the Divinity College he was Minister of Lochend Church, Beeswing from 1937 until July 1940 when he became a Chaplain to the Forces. He sailed for Singapore in August 1941. He was killed in the Alexandria Hospital massacre at the fall of Singapore. As an army chaplain he chose to stay with bedridden patients when the allies were evacuating. They were bayoneted in their beds. He was killed for protesting. (see post below)
Born 1912 at Glasgow. Son of Thomas and Jeannie Angus McPherson (Connal) Smith. Husband of Muriel (Burnett) Smith who he married in 1939 at Townhead, Glasgow.
Killed 15 February 1942 during the defence of Singapore while attached to 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, and buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.
Graduated from Glasgow University (MA Arts) in 1934 and listed on the University WW2 Roll of Honour.


JAMES FERGUSON HOOD, LIVERPOOL CITY POLICE.
James Ferguson Hood, Constable, Liverpool Fire Brigade. Age 26.
“Fergy” of 32 Pemberton Road. Liverpool who served at Westminster Road Fire Station was killed in Juniper Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool when hit by falling masonry whilst fighting fires during the "Christmas Air Raids"
Born 1914 at New Abbey. Son of John and Jessie Hood of Newhouse, Beeswing.
Killed by enemy action 21 December 1940 and buried in New Abbey Cemetery.
The Liverpool Fire Brigade was a police brigade, under the Chief Constable of Liverpool City Police, and had about 250 men including 50 Policemen trained as auxiliary firemen.


LIEUTENANT ANDREW CHRISTIAN MCCULLOCH DSC RN.
Andrew Christian McCulloch, Distinguished Service Cross, Lieutenant, HMS Laforay, Royal Navy. Age 28.
Andrew was educated at Charters Towers, Sussex and at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He was awarded the DSC for actions in the Mediterranean in preventing the escape of enemy forces after their defeat in North Africa.
Born 1915 at St.Andrew's Edinburgh. Son of Major General Sir Andrew Jameson McCulloch and Lady Esme Valentine (MacKenzie) McCulloch of Ardwall, Gatehouse-of-Fleet and of Hills, Lochrutton.
Missing in action 30 March 1944 when the Destroyer HMS Laforay was hit by three torpedoes from U223 during a surface action between the U-boat and several Destroyers. Only 65 of the ship's company survived.
Listed on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, on the Lochrutton Parish War Memorial and on the War Memorial in Gatehouse-of-Fleet.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect that this window may be by Douglas Hamilton and am currently seeking confirmation.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has been confirmed that this window is by Douglas Hamilton.

The church was also known as Lochend church.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The window was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday 5th September 1948. A full report of the unveiling was published in the Galloway News on 11 September 1948. Unfortunately the article does not mention the artist.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:46 pm    Post subject: Beeswing WW2 Reply with quote

The Rev Henry Smith referred to in this memorial was my great uncle. He was beheaded in the Alexandria Hospital massacre at the fall of Singapore. As an army chaplain he chose to stay with bedridden patients when the allies were evacuating. They were bayonetted in their beds. He was killed for protesting. He was 29 years old and married with one child.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Beeswing WW2 Reply with quote

catriona (smith) cochrane wrote:
The Rev Henry Smith referred to in this memorial was my great uncle. He was beheaded in the Alexandria Hospital massacre at the fall of Singapore. As an army chaplain he chose to stay with bedridden patients when the allies were evacuating. They were bayonetted in their beds. He was killed for protesting. He was 29 years old and married with one child.

Thank you for posting this information, by a quirk of fate, at the time you wrote this I was giving a talk and this memorial was one of those that I featured. Your Great Uncle is not forgotten and nor is the memorial.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for sharing that information Catriona.
Henry was a graduate of Glasgow University and is listed on the Roll of Honour.
http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/biography/?id=WH0545&type=P
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is now listed as WMR (ex UKNIWM) memorial 71728
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