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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:45 pm    Post subject: Tongland Parish, Ringford Reply with quote

The memorial is at the side of the road in the village of Ringford but dedicated to the people of Tongland.
WMR 5869
The UKNIWM description is incorrect in that it describes the memorial as being on an artificial mound. The mound is natural.
OS Map Ref: NX 68812 57648 this is the correct Map Ref - it is wrong on UKNIWM.






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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked seeing this one.
My ggg grandfather Edward McGinnies (numerous spellings!) was a shepherd and lived at Dunjop Cottage, Tongland. His wife was Anne McLellan.
Haven't went down the McLellan side in great depth but another possibility here.....
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It did catch my eye that there were 3 McLellans on this memorial and 2 with MM to boot. Must be a story there I think
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you think the designer responsible for this memorial also did the Gatehouse of Fleet one?

The carvings and bronze plaques look similar. It's a pity D&C council didn't have an explanation panel for these carvings like at Gatehouse of Fleet.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's possible that Gatehouse of Fleet and this memorial were done by the same person but that did not strike me. Gatehouse's memorial (bronzes) seem to be done with a free hand, not quite straight lines etc, Ringford looks to be straighter and more formal. Both memorials are in excellent condition.
I guess the reason that Gatehouse of Fleet has the explanation panel is that it is a tourist town so plenty of people around who might be inclined to stop and look (and money to pay for tourism).
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Name: ARMSTRONG, JAMES MATTHEW
Initials: J M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers
Unit Text: 24th Bn.
Age: 41
Date of Death: 28/07/1916
Service No: SP/3456
Additional information: Son of the late Mr. Andrew Armstrong, and of Mrs. Armstrong, of Culquha, Ringford, Kirkcudbrightshire. Served in the South African Campaign with the Middlesex Yeomanry.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Name: CARNOCHAN, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers
Unit Text: 23rd Bn.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 27/07/1916
Service No: SPTS/1483
Additional information: Son of William and Elizabeth Carnochan, of Barcaple, Ringford, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Name: MURDOCH
Initials: D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Driver
Regiment/Service: Army Service Corps
Unit Text: 163rd Coy.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 06/09/1918
Service No: T4/091912
Additional information: Son of Thomas Murdoch, of Beech, Ringford, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. B. 25.
Cemetery: LAHANA MILITARY CEMETERY

Name: McSKIMMING
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Date of Death: 12/04/1918
Service No: 22849
Additional information: Son of Mr. H. McSkimming, of Ringford, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. C. 12.
Cemetery: BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Name: SHIELDS, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 18/08/1916
Service No: 12361
Additional information: Son of James Shields, of Barnollis, Ringford, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XI. G. 9.
Cemetery: CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL
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Name: DALZIEL
Initials: S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Date of Death: 30/09/1918
Service No: 24996
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: LVIII. F. 12.
Cemetery: TYNE COT CEMETERY

Name: DARLING
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Scots Guards
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Date of Death: 16/09/1917
Service No: 15111
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 2.
Cemetery: BLEUET FARM CEMETERY
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Name: DINNELL, THOMAS
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 26/07/1918
Service No: 41352
Additional information: Son of Samuel Dinnell, of Twynholm Village, Kirkcudbrightshire; husband of Agnes Dinnell, of Rignford Village, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 5.
Memorial: PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL

Name: DEMPSTER
Initials: S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
Unit Text: 8th/10th Bn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 03/08/1917
Service No: S/13449
Additional information: Son of Thomas and Jessie Dempster, of Tongueland, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. G. 16.
Cemetery: BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY

Name: HASTINGS, ADAM
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment
Unit Text: 9th Bn.
Date of Death: 23/09/1917
Service No: 235495
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 125 to 128.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a photo of the unveiling of the memorial.

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JAMES M. ARMSTRONG
James Matthew Armstrong - Lance Sergeant (SP/3456) 24th Battalion, (2nd Sportsman's) Royal Fusiliers. Age 41.
James was educated at Kirkcudbright Academy and, after serving with the Middlesex Yeomanry in the South African Wars, James moved to Argentina where he was a cattle rancher for around 10 years. At the outbreak of war he returned to this country and enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers in April 1915. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in November and he served at Vimy Ridge and the Somme where he was killed in the battle for Delville Wood.
Born 1875 in Anwoth Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Andrew and Margaret (Wilson) Armstrong Of Culquha Farm, Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Missing in action on 28 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkcudbright Academy memorial and on a WW1 memorial window in the former Tarff United Free Church.


JOHN CARNOCHAN
John Carnochan - Private (SPTS/1483) 23rd Battalion, (1st Sportsman's) Royal Fusiliers. Age 29.
John enlisted in February 1915, landed with his battalion at Boulogne in November and served at Bethune, Lens and the Somme. Serving in the Machine Gun Section he had been at the Front for about a year when he was wounded at Delville Wood and reported missing presumed killed by shell-fire on the way to the Dressing Station.
Born 1887 in Tongland. Son of William and Elizabeth (Tole) Carnochan of Barncaple Farm, Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Missing in action on 27 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
Also named on a WW1 memorial window in the former Tarff United Free Church.


SAMUEL DALZIEL M.M.
Samuel Dalziel - Corporal (24996) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 22.
Samuel of Argrennan Mains, Tongland enlisted in June 1916. He was wounded three times and was reportedly awarded a Military Medal, however I cannot trace any official record of this.
Born 1897 in Rosebank, Parton, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Samuel and Jane Todd (Wallace) Dalziel of Ewanstone, Balmaclellan, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Killed in action on 30 September 1918 and buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Balmaclellan War Memorial.


THOMAS DARLING
Thomas Darling - Private (15111) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Age 22.
Thomas of Halket Leathes, Buittle, Kirkcudbrightshire died in the 3rd Field Ambulance at Bleuet Farm near Ypres.
Born 1895 in Howwell, Kirkcudbright. Son of Mary (Thomson) Darling and step-son of George Darling of Crumquhill Farm, Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Died of wounds on 16 September 1917 and buried in Bleuet Farm Cemetery, Belgium.


THOMAS DINNELL
Thomas Dinnell - Private (41352) 6th Battalion, KIng's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 26.
Thomas was a dairyman at Gairloch Farm, Torthorwald, Dumfriesshire when he enlisted as Private (205151) in the 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was transferred to the 2nd KOSB and then to the 6th Battalion.
Born 1891 in Tongland. Son of Samuel and Catherine (Tole) Dinnell of Twynholm, KIrkcudbrightshire. Husband of Agnes Shaw (Simpson) Dinnell of Ringford, Tongland Parish who he married in 1914 at Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Missing in action on 26 July 1918 and named on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.


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SAMUEL DEMPSTER
Samuel Dempster - Private (S/13449) 8th/10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Age 21.
Samuel was a foot-man with Sir Charles Dalrymple of New Hailes, Mussleburgh when he enlisted in November 1915. He served at the Somme, was wounded at Ypres and died two days later at a Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1896 in Tongland. Son of Thomas and Jessie (McBride) Dempster of Mill of Senwick, Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire and later of Tongland.
Died of wounds on 3 August 1917 and buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Borgue Parish War Memorial.


ADAM HASTINGS - Private (235495) 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Age 32.
Adam and his brother David were working as drapers at 30 Hanover Square, Manningham Lane in Bradford when he enlisted in January 1916. He was mobilised as Private (4522) in the West Yorkshire Regiment in April and went to France in June where he was transferred to the 9th Y&L Regiment.
Born 1885 in Kelton Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Matthew and Jane (Byers) Hastings of Barstobrick, Ringford.
Missing in action on 23 September 1917 and listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Adam was also named on a WW1 memorial window in the former Tarff United Free Church.


MATTHEW HIGGINS
Matthew Higgins - Private (S/12894) 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Age 29.
Matthew was a dock labourer of 73 St Mary's Street, Kirkcudbright when he married in November 1913 and he enlisted from there in September 1914. He had previously served with the Kirkcudbrightshire Battery of the Royal Field Artillery but had been discharged for 5 years. He joined his battalion in France in November 1914 and served at Ypres. Matthew was court martialed in May 1916 for insubordination and imprisoned at Le Havre. He rejoined his battalion in May 1917 but was killed at Passchendaele.
Born 1888 in Tongland. Son of Matthew and Mary Anne (Sloan) Higgins of Ringford, Tongland Parish. Husband of Edith Annie (Jordan, m.s. Russell) Higgins of 505 Woolwich Road, Charlton, London and of 41 Hervey Park Road, Walthamstow, London who he married in 1913 in Dumfries.
Missing in action on 17 November 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


JOSEPH IRELAND
Joseph Ireland - Private (10/1534) Wellington Regiment, NZEF. Age 25.
Joseph enlisted in October 1914 at Marston, NZ and embarked from Wellington in February 1915 for Egypt where he joined the New Zealand and Australian Division. On 25 April 1915 the Division landed at what became forever known as ANZAC Beach, Gallipoli.
Born 1890 in Auchencairn, Rerrick, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of William and Agnes Watt (Gracie) Ireland of Queenshill Lodge, Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Missing in action on 8 August 1915 and named on Chunuck Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Joseph was also named on a WW1 memorial window in the former Tarff United Free Church.
Joseph's story is told in detail in Stuart Wilson' s book “Answering the Call – Auchencairn and the First World War”


JOHN MAXWELL
John Maxwell - Private (4659 & 241277) 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) KIng's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 28.
John was a motor van driver living with his wife and family in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire when he enlisted in April 1916. He joined his battalion in Egypt in November 1916 and was wounded at Gaza in April 1917.
Born 1889 in Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of George and Janet (Scott) Maxwell of Park of Tongland. Husband of Christina (McCormack) Maxwell who he married in 1909 at Park of Tongland.
Killed in action on 8 November 1917 and buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine.
Also named on the Lockerbie War Memorial.


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CHARLES R. MURRAY
Charles Robinson Murray - Second Lieutenant. 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 33.
Educated at Ringford School and Kirkcudbright Academy, Charles went on to study at Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities obtaining his M.A. from Glasgow in 1904. He then trained as a teacher and taught first at Juniper Green in Edinburgh and then at Kingsland School, Peebles.
He enlisted as Private (2181) in the Royal Scots in December 1914 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the KOSB on 13 September 1915.
Born 1883 in Tongland. Son of the late William Rock Murray and of Agnes (Caldow) Murray of Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Missing in action on 18 September 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Also named on the Rolls of Honour of Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities, on Kirkcudbright Academy memorial, on the Peebles War Memorial, and on an individual plaque in Kingsland School. Charles was also named on a WW1 memorial window in the former Tarff United Free Church.


DAVID MURDOCH
David Murdoch - Driver (T4/091912) 163rd Horse Transport Company, Army Service Corps. Age 26.
David enlisted in June 1915. He died of pneumonia in the 27th Casualty Clearing Station, Salonica.
Born 1892 at Straiton, Ayrshire. Son of Thomas and Jane (McMorran) Murdoch of Beoch, Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Died on active service on 6 September 1918 and buried in Lahana Military Cemetery, Greece.
David was also named on a WW1 memorial window in the former Tarff United Free Church.


TOM MUSGRAVE
Thomas Musgrave - Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. Age 25.
The Laird of Argrennan, Tongland but living at 88 Eaton Terrace, London, Tom of was educated at Sunningdale School, Eton College and Cambridge University. He became a Probationer Officer in the Irish Guards in August 1910 and in July 1912 was gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant. He resigned his commission in July1913 and went to Africa but returned to the Regiment in September 1914, joining his battalion on 4 January 1915.
Born 1889 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Son of the late Captain Archer John William Musgrave, R.N. and of the late Liousa Elizabeth Innes (Ker) Musgrave, the eldest daughter of Robert Ker of Argrennan House, Tongland. Killed in action on 6 February 1915 and buried in Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the St. Ninians Church Memorial, Castle Douglas, on the Sunningdale School Memorial Window and on the Eton College Memorial.


ALEXR. McCOLM
Alexander McColm - Lance Corporal (S/6551) 8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Age 20.
Alexander was working on Swyre Farm, Dunscore, Dumfriesshire when he enlisted in November 1914. He joined his battalion in France in May 1915 and was killed when the trench he was occupying was mined.
Born 1896 in Balyett Farm, Inch Parish, Wigtownshire. Son of Matthew and Wilhemina (McMinn) of Queenshill, Ringford.
Missing in action on 9 July 1916 and listed on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Also named on the Dunscore Parish War Memorial and on a WW1 memorial window in the former Tarff United Free Church.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three Brothers, the sons of Alexander and Janet (McTaggart) McLellan of Tongland Bridge.

ALEXR. McLELLAN
Alexander McLellan - Lance Corporal (S/8279) 9th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Age 25.
Alexander was a ploughman at Barstibly Farm, Tongland when he enlisted with his brother David in December 1914. He joined his battalion in France in August 1915 and was wounded at Loos in September. During this same action his brother David was killed. Alexander was treated at the 1st Canadian Hospital at Etaples before being evacuated Stobhill Military Hospital in Glasgow. He was then posted to the 11th Reserve Battalion in December 1915 before returning to his own battalion in France in August 1916 where he was wounded again in September near Arras. He returned to his battalion in January 1917 but was wounded yet again and died in the 41st Casualty Clearing Station.
Born 1892 in Kirkpatrick Durham, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Died of wounds on 25 April 1917 and buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France.


DAVID McLELLAN M.M.
David McLellan - Private (S/8296) 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Age 22.
David was a dairyman at Barstibly Farm, Tongland when he enlisted with his brother Alexander in December 1914. He joined his battalion in France in April 1915 and was killed at Loos. I cannot find any record to show that David was awarded a Military Medal.
Born 1893 in Kirkpatrick Durham, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Missing in action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


ROWAT McLELLAN M.M.
Rowat McLellan, Military Medal - Sergeant (5490) 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 21.
Rowat enlisted in October 1914, joined his battalion in Belgium in May 1915 and was wounded at Ypres in June. He was awarded Military Medal as S/5490 L./C. (Cpl.) R. McLellan, Sea. Highrs. (Kirkcudbright) and promoted to Sergeant.
Born 1897 in Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Killed in action on 12 June 1918 and buried in St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, Robecq, France.


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WILLIAM McQUEEN
William Hugh McQueen - Private (292112) 44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment) Age 26.
An agricultural labourer working at Pierson, Manitoba, William enlisted there in January 1916.
Born 1891 in Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of John and Marion (Seaton) McQueen of Balannan Farm, Ringford, Tongland Parish. Husband of Elizabeth (Grier) McQueen of Millburn Street, Kirkcudbright who he married in December 1916 in Kirkcudbright.
Killed in action 3 June 1917 near Arras and buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, France.
Also named on the Kirkcudbright War Memorial.


HAMILTON McSKIMMING
Hamilton McSkimming - Private (22851) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 25.
Hamilton and his brother Tom were byreman at Kirkeoch Farm near Kirkcudbright when they enlisted in February 1916. They were posted to the RSF in France on 6 July 1916 but were attached to the 1/9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry when Hamilton was killed a month later.
Born 1891 in Tongland. Son of Henry and Margaret (Murphy) McSkimming of Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Missing in action on 8 August 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

and his brother

TOM McSKIMMING

Thomas McSkimming - Private (22849) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 25.
After his attachment to the 1/9th HLI, Tom rejoined the 1st RSF in September 1916. He was wounded in May 1917 and after treatment at the 26th General Hospital at Etaples was evacuated to hospitals in the UK. He returned to France and to his battalion in January 1918 but was wounded again in March. He was able to resume service on 5 April but a week later was reported missing.
His grave was found after the war and he was re-interred in Beuvry in September 1919.
Born 1893 in Tongland. Son of Henry and Margaret (Murphy) McSkimming of Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Killed in action on 12 April 1918 near Bethune and buried in Beuvry Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Hamilton and Thomas were two of six brother who served in the War.


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ALEXANDER SHIELDS
Alexander Shields - Private (12361) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottsih Borderers. Age 21.
Alexander had been a farm labourer when he joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry as Private (15692) in May 1912. He was discharged as “Service no longer required” in June 1914. He enlisted in the KOSB in September 1914 and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915. Twice wounded, Alexander was killed at Albert.
Born 1895 in Kirkcudbright. Son of James and Jane (Johnstone) of High Street, Kirkcudbright and of Barnollis, Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Killed in action on 18 August 1916 and buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France.


WILLIAM SIMPSON
William Wallace Simpson - Private (12094) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 19.
William was employed on farm work at Auchendolly, Bridge of Urr when he enlisted in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915 and was killed at Loos.
Born 1896 in Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire. Son of James and Jessie (Wallace) Simpson of Valleyfield Dairy, Ringford, Tongland Parish.
Missing in action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


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