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Battlefield West (now Langside) Parish Church WW2 Memorial

 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:58 pm    Post subject: Battlefield West (now Langside) Parish Church WW2 Memorial Reply with quote


Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Road, Glasgow G42 9QU


OS Grid Ref: NS 581613


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




TO THE GLORY OF GOD
IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SERVED AND IN MEMORY
OF THE FOLLOWING WHO FELL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Andrew Brownlie
Thomas A. Brownlie
Peter Brough
James Dunlop
Abraham Grant
Adam Jackson
Thomas G. Grosvenor
Andrew S. Lorimer
Thomas McCash
Donald A. Macdonald
Donald C. Macdonald
David F. McLean
John R. McMillan
Alexander McNab
Roderick Matheson
Donald Munro
William Robertson
William Stark

1939 – 1945

THIS MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ERECTED BY THE
CONGREGATION OF BATTLEFIELD WEST PARISH CHURCH
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The following are extracts from a booklet titled IN MEMORIAM which was compiled by a member of the congregation.

October 1944 - Peter Brough

Earlier in the year, I had the sad duty of intimating that the ship in which Peter Brough
was sailing as wireless operator had been torpedoed, sad that he was reported missing.
We deeply regret lo say that as no further information shoot him has beta received, he is
now presumed lost.
Peter was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Brough of 25 Netherhill Avenue,
Netherlee. He was a well-built, strong; kind-hearted youth not yet is his twenties. His
ambition was to play a manly part in the struggle in which we are engaged. The loss of
this noble-minded young man who had everything to live for brings home to us the
reality and the tragedy of war. He was a son to be proud of, and our sincere sympathies
go to his father and mother in their great bereavement.

March 1942 – William Robertson

I regret that no further information is available about William Robertson, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Robertson, 22 Overdale Avenue, who was reported missing some weeks ago His
plane, in which he was air-gunner and wireless operator, came down over Brest. He
volunteered for flying duties in the R.A.F. and while knowing fully the risks involved,
faced the future with clear, steady eyes. He was a young man of courage, character and a
high sense of duty. Our sympathy goes out to his parents in these days of anxiety.


May 1942 – Captain Donald Macdonald

No one was surprised to learn that Captain Donald Macdonald had been awarded the
George Medal for gallantry at sea. It was just the sort of thing that one would expect
from this former member of the 158. The convoy in which he was sailing was attacked
and the ships were told to scatter. Captain Macdonald sailed off then doubted back at
great peril to himself and rescued 85 men. We congratulate Mrs. Janet Macdonald, 173
Deanston Drive on the honour won by her son with whom we are proud to be associated.

September 1942 – Men on Service

We deeply regret that no further information is forthcoming about either Mr. W. Stark or
Mr. D. Munro who were reported missing after their ships had been torpedoed off the
American coast. We extend our sincere sympathy to their wives and relatives and hope
that good news will come soon.
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September 1943 – Thomas G. Grosvenor

“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Tom Grosvenor has followed in the steps of those who have made the supreme sacrifice.
As Sergeant Air gunner/Wireless Operator on board a Sunderland of Coastal Command
Tom saw a great deal of patrol work guarding the sea lanes for our ships. In the Boys’
Brigade he was one of the most efficient and conscientious of members and he carried
these characteristics into the R.A.F. Reserved by nature no one could ever blame Tom
for careless talk or work badly done. He was a youth of sterling worth and character.
When on leave he was a regular worshipper in Church for he had a deep reverence for all
the Church stands for and means. He was an excellent son and true friend. Our sincere
sympathy goes out to his mother, sisters and brothers in their bereavement.

March 1944 – Sergeant Thomas McCash

We regret to learn that Tom McCash, 32 Cartside Quadrant, has been reported missing
after a raid on Berlin. Tom was a member of the Boys’ Brigade and was well known in
the district. We hope that soon the anxiety of his parents will be relieved by word that he
is safe, even although he may be in enemy hands.

June 1944 – Mr. Donald Macdonald

There was obvious distress in the congregation when Mr. Munro intimated that Donald
Macdonald, husband of Lorna Jackson and son of Mr. and Mrs. Angus Macdonald was
reported missing. Donald is very well known in the Church. He is a young man of
sterling character and played an active part in the Sunday School and Boys’ Brigade,
where he is held in the highest regard. He became a lieutenant in charge of a motor
torpedo boat in the Mediterranean. Mr. Munro asked us to remember both Donald and
his relatives in our prayers, and hoped that we would hear soon that he is safe.

September 1944 – The Services

Since the last issue of the Supplement, several casualties have been suffered by various
families in our Church. Alex. McNab, a former B.B. boy, has been reported missing;
Graham Gilmour, William Campbell and Jim Christie have been wounded, but are
progressing well; and David F. McLean, son of Mrs. McLean, 4 Garturk street, has been
killed in Burma. David, who was well known in the football world, was married a month
before he was sent overseas. He was popular among his friends for his genial nature and
sterling character. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his mother and wife in their great
bereavement.
We hope and pray that Mr. and Mrs. McNab will soon hear good news about Alex. which
will relieve their anxiety.
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September 1945 – Lieutenant Donald C. Macdonald

For over a year we waited anxiously for news of the safety of Donald, who was posted
missing on 1st May 1944. Official word has now been received that Donald was lost with
his ship.
It is hard to accept the fact that Donald will not come back. Battlefield never produced a
better or more popular young man. Everybody thought highly and spoke well of him and
he was worthy of it all. A keen footballer (he played for Heart of Midlothian), an
enthusiastic officer in the Boys’ Brigade, a teacher in the Sunday School and a
schoolmaster whose heart was in his work, a son and husband second to none, Donald did
everything well. The loss of a young man of such noble character and promise brings
home afresh the awful tragedy of war. Donald passes from the scene, his task as a sailor
accomplished, but his example and memory will ever remain to inspire and strengthen
those who loved him. To his widow and baby daughter, to his father and mother and to
the other members of his family, we extend our deepest regrets.

“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Captain Donald A. Macdonald

Captain Donald A. Macdonald, a relative of Lieutenant Donald C. Macdonald, lost his
life in an accident on board his ship in Canada. He was a member of our Church some
years ago. His mother is still a member. He will be remembered by many old boys of
the Boys’ Brigade in which he was an officer. He sailed the seas during the darkest days
of war and won fame for his seamanship and daring. He was awarded the George Medal
for saving lives at sea under circumstances of great danger. I did not know him
personally, but those who did will mourn the loss of a gallant friend and one whose name
will always be associated with the greatest days in the history of the 158th Company of
the Boys’ Brigade.
To his widow, mother and family we offer our sympathy in their bereavement.


October 1945 – Sergeant James Dunlop

Many in the congregation will be deeply grieved to learn of the death of James Dunlop,
son of Mrs. Dunlop, formerly of Spean Street. He died in Nigeria. One Sunday, a few
months ago, “Pop”, as he was affectionately called by his friends, was in Church. He was
preparing to go overseas, but was looking forward to the day when he would return to
Battlefield to his friends among whom he was deservedly popular. That he should have
died after hostilities are over is tragic indeed. He took an active part in our Church life,
especially in the Young Men’s Guild. A young man of great strength of character, he
was always kindly and considerate, with a pleasant sense of fun. He was gifted with a
real genius for letter writing and was one of my most faithful correspondents. His death is
a sad and unexpected blow. We extend our deep sympathy to his mother in her great
bereavement.

January 1946 – In Memoriam

The death of Mr. R. Matheson (22 Lochleven Road) was as unexpected as it was tragic.
He had been discharged from the Navy only three weeks before, and was looking forward
to returning to his office and to many happy years at home. He was a young man of
noble character, kind and thoughtful in his ways and a great lover of his home. His
passing leaves a gap in our ranks, for we were looking to such as he to carry on the proud
tradition of our congregation.
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Welcome Home to Civvy Street

This became a regular feature of the “Bulletin” for several editions as men and women who had served their country returned safely. The following message was printed each time:

“We extend a hearty welcome home to the following men and women, who, their duty done, return to us to enrich our community and, we hope, to find an outlet for their enthusiasm. We thank them for their sacrifice and service, and trust that in seeking an avenue to travel, in their endeavour to build the better world they fought for, they will see in the Church a vital instrument and an existing force to guide them to their goal.”

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Many thanks to Ruth Forsythe who provided all the above information.

John
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