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Merseman



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reston UF - WWI Plaque & Roll, WWII Plaque Reply with quote

Reston Free Church was opened in 1880, became United Free in 1900 and Church of Scotland in 1929.

The Scotsman, 16th March 1920

WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED AT RESTON - In the Reston Church, which was crowded on Sunday evening, a memorial service was held, and a brass tablet unveiled to the memory of 7 of the members and adherents of the church who fell in the war. The unveiling was performed by the Rev Joseph Corkey, Duns, who delivered an address.

Rev Corkey was minister of Boston Memorial UF Church, Duns.

I took a dictaphone recording, although the handwriting is often difficult.








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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote














Transcription of WWI Plaque
All 7 men are on the Houndwood civic memorial.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND
IN MEMORY OF

William Bookless - 1/4th KOSB - Auchincrow
David Hunter - 1/4th KOSB - Heughhead
Henry Hunter - 1/4th KOSB - Heughhead

Hugh Dickson - 1/7th Seaforth Highlanders - Berrybank
William Miller - 1/5th KOSB - Ferneycastle
John Purves - 3/4th KOSB - Heughhead

George Shearlaw - 50th Batt MGC - Greenhead

MEMBERS AND ADHERENTS OF THIS CONGREGATION
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919


Additional Information on Roll

David Hunter and William Bookles annotated:
"Fell in Action in the Dardenelles 12th July 1915"

Hugh Dickson annotated:
"Fell in Action 25 Sept 1916 in [unclear - possibly France]"


Transcription of WWII Plaque
All 3 men are on the Houndwood civic memorial.

AND IN MEMORY OF

Robert Aitchison - RAF - Ferneycastle
William Cowe - HLI - Heughhead
Richard Dodds - RAF - Reston

WHO FELL IN THE WAR 1939-1945
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:37 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

The WW2 plaque is WMR 78824
The WW1 plaque is WMR 78825
The WW1 Roll of Honour is WMR 78826
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

George Shearlaw - 50th Batt MGC - Greenhead

George Shearlaw age 24 Private (124805) 50th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.
George enlisted as Private (5684) in the Gordon Highlanders and was posted to the MGC in France.
He was made a prisoner of war in May 1918 but he died two months later and was buried in St Michel Communal Cemetery German Military Extension, Aisne. George was re-interred in 1924.
Born 1894 in Whittingehame, Haddington, East Lothian.
Son of the late George Shearlaw of Paxton, Hutton, Berwickshire (died 1915) and of Janet (Johnston) Shearlaw of Greenhead Farm, Reston, Houndwood, Berwickshire and of Lumsden, Coldingham.
Died on Service on 26 August 1918 and buried in Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, France.

George is named on the Houndwood Parish War Memorial together with his brother Adam who is also named on the Duns Burgh and Parish War Memorial as:

Adam Shearlaw age 33 Gunner (109242) B Battery, 107th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
In 1901 Adam was a ploughman in Whittinghame. East Lothian. He enlisted in November 1915.
Born 1884 in Coldingham, Berwickshire. Son of the late George Shearlaw of Paxton, Hutton, Berwickshire (died 1915) and of Janet (Johnston) Shearlaw of Greenhead Farm, Reston, Houndwood, Berwickshire and of Lumsden, Coldingham. Husband of the late Helen or Nellie (Tait) Shearlaw (died 1914) of Cheeklaw, Duns who he married in 1909 in Garvald, Haddingtn, East Lothian.
Died of Wounds on 16 April 1917 and buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2021 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

William Bookless - 1/4th KOSB - Auchincrow
William Bookless age 27 Private (7553) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William was a mole-trapper when he enlisted in December 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but he was killed a month later during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1888 in Swinton, Berwickshire. Son of John and Mary (Shiels) Bookless of Swinton. Husband of Lizzie (White) Bookless of Auchencrow, Reston, Coldingham who he married in 1911 in Coldingham.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Swinton Parish War Memorial together with his brother John Bookless, Private (315609) 9th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) who died on 1 November 1918.


David Hunter - 1/4th KOSB - Heughhead
David Hunter age 19 Private (7368) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
David was employed at Haughhead Farm, Reston, Coldingham and was a member of the Reston United Free Church choir when he enlisted in November 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but he was killed a month later during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1895 in Reston, Coldingham. Son of the late Margaret (Wilson) Hunter (died 1904) of Haughhead, Reston, Coldingham and of William Hunter of Crumstane, Edrom and of Kimmerghame Mains, Duns/Edrom.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Edrom Parish War Memorial.

and his twin brother

Henry Hunter - 1/4th KOSB - Heughhead
Henry Wilson Hunter age 22 Private (201039) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Henry enlisted from Haughhead Farm, Reston in June 1915 and as Private (7868) he joined his battalion at Gallipoli in November. His twin brother David, Private (7368) had already fallen there on 12 July. Henry then served in Egypt and in Palestine where he was fatally wounded. His burial place was lost.
Born 1895 in Reston, Coldingham. Son of the late Margaret (Wilson) Hunter (died 1904) of Haughhead, Reston, Coldingham and of William Hunter of Crumstane, Edrom and of Kimmerghame Mains, Duns/Edrom.
Died of Wounds on 15 December 1917 and named on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel.
Also named on the Duns Burgh and Parish War Memorial and on the Edrom Parish War Memorial.


Hugh Dickson - 1/7th Seaforth Highlanders - Berrybank
Hugh Aitchison Dickson age 26 Private (S/6236) 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Hugh landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915 but he was killed four months later during the battle of Loos.
Born 1889 in Coldingham. Son of Robert and Janet (Jeffrey) Dickson of Scott's Buildings, Reston, Coldingham.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


William Miller - 1/5th KOSB - Ferneycastle
William Alexander Miller age 32 Private (241576) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William as Private (5278) joined his battalion in Egypt and served in Palestine where he was fatally wounded at Gaza.
Born 1884 in Coldingham. Son of John and Mary (Mills) Miller of Ferney Castle, Reston, Coldingham. Husband of Helen (Young) Miller of 33 Balcarres Street, Morningside, Edinburgh who he married in 1915 in Edinburgh.
Died of Wounds on 24 April 1917 and buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.


John Purves - 3/4th KOSB - Heughhead
John Burns Purves age 24 Private (203267) 1st Garrison Battalion, Royal Scots.
John was a ploughman at Kelloe Mains, Edrom, Berwickshire when he enlisted as Private (8222) in the 3/4th King's Own Scottish Borderers in November 1915. He joined the 1/4th KOSB in Egypt in January 1917 but he contracted diphtheria and was admitted to hospital in May. After he had recovered he was transferred to the Royal Scots in June 1918 and he sailed to join his battalion on Cyprus but he was drowned when the S.S. Kosseir was torpedoed and sunk north of Alexandria by the German submarine UB 51.
Born 1894 in Cranshaws, Berwickshire. Son of the late Agnes (Burns) Purves (died 1906) and of James Purves of Auchencrow Mains, and of Heughhead, Reston.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 20 July 1918 and named on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert Aitchison - RAF - Ferneycastle
Robert Aitchison age 23 Sergeant (1824340) 102 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Robert had enlisted in August 1943 and had completed his training a year later. He was the Flight Engineer on his Halifax bomber which had taken off from RAF Pocklington in Yorkshire on a training flight, tasked with disposing of bombs in the North Sea but the aircraft failed to return.
Born 1921 in Hutton, Berwickshire. Son of John and Jane Aitchison of Ferneycastle, Reston, Coldingham.
Missing in Action on 17 September 1944 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


William Cowe - HLI - Heughhead
William Cowe age 24 Private (3059398) 10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
William worked on a farm before he enlisted in 1939. The 10th HLI landed in Normandy on the 18 June 1944 and took part in Operation Epsom, engaging in heavy fighting around Cheux.
Born 1919 in Coldingham. Son of William Cowe and the late Isabella (Armstrong) Cowe (died 1943) of Ryslaw, Duns, Berwickshire. Husband of Euphemia Denholm (Blair) Cowe, of Red Row. Aberlady, East Lothian who he married in 1942 in Aberlady.
Killed in Action on 27 June 1944 and buried in St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France.


Richard Dodds - RAF - Reston
Richard Dodds age 29 Aircraftman 1st Class (1096473) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Richard was educated at Berwickshire High School in Duns before becoming a carpenter in Reston, Coldingham and he was employed at the Tweed Saw Mills in Tweedmouth, Northumberland when he enlisted. Richard was accidentally drowned.
Born 1912 in North Berwick, Dirleton, East Lothian. Son of Richard and Margaret Hope (Paterson) Dodds of Reston. Husband of Helen Fulton (Dudgeon) Dodds of Tweed Street, Berwick-on-Tweed who he married in 1937 in Tweedmouth.
Died on Active Service on 26 May 1942 and named on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore.
Also named on the Berwickshire High School memorial.
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