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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:42 pm    Post subject: Cockburnspath - WWII Reply with quote

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As with several of its fellow Berwickshire parishes: the Second World War names of those from Cockburnspath were not added to the old memorial, and instead a plaque was erected in the parish church.

I've come across several of these instances now... others include Gordon, Chirnside and Bonkyl, while Eccles isn't far off (a window erected in 1940s covering both wars). It's interesting that some places took this approach.









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IN MEMORY OF THE MEN
FROM
COCKBURNSPATH AND DISTRICT
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE WAR 1939-1945

Andrew HS Evans
James L Fairbairn
James H Hay
Alexander Herkess
John A Lauder
Andrew Lowrie
William J Paterson
Wilson Paxton
Alexander R Thomson
John Wood
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EVANS, ANDREW HAROLD SARGENT
Initials: A H S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 24
Date of Death: 19/02/1941
Service No: 741895
Additional information: Son of Harold Easton Evans and Mary Helen Evans, of Adelaide, South Australia.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 80. Grave 220.
Cemetery: COCKBURNSPATH PARISH CHURCHYARD
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ANDREW H. S. EVANS
Andrew Harold Sargent Evans age 24 Sergeant/Pilot (741895) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Andrew was educated at Thebarton Technical School in Adelaide, South Australia before joining a motor-car firm. He and his mother (who was originally from Duns in Berwickshire) moved to England where he joined Vauxhall Motors at Luton, Bedfordshire and he joined the RAFVR in 1938. He was wounded over Germany in October 1940 and he was posted to 3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit based at RAF Chivenor in Devon. He was fatally injured when his Beaufort crashed near the airfield and he died the following day in North Devon Infirmary, Barnstaple.
Born 1916 in Adelaide, South Australia. Son of the late Harold Easton Evans, Private (2409) 48th Australian Infantry (Killed in Action in 1918) and of Mary Helen (Doughty) Evans of Adelaide, South Australia and of Akieside Cottage, Cove, Cockburnspath.
Died on Service on 19 February 1941 and buried in Cockburnspath Parish Churchyard. (CWG)


JAMES L. FAIRBAIRN
James Leslie Duncan Fairbairn age 23 Private (14209059) 8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
James lived with his aunt Mrs J. Preston at Pathhead, Cockburnspath and was employed at Linhead Farm, Cockburnspath when he enlisted. In June 1944 he landed in Normandy as part of Operation Overlord and fought in the Battle for Caen.
Born 1921 in Cockburnspath. Son of the late Marion (Kennedy) Fairbairn (died 1938) and of the late Peter (died 1942) of Old Linhead, Cockburnspath.
Killed in Action on 26 June 1944 and buried in St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France.


JAMES H. HAY
James Hunter Hay age 35 Private (2890741) 1st Battalion (The London Scottish) Gordon Highlanders.
James qualified as a chemist at the Royal Dispensary in Edinburgh in 1929 and was a Member of the Pharmaceutical Society. He set up in business at Pitlake in West Croydon, Surrey in 1934. He was a member of the National Fire Service before he joined the London Scottish in February 1942. James landed with his battalion at Sicily in July 1943 but he was killed just over a week later.
Born 1908 in Cockburnspath. Son of the late Catherine (Phorson) Hay (died 1926) and of George Hay of Cockburnspath. Husband of Rothes Sylvia (Atkins) Hay of West Croydon who he married in 1930 in Woolwich, London.
Killed in Action on 18 July 1943 and buried in Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy.
Also named on the Croydon WW2 Roll of Honour.
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ALEXANDER HERKESS
Not listed by CWGC probably discharged from the military before his death.
Alexander Herkess was born in 1917 at Victoria Street, in Dunbar, East Lothian. He was the son of Alexander and Agnes Blyth (Whitelaw) Herkess of Doon Avenue, Dunbar. He was a stone mason in Dunbar when he married Jean (Gordon) Herkess of The Square, Cockburnspath in January 1942 in Cockburnspath. Alexander, a bricklayer aged 28, died of lung cancer in the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh on 12 January 1946.
Also named on the Dunbar Burgh and Parish War Memorial.


JOHN A. LAUDER
John Adam Lauder age 21 Sergeant/Air Gunner (1570546) 77 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John's Halifax bomber had taken of from RAF Full Sutton in Yorkshire for a raid on Sterkrade to bomb a synthetic oil plant but the aircraft crashed into the sea off the Dutch Coast.
Born 1923 in Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire. Also registered in Duns, Berwickshire. Son of Richard Allan Lauder and of Elizabeth Thorburn (Crowe) Lauder of Ecclaw, Cockburnspath, of Braxton, Innerwick and of Musselburgh, Midlothian.
Killed in Action on 17 June 1944 and buried in Vlieland General Cemetery, Netherlands.


ANDREW LOWRIE
Possibly:
Andrew Lowrie age 27 Private (3190326) 5th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Andrew had been employed as an electrical engineer in Edinburgh and in Roxburgh before the war. As a member of the Territorial Army, he was mobilised in September 1939 and was serving with the Royal Scots Fusiliers when he married in June 1941. The 5th Black Watch landed at Normandy on D-day 6 June 1944 and Andrew was killed during severe fighting at Breville. He was re-interred at Hermanville in July 1945.
Born 1916 in Roxburgh. Son of Thomas Hope Lowrie and Mary Hall (Thomson) Lowrie of New Cottages, Roxburgh. Husband of Elizabeth McBain (Sanderson) Lowrie of Roxburgh who he married in 1941 in Hawick.
Killed in Action on 11 June 1944 and buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Named on the Roxburgh War Memorial.
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WILLIAM J. PATERSON
William Joseph Paterson age 34 Gunner (119482) 62 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.
William's father had been the lessee of salmon fishings on the coast around Cockburnspath for many years and William was the manager at Cove. He was serving as a Private with London Scottish when he married in March 1942. A battalion of the London Scottish had formed an anti-aircraft unit known as the 3rd Battalion, The London Scottish (97th Anti-Aircraft Regiment) in April 1939. It seems likely that William served with them before transferring to the 62 H.A.A. Regiment. This regiment landed in North Africa and had joined Allied Force Headquarters by 18 December 1942.
Born 1909 in Cromarty, Ross and Cromarty. Son of George Sutherland Paterson and of Margaret (Ritson) Paterson of Ferryhill, Aberdeen. Husband of Anne Walkinshaw Bain (Paterson) of Cove who he married in 1942 in Edinburgh.
Killed in Action on 19 August 1943 and buried in Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia.


WILSON PAXTON
Wilson Paxton age 23 Sergeant (1051617) 99 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Wilson was educated at Cockburnspath and Dunbar before he moved in 1936 to served his apprenticeship in the Bank of Scotland branch in Crieff, Perthshire. He enlisted from there in 1939 and qualified as an Observer. His Wellington bomber had taken off from RAF Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire for a raid on Frankfurt however when returning the aircraft crashed at Horringer, near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. Wilson died of his injuries two days later.
Born 1918 at Rumbleton, Gordon, Berwickshire. Also registered at Cockburnspath. Son of Helen Wilson Perie (Paxton) Hood of Old Linhead, Cockburnspath and of Kelso, Roxburghshire. Helen married Ernest Ralph Hood in 1928 in Edinburgh.
Grandson of the late William and Jane Paxton formerly of Old Linhead, Cockburnspath.
Died of Wounds on 1 October 1941 and buried in Cockburnspath Parish Churchyard. (CWG)
Also named on the Crieff War Memorial and on the Bank of Scotland memorial in Edinburgh.

Wilson's mother Helen lost four brothers during WW1. Three in action, Gideon, James and John, and one to illness, David, a Policeman in Northumberland.
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ALEXANDER R. THOMSON
Alexander Raeburn Greig Thomson age 26 Corporal (3060087) 8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Alexander was a tailors' cutter in Edinburgh when he enlisted in January 1940. In June 1944 he landed in Normandy as part of Operation Overlord and fought in the Battle for Caen.
Born 1917 in Bathgate, West Lothian. Son of William and Elizabeth Jane (Greig) Thomson of 21 Engine Place, Bathgate. Husband of Joan Fairbairn (Bolton) Thomson of Cockburnspath who he married in 1941 in Edinburgh.
Killed in Action on 16 July 1944 and buried in Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Bathgate War Memorial.


JOHN WOOD
John Wood age 22 Corporal (3058457) 4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
John was a bakery van-man in Whitsome and in Coldingham, Berwickshire when he enlisted. He landed with his battalion, as part of the 51st Highland Division, at Le Havre in January 1940 but by June the Division was being pushed back to the coast. Preparations to evacuate the Division from Dieppe could not be used so the decision was to use Le Havre. Eventually the main body of the Division arrived at St.Valery-en-Caux where it was forced to surrender. John was fatally wounded near Dieppe and he and seven comrades are buried at Arques-La-Bataille.
Born 1918 at Fishwick Mains, Hutton, Berwickshire. Son of Peter and Euphemia (Wilson) Wood of Chapel Hill, Cockburnspath and of Lintlaw, Berwickshire.
Died of Wounds on 9 June 1940 and buried in Arques-La-Bataille Communal Cemetery near Dieppe, France.
Also named on the Coldingham Parish and on the Whitsome Parish War Memorials.
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