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EDINBURGH, Faculty Of Advocates Memorial (WW1)

 
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Drew Milton



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:49 pm    Post subject: EDINBURGH, Faculty Of Advocates Memorial (WW1) Reply with quote

The memorial was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and is situated in the Advocates Library, next to St Giles, in Parliament Square.

Of the 26 casualties listed three were not commemorated in the SNWM. Capt James Cook Gray MC, now added and 2Lt David Alexander Beveridge RFA and James Ferguson KC

Col Ferguson left service shortly before his death at home and therefore is not eligible for inclusion in the SNWM Roll of Honour.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An article concerning this memorial:
http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/top-stories/unsung-legal-hero-fought-as-part-of-mccrae-s-battalion-1-698304

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: ARMIT, NAPIER
Rank: Captain
Date of Death: 04/08/1916
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots 16th Bn.
Awards: MC
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 6 D and 7 D.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Mrs. T. N. Armit, and the late Thomas Napier Armit; husband of Jennie Cousin Shepherd (formerly Armit), of Campfield, Glassel, Aberdeenshire. An Advocate.

Also listed on the Grange Cricket Club war memorial.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: GRAY, JAMES COOK
Rank: Captain
Date of Death: 22/12/1917
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment 11th Bn.
Awards :MC
Grave Reference: D. 1.CemeteryHOSPITAL FARM CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Wm. Dixon Gray and Marion Brewster Gray, of Stanfield, Airdrie. M.A., LL.B., Advocate.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: BEVERIDGE, DAVID ALEXANDER
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 13/09/1915
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery H.Q. 54th Bde.
Grave Reference: B. XII. 5.
Cemetery: PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Erskine Beveridge, LL.D., and Mary Owst Beveridge, of Dunfermline.

Also listed on the Dunfermline WWI war memorial.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link to the Scotsman Article. Immediately above Napier's place on the Thiepval Memorial are two other Advocates, Majors John Russell Bruce and James Ferguson.

Walter Scott Stuart Lyon, who was killed on May 8 1915 at Potijze Wood, Ypres was a poet, one of his published works being "I Tracked a Dead Man Down a Trench". He is commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial. I had the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of the Faculty at the Last Post Ceremony on 1.10.07. Oct 1st being his birthday.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Capt James Cook Gray MC also served with the Highland Light Infantry, the SNWM have recorded his service with this Regiment as well as the Border Regt in the Roll of Honour.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information, do you have a photo of the memorial we could add here?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Permission to use this picture has been granted by the Faculty of Advocates and the photographer was Ciaran Donnelly

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following information has been taken from the Faculty of Advocates own website and permission has been given to reprint it here.
Its fairly lengthy but contains excellent information.


Napier Armit is the first of the fallen listed on the memorial. His joining the 16th Battalion of the Royal Scots, under the leadership of Lt Col Sir George McCrae, and his death at the Somme on 4 August 1916 aged 34 is recorded in the book, "McCrae's Battalion" by Jack Alexander, and was the basis of an article in The Scotsman in 2007 by advocate John P Doohan.
Robert Burns Begg KC (Transvaal), Colonel, Town Commandant Folkestone, died 9 January 1918 aged 45. He was the son of a solicitor from Kinross and joined the Faculty in 1895 but continued his legal career as a barrister in Southern Rhodesia. He became Secretary to the Military Governor of Pretoria, Commissioner of Transvaal Police and Commandant General and Resident Commissioner Northern and Southern Rhodesia.

Alexander Brown, 2nd Lieut, Royal Scots, 28 April 1917 in France aged 33. Died leading a party which was driven back in fierce fighting.

John Russel Bruce, Major, 15th Royal Scots, 1 July 1916 in France aged 31. Killed entering German trenches while leading an attack.

Vincent Connell Bruce, Lieut, Gordon Highlanders, 26 March 1916 in France aged 27. Declared "Missing" after a mine explosion.

James Clark CB, KC, Lt Col, 9th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 10 May 1915 at Ypres aged 56. He had been a member of Edinburgh Town Council, Colonel of the Territorial Battalion and Chairman of Edinburgh Territorial Association.

James Smith Clark, Lieut, Gordon Highlanders, 3 May 1917 aged 37. The son of a solicitor from Edinburgh, he joined the Bar in 1902 and served as Standing Counsel for Ultimus Haeres.

James Ferguson KC, Colonel, Royal Scots, 26 April 1917 aged 59. He was Sheriff of Argyll, Inverness and Forfar, and editor of "Deas on Railways" and author of "The Law of Roads" and "The Law of Water". He also wrote military works.

James Ferguson junior, Major, 9th Royal Scots, 22 July 1916 at the Somme aged 30. He was son of James Ferguson KC, and died only days after the third anniversary of his admission to the Faculty.

Ivor Forsyth Grant, Lieut, Lovat Scouts, 19 October 1915, at the Dardanelles aged 27. His Colonel wrote: "He volunteered for a dangerous duty and how gallantly he behaved." A brother officer said: "He died quite peacefully and, typically of him, apologising for all the trouble he was giving."

James Cook Gray MC, Captain, Border Regiment, 22 December 1917 in France aged 27. He saw some of the most desperate fighting of the War and was three times mentioned in despatches, and refused a staff job as he did not wish to leave his comrades for a comparatively "safe" post.

James Campbell Henderson-Hamilton, Lieut, 9th Black Watch, 27 September 1915 at Loos aged 31, and three months after his marriage. Killed just in front of the German trenches while leading his men in an attack.

Archibald Wilson Jones, Lt Col, Highland Light Infantry, 22 February 1917 aged 48. He was born in India, the son of a Captain in the Hussars, and had served as a magistrate in Northern Nigeria.

James Ogilvie Kemp, Captain, Royal Scots, 12 December 1917 aged 52. Before the War, he had been a Captain in the Queen's Edinburgh Rifle Volunteer Brigade, and served as an acting Lt Col in France and as a company commander in Belgium.

William Harrison Kirkland, Captain, 7th Cameron Highlanders, 25 September 1915 at Loos aged 31. He was credited with being in command of the men who made the farthest advance at the time of any British in the War in France and "died fighting to the last".

William Lowson, 2nd Lieut, 8th Royal Scots, 17 November 1916 at Beaumont Hamel, France, aged 32. He was hit by machinegun burst while consolidating captured German trenches.

David Lyell, Lieut, 7th Royal Scots, 12 July 1915 at the Dardanelles aged 27. On the way to Liverpool to sail for Gallipoli, he was in the train following the troop train which was involved in the Gretna Rail Disaster at Quintinshill which claimed some 227 lives. On the day of his death, while waiting orders, he wrote a letter to his mother. It was never finished but was found in his pocket after he was killed by flying shrapnel.

Walter Scott Stuart Lyon, Lieut, 9th Royal Scots, 8 May 1915 at Ypres aged 28. He was an author of war poetry. One newspaper reported his death, as he tended a wounded man, as the first Advocate killed in action since Flodden. He was the first to fall in the Great War.

Arthur Stanley Pringle, Captain, 10th Scottish Rifles, 26 September 1915 at Loos aged 38. After his Major was shot, and although wounded himself, he led the battalion. He was left in a shell hole and was believed to have been killed in a German advance.

John Small, Lieut, 9th Black Watch, 29 April 1916 at Loos aged 29. He had been in France about seven months and died by gas.

Alexander Taylor, Captain, Royal Scots, 21 April 1917 aged 45. He was Sheriff Substitute of Forfarshire. Wounded at Ypres and a survivor of the Somme, he fell in the Battle of Arras.

George Muir Thornton, Captain, Seaforth Highlanders, 22 August 1917 in Flanders aged 36. He had fought in France before being killed at a farm about three miles from Ypres.

The memorial also carries the names of four intrants:
David Alexander Beveridge, 2nd Lieut, Royal Field Artillery, on 13 September 1915 aged 28. He died in St Andrew's Hospital, Malta, from dysentery contracted at the Dardanelles.

James Bruce, Lieut, Royal Field Artillery, 25 July 1917 at Ypres aged 29. He had seen action at the Somme and elsewhere, and was hit by a shell on the eastern bank of the canal at Ypres, on his way to an observing post.

Gilbert Thomas Gordon, 2nd Lieut, Gordon Highlanders, 28 September 1915 at Loos aged 38. He died while leading his men in a bayonet charge.

George Buchanan Smith, 2nd Lieut, 3rd Gordon Highlanders, 25 September 1915 at Loos aged 24. Previously wounded and acknowledged for "gallant conduct in the field", he returned to the Front and was selected to lead his platoon in an attack but was killed by a shell.

The 27th name is:
James Archibald Macdonald, Captain, Cameron Highlanders, 22 October 1942 in Libya aged 30. He was the son of Hon Godfrey Evan Hugh Bosville Macdonald, Lieut, Scots Guards, who died, aged 35, in action in the First World War.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I note all those listed were officers. Quite a few of these men were killed at Loos in September 1915.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this must be the highest average age of any memorial I have seen with three men in their fifties.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2022 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walter Scott Stuart Lyon

Named on the North Berwick War Memorial as:

W. S. S. LYON, LT
Walter Scott Stuart Lyon age 28 Lieutenant, 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion, Royal Scots.
Walter was educated at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire before studying the Classics at Oxford and becoming a Student of Law at Edinburgh from where he gradated in 1912. He had joined the Territorial 9th (Highlanders) Battalion in 1910 and was promoted in February 1913. He was a Staff Captain, Lothian Brigade during 1914-15 before he joined the 1/9th Battalion in France in March 1915. He was the author of "Easter at Ypres 1915, and other Poems." before he was killed at Ypres.
Born 1886 in North Berwick. Son of the late Walter Fitzgerald Knox Lyon (died 1894) and Isabella Romanes (Towers-Clark) Lyon, of Tantallon Lodge, North Berwick.
Missing in Action on 8 May 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Edinburgh University Old College memorial and Roll of the Fallen.

Two of his brothers were killed in 1914 and are also named on the North Berwick War Memorial.
Alexander Patrick Francis Lyon, Lieutenant, 1st Gordon Highlanders.
Charles James Lyon, Lieutenant, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers.
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