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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:41 am    Post subject: Kilmarnock Academy WW1 & WW2 Reply with quote

A new database has been added to the Roll of Honour web site containing details of all those men who served and gave their lives in World War 1 and 2. This is fully searchable and a picture of ther World War 1 memorial can be found on the search page.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Care to share some of the information here?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are 210 names listed searchable as a whole just by pressing submit or by conflict. The first three men listed for World War 1 are as follows:

Name: ANTHONY, Thomas 'Tom' Wilson
War: World War 1
Rank: Driver
Service No: 218026
Unit: "C" Battery, 189th Brigade
Regiment Squadron or Ship: Royal Field Artillery
Manner of Death: Died of wounds
Date of Death: 16 October 1918
Age: 26
Born: Kilmarnock
Enlisted: Glasgow
Family Details: Son of James and Agnes Anthony, of 65, Tassie St., Shawlands, Glasgow.
Buried or Commemorated: QUEANT COMMUNAL CEMETERY BRITISH EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France
Reference: Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 15A.
Booklet Biography: DRIVER THOMAS WILSON ANTHONY, R.F.A., was the younger son of Mr. James Anthony, formerly superintendent of the G.B.& K. Joint Railway. Originally recommended for a commission, but turned down on account of defective eyesight, he was afterwards accepted for the R.F.A., and received his training at Maryhill, where he qualified as a signaller. In France he went through much of the heavy fighting on the Somme. Towards the close of the war his battery was attached to the Canadians, and in the final advance he was wounded a few miles north of Cambrai, on 15th October, 1918, and died the following day. He left school in 1908. Amongst his schoolmates were Willie Picken and Andrew Bryson, both of whom were killed. Tom Anthony was interested in every form of sport—football, cricket, and golf in all of which he excelled. In the Town v. Country match he played his part, and he also gained his place in the Cricket XI. In civil life he was on the head office staff of the Clyde Navigation Trust in Glasgow.

Other details: From de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918, Part 5, page 4:

ANTHONY, TOM, Driver. No. 218026, 189th Army Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, yr. s. of James Anthony, of 65, Fassie Street, Shawlands, Railway Goods Superintendent, by his wife, Agnes, dau. of Thomas Wilson, of Stewarton, co. Ayr, Painter; b. 29 May, 1803; ethic. Kilmarnock Academy; enlisted in the R.F.A. 8 March, 1917; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 15 Nov. followlng, and died at lway, near Cambrai, 16 Oct. 1918, of wounds received in action the previous day. Buried in the Military Cemetery, Quéant, Croisilles, west of Cambrai; unm.

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Name: ARMOUR, Alexander
War: World War 1
Rank: Private
Service No: S/7725
Unit: 10th Battalion
Regiment Squadron or Ship: Gordon Highlanders
Manner of Death: Killed in action
Date of Death: 25 September 1915
Age: 21
Born: Kilmarnock
Enlisted: Kilmarnock
Family Details: Son of Elizabeth Armour, of 4, Stevenson St., Kilmarnock, and the late Alexander Armour.
Buried or Commemorated: LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France
Reference: Panel 115 to 119.
Booklet Biography: PRIVATE ALEXANDER ARMOUR, Gordons, of 4 Stevenson Street, Kilmarnock, before coming to the Academy as a Paterson and Wilson bursar, was a pupil at the Hamilton School. He joined the Gordon Highlanders (Kitchener’s Army) in November, 1914, and was trained at Salisbury. Crossing to France in July, 1915, he was posted missing at Loos. Alex. behaved with great gallantry in this his first engagement. His captain wrote highly of him and said he would have been promoted on the field had he been there to answer the roll call. He was only twenty-two years of age when he died, and before he offered himself for service was on the staff of Kilmarnock Co-operative Society.

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Name: ARMSTRONG, George Bunyan
War: World War 1
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 291009
Unit: H.Q. 4th Brigade
Regiment Squadron or Ship: Canadian Engineers
Manner of Death: Died of a cold with complications
Date of Death: 8 November 1918
Age: 38
Born: 21 January 1880 in Hawish
Enlisted: 31 January 1916 at Winnipeg, Canada
Family Details: Enlistment papers state husband of Bruce Armstrong - proably incorrect relationship
Occupation: Carpenter
Buried or Commemorated: KILMARNOCK CEMETERY, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
Reference: Plot K. New portion. Grave 161.
Booklet Biography: CORPORAL GEORGE B. ARMSTRONG, Canadians, commenced his education in the old Academy, and finished in the new. He was fifteen years of age when he left school to learn the trade of joiner and builder. After serving his apprenticeship the lure of Canada produced the wanderlust, which has affected so many of the old boys of the Academy, and he eventually found himself in the land of the Maple Leaf. The will to make better carried him on. Full of rare experience he established a good business connection in which he was respected and esteemed by all who came in contact with him. Early in 1915 he enlisted, and after the preliminary training was drafted to France, where he saw and shared in some of the hardest fighting from that time onwards. Midst all the varying fortunes of war he came through unscathed, and arrived home to Kilmarnock on leave on October, 1918. The strong constitution with which he was endowed broke down under the severe strain of his hardships, and he contracted a severe cold, which later developed complications, and he died on 8th November at his parents’ house in Wallace Street. It was a tragic end to a life full of promise. On Armistice Day, when the nation was rejoicing with a deep, inexpressible thankfulness that war was no more, George Armstrong was laid to rest in the Kilmarnock New Cemetery.

Other details: Height 5 feet 7 inches, girth 36 inches. Complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair fair; religion Presbyterian.

Link 1: National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 228 - 25

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For World War 2 the first four men are:

Name: ADAIR, Robert Simpson
War: World War 2
Rank: Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Service No: 980197
Unit: 76 Squadron
Regiment Squadron or Ship: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Manner of Death: Died
Date of Death: 24 June 1941
Buried or Commemorated: BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany
Reference: Plot 12. Row G. Grave 11.
Booklet Biography: Robert Simpson Adair, of Gatehead, was a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy from 1927 to 1939. He took the Leaving Certificate in 1938, and gained his Rugby Cap in the following year, when he was also a joint editor of The Gold Berry. He was a keen member of Kilmarnock Amateur Swimming Club. His ambition had been to follow a career in the Civil Service. Joining the R.A.F. as a volunteer in 1940, he became Sergeant Wireless-Operator. He was posted missing after a raid over Kiel on 24th June 1941.


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Name: ALEXANDER, Robert John
War: World War 2
Rank: Warrant Officer (Pilot)
Service No: 1348897
Unit: 2 Squadron
Regiment Squadron or Ship: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Manner of Death: Died
Date of Death: 17 November 1944
Age: 24
Family Details: Son of Robert John and Elizabeth Nairn Alexander, of Stewarton, Ayrshire.
Buried or Commemorated: TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma)
Reference: Plot 27. Row H. Joint grave 23-24.
Booklet Biography: Robert John Alexander came to the Academy from Stewarton. In his four years as a pupil his quiet capabilities impressed both class-mates and teachers. He had intended to enter business as a hosiery manufacturer. He met his death in an air sortie over Japanese positions in Burma; during the operation he piloted the leading aircraft and courageously pressed the attack until shot down. This was on the 17th November 1944.


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Name: ARMOUR, Robert Thomas
War: World War 2
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 1527678
Unit: 74 Field Regiment
Regiment Squadron or Ship: Royal Artillery
Manner of Death: Died
Date of Death: 24 July 1943
Age: 24
Family Details: Son of Robert and Robina Armour, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Buried or Commemorated: CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY, Italy
Reference: Plot IV. Row B. Grave 33.
Booklet Biography: Robert Armour was a quiet, studious boy of solid ability, and a good cadet. Trained as an artificer in the Royal Artillery, he was posted to 74 Field Regiment R.A., a unit of the hard-fought 50th Division, with which he soldiered in Africa. With his regiment he landed in Sicily on the 10th of July 1943, and was killed by shellfire on the 24th of July near Catania. He was twenty-four.


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Name: ARMOUR, William
War: World War 2
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Service No: 755697
Regiment Squadron or Ship: Royal Air Force
Manner of Death: Died
Date of Death: 17 December 1941
Age: 20
Family Details: Son of William and Agnes Armour, of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Buried or Commemorated: ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt
Reference: Column 241.
Booklet Biography: William Armour came to us from Grange School in 1931. A keen runner and a useful member of the Cadet Corps, he subsequently became a clerk with Ayrshire Electricity Board. He was a Sergeant Air Gunner with the RAF. when he was posted missing from a flight over the barren hills of the Red Sea, He was then twenty years old.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done to Neil Dickson for some excellent work on the K.A. database.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a copy of the WW2 memorial booklet. Once I've moved house I'll get the entries transcribed and put on this forum.

Some interesting stories in it.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WW2 Roll of Honour now transcribed and available on this forum.

Unlike other transcriptions, this is the full Roll of Honour as other transcriptions have omitted the final four names from the roll.

The foreword, which makes for interesting reading, is also transcribed and available.

I hope to have the Roll for the First World War transcribed and available as time permits.

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David McNay
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