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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:16 pm    Post subject: Royal Four Towns (Hightae Village) Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 44153

In the centre of Hightae Village at OS Map Ref: NY 093 789

An odd shaped memorial – imagine it on a soviet launch pad and you will see what I mean (!). The Royal Four Towns are Hightae (where the memorial is situated), Greenhill, Heck and Smallholm.

The relief carving is very difficult to read. If I had to guess, I would say that the same man who carved Balmaghie carved the Great War panel on this memorial. I have done my best to transcribe the details from the high res original.

Transcription of the Great War panel is:

TO THE GLORY
OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY
OF THE MEN
OF THE
ROYAL FOUR TOWNS
WHO SERVED
IN THE GREAT WAR

THE FALLEN HEROES
D. CAMERON KOSB
M. C. DAVIDSON KOSB
R. HAUGH GORDONS
J. H. HENDERSON SEAFORTHS
D. I. HENDERSON KOSB
W. I. KERR SR
R. O. LITTLE SEAFORTHS
O. McLEAN SG
M. RICHARDSON KOSB
R. E. SHEARER RAF
T. SMITH SR
C. THOMSON HLI
J. WILSON CAMERONS
C. WRIGHT RFA



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D. CAMERON, KOSB.
David Cameron – age 20 – Private (136650) Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
David was an apprentice blacksmith when he was called up for service with the KOSB in March 1917. He was posted to the 53rd Training Reserve Battalion and transferred to the 78th TRB in July and then to the 86th TRB in December 1917. He joined the 3rd Battalion of the MGC in France in in April 1918 but a month later was admitted to the 2nd Australian General Hospital where he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He was evacuated to the UK, discharged from the army on 7 September 1918 and awarded a Silver War Badge (B56267). He died in the Consumption Sanatoria in Bridge of Weir, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire.
Born 1899 in Smallholmbank Cottage, Hightae. Son of the late Margaret (Henderson) Cameron of Whinnieknowe, Hightae and of David Kennedy Cameron of Browhouses, Eastriggs, Dornock, Dumfriesshire.
Died on 1 February 1919 and buried in Lochmaben Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Hightae United Free Church Roll of Honour, on the Dalton Parish War Memorial and on the Dalton Parish Roll of Honour in the Parish Church as David Cameron TR Batt


M. G. DAVIDSON, KOSB.
Matthew Geddes Davidson – age 31 – Private (25040) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Matthew had been a joiner in Hightae for 13 years when he enlisted. Posted initially to the 7th/8th KOSB in France in September 1916, he was for a while attached to the Royal Engineers before he joined the 1st KOSB.
Born 1886 in Lochmaben. Son of the late Andrew Davidson and of Janet (Geddes) Davidson of Moss, Hightae. Husband of Agnes Garthwaite (Bryden) Davidson of Knowhead, Hightae who he married in 1912 in Lochmaben.
Missing in Action on 3 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Hightae United Free Church Roll of Honour and on the Lochmaben War Memorial.


R. HAUGH, GORDONS.
Robert Haugh – age 35 – Private (S/7449) 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Robert was brought up in Lockerbie and he served his apprenticeship there. By 1901 the family had moved to Glasgow and he was working as a plumber when he enlisted there in August 1914. He landed in France 3 December 1914 and joined his battalion in Belgium but was killed ten days later.
Born 1880 in Dunscore, Dumfriesshire. Son of Joseph and Agnes (Edgar) Haugh of Lockerbie, of Maryhill, Glasgow and of Hightae.
Missing in Action on 14 December 1914 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Hightae United Free Church Roll of Honour.
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J. H. HENDERSON, SEAFORTHS.
John Henry Henderson – age 26 – Corporal (5184 & 267547) 1/6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
John was living at 26 Potternewton Lane in Leeds and had been with the Leeds City Constabulary for five years, serving as a constable in the Chapletown district. He went to France in January 1917.
Born 1891 in Dalton, Dumfriesshire. Son of Robert and Wilhelmina Dickson (Richardson) Henderson of Green Hill, Lochmaben.
Killed in Action on 9 April 1917 and buried in Highland Cemetery, Roclincourt, Arras, France.
Also named on the Lochmaben War Memorial.

and his brother


D. J. HENDERSON, KOSB
.
David James Henderson – age 19 – Private (45177) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
David died of appendicitis in the 4th Casualty Clearing Station at Solesmes, near Le Cateau.
Born 1899 in Dalton, Dumfriesshire. Son of Robert and Wilhelmina Dickson (Richardson) Henderson of Green Hill, Lochmaben.
Died on Service on 12 December 1918 and buried in Solesmes British Cemetry, France.
Also named on the Lochmaben War Memorial.


W. J. KERR, SR.
William Kerr – age 28 – Private (23586) 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Born 1889 in Hightae, Lochmaben as William John Kerr. Son of William and Mary Agnes (Jardine) Kerr.
Missing in Action on 20 May 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Lochmaben War Memorial.
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R. U. LITTLE, SEAFORTHS.
Robert Underwood Little – age 24 – Lance Corporal (S/2927) 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Robert landed with the 8th Seaforths at Boulogne in July 1915 but was gassed during the battle of Loos in September and was evacuated to hospital. He then spent four months in a convalescent camp and was able to make a visit to his home in Kilsyth, Stirlingshire before he returned to the front in February 1916.
Born 1894 in Paisley, Renfrewshire. Son of James Imrie Little (a Sanitary Inspector) and Susan (Underwood) Little of Innsbridge Cottage, Kilsyth. James and Susan had married in 1890 in Lochmaben and her brother, Robert Underwood, had a joinery business in Hightae.
Missing in Action on 4 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Hightae United Free Church Roll of Honour and on the Kilsyth War Memorial.


D. McLEAN, SG.
Note: military records use Maclean, civil records use McLean.
David Ritchie Williamson MacLean – age 36 – Private (15754) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards.
David had been an under gamekeeper on the Halleaths estate for two years and was living at Hightae Mill when he enlisted in the summer of 1916. He had been in France for a few months when he was killed.
Born 1881 in Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Isabella (Martin) McLean of Barrhill, Ardwell. Wigtownshire. Husband of Ann (Walker) McLean of Old Mill Cottage, Lochmaben who he married in 1912 in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
Ann married Joseph Goulet in 1918 in Kemnay, Aberdeenshire and later lived at 510, Water Street, Ashland, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Missing in Action on 31 July 1917 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Lochmaben War Memorial and on the Stoneykirk Parish War Memorial in Sandhead, Wigtownshire.
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M. RICHARDSON, KOSB.
Matthew Bryson Richardson – age 21 – Private (14744) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Matthew transferred from the Lockerbie branch to be the accountant in the Clydesdale Bank in Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire in April 1914. He enlisted in September 1914 but he was drowned in the Aegean sea when the troopship Royal Edward was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB14. Of the about 900 casualties, about 60 were from the 9th (Reserve) Battalion, KOSB as replacements for losses in the 1st Battalion.
Born 1894 at Lochmaben. Son of James and Martha (Bryson) Richardson of Courstein, Lockerbie.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at sea on 13 August 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Lockerbie War Memorial, on the Dalbeattie War Memorial, on the Royal British Legion Roll of Honour now in Dalbeattie Parish Church and on the Clydesdale Bank Memorial in Glasgow.


R. E. SHEARER, RAF.
Richard Ewart Shearer – age 19 – Air Mechanic 2nd Class (55892) Clearing Depot (Farnborough) Royal Flying Corps.
Richard died of pneumonia in the Military Hospital in Ayr.
Born 1897 in Moniaive, Glencairn, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late Nicholas Hyslop (Corbet) Shearer and of David Shearer of Hightae. Stepson of Harriet (Brown) Shearer.
Died on Service on 17 February 1917 and buried in Ayr Cemetery, Ayrshire. (CWG)
Also named on the Lockerbie and Lochmaben War Memorials.


T. SMITH, SR.
Thomas Smith – age 26 – Private (23062) 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Thomas died in hospital from wounds received in action.
Born 1889 at Captainton, Irongray, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of David and Margaret (Goldie) Smith of Townhead, Hightae.
Died of Wounds on 27 July 1916 and buried in Longuenesse (St.Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Lochmaben War Memorial.
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G. THOMSON, HLI.

George Thomson of Hightae enlisted in the 5th KOSB Reserves but I cannot trace him further. (Source: D&G Standard 5/12/1914 p.3)


J. WILSON, CAMERONS.
James Thompson Wilson – age 29 – Private (203280) 6th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
James was a goods guard with the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company when he enlisted as Private (10955) in August 1914. He landed with the 5th Camerons in France in May 1915 and at a later date was transferred to the 6th Battalion.
Born 1889 in Hightae, Lochmaben as James Thomson. Son of the late John Thomson and of Margaret Wilson who married James Young in 1892 in Lochmaben. James's sister, Miss Mary Young of Hightae, was advised of his death.
Missing in Action on 5 April 1918 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Lochmaben War Memorial and on the G&SW Railway Company memorial now in Ayr Station.


G. WRIGHT, RFA.
George Wright – age 19 – Shoeing Smith (96694) “B” Battery, 121st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
George was serving his apprenticeship as a blacksmith at Lochwood Smithy, Lockerbie when he enlisted in June 1915. He landed with his battery in France in October 1915.
Born 1899 in Lochmaben. Son of Mary Wright, later Mrs. John McCormack of Rossmains Farm, Lockerbie and of Vine Cottage, Hightae. Nephew of John Wright, shoemaker, of Hightae.
Killed in Action on 14 April 1918 and buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Lochmaben War Memorial.
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WW2

R. CAMPBELL, Royal Air Force.
Thought to be:
Roderick Campbell – age 19 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1820283) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Roderick's Lancaster bomber from 1654 Heavy Conversion Unit, RAF Wigsley, near Lincoln, was on a night exercise practice bombing when it was attacked by a German Ju88 fighter and crashed at Sookholme, near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.
Born 1928 in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire. (Note: Birth Register date = 17/18 the D&G Standard 7/3/1945 p.5 has “in his 20th year”)
Son of Hugh and Janet Campbell of Lambholm Cottages, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire.
Killed by enemy action on 4 March 1945 and buried in Gamerig Cemetery, Kirkmichael, Dumfriesshire. (CWG)


J. CURRIE, 8th Royal Scots.
John Currie – age 25 – Private (14209033) 8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
The 8th Royal Scots landed in Normandy on 11 June and fought around Caen.
Born 1918 in Lochmaben. Son of George and Mary Ann Ogilvie (Johnstone) Currie of Dalton, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 18 July 1944 and named on the Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, France.


R. DALGLEISH, Royal Navy.
Note: The spelling of the family name varies between Dalgleish and Dalgliesh.
Robert Matthew Dalgleish – age 31 – Petty Officer Radio Mechanic (P/MX 93344) H.M.S. Laforey, Royal Navy.
Robert was a banker who served his apprenticeship in the National Bank of Scotland in Lochmaben before working in the Biggar branch and in the Edinburgh office. He joined the navy in 1941.
Born 1913 in Lochmaben as Dalgliesh. Son of Robert William Dalgliesh and of Margaret Jane (Gibson) Dalgliesh of Parkend Cottage, Lockerbie and of Hightae.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 30 March 1944 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
Also named on the National Bank of Scotland memorial now in the RBS Head office in Gogarburn.

On 28 March 1944 HMS LAFOREY, an “L” Class Destroyer, deployed for patrol off west coast of Italy. On the 29th She carried out a hunt for U223 north of Palermo, Sicily with HM Destroyers Tumult and Wilton and was later joined by other HM Destroyers.
On the 30th after several hours of depth charge attacks the submarine surfaced and was engaged by all ships by surface gunfire. Despite being hit repeatedly U223 fired three torpedoes which hit the Laforey and quickly sank her.
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R. HOUSTON, Royal Corps of Signals.
Robert Ross Houston – age 37 – Signalman (3187774) 13 Air Formation Signals, Royal Corps of Signals.
As a member of the Territorials Robert was mobilised in September 1939 and served in France before being evacuated from the beaches at Dunkirk in May 1940. 13 AFS was formed in April 1943 to liaise with 84 Group, RAF which was equipped with squadrons of Spitfires, Hurricanes and Typhoon fighter-bombers to support 2nd (British) Army and 1st (Canadian) Army. 13 AFS landed in Normandy on 6th July 1944. Robert died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident.
Born in 1912 in Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire. Son of James and Margaret (Ross) Houston of Heck, Lochmaben. Husband of Margaret Baird (Maxwell) Houston of Hartfield, St. Ann's, Johnstone, Dumfriesshire who he married in 1941 in Cummertrees, Dumfriesshire.
Died on Active Service on 2 December 1944 and buried in Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Johnstone Parish War Memorial.

A. WAUGH, Royal Navy.
Andrew Waugh – age 22 – Able Seaman (P/SSX 21188) H.M. Submarine Tempest, Royal Navy.
Born 1919 in Hoddom, Dumfriesshire. Son of Andrew and Jane Ellen (Bell) Waugh of Lochmaben.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 23 February 1942 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

On 10 February 1942 HMS Tempest departed from Malta to patrol in the Gulf of Taranto and the Ionian Sea. At around 0300 hours on 23 February “Tempest” was detected by the Italian destroyer / torpedo boat “Circe” which started dropping depth charges. The destroyer maintained contact and dropped depth charges throughout the morning. At 0900 hours a double pattern of depth charges caused major damage and the boat filled with chlorine gas from the cracked battery. The captain decided to surface and abandon ship. The Italian destroyer picked up 3 officers and 20 ratings from the water.
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