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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:38 pm    Post subject: Bedrule Reply with quote

BEDRULE War Memorial

OS ref NT600177 UKNIWM Ref: 44206

Postcode district: TD9 8xx (map centre)
Lat: 55:27:08N (55.4521) Lon: 2:37:59W (-2.6332)


Stone pillar surmounted by a thistle within the cross of St.Andrew.
A metal plaque at the base records the names of 7 men from the parish who died in the Great War







Trooper Robert Wilson, Royal Scots Greys, 1st Nov 1914
Private James Waters, KOSB, 12th July 1915
Lieutenant Thomas Selby Robson-Scott, Royal Scots, 14th Dec 1914
Lance-Corpl William Hedley, KOSB, 19th July 1916
Private James Alexander Robertson, M.G.C., 4th Oct 1917
Lance-Corpl James Baptie, Royal Scots, 28th Mar 1918
Private George Telfer, KOSB, 25th Apr 1918




A lower plaque carries the name of Major Alexander Balmer Usher who was killed in the Second World War. This plaque is a very recent addition.



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WWI ROLL OF HONOUR (in alphabetical order):
BAPTIE JAMES ROYAL SCOTS LANCE CORPORAL 28/03/1918
HEDLEY WILLIAM KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS LANCE CORPORAL 19/07/1916
ROBERTSON JAMES ALEXANDER MACHINE GUN CORPS PRIVATE 04/10/1917
ROBSON-SCOTT THOMAS SELBY ROYAL SCOTS LIEUTENANT 14/12/1914
TELFER GEORGE KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS PRIVATE 25/04/1918
WATERS JAMES KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS PRIVATE 12/07/1915
WILSON ROBERT SCOTS GREYS TROOPER 01/11/1914
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: WILSON
Initials: Robert
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
Age: 27
Date of Death: 01/11/1914
Service No: 6391
Additional information: Son of Thomas Wilson, of 8, Upper Village, Hawick.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IA. A. 8.
Cemetery: WYTSCHAETE MILITARY CEMETERY




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Name: WATERS, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: "A" Coy. 1st/4th Bn.
Age: 27
Date of Death: 12/07/1915
Service No: 7304
Additional information: Son of William and Catherine Waters, of Bedrule, Jedburgh.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 84 to 92 or 220 to 222.
Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL
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Name: ROBSON-SCOTT, THOMAS SELBY
Initials: T S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Date of Death: 14/12/1914
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 11.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
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Name: HEDLEY
Initials: William
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 19/07/1916
Service No: 12638
Additional information: Son of Andrew Hedley, of Satchills, Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. H. 10.
Cemetery: PERONNE ROAD CEMETERY, MARICOURT
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Name: ROBERTSON, JAMES ALEXANDER
Initials: J A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Unit Text: 33rd Coy.
Date of Death: 04/10/1917
Service No: 10708
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. B. 1.
Cemetery: CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY
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Name: BAPTIE
Initials: James
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
Unit Text: 13th Bn.
Date of Death: 30/03/1918
Service No: 20815
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: N. E. corner.
Cemetery: SIN-LE-NOBLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
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Name: TELFER, GEORGE
Initials: G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Date of Death: 25/04/1918
Service No: 14505
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 66 to 68.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
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Name: USHER, ALEXANDER BALMER
Initials: A B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Major
Regiment/Service: Royal Armoured Corps
Unit Text: 1st Lothians and Border Horse
Age: 38
Date of Death: 18/06/1940
Service No: 12990
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Additional information: Son of Sir Robert Usher, J.P., 2nd Bt., and of Lady Usher (nee Turnbull), of Wells, Roxburghshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: D, 15.
Cemetery: ST. VALERY-EN-CAUX FRANCO-BRITISH CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From The Scotsman 19 November 1920.

    WAR MEMORIALS

    BEDRULE. Bedrule Parish and Church war memorial was dedicated at a service held in the church. The Rev. John Stevenson, M.A., preached the sermon, after which the congregation walked to the memorial, where Sir Robert Usher delivered the dedication address. Sir Robert Usher spoke of the impressive ceremony at Westminster, when the body of an unknown soldier was laid to rest in the Abbey, hitherto reserved for the most famous men of the Empire. By interring the body of an unknown soldier there it was intended to express the feeling that no man, however brilliant his career, how lofty his intellect or his philanthropy, had done more for the nation than had been done by thousands of common soldiers, "Tommies" as they used to call them. Truly a noble and inspiring idea. They met that day to do homage to those who left that parish and church at the call of duty. Let them consider what they did. Brought up in that peaceful countryside, under the shadow of Ruberslaw, with happy homes and peaceful avocations, they left all at duty's call for the most horrible war ever waged. He doubted if many at home ever truly realised one-half of what these men bore for us. Consider what they went through. Taken from their quiet lives and herded in barracks, huts or tents, often with uncongenial companions, with months of hard and difficult drill, then abroad where everything was strange and new, then in trenches deep with mud, no rest night or day and no comfort, and always death lurking. Having spoken of what would have been the fate of this country but for the splendid courage of these men, Sir Robert Usher said these dear lads had saved us from all that, and therefore it was that they had erected that simple memorial to their memories. After the address the assembly sang "God save the King." The benediction was pronounced, and a laurel wreath was laid on the memorial by Lady Usher, and another wreath by the family of one of the fallen.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ADP wrote:
From The Scotsman 19 November 1920.
    Consider what they went through. Taken from their quiet lives and herded in barracks, huts or tents, often with uncongenial companions
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I'm sure some would have enjoyed the company of their fellow volunteers!

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LANCE-CORPL JAMES BAPTIE: ROYAL SCOTS: 28th MAR. 1918.
James Baptie age 33 Corporal (20815) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots.
James was living at Wells, Denholm and was the head gamekeeper to Sir Robert Usher of Norton, Ratho, Midlothian and of Wells, Hobkirk, when he enlisted in March 1915. He was posted to the 12th Royal Scots in October but was injured in November and treated in the 11th General Hospital in Boulogne. After some months in the Infantry Base Depot in France he was evacuated back to the Royal Scots Depot in September 1916 and returned to France in February 1917, joining the 13th Battalion in March. He was wounded and captured at Oppy but died in the German Feld Lazerette at Sin-Le-Noble two 2 days later.
Born 1884 in Kelso, Roxburghshire. Son of the late James Baptie of Weensmoor, Hawick (died 1897) and of Margaret (Patterson) Baptie of Wells, Denholm and of 9 Noble Place, Hawick. His fiancee Miss Rose C. Wood of Bonchester Bridge, Hawick made an enquiry with the Red Cross.
Died of Wounds on 30 March 1918 and buried in Sin-Le-Noble Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Hobkirk Parish War Memorial in Bonchester Bridge.


LANCE-CORPL. WILLIAM HEDLEY: K.O.S.B: 19th JULY 1916.
William Hedley age 20 Lance Corporal (12638) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William enlisted in 1914 and was posted to the 6th KOSB in France in December 1915. He was serving in the battalion's Trench Mortar Battery when he was killed at Longuerae.
Born 1896 in Southdean Roxburghshire. Son of Andrew and Annie (Grierson) Hedley of Gospel Hall Farm, Bedrule, Jedburgh and of Satchills, Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire.
Killed in Action on 19 July 1916 and buried in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, France.


PRIVATE JAMES ALEXANDER ROBERTSON: M.G.C: 4th OCT. 1917.
James Alexander Robertson age 21 Private (10708) 33rd Company, Machine Gun Corps.
James was posted as Private (8830) to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders before he was transferred to the MGC.
Born 1896 in Scoonie, Fife. Son of Alexander Joseph Robertson, chauffeur at Knowesouth, Jedburgh, and of Sophia Jopp (Moir) Robertson.
In 1911 the family were at Dunipace in Stirlingshire but by 1914 they were at Knowsouth.
Died of Wounds on 4 October 1917 and buried in Cement House Cemetery, Belgium.


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LIEUTENANT THOMAS SELBY ROBSON-SCOTT: ROYAL SCOTS: 14th DEC. 1914.
Thomas Selby Robson-Scott age 20 Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots.
Thomas was educated at Rugby School in Warwickshire before attending the Royal Military College at Sandhurst in 1913. He was commission from there to the Royal Scots in February 1914 and landed with the 2nd Battalion at Boulogne in August 1914. He served at Mons, the Marne, Aisne and at Ypres. Thomas was wounded during the attack at Petit Bois, Wytschaete but could not be recovered.
Born 1894 in Bedrule. Son of John Alexander and Margaret Souter (Lang) Robson-Scott of Newton, Jedburgh.
Missing in Action on 14 December 1914 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on an individual memorial in Bedrule Parish Church and on the Rugby School memorial.


PRIVATE GEORGE TELFER: K.O.S.B: 25th APRIL 1918.
George Telfer age 22 Private (14505) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
George enlisted at Hawick and landed with the 7th KOSB at Boulogne in July 1915. Later he served with the 2nd KOSB before joining the 6th Battalion.
Born 1897 in St. George, Edinburgh. His birth was also registered at Carnwath, Lanarkshire where his father was domiciled and was working as a Locomotive Engine Driver. Son of George Telfer and of Isabella (Croom) Telfer of 37 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh.
Missing in Action on 25 April 1918 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Hobkirk Parish War Memorial in Bonchester Bridge.


PRIVATE JAMES WATERS: K.O.S.B: 12th JULY 1915.
James Waters age 27 Private (7304) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was employed as a gardener by Sir Robert Usher of Wells 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 1888 in Hownam, Roxburghshire. Son of William and Catherine (Carruthers) Waters of Bedrule, Jedburgh.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


TROOPER ROBERT WILSON: ROYAL SCOTS GREYS: 1st NOV. 1914.
Robert Wilson age 27 Private (6391) 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
Robert was a millworker when he enlisted in the Scots Greys in August 1908. He was a groom with Sir Robert Usher of Wells, Hobkirk when, as a reservist, he was mobilised at the outbreak of war. He landed with his troop in France in late August 1914 but was killed about two months later. Robert's remains were recovered from his battlefield grave and re-interred at Wytchaete after the war.
Born 1887 in Hawick, Roxburghshire. Son of the late Annie (Douglas) Wilson (died 1902) and of Thomas Wilson of 8 Upper Village, Hawick.
Killed in Action on 1 November 1914 and buried in Wytschaete Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Hobkirk Parish War Memorial in Bonchester Bridge and on the Hawick Roll of Honour.
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1939 1945

MAJOR ALEXANDER BALMER USHER
LOTHIAN AND BORDER HORSE R.A.C. 18th JUNE 1940
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Alexander Balmer Usher age 38 Major (12990) 1st Lothians and Border Horse, Royal Armoured Corps.
Alexander was commissioned in the Territorial 19th Armoured Car Company (Lothians & Border Yeomanry) in July 1921. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July 1923, to Captain in May 1931 and to Major in November 1938.
In May 1939 it was renamed as the Lothians and Border Horse.
The 1st LBH landed at Le Havre in January 1940 but due to illness Alexander do not go with them. He joined the regiment in France on 16 April 1940 to command C Squadron. On 11 June 1940 C Squadron were on the western outskirts of St. Valery and while repelling a severe attack Major Usher was mortally wounded.
Born 1902 in Edinburgh. Son of Sir Robert Usher, 2nd Baronet, and of Lady Usher (Katherine Scott Turnbull) of Wells, Roxburghshire.
Died of Wounds on 18 June 1940 and buried in St. Valery-En-Caux Franco-British Cemetery, France.
Also named on an individual memorial in Bedrule Parish Church.
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