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DUNFERMLINE, ABBEY WW1 & WW2

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:44 pm    Post subject: DUNFERMLINE, ABBEY WW1 & WW2 Reply with quote


MEMORIAL CHAPEL WITHIN THE 'PLACE OF WORSHIP'


The finely executed Memorial Chapel was initially set apart in memory of the congregation who fell in the two World Wars. The project was actively promoted by Rev Robert Dollar, the Minister of the Abbey Church from 1940 to 1969. The design is by James Shearer and the Chapel was dedicated in 1952.



This book is contained within the chapel and contains details, some more than others, on those from the Second World War.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the pages from the Roll of Honour















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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the Commonwealth War Graves details for these names. I have also looked up Lost Bombers since so many of those listed were in the RAF. Three of the men listed were lost in Halifax Bombers.

ANDERSON, GEORGE
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 37 Sqdn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 16/11/1941
Service No: 1061136
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson, of Dunfermline, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 242.
Memorial: ALAMEIN MEMORIAL

ARTHUR, STANLEY
Rank: Sergeant (Air Gnr)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 10 Sqdn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 16/07/1943
Service No: 1551651
Additional information: Son of Ernest Malcolm and Adeline Lillian Arthur, of Dunfermline, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Mil. Plot. Row 1. Grave 5.
Cemetery: RECEY-SUR-OURCE COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Halifax JB961 Information
Serial Number JB961
Squadron 10
X1D ZA-R
Operation Montb_liard
Date 1 15th July 1943
Date 2 16th July 1943


Further Information
"Serial Range JB956 - JB974. 19 Halifax Mk.11. Part of a batch of 350 HP59 Halifax Mk.11. JB781-JB806; JB834- JB875; JB892-JB931; JB956-JB974; JD105-JD128; JD143-JD180; JD198- JD218; JD244-JD278; JD296-JD333; JD361-JD386; JD405-JD421; JD453- JD476. JD212 was used in rocket projectile experiments. JD300 was fittd with a .5 inch ventral gun position. Delivered by English Electric Co. (Salmesbury & Preston) between 13Apr43 and 22Apr43. JB961 was one of two 10 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation. See:JD211. Aairborne 2142 15Jul43 from Melbourne. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Recey-sur-Ource (C_te d_Or), some 52 km NNW of Dijon. All are buried in Recey-sur-Ource Communal Cemetery, alongside a soldier from the 2nd Special Air Service Regiment, Pte Joachim Kalkstein. He was killed 27Aug44, probably while fighting with local French Resistance units in the area. Sgt H.B.Mellor KIA Sgt R.A.W.Morse KIA Sgt J.D.G.Bunker KIA Sgt H.M.Smith KIA Sgt B.G.A.Cooper KIA Sgt S.Arthur KIA Sgt R.D.McKeown KIA "

BERNARD, WILLIAM
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 77 Sqdn.
Date of Death: 06/12/1944
Service No: 990488
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 215.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

Halifax LK827 Information
Serial Number LK827
Squadron 77
X1D KN-B
Operation Osnabruck
Date 1 6th December 1944
Date 2 7th December 1944


Further Information
Serial Range LK826 - LK850. 25 Halifax Mk.111. Part of a batch of 200 HP Halifax Mk.V/111. LK626-LK667; LK680- LK711; LK725-LK746 Mk.V; LK747-LK766; LK779-LK812; LK826-LK850; LK863-LK887 MK.111. Delivered by Fairey Aviation (Stockport) between 19Mar44 and 11Apr44. LK827 was initially issued to No.51 Sqdn. Airborne 1810 6Dec44 from Full Sutton. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. S/L Egan-Wyer had flown 45 operations. S/L B.O.Egan-wyer KIA Sgt J.Clayton KIA F/O L.M.Hessketh KIA P/O G.A.Jackson KIA F/S R.Youngs KIA F/S D.W.Mason KIA F/S W.Bernard KIA

CAMPBELL, ALEXANDER WEST
Rank: Trooper
Regiment/Service: Royal Armoured Corps
Unit Text: Staffordshire Yeomanry
Age: 19
Date of Death: 24/03/1945
Service No: 14678008
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 52. A. 13.
Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY

COVENTRY, ROBERT BURNS
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps
Age: 30
Date of Death: 05/11/1941
Service No: 72892
Additional information: Son of Hugh Ross Coventry and Lillie Coventry, of Dunfermline. Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 13.
Cemetery: IBADAN (ST. ANNE) CHURCH CEMETERY

FENTON, ROBERT INNES SCOTT
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Date of Death: 25/09/1944
Service No: 2888871
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. E. 13.
Cemetery: MIERLO WAR CEMETERY

GOODALL, DAVID HENRY
Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A)
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: H.M.S. Vairi.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 15/10/1945
Additional information: Son of David and Mima Goodall, of Dunfermline, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 3. D. 9.
Cemetery: COLOMBO (LIVERAMENTU) CEMETERY

HMS 'Vairi' was RAF Sutur in Southern India.

HENDERSON, FRANK
Rank: Flying Officer (Bomb Aimer)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 78 Sqdn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 27/03/1944
Service No: 141569
Additional information: Son of David Stratton Henderson and Elizabeth Nicol Henderson, of Dunfermline. Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. E. 9.
Cemetery: HOTTON WAR CEMETERY

Halifax LK749 Information
Serial Number LK749
Squadron 78
X1D EY-J
Operation Essen
Date 1 26th March 1944
Date 2 27th March 1944


Further Information
"Serial Range LK747 - LK766. 20 Halifax Mk.111. Part of a batch of 200 HP Halifax Mk.V/111. LK626-LK667; LK680- LK711; LK725-LK746 Mk.V. LK747-LK766; LK779-LK812; LK826-LK850; LK863-LK887 Mk.111. Delivered by Fairey Aviation (Stockport) between 20Jan44 and 16Feb44. Airborne 2032 26Mar44 from Breighton. Shot down by a night-fighter, crashing at Pry (Namur), 11 km NW of Philippeville, Belgium. All are buried in Hotton War Cemetery. Their average age was 22. F/S F.Lovatt KIA Sgt W.J.R.Smith KIA P/O C.A.Weeks KIA F/O F.Henderson KIA Sgt E.W.Roberts KIA Sgt G.Schofield KIA Sgt D.O.Cottrell KIA "

JORDAN, DAVID CAMERON
Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date of Death: 17/09/1944
Service No: 1826840
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. A. Grave 126.
Cemetery: CUPAR NEW CEMETERY

MANUS, FINDLAY ROBERT MCCALLUM
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 625 Field Coy.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 18/09/1944
Service No: 1908346
Additional information: Son of John and Agnes Manus, of Dunfermline, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. D. 7.
Cemetery: FLORENCE WAR CEMETERY

NICOL, JAMES
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 20/05/1941
Service No: 2754518
Additional information: Son of Campbell and Margaret Nicol, of Dunduff, Dunfermline, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Face 6.
Memorial: ATHENS MEMORIAL

ROBERTSON, ROBERT
Rank: Sergeant (Obs.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 106 Sqdn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 16/04/1942
Service No: 1006888
Additional information: Son of James and Mary B. Robertson, of Dunfermline, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. B. 21.
Cemetery: ESCOUBLAC-LA-BAULE WAR CEMETERY

Manchester L7485 Information
Serial Number L7485
Squadron 106
X1D ZN-?
Operation Augsburg
Date 1 16th April 1942
Date 2 17th April 1942

Further Information
"Serial Range L7276 - L7526 This aircraft was one of 157 Avrom 679 Manchester Mk.1s built by A.V.Roe (Woodford_ to Contract No.648770/37 of 1Jul37. The 157 aircraft were delivered between Aug40 and Nov41. L7483 - L7526 (27 aircraft) were completed and test-flown as Mk.1As. The others were converted to Mk.1As. L7485 was a Mk.1A and was delivered to 207 Sqdn 12Sep41. Cat.Mu (capable of unit repair) accident 1745 hrs 6Jan42. Struck bomb scow on edge of runway at Bottesford whilst taxying in bad visibility. To 106 Sqdn 12Mar42. Several Flak hits 10/11Apr42. MFO Gardening 16/17Apr42. had previously completed 22 operations. Dates/targets not recorded. No record of total hours.. Airborne 2050 16Apr42 from Coningsby on this crew's first operation to lay mines in the Deodar region. Presumed lost in the English Channel. P/O Scatchard is buried in Scarborough (Manor Road) Cemetery; Sgt Robertson and Sgt Wightman are buried in Escoublac-la- Baule War Cemetery, near St-Nazaire, with Sgt Rogerson and F/O Ward at Pornic War Cemetery. The remaining two airman have no known graves. P/O C.Scatchard KIA Sgt T.H.Power KIA Sgt R.Robertson KIA Sgt D.N.Storer KIA Sgt D.wightman KIA Sgt W.V.Rogerson KIA F/O G.W.Ward KIA "
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whilst on a visit to Dunfermline Abbey yeaterday, my 14 year old son, Ronan, found 5 wooden chairs within the Memorial Chapel with brass plates on them in memory of men killed in action during both wars.

Those remembered were:
Pte James West, Seaforth Highlanders, 1-2-16
Pte Alexander Spence, 1/7th Black Watch, 31-7-16
Pte Matthew Donaldson, Black Watch, 10-4-18
Sgt Stanley Arthur, Royal Air Force, 16-7-43
Pte Robert Fenton, The Gordon Highlanders, 25-9-44

The WWII ones are comemorated on the Roll of Honour within the memorial Chapel.

I tried to take photos of the brass plates, but they did not come out, however, here is a photo of the chairs.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WEST, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
Unit Text: "C" Coy. 9th Bn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 02/02/1916
Service No: S/3986
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. James West, of 93, Appin Crescent, Dunfermline, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 17.
Cemetery: TANCREZ FARM CEMETERY
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SPENCE, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 7th Bn.
Age: 19
Date of Death: 31/07/1916
Service No: 2848
Additional information: Son of James and Mary Spence, of 27, Inglis St., Dunfermline.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 A.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
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DONALDSON, MATTHEW
Initials: M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 10/04/1918
Service No: S/41102
Additional information: Son of Mrs. J. Donaldson, of 15, Rose Crescent, Dunfermline, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 78 to 83.
Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Ronan. It shows what can be missed Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While visiting the Abbey Church today, I came across this Bible lectern which is dedicated to Sgt. Robert Robertson. Details about him are shown above so I will not add any more information. Sorry about the poor quality of my picture.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:49 pm    Post subject: WMR Numbers Reply with quote

The Chapel/Board is WMR 85145
The Book of Remembrance is WMR 85147
The Chairs are WMR 85148 to 85152
The Lectern is WMR 85153
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