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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Promoting the Project Reply with quote

A couple of recent articles from the Galloway News

Forgotten heroes granted war grave status
Mar 8 2012 by Patricia Lewis, Galloway News

TWO Stewartry war heroes have been honoured – more than 90 years after their deaths.

Robert McDill and James McIver served in the First World War. Both died in 1918.

But, because they died from the injuries or illnesses sustained on the front line after returning home, they were overlooked on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Debt of Honour Register.

Soldiers on the register receive war grave status. And it allows the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to erect a special grave at their burial place, if deemed necessary.

A third Stewartry man, William McClune, has also been placed on the register.

However, he has not received war grave status because his burial place cannot be found.

That’s despite records showing he was buried somewhere in Urr parish churchyard.

The men would not have been added to the register if it had not been for the work of the Scottish War Memorials Project.

Ken Morrison, from Kippford, is one of the members who helped put together the case for the three heroes.

He said: “If a soldier died in the First World War, he would automatically receive war grave status.

“But there was a difficulty giving status to those who came home and then died some time later from their injuries.

“A lot of families did not pursue it for one reason or another.”



Missing marble memorial info sought .
Mar 15 2012 by Patricia Lewis, Galloway News

THE hunt is on for information about a missing marble war memorial.

The Pisa font disappeared from St Andrew’s and St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic church in Kirkcudbright during the 1970s.

It was unveiled on April 16, 1921, by Reverend Father McHardy MC. But historians believe the font may be lost forever.

For resident and historian Ian Devlin believes he saw it lying smashed in the porch of the church during the 1970s.

He said: “They were making alterations to the church and I visited one day to see it smashed up on the floor.

“I couldn’t believe it. It would probably have been thrown out with the rubble, but it might have been saved.”

Despite the potential loss, Mr Devlin and other historians hope someone may have a copy of the inscription that was on it.

The Scottish Military Research Group is appealing for information.

The group needs the information to help complete an online record of every war memorial in the country – The Scottish War Memorials Project.

Research group member Paul Goodwin, from Dalry, said: “We would love to have a photographic record of this memorial and details of the inscription, along with any other information, so we can complete our records of the Stewartry’s war memorials.”

Anyone with information is asked to email Paul at memorials@paulgoodwin.me.uk.

Details of the region’s war memorials can be found on the Scottish War Memorial Project’s website at scottishwarmemorials.co.uk
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two excellent articles, well done.

Obviously, it's not about this project getting credit when names are added to the CWGC Register, but it's nice that the people involved are recognised for their efforts.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff, hopefully someone somewhere will see the second article and have a photo.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ken Morrison, from Kippford, is one of the members who helped put together the case for the three heroes.


McIver and McClune were " found " by Stuart Wilson.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kinnethmont wrote:
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Ken Morrison, from Kippford, is one of the members who helped put together the case for the three heroes.


McIver and McClune were " found " by Stuart Wilson.


The vagaries of editing I'm afraid, they were certainly given Stuart Wilson's name as well as the name of the In From the Cold Project but neither made it to the published article.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David McNay wrote:
Two excellent articles, well done.

Obviously, it's not about this project getting credit when names are added to the CWGC Register, but it's nice that the people involved are recognised for their efforts.


For me "this project getting the credit" was exactly what it was about. In this part of the world , thanks especially to the efforts of Paul (Spoons), the Projects are becoming the place to go to for information/background on issues about War Memorials and War Graves and it was in the spirit of sharing some of this success that I posted a couple of articles which had appeared in our local newspaper.
As Paul has already said, we cannot control the editorial process (I don't live in Kippford Rolling Eyes ) but so long as the message gets across that there are people who do care about preserving the memory of the war dead, then I'm happy. And I really don't care who did what, I'm just pleased that a randomly connected group of caring people can arrange for some poor deserving sod who lost his life in his country's service to be given a bit of recognition.
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