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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:47 pm    Post subject: Giffnock South Parish Church Reply with quote

Giffnock South Parish Church, 2 Greenhill Avenue, Giffnock, Glasgow G46 6QX


UKNIWM: Not Listed
OS Grid Ref: NS 560581




They began as a congregation of the Church of Scotland in 1912 as a mission church under the sponsorship of an Eastwood Parish Church meeting in the Maverton Hall in Fenwick Road starting off as part of Paisley Presbytery and becoming part of Glasgow Presbytery in 1929. Our current church had its foundation stone laid in 1927 to supplement and replace the hall church which was built on the Greenhill Avenue site in 1914. www.giffnocksouth.co.uk



The WW1 memorial is located in the main body of the church and consists of three wooden panels. The left-hand panel is inscribed as follows:

THEY HAZARDED THEIR LIVES

John Allan
Alex. W. Bain
Robt. E. Ballantyne
John Baxter
John Brodie
James M. Brown
Chas. P. Burns
Harry Burns
Robt. Cameron
Wm. F. Cobb
Joseph N. Coldwell
Robt. Craig
Ian Donald
Colin B. Dunlop
Douglas Dunlop
William Dunlop
Ian Fraser
Aubrey Johnston
Andrew W. Ross Kay
David Kidd
Robt. F. King
Wm. H. Kirkwood
Alex. B. Livingston
Andrew MacCulloch
Campbell MacCulloch

The right-hand panel is inscribed as follows:

THINE O LORD IS THE VICTORY

David MacCulloch
Laurie MacCulloch
Donald MacCrae
John MacFarlane
Alex. McCall
Andrew McCormick
James McCormick
Ronald A. McDonald
Robert McGregor
Wm. M. McKinnon
John C. McLaren
Wm. B. McLaren
William Marshall
Malcolm S. Rankin
James C. Robertson
Alex. Romanes
John Romanes
M. G. Scott
Hugh L. Shearer
David Sim
William Sim
John C. Sloan
Samuel F. Strang
Richard Tilley

I think the above Panels are representative of a Roll of Service.

The centre panel is inscribed as follows:

FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH

James S. MacGregor – Estaires 6 April 1915
Arthur B. Finlinson – Beaumont Hamel 13 Nov. 1916
Fred. Ross Munro – Beaumont Hamel 18 Nov. 1916
John S. Brown – Peronne 3 April 1917
James McGregor – Fontaine Les Croiselles 20 May 1917
Wm. Peach Scott – Gaza 8 Nov. 1917
Herbert M. Shearer – Jerusalem 23 Nov. 1917
Ralph R. Scott – Merville 28 June 1918
THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918



The WW2 Memorial is also located in the main body of the church and is inscribed as follows:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMEORY OF THE MEN OF THIS
CONGREGATION WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1939 – 1945

John Gordon Andrew
Harry Cameron Archibald
William McMillan Black
John Menzies Cruikshank
John Bell Jarron
David Cooper Mitchell
Hugh Gibson Morrison
John Watt Paterson
Norman Fraser Peat
Niels Peder Pederson
James Prentice
John Davie Taylor
Thomas George Thomson
Gordon Boyd Walker
John Russell Walker


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1914 -1918

MACGREGOR, JAMES STEWART
Rank: Corporal
Service No: 30282
Date of Death: 06/04/1915
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers, 4th Signal Coy.
Grave Reference: III. D. 2.
Cemetery: ESTAIRES COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION
Additional Information: Son of Thomas Cleland Macgregor and Mary Cross Macgregor, of Overdale, Giffnock, Glasgow.

FINLINSON, ARTHUR BOUCHER
Rank: Private
Service No: 15281
Date of Death: 13/11/1916
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: B. 92.
Cemetery: REDAN RIDGE CEMETERY NO.2, BEAUMONT-HAMEL
Additional Information: Son of Boucher and Marion Finlinson, of "Lorton," Otterburn Drive, Giffnock, Renfrewshire.

The following appeared in The Supplement (Church magazine) January 1917.
PRIVATE ARTHUR BOUCHER FINLINSON
We deeply regret the death of another soldier upon our Roll of Honour, Private Arthur B. Finlinson H.L.I. who fell in action in France on November 13. Though only 19 years of age he had seen much active service in France, having been several months ago seriously wounded before his final return to France. We commend his sorrowing loved ones to the compassion and consolation of God.
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MUNRO, FRED ROSS
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 18/11/1916
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 7th Bn. attd. 15th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 15 C.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:

From The Supplement December 1916
SECOND LIEUTENANT FRED R. MUNRO
We record with deep sorrow the death of Mr. Fred R. Munro in action in France. Having joined the H.L.I. early in the war he was on active service in France during the greater part of 1915 and received his commission early this year. He returned to France five weeks ago and fell in action on November 19. We commend his sorrowing loved ones to the consolation of God and the hope of undying life in Christ our Lord.

Sir Douglas Haig’s Tribute to the Late Second Lieutenant Fred R. Munro
We had with regret some time ago to record the death of Second Lieutenant Fred R. Munro, and we understand from information just to hand that by his bravery he saved the whole of his company and if he had survived would have been recommended for the D.S.O.
Sir Douglas Haig in conveying the above information pays a high tribute to the deceased officer. He says:
“As a result of careful inquires it has been ascertained that Second Lieutenant Munro behaved in a very gallant manner during the action referred to. I have to offer you my deepest sympathy in the loss of so gallant a son, who was held in such high esteem by all those with whom he came in contact.
It is to be regretted that it is only the Victoria Cross which can be recommended posthumously and that Mr. and Mrs. Munro have not the satisfaction of having the decoration of the D.S.O. awarded their son, which doubtless would have been his lot had he not fallen so nobly in the course of his duty.”
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McGREGOR, JAMES
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 20/05/1917
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Bn.
Panel Reference: Bay 8.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Robert L. G. and Ellen J. McGregor, of "Cormiston", Egidia Avenue, Giffnock, Glasgow.

SHEARER, H M
Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 265359
Date of Death: 23/11/1917
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st/7th Bn.
Grave Reference: G. 11.
Cemetery: JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Hugh and Catherine Shearer, Kenmuir, Giffnock.

From The Supplement January 1918
SERGEANT HERBERT SHEARER
We deeply regret to announce the death of Sergeant Herbert Shearer who is reported as having fallen in action recently in Palestine. The sympathies of the Congregation go out to his sorrowing relatives in their great loss and bereavement.
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SCOTT, WILLIAM PEACH
Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 09/11/1917
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 1st/5th Bn.
Grave Reference: II. A. 1.
Cemetery: GAZA WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott, of Dunyveg, Giffnock, Renfrewshire.

From The Supplement December 1917
SECOND LIEUTENANT WILLIAM P. SCOTT
We deeply regret that Second Lieutenant William P. Scott died on 9th November from wounds received in battle on the Palestine front. We commend his loved ones at home to the compassion and comfort of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.


SCOTT, RALPH ROOKBY
Rank: Private
Service No: 41897
Date of Death: 28/06/1918
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers, 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: Plot 4. Row D. Grave 7.
Cemetery: TANNAY BRITISH CEMETERY, THIENNES
Additional Information: Son of John and Emily Scott, of Dunyveg, Giffnock, Renfrewshire.

BROWN, JOHN STEVENSON
Rank: Corporal
Service No: 14614
Date of Death: 03/04/1917
Age: 34
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 16th Bn.
Grave Reference: I. Y. 27.
Cemetery: SAVY BRITISH CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of William Stevenson Brown and Mary Gillies (his wife) of Viewfield, Giffnock, Glasgow.
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1939 - 1945

ANDREW, JOHN GORDON
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 746706
Date of Death: 09/07/1940
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 57 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 11.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of John Andrew and of Muriel Andrew (nee Hill), of Giffnock, Renfrewshire.

From The Sentinel November 1940
To Mr. & Mrs. John Andrew and their daughters we send our deepest sympathy in their great sorrow which has come upon them through the death of their beloved son Gordon while on Active Service in the Royal Air Force. We shared their anxiety when the news came that he was “missing” and their grief when the news did come and leave the feeling that there could be no hope of him being alive. Gordon was among the best of the young men of our Congregation and we all loved him as we so highly esteemed him for the grand qualities of his head and heart. He was a son to be proud of. We shall not call the end of his earthly life tragic, for it was glorious and “His name liveth for evermore.” May God bless our dear sorrowing friends.
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ARCHIBALD, HARRY CAMERON
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 235737
Date of Death: 24/04/1943
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, 5th Bn.
Grave Reference: VII. E. 30.
Cemetery: ENFIDAVILLE WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Hugh C. Archibald, and of Jessie Archibald, of Giffnock, Renfrewshire.

From The Sentinel May 1943
HARRY CAMERON ARCHIBALD
Our congratulations to Mrs. Archibald 84 Eastwoodmains Road on the reference made in the Daily Record of April 13th to the excellent and brave work of her son. It said “at one stage the Seaforths had only 40 men available to meet counter attacks. When the Germans counter attacked Roumana, the bulk of the Camerons had gone forward, and the defence of the hills had to be hurriedly organised by an officer and a sergeant. The officer was Lieutenant Harry Archibald of 84 Eastwoodmains Road, Giffnock, Glasgow who was acting as forward observation officer on the hill. Lieutenant Archibald said “It was short, I can tell you. We were having a bird’s eye view of the forward battle when the counter attack came along and we had only two revolvers between us to meet it. We collected a couple of signalers with rifles, a Bren section and carrier and a crew to handle ammunition. We beat off the first attack but for a few hours we had to keep firing.”

From The Sentinel June 1943
It was with deepest sorrow that we learned that on 24th April Harry Archibald had died of wounds while in Active Service. In our May issue of the Sentinel we had recorded a newspaper account of his brave and excellent work in battle, little knowing that at the time of writing he had passed to the Higher Service in the nearer presence of God. Harry died as he had lived – a noble, upright, courageous and unselfish young man. All with whom he came in contact were conscious of his many sound and good qualities; “everyone who knew him loved that young man” was a remark passed to us. He was a source of great comfort and strength to his mother and a dear son of whom to be proud.
To Mrs. Archibald and her son Alistair (also on active service) we offer our deep and heartfelt sympathy. May our Heavenly Father be nearer to them than ever and may His peace and comfort be theirs in fullest measure.
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From The Sentinel October 1943
WILLIAM MCMILLAN BLACK
On 7th September of this year Captain William McMillan Black, 7 Seyton Avenue, Captain of the Merchant Navy took ill suddenly and died while on duty in the Firth of Clyde. We cannot but think that his death was in great measure due to the strain imposed upon him by the many arduous and perilous duties while in command of his ship so often engaged in convoys. To our Merchant Navy we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude and Captain Black was an outstandingly fine man amongst its numbers. He had sound and excellent qualities of heart and mind and represented all that is best in that gallant branch of our Services. Not only was he a strong man but a very lovable one, rejoicing with a great joy in his wife and family and also that dear lady – his mother in law. How he impressed one too as a quiet man of God and a manly Christian! He had a deep reverence and staunch principles, and with it all there was a naturalness which was most attractive and persuasive. He would have made in ideal Elder and no doubt after the War his services would have been sought in this Congregation and in that respect.

To Mrs Black and her daughters and mother we extend our deepest sympathy in this great sorrow which has entered into their lives. We remember them in our prayers. As they walk in the valley of the shadow may they fear no evil, knowing that the Good Shepherd is with them, and that in his rod and staff is comfort.

As he was not killed on active service, Captain Black is not included in the war dead but it was considered appropriate that his name be added to the memorial in Giffnock South Parish Church in recognition of his was service. He is buried in Eastwood New Cemetery.
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CRUICKSHANK, JOHN MENZIES
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Service No: 271911
Date of Death: 10/08/1943
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C., 48th
Grave Reference: I. B. 2.
Cemetery: BONE WAR CEMETERY, ANNABA
Additional Information: Son of Alexander and Elizabeth Menzies Cruickshank; husband of Annie Isabella Cruickshank of Beith, Ayrshire.

From The Sentinel October 1943
JOHN MENZIES CRUICKSHANK
On 10th August of this year, Second Lieutenant John Menzies Cruickshank was drowned while on Active Service in North Africa. From his infancy he grew up in our congregation and when an adult, entered in full fellowship with us. He was a young man of very fine quality, who endeared himself to all with whom he came into contact. He was an ideal son, a source of comfort and strength to his mother when his father was killed in the Castlecary railway accident, and then prior to his mother’s death, during her long and trying illness he was again a comfort to her. Ian, as he was affectionately called, would be an officer beloved of his men, faithful to his duties, never sparing himself, always regarding the interests of others. He would die a Christian gentleman. We thank God for a life such as his. Short as his years have been, he has not lived in vain, and all who knew him will remember him with pride and gratitude.
To his wife and her daughter, who is but three years old, we extend our heartfelt sympathy. May the peace of God which passeth all understanding keep their hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, ‘til the day dawn and the shadows flee away.
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JARRON, JOHN BELL
Rank: Leading Waiter
Date of Death: 09/03/1945
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy), H.M.S. Ameer
Grave Reference: 2. I. 17.
Cemetery: TRINCOMALEE WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of John Bell Jarron and Margaret Jarron, of Greenock, Renfrewshire.

From The Sentinel March & April 1945
JOHN BELL JARRON
Leading Writer, John Bell Jarron, of the Royal Navy, died at sea on the 9th March. He was of our Congregation and beloved of his parents, brother and sister and all who knew him – and that was rightly so for he had good and sound qualities of heart and mind. He was a young man possessed of a high ideal, and he never lowered his standard. Whatever he might be, there one could be sure was an example worthy of imitation. It is a tragedy that war is removing young men of his stamp, gallant, honourable and lovable, and who would have been so great an asset.
We can enter into the deep sorrow of Mr. and Mrs. Jarron, their son and daughter and that young lady who was dear to his heart and to them we extend our heartfelt sympathy. May the peace which passeth all understanding, be theirs, and may God supply all their need out of the riches of His Grace.
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MITCHELL, DAVID COOPER
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Trade: Pilot
Service No: 69439
Date of Death: 19/06/1944
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Grave Reference: Section K. (New Part) Grave 119.
Cemetery: GLASGOW (EASTWOOD) OLD AND NEW CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of David Cooper Mitchell and Jessie Henderson Mitchell, of Auchnacraig, Dunbartonshire; husband of D. Lovell Mitchell, of Walton, Somerset.

From the Sentinel September 1944
DAVID COOPER MITCHELL
It was with deepest sorrow that we learned of the death of Flight Lieutenant David Cooper Mitchell of Strathyre, Eastwoodmains Road, Giffnock. He was a brave and gallant young man who had passed through the Battle of Britain and through much of those hazardous flights into enemy countries, performing a great service and earning the highest praise of all who knew his record. He was killed during a flight in June last.
To his wife, father, mother, brother and sister, we extend our heartfelt sympathy. May God sustain them during their temporary separation and supply all their need until the glorious day of reunion in the Heavenly Home.
There is a window in the church which is dedicated to the memory of David Cooper Mitchell.
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PATERSON, JOHN WATT
Rank: Second Radio Officer
Date of Death: 10/12/1941
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy, S.S. Kirnwood (Middlesbrough)
Panel Reference: Panel 62.
Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Benjamin and Mildred Paterson.

From The Sentinel January 1942
JOHN WATT PATERSON
In December intimation was given that John Paterson, “Summerlee”, Langtree Avenue, Giffnock was missing. The information which came from the shipping company was that the ship on which he was the wireless operator had been lost and that he was not among the survivors. While it was not stated that he had not survived, yet the lack of any news to the contrary is deeply disturbing.
John was still a youth and it seems such a short time ago that he was sitting in our study circle and taking part in discussions. He it was who appeared at many of the social events in the hall and performed wonders with electrifying the old gramophone and fitting up loudspeakers. He always showed deep interest in all religious matters and was a regular attender at Church services. If he is alive may God’s blessing rest upon him and supply all his needs. We offer our deepest sympathy to his loved ones at this time of great anxiety and doubt.
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PEAT, NORMAN FRASER
Rank: Sub-Lieutenant
Date of Death: 03/02/1940
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. Firefly.
Grave Reference: Sec. H. (New Part). Grave 1505.
Cemetery: GLASGOW (EASTWOOD) OLD AND NEW CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of George A. Peat and Alexandra Peat, of Giffnock, Renfrewshire.

From The Sentinel March 1940
NORMAN FRASER PEAT
Killed at sea on the 3rd February 1940, Sub-Lieutenant Norman Fraser peat, RNVR, 23 years of age, youngest son of George A. Peat, Ardsheil, Giffnock.
This intimation of the death of a gallant and lovable young man of our Congregation cast a black cloud over the whole wide area of Giffnock and its surrounding districts and produced an intense sorrow and deep sympathy far and wide. The big congregation which gathered in our Church on the day of the funeral, in which were representatives from the Board and Staff of the Glasgow Royal Technical College, the Giffnock and District Branch of the British Legion, the Giffnock Rovers, Scouts and Cubs and our own Kirk Session: the presence and assistance of the Rev. Hamish Mackenzie M.A. of Orchardhill Church, who also paid a warm and sympathetic tribute on the following Sunday; the beautiful wreaths and innumerable letters of sympathy indicated the great affection and high esteem which Norman had secured – and so deservedly, as well as the overflowing sympathy we all have for Mr. and Mrs. Peat and their family who occupy a big and warm place in our hearts, and to whom we are indebted for a great work so splendidly rendered to our congregation. In this disappointment of earthly hope may God, our Father, keep them in that better hope which is full of immortality.
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PEDERSEN, NIELS PEDER
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 151388
Date of Death: 06/06/1942
Regiment/Service: Royal Horse Artillery, 287 Bty., 107 (The South Notts. Hussars) Regt.
Grave Reference: 11. B. 13.
Cemetery: KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA
Additional Information: Son of Hans P. Pederson and Martha W. Pederson, of Glasgow.

From The Sentinel May 1943
NEILS PEDER PEDERSEN
To Mr. & Mrs. Pedersen, “Towerdene”, Langside Avenue, Newlands and their daughters, we offer our overwhelming sympathy in the great sorrow that has entered into their lives through the death of their beloved son who was killed on active service.
Niels was 21 years of age and was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. He had fine qualities of heart and mind, was unselfish and lovable, always considerate of others showing strength and gentleness, understanding and sympathy. A former Colonel wrote these words to his parents: “He was always so much alive , alert and gay. I was as you know very proud to have him in my regiment. If I had a son that is just the type I should have liked him to be”
A fellow officer who received his information from a surviving soldier of the battery wrote: “Niels put up a wonderful show and was killed whilst fighting with his one remaining gun.”
He was an ideal son and an ideal brother. In “Towerdene” one found home life at its best, for there love shone forth in beauty with the love of Christ permeating it all and Niels, brought up in this lovely atmosphere, received and gave back in full measure “the greatest of these”.
We know our dear friends will not sorrow as those who have no hope, but all the same we pray that the Good Shepherd will gather them closer than ever to Himself, leading then through green pastures and by still waters and restoring their souls, until once again the whole family is reunited, never again to be troubled by war, death and separations, but to dwell in that Life Eternal which has been likened to One Grand Sweet Song.
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