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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PRENTICE, JAMES
Rank: Driver
Service No: T/94580
Date of Death: 10/12/1940
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps
Grave Reference: 7. A. 10.
Cemetery: HALFAYA SOLLUM WAR CEMETERY
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From The Sentinel January 1941
JAMES PRENTICE
On Wednesday 18th December, news came that James Prentice, “Westfield”, Arthurlie Drive, Giffnock had been killed in the East while on Active Service.
Another of our young men has made the supreme sacrifice. James was one of our Study Circle and we see him still – a smiling face, a happy spirit, full of the joy of life, a very dear lad, one whom we took readily into our hearts, and on whom we could rely never to refuse a service if it was in his power to help. He has died a noble death.
It was a terribly sorrowful message to come to our dear friends, his parents and brothers so near the Christmas season. Their sorrow is our sorrow and our hearts go out to them. We shall remember them in our prayers. May God protect their other two sons who are on Active Service. We commend them to Him whose “Love came down at Christmas”, and who sent His only begotten Son to live and die for others. May the Father’s blessing console and strengthen them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TAYLOR, JOHN DAVIE
Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 1447250
Date of Death: 22/09/1944
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: The Glider Pilot Regiment, A.A.C., 1st Wing
Grave Reference: 24. B. 6.
Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of John Davie Taylor and Christina Flora Taylor, of Giffnock, Renfrewshire.

From The Sentinel March & April 1945
JOHN DAVIE TAYLOR
Sergeant John Davie Taylor, the Glider Pilot Regiment, was of that gallant band whose heroic deeds thrilled us in September last when they were at Arnhem. He was reported “missing” then and in February last came sad information that he had died of his wounds in a German hospital.
Jack, as we all knew him, was a fine young man, a son in whom to rejoice with a great love for his parents and sisters and greatly loved by them. He was one who in civilian life never gave his father and mother a moment’s anxiety, so reliable and affectionate was he: and, in war he revealed the sterling qualities of which he was made. His record is one of which to be proud and such was his regard of the things that count that he did not hesitate to make the supreme sacrifice.
We were in utmost sympathy with Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and their daughters during those months of waiting of some news of him and now that the sad blow has fallen upon them, our hearts overflow towards them. May God be especially near to them in this their time of need and may the inner consciousness of the Everlasting Arms be their support.
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THOMSON, THOMAS GEORGE
Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A)
Date of Death: 25/06/1945
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. Rajaliya.
Panel Reference: Bay 6, Panel 5.
Memorial: LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of George and Annie Isobel Thomson.

From The Sentinel September 1945
THOMAS GEORGE THOMSON
With deepest sorrow we learned of the death of Thomas George Thomson of 11 Berryhill Drive, Giffnock. George, as we all knew him, was a Sub-Lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy Reserve, and has been presumed to have lost his life on 25th June as a result of an aircraft accident at sea. He was a most lovable young man, one who adorned his uniform and gave long and gallant service in the Forces, a son of whom to be proud and as sunshine to his loved ones at home. All who knew him recognised the fine qualities of which he was possessed. Of sound heart and sound head, he gave great promise of a life to be admired; his cheerfulness and loyalty made his friendship a valuable one; his high Christian ideals were an example to be imitated. We had hoped with all our hearts that he would be spared and survive all the perils of the war; but such was not to be. To his father and sisters our hearts go out in a great sympathy and we pray that, in the midst of their grief they may be conscious that the Everlasting Arms are underneath.
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WALKER, JOHN IAN RUSSELL
Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A)
Date of Death: 27/03/1943
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. Dasher.
Grave Reference: Sec. D. Joint grave 181.
Cemetery: MEARNS CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Ernest Gordon Walker and Margaret Boyd Walker, of Newton Mearns.

From The Sentinel May 1943
JOHN (IAN) RUSSELL WALKER
To Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Walker, Amulree, Elmwood Avenue, Newton Mearns, who are members of our Congregation, and to their daughter, our hearts go out in overwhelming sympathy in the great sorrow that has entered into their lives through the deaths of their beloved sons on Active Service and within ten days of each other. John (Ian) was 21 years of age and was a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. John died when his ship HMS Dasher blew up in the River Clyde. He was as sunshine to his parents and brother and sister, dearly loved and dearly loving, joying in his devotion and attention to them, and placing their interests first and foremost. Quiet and thoughtful, unselfish and sympathetic, he was popular with all with whom he came in contact. He loved the Royal Navy, joying in its spirit and joying in its comradeships, and always endeavouring to live up to all that was high and noble in its traditions.
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WALKER, GORDON BOYD
Rank: Sergeant
Trade: Air Gnr.
Service No: 1551590
Date of Death: 07/04/1943
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 9 Sqdn.
Grave Reference: Sec. D. Joint grave 181.
Cemetery: MEARNS CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Ernest Gordon Walker and Margaret Boyd Walker, of Newton Mearns.

From The Sentinel May 1943
GORDON BOYD WALKER
To Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Walker, Amulree, Elmwood Avenue, Newton Mearns, who are members of our Congregation, and to their daughter, our hearts go out in overwhelming sympathy in the great sorrow that has entered into their lives through the deaths of their beloved sons on Active Service and within ten days of each other.
Gordon was 19 years of age, and was a fine young man, upright and honourable, full of the joy of life, possessed of a spirit of happiness and brightness, a tonic to all whom he met and moved among, and like his brother in the home was also most dearly beloved and loving. Had he been spared he would have been to his parents and sister a source of great strength and comfort in their painful bereavement. Gordon was a Sergeant in the Royal Air Force, and was typical of those young men in that branch of the Forces who are so courageous and so self-sacrificing and to whom we owe a debt which can never be paid.
Gordon was on board Lancaster ED 662, which was taking part in a Bullseye exercise in Suffolk. The bomber suffered a total engine failure and hit the ground at Kennyhill, 1 mile North of Mildenhall Airfield. There were no survivors.
The following was found written in Gordon’s Diary, and gives an indication of the great spirit of which he was possessed:-
“Give me leave always to live and die in this mind – He is not worthy to live at all that, for fear of danger or death, shunneth his country’s service and his own honour – seeing that Death is inevitable and Fame of Virtue immortal.”


The extracts from The Supplement and The Sentinel were very kindly sourced from Giffnock South Parish Church.

John
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