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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:38 am    Post subject: CRAIGFLOWER SCHOOL WW2 Memorial Reply with quote

Thanks to Mr James Watson for the photographs.
Not on UKNIWM.
When the school was converted into flats the memorial was moved to Torryburn Parish Church.



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like this was a prep school which opened in the 1920's and closed at the end of the 20th Century. Can't find much on it online apart from Andrew Marr being a former pupil!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:09 pm    Post subject: VictoriaCross Reply with quote

I see Broughty Ferry man Wing Commander Hugh Gordon Malcolm VC listed

MALCOLM, HUGH GORDON
Rank: Wing Commander
Trade: Pilot
Service No: 33322
Date of Death: 04/12/1942
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force 18 Sqdn.
Awards: V C, Mentioned in Despatches
Grave Reference: Coll. Grave 2. E.6.
Cemetery: BEJA WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Kenneth Sinclair Malcolm and Marjorie Malcolm; husband of Helen Catherine Malcolm (nee Don Swan) of Worth, Sussex.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 28th April, 1943 gives the following details: On 17th November, 1942, Wing-Comdr. Malcolm was ordered to carry out with his light bomber squadron a low-level formation attack on Bizerta airfield. In spite of fierce opposition, all the squadron's bombs were dropped on the airfield. Two enemy machines were shot down and others damaged on the ground. On 28th November, 1942, he again led his squadron against Bizerta airfield and though it was heavily defended he successfully attacked it with bombs and machine-gun fire. On 4th December, 1942, Wing-Comdr. Malcolm, while giving close support to the First Army, received an urgent request to attack an enemy fighter airfield. The attack, made without fighter escort, was successful, but the squadron was intercepted by an overwhelming force of enemy fighters. Although Wing-Comdr. Malcolm fought back the aircraft in his formation were shot down one by one, in the end his own machine was shot down in flames. Throughout his service in command of a light bomber squadron in North Africa Wing-Comdr. Malcolm's leadership, skill and daring were of the highest order. His last exploit was the finest example of the valour and unswerving devotion to duty which he constantly displayed.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An unusual surname caught my eye

MESSUM, JOE FLEMING BORLAND
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service No: C/JX 201266
Date of Death: 08/10/1940
Age:19
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. "Hambledon"
Panel Reference: 36, 3.
Memorial: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Lt.-Col. Leo Rustum Messum and Agnes Hood Hambley Messum, of Frithsden End, Hertfordshire.


From U-Boat net:

http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/4622.html

7 Oct 1940

HMS Hambledon (Cdr. S.H. Carlill, RN) hit an acoustic mine in the English Channel off South Foreland in position 51°08'N, 01°21'E during operation Lucid, a planned raid with numerous incendiary vessels, gunboats, MTBs, minesweepers and other escort destroyers on the German invasion fleets assembled in the French channel ports. She was severely damaged. Repairs were completed in mid-May 1941.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to James Watson for passing it on and to Eva lessels for compiling the information.
Bomber downed by
overwhelming odds
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PILOT'S VC FOR AUCTION:
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MALCOLM AND his colleagues returned to base to refuel. Within an hour of ianding, 25-year-old Malcolm received a message from the forward army battle zone requesting aerial support in the area they
had just attacked.
Despite the risk of flying over a battle zone with no specific fighter cover, Malcolm decided to fly the sortie and an attack group of 10 Blenheim bombers took to the skies.
Twenty minutes into the ill-fated mission, one of the aircraft developed engine trouble and crash landed although its crew were spared serious injury.
Malcolm ploughed on with the remaining eight aircraft and the group eventually reached the forward fighting zone where they circled to identify
the target and started to bomb.
German observers spotted the aerial incursion and a fleet of up to 50 Messerschmitt fighters were despatched to deal with the threat.

The ensuing dogfight was over within five minutes With the Blenheim crews massacred by the overwhelming force of the opposition.
Three of the aircraft crash landed within Allied lines and the crews were recovered. Malcolm's Blenheim was one of the last left flying but it was
eventually shot down and erupted into flames.
Malcolm was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on April, 27, 1943 for his decision to fly the sortie despite knowing it would "court almost
certain disaster" and in recognition of his courage and leadership in previous missions in support of the North Africa campaign.

Malcolm's Victoria Cross-along with four campaign medals including the Air Crew Europe and Africa stars-will be auctioned at Spink’ s London saleroom on April 22.

The lot, which also includes Malcolm's logbook with an official stamp stating "Killed in Action" on it, is being offered for auction with a pre-sale
estimate of £180,000 to £220,000.

'They could have no better name than Malcolm Clubs'
BY Craigie
RECENT NEWS items about the sale at auction of a VC awarded to Wing Commander Hugh Gordon Malcolm of Broughty Ferry prompted Craigie reader Wilson Walker of Dundee to provide some information on the formation of Malcolm Clubs, named in honour of the VC holder.

Acting Wing Commander Malcolm died in 1942, aged 25, while 'defying over- whelming odds in a hazardous raid vital to the First Army in Tunisia'.
Malcolm Clubs were a sort of RAF equivalent of the NAAFI and were founded by Lady Tedder, wife of the Deputy Supreme Invasion Commander, Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur Tedder. The first Malcolm Club was established in Tangiers and others were set up until there were eventually more than 100 operating throughout the world.
In May 1943, Lord Tedder was concerned that there were few amenities for the British troops in Algiers. A three-roomed house was rented and the
first Club was founded. Lord Tedder told the troops using the facility,
"This is your club, keep it going", a phrase which became the clubs' motto.
Lady Tedder later said of Wing Commander Malcolm, "What better-monument could such a man have, than that his name should stand for comfort and rest to the non-commissioned ground personnel and crews in the forward areas? No better name could be given to them than Malcolm Clubs."
Mr Walker said that there is surprisingly little known generally about these clubs and he thought that, with a local connection, readers may be interested to know about their establishment.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:03 pm    Post subject: Craigflower Reply with quote

Thanks to James Watson for passing it on and Eva lessels for compiling the information.
CRAIGFLOWER SCHOOL, TORRYBURN
ROLL of HONOUR
Torryburn Church

' In ever proud and grateful memory of those old boys who gave their
lives in the second world war 1939 ta 1945.'

This Preparatory school was founded at Torryburn in 1923 by F.G.Wailes. After its
closure in December 1979, the majority of the boys, along with two masters,
transferred to Cargilfield School in the Barnton area of Edinburgh. Two silver plaques
from Craigflower, the Webster plaque and the Stewart Shield for head of school, are
now in the library at Cargilfield.

R.F.Wailes, a son of the founder, is one of the casualties listed below.

NAME :ANDREW, J. Rankine b. Glasgow abt. l9l8
RANK :Captain ( 2"d Lieutenant 6l\O11939) O.C.'A' Coy.
NUMBER :88125
SERVICE :56 Bn. Black Watch R.H.R. formerly T.A 4l5th (Angus)
DATE OF DEATH :11 June 1944
REMARKS :Went on to Merchiston Castle School about 1931. Killed by a
mortar bomb near Breville, Normandy. Buried Hermanville War Cemetery, Plot 4,
Row E, Grave 15. See the book by J. McGregor, 'The Spirit of Angus' - pages I18,120.

NAME :ANDREW, William R. b. Glasgow abt, l9l4
RANK :Corporal
NUMBER :14662230
SERVICE :The Royal Scots "A" Coy. 8th Batt. under Major McQueen
DATE OF DEATH :28 September 1944
REMARKS :Went on to Merchiston Castle School about 1927. Killed at
Fratershoe, two miles west of St. Oedenrode. Believed buried at Kastleven, Belgium.

NAME :BLYTH, Benjamin H. b. Edinburgh abt. 1919
RANK :Lieutenant
NUMBER :113739
SERVICE :8th Batt. The Royal Scots Detached to another unit unknown
DATE OF DEATH :6 April 1943 Age abt.24.
REMARKS :Middle East

NAME :BURLEY, R.J. b. abt. 1914
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :
DATE OF DEATH :
REMARKS :Went to Merchiston about 1927 .
C.W.G.C. Note; ' 51 with surname Burley but no R. or R.J.'

NAME :CHALMERS, Alexander William Lorne b. Inverary
RANK :A/A.B.
NUMBER :C/JX370154
SERVICE :Royal Navy H.M. M.T.B. 732
DATE OF DEATH :28May 1944
REMARKS :At sea. The Motor Torpedo Boat, a Fairmile D type built by
the Dorset Yacht Co.,was sunk by accident.


NAME :CORRIE, Kenneth Edward b. abt. 1919
RANK :Sergeant
NUMBER :918536
SERVICE :R.A.F.V.R. 53 Squadron
DATE OF DEATH :23rd June 1941 Age 22
REMARKS :Son of Thomas Edgar and Frances Campbell Corrie of
Woking, Surrey. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 41.
Until July 1941 the Squadron was equipped with Blenheim IVs. Flew anti-submarine
sorties from St. Eval in Cornwall.

NAME :COWELL, John Roger b. Windygates abt 1925
RANK :Sergeant ( Air Gunner)
NUMBER :1823215
SERVICE :R.A.F.V.R. 12 Squadron I Group
DATE OF DEATH :1st July 1944 Age 19
REMARKS :Son of Percy and Mona Winifred Cowell, of Pendrethan,
Lundin Links, Fife.
Buried in Vernou-en-Sologne Communal Cemetery; Row l, Grave 4. The village is
about 19 miles ESE of Blois. The graves of four British and three Canadian airmen are
between a large circular monument and the war memorial.
Squadron flew Lancasters in Bomber Command.


NAME :CUNNINGIIAM, John Laurence Gilchrist,
b. Burntisland abt. 1916
RANK :Flight Lieutenant
NUMBER :90194
SERVICE :R.A.F. Fighter Command
DATE OF DEATH :28 August 1940
REMARKS :Went to Edinburgh Academy in 1929

NAME :DALZIEL, B.G. b. Edinburgh
RANK :Captain (duties noted as 'Special employment')
NUMBER :96709
SERVICE :Gordon Highlanders
DATE OF DEATH :25 lune 1944
REMARKS :Head of School Autumn 1931. Left Craigflower at the end of
1931. Died in North Africa


NAME :DEWAR, James Norman Dennis Dom. Glasgow
RANK :Sergeant
NUMBER :1560512
SERVICE :RA.FVR Coastal Command
DATE OF DEATH :13 June 1944 Age abt. 25
REMARKS :Left Craigflower about 1932.


NAME :DICK, Colin James Mungall b. Dunfermline
Dom. Transy, Dunfermline.
RANK :Lieutenant( Acting Captain)
NUMBER :251341
SERVICE :Royal Armoured Corps att.2/5th The Queen's Royal Regiment
at time of death.
DATE OF DEATH :14 September 1944 Age22
REMARKS :Killed in action in Italy. Son of local councillor. Name on
Dunfermline War Memorial.


NAME :DUFF, Ronald W.J. b. Edinburgh
RANK :A. Leading Airman
NUMBER :FAA/FX 91971
SERVICE :Fleet Air Arm H.M. S. Daedalus, Coventry
DATE OF DEATH :1st March 1943
REMARKS :Head of school Summer 1937.
Daedalus was a shore station, an aircraft T.E. Buried Douglas Bank Lair no. 112.
Also on Limekilns and North Queensferry War Memorials.


NAME :GALBRAITH, Ian B. b. abt. 1923
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :
DATE OF DEATH :
REMARKS :C.W.G.C. Note, ' 61 with surname Galbraith but no I. or I.B.



NAME :HUNTER, Richard Tod b. Renfrewshire
RANK :Captain
NUMBER :182125
SERVICE :1st Bn. Scots Guards
DATE OF DEATH :I October 1944
REMARKS :Wounded in North African campaign. Killed at Battle of
Catarelto, between Florence and Bologna.



NAME :IRYINE, Nigel C. b. abt. 1914
RANK :Ty. Acting Lieutenant
NUMBER :
SERVICE :R.N.V.R. H.M.S. Nigeria
DATE OF DEATH :26May 1944
REMARKS :Head of School Summer 1927. Left Craigflower about 1928.
At the time of death the cruiser Nigeria was in the Indian Ocean.



NAME :MacARTIIUR, D.A. b. abt. 1913
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :
DATE OF DEATH :
REMARKS :Went to Edinburgh Academy 1926.
C.W.G.C. Note; ' 3 with same initials and surname.'


NAME :McQUEEN, Alexander Norman Leigh b. Dalbeattie
RANK :Flight Lieutenant
NUMBER :129934
SERVICE :R.A F.V.R. Tactical Air Force
DATE OF DEATH :9 February 1945 Age abt. 30
REMARKS :Went to Sedbergh School in1928.


NAME :MALCOLM, Hugh Gordon b. Broughty Ferry on 2
May 1917.
RANK :Wing Commander
NUMBER :33322
DECORATIONS :Victoria Cross
SERVICE :R.A.F. Eastern Air Command
DATE OF DEATH :4 December 1942 Age 25
REMARKS :Educated at Craigflower and Trinity College, Glenalmond.
Enrolled as Royal Air Force Cadet at Cranwell on 9th January 1936 Flew support
missions for Army in North Africa. At request of 1st Army he led a squadron of 8
unescorted Blenheims (formerly Bisleys) to bomb enemy positions. About 50 Me 109s
caught the aircraft 10 miles north of Chouigui and shot them all down. Only 3 crews
survived.
The Malcolm clubs for rest and recreation are named after him.


NAME :MESSUM, Joe Fleming Borland b. Largs
RANK :Ordinary Seaman
NUMBER :C/JX 201266
SERVICE :Royal Navy H.M.S. Hambledon ( Hunt class
destroyer)
DATE OF DEATH :8 October 1940
REMARKS :Left Craigflower in 1937. Lost his life at sea.

NAME :MILLAR, Ronald Ian
RANK :Pilot Officer
NUMBER :88233
SERVICE :R.A.F.V.R. 613 Squadron
DATE OF DEATH :18th September 1941
REMARKS :Left Craigflower about 1934/35.
Buried in Doncaster ( Rose Hill ) Cemetery; Section G, Grave 127.
City of Manchester Squadron.

NAME :MOORE, A.W.D. b. abt 1915
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :R.N. ?
DATE OF DEATH :
REMARKS :C.W.G.C. Note; ' 3 with surname Moore and same initials A.W. but
no A.W.D.

NAME :MUIRHEAD, Michael K.S. b. Edinburgh
RANK :Cadet
NUMBER :6091783
SERVICE :Queen's Royal Regiment
DATE OF DEATH :l l September 1939 Age abt. 19
REMARKS :U.K. ( Name not found in Regimental history. )

NAME :POWELL, Samuel P. Born 3 July 1909 at Stoney Stratford.
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :
DATE OF DEATH :1939 at Gufar in the Sudan
REMARKS :Reported to have died of blackwater fever. Went to
Glenalmond in 1924. Probably in Colonial Service.

NAME :RAE, C.S. b. Quetta, Baluchistan
RANK :Lieutenant
NUMBER :EC/11528
SERVICE :4/1st King George V.O. Gurkha Rifles
DATE OF DEATH :17 May 1945
REMARKS :May have gone to Glenalmond. Killed in Burma


NAME :RUSSELL, J. Patrick O. b. Edinburgh
RANK :Captain
NUMBER :229005
SERVICE :Royal Artillery
DATE OF DEATH :7 September 1944
REMARKS :Italy


NAME :STEWART, Angus? B. b. abt. 1921
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :
DATE OF DEATH :
REMARKS :Left Craigflower about 1934/35.
C.W.G.C. Note; ' 5 with same initials and surname.'

NAME :STEWART, Russell O. b. Fife
RANK :Lieutenant
NUMBER :233190
SERVICE :1st Bn. Scots Guards
DATE OF DEATH :26 January 1944
REMARKS :Left Craigflower about 1937. In same company (Left Flank)
for a time as R.T. Hunter. Photograph (facing p. 209) in Regimental History of Scots
Guards. Killed by a shell near Anzio Beachhead.

NAME :STRATH, David John Duthie b. Banchory
RANK :Sergeant
NUMBER :1551143
SERVICE :R.A.F.V.R. Bomber Command
DATE OF DEATH :17 June 1943
REMARKS :Left Craigflower about 1937.

NAME :TODD, Brian A. P. b. Dundee abt. 1918
RANK :Lieutenant
NUMBER :176792
SERVICE :The Royal Scots "A" Coy. 1st Batt.
DATE OF DEATH :3 April 1943
REMARKS :Went to Marlborough College in 1931. Killed in action at
village of Indin in the Arakan, Burma.
Mentioned in the book The First of Foot by Augustus Muir, published 1961:-
Pg. 145, "The war in Arakan... ..two wounded men (of the Royal Welch Fusiliers)
had somehow been left behind. . ....our stretcher-bearers under Lieutenant Todd
went out and brought them in.....they had to pass right under the Jap positions on the
edge of the chaung."
Pg.147, " On 3rd April Major Gavin Douglas led his men forward as darkness was
falling. The enemy was in immense numbers in the woods surrounding Indin village
and the Royal Scots' casualties were heavy. Captain Mitchell and Lieutenants
Barnetson, Cropper and Todd were killed."

NAME :TODD, D. H. b. abt. 1916 poss. in Dundee
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :Thought to have been a Second Engineer Officer in the
merchant navy
DATE OF DEATH :
REMARKS :Went to Marlborough in 1929.
C.W.G.C. Note; ' 3 with same initials and surname.'

NAME :WAILES, Richard Francis b. Moffat
RANK :2nd Lieutenant
NUMBER :88795
SERVICE :l" Bn. Fife and Forfar Yeomanry R.A.C.
DATE OF DEATH :
REMARKS :Head of school Autumn 1933. Went to St. Edwards School,
Oxford in 1934. Killed in action at Vyfweg, south of Bergues - in area near Dunkirk
(Brief report in Dunfermline Press 29/6/1940)
Commemorated on Column 5, Dunkirk Memorial.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori


Note:
Additional military information is needed before certain names can be distinguished
from others of the same name.

Acknowledgement.
The main source of information has been the records of the Scottish National War
Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.
Additional details came from:-
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Regimental Histories

A. H. Wailes and D.G.M. Cameron
April 1998.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neither of these two men are listed on the Glenalmond war memorial

NAME :POWELL, Samuel P. Born 3 July 1909 at Stoney Stratford.
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :
DATE OF DEATH :1939 at Gufar in the Sudan
REMARKS :Reported to have died of blackwater fever. Went to
Glenalmond in 1924. Probably in Colonial Service.

NAME :RAE, C.S. b. Quetta, Baluchistan
RANK :Lieutenant
NUMBER :EC/11528
SERVICE :4/1st King George V.O. Gurkha Rifles
DATE OF DEATH :17 May 1945
REMARKS :May have gone to Glenalmond. Killed in Burma
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This man could perhaps be listed as John Galbraith in SNWM / CWGC but known as Ian?

NAME :GALBRAITH, Ian B. b. abt. 1923
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :
DATE OF DEATH :
REMARKS :C.W.G.C. Note, ' 61 with surname Galbraith but no I. or I.B.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These two old boys are also listed on the Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh

NAME :ANDREW, J. Rankine
RANK :Captain
NUMBER :88125
SERVICE :5/6th Bn. Black Watch
DATE OF DEATH :11 June 1944
REMARKS :Went on to Merchiston Castle School about 1931

NAME :ANDREW, William R.
b. Glasgow abt, 1914
RANK :Corporal
NUMBER :14662230
SERVICE :The Royal Scots "A" Coy. 8th Batt. under Major McQueen
DATE OF DEATH :28 September 1944
REMARKS :Went on to Merchiston Castle School about 1927.

The other man identified here as a Merchiston scholar is not listed on it.

NAME :BURLEY, R.J. b. abt. 1914
RANK :
NUMBER :
SERVICE :
DATE OF DEATH :
REMARKS :Went to Merchiston about 1927 .
C.W.G.C. Note; ' 51 with surname Burley but no R. or R.J.'
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The TODD's were (I think) brothers

TODD, BRIAN ALEXANDER PERCY.
Rank:Lieutenant
Service No:176792
Date of Death:03/04/1943
Age:25
Regiment/Service:Royal Scots
1st Bn.
Awards:Mentioned in Despatches
Panel ReferenceFace 4.
MemorialRANGOON MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Todd, of Broughty Ferry, Angus.

TODD, DENYS HULL.
Rank:Flight Sergeant
Service No:748403
Date of Death:17/07/1941
Age:25
Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
3 Sqdn.
Panel ReferencePanel 37.
MemorialRUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Richard Gordon Todd and Ethel Dorothy Todd, of Broughty Ferry, Angus. Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
The TODD's were (I think) brothers


They were. A grave in Monifeith Cemetery which has been recorded on the Scottish War Grave Project, thanks to Delboy, confirms it

http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/scottishwargraves-ftopic196-60.html

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A.B. STEWART could be this man:

STEWART, ALEXANDER BALFOUR.
Rank:Lieutenant
Service No:137943
Date of Death:29/12/1941
Age:23
Regiment/Service:Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
2nd Bn.
Grave ReferenceSp. Mem. 2. E. 9.
CemeteryTAIPING WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Maj Angus Mathieson Stewart, M.B.E., and of Vera Broke Stewart, of Kensington, London. B.A. (Oxon.).

From http://diaagency.ca/railways/Casualties2.htm
EMPLOYEES OF ARGENTINE RAILWAYS WHO VOLUNTEERED AND MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
STEWART, ALEXANDER BALFOUR B.A. (Oxon.) Son of Vera Broke Balfour and Angus Mathieson Stewart of Kensington, London, formerly Chief Engineer, Buenos Ayres Western Railway, retired 1930.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam - the Todd Brothers.
Thanks for that link.
Looking at the visible dates, their father Richard Gordon Todd lost his mother, wife and both sons in the 1940's.
How sad.
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Denys Hull Todd was employed in the Head Office of Scottish Widows.
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