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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: WW2 Reply with quote

1939 - 1945

MAJOR, THOMAS A. BLYTHE, R. WARK. REGT
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Thomas Archibald Blythe, Major (121422) 1/7th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Age 29.
Born 1914 in Glasgow. Son of Bruce Crawford Blythe and of Anne Monteith (Archibald) Blythe. Husband of Shiela May (Rae) Blythe who he married in 1939 in Glasgow.
Bruce Blythe and his brother Walter (and other siblings) were born in Carsphairn and in 1915 Walter was a school teacher there.
Thomas was educated at Hillhead High School in Glasgow and initially worked with the Albion Motor Company before moving to Sheffield. At the outbreak of war he attended the 162nd Officer Cadet Training Unit in Salisbury and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the R.W.R. in February 1940. By 1942 he was Chief Instructor, with the rank of Major, at the Eastern Command Infantry Battle School. He requested a move to a fighting unit and was posted to the 1/7th R.W.R.
Thomas landed at Normandy on 29 June 1944 and took part in the fighting around Caen. On 8 July the battalion captured the village of St. Contest held by the 25th SS Panzer Grenadiers.
Killed in action 8 July 1944 and buried in La Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres, Calvados, France.


SAPPER, JAMES G. McFADZEAN, R.E.
James Gilchrist McFadzean, Sapper (2121832) 59 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Age 34.
Born 1909 at Darnscaw, Carsphairn. Son of James and Agnes (Gilchrist) McFadzean.
James enlisted in 1941 and had been employed by the Galloway Water Power Company.
Killed in action 28 July 1944 and buried in the Florence War Cemetery, Italy.


F/SGT. CAMPBELL McI. McMILLAN, R.A.F.
Campbell McIntosh McMillan, Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (1821038) 9 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20.
Born 1924 - the birth was registered in both Kelvin, Glasgow and Carsphairn. Son of George Campbell McMillan and of Elizabeth Jack (McIntosh) McMillan who married in 1919 in Kelvin, Glasgow. Husband of Betty (Sheldon) McMillan of Kettlethorpe, Lincolnshire who he married in 1944 in Newark.
In 1915 George Campbell McMillan was a joiner living and working in Carsphairn. His father (also George) had been the Postmaster in Carsphairn.
Campbell's Lancaster bomber crashed near Wantage, Berkshire returning from a raid on Molbis near Leipzig.
Killed in action 8 April 1945 and buried in Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A big thank you to Paul ("Spoons") for sharing his research on this memorial.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Memorial with VC stone in place.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From http://www.canadaveteranshallofvalour.com/Clarke-KennedyW.htm

William Hew Clarke-KennedyVC CMG DSO (2)was born at Dunskay, Ayrshire Scotland.
(Actually he was born in 1879 at Dunskey, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire).
His grandfather had been decorated on the field, following the 1815 Battle of Waterloo.His father had been killed in the South African War. William Clarke-Kennedy himself served in the South African War with the ImperialYeomanry and Rhodesian Horse.

In 1903 he was transferred to the Montreal Canada office of the Scottish life insurance company for which he worked.In 1914 when war broke out, he enlisted and went overseas with the 13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders). While in training at Valcartier near Quebec Cityhe married Kate Redford.

On 28 August 1918, the second day of the Arras front offensive, as Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 24th Battalion (Victoria Rifles), he was badly wounded in theleg. Though bleeding profusely and in intense pain, Clarke-Kennedy, who the day before had led the initial charge on enemy trenches, refused to be evacuated from the battlefield.Using a shell hole as his command post, he continued to direct his men until realizing his exhausted troops could advance no further, he established a strongdefense line.This not only saved countless lives but made it possible for fresh troops to resume the forward attack.

For his valiant action, Clarke-Kennedy, who had previously received the DistinguishedService Order twice, the Croix de Guerre, and "mentioned in despatches" four times, was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC).

After WW1, he returned to the insurance business in Montreal, retiring in 1945.

In 1961 he died in Montreal at age 81.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This image has just been added to the WMR Record (suitably credited), and will be the 'headline' image on the record when it updates overnight.
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