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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:37 pm    Post subject: St. Columba's Church, Stirling. Reply with quote



Photos and notes from Sandra Muir ("columba")

St Columba’s Church is situated on Park Terrace, Stirling FK8 2NA.

The current building dates from 1902. The church was formed as a result of the Disruption of 1843 when 474 ministers walked out of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and joined the Free Church. The congregation built the Free North Church on Murray Place and then a “grander” building across the road, which later became the Baptist Church.
In 1900 the Free Church merged with the United Presbyterian Church to form the United Free Church hence the church became the North United Free Church. Also in 1900 there occurred the death of a member, Mrs Ellen Peter, who had difficulty in negotiating the steep stairs in the Murray Place church. She left a bequest to the North UF Church to build yet another place of worship to be called The Peter Memorial Church.
In 1929, the United Free Church re-united with the Church of Scotland and a decision was made to change the name of the congregation to St Columba’s. The full name now is:
St Columba’s Church of Scotland (worshipping in the Peter Memorial Building)
(From the centenary booklet of St Columba’s)



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WW1 memorial
The Deacons’ Court of the church began discussions on a memorial in December 1918. A committee was set up and recommended that a bronze tablet be put up in the church with a list of the names of members and adherents of the congregation who had fallen in the war. The tablet was designed by Mr Campbell Mackie of Glasgow and the estimated cost was £132. 10/-. It was also decided to erect an iron grille with a bronze wreath in front of the radiator which was underneath the site of the proposed memorial; this was to cost £68. 10/-. Donations to defray the costs were sought from the members. The sculptors were Messrs HH Martyn and Co Ltd of London and Cheltenham.

The following inscription was agreed on:
“1914-1919 Remember with Thanksgiving the men of this Church who went forth for God and the Right. The names of those who returned not are here inscribed to be honoured for evermore.”

The names on the tablet were those of:
Private John Balfour 31 Upper Craigs PPCLI
Sergt John E Brown 33 Friars Street 7th A&SH
Corporal John Bruce (Loanhead) 4th Grenadier Guards
Private James Buchanan 11 King Street A&SH
Private John Cameron 46 Lower Bridge Street Royal Highlanders (A&SH)
Gunner John Carmichael Viewforth Lodge RFA
Private Geo Davie 41 Baker Street A&SH
Lieut Campbell Drummond 6 Queens Road 8th KOSB
Capt Henry C Drummond Glebe Crescent 7th A&SH
Lieut Neil M Gavin FRCS (India) RAMC
Lieut John Gillespie 18 Princes Street Indian MGC
Corp Wm Jack Spittal Street (RASC)
Private John J Johnson 21 Millar Place Black Watch
Wm JK Mackieson 2 Queen Street Private 7th A&SH
Private Jas S McKean 27 Argyll Avenue 31st Canadian
Private William McQueen 13 Broad Street A&SH
Private R Merrilees 23 Wellgreen RASC
Private James Paterson 39 Cowane Street A&SH
Gunner Arch M Robertson 14 Ronald Place RGA
Gunner John Robertson 31 Upper Craigs RGA
Sergt Walter Ross Wolf Cottage A&SH
Lance Corporal John Shirra 3 Bruce Street Royal Highlanders
Private James Stewart 49 King Street Cameron Highlanders
Private John Stewart 24 Bow Street A&SH
Private Thomas Do (10 Upper Bridge St) 13 Royal Scots
Second Lieut John H Thomson 5 Park Crescent RAF
Private James S Thomson 45 Springfield Place 2nd RSF
(The information in italics does not appear in the minutes but was obtained during my research)

The memorial was unveiled in the Church on 3rd April 1921 by the Rev John Chalmers and the preacher was Professor AB Macauley DD Glasgow who was a former minister of the North United Free Church; he had completed three tours of duty at the front ministering to the troops under the auspices of the YMCA.

(From the minutes of the Deacons’ Court and the Kirk Session)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:27 pm    Post subject: John Balfour Reply with quote

BALFOUR, J
Rank: Private
Service No: 728
Date of Death: 04/06/1916
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Panel Reference Panel 10
Memorial YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Walter and Elizabeth Balfour, of 31, Upper Craigs, Stirling, Scotland.
CWGC

Stirling Observer February 2nd 1915
A Chum’s Tribute – What Private Balfour, Stirling, says
The following extract is from a letter written by Private John Balfour, son of Mr Walter Balfour, slater, Craigs, Stirling and who chummed the late Private Meiklejohn from the day they both left Canada with the Expeditionary Force. They belonged to the same regiment and after doing their training in England went to the front. Private Balfour writing to his parents in Stirling (his letter being received this (Tuesday) morning) says:
Poor fellow, he (Meiklejohn) passed away yesterday. We were both on sentry when it happened. He got hit on the head and fell back into my arms dead. I laid him down and knelt beside him and spoke but he was gone. We buried him behind the trench. Bob Wylie (son of J Wylie engine cleaner, 100 Upper Craigs) and some more of his comrades laid him to rest and put up a cross to mark the spot. I have written to his people and I hope God will sustain them in their great sorrow.

Stirling Observer June 27th 1916
Stirling Canadian wounded
Mrs Balfour, 31 Upper Craigs, has received official intimation that her son, Private John Balfour, Canadian Light Infantry, was wounded between 2nd and 4th June, but no particulars as to the nature of his injuries or his whereabouts are yet to hand. Private Balfour has been at the Front since December 1914 and has been in several hot engagements.

Stirling Observer January 30th 1917
A Stirling Canadian
Posted missing; now reported dead
Mr Walter Balfour, slater and Mrs Balfour, 31 Upper Craigs, have been officially informed that their son, Pte John Balfour, Canadian Light Infantry, who was posted missing on 2nd June 1916 is now presumed to be dead. Pte Balfour joined the army in Edmonton, Alberta at the outbreak of war and was sent to the front in December 1914 where he took part in many engagements. In civil life he was a joiner.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:34 pm    Post subject: John Elder Brown Reply with quote

BROWN, JOHN ELDER
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 275791
Date of Death: 04/10/1917
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1st/7th Bn
Grave Reference III. C. 20.
Cemetery ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Additional Information: Son of Robert and Catherine Brown of Stirling
CWGC

Stirling Observer December 19th 1916
A Patriotic Stirling Family
Six sons serving King and Country
Mr Robert Brown, painter, Friars Street, Stirling, has the honour of having six sons serving their King and Country and more creditable still, all these young men were volunteers who hurried to join the colours as they heard their country call.
Donald is in the Canadian Force and is now in England.
John is sergeant-instructor in a unit of A&SH and is also in England.
Bertie is in the Canadians and is at present a piper with a recruiting party in the Dominion.
Edmund, likewise a Canadian volunteer is a clarinet player in a band.
Allan who is in the A&S Highlanders was in the last great advance. At present he is in hospital in England but expects to return to the fighting line soon.
Leo is serving in the East in the Army Service Corps.

Stirling Observer October 9th 1917
Stirling Photographer Dies of Wounds
Sergeant John E Brown
Sergeant John Elder Brown, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders has died of wounds in a clearing hospital in France, information to that effect having been received by his father Mr Robert Brown, painter, 33 Friars Street. Sergeant Brown sustained a gunshot wound in the head in the fighting of 25th September and remained in an unconscious condition till the 4th inst when he passed away. Deceased who was 25 years of age was Mr Brown’s fifth son and he served his apprenticeship with Mr Nairn, photographer. He afterwards gained experience in Dublin and Glasgow and had charge of a photographer’s establishment in Dunfermline when war broke out. He enlisted shortly after the outbreak of hostilities and has been in France for about a year. Mr Brown has five other sons in the Army, three of whom were in Canada.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:44 pm    Post subject: John Bruce Reply with quote

BRUCE, JOHN
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 20824
Date of Death: 25/09/1916
Regiment/Service: Grenadier Guards 4th Bn.
Panel Reference Pier and Face 8 D.
Memorial THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
CWGC

Stirling Observer August 7th 1917
Death notice
Bruce – previously reported wounded and missing now officially reported to have died of wounds on 25th September 1916, 20824 Corporal John Bruce, Grenadier Guards, son of the late Edward Bruce, Hamilton and of Mrs Bruce, 29 Queen Street, Stirling. Deeply mourned.

(He was married to Jane McKinlay Blyth and had two children - Agnes and Edward)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: James Buchanan Reply with quote

BUCHANAN, JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: S/13338
Date of Death: 24/11/1917
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 14th Bn
Grave Reference IV. A. 40
Cemetery ONTARIO CEMETERY, SAINS-LES-MARQUION
Additional Information: Son of James and Elizabeth Buchanan, of 11, King St., Stirling
CWGC

Stirling Observer December 18th 1917
Private James Buchanan
Official information arrived on Sunday morning that Private James Buchanan A & S Highlanders, son of Mr Jas Buchanan, lathsplitter, King Street, Stirling, had been killed by a sniper on 24th November last. He was formerly a grocer in the Friars Street branch of the Stirling Co-operative Society. Deceased, who was aged 24, enlisted in August 1915 and had been 18 months in France.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:53 pm    Post subject: John Cameron Reply with quote

CAMERON, JOHN
Rank: Private
Service No: S/3568
Date of Death: 27/09/1915
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 11th Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 125 to 127.
Memorial LOOS MEMORIAL

Additional Information:
CWGC

Stirling Observer November 30th 1915
Stirling Man Missing
Private J Cameron, Cowane Street, Stirling who was a close “pal” of J Littlejohn’s (refers to article about death of J Littlejohn) in the 11th A&SH is reported missing since 25th September when the advance on Loos took place. Cameron and Littlejohn enlisted together on 7th September 1914 and have been together all the time. Cameron is married and had one of a family.

Stirling Observer October 3rd 1916
Soldiers killed in action – Private John Cameron, miner
Official intimation has now been received by Mrs Cameron 64 Cowane Street, that her husband, Private John Cameron 11th A&SH who was posted missing after the battle of Loos on 25th September 1915 is presumed to have been killed on that date.
Deceased, who was a young man, enlisted a month after the outbreak of war. He was formerly a miner at Fallin and was well known through his association with local juvenile football clubs. He leaves a widow and one child.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:01 pm    Post subject: John Carmichael Reply with quote

CARMICHAEL, JOHN
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 661233
Date of Death: 17/04/1918
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery A" Bty 112th Bde"
Grave Reference: I. Q. 27.
Cemetery: GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Daniel and Williamina Carmichael, of Viewforth Lodge, Stirling
CWGC

Stirling Observer May 7th 1918
Killed – Gunner John Carmichael RFA
Official information has been received of the death in action on 17th April of Gunner John Carmichael, Royal Field Artillery, eldest son of Mr Dan Carmichael, gardener Viewforth, who occupied a similar post at Langgarth for many years. Gunner Carmichael who was 20 years of age, was an apprentice seedsman with Messrs Drummond and Sons, Stirling and “joined up” about two years ago. He had a younger brother serving in the Gordon Highlanders who is home on draft leave at present.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: George Davie Reply with quote

DAVIE, GEORGE
Rank: Private
Service No: S/25861
Date of Death: 21/12/1918
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 10th Bn
Grave Reference: A. 39
Cemetery: STIRLING (BALLENGEICH) CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of William and Christina Davie, of 41, Baker St., Stirling; husband of Euphemia Louisa Ogilvie Davie, of 41, Baker St., Stirling
CWGC

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CWGC Gravestone in Ballengeich Cemetery, Stirling, see:
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/viewtopic.php?t=448&mforum=scottishwargraves
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Campbell Drummond Reply with quote

DRUMMOND, PATRICK CAMPBELL
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers 8th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 53 to 56
Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Mr. P. Drummond, of 39, Randolph Rd., Stirling, and the late Mrs. J. M. Drummond; husband of the late Dorothy Marchand Drummond
CWGC

Stirling Observer October 5th 1915
Death notice – Drummond, Campbell, 2nd Lieutenant 8th Batt KOSB, killed on service in France, only surviving son of Pat Drummond, Stirling

Stirling Observer Christmas Annual 1915
Died for their country
Lieutenant C Drummond, Stirling
Lieutenant Campbell Drummond, 8th KOSB, only son of Mr Pat Drummond, seedsman, Stirling, was killed in action at the end of September. Mr Campbell Drummond was in his 27th year and was 6 feet 4 inches in height. He played for the Stirling County Cricket Club and the High School Rugby Club. Five years ago he left for the Far East and became a rubber plantation manager, in which business he was very successful.

Also commemorated on the Loretto war memorial
http://www.lorettoniansociety.org.uk/memorial/ww1/biog12.htm
and Holy Trinity Church war memorial in Stirling
http://www.holytrinitystirling.org/rollofhonour.htm
(His father-in-law was the church organist at Holy Trinity)
Also:
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/scottishwargraves-ftopic235-0-asc-30.html


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:07 pm    Post subject: Henry Drummond Reply with quote

DRUMMOND, HENRY CLAUDE
Rank: Captain
Date of Death: 24/07/1916
Age: 33
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 7th Bn
Grave Reference: II. B. 14
Cemetery: FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ
Additional Information: Son of James William and Williamina Macfie Drummond, of Westerlands, Stirling; husband of the late Kathleen Elizabeth Drummond
CWGC

Stirling Observer January 25th 1916
Messers W Drummond and Sons, seedsmen, Stirling.
Lieutenant HC Drummond
Lieut Harry Drummond is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs J W Drummond of Westerlands. He is married and resides in Glebe Crescent. Not long after the war broke out, he obtained a commission in the 3-7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was recently promoted lieutenant. He has been at the front in Flanders for some time and is presently attached to “C” Company of the 7th A&SH. For many years Lieut Drummond was heart and soul in the Boys Brigade movement and acted as Captain of the 1st Stirling Company connected with the Peter Memorial Church.
Stirling Observer March 14th 1916
Stirling Officers Promoted
Lieut Henry C Drummond, (Stirling) 7th A&SH (Territorials) who has been at the front for some time has been promoted Captain.
Stirling Observer August 1st 1916
Captain Henry C Drummond, Stirling
……….. Deceased, who was the elder son of J W Drummond, Westerlands and was a member of the well-known firm of Messers. W Drummond and Sons, seedsmen, Stirling, was 33 years of age and leaves a widow and one son. Captain Drummond was educated at Stirling High School and Loretto, subsequently returning to his native town where he became associated with his father’s business……….

Also commemorated on the Loretto war memorial
http://www.lorettoniansociety.org.uk/memorial/ww1/biog11.htm
Also:
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/scottishwargraves-ftopic235-0-asc-30.html


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:21 pm    Post subject: Neil Gavin Reply with quote

GAVIN, NEIL MURPHY
Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 12/03/1916
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps 6th Field Amb
Grave Reference I. F.3
Cemetery LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Gavin; husband of Maud Muriel Gavin, of 35, Morton Hall Rd., Edinburgh. A medical missionary with the Irish Presbyterian Church in Western India
CWGC

Gavin, Neil Murphy
Rank – temporary lieutenant
Royal Army Medical Corps
Accidentally killed by fall from horse, France. 12 Mar 1916 age 42
Irish Military Records

Stirling Observer Christmas Annual 1916
Men who have given their lives
Dr Neil M Gavin RAMC
Many in Stirling and district heard with regret of the death in France on 12th March of Dr Neil Gavin. Though frequently under fire, Lieutenant Gavin was not fated to meet the end that so many have done. From details to hand it appears that Dr Gavin, who was a younger brother to Bailie Hugh Gavin and Mr James Gavin, drapers, Stirling, was out riding when he met his death.

RAMC
Neil was educated at Stirling High School and at Edinburgh University, and after spending some years in business in Stirling, Glasgow and London, he joined the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society in 1898, and studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, qualifying as F.R.C.S. in 1901. He was then for some months Assistant in a country practice, and afterwards for some years in charge of a Medical Mission at Annand, India, under the Irish Presbyterian Church. On the outbreak of war, in response to an appeal made by the War Office for more medical men, he offered his services, and returned from India. He was gazetted Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. He went to France in 1915, and was on active service very often in the front trenches, until he was accidentally killed near Bethune, France, by a fall from his horse.........Neil was the son of Mr and Mrs Hugh Gavin of Stirling, Draper; and was the husband of Maud Muriel Gavin [youngest daughter of Rev. W Fleming Stevenson, D.D., Dublin] of 35 Morton Hall Road, Edinburgh. They were married at Ahmedabad, Bombay Presidency, India, and had four children.
http://www.ramc-ww1.com/profile.php?cPath=274_442_229&profile_id=8536&osCsid=29
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:30 pm    Post subject: John Gillespie Reply with quote

GILLESPIE, J
Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 09/08/1919
Regiment/Service: Indian Machine Gun Corps 18th Coy.
Grave Reference XX L. 11
Cemetery BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:

Medal card
John Gillespie
Royal Engineers sapper 66677
MGC Lieutenant
Victory MGC off 227
British do do
15 Star RE RE 20B
On RE Roll – discharged to commission 24.10.1916
Deceased 9.8.1919
3 medals returned undelivered
Theatre of war 1
Date of entry 11.05.1915
Next of kin
Miss Gillespie (aunt)
18 Princes Street
Stirling

(Father John Gillespie died 1904, mother Jane Thorburn died 1886; only sibling James died 1895. Only living relative, Aunt Margaret Gillespie died 1922 @ 84; medals sent 1924 - no-one left to receive them.)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:33 pm    Post subject: William Jack Reply with quote

JACK, W
Rank: Corporal
Service No: T3/026127
Date of Death: 09/05/1919
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Service Corps 573rd Horse Transport Coy.
Grave Reference I. H. 10.
Cemetery TARANTO TOWN CEMETERY EXTENSION
Additional Information: Son of Jessie Jack, of 25, Wellgreen, Stirling, and the late Thomas Jack; husband of Joan Jack, of 32, Spittal St., Stirling

Service Returns
Corporal William Jack Royal Army Service Corp age 30 9th May 1919 Italy Broncho-pneumonia
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject: John Johnson Reply with quote

JOHNSON, JOHN J.
Rank: Private
Service No: 291930
Date of Death: 26/03/1918
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 7th Bn.
Panel Reference Bay 6
Memorial ARRAS MEMORIAL
Additional Information:

Stirling Observer April 16th 1918
Killed – Private John J Johnson
Mrs Johnson, 21 Miller Place, Stirling has been officially informed of the death of her younger son, Private John J Johnson, Black Watch who was killed in action in France in the fighting which took place between the 21st and 26th March. Private Johnson was wounded in December 1916 and on his return to France had taken part in many engagements. The deceased soldier showed prospects of a brilliant career. He was a qualified solicitor and at the time of enlistment was on the staff of Messrs McKenzie and Black, Writers to the Signet, Edinburgh. Private Johnson was on a visit to his mother only a month ago.

Death notice
Johnson: Killed in action 21st – 26th March, Private John J Johnson, Black Watch, younger son of Mrs Janet Johnson, 21 Miller Pace, Stirling and the late Daniel Johnson, school master, Dalmally.
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