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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:16 pm    Post subject: Gilmerton War Memorial Reply with quote

Hi

Here is the Gilmerton War Memorial. After the pictures I've listed who I believe are the Great War casualties based on information from CWGC, SDGW, SNWM, existing service and pension papers. There are a few that I haven't found a Gilmerton connection for and a couple that are possibilities. If you can fill in any of the gaps could you let me know the Gilmerton connection. Thanks. LIT.


“SCOTTISH WAR MEMORIALS

GILMERTON

A MEMORIAL stone to the men of the district who fell in the late war was unveiled on Saturday afternoon in the grounds of the Parish Church, Gilmerton. Mr W.T. Dow presided over a large gathering. Among those present were Sir David Baird, Bart. of Nowbyth; Brigadier-General Gordon Gilmour, C.B., C.V.O., D.S.O.; the Rev A. M. Snadden, Gilmerton; and the Rev George Dodds, Liberton. A large number of relatives of the fallen soldiers were also present, as well as a detachment of ex-service men and the Gilmerton Brass Band.

The Chairman said they recalled the loss which the district has sustained in the death of 49 of their young men. The memory of these losses to the families immediately affected would not be easily erased, but to others “lest we forget” were whispered not so often as they might be. To remind them and generations yet unborn of the debt of gratitude they owed to these men, it had been decided to erect a memorial in their own village.

Sir David Baird, in unveiling the stone, referred to the connection which he and his forebears had had, both with the district and with the Army. During the war, whilst serving with his regiment, he had, he said, seen many men depart, and it was those who had not returned that they were gathered together to honour. Theirs was the struggle and theirs should be the reward. They were ready to die in the hope of making a happier world, and it was for those who were left to see that their lives had not been given in vain.

The names of the fallen were read, after which the “Last Post” was sounded and “Lochaber no more” played. Several floral tributes were placed at the foot of the stone, as well as a wreath of laurel leaves from the ex-service men.

Brigadier-General Gordon Gilmour proposed a vote of thanks to Sir David Baird and to the chairman, and the proceedings were brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem.” The Scotsman 6th September 1920, page 4.






Affleck, Henry, Pte 42198, 17th Manchester Regiment, DOW 22/07/1917
Alexander, John, Pte 46024, 2nd Royal Scots, KIA 26/09/1917
Allan, James, Pte S/5668, 9th Seaforth Highlanders, DOW 21/12/1915
Allan, William, Pte 52755, 5th/6th Royal Scots, DOW 11/11/1918
Allan, William, Pte 330541, 8th Royal Scots, DOW 18/04/1917
**Beale, Henry, Pte [**No obvious casualty with Gilmerton connection. Most London connections]
Brown, Charles, Pte S/7735, 1st Black Watch, KIA 26/09/1915
Brown, James, Pte 20438, 2nd Royal Scots, KIA 16/07/1916
Burton, Alexander Brown M.C., Cpt, 14th HLI Attd 13th East Surrey Regiment, KIA 09/04/1918
*Campbell, John, Pte 26833, 11th Royal Scots, DOW 04/07/1916 [*Possible]
Campbell, Robert John Lindsay, Pte 330510, 8th Royal Scots, Died 18/02/1919
Carmichael, Andrew, 2nd Lieutenant, 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers, KIA 12/10/1917
Clarkson, Walter, Pte 2709, 5th Royal Scots, KIA 28/06/1915
**Cockburn, David, Gunner [** No obvious casualty with Gilmerton connection]
Crookston, Adam, Pte 86082, 232nd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), KIA 23/11/1917
Crookston, William, Pte 356538, 821st Area Employment Company, Labour Corps, KIA 12/12/1917
**Cruickshanks, John, Pte, [** No obvious casualty with Gilmerton connection]
Davie, John F, Sgt 8795, 5th Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, DOW 10/04/1917
**Douglas, John, Sgt, [** No obvious casualty with Gilmerton connection]
**Edwards, John, Pte, [** No obvious casualty with Gilmerton connection]
Erskine, Alexander, Pte 267551, 6th Seaforth Highlanders, KIA 12-16/05/1917
Frail, Walter, Pte 8961, 2nd Royal Scots, DOW 21/10/1914
Girdwood, Thomas John, Pte 46658, 17th Royal Scots, KIA 30/09/1918
Grandison [Grandeson], William, Pte 5227, 8th attd 15th Royal Scots, KIA 04/08/1916
Hunter, James M.M., Lance Corporal 37970, 15th Highland Light Infantry, DOW 30/09/1918
Kerr, David, Pte 19260, 16th Royal Scots, KIA 01/07/1916
Lumsden, Richard, Sgt 35325, 2nd Highland Light Infantry, KIA 16/02/1918
Lyall, Andrew, Pte 19542, 13th Royal Scots, KIA 15/09/1916
McGill, William, Gnr 345425, 118th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, KIA 18/06/1917
Marr, Alexander, Pte 330609, 8th Royal Scots, KIA 10/04/1918
*Miller, John Laing, Cpl 250815, 12th Royal Scots, Died 23/07/1919 [*Possible as born Gilmerton]
Mitchell, Adam, Pte S/12335, 8th Seaforth Highlanders, KIA 24/12/1917
Moodie, James, Pte 1120, 2nd Black Watch, KIA 19/04/1915
O’Donnell, John, Sgt 10909, 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers, KIA 03/05/1916
Page, William, Pte S/14622, 9th Gordon Highlanders, KIA 20/04/1917
Paterson, John Doig, Pte 52758, 5th/6th Royal Scots, KIA 04/11/1918
Paterson, William, Pte S/26213, 6th Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, DOW 15/07/1917
Pentland, Robert, Pte 250672, 7th Royal Scots, KIA 21/09/1918
Robertson, David Hunter Henderson, Lieutenant, 2nd SR (Cameronians), KIA 10/03/1915
Sharp, John Lumsden, Pte S/23039, 7th Seaforth Highlanders, DOW 11/11/1918
Stewart, John Edgar, Pte 22609, 17th Royal Scots, DOW 11/09/1917
Thomson, John Alexander, Cpl S/27574, 1st Seaforth Highlanders, Died 25/11/1918
Watson, Robert, Pte 2083, 4th Royal Scots, KIA 28/06/1915
Williams, Charles, Rflmn B/202066, 16th Rifle Brigade, DOW 25/04/1918
Wright, Charles Gibson Millar, Pte 5350, 8th Royal Scots, KIA 20/10/1916
Wright, Hugh, Pte 2707, 5th Royal Scots, KIA 28/06/1915
Wright, William Smith, Pte S/5547, 10th Black Watch, KIA 09/05/1917
Yorkston, Robert, Pte 276293, 5th/6th Royal Scots, DOW 20/09/1918
Young, Andrew, 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Scottish Rifles attd 13th Royal Scots, KIA 26/12/1916


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LiT

Many thanks for posting this. I was unaware of it. I thought Gilmerton was covered by Liberton's memorial.

Kind regards

Adam
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Adam

My thoughts were the same as yours. I basically stumbled across this memorial whilst looking for something else. A few of the casualties mentioned on it also appear on the Liberton memorial.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

L/Gazette - Award of MC
Date:1 February 1918 Issue number:30507 Page number:1602
T./Lt. (A./Capt.) Alexander Brown Burton, High. L.I.

Date:2 July 1918 Issue number:30780 Page number:7899
T./Lt. (A./Capt.) Alexander Brown Burton, High. L.I.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an enemy attack he was ordered to occupy an important tactical position.
In spite of heavy fire from machine guns at a range of 50 yards, he led his company to the position, and held it with the greatest skill and determination
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:22 pm    Post subject: Alexander Brown Burton Reply with quote

Alexander Brown Burton Capt MC 14th Highland Light Infantry attd 13th East Surrey b Newton, Mid Lothian Killed in Action F & F 09/04/1917 Son of James Burton, Gilmerton, Midlothian. B 1889. Occ: Teacher at Mackie Academy, Stonehaven. For King & Country. Medal Card: Father: Ferniehill, Gilmerton, Edinburgh. 3rd Gordons, HLI att 3rd East Surrey Regt. Ploegsteert Memorial M. R. 32 Panel 6 Dunnottar Church Stonehaven & Mackie Academy & Gilmerton
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:26 pm    Post subject: William Page Reply with quote

William Page Pte S/14622 "E" Coy. 9th Gordon Highlanders e Edinburgh Age 24 Killed in Action F&F 20/04/1917 Son of Charles and Helen Page, of Fernyside, Gilmerton, EdinburghWancourt British Cemetery Fr 0162 Plot IV Row C Grave 01
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:28 pm    Post subject: Andrew Young Reply with quote

Andrew Young 2nd Lt 3rd Cameronians (Sco Rif) att 13 Royal Scots b Edinburgh 12/02/1888 e London Age 28 Killed in Action F & F 27/12/1916 Son of Alexander and Christian Young, of Glenview, Gilmerton, Edinburgh. Morayshire Roll of Honour: Page 477: Occ: Classic Master, Forres. Martinpuich British Cemetery Fr 0392 Row D Grave 13 FN 4-1-17 4/1 FG 10-1-17 3/5 AJ 06-01-17 Page 4 Forres & Gilmerton
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