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Cauther Lassie



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:55 pm    Post subject: Pte David Brown Reply with quote

Tarbrax Cameron Highlander Killed – Information has reached Mrs Brown, Stark’s Buildings, Tarbrax, that her husband, Pte David Brown of the 1st Btn Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action on Sunday 9th May. Pte Brown, who was employed lately in Tarbrax Oil Works, was in the Cameron’s before and secured his discharge some 18months ago. Shortly after the outbreak of the war, however, he re-enlisted in his old regiment, and being a trained man he was immediately drafted to France, where he served as orderly to Captain Bethune. Deceased who was 25 years of age, was a son of Mr & Mrs John Brown, Tarbrax, and was married a little over a year ago. Much sympathy is felt for his widow in her sad bereavement. The following is a copy of a letter received by Mrs Brown from a comrade at the front;- Dear Mrs Brown, I suppose you will heard by this time the sad news of David’s death, but I though it my duty, as we were chums out here to write and let you know the particulars. It was on Sunday 9th May that it happened. We were in the third line reinforcements in the morning to the regiments that were to make the actual attack, but they did not succeed, and no wonder, as the Germans had their trench fairly covered with machine guns. It was just simply a living hell. They asked us and the Black Watch to try it in the afternoon, but only with a like result. Of the two platoons in our Company, only a handful are left. We only got halfway across and the few of us that were left had to lie there and pretend death till it was dark, and then crawl back into our own line. I never wish to go through that again. I was servant to Captain Bethune and Davie was his orderly, so were always together. The Captain got his leg fractured by a bullet, but will perhaps write to you from hospital. Some of those left who were in the attack said it was the finest thing they had ever seen. Please accept my sincere sympathy. David died a hero as many another did that day.
Midlothian Advertiser, 4th June 1915.
Tarbrax Soldier Killed – Pte David Brown (Photo) of the 1st Btn Cameron Highlanders, who resided at Stark’s Buildings Tarbrax, was killed in action in France on the 9th May. A sketch of his careers appeared in last week’s issue.
Midlothian Advertiser 11th June, 1915.
Private David Brown killed in action in 1915, 1st Cameron Highlanders, killed in action in France on 9th May 1915.
There is a grave, somewhere in France
That our eyes would like to see
Where lies our dear son sleeping
Who died to keep us free.
Inserted by his father and mother, Tarbrax
BROWN – In loving memory of our dear son Pte David Brown 1st Cameron Highlanders, killed in action in France may 9th 1915
There is a grave in France that our eyes would like to see,
Where lies our dear son sleeping, who died to keep us free
We little thought when he left home, his voice we’d ne’er recall
Sad was the morn that brought the news of his untimely fall.
Inserted by his sorrowing Father and Mother 201 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 12th May 1916
Brown – In loving memory of our dear son, Pte David Brown, 1st Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action in France May 9th 1915.
There is a grave in France that our eyes would like to see,
Where lies our dear son sleeping, who died to keep us free
Inserted by his father and mother 201 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 11th May 1917
Brown – In loving memory of our dear son David Brown, 1st Cameron Highlanders killed in action in France on May 9th, 1915.
There is a grave across the sea, which I do long to see, Where lies my kiltie laddie, the one sae dear to me,
And although nae mair I’ll see him, I seem to hear him say, Keep up your heart, dear mother, we’ll meet again someday,
I did not clasp your hand dear Dave, your face I did not see, I was not there to say goodbye but I will remember thee .
Inserted by his sorrowing father and mother and sister Kate, 201 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 10th May 1918.
Scottish National War Memorial has regiment has 4th Btn Black Watch, as does CWGC. Birthplace given as Dundee.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:59 pm    Post subject: Pte John and Pte Thomas Brown, brothers, Tarbrax Reply with quote

In loving memory of 7873 Pte John Brown, 8th Btn Highland Light Infantry attached 8th Btn Royal Scots who died 19th May 1915 aged 19 years. Son of Alexander & Margaret Brown, 197 Cobbinshaw, West Calder a native of East Calder. Remembered with Honour Bethune Town Cememtery. Brother of Thomas below. CWGC
Tarbrax Royal Scot Dies of Wounds – Mr Alex Brown, 251 Tarbrax, has received official information that his son, Pte John Brown, 8th Btn Royal Scots, of whom we give a photo, has died of wounds received in the recent heavy fighting in Flanders. Pte Brown, who was only 18 years of age, enlisted on the 15th October, and was drafted to France on 7th January, where he was wounded. The wounds were of so serious a nature that he died the following day. Before enlisting deceased was employed as a miner with the Pumpherston Oil Co at Tarbrax. This makes the 7th Tarbrax soldier killed since the outbreak of war.
Midlothian Advertiser 18th June, 1915

In loving memory of 14675 Pte Thomas Brown, 12th Btn Royal Scots who died 2nd November 1916 aged 23. Remembered with honour Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial. Son of Margaret Brown, 197 Tarbrax.
Tarbrax Royal Scot dies from wounds – intimation has been received by Mr Alexander Brown, 252 Tarbrax that his son, Pte Thomas Brown, 12th Royal Scots has died of wounds received in action. Pte Brown who is 23 years of age, was last heard of in the heavy engagements at the Battle of Loos and was later reported missing. Although information was received he was generally believed to have been taken as a prisoner of war about September 25th, and official confirmation has now been received from the War Office that he died from wounds on the 2nd of November. Pte Brown enlisted in August 1914, and after being in training at Aldershot was drafted to France in June of last year. This is the second son Mr Alex Brown has given for his country, a brother of deceased, Pte John Brown being killed in action in May of last year. Of a quiet disposition Pte Brown was a general favourite with the younger lads of the village and much sympathy is felt for the parents in their double bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 10th March, 1916.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:00 pm    Post subject: Pte George Bryce Reply with quote

In memory of 16640 Pte George Bryce, 2nd Btn Cameron Highlanders who died 25th May 1915 aged 22. Remembered with honour Le Touquet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery. Son of Mr John Bryce 220 Cobbinshaw, West Lothian
Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – Intimation has been received by Mr John Bryce, 220 Tarbrax, that his son Pte George Bryce of the Cameron Highlanders has been wounded in action on 14th May. Pte Bryce who in civil life was employed as a miner with the Pumpherston Oil Co at Tarbrax, only enlisted in January, and probably would not have been at the front for a time yet, but he volunteered for service from the 3rd Reserve to the 2nd. He had only been in France some three weeks and it is hoped he will have a very speedy recovery.
Midlothian Advertiser 21st May, 1915.
Tarbrax Soldier Dies of Wounds – We regret to announce the death from wounds of Pte George Bryce of the Cameron Highlanders, of who we give a photo. It will be recalled that Pte Bryce was reported wounded in our issue of a fortnight ago. A piece of shell penetrated the lung, and although Pte Bryce lingered for about ten days his condition was so weak he was unable to stand an operation to have the piece of shrapnel removed. Deceased who was only 21 years of age, was a general favourite in the village. Of a kindly disposition he had a cheery word for all, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. General sympathy is felt for his parents Mr & Mrs John Bryce, Tarbrax, in their sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 4th June, 1915.

Bryce - In loving memory of our dear son, Pte George Bruce, 2nd Cameron Highlanders who died of wounds received in action in France on May 25th 1915.
His warfare’s o’er, his battles fought, His victory won, though dearly bought
His fresh young life could not be saved; he slumbers now in a soldier’s grave.
Inserted by his Father & mother and family, 220 Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 19th May 1916.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:03 pm    Post subject: Sgt James Caldwell DCM Reply with quote

Sgt James Caldwell, DCM – Killed in Action at Persian Gulf – Sgt Caldwell who was 21 years of age, was the son of Mr James Caldwell, Late mining manager, Tarbrax. He was educated at Tarbrax School and the High School, Edinburgh. He enlisted at the outbreak of war in the Highland Light Infantry and very soon rose to the position of Sgt, in which capacity he was for a time solely employed drilling recruits. This, however, did not satisfy his ardent spirit and relinquishing his Sergeantship he went to France in the month of June 1915. From there he was drafted to Mesopotamia in December of the same ear. While with the relief force for Kut he was wounded in April 1916. He was specially mentioned in general Sir Percy Lake’s despatch of 12th August, 1916 for conspicuous gallantry and ability in operations having constantly rallied his men in successive positions which had been taken up under heavy fire, thereby stemming the enemy’s advance. He continued his fine work until incapacitated by his wounds. For this he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct medal. Sgt Caldwell before enlisting was in the employment of the British Electric Plant Co, Ltd, Alloa. By his death in action a promising young life has been cut short and sympathy will be felt for the family circle in their sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 9th February, 1917.

Sure that Sgt Caldwell will be commemorated elsewhere but thought it worthy of posting here. I Have a photo.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:05 pm    Post subject: Pte Patrick Connelly Reply with quote

Tarbrax Soldier dies of Wounds - Intimation has been received by Mr Connelly, 261 Tarbrax that his son Patrick of the Cameron Highlanders, had died from wounds received in action in France. Pte Connelly, who was in the army before but secured his discharge, answered the call on the outbreak of the present war, and after being in training for some time he was drafted to France in May. He was wounded in action on September 15th and died in hospital in France on September 30th. Connelly, who was 24 years of age, was a promising footballer, and played for Tarbrax Violet. In civil life he was a shale miner, and was employed with the Pumpherston Oil Coy, Tarbrax. Of a quiet and retiring disposition he was much respected by all who knew him, and the sympathy of the villagers goes out to his relatives in their sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 15th October, 1915.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:07 pm    Post subject: Pte Thomas Hughes Reply with quote

Tarbrax Soldier Killed at the Dardanelles – (Photo) Pte Thomas Hughes, Tarbrax, who has been killed at
The Dardanelles.
Midlothian Advertiser, December, 1915
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:09 pm    Post subject: Pte Alex McInnes Reply with quote

Tarbrax Gordon Highlander killed – another Tarbrax soldier has answered the roll call in the person of Pte Alex McInnes of the 2nd Btn Gordon Highlanders. Pte McInnes, who was 29 years of age, is a son of Mr John McInnes, 51 Tarbrax. He was lately employed as a coal miner with the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Woolfords. On the outbreak of the war he promptly enlisted, and joined his regiment at Aberdeen, where he put in his training, being drafted to France on 24th January, and coming through most of the heavy fighting till 25th June, when he was killed. The following are extracts from two different letters received by his father from his commanding Officer;-
“Dear Sir, I am very sorry to have to write and inform you that your son Alex McInnes of the Machine Gun Section which I commanded and of which he was a unit, was killed in action on 25th June. You will, however, be comforted to know that he died doing his duty and doing it well and bravely, and no man could have a more glorious death. Again, assuring you of my deepest sympathy and that of his comrades” – the following is an extract of a later note from the same Officer:- “Dear Sir, I am afraid I have not much to add to my previous letter. The particular section to which McInnes belonged had to be placed in a rather dangerous position, and the gun was knocked over by a trench mortar, which buried the gun and two of the team, including your son who was killed at once. I was very sorry to lose your son, as I knew him before he left Aberdeen, and he turned out to be a very good soldier and a reliable machine gunner. All his chums had a good word of him and I can assure you he is greatly missed. You’ son’s grave, a few yards from where he fell, is marked by two crosses, one made by his chums, the other supplied by the battalion. Please convey my deepest sympathy to all his relatives”.
Midlothian Advertiser 9th July, 1915.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:11 pm    Post subject: Pte John Montgomery Reply with quote

Local Soldier Killed – Intimation has been received that Pte John Montgomery, 7th Btn Royal Scots Fusiliers has been killed in action in France. Pte Montgomery was only 23years of age and was in lodgings in the village, his parents being resident in Drummore, Wigtownshire. Before enlisting he was employed as a shale miner with the Pumpherston oil Coy at Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 8th September, 1916.
Brother of James above.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great information, thanks for posting.

The photos you mention, would you be able to post them here? If you're not sure how please let me know and I'll try and assist.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: Pte John Montgomery Reply with quote

Cauther Lassie wrote:
Local Soldier Killed – Intimation has been received that Pte John Montgomery, 7th Btn Royal Scots Fusiliers has been killed in action in France. Pte Montgomery was only 23years of age and was in lodgings in the village, his parents being resident in Drummore, Wigtownshire. Before enlisting he was employed as a shale miner with the Pumpherston oil Coy at Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 8th September, 1916.
Brother of James above.


John Peat Montgomery, a son of Hugh and Elizabeth Montgomery of Main Street, Drummore is named on the Kirkmaiden Parish War Memorial in Drummore.
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=1901

Brother of James?????
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CWGC:

Frederick Paton WELLWOOD
Rank: Captain
Regiment: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Date of Death: 6th March 1917
Age: 60
Awards: T.D.
Additional Information: Son of Douglas Wellwood of Ayrshire. Husband of Elizabeth Smith Johnston Wellwood, 49 Spottiswoode Road, Edinburgh
Buried: Dundee (Balgay) Cemetery, O. 5. 273

Not listed on SNWM.

De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour (Volume 3):


Glasgow Herald, 7th & 8th March 1917. ‘Deaths on Service’

WELLWOOD – At Recruiting Office, Dundee, on the 6th inst., suddenly Frederick Paton Wellwood. Captain, late Loyal North Lancashire. Military funeral on Friday at 2 o’clock from St. Mary’s Parish Church to Balgay Cemetery; friends please accept this (the only) intimation and invitation.
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