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|Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:12 pm Post subject: Nithsdale Amateur Rowing Club
|I ran across a reference to a Roll of Honour naming members of the Nithsdale Amateur Rowing Club in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard of 7 April 1915.
The club's web-site is at http://nithsdalearc.weebly.com/ and includes the following: On 4th September 1865, 14 gentlemen met in Ingrams Hotel for the purpose of organising a Regatta Club on the River Nith. After discussion it was agreed that, The Nith Regatta Club be formed. In 1890 the name was changed to Nithsdale Amateur Rowing Club. There had been organised regattas on the river since at least 1790, probably originally between the crews of the ships berthed along the river from Glencaple to the Whitesands. Up to the late 1930s local regattas were contested largely by local crews, who did not travel far afield. However, after the war they became more adventurous and now travel country wide, as do local schools who became affiliated to the Club and, rowing under their own colours, competed in schools and open events. The Crichton University Campus Boat Club has now affiliated to the Club and competes in its own right and in composites with Club crews.
When I contacted the club I was delight to find that Roll had been continued until the end of the war and was proudly displayed in the club house.
Mark Buchanan has kindly sent me photos of the Roll and given permission for them to be posted here.
It is quite opportune as the club are celebrating their 150th anniversary
The dates at the top are 4th August 1914 and 19th July 1919.
A transcription and details of those who fell.
ALLAN, FRED Sergeant, Lanark Yeomanry and R.A.S.C.
ANDERSON, DAVID Air Mechanic, R.A.F.
BALLANTYNE, GEORGE Lance Corporal, H.L.I.
BECK, GEORGE Lieut. Dental Corps, R.A.M.C.
BLACK, ADAM Private 5th K.O.S.B. (Killed in Action)
BLACKIE, WILLIAM Private 50th Canadian Highlanders
BLACKLEY, J. Trooper, Lanark Yeomanry
BLAIR, WILLIAM 2nd Lieut. R.S.F.
BRINDELL, JOHN Sergeant, Lanark Yeomanry and R.E. (Signaller)
BROWN, S. JOHN Captain, 15th Royal Scots
BUCHAN, NORMAN C. 2nd Lieut. R.F.A.
BURT, WILLIAM 2nd Lieut. F.R.A.
BLANDFORD, WILLIAM Sergeant, R.A.M.C.
CAMPBELL, WILLIAM Private, New Zealand Exped. Force
CARRUTHERS, JAMES Corporal, Scottish Horse & M.G.C.
CHALMERS, JOHN Private M.G.C.
CORNET, ROBERT Driver R.A.S.C. (M.T.)
COULSON, JOHN Air Mechanic, R.A.F.
CRADOCK, ROBERT Air Mechanic, R.A.F.
CROMBIE, WILFRED Major 5th K.O.S.B.
CROOKS, DAVID 2nd Lieut. New Zealand Exped. Force
CROOKS, R? 2nd Lieut. New Zealand Exped. Force
CURRIE, A. Lieut. Royal Scots
CURRIE, JAMES Gunner, 8th Mountain Artillery Brigade
CURWIN, EDWARD 2nd Lieut. Border Regiment
DRUMMOND, J. LINDSAY, Captain, M.C., R.S.F.
DYKES, JAMES J. Captain, 5th K.O.S.B. (Killed in Action)
DYKES, OSWALD Sergeant, 5th K.O.S.B.
EDGAR, GEORGE Corporal, A.O.C.
EDGAR, H. F. 2nd Lieut. London Scottish
FAIRN, ALBERT Captain, 13th A.& S.H.
FARRIES, HANSON Private, 15th A.& S.H.
GIBSON, ERIC Captain, 5th K.O.S.B.
GIBSON, JOHN Private, 5th Queen's Own Cameron High.
GLOVER ANGUS S. Sergeant, R.A.F.
GOUGH, THOMAS Lieut. R.F.A.
GRIERSON, EDWARD Captain, 5th K.O.S.B.
GRIEVE, ROBERT Cadet, R.A.F.
HAINING, GEORGE A. Lieut. M.C. 7th/8th K.O.S.B.
HALL, FRED Private, Seaforth Highlanders
HARKNESS, ROBERT C. Captain, R.A.M.C.
HARRIS, GERALD Lieut. 2nd K.O.S.B.
HIDDLESTON, GEORGE Captain, Australians
HUTCHEON, JAS. Lieut. 1st R.S.F.
HUTCHISON, STANLEY A. Corporal, M.S.M. R.E.
HUTTON, GEORGE Sergeant, Lanark Yeomanry
HYSLOP, ARTHUR Corporal, 5th K.O.S.B.
HYSLOP, WILLIAM 2nd Lieut. M.C., Canadians
HUNTER, ARUNDELL H. W. F. Captain, K.O.S.B.
IRVINE, E? Lance-Corporal, 8th Royal Scots
JARDINE, WILLIAM Sergeant, 5th K.O.S.B.
JOHNSTONE, HAROLD Private, 9th Seaforth Highlanders
JOHNSTONE, DOUGLAS Driver, 4th Australian Field Artillery
KERR, P. M. Lieut.-Colonel, 1/5th K.O.S.B.
KESWICK, H. Major, K.O.S.B.
LAURIE, Sir C. V. E. Lieut.-Colonel, K.O.S.B.
LAURIE, WILLIAM Corporal, 38th Canadians (Killed in Action)
LEARMONT, R. K. Prob.-Srgn. R.N.R.
LITTLE, DONALD Lieut. Canadians (Killed in Action)
LONGMUIR, DAVID Private, R.A.S.C.
M'CALL, GLEN. Private 1/5th K.O.S.B. and Air Mechanic, R.A.F.
M'CREADIE, JOHN 2nd Lieut. M.G.C.
M'GAW, ROBERT Corporal, R.E.
M'MURDO, FRANK 2nd Lieut. Labour Regiment
MARTIN, WILLIAM Sapper, R.E.
MARTIN, WILLIAM Sergeant, R.E. (Signaller)
MILLAR, ANDREW Lieut. Lancashire Fusiliers
MILLAR, WILLIAM Lieut. Tank Corps (Killed in Action)
MILLIGAN, JOHN A. 2nd Lieut. R.F.A.
MURRAY, ALEXANDER Sergeant, 5th K.O.S.B.
MURRAY, WILLIAM Sergeant, 28th C.C.S., R.A.M.C.
MURPHY, R. Lieut. R.F.A.
MURRAY, W., O.B.E. Major, K.O.S.B.
O'BRIEN, DAVID Lieut. R.A.F.
PATTERSON, ARTHUR H. 2nd Lieut. 5th K.O.S.B.
PATTERSON, JOSEPH C. Lieut. 11th South Staffords.
PATTERSON, WILLIAM Private, M.G.C.
PAYNE, ROBERT G. Trooper, King Edward's Horse
PENMAN, JAMES Captain, M.C., 5th K.O.S.B.
PRIDHAM, R. Private, 7th Devons.
PRINGLE, ALEXANDER Corporal, 8th K.O.S.B.
RACTLIFFE, JOHN 2nd Lieut. H.L.I.
RACTLIFFE, WILLIAM Sapper, R.E. (Killed in Action)
RAMSDORF, HARRY Private, 5th K.O.S.B.
RAE, ROBERT M. Sergeant, 5th K.O.S.B.
RICHARDSON, JOHN Major, D.S.O., 2nd Canadians
RICHARDSON, JOHN G. Sergeant-Major, M.C., 27th Field Ambulance and R.A.M.C.
ROBERTSON, ALEXANDER A., C.P.O., Motor Boat Patrol, R.N.R.
ROBERTSON, ARTHUR 2nd Lieut. A.& S.H.
ROBERTSON, DAVID Lieut. Manchesters
ROBERTSON, WILLIAM Sergeant, South Wales Borderers
ROBINSON, SAM Lieut. A.& S.H.
SCOTT, DAVID R. Driver, R.A.S.C. (M.T.)
SEMPLE, WILLIAM Gunner, R.F.A.
SINGLETON, GEORGE Private, 5th K.O.S.B.
SKAKLE, Rev. H. P. Captain, M.C. Gordon Highlanders (Killed in Action)
SLOAN, DAVID Lieut. 6th K.O.S.B.
SPENCE, SAM. Captain, 9th Royal Scots
STEWART, WILLIAM Sergeant, R.E. (Signaller)
SWAN, ERIC Lieut. Black Watch
THOMSON, SAM. Lieut. R.N.R.
TURNBULL, T. J. Sergeant, R.E. (Signaller)
WHETNALL, WILLIAM Private, Warwickshire Regiment
WOOD, ALEXANDER M. Sergeant, Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C.
Adam Black age 23 Private (2724 & 240881) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Adam was a law apprentice with the Town Clerks of Dumfries when he enlisted in 1914. He went out to Egypt in mid 1916. His father was the Company Sergeant Major of the Dumfries Volunteers. (Source: D&G Standard 26/12/1917 p.3)
Born 1895 in Dumfries. (Source:SNWM and GRoS Birth Register)
Son of Adam and Isabella (Nicholson) Black of 2 Greystone Bank, Dumfries. (Source:CWGC)
Killed in Action 24 November 1917.
Commonwealth War Grave Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.
Also named on the Dumfries Academy Memorial and on the Townhead Church memorial now in St. Michael's Church in Dumfries, together with his brother Alexander Black, Lance Serjeant (350216) 9th Battalion, Royal Scots. Missing in Action 24 March 1918.
James Johnstone Dykes age 29 Captain: 1/5th Battalion (Dumfries and Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James was qualified doctor and dentist and had studied medicine at Edinburgh University and at the Edinburgh Dental hospital. L.D.S., R.C.S. (1907) L.R.C.P.&S. (Edinbugh) L.R.F.P.S. (Glasgow) both in 1911. He worked with his father in the family dental practice in Dumfries and as a dental surgeon in the Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary. (Source:D&G Standard 21/7/1915 p.4)
Born 1886 in Dumfries. (Source: GRoS Birth Register)
Son of Thomas and Mary S. Dykes, of Dumfries. (Source:CWGC)
Husband of Elizabeth Haining (Robison) Dykes, of Westfield, Maxwelltown, Dumfries who he married in 1912 in Dumfries. (Source:CWGC, D&G Standard 21/7/1915 p.4 and GRoS Marriage Register)
Killed in Action 12 July 1915.
Commonwealth War Grave Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Dumfries Academy Memorial, in the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen and on the Greyfriars Church Memorial in Dumfries.
William Laurie age 27 Corporal (405570) 38th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
William was working as a Commercial Traveller when he enlisted in April 1915 in Toronto, Ontario. (Source:Service record at the Library and Archives of Canada)
Born 1891 in Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire. (Source:L&A Canada and GRoS Birth Register)
Son of the late William Laurie and of Jessie Ann (Brown) Laurie of 2 Church Place, Dumfries. (Source:CWGC, family grave in St Michael's Cemetery and D&G Standard 7/9/1918 p.2)
Missing in Action 10 August 1918.
Commonwealth War Grave Vimy Memorial, France.
Also named on the Dumfries Academy Memorial and on the St. Michael's Church memorial in Dumfries.
Donald Alexander Duncan Little age 29 Second Lieutenant: Lanarkshire Yeomanry attached to 14th (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Formerly Private (21277) 11th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
Donald's father was a superintendent in the Eastern Telegraph Company in the Middle East. Donald was educated at Dumfries Academy. He was working as a clerk when he enlisted at Valcartier Camp, Quebec in September 1914 and, with the 1st Canadian Division, sailed from Canada in the October. After further training in England the Division moved to France in February 1915. Donald was gassed and invalided back to England where he was posted to Officer Training. In November 1916 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Lanarkshire Yeomanry and was posted to the 14th Black Watch in Palestine.
(Source: Service record at the Library and Archives of Canada and D&G Standard 5/9/1917 p.3)
Born 1888 in Bombay, India. (Souce: L&A of Canada)
Son of A.D. Little and of Maud Amchia Little of Telegraph House, Perim Island in the Red Sea. (Souce: L&A of Canada)
Husband of Sheila (Dillon) Little who he married in 1915 in Chelsea, London. (Source:GRO - Marriage Index)
Died of Wounds 22 August 1917.
Commonwealth War Grave Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
Also named on the Dumfries Academy Memorial - as Little, Donald D. Lt. Lanark Yeo.
William Millar age 25 Second Lieutenant: 6th Battalion, Tank Corps.
William was educated at Dumfries Academy and worked in his father's coach building business. (Source:Academy Memorial and GRoS 1911 census)
He enlisted as a Private in the 1/9th Battalion, Royal Scots in January 1916, gained a commission in the Tank Corps in July 1917 and was posted to France in the following December.
(Source:D&G Standard 31/8/1918)
Born 1892 in Dumfries. (Source:GRoS Birth Register)
Son of Andrew Millar of Alexandria Villa, Rotchell Park, Maxwelltown, and of his first wife Elizabeth (Crichton) Millar. (Source:CWGC and GRoS 1911 census)
Killed in Action 23 August 1918.
Commonwealth War Grave Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery, France.
Also listed on the St. Michael's Church Memorial in Dumfries.
William Thomas Ractliffe age 23 Sapper (63858) 103rd Field Company, Royal Engineers.
Born 1893 in Dumfries. (Source: SNWM and GRoS Birth Register)
Son of George N. and Elizabeth (Pyle) Ractliffe of 6 Gordon Street, Dumfries. (Source: CWGC)
Died of Wounds 10 September 1916.
Commonwealth War Grave Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
Also named on the Dumfries Academy Memorial and on the St John's School Memorial, now inside St John's Episcopal Church, and on the church memorial.
Hugh Philip Skakle age 28 Captain: 4th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Hugh was educated at Gordon's College and Aberdeen University; M.A., 1911 ; B.D., 1914. He was a distinguished student, and an enthusiastic athlete, as was proved by his prowess in swimming, gymnastics, and rowing. After licence in May 1914, he was Assistant at St. Michael's, Dumfries. In January 1915 he enlisted as a Private in the 4th Gordon Highlanders, and within a month received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant. He served for two years in France and was wounded at High Wood in July 1916 and was promoted to Captain in July 1917. He was honourably mentioned in dispatches by Sir Douglas Haig.
(Source: Aberdeen University Roll of Honour)
Born 1889 in Old Macher, Aberdeen. (Source: GRoS Birth Register)
Son of George and Mary Skakle, of Aberdeen. (Source: CWGC)
Killed in Action 21 November 1917.
Commonwealth War Grave Anneux British Cemetery, France.
Also listed on the St. Michael's Church Memorial in Dumfries.