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Govan High School, 12 Ardnish Street, Glasgow G51 4NB

OS Grid Ref: NS 541652



Govan High School is a 6 year comprehensive secondary school serving the Govan area of Glasgow. It was established in 1910 and the new building on Langlands Road, a magnificent red sandstone edifice, was formally opened on 26th January by Sir Donald McAlister, principal of the University of Glasgow. Pupils did not start till1st February.
A disastrous fire destroyed this building in 1962. The school was then split amongst several locations until the current building, in the Pirie Park, was opened by Anthony Hepper, Chairman of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders on 26th March 1969. This building was refurbished in 2001-02 and formally re-opened by former pupil, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE on 12th September 2002.
The school motto is that of Govan ‘Nihil sine labore’ (Nothing without work) and the aim is ‘Achieving our full potential’. The school colours are red and black and these are reflected in the school uniform which all pupils wear every day.
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After 3 years of research by the Staff and pupils the WW2 Memorial was unveiled on the 9th November 2012 at the School Remembrance Assembly.

1939 -1945

John Hutton Brydon, Age 23, 1943, Scots Guards-Personal info. from niece-uncle was killed in action in North Africa.
James Ross Cunningham, Age 26, 1945, Cameronians-Personal info. from daughter-father dispatch rider-killed bearing cease fire message.
William Pratt Haughie, Age 25, 1943, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve-Govan Press-killed when HMS Dasher sank in the Clyde.
Henry Robertson, Age 32, 1943, Royal Artillery-Personal info. from niece-died in Japanese captivity.
James Alexander Robertson, Age 26, 1942, Green Howards-Govan Press- killed in action at El Alamein.
James Marshall, Age 15, 1939, Merchant Navy, Mac’s weblog http://ahoy.tk-jk.net/macslog/SSAtheniaFirstCasualtyoft.html Govan High –pupil index card/teacher’s report.
James Crawford Cassidy, Age 35, 1944, Royal Navy-Personal info. from son-father died from illness contracted while on active service.
Gerald McCallum, Age 37, 1943, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders-Govan Press-report that taken prisoner in Malaya -later found in CWGC website as having died in captivity.
Robert Reade Milligan, Age 24, 1945, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve-Govan Press- killed in flying accident.
James McClelland, Age 18, 1945, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)-Govan Press-killed in action in Western Europe.
Andrew Sloan, Age 29, 1944, Royal Engineers-Govan Press-killed on active service in North-West Europe.
George Lundie Patterson, Age 31, 1944, Royal Army Service Corps-Govan Press- killed in an accident in the central Mediterranean area.
William Millar, Age 32, 1945, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)-Govan Press- killed in action in Western Europe.
Alexander Gregory Scott, Age 26, 1944, Royal Air Force-Govan Press-killed in action over Germany.
James Halbert, Age 21, 1944, Scots Guards-Govan Press-killed in action in Italy.
James McVicar, Age 34, 1940, Royal Army Ordnance Corps-Govan Press-27th September 1940.
Alexander McNab, Age 25, 1940, Merchant Navy-Govan Press 31st May 1940.
Robert Robertson, Age 23, 1940, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders-Govan Press-15th January 1941.
Daniel Whitelaw, Age 25, 1940, Royal Artillery-Govan Press-23rd October 1940.
Nathan Wharrie, Age 27, 1943, Scots Guards-Personal info. from cousin –killed in action in North Africa.
William Docherty, Age 29, 1940, Merchant Navy-Govan Press-burnt when ship attacked-died in hospital.

Many thanks to Iain White, Head teacher, and Ian McCracken, Librarian/Archivist for allowing me access to the school and for providing me with all the above information.
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The previous post, and subsequent posts were originally posted by John Houston before this memorial was split from the thread containing the WW1 memorial.
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The following photographs and text are reproduced here with the kind permission of Linda Telfer, niece of Hery Robertson.


Henry Robertson

Henry Robertson – a niece’s perspective on the loss of her great uncle
By
Linda Telfer

As a Govan High School pupil I grew up with my mum continually telling me they should teach in History what the Japanese did to her Uncle Harry when they captured him during WW2. Like many of her generation she had a resentment of anything Japanese and always argued she would never buy anything they manufactured. When asked about her TV, her car, her 'phone, etc. she would deny they were from Japan but just did not realise the impact they made on our modern culture. Furthermore, she would nag us relentlessly about leaving food on our plates and how much Uncle Harry would have welcomed it. I feel ashamed now that we laughed at her for it.
For when my mother died last year, I began compiling my family tree and focused on my two Great Uncles, both ex-pupils of Govan High, like all of my mother’s family: Maxwell Robertson, who died in WW1; and his younger brother, Henry. I learned that Max left Govan for Gallipoli in 1915 as a teenage boy and lasted 9 days before he was killed. There was no grave but he is remembered with honour on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. I expect this wee boy from Govan High, an apprentice in the local shipyard, wouldn’t have been able to point out this foreign land on a map before he left to die there.
In researching his brother, Gunner Henry Robertson of the Royal Artillery, 9th Coast Regiment, I discovered he was captured by the Japanese in Singapore and forced to work on constructing the infamous Burma-Thailand Railway and bridge over the River Kwai, dying a horrible death there in 1943. With the help of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, I managed to trace his grave to Thailand and for all of my family who never knew of his last resting place – my great grandparents, my gran, my mother – I vowed to be the first to visit it.
And so, in August this year, I travelled with my husband and daughter to Bangkok and took the 3 hour journey to Kanchanaburi Cemetery armed with my Govan High School cross made especially by Mr White and the school to officially recognise Uncle Harry’s sacrifice. It turned out to be the most humble and enlightening journey I have ever made.
Despite feeling it was a pity it was ever there at all, the cemetery itself was one of the most peaceful places I have ever had the fortune to visit: the sun shining brightly, the green grass lush under foot, the fragrant scent of exotic flowers, and the rows and rows of royal blue stones standing like sentinels. The misery and sorrow surrounding the needless deaths of those who rest there disappeared in this garden. Underneath the stones were the heroes who lay resting; one my uncle, far from the Govan shores from whence he came. These gravestones all served as a snapshot in history, a visual reminder of not just a war but of sacrifice and waste. I was informed that the bodies were buried standing up under the memorial stones so as to avoid visitors disrespectfully standing on their graves. A nearby visitor exclaimed horror at this idea, but me? I liked the thought of these heroes forever standing proudly to attention. Nevertheless, I cannot give justice to how I felt as I stood over my uncle’s grave: this was a man I had never met yet I was deeply affected by his life, death and suffering. These moments serve to remind us that life must be cherished. I wept for my uncle and our family but I also grieved for the horrific human tragedy of war.
There is a sign in the cemetery buildings with which some of you may be familiar:
‘When you go home, tell them of us and say we gave our tomorrow for your today.’
I travelled to Kanchanaburi to discover how, where and why my uncle died and was afforded all the answers but I truly focused on the latter. It is called democracy and freedom. I believe that is worth fighting for and all generations must be aware of this so they can guard that freedom with all their might.
As I left the cemetery I wished that the area of Elder Park and Fairfields were his resting grounds instead of this sacred place in Thailand but it is comforting that the War Graves Commission has created and maintained this unblemished cemetery in what is still a remote corner of the world. I regret to think how many times my family wished they had been able to visit his grave, but the organisation is honourably preserving the memory and history of these brave men and I am deeply indebted to them.
Thank you Gunner Robertson . . . Thank you Uncle Harry.
May you and your friends rest in eternal peace.
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Adams, James John McKay, 23, 13/3/1942, Royal Navy. James is buried in Craigton Cemetery. Sec. V. Grave 505. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.) Sub-Lieutenant (E) Adams was killed while serving on the St Briac, which at the time was acting as a Fleet Air Arm Target Vessel, http://www.bobleroi.co.uk/ScrapBook/OldShips/StBriac.pdf
(His official death record states “Marine return”, and under the category “loss of ship”, there is the handwritten figure “98” However, this does not relate to the name of his ship but is purely for admin purposes (information from Register Office, February 2013)

Airlie, John Rodger Blair, 21, 30/9/1944, Royal Air Force. John was a Sergeant/Flight Engineer in 31 Squadron, which flew in Liberators. He was killed in Italy and is buried in Bari War Cemetery. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)
KG967 'Q' 'Little Queen 2' lost 30 September 1944 on mission to bomb pontoon bridge at San Benedetto - struck by lightning and broke up in flight, crashing near San Severo, Italy
Crew - F/O G Valentine, Sgt JRB Airlie, Sgt GW Bradshaw, Sgt CR knight, Sgt B Reilly, Sgt EF Rogers, Sgt E Stockford and Sgt WT White all buried Bari War Cemetery
There is a picture of the aircraft here http://forum.armyairforces.com/RAF-marked-B24-Photo-m186555.aspx
http://www.flyafrica.info/forums/showthread.php?34149-SAAF-January-1920-to-Present/page22

Allison, John, 23, 12/6/1940, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). John, who was a Private, is buried in Le Grand-Luce War Cemetery, which is situated near Le Mans, France. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.).At the time, the HLI were part of the 52nd Lowland division, which was sent to France after the Dunkirk evacuation. CWGC does not indicate which battalion John was in, so I have been unable to find out any more.

Arnott, Thomson, 23, 17/5/1943, Royal Air Force. Corporal Arnott is buried in Craigton Cemetery. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.) No squadron is mentioned on CWGC, and there is no record on scotlandspeople.

Banks, John Johnston, 22, 8/9/1944, Merchant Navy. John was 3rd Officer on the Empire Heritage, which was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Ireland. http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/3351.html
http://www.deepimage.co.uk/wrecks/empire_heritage/empire-pages/empire-mainpage.htm (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Begg, James, 28, 4/4/1945, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). James was a Corporal in the Regiment’s 10th Battalion. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.) He is buried in Steenwijkerwold (Kallenkote) General Cemetery, Netherlands. The war diary of his battalion says nothing about fighting on that date http://www.backtonormandy.org/war-diaries/166-war-diary-campaign-in-europe-10-highland-light-infantry.html?start=14


Bell, Alexander Nicholson, 23, 9/4/1942, Royal Marines. Marine Bell was killed while serving on HMS Hermes. The ship was sunk by Japanese planes while in the Indian Ocean. A survivor’s story can be found here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/21/a4171321.shtml
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)


Bowie, Donald Rankin, 23, 30/6/1944, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Donald was a Lance-Corporal working in 30 Corps Workshops. This unit landed on D-Day itself
http://www.network54.com/Forum/79889/message/1186981893/Juno+and+gold+beahes and was a tank repair unit according to http://www.royalartilleryunitsnetherlands1944-1945.com/72-medium-regiment.html He is buried in Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, Normandy. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).

Bryce, Henry William McBurney, 24, 13/10/1943, Royal Air Force. Leading Aircraftsman Bryce is buried in Karachi War Cemetery (now Pakistan, then India)
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.). All I have found so far is that there was a large RAF base there during WW2. http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-K.htm (The CWGC does not mention any squadron). He may also have been based at another nearby RAF base.
http://www.rafmauripur.org.uk/historical%20notes%201a.htm The main bomber operating from these airports was the Halifax; however, Henry’s name does not appear on their Roll of Honour

Brydon, John Hutton, 23, 28/4/1943, Scots Guards. Personal from his niece Eleanor McDonald: her uncle, who was in the 1st Battalion, was killed in action on Longstop Hill, Tunisia. A clear account of the battle, with photos, can be found at:
http://www.britain-at-war.org.uk/ww2/Derrick_Jackson/html/long_stop_hill.htm
Guardsman Brydon is buried in Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia.

Callander, William, 25 , 1/4/1945, Royal Air Force. William was a Sergeant Pilot. He is buried in Paisley Cemetery. There is nothing about him on scotlandspeople. No squadron is mentioned on CWGC. A photo of his grave has been taken and shows that he died in a flying accident. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Cassidy, James Crawford, 35, 6/5/1944, Royal Navy. Personal from son, his father died from illness contracted while on active service. Leading Seaman Cassidy is buried in Craigton Cemetery. James’ records have also been found in the Mitchell Library Archives-appropriately by his son, Crawford-also a Former Pupil.

Clay, John, 33, 20/4/1944, Royal Air Force. Leading Aircraftsman Clay is buried in Craigton Cemetery. There is no information on Scotlandspeople regarding his death. No squadron is mentioned on CWGC. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Cummins, Richard Ferguson, 22, 18/6/1942, Royal Navy. Able Seaman Cummins, who served on board HMS Wild Swan, is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.). The ship was sunk by German aircraft, as described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Wild_Swan_ (D62) and in this synopsis http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/0718305426
Cunningham, James Ross, 26, 4/4/1945, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Personal from his daughter Eleanor McDonald: her father was a dispatch rider-he was killed bearing a cease fire message. Lance Corporal Cunningham, who was in the 7th Battalion, is buried in Reichswald Cemetery, Germany.

Davidson, Alexander Brannigan, 26, 18/1/1945, Royal Army Medical Corps. Private Davidson, who had been attached to the Queen’s Royal Regiment, is buried in Cardonald Cemetery. His official death record indicates that he died from hematemesis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hematemesis (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Dickie, John, 27, 24/4/1942, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. John, who was a private in the regiment’s 4th Battalion, is buried in Craigton Cemetery. There is no information on Scotlandspeople regarding his death. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Docherty, William, 29, 25/11/1940, Merchant Navy. Govan Press, William, who was a Second Engineer, was burnt when his ship, the Empire Dorado, was attacked by German aircraft; he died in Belfast Hospital several weeks later.

Dow, Andrew Tait, 25, 14/6/1942, Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment). Corporal Dow (5th battalion) is commemorated on the El Alamein Memorial, Egypt. His death took place while his regiment was engaged in the battle of Gazala. The regiment was awarded a Battle Honour for Gazala.
http://www.greenhowards.org.uk/battlehonours.php
So determined was the British defence, that Rommel himself commanded the final assault. His comment was “Yard by yard the German-Italian units fought their way forward against the toughest British resistance imaginable. The defence was conducted with considerable skill” http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~dheb/2300/Historical/MA/45GH3842.pdf (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Fenton, Harry, 36, 18/12/1942, Royal Corps of Signals. Harry, who was a Signalman in XIII Corps Signals, is buried in Heliopolis War Cemetery, near Cairo, Egypt.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Fraser, Thomas Andrew, 24, 6/6/1944, Royal Engineers. Thomas, who was a Lance-Corporal, attached to 591 Parachute Squadron, was killed during the Normandy landings. He is buried in Ranville Cemetery, France. Some information about his death can be found here: http://www.paradata.org.uk/people/thomas-fraser
Background information can be found at these sites-
http://www.pegasusarchive.org/normandy/rep591.htm
http://www.591-antrim-parachute.info/Grangues-crashes.html
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Fulton, Samuel, 26, 25/6//1944, Black Watch (Royal |Highlanders). Corporal Fulton is interred in Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, Normandy. He was in the Regiment’s 7th Battalion. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Garven , John Wills, 19, 22/1/1942, Royal Navy. John was a Wireman on HMS Rosemonde, a trawler which disappeared off the Azores. It is thought to have been sunk by a U-Boat http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/1277.html (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).

Gibson, John William, 27, 17/1/1942 Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) Private Gibson was a despatch rider, who died of peritonitis after an accident while serving in the 5th Battalion of the HLI, is buried in Cardonald Cemetery. Govan Press 23/1/42.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Gillespie, Harold MacAlister, 22, 8/10/1943, Scots Guards. Lance Corporal Gillespie was killed in action in Italy and is buried in Minturno War Cemetery, which is north of Naples. This site has some background on the fighting at that time http://www.ww2guards.com/ww2guards/Cemeteries_-_Italy/Pages/MINTURNO_WAR_CEMETERY,_ITALY.html Govan Press 12/11/1943

Gillespie, Robert Glennie, 19, 24/3/1945, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Robert was a Private. His battalion (the 7th) had crossed the River Rhine the previous day, as recorded here: - http://www.rememberingscotlandatwar.org.uk/Accessible/Exhibition/84/It-only-took-a-few-minutes-to-cross-Crossing-the-River-Rhine
He is buried in Reichswald Cemetery... His photo can be found here: - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmpid=46817747&GRid=56034548&
His family –niece Linda Glendinning and her daughter Marina have been in touch with the school and are sending a copy of his service record.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Gouk, John Annandale, 20, 4/10/1943, Royal Air Force. Sergeant Gouk’s name is on the Runnymede Memorial. There is no information regarding how he died. No squadron is mentioned. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Gray, Hugh, 21, 23/8/1943, Royal Air Force. Eastwood Cemetery is the resting place of Flying Officer Gray, who served in 1 Squadron. At the time of his death, the squadron was based on the South Coast of England, flying Typhoons against German bombers. On his grave, it states that he was killed on active service. http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/1_wwII.html
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Gregory, George Henry Ford Goodwin, 25, 17/5/1943, Royal Air Force. George, who was awarded the DFM in 1941 http://www.ww2awards.com/person/44724, was a Flying Officer with 617 Squadron and was killed during the famous Dambusters Raid. http://www.thedambusters.org.uk/aj-m.html
CWGC does not give his age. His date of birth is in one of the Registers in which years were listed first 17/6/24. Online family records confirm 1917 to be correct, therefore 24th June 1917 is right. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Halbert, James, 21, 11/2/1944, Scots Guards. Govan Press-Guardsman Halbert of the 1st Battalion was killed in action in Italy. He is buried at Anzio.
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Hargreaves, James McGhee, 32, 13/5/1943, Royal Air Force. Sergeant Hargreaves, who was an Air Gunner in 83 Squadron on a Lancaster bomber, is buried in Lemsterland Cemetery, Netherlands. His aircraft was shot down by a German night fighter http://www.156squadron.com/display_newpff_roll.asp?ID=83 whose pilot, Lothar Linke, was a German air ace Further information can be purchased from Nat Archives-see printed notes in his file: http://www.luftwaffe.cz/linke.html
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Haughie, William Pratt, 25, 27/3/1943, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Govan Press- Sub-Lieutenant Haughie was killed when HMS Dasher sank in the Clyde. He is interred in Ardrossan Cemetery.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Dasher_ (D37) #Loss

Harkness, John Dobson, 25, 19/7/1943, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Private Harkness, who is recorded as “Harkess” on CWGC but correctly as Harkness in the Govan Press, had been injured at El Alamein, but had re-joined his unit (the 5th Battalion) in time for the invasion of Sicily. He was killed in action and in buried in Catania War Cemetery.
(Govan Press 27/8/43 and School Record match)

Hill, John, 25, 16/12/1944, Royal Scots Fusiliers. John was a Piper in the 4/5th Battalion of the RSF. He is buried in Venray War Cemetery (near Eindhoven, Netherlands). His medals were sold last year on e-bay http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ww2-casualty-group-piper-john-hill-270213454. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Holmes, Wilson, 32, 22/3/1944, Royal Air Force. Air Gunner/Sergeant Holmes, who served on a Lancaster bomber, is buried in Durnbach War Cemetery in Bavaria, Germany.
44 Squadron, in which he served, suffered the highest Lancaster losses of any squadron in Bomber Command. http://www.lancaster-archive.com/bc_sqn-44.htm
The aircraft was probably lost during a raid on Frankfurt http://www.sonsofdamien.co.uk/44%20squadron.htm
According to W R Chorley’s “Bomber losses of World War two”, his aircraft crashed at 10.30pm 2km west of Klein-Krotzenberg, a village on the River Main –on which Frankfurt also lies. The book does not say what caused the plane crash. However, it does state that two of the crew survived. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).

Johnston, Jonathan Marshall, 21, 22/5/1940, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders . Private Johnston’s name is on the Dunkirk Memorial. He had served in the 1st Battalion of the regiment. The War diary of Captain Leah possibly records his death but certainly indicates where he was killed. http://ww2today.com/21st-may-1940-the-british-counter-attack-at-escaut. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)
Just, Albert, 30, 29/8/1944, Royal Artillery. Gunner Just is buried in Cardonald Cemetery. He was in the 56 Light AA (Independent) Battery. His death is officially recorded as being caused by coal gas poisoning. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Keith, Peter, 23, 23/1/1946, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). Peter, who was a Private in the HLI’s 6th Battalion, is buried in Hamburg Cemetery. There is no further information, (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Kemp, Robert, 22, 11/6/1940, Seaforth Highlanders . Robert, who was a private in the 2nd Battalion, is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial
An article on his being reported missing (with photo) is attached to his printed CWGC record (it has no further information about his death)
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).

Lang, Robert, 23, 8/2/1943, Merchant Navy. Robert was a 4th Engineer on the Empire Mordred, which was sunk in a German minefield near Gibraltar. http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/2637.html
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Leslie, George Donaldson, 22, 20/8/1942, Royal Air Force. George, who was a Sergeant, is commemorated on the Alamein memorial. His Squadron (227) was equipped with Bristol Beaufighters. His aircraft was shot down over Malta. Although his pilot was rescued, George did not survive. http://maltagc70.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/16-22-august-1942-convoy-supplies-will-feed-malta-for-3-months/
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Lilley, John Carey, 32, 6/7/1942, Home Guard Instructor. Sergeant Lilley had served in France, then returned to the UK as a Home Guard instructor. He was killed in an accident (there is no CWGC entry and the Press does not give his exact date of death)
Govan Press 31/7/1942.

Litterick, Peter Kay, 28, 17/7/1944, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. The Lance Corporal is buried in Ranville Cemetery near Caen, France. His battalion (the 7th) took part in the Normandy landings. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

McCallum, Gerald, 37, 11/6/1943, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Govan Press-report that he was taken prisoner in Malaya -later found in CWGC website as having died in captivity. On this website, http://www.roll-of-honour.org.uk/Thailand-Burma_Railway/M/html/mc.htm his unit is recorded as having been forced to work on the Thailand-Burma Railroad.
Private McCallum, who was in the 2nd battalion, is interred in Kanchanaburi Cemetery, Thailand, as is Henry Robertson (above)

McCallum, Andrew, 42, 21/4/1946, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Andrew’s is perhaps the most tragic story of all. A Govan Press article in 1945 welcomed him home from a POW camp, but noted the death of his brother Gerald (see above). Andrew himself died in 1946 of a fractured femur. His death certificate does not indicate how this happened; however an account has been found in the Govan Press: “Page 1 -26/4/1946 is as follows “Andrew McCallum -Fell 50 feet from window. Andrew McCallum, 42 years old, ex Prisoner of War, now residing at 32 Peninder Drive Linthouse died on Sunday night in the Victoria Infirmary from injuries received when he fell fifty feet from a front window of his house on the third floor. McCallum, who was found close to the kerb with multiple injuries, had recently been a patient in the Southern General Hospital suffering from nervous debility". Private McCallum, who had served in the 8th Battalion, is buried in Craigton Cemetery. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

McClelland, James, 18, 14/4/1945, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) Govan Press-James, who was in the 10th Battalion, killed in action in Western Europe. James, who was a Private, in buried in Hanover Cemetery.

MacDonald, William, 23, 27/12/1940, Merchant Navy. William was 4th Engineer Officer on the SS Ardanbhan when she was sunk by the Royal Italian Navy submarine Enrico Tazzoli, 341 miles off Reykjavik, Iceland http://www.world-war.co.uk/warloss_169brit.php3. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

McGarva, Joseph Simpson, 27, 11/1/1942, Royal Artillery. Warrant Officer McGarva’s unit was 5 Field Regiment. He is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

McIntosh, Hector, 27, 15/3/1946, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Rifleman McIntosh (1st battalion) is interred in Kranji War Cemetery near Singapore.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

McIver, Donald, 24, 20/9/1944, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) Lance Corporal McIver is buried in Kasterlee Cemetery, near Antwerp, Belgium. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.) Donald’s age is not given on CWGC, but according to school records, he was born on 11/12/1919. He had been in the 10th Battalion of the HLI.

McKim, Matthew, 26, 16/12/1944, Royal Artillery. Schoonselhof Cemetery, near Antwerp, Belgium is the resting place of Gunner McKim of the 118 HAA Regiment.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

MacLean, Gordon, 22, 16/5/1941, Royal Air Force. Gordon was a Sergeant in 103 Squadron, which at the time of his death flew Wellington bombers. He was shot down over the Netherlands on 16/5/41, which was his 22nd birthday. The report confirming that he was a Govan High pupil appeared in the Govan Press on 10/10/41.
According to CWGC, he is buried in Groningen War Cemetery in the Netherlands, but according to Chorley’s “Bomber losses in World War Two, his resting place is Esserfeld Cemetery. I think this is actually the same place.
http://netherlandsnewzealandwargraves.weebly.com/groningen-esserveld.html had more information.
“P/O Raymond Gordon Eccles was captain of Wellington B.Ic, R1494, of 103 Squadron. The machine took-off from RAF Newton for a bombing mission to Hannover, Germany. At a certain time, a w/t message from the aircraft was received, static, that the port engine had failed. It is presumed, the Wellington had been hit by flak over Emden.
The Wellington crashed near Oude Pekela. Four crew members succeeded in leaving the stricken bomber in time and were taken prisoner:

P/O H.J. Sellers, RAF
P/O A.W. Sulston, RAF
Sgt E. C. Easton, RAF
Sgt S. E. T. Hamblin, RAF

Two crew members perished and are buried here in Esserveld General Cemetery:

P/O Raymond Gordon Eccles, RNZAF
Sgt Gordon Maclean, RAF”

McMillan, Alexander McDougall, 23, 3/4/1942, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Private McMillan of the regiment’s 2nd Battalion, is buried in Kuala Lumpur (Cheras Road) Civil Cemetery. He died working on the Burma Railway.
http://www.argylls.co.uk/history/the-argyll-and-sutherland-highlanders-1881-present/1939-1945/228-malaya-1941-1942
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).
McNab, Alexander, 25, 18/5/1940, Merchant Navy. Govan Press –Steward McNab was drowned when his ship (HMS Princess Victoria) struck a mine at the mouth of the River Humber.

Marshall, James, 15, 3/9/1939, Merchant Navy. He was killed when the Athenia was sunk by a German U-Boat at the outbreak of war. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. A survivor mentions him here http://www.mikekemble.com/ww2/athenia.html
Mac’s weblog http://ahoy.tk-jk.net/macslog/SSAtheniaFirstCasualtyoft.html
Govan High – pupil index card/teacher’s report match with online list of Athenia crew. James was a Bellboy/Cabin Boy



Millar, William, 32, 5/4/1945, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). Govan Press- William killed in action in Western Europe. William was a Warrant Officer in the HLI’s 6th battalion and is buried in Reichswald Cemetery, as are James Ross Cunningham (above) and Robert Gillespie (below).

Milligan, Robert Reade, 24, 2/8/1945, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Govan Press- the Sergeant was killed in a flying accident. Robert is buried in Ramleh Cemetery in what was then Palestine. No squadron is recorded on CWGC. He is commemorated on his parents’ grave in Cardonald Cemetery.


Mitchell, George, 23, 11/3/1942, Royal Navy. George was a Leading Telegraphist on HMS Naiad, which was sunk by a German U-Boat.
http://www.hmsnaiad.co.uk/naiad_dido.html
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).

Mundie, Joseph, 35, 29/1/1942, Royal Naval Patrol Service. Joseph, who was an ordinary seaman, died when his ship, HMS Sotra, was sunk by a U-Boat in the Mediterranean http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/1300.html
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/Scotlandspeople/School records match.)

Orr, George, 21, 22/6/1944, Royal Air Force. George was a Navigator/Flight Sergeant with 214 Squadron. He is commemorated in Uden War Cemetery, near Eindhoven, Netherlands. He was killed when his Flying Fortress was shot down. http://www.214squadron.org.uk/Personnel_O.htm
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Paton, Alexander Robert, 24, 23/3/1945, Royal Air Force. Robert was a Flight Sergeant. He served with the “Moonlight Squadron” (161), so called as it supported Special Operations in Nazi-occupied Europe. Robert is buried in Vlieland Cemetery, Netherlands. He was killed on a mission to drop arms to the Dutch Resistance
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic5342.html
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Patterson, George Lundie, 31, 18/7/1944. Royal Army Service Corps. Govan Press- killed in an accident in the central Mediterranean area. George, who was a Corporal, is buried in Bolsena Cemetery, which is between Rome and Siena.

Ritchie, James, 24, 9/9/1943, Royal Corps of Signals. Lieutenant Ritchie is interred in Salerno, Italy. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Robertson, Henry, 32, 19/7/1943. Royal Artillery. Personal from his niece, FP Linda Telfer: Henry, who was a Gunner in 9 Coast Regiment, died in Japanese captivity. He had formerly lived at 34 Shieldhall Rd Glasgow Henry is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery on the River Kwai, Thailand, as is Gerald McCallum (below). Linda has laid a cross from Govan High School at Henry’s grave. An account of her visit to his grave can be read here
http://www.ghs100.org.uk/the-news/the-heidies-blog-by-iain-white/85-blog-archive-2012
and photos/weblinks in the electronic folder here \\gs235svr001.gsn.local\Teachers\im9849c\Govan High Centenary & World War information\WORLD WARS INFO
Sadly we only found out about Gerald McCallum after Linda’s visit.

Robertson, James Alexander, 26, 22/7/1942, Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) Govan Press - he was a member of the regiment’s 6th battalion, and was killed in an attack (several months before the second and more famous battle) on the German positions at El Alamein, Egypt, where the Lance-Serjeant is buried.

Robertson, Robert, 23, 30/12/1940, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Govan Press- Private Robertson died in Egypt as a result of wounds. He is buried in Cairo War Cemetery. He had served in the 1st Battalion.

Ross, Malcolm, 21, 20/4/1945, Royal Artillery. Gunner Ross of 68 Field Regiment, RA, is buried in Faenza War Cemetery in Northern Italy.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Salmond, Peter Miller Hamilton, 21, 16/8/1943, Royal Air Force. Peter, who was a Sergeant in 61 Squadron, is buried in St Desir War Cemetery, France. On the raid in question a total of five Lancaster bombers from 61 Squadron were lost in action. All the crew on Peter’s aircraft were killed when it crashed in the Calvados area.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Sannholm, David Martin, 27, 6/12/1942, Royal Air Force. David was a Sergeant/Flight Engineer. He served in 102 Squadron. His plane crashed in the North Sea after a raid on Germany. David’s body was washed up in Denmark. He is buried in Friedrichshafen Cemetery, Germany. http://www.airmen.dk/p124.htm
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Scott, Alexander Gregory, 26, 13/6/1944, Royal Air Force. Govan Press-Pilot Officer Scott (625 Squadron) was killed in action on a bombing mission to Germany while flying a Lancaster bomber. He is buried in the Netherlands, in Spanbroek Churchyard. Much detail about his aircraft and the action in which he was killed has been found and is attached to the printout of his grave.
(The information about his death in action was in an article about his brother Neil (also an FP) announcing the latter’s award of the DFM. The CWGC website has been checked for Neil, but as no record is found, it is assumed he must have survived.)

Scott, Matthew Sykes, 18, 11/6/1941, Merchant Navy. Matthew was an apprentice on board the SS Baron Carnegie when the ship was torpedoed by a German aircraft off the coast of Wales
http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?37211
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).

Shearer, George, 19, 14/2/1942, Royal Air Force. George was an Aircraftsman. He is remembered on the Singapore Memorial. No squadron is mentioned on CWGC, and the Singapore Memorial Roll of Honour gives no indication of what happened to him. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Simpson, Gordon Edward, 26, 13/3/1941, Civil Defence. Gordon was a Fire Warden and is commemorated in Westminster Abbey.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Simpson, Walter, 26, 14/7/1945, Royal Artillery. Govan Press-Gunner Simpson died in Japanese captivity – nb: the Govan Press account of his death does not mention Govan High, but in the Press record of his capture 2/10/42, it does. He is buried in Labuan War Cemetery, Borneo. His unit had been 80 Anti-Tank Regiment
http://www.dva.gov.au/commems_oawg/OAWG/remembering_war_dead/WWI_WWII/Pages/labuan.aspx
Slater, Andrew, 20, 22/1/1945, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) Andrew, who was a Private, is buried in the Sittard War Cemetery in the Netherlands. Andrew was in the 5th Battalion. His regiment were part of the 52nd Lowland Division which was fighting the Germans in that area. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Sloan, Andrew, 29, 31/10/1944, Royal Engineers. Govan Press-Corporal Sloan, who was part of the 294th Field Company, was killed on active service in North-West Europe. Andrew is buried in Bergen-op-Zoom Cemetery, Netherlands.

Smith, Robert Turner, 44, 7/11/1944, Royal Air Force. Aircraftsman 2nd Class Smith is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. No squadron is mentioned on CWGC. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.).

Snodgrass, James, 32, 19/6/1942, Royal Army Service Corps. James was a Serjeant and is buried in Basra, in what was then Persia.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Sommerville, Robert, 18, 15/6/1943, Merchant Navy. Robert was an Ordinary Seaman. He served on the Motor Tanker Athelmonarch (sic). The ship was torpedoed off the coast of what was then Palestine and is now Israel. http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~treevecwll/athelmonarch.htm. The CWGC website indicates that the family was from Bournemouth, but he is listed with a Govan address in the Glasgow Official roll of Honour, and the father’s name is “Thomas” in both the school and CWGC records, and the age is correct, so I would intend to include him in ours. (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).

Stark, Mary Margaret, 21, 13/5/1943, Auxiliary Territorial Service. Mary, who was a Private, is buried in Dunblane Cemetery. Her gravestone shows she was known as “Milly”. She died in Nottingham from meningitis but was buried in Dunblane as her father had a lair there. (information from Stirlingshire Archives). (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).

Thomson, Robert, 22, 20/3/1945, Royal Navy. Robert was an Air Mechanic on board HMS Venerable. He is buried in Malta, where the ship was on manoeuvres before going to the Far East. http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-04CV-Venerable.htm
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Tough, Edmund Winchester, 23, 16/5/1940, Royal Air Force. Edmund was a Sergeant/Observer in a Blenheim bomber (139 Squadron). He is buried in Floing Cemetery near Sedan, France. with the other two members of the crew. (They are the only airmen interred there). (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Trotter, Lily Watson, 20, 10/11/1943, Auxiliary Territorial Service. Lily is buried in Cardonald Cemetery. Her official death record indicates that Lily died from tuberculosis contracted while serving as a Private in the ATS.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Wharrie, Nathan, 27, 11/4/1943, Scots Guards. Personal-from cousin Margaret McLean–Guardsman Wharrie was killed in action in North Africa. Nathan, who had served in the 2nd Battalion, is buried in Enfidaville Cemetery, Tunisia. Nathan’s entry in the Govan High Register has also been found: - Mitchell Library Reference: D-ED7/87/2/2 (Page 57)
Background information can be found here http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/418731-post3.html
An account of the action can be found here http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-25Ba-c9.html (The Scots Guards’ part is about halfway down).

Wheeley, Francis Norman, 22, 25/3/1945, Royal Air Force. Francis’ name is on the Runnymede Memorial. He served in 248 Squadron. His rank was Warrant Officer and he served on a Mosquito. He was killed when his aircraft was shot down on its way back to Banff after an abortive raid on Norway.
http://www.scotshistoryonline.co.uk/sorties.html.
The site http://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/lutelandet.html has a picture of him, plus information about the mission he died on.
http://www.tangmerepilots.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11322&sid=58238bf1fbb7d82d 299045fdb498d4a4 (blocked in school) has the following ““March 25 1945 : Mosquito "G" of 333 squadron, flown by: Lieutenant Commander K. Skavhaugen and Flying Officer A.H. Bobbett, and aircraft "V" of 248 squadron flown by; Flight lieutenant A. Mcleod and Warrant Officer N. Wheeley. Were members of a strike force, which was returning to Banff from Vilnes Fjord after failing to find any targets, in Position 6117N 0455E, whilst flying at 3000 feet, the formation was attacked by approx. twenty FW 190s. In the ensuing dogfight both the above aircraft were lost and failed to return. The Mustang escorts claimed three enemy aircraft destroyed and one damaged, for the loss of one Mustang.”
n b - Francis Norman Wheeley was known as Norman.
The incident is also recorded in this book- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Separate-Little-War-Kriegsmarine-Luftwaffe/dp/1904010431
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match).

Whitelaw, Daniel, 25, 16/10/1940, Royal Artillery. Govan Press-killed by enemy action (no location given but he is remembered with honour in Craigton Cemetery). According to the Press, he had been in the army only two weeks. There is no trace of him on scotlandspeople registration site. His brief service had been in the 2 Res Field Regiment.

Whyte, Gellan, 23, 23/4/1943, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Private Whyte is buried in Medjez-el-Bab Cemetery, Tunisia. On the date of his death, his battalion (the 8th) was engaged at Longstop Hill, http://www.britain-at war.org.uk/ww2/Derrick_Jackson/html/long_stop_hill.htm where Former Pupil John Brydon was also killed.
Govan Press 14/5/1943/School Records match.
There may be more information in Govan Parish records (his name appears there as Gellen, and Crawford and there are three different variations of his first name.


Whyte, James, 19, 27/5/1940, Royal Air Force. James who was a Leading Aircraftsman operating as a Wireless Operator/Rear Gunners is buried in Glasgow’s Western Necropolis. No squadron is listed on CWGC. And there is no entry on scotlandspeople, and nothing on his grave to indicate how he died.
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Wiseman, Alexander Donald, 27, 30/3/1942, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Alex, who was a Rifleman in the 1st Battalion, is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar (then known as Burma)
(Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Woods, Morrison, 30, 19/8/1946, Royal Engineers. Sapper Woods is buried in Bangor, Northern Ireland. There is nothing on the Northern Ireland records to ascertain how he met his death (Glasgow Roll of Honour/School records match.)

Many thanks to Ian McCracken, the school archivist/librarian for providing all the above information.

John


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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 5:39 pm    Post subject: WW1 Remembrance May 2014 Reply with quote

Further to attending the WW2 Day at Govan High to remember my Great Uncle Harry Robertson on the new plaque, 10 members of my family attended the unveiling of the plaque commemorating his brother, my great uncle Maxwell. Max was killed in action on the 12th July 1915 in Gallipoli. It was such a respectful day and my deepest thanks go to Ian McCracken for his tireless work in recognising the sacrifices made by past pupils. It has always saddened me that young Max, as an apprentice carpenter in the shipyards, went off to a land so far away, he would be unable to point it out on a globe. However, Ian provided a map on the day of the peninsula where British troops had attempted to make themselves feel at home by naming trenches after familiar names from home: streets from Wigan, Plymouth, etc. Scottish troops had done the same and so not far from where Max fought and died there was a Renfield Street, an Argyle Street and, most poignant of all, a Govan Road. Young Private Maxwell Robertson met his death so far - yet so near - from his home.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surname ROBERTSON
Forename Maxwell
Rank Pte
Service number 1673
Decoration
Place of birth Govan Glasgow
Date of death 12 July 1915
Theatre of death Gallipoli
Cause of death Killed in action
SNWM roll THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY
Other detail 6th Bn. (T.).

From http://www.1914-1918.net/hli.htm
1/6th (City of Glasgow) Battalion
August 1914 : at Yorkhill Street, Glasgow.
11 May 1915 : formation became part of 157th (Highland Light Infantry) Brigade, 52nd Lowland Division.
26 May 1915 : sailed from Devonport for Gallipoli, going via Egypt (5-28 June) and Mudros (1 July), landing at Cape Helles on 3 July.

The battle of 12 July is described in some detail in Sir Ian Hamilton's Third Gallipoli Despatch http://www.1914-1918.net/hamiltons_gallipoli_despatch_3.html and includes:

The 1/5th Royal Scots Fusiliers, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel J. B. Pollok-McCall; the 1/7th Royal Scots, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel W. C. Peebles; the 1/5th King's Own Scottish Borderers, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel W. J. Millar; and the 1/6th Highland Light Infantry, commanded by Major J. Anderson, are mentioned as having specially distinguished themselves in this engagement.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 91st former pupil from Govan High School to be killed in World War Two, has recently been discovered. He is listed on the Govan New Church Memorial.

CULLEN, ROBERT WILLIAM
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 1824240
Date of Death: 15/01/1945
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Panel Reference: Column 284.
Memorial: ALAMEIN MEMORIAL

He attended Copeland Road Primary School DoB 29/09/24

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John -there's a suggestion that Robert was possibly killed whilst flying in Wellington X, LP294 of No 76 OTU, which dived into the sea off Tel Aviv after control was lost in cloud.
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17815-450115-Unaccounted-Airmen-15-01-1945

The fact that it was a Operational Training Unit aircraft might explain why there isn't a Squadron number on his record.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 76753 for the original memorial

WMR 76754 for the updated memorial

WMR 76756 for Maxwell Robertson. How can a brand new memorial have the year of death wrong by 4 years?
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