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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Second World War names which have been added include Robert Craig with CMoH PH after his name. This stands for Congressional Medal of Honor* and Purple Heart.

*Note, it should be MoH. The word "Congressional" shouldn't be added

From http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=9659

Mathies,Archibald
Sgt.,510th Bomber Sqdn.,351st Bmbr.Grp.,
KIA,over Europe(Air Mission),20/02/1944.
Real Name,Archibald Hamilton, stepfather William James Mathies.
Born: 03/06/1918 at New St.,Stonehouse,Lanarkshire,f.William Hamilton(coal miner),m.Mary MS Scott.
Buried: Finleyville Cemetery,Washington Co.,Pennsylvania.gr.ref.Blk.8,Lot 3.Sect.C.

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to

MATHIES, ARCHIBALD

Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 510th Bomber Squadron, 351st Bomber Group.
Place and Date: Over Europe, 20 February 1944.
Entered Service at: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Born: 3 June 1918, Scotland.
G.O. No.: 52, 22 June 1944.

Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy in connection with a bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe on 20 February 1944. The aircraft on which Sgt. Mathies was serving as engineer and ball turret gunner was attacked by a squadron of enemy fighters with the result that the copilot was killed outright, the pilot wounded and rendered unconscious, the radio operator wounded and the plane severely damaged. Nevertheless, Sgt. Mathies and other members of the crew managed to right the plane and fly it back to their home station, where they contacted the control tower and reported the situation. Sgt. Mathies and the navigator volunteered to attempt to land the plane. Other members of the crew were ordered to jump, leaving Sgt. Mathies and the navigator aboard. After observing the distressed aircraft from another plane, Sgt. Mathies' commanding officer decided the damaged plane could not be landed by the inexperienced crew and ordered them to abandon it and parachute to safety. Demonstrating unsurpassed courage and heroism, Sgt. Mathies and the navigator replied that the pilot was still alive but could not be removed and they would not desert him. They were then told to attempt a landing. After two unsuccessful efforts, the plane crashed into an open field in a third attempt to land. Sgt. Mathies, the navigator and the wounded pilot
were killed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:51 pm    Post subject: John and Archibald BROWN (brothers) Reply with quote

JOHN BROWN and ARCHIBALD BROWN were brothers.

JOHN BROWN, Pte 17777 5th (and 7th) Bn, King's Own Scottish Borderers, and his brother ARCHIBALD BROWN, Sapper 79665, Royal Engineers, 173 Tunnelling Company, are named on the STONEHOUSE War Memorial.
ARCHIBALD formerly served as Pte 7068, 8th Bn Highland Light Infantry, Territorials, attached to Lesmahagow Company.

Their parents were John Brown, a Coal Miner, and Janet Melvin who were married at Stonehouse on 16 August, 1889.
Their father John Brown was born on 23 March, 1865, at Stonehouse.
Their mother Janet Melvin was born on 22 November, 1869, at Stonehouse.

Their paternal grandparents were John Brown, a Coal Miner, and Margaret Hutchison who were married at Stonehouse on 31 December, 1860.
Their maternal grandparents were William Melvin, a Coal Miner, and Janet Stewart who were married at Stonehouse on 20 August, 1869.

JOHN BROWN was born at 24 Angle Street, Stonehouse, on 25 October, 1885.
Janet Brown was born at 4 Townhead Street, Stonehouse, on 24 August, 1889.
ARCHIBALD BROWN was born at 29 King Street, Stonehouse, on 7 August, 1891.

The 1891 STONEHOUSE Census was taken on 5 April, 1891.
The family are listed at 29 King Street, Stonehouse, as follows:
John Brown, age 25, Head, Coal Miner, b Stonehouse
Janet Brown, age 21, Wife, b Stonehouse
JOHN BROWN, age 5, Son, b Stonehouse
Janet Brown, age 2, Daughter, b Stonehouse.

On 17 November, 1893, their mother Janet Brown, age 23, died at Angle Street, Stonehouse.
JOHN was 8 years old
Janet was 4 years of age.
ARCHIBALD was 2 years old.

On 13 February, 1897, their grandfather John Brown, age 63, died at Wellgate Street, Larkhall.

The 1901 LARKHALL Census was taken on 31 March, 1901.
The family are listed at Avonview Street (Upstairs), Larkhall, as follows:
Margaret Brown, age 56, Head, Widower, b Dalry, Ayrshire (grandmother)
John Brown, age 37, Son, Widower, Coal Miner, b Stonehouse (father)
Archibald Brown, age 32, Son, Coal Miner, b Stonehouse (uncle)
William Brown, age 24, Son, Coal Miner, b Swinhill (uncle)
David Brown, age 14, Son, Coal Miner, b Stonehouse (uncle)
JOHN BROWN, age 15, GrandSon, Driver in Coal Pit, b Stonehouse
Janet Brown, age 12, GrandDaughter, Scholar, b Stonehouse
ARCHIBALD BROWN, age 9, GrandSon, Scholar, b Stonehouse.

On 11 March, 1911, JOHN BROWN, age 25, of 8 Claude Street, Larkhall, and Jessie Miller, age 22, of 20 King Street, Stonehouse, were married at 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow.
Jessie Miller was born at Swinhill, Larkhall, on 1 November, 1888.

The 1911 LARKHALL Census was taken on 2 April, 1911.
The family are listed at 70 Percy Street, Larkhall, as follows:
Margaret Brown, age 67, Head, Widower, b Dalry, Ayrshire (grandmother)
ARCHIBALD BROWN, age 19, GrandSon, Coal Miner, b Stonehouse.

JOHN BROWN and his wife Jessie are listed at 40 Percy Street, Larkhall, as follows:
JOHN BROWN, age 25, Head, Coal Miner, b Stonehouse
Jessie Brown, age 22, Wife, b Stonehouse (actually born at Swinhill).

On 7 June, 1913, at 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow, ARCHIBALD BROWN, age 22, of New Street, Birkenshaw, by Larkhall, married Rose Horn Brown, age 22, also of New Street, Birkenshaw, by Larkhall.
Rose Horn Brown was born at 102 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, on 11 July, 1889.

JOHN BROWN and his wife Jessie had 2 children (that I can find) as follows:
Agnes Brown, born at 40 Percy Street, Larkhall, on 19 February, 1912.
Janet Melvin Brown, born at 11 Crawford's Buildings, Birkenshaw, Larkhall, on 4 July, 1913.

I cannot find any children of ARCHIBALD BROWN and his wife Rose.

ARCHIBALD BROWN joined the 8th Bn Highland Light Infantry, Territorials, attached to Lesmahagow Company, as Pte 7068, and went to France on 5th October, 1914, with his Battalion. Mining knowledge and expertise was needed by the Royal Engineers and ARCHIBALD BROWN was transferred to the 173rd Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers (see attached). He was issued a new military number as Sapper 79665.

JOHN BROWN joined the 7th Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers as Pte 17777, and went to France with his Battalion on 9 July, 1915.

ARCHIBALD BROWN was Killed-In-Action on 26 June, 1917, age 26.
JOHN BROWN was reported Missing Presumed Dead on 1 August, 1918.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) entry for ARCHIBALD BROWN shows that he is buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. There are 1,600 names buried there.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) entry for JOHN BROWN shows that he is commemorated at Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France. There are 3,878 names commemorated there.

The Scottish National War Memorial (SNWM) at Edinburgh Castle shows that JOHN and his brother ARCHIBALD BROWN are commemorated there.

The entry in Soldiers Died in the Great War (SDGW) shows that ARCHIBALD BROWN enlisted in Stonehouse, and JOHN BROWN enlisted in Larkhall.

The Medal Rolls Index Card (MIC) for ARCHIBALD BROWN shows that he was awarded the 1914 Star Medal, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
The Medal Rolls Index Card (MIC) for JOHN BROWN shows that he was awarded the 1914-15 Star Medal, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

The "Soldier's Effects" record for ARCHIBALD BROWN shows that his wife Rosie Brown received his Outstanding Pay of 16/1/6, additional Pay as a Sapper of 15/-/-, and a War Gratuity of 13/10/-.
The "Soldier's Effects" record for JOHN BROWN shows that his wife Jessie Brown received his Outstanding Pay of 17/4/11 and a War Gratuity of 23/-/-.

Masher Walter Smith sent me a clipping taken from The Hamilton Advertiser dated 14 July, 1917.
It reads:
"LARKHALL and the WAR - Mrs Archie Brown, Birkenshaw, Larkhall, has been officially notified that her husband, Sapper Archie Brown, Royal Engineers, was killed in action in France on the 26th June. He was mobilised at the outbreak of war, being in the H.L.I. Territorials, attached to Lesmahagow Coy., and had been in France for over two years. Latterly he was attached to the Royal Engineers. Sapper Brown was employed in Hill Colliery, Netherburn, previous to being called up".

Another clipping from The Hamilton Advertiser of 29 June, 1918, reads:
"BROWN - In loving memory of our dear nephew,
Sapper A. Brown, who was killed in France,
26th June, 1917, age 26 years.
'Leaves may wither, flowers may die,
Some may forget you, but never will I.'
- Inserted by his aunt and uncle, Mrs R. Graham, Birkenshaw, Larkhall.
'Gone and forgotten by some you may be,
But dear to our memory you ever will be,
If the grave were to open what changes you'd see,
Eternal rest, dear brother, is far better for thee.'
- Inserted by his brother, JOHN, B.E.F. France.
BROWN - In loving memory of young Archie,
third son of Janet Maveling, who was killed in
France, on 26th June, 1917.
'I will go to him,
But he won't return to me.'
- Inserted by Granny Brown, Birkenshaw, Larkhall.
BROWN - In loving memory of our dear friend,
Sapper Archie Brown, who was killed in action
in France, on 26th June, 1917.
'It is but one year ago
He left the scene of death and woe,
By offering up his splendid youth
For country, "liberty" and truth'.
- Inserted by A. and M. C., Birkenshaw, Larkhall".

[Note that JOHN BROWN is shown as inserting a message (above). He may have been on leave, or this may have been inserted on his behalf by the family.]

On 15 December, 1920, their grandmother Margaret Hutchison or Brown, age 76, died at Paton's Buildings, Birkenshaw, Larkhall.


CWGC
****
BROWN, A
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 79665
Date of Death: 26/06/1917
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
173rd Tunnelling Coy.
Grave Reference: II.H.12
Cemetery: BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY

BROWN, JOHN
Rank: Private
Service No: 17777
Date of Death: 01/08/1918
Age: 33
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
1st/5th Bn.
Memorial: SOISSONS MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of John and Janet Melvin Brown,
of Birkenshaw, Lanarkshire, husband of Jessie Miller Brown,
of 26 King St, Stonehouse,, Lanarkshire.


SNWM
****
Era: WW1
Surname: BROWN
Forename: Archie
Rank: Spr
Service number: 7068
Place of birth: Stonehouse, Lanarkshire
Date of death: 26 June, 1917
Theatre of death: F&F
Cause of death: Killed in action
SNWM roll: THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY
Unit name: Unknown Unit attached to THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY
Other detail: latterly 79665, 173rd Tunn. Coy. R.E.

Era: WW1
Surname: BROWN
Forename: Archie
Rank: Spr
Service number: 79665
Place of birth: Stonehouse, Lanarkshire
Date of death: 26 June, 1917
Theatre of death: F&F
Cause of death: Killed in action
SNWM roll: THE ROYAL ENGINEERS
Unit name: Unknown Unit attached to THE ROYAL ENGINEERS
Other detail: 173rd Tunn. Coy., formerly Highland Light Infantry.


Era: WW1
Surname: BROWN
Forename: John
Rank: Pte
Service number: 17777
Place of birth: Stonehouse, Lanark
Date of death: 1 August, 1918
Theatre of death: Unknown
Cause of death: Killed in action
SNWM roll: THE KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
Unit name: In or attached to THE KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
Other detail: 1/5th Bn.
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'Lest We Forget'
Remembering my grandfather Pte 37091 Robert Lang 14th Bn HLI, killed in action 24 Apr 1917 at Gouzeaucourt, France.
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