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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:00 pm    Post subject: ANDREW MACKIE, TROOPER, SCOTTISH HORSE. "No action" Reply with quote

Andrew Mackie was described as a farmer, aged 29, when he died at Aitchisonsbank Farm, Gretna, Dumfriesshire on 2 December 1919. The cause of death is listed as Malaria 2 years, 7 months. Bright's disease 2 years approximately, endocarditis and pericarditis, 5 days. Given that he was discharged due to sickness in June 1918, there seemed to be a case for a non-commemoration. However Andrew's military records have not survived and there is no evidence to support a case for his inclusion on the CWGC Register.
I have included his details in case anyone runs across him in the future.

He is named on the Gretna Parish War Memorial as:

ANDREW MACKIE TROOPER SCOTTISH HORSE.
Andrew Mackie age 29 Private (315899) 13th (Scottish Horse Yeomanry) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Andrew was working on the family farm when he enlisted as Trooper (5825) in the 1/2nd Scottish Horse Yeomanry on 26 September 1914. He landed with his unit at Gallipoli in September 1915 and was seriously wounded. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli the Scottish Horse Battalions were formed into the 13th Black Watch in Egypt and they were sent to Salonika in northern Greece in October 1916. Andrew contracted malaria and Bright's disease and was discharged from the army due to sickness on 26 June 1918. He was awarded a Silver War Badge (412949)
Andrew died at home at Aitchisonsbank Farm, Gretna of endocarditis and pericarditis.
Born 1890 in Gretna. Son of the late Andrew Mackie and of Catherine (Mackie) Mackie.
Died on 2 December 1919. Burial place not known.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.

Andrew was at home on leave on 22 May 1915 when he, his brother John, and other farm workers heard the sound of the initial rail crash at Quintishill where a troop train hit a stationary passenger train. As they made their way across the fields they saw the north bound express plough into the wreckage. They began to rescue injured and trapped soldiers but fire broke out and John set off on his motor-cycle to Carlisle where he persuaded the Fire Brigade to turn out even though they had yet to be informed of the crash by the railway company. (Source: D&G Standard 26/5/1915 p.7)

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