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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
dhubthaigh wrote:
I thought I'd add the following piece of information which is valuable in connecting people/families and places.
A list of casualties appeared in the Blairgowrie Advertiser on Saturday 18th August 1917, one being;
Pvt. Bruce Stewart (only brother of Mrs Ritchie, The Neuk, Blairgowrie) Machine Gun Section, Royal Scots - was a wounded prisoner of war in Germany.


And help it did Very Happy
I've been trying to link this man with the one listed on the Castle Douglas War Memorial.
From info. from Ralph we knew that he had enlisted at Dumfries and that he was an ironmonger - and yesterday I found this:

Dumfries and Galloway Standard 23 June 1917 page 3
MISSING
Private Bruce Stewart, Royal Scots, officially reported missing since the end of April is the only son of Mr. Stewart, coal agent, Darnick, Melrose.
He served his apprenticeship as an ironmonger in Melrose and for 13 years he was employed by Messrs. McGuffog and McDonald, Ironmongers, Castle Douglas, He enlisted in November 1914 and had been at the front for about two years.


I've e-mailed this directly to Ralph
Thanks Mark


Just to complete the story:

Bruce Stewart age 35 Private (18154) 15th Battalion (1st Edinburgh), Royal Scots.
Bruce served his apprenticeship in Melrose before he was for 13 years an Ironmonger in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. He was living at Bowling Green Cottage when he enlisted in November 1914 and he landed with his battalion at Le Havre in January 1916. He was wounded by shrapnel and taken prisoner on 29 April 1917 at Monchy and on 26 May was reported to be a Prisoner Of War in Hamelin, wounded in the left lung. Bruce died in hospital at Hamelin and was buried there, but was re-interred at Niederzwehren in November 1923.
Born 1882 at Lilliesleaf, Bowden, Roxburghshire. Son of William Henry Stewart and of Margaret (Bruce) Stewart of Sunnyside Cottage, Darnick, Melrose and of Tweed View, Newstead, Melrose.
Died of wounds on 13 June 1917 and buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Castle Douglas War Memorial, on the St. Andrew's Church memorial, now in the Castle Douglas Parish Church and on the Darnick War Memorial.
Niederzwehren cemetery was begun by the Germans in 1915 for the burial of prisoners of war who died at the local camp. In 1922-23 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Niederzwehren is one. (Source: CWGC)

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Named on the Langholm War Memorial in Dumfriesshire as:

2/Lt. H.S.S. ROBINSON, KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS.

Harry Stanley Shepley Robinson age 19 Second Lieutenant, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Harry was employed in the Lands Values Office in Melrose, Roxburghshire and was the local Scout Master. He was commissioned in October 1914 and joined the 2nd KOSB on the Western Front in April 1915. Harry was fatally wounded by shrapnel.
Born 1895 in Brighouse, Halifax, Yorkshire. Son of Harry Lister Robinson (an artist) and of Alice (Bottomley) Robinson of 29 Charles Street, Langholm. (Source: CWGC, 1901 census in Brighouse and 1911 census in Hutton, Berwickshire)
Died of Wounds on 9 June 1915 and buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Langholm Parish Church memorial.
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