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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: MONTEITH, D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 66100
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers, 10th Bn
Date of Death: 9/3/1918
Grave Reference: XI F 10
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (4/4/1918): Mrs Monteith, Auchentibbert, Sandhead, has received official intimation that her son, Pte David Monteith, Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on 9th March. Before enlisting Pte Monteith was employed with Mr McKenzie, High Mark, Leswalt, as ploughman.

Also named on Stoneykirk War Memorial


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: KERR, C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 8110
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 5th Bn
Date of Death: 31/12/1915
Age: 20
Additional Information: Of Leswalt, Wigtownshire. Son of Mrs. Slavin, of Jameston Cottage, Maidens, Ayrshire.
Grave Reference: J 78
Cemetery: Lancashire Landing Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (27/1/1916): Private Charles Kerr, 5th RSF, son of Mrs Hamilton, Deerpark, Castle Kennedy. The official notice says that Private Kerr was wounded on 30th December but from the following letter, received from a comrade, it would appear he was killed on that date. "A few lines to say that I have been wounded and lying in St Andrew's Military Hospital, Malta. I was wounded on the face by the bursting of a bomb, but cheer up and don't worry for I will soon be all right again. I am sorry to say that Charlie Kerr was killed beside me on the same day that I was hit. That was on December 30th. He was hit on the head and back. He died about half an hour afterwards. I spoke to him then, but he could not answer me. He was then carried away, for there was a heavy bombardment on at the time, and the shells were flying all around us. It was a pure hell all that day, so Charlie was hit with a piece of one of the shells. I don't know how I missed some of them. There is only a hundred of us left now, so I consider myself very lucky to get through it with what I got, and have myself to blame for it, for I volunteered to do a thing, and that was when I got hit." Private Kerr was 21 years of age and joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers on 16th November 1914. He was drafted to Gallipoli with his regiment in May last, and was present at the great battle fought there on 12-13 July. He was formerly in the employ of Mr Joseph Johnson, Deerpark.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

World War 2

Name: PATERSON, PETER
Initials: P
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: C/JX 191208
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, HMS Fiji
Date of Death: 23/5/1941
Panel Reference: 44,3
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: ROBERTSON, NOEL JAMES
Initials: NJ
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 7th Bn
Age: 21
Date of Death: 19th June 1940
Service Number: 3192164
Additional Information: Son of Jessie Robertson, and stepson of James Hendry, of Ervie.
Grave Reference: Sec E Grave 169
Cemetery: Leswalt Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (27 June 1940): KIRKCOLM SOLDIER'S TRAGIC DEATH: ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY SENTRY. Private Noel James Robertson, a native of the Rhins, has been killed in Essex under tragic circumstances.

It appears that as Private Robert McKie was on sentry guard duty near Colchester, Pte Robertson, who was his friend, approached and told him that his rifle was cocked. McKie placed forward the safety catch and pressed the trigger to put the hammer down. There was a shot, and Robertson fell with a bullet through the head. This was stated at the inquest.

The Coroner, recording a verdict of accidental death, said that the matter would be subject to military inquiry, and it would be for them to consider the instructions which should be given to young soldiers and the use of their arms on sentry or other duties.

Pte Robertson, who had been serving with the Forces for about eight months, was in his twenty-first year. For a time he was with his father at Salchrie engaged in the dairy, and later he was employed at High Auchneil as a ploughman. He was well known in the district and was a popular footballer playing in the Kirkcolm and Stranraer Summer Leagues.

There was a large attendance at the funeral which took place from Sheuchan Parish Church to Leswalt, on Sunday. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack and a military escort was provided.
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Name: HIGGINS, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 8th (H.D.) Bn.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 02/02/1942
Service No: 2980984
Additional information: Son of David and Agnes Higgins; husband of Davida Isabella Higgins, of Leswalt.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. H. Class 1. Grave 151.
Cemetery: STRANRAER (GLEBE) CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to Julia MacDonald in her book on the Rhins War Memorials, James Herdsman served under the name of James Alexander. The local newspaper report ties in with the CWGC data.

Name: ALEXANDER, J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Privaye
Service Number: 295416
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 12th Bn
Date of Death: 21/4/1917
Age: 21
Additional Information: Son of James Alexander, of 35, Sheuchan St., Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
Grave Reference: X E 2
Cemetery: Gaza War Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (7/6/1917): Mr and Mrs Herdsman, Meikle Galdenoch, Leswalt, have received official intimation that Pte James Alexander was killed in action in Egypt on April 21. Pte Alexander enlisted in the Ayrshire Yeomanry in 1915, but while in Egypt was transferred to the Imperial Camel Corps. Prior to enlisting he was employed at Meikle Galdenoch.
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