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Ayr Corporation Tramways.

 
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mhomac



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:13 pm    Post subject: Ayr Corporation Tramways. Reply with quote

This Roll of Honour is, at present , on display in Rozelle house as part of the Next of Kin Exhibition. This is a touring exhibition about Scottish Families and the Great War.
Some notes about the Tramways Dept.
Ayr Corporation Tramways commenced operating in 1901, and continued until 1931. At the outbreak of war, all the drivers and conductors were male. As happened in public services and workplaces throughout the country, many of its staff volunteered to join the forces, and women were recruited in their place. A total of 55 men from Ayr Corporation Tramways served in the forces during the war, and ten lost their lives. A plaque bearing their names was placed in the tramways depot on Prestwick Road, and it is now in the care of South Ayrshire Libraries & Museums at Rozelle House, Ayr.

The Roll of Honour also states "European War 1914-1918" which is something I have never seen before.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first 11 names were all killed and the next 2 died on service.

W. Geddes *
H. Clark *
J. Johnson *
W. Rae *
H. Piper *
H. Jones *
S. Sharp *
J. Ralph *
C. Arnold *
J. Ridler *
D. Bell *
A. Hart **
J. Haldane **
W. Findlay M.M.
A. Brooks
E.Briley
T. Sloan
G. Andrew
W.Haswell
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A. Smith
G.Easton
J. Stewart
J.Hay
J.Strang
J. Gordon
J. Campbell
H. Gibson
W. Fisher
A. Henry
I. Graham
W. Morrison
A. Cuthbert
J. Smillie
H. Cameron
H. Rainey
D. Hogg
R. Biggins
F. Baxter
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

J. Cameron
K. McCabe
D. McWhirter
F. Simpson
C. Smith
W. Andrew
R. Aitken
J.Diamond
G. McWhirter
H. Gordon
G. Ralph
J. Ritchie
W. Pettigrew
R. Irvine
E. Ridler
H. Auld
R.Nicol
W. McDonald
H. Gibson Jnr
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:46 pm    Post subject: James C Riddler note father's Occ Reply with quote

James C Riddler Pte 202086 7th Gordon Highlanders b Bristol e Ayr Killed in Action F&F 26/03/1918 Son of Edward & Elizabeth. 1901 Census: 29 Balgraybank St; Dennistoun. Father's Occ: Electric Car Driver. Soldiers Effects: Father: Edward. Mother: Elizabeth. Brother: Edward & Charles. Arras Memorial M. R. 20 Panel 8 & 9 Ayr
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: RALPH, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 29863
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 6th/7th Bn
Date of Death: 12/4/1917
Age: 23
Additional Information: Son of James and Jeanie Ralph, of 11, Pleasantfield Rd., Prestwick, Ayrshire.
Grave Reference: III G 20
Cemetery: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun.

and his brother:

Name: RALPH, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 331956
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry, 9th (Glasgow Hds) Bn
Date of Death: 17/4/1917
Age: 19
Additional Information: Son of James and Jeanie Ralph, of II, Pleasantfield Rd., New Prestwick, Ayrshire.
Grave Reference: D 13
Cemetery: St Leger British Cemetery

Wigtownshire Free Press (24/5/1917): War has taken a heavy toll from Mr and Mrs Ralph, 11 Pleasantfield Road, New Prestwick, in that they have lost two sons in five days of each other. Private James Ralph, who died of wounds at a casualty clearing station on 12th April, was 23 years of age. He enlisted with the RSF in July last year, previous to which he was a conductor on the Ayr Corporation Tramways. His brother, Private John Ralph, who was also a conductor of the tramcars, enlisted in the HLI in October 1915, and was accidentally killed through the collapsing of a dugout on 17th April. He was in his 20th year. Another brother, Gilbert, enlisted in the RSF, was wounded, and has twice suffered from shell-shock, and has been in hospital since November.

Also named on Prestwick War Memorial.
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