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Kenneth Morrison



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A/B'SMITH ROBERT BAIRD, R.N.
Robert Baird – age 24 – Blacksmith 4th Class (P/MX 78706) H.M.S. Barham, Royal Navy.
Robert was a footballer with the Kellobank United Juvenile Club and a blacksmith at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted in early 1941. The battleship “Barham”was sailing from Alexandria, Egypt to cover sorties by Malta and Alexandria-based cruiser forces against Italian convoys heading for Libya. She was hit on the port side by three torpedoes from the German submarine U-331 north of Sidi Barrani. As the ship rolled over to port, her after magazines exploded and she quickly sank.
Born 1917 in Kirkconnel. Son of Robert and Isabella Baird of 121 Kingsway, Kirkconnel. Husband of Mary Lochhead (Robb) Baird of Kirkconnel who he had married in the summer of 1941 in Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 25 November 1941 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.


SPR. R. W. BROADFOOT, R.E.
Robert Welsh Broadfoot – age 20 – Sapper (14226309) 509 Field Company, Royal Engineers.
Robert was educated at Sanquhar Public School and was employed at the Crawick Shovel factory in Kirkconnel when he enlisted in 1942. His Company landed at Normandy on 27 June 1944 and took part in two attacks on Caen in July.
Born 1923 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late Jane Wilson (Welsh) Broadfoot and of William Broadfoot of Hyslop Street, Kelloholm, Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 16 July 1944 and buried in Fontenay-Le-Pesnel War Cemetery, Tessel, Calvados, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.


F/SGT. ANDREW BURNS, R.A.F.
Andrew Burns – age 24 – Flight Sergeant (655643) 78 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.
Andrew was educated at Sanquhar Pubic School and worked at the Crawick Shovel factory in Kirkconnel before he joined the RAF. He qualified as a pilot in Canada in September 1941 and was the pilot of his Halifax bomber which had taken off from RAF Linton on Ouse in Yorkshire for a raid on Dortmund. Andrew was killed when the aircraft crashed near Epe in Germany but the rest of his crew survived.
Born 1918 in Kirkconnel. Son of the late James Burns and of Jean Burns of 19 Robertson Road, Kelloholm, Kirkconnel and of Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 5 May 1943 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.


PTE. ROBERT BURNS, S.HIGHrs.
Robert Burns – age 33 – Private (14792627) 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Robert had worked at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel before bad health made him move to work in the north of Scotland. He was called up in the summer of 1944 and had been with his battalion since January.
During Operation Plunder the 51st (Highland) Division crossed the Rhine on the 23 March and in the following days moved up to the Dutch/German border. Robert was killed at Dinxperlo, on the border, but was re-interred in Rheichswald in April 1947.
Born 1912 in Kirkconnel. Son of Robert and Elizabeth (Moffat) Burns of 11 Holmhead, Kirkconnel. Husband of Jane Muir (Rennie) Burns of 11 Holmhead, Kirkconnel who he married in 1939 in Dalmellington, Ayrshire. Killed in Action on 29 March 1945 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial and on a memorial plaque in Dinxperlo remembering the fallen of the 51st Highland Division during the liberation of the town.
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L/CPL. THOMAS DOUGLAS, K.O.S.B.
Thomas Douglas – age 30 – Lance Corporal (3187584) 4th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers
Thomas had been a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel before he joined the army in 1935. He had served in China, India, Palestine and in France. His battalion had landed at Ostend in October 1944 and throughout November took part in the Battle of the Scheldt to clear the route to Antwerp. He was awarded a Commander in Chief's Certificate for bravery and devotion to duty. Thomas was killed near Treurenburg in Holland and was re-interred in Bergen in July 1946.
Born 1914 in Kirkconnel. Son of Thomas and Sarah (Dickson) Douglas of 8 Polveoch Terrace, Kelloholm, Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 26 November 1944 and buried in Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.


PTE. JAMES GILBERTSON, A.A.C.
James Gilbertson – age 18 – Private (14029636) The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps.
James was employed at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he joined up in February 1945. He was at the No.1 Parachute Training School at RAF Ringway near Manchester when he was killed near Bucklow in Cheshire during a training exercise.
Born 1927 in Kirkconnel. Son of Archibald and Margaret (Donald) Gilbertson of 3 Kingsway, Kirkconnel.
Died on Service on 20 November 1945 and buried in Kirkconnel Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.


GNR. THOMAS GRAY, R.A.
Thomas Gray – age 24 – Gunner (3191246) 73 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery.
Thomas was a footballer with Kello Rovers and worked at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel. He called up to the King's Own Scottish Borderers under the Military Training Act in July 1939 and at the outbreak of war went to France with the Durham Light Infantry. Thomas went out to North Africa to the Royal Artillery in May 1942.
Born 1918 in Kirkconnel. Son of the late James Alexander Gray and Jeannie Hood Duncan Gray of 6 Riverside Terrace, Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 21 April 1943 and buried in Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.
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PTE. CHARLES W. GRIERSON, D.L.I.
Charles Wood Grierson – age 22 – Private (3191159) 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.
Charles was working at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he was called up under the Military Training Act in July 1939. The 8th DLI were part of the BEF sent to France in 1939. They withstood the onslaught of the German Blitzkrieg in May 1940, taking part in the British counter-strike at Arras before the retreat to Dunkirk. Charles was last seen at Warlus near Arras.
Born 1918 in Kirkconnel. Son of James and Mary (Wood) Grierson, of 20 Polveoch Terrace, Kelloholm, Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 21 May 1940 and named on the Dunkirk Memorial, France.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.


SGT. CHARLES HARPER, R.A.F.
Charles Harper – age 20 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1829682) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
“Chick” was educated at Sanquhar Public School. He was involved in agricultural work at Knockenjig Farm, Kirkconnel and latterly in the nearby Ochiltree District in Ayrshire before he joined the RAF in early 1944. Charles was onboard a Wellington bomber of 85 Operational Training Unit from RAF Husbands Bosworth in Leicestershire which crashed at Althorp Park, Northamptonshire.
Born 1923 in Kelloholm, Kirkconnel. Son of William and Christina Aird (Knight) Harper of 77 Anderson Street, Kelloholm, Kirkconnel.
Died on Service on 24 September 1944 and buried in Kirkconnel Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.


PTE. DAVID HOUSTON, K.O.S.B.
David Shakland Houston – age 37 – Private (3184584) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
David had joined the army in the 1920's and was a reservist when he was recalled in 1939. The 1st KOSB embarked for France and crossed the Belgian frontier in May 1940 but were ordered to withdraw. Fighting their way to the coast, they were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk. David returned to France on D-Day, 6th June 1944, landing at ‘Queen’ Beach, fought through Normandy and then advanced north through Belgium and Holland to the Rhine and Bremen in Germany. David was killed at Wildeshausen near Bremen but was re-interred at Beckilingen in October 1946.
Born 1907 in Kirkconnel. Son of William and Barbara (Shankland) Houston of Kirkconnel. Husband of Catherine (Loy) Houston of 13 Riverside Terrace, Kirkconnel who he married in 1934 in Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 13 April 1945 and buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.
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PTE. JOHN B. JARDINE, K.O.S.B.
John Brown Jardine – age 23 – Private (3193551) 5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was a gamekeeper with the Buccleuch Estates at Holm Lodge, Sanquhar when he enlisted. He was one of six men of 5th KOSB who were killed when a mine they were guarding exploded on the beach at Seacliff, between Dunbar and North Berwick, in Whitekirk, East Lothian.
Born 1918 in Carsphairn, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of John and Nellie (Shankland) Jardine of Carco, Crawick Glen, Sanquhar who married in 1915 in Kirkconnel.
Died on Service on 21 April 1941 and buried in Kirkconnel Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.


L/CPL. PETER KENNY, K.O.S.B.
Peter Kenny – age 21 – Lance Corporal (3190202) 5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Peter was educated at Sanquhar Public School and worked at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted. He was acting as navigator on a caterpillar vehicle, and was crossing the Tak-me-Doun Road near Berryhill Farm in Kilsyth, Stirlingshire when the vehicle ran an embankment and fell over onto him.
Born 1919 in Kirkconnel. Son of the late Bridget (McKenna) Kenny and of William Johnston Kenny of Kellobank, Kirkconnel. Husband of Agnes Jess (Williamson) Kenny of New Cumnock, Ayrshire who he married in 1938 in New Cumnock.
Died on Service on 25 November 1940 and buried in Kirkconnel Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.


GDSM. THOMAS D. MAXWELL, S.GUARDS.
Thomas Turnbull Maxwell – age 22 – Guardsman (2695837) 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.
Thomas joined the army in 1938 and was with his battalion in Egypt when war was declared. He took part in the early fighting in Egypt and he was taken prisoner on 2nd June 1941. He was held at Stalag 8B at Lamsdorf in German Upper Silesia (now Lambinowice in Poland) and was on a Working Party when he died. He was buried at Oppeln-Halbendorf but was re-interred in Krakow in September 1948.
Born 1920 in Kirkconnel. Son of Robert and Mary Jane (Inglis) Maxwell of Polveoch Terrace, Kirkconnel.
Died on Service on 5 April 1943 and buried in Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.
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PTE. THOMAS MELVIN, R.S.F.
Thomas (Tommy) Melvin – age 25 – Fusilier (3191798) 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Tommy had been a miner at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel when he enlisted in the King's Own Scottish Borderers in September 1939. He was posted to the 1st RSF and had been overseas since 1941. The battalion had served in the invasion of Madagascar in May 1942 before moving to India in January 1943. They landed in Burma in February 1944 where Tommy contracted cerebral malaria. He was evacuated to hospital in Gauhati in India but he died.
Born 1919 in Kirkconnel. Son of Thomas and Margaret (Rennie) Melvin of 6 Nithside Terrace, Kirkconnel.
Died on Active Service on 1 November 1944 and buried in Gauhati War Cemetery, Assam. India.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.


SGT. JOHN B. McKNIGHT, PAR. REGT.
John McKnight – age 33 – Sergeant (3185810) 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps.
John had a total of 15 years of service in the army. He had completed 8 years with the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1937 but he rejoined and went to France in 1939. He escaped from the beaches at Dunkirk in May/June 1940 and later joined the Parachute Regiment, serving in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He landed in France on D Day, 6 June 1944 and took part in the Airborne landing at Arnhem where he was killed in Oosterbeek.
Born 1911 in Kirkconnel as John Black McKnight. Son of Andrew Findlay McKnight and of Agnes (Black) McKnight of 1 Duke Street, Kirkconnel.
Killed in Action on 20 September 1944 and buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.


SGT. ROBERT E. SCOTT, R.A.F.
Robert Eccles Scott – age 21 – Sergeant (1126204) 429 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Robert was educated at Sanquhar Public School. 429 (Bison) Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force was formed at RAF East Moor in Yorkshire in November 1942. Robert's Wellington bomber had taken off from East Moor for a raid on Bochum, near Dortmund in Germany, but was lost over the North Sea. Only the body of the pilot, David Lachlan Bain (RCAF) from Vancouver, was recovered and he is buried in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Born 1922 in Dryfesdale, Dumfriesshire. Son of James and Jane (Eccles) Scott of Kirkconnel.
Missing in Action on 30 March 1943 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial and on the Sanquhar School memorial.


SGT. GEORGE WALLACE, S.GUARDS.
George Wallace – age 26 – Sergeant (3188308) 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.
George worked at Fauldhead Colliery, Kirkconnel before he enlisted in the Scots Guards in 1936. He was wounded in North Africa in April 1943 before serving in Sicily and in mainland Italy where he was reported missing in November 1943. Interviews with fellow prisoners after the war indicated that he was taken prisoner in Italy in 1943 and was held in Stalag 8B (later numbered as Stalag 344) in Lamsdorf in German Upper Silesia (now Lambinowice in Poland) He reportedly died of gunshot wounds and was buried in Kammeran in Upper Silesia. This may have been during the mass movement of PoWs from their camps towards Germany in advance of the Russian Army.
Born 1918 in Kirkconnel as George Kilpatrick Wallace. Son of his late parents who had lived at 48 Townhead, Kirkconnel. Brother of Mrs Stevenson of 18 Boig Road, Connelpark, New Cumnock, Ayrshire.
Died on Service on 21 January 1945 and named on the Cassino Memorial, Italy.
Also named on the Kirkconnel Parish Church WW2 memorial.
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