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Kilchoan Cemetery, Ardnamurchan

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:39 pm    Post subject: Kilchoan Cemetery, Ardnamurchan Reply with quote

Originally posted on the Scottish War Graves Project by DerekR

Kilchoan Cemetery, Ardnamurchan

O/S map ref: NM 482 640
N56 41.958 W6 06.640

This ancient cemetery on a hillside contains 2 CWGC graves.



Names of those buried or commemorated here:

KING, NORMAN JAMES
MacLENNAN, GEORGE GORDON
MACDIARMID, ALLAN
CAMPBELL, DONALD
NESBIT, DONALD McK


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: KING, NORMAN JAMES
Initials: N J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Trooper
Regiment/Service: Warwickshire Yeomanry
Date of Death: 02/07/1940
Service No: 322429
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 63.





http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/community/local-information/nostalgia/brothers-reunited-after-60-years-1-4658092

The story has emerged of how two Warwickshire brothers who fought in the Second World were eventually buried together in a remote area of Scotland.

Last month we carried an appeal from Leamington historian David Eason for information about Norman and Douglas King of the Warwickshire Yeomanry. He wanted to complete their story for the regiment’s roll of honour.

Now relatives have come forward to fill in the blanks about the brothers.

Trooper, Norman “Buster” King died at sea on Sunday June 2, 1940, aged 21, while on board the SS Arandora Star. The ship was sailing from Liverpool to Canada with hundreds of German and Italian prisoners of war and civilian internees when it was hit by a torpedo fired from a German submarine. More than 800 people were lost, including Norman.

On Wednesday August 21, 1940, a Kilchoan resident who was on leave from the Merchant Navy was walking along the hills and discovered Norman’s body washed ashore, Norman was buried later that day at St Congan’s church cemetery, Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan in Argyllshire, Scotland.

Norman’s siter-in-law Beryl King (Douglas’s widow) who lived at 55 Highfield Terrace, Leamington, during the war, said: “As the family has strong Scottish ties it was decided to let him rest in that lovely part of Scotland. He overlooks the sea towards Mull and the other islands and we know it as a small part of Heaven on Earth.”

Douglas “Happy” King survived the war and passed away in 2005. His wife Beryl for “57 happy years” gained permission from the Scottish War Graves Commission and the local minister had Douglas’s ashes interred in Norman’s grave. A plaque commemorating Douglas stands at the foot of his brother’s headstone.

Mrs King added: “They are now reunited after 60 years. I think about them every day and hope they are having fun!”

Norman was born in 1918 at Eltham in South East London. The family then moved from London to Southam around 1925 when their father was appointed divisional surveyor for Warwickshire District Council and then to Leamington where both Norman and Douglas were educated at the old Leamington College for Boys in Binswood Avenue.

While at the college, Norman and Douglas were very good swimmers and played water polo and rugby. They both played for the college and the Old Leamingtonians, for which Douglas was captain until 1936.

At the outbreak of war both Norman and Douglas enlisted into the Warwickshire Yeomanry in September 1939, when they were separated. Norman spent a short time in France before being trained as a prisoner of war guard at Tidworth in Hampshire.

Douglas went with the regiment to Egypt with B Squadron, seeing service in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt. On October 22, 1942, the regiment supported the 6th New Zealand Brigade during the Battle of El Alamein and then afterwards saw service in Italy.

Norman is commemorated on the Leamington war memorial; the Leamington College for Boys, 1939-1945, war memorial plaque, located at Leamington North School Courtyard, Sandy Lane, Leamington; and the Warwickshire Yeomanry, 1939-1945, war memorial plaque, located at St Mary’s church in Warwick.

David Eason would like to thank Mrs Beryl King, Dr Cowley, Mr Jon Haylett and the Tank Museum at Bovington for all of their help in completing the story.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: MacLENNAN, GEORGE GORDON
Initials: G G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Age: 40
Date of Death: 08/11/1946
Service No: 2981774
Additional information: Son of John and Mary MacLennan; husband of Flora Emily MacLennan, of Bearsden, Dunbartonshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 16.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allan MacDiarmid
Lost at Sea, July 1941 aged 27 years

Unable to locate on CWGC

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CAMPBELL, DONALD

Rank:Able Seaman
Date of Death:06/12/1941
Age:35
Regiment/Service:Merchant Navy S.S. Scottish Trader (London)
Panel Reference: Panel 94.
Memorial:TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:Son of John and Ann Campbell, of Kilchoan, Argyllshire; husband of Jane Campbell, of Glasgow.



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NESBIT, DONALD McK.
Rank:Regimental Sergeant Major
Service No:535
Date of Death:19/07/1918
Age:33
Regiment/Service:Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
43rd Bn.
Grave ReferenceXIV. A. 2.
CemeteryST. PIERRE CEMETERY, AMIENS
Additional Information:
Son of John Alexander Nesbit, of Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan, Argyll, Scotland; husband of Jane MacKenzie Nesbit.

Nesbit/Nisbet's story and details of his death have just appeared on a "revitalised" thread on the Great War Forum.
http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=145314
It includes this:
Donald Nesbit’s Obituary penned by the Battalion in their official history ‘The Forty Third’ from 1921:

Regimental Sergeant Major Donald Nesbit

From Lance-Corporal to Regimental Sergeant-Major was his record, and there was no better soldier ever left Australia.
Born in Scotland, he came to Australia early in life, and left in June, 1916, with the Battalion. He went through the campaign and did fine work up to the day of his death.
It was on the Somme, near Corbie, that a shell with a 106 fuze, exploded at his feet and smashed him to pieces. It probably did not leave a whole bone in his body, and both his legs were badly shattered, yet he remained conscious till the last. They dressed his wounds, and as they carried him off he called out, “Good-bye, boys, give him (meaning the enemy) one for me.”
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:50 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

The MacDiarmid gravestone is WMR 76848

The Campbell gravestone is WMR 76849

The Nisbet gravestone is WMR 76850
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