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William Gillan
Born 26 JUL 1884 Midton, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death Date 6 Jul 1917. age 32
Rank Private
Unit 5th Canadian Machine Gun Company
Service Number174839

Son of John Gillan and Janet Cason Gillan
Family stone in Houston grave yard

emigrated 26 Jun 1906 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

CemeteryNoeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery
Burial Place-II. D. 35.
Noeux-les-Mines, Departement du Pas-de-Calais,
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France


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William Lewis was born on 17 September 1887 in Houston, Renfrewshire, his father, William Lewis MD, was 38 and his mother, Annie, was 37. He had one brother and four sisters. He died on 15 February 1915 in England at the age of 27.

MEMBLAND, 3,027grt, 15 February 1915, North Sea, believed mined and sunk, date uncertain, listed as 15th?, 20 lives lost including Master.

Name William Lewis
Age13
Estimated Birth Year abt 1888
Relationship Son
Mother's Name Annie Lewis
Gender Male
Where born Houston, Renfrewshire

Address North Rd Rosemount Cottage
Occupation Scholar.


Adam Brown wrote:
We've had information from a relative of William Lewis, who is listed on this memorial, that he may have been either a Marine Engineer or an Electrical Engineer and that he may have died in March 1915 while on active service aboard a ship that went down with all hands in the North Sea.

There are two men with the name William Lewis who died in 1915 whilst serving in the Mercantile Marine but neither fits in with the information the relative has.

His family details were:

Born on 17th September 1887 at Houston, Renfrewshire.

His parents were William Lewis, a doctor b. 1849, died July 1891 and Annie Johnston Lewis b. 1850, died 1926.

Can anyone help verify if this is the correct William Lewis and what ship he was on?

Adam



Daily Event for February 15, 2015

Built at William Gray & Company in 1900 for the Pyman Steamship Company of West Hartlepool the steamer Membland was 330' long with a beam of 47' and registered at 3,027 tons. She was owned by the company until Feb. 9, 1915 when she was sold at auction to Macbeth & Company of Glasgow for 30,000. The new owners took possession of the ship at Hull on Feb. 12 or 13th. The ship was inspected and found to be in "as good a condition as you could expect to find a vessel of her age'. It was also noted that the ship carried two lifeboats, two jolly boats and enough lifejackets, distress signals and other safety devices to comply with the regulations of the day.

The new owners planned to sail her to the Tyne and pick up a load of coal for Buenos Aires on the 13th, but a storm prevented her departure for two days. On February 15, 1915 Membland sailed out of Hull into the North Sea, under the control of a Humber pilot. He guided the ship to the Spurn lightship where he disembarked the ship at 10:30 a.m. The pilot reported seeing the ship at 10:40 on course at 8 knots in fine weather. The voyage was about 130 miles and would be overseen by a North Sea pilot, but the ship came to grief for unknown reasons and was never seen again.

It is not known how she sank, but it is assumed that she hit a mine and went down quickly as there were no survivors and none of the boats or life-saving equipment was ever found. In April one Mr. William Wright claimed to have found an oak stave on which was written "Membland, torpedoed engine-room port side. Good-bye dear." The piece of wood was found near Hornsea, which is about half way between the mouth of the Humber and Flamborough Head. It was judged that the piece of wood was a hoax as the hand writing could not be matched to anyone known to have been on the ship (relatives submitted samples to the inquiry). It also appeared to have been in the sea for much longer than two months.

To the best of my knowledge the wreck has not been positively identified to this day. Divers have found wrecks at two positions which they consider could be the Membland. One position given is just off Whitby (north of Scarborough), the other is in the Dogger Bank (which seems very unlikely). The official inquiry thought it to be unlikely that the ship could have passed Flamborough or Scarborough without being seen, but this was just a theory. The board felt that the ship sank before reaching Flamborough. Today, 100 years later, the cause of her loss and the twenty-five souls in her is still unknown.
2015 Michael W. Pocock
MaritimeQuest.com



Roll of Honour

In memory of those who lost their lives in
SS Membland
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Name
Rate
Notes
Andersen, E.
Fireman and Trimmer
Danish national
Bergs, Charles
Sailor
Swedish national
Brotchie, John
Master
Ellis, Leonard J.
Ordinary Seaman
Age 17
Finon, John
Fireman and Trimmer
Freer, Thomas
Able Seaman
Grant, Charles
Steward
Guthrie, William
1st Engineer
Guthrie (Mrs.)
Passenger
Wife of 1st Engineer
Husdell, Edward
1st Mate
Husdell, (Mrs.)
Passenger
Wife of 1st Mate
Husdell, (child)
Passenger
Child of 1st Mate
Jansson, John
Fireman and Trimmer
Swedish national
Johnsen, C.
Boatswain
Danish national
Johnson, N.
Sailor
Norwegian national
Lewis, William
Engineer Assistant
Civilian
Mather, R.
Donkeyman
McDermott, William
Sailor
Page, R. E.
Civilian
North Sea Pilot
Porbom, Wemer
Sailor
Swedish national
Richards, Alfred
Able Seaman
Smith, Alex
Fireman and Trimmer
Tattersall, Richard
Fireman and Trimmer
Taylor, Guy H.
Fireman and Trimmer
United States national
Ware, Percy
2nd Mate


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Dugald McCorkindale
Birth Place: Houston, Renfrew 1887
Residence: Glasgow, Lanarks
Death Date: 12 Apr 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: St. Boswells, Roxburghshire
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 11th Battalion
Regimental Number: S/17485
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
'C' Co. 4th Battalion
Wounded. Gunshot wounds to chest and back.
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Name: Donald McIntyre
Death Date: 26 Aug 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Glasgow
Rank: Private
Regiment: Gordon Highlanders
Battalion: 8 10th Battalion
Regimental Number: S/40486
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.

Donald McIntyre Pte S/40486 8th/10th Gordon Highlanders e Glasgow Killed in Action F&F 26/08/1917 Soldiers Effects: Wid: Agnes. Tyne Cot Memorial M. R. 30 Panel 135 to 136 The Scotsman 01-10-17 P9: Houston.


BIRTH 14 Jun 1888
DEATH 26 Aug 1917 (aged 29)
BURIAL
Tyne Cot Memorial
Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
PLOT Panel 135 to 136.


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Name: Alexander S. A. Watson
Birth Place: Houston, Renfrewshire
Residence: Houston
Death Date: 31 Oct 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Paisley
Rank: Private
Regiment: The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
Battalion: 17th Battalion
Regimental Number: 40959
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry Webster M.M.

Serjeant
WEBSTER, HENRY

Service Number 7554

Died 08/05/1915

1st/6th Bn.
Lancashire Fusiliers

M M.

First Name:
H
Surname:
Webster
Rank:
Serjeant
Service Number:
7554
Gallantry Awards:
Military Medal
This Level 3 Gallantry Medal was established during the First World War on the 25th March 1916 and introduced in the London Gazette issue 29535, (back dated to 1914) to personnel of the British Army and other services, and personnel of Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank. It was the other ranks' equivalent to the Military Cross (M.C.), (which was awarded to Commissioned Officers and, rarely, to Warrant Officers, who could also be awarded the M.M.).

The military decoration was awarded to H Webster for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire or for individual or associated acts of bravery which were insufficient to merit the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Conferment of the medal was announced in the London Gazette and H Webster earned the right to add the letters M.M. to his name.

Gazette Info:
Gazette Issue 29819. M.M. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field.
Gazette Date:
10/11/1916
Gazette Page:
10932
Service:
British Army
Regiment:
Lancashire Fusiliers


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John Scott Whyte
Death Date: 23 Oct 1918
Rank: 2 Lieutenant
Regiment: Cameronian (Scottish Rifles)
Battalion: 7th Battalion (Territorial)
Decoration: MC
Type of Casualty: Killed in action age 28
BURIAL
Highland Cemetery
Le Cateau-Cambresis, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

PLOT V. C. 3.[/img]


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Hugh Wilson
Private
Service Number 33744
Died 30/11/1917
5th Bn.
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Widow Jeanie Soldiers effects

Birth Town:
Clydebank
Resided Town:
Crossley-By-Johnstone
Nationality:
British
Date of Death:
30/11/1917 Epchy
Fate:
Killed in Action
Rank:
Private
Service Number:
33744
Duty Location:
France And Flanders.



Name: Hugh Wilson
Birth Place: Clydebank
Residence: Crossley-by-john-stone
Death Date: 30 Nov 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Clydebank
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment
Battalion: 5th Battalion
Regimental Number: 33744
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 173890, R.E.


Commemorated at CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL

Location: Nord, France


Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 8.


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William Wilson
No 26 Lance Corporal William Clark WILSON,
B troop- B squadron 5th Light Horse Australian

A 24 year old Storeman from Paddington, Queensland. He enlisted on 17 September 1914, and subsequently was Killed in Action, 28 June 1915. Anzac cove Gallipoli
First Name:
William Clark
Initials:
W C
Surname:
Wilson
DOB:
Circa 1890 Paisley
Age:
25
Nationality:
Australian
Date of Death:
28/06/1915

Information:
Parent: Catherine McGregor Wilson. Native of Paisley, Scotland.

William Clark Wilson- B troop- B squadron 5th Light Horse Australian
Of Priorcroft Brookfield Renfrewshire (Which is just down the rd from Houston) and of Brisbane Australia



Rank:
Trooper
Service Number:
26


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Private
ANDREW, ROBERT

Service Number 13711

Died 21/04/1915

Aged 19

5th Bn.
Canadian Infantry

Son of Robert and Mary Andrew, of 30, Milton St., Edinburgh, Scotland.

Robert was A clerk with the Bank of British North America


Robert Andrew was born in 1896 in Houston, Renfrewshire, his father, Robert, was 29 and his mother, Mary, was 34. He had one brother and one sister. He died on 21 April 1915 in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, at the age of 19.

Pvt Robert Andrew
Birth Date: 1896
Birth Place: Canada
Death Date: 21 Apr 1915
Death Place: Belgium
Cemetery: Perth Cemetery (China Wall)
Burial or Cremation Place: Ypres (Ieper), Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium

Name: Robert Andrew
Age: 5
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Relationship: Son
Father's name: Robert Andrew
Mother's name: Mary Andrew
Gender: Male
Where born: Houston, Renfrewshire
Registration Number: 565
Registration district: Houston and Killellan
Civil Parish: Houston and Killellan
County: Renfrewshire
Address: Milliken St
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 3
Household schedule number: 63
LINE: 24
Roll: CSSCT1901_199
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert Andrew 33
Mary Andrew 38
Robert Andrew 5
James Andrew 2
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Adam Brown wrote:
We've had information from a relative of William Lewis, who is listed on this memorial, that he may have been either a Marine Engineer or an Electrical Engineer and that he may have died in March 1915 while on active service aboard a ship that went down with all hands in the North Sea.

There are two men with the name William Lewis who died in 1915 whilst serving in the Mercantile Marine but neither fits in with the information the relative has.

His family details were:

Born on 17th September 1887 at Houston, Renfrewshire.

His parents were William Lewis, a doctor b. 1849, died July 1891 and Annie Johnston Lewis b. 1850, died 1926.

Can anyone help verify if this is the correct William Lewis and what ship he was on?

Adam



Daily Event for February 15, 2015

Built at William Gray & Company in 1900 for the Pyman Steamship Company of West Hartlepool the steamer Membland was 330' long with a beam of 47' and registered at 3,027 tons. She was owned by the company until Feb. 9, 1915 when she was sold at auction to Macbeth & Company of Glasgow for 30,000. The new owners took possession of the ship at Hull on Feb. 12 or 13th. The ship was inspected and found to be in "as good a condition as you could expect to find a vessel of her age'. It was also noted that the ship carried two lifeboats, two jolly boats and enough lifejackets, distress signals and other safety devices to comply with the regulations of the day.

The new owners planned to sail her to the Tyne and pick up a load of coal for Buenos Aires on the 13th, but a storm prevented her departure for two days. On February 15, 1915 Membland sailed out of Hull into the North Sea, under the control of a Humber pilot. He guided the ship to the Spurn lightship where he disembarked the ship at 10:30 a.m. The pilot reported seeing the ship at 10:40 on course at 8 knots in fine weather. The voyage was about 130 miles and would be overseen by a North Sea pilot, but the ship came to grief for unknown reasons and was never seen again.

It is not known how she sank, but it is assumed that she hit a mine and went down quickly as there were no survivors and none of the boats or life-saving equipment was ever found. In April one Mr. William Wright claimed to have found an oak stave on which was written "Membland, torpedoed engine-room port side. Good-bye dear." The piece of wood was found near Hornsea, which is about half way between the mouth of the Humber and Flamborough Head. It was judged that the piece of wood was a hoax as the hand writing could not be matched to anyone known to have been on the ship (relatives submitted samples to the inquiry). It also appeared to have been in the sea for much longer than two months.

To the best of my knowledge the wreck has not been positively identified to this day. Divers have found wrecks at two positions which they consider could be the Membland. One position given is just off Whitby (north of Scarborough), the other is in the Dogger Bank (which seems very unlikely). The official inquiry thought it to be unlikely that the ship could have passed Flamborough or Scarborough without being seen, but this was just a theory. The board felt that the ship sank before reaching Flamborough. Today, 100 years later, the cause of her loss and the twenty-five souls in her is still unknown.
2015 Michael W. Pocock
MaritimeQuest.com



Roll of Honour

In memory of those who lost their lives in
SS Membland
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Name
Rate
Notes
Andersen, E.
Fireman and Trimmer
Danish national
Bergs, Charles
Sailor
Swedish national
Brotchie, John
Master
Ellis, Leonard J.
Ordinary Seaman
Age 17
Finon, John
Fireman and Trimmer
Freer, Thomas
Able Seaman
Grant, Charles
Steward
Guthrie, William
1st Engineer
Guthrie (Mrs.)
Passenger
Wife of 1st Engineer
Husdell, Edward
1st Mate
Husdell, (Mrs.)
Passenger
Wife of 1st Mate
Husdell, (child)
Passenger
Child of 1st Mate
Jansson, John
Fireman and Trimmer
Swedish national
Johnsen, C.
Boatswain
Danish national
Johnson, N.
Sailor
Norwegian national
Lewis, William
Engineer Assistant
Civilian
Mather, R.
Donkeyman
McDermott, William
Sailor
Page, R. E.
Civilian
North Sea Pilot
Porbom, Wemer
Sailor
Swedish national
Richards, Alfred
Able Seaman
Smith, Alex
Fireman and Trimmer
Tattersall, Richard
Fireman and Trimmer
Taylor, Guy H.
Fireman and Trimmer
United States national
Ware, Percy
2nd Mate
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