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IanA



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:00 pm    Post subject: Mertoun Reply with quote

Situated in Mertoun Cemetery, just outside Clintmains, this has got to be the most difficult stone I have ever tried to read. One face was fine because the sun slanting across at an angle provided shadows to the incised letters. The other faces were fiendishly awkward to read even with my nose six inches from the stone! For this reason, I provide a transcription of the names.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The remaining two faces had:

Pte W. Blackadder 26th AIF
Tpr G. Dodds 2/1st L&B H
L/Cpl J.P. Mitchell 2nd RH
Pte J.H. Savage 12th HLI
Pte H. Welsh A&S H
Pte J.G. White 7th Cameron H
Pte A. Welsh RAMC


KOSB

Sergt W. Gibb 2nd Bn
L/Cpl R. Dickson 6th Bn
Pte P. McCall 1st Bn
Pte T. Reid 6th Bn

1939-1945

Cpl J.M. Hamilton RAF
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One son who has slipped through the net:

Surname MOODY
Firstname David
Service Number 12673
Date Death 06/06/1918
Decoration
Place of birth Mertown Berwickshire
Other 1st Garrison Bn.
SNWM roll THE GORDON HIGHLANDERS
Rank C.S.M
Theatre of death India.

David is listed on the Lilliesleaf War Memorial under his earlier regiment of the KOSB.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Scotsman - Thursday, 13th January 1921, page 5

    WAR MEMORIALS

    MERTOUN. - Lord Henry Scott presided at the unveiling of the Mertoun War Memorial. In the absence of Lady Ellesmere, the ceremony was performed by Lord Ellesmere.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:52 pm    Post subject: Pte. John Falconer Reply with quote

WW1
THE ROYAL SCOTS
Pte. John Falconer, 2nd Battn.

(Glasgow Herald 4th Jan 1916)
"The ninth soldier belonging to the Berwickshire parish of Mertoun to fall in the war is John Falconer, killed in action on December 17. He enlisted in May, prior to which he was a ploughman."

CWGC
FALCONER, JOHN
Rank: Private
Service No: 23016
Date of Death: 19/12/1915
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 11.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of George and Alison Falconer, of Clint Mains, St. Boswell'S, Roxburghshire.

SNWM
Surname: FALCONER
Firstname: John
Service Number: 23016
Date Death: 19/12/1915
Place of birth: Fogo Berwickshire
Other: 2nd Bn.
SNWM roll: THE ROYAL SCOTS (LOTHIAN REGIMENT)
Rank: Pte


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IanA



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looked a bit different when it was new...

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Merseman



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comparing with the pictures above from 2007, it seems that this has been given a 'spruce-up', rendering the lettering much-improved.

I must say that I found it slightly incongruous in its surroundings, which is among the parish cemetery. Not in the hamlet or near the parish church.









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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Blackadder brothers, killed almost exactly a year apart:

BLACKADDER, JOHN
Rank:Private
Service No:23018
Date of Death:23/03/1916
Age:25
Regiment/Service:Royal Scots
2nd Bn.
Grave ReferenceH. 39.
CemeteryDICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blackadder, of Broomhall, Mertoun, St. Boswells, Roxburghshire.

BLACKADDER, WILLIAM
Rank:Private
Service No:5540
Date of Death:26/03/1917
Age:34
Regiment/Service:Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
26th Bn.
Panel Reference
MemorialVILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of John and Agnes Blackadder, of "Broomhall", Mertoun, St. Boswells, Berwickshire, Scotland.

William enlisted in April 1916 (after his brother's death) He arrived in France in the December and 3 months later was killed.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:55 am    Post subject: David Moody Update of info Reply with quote

David Moody Company Serjeant Major 12673 1st Garrison Bn. Gordon Highlanders b Mertown 13/04/1885 e Melrose Age 42 Died Pakistan 06/06/1918 Son of David Moody & Jane Douglas. Father's Occ: Gamekeeper & Fisherman. 1891 Census: Bemersyde, Mertoun. Rawalpindi War Cemetery 4. B. 27. Jedburgh & Ladykirk Parish Church Memorials
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:39 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 78890
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