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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:10 pm    Post subject: Bridge of Weir Reply with quote

Bridge of Weir - Renfrew District

The Bridge of Weir war memorial is a tall grey granite celtic cross on a rustic pedestal. The commemorations and names of the dead are set out in lead lettering on the faces of the pedestal. It is one of only a few Scottish WWI war memorials which has pictish carvings in shallow relief on both sides of the cross shaft, depicting warriors and hunting scenes.
The monument stands at the junction of the Main Road and Prieston Road at the eastern edge of the village.
The commemorations on the pedestal read:
THEY WHOM THIS MONUMENT
COMMEMORATES WERE NUMBERED
AMONG THOSE WHO AT THE CALL
OF KING AND COUNTRY LEFT ALL THAT
WAS DEAR TO THEM, ENDURED
HARDNES, FACED DANGER, AND
FINALLY PASSED OUT OF THE
SIGHT OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY
AND SELF SACRIFICE, GIVING UP
THEIR OWN LIVES THAT OTHERS
MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM.
LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT
THAT THEIR NAME BE NOT FORGOTTEN


"THEY WERE MEN IN THE MIGHT OF THEIR MANHOOD
OR BOYS IN THE BEAUTY OF YOUTH
BUT THEY HELD ALL AS DUST IN THE BALANCE
TO BATTLING FOR FREEDOM AND TRUTH"









WWI ROLL OF HONOUR:
Andrew Henry A.S.O. or A.S.C. Private
Andrew John King's Own Scottish Borderers Lance Corporal
Arrol Richard H. S.H. Private
Balfour George J. Highland Light Infantry Second Lieutenant
Bannatyne I. McN. Highland Light Infantry Second Lieutenant
Barr Fred T. Highland Light Infantry Private
Barr J. Lyle Royal Field Artillery Second Lieutenant
Barr Robert Highland Light Infantry Private
Barr W. Speirs Highland Light Infantry Captain
Begley John Royal Field Artillery Gunner
Blackley William Highland Light Infantry Signalman
Brodie Malcolm Gordon Highlanders Private
Brooks James Royal Scots
Brown John G. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Private
Brown Walter I. Canadians Private
Browning R.M. Royal Garrison Artillery Signalman
Burns James M.T.A.S.C. Private
Burns Robert I. Fus Private
Cairns William King's Own Scottish Borderers Private
Calligan Peter Royal Garrison Artillery Sergeant
Cameron A.L. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Captain
Candlish G. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Private
Clark John Jnr. King's Own Scottish Borderers Private
Cummings David C.M.R. Private
Duff Alister Scottish Rifles Second Lieutenant
Fulton Archibald H. Highland Light Infantry Sergeant
Fulton Hugh Highland Light Infantry Second Lieutenant
Gardiner Andrew New Zealanders Private
Giffen Hepner Royal Scots Private
Gray John Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Captain
Hardman H.B. Cameron Highlanders Lieutenant
Higgins John K.O.Y.L.I. Lance Corporal
Higgins Peter Royal Scots Fusiliers Private
Holmes John Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Lance Corporal
Hood James Royal Scots Fusiliers Private
Houston Andrew Royal Field Artillery Gunner
Houston Peter W. Merchant Navy Engineer
Houston William F. Royal Engineers Private
Jackson Andrew B. M.M.C.S. M.M.G.S.? Gunner
Jackson George Highland Light Infantry Captain
Jackson Robert Royal Engineers Sapper
Keith William R. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Private
Kerr William Black Watch Private
Lawrie Thomas Scottish Rifles Private
MacDougall James Highland Light Infantry Private
MacInnes John L. Scottish Rifles Private
McDonald Neil W. ? Piper
McDougall R.B. Highland Light Infantry Private
McGibbon James Royal Field Artillery Gunner
McGregor D.A. A.C.C.? Private
McKenzie William J. Black Watch Private
McLeod Adam Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Private
McWilliam Walter Royal Engineers Sapper
Millar Robert Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Private
Millar William S. Royal Field Artillery Gunner
Milroy Robert New Zealanders Private
Morgan Charles Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Corporal
Murray Ernest Scottish Rifles Private
Neil William Black Watch L/Sergeant
Niven Robert Jnr. K.I.R. Lance Corporal
Pollock James H> Highland Light Infantry Private
Preston James R. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Sergeant
Shepden Edward Highland Light Infantry Private
Smellie James M.S. Royal Navy ART GR
Spink Thomas J. SWBds Private
Sproull Robert Cameron Highlanders Corporal
Strang Henry D. Highland Light Infantry Private
Tod David R. Royal Engineers Sapper
Woodrow James Seaforth Highlanders Private



WWII ROLL OF HONOUR:
Barr A. Seaforth Highlanders
Beaton P.G. Royal Corps of Signals Signaler
Bell J.D. Royal Engineers Lieutenant Colonel
Brown I. Royal Air Force Flying Officer
Carmichael J. Royal Air Force Pilot Officer
Cleo J. Merchant Navy O.SBA?
Copland J. Scottish Rifles Rifleman
Cumming C.G. Royal Artillery Lieutenant
Cunningham A.M. Merchant Navy Ordinary Seaman
Dochard J. Royal Artillery Gunner
French D. Royal Air Force A.C.I.
Gee F.B. Royal Navy Petty Officer
Grierson R. Royal Air Firce A.C.I.
Hendry W.D. Highland Light Infantry Captain
Holmes R.V. Royal Air Force Flight Sergeant
Jones T. Royal Navy Leading Seaman
Kidd A.T. Royal Air Force L.A.C.
Lyle G. GH? SH?
MacFarlane T.S. Royal Artillery W.Bombadier
Malcolm J. Scots Guards Corporal
McCrae D.C.F. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Flying Officer
McDougall W.F.B. Seaforth Highlanders Lance Corporal
McGarry P. R.E.M.E. Driver
McInnes A. Seaforth Highlanders Private
McLachlan W.A. Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve Lieutenant
McMenemy D. Royal Artillery Lance Bombadier
Moore W. Scottish Rifles Rifleman
Murray J.W. Seaforth Highlanders Private
Paul J.G. Royal Air Force A.C.I.
Reyburn J.A. Royal Navy Able Seaman
Robertson A. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Private
Robertson J.A. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Flying Officer
Talman J. McGill Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Flight Lieutenant
Wood C. Merchant Navy Ordinary Seaman
Wright F.B. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Flying Officer
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:10 pm    Post subject: Bridge of Weir Inscription Reply with quote

This is what I submitted to UKNIWM


Main Dedication Inscription on South face

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF THE YOUNG MEN OF
BRIDGE OF WEIR
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE GREAT WARS
1914 1918 - 1939 1945
ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS


Second Dedication Inscription on North face

THEY WHOM THIS MONUMENT
COMMEMORATES WERE NUMBERED
AMONG THOSE WHO AT THE CALL
OF KING AND COUNTRY LEFT ALL THAT
WAS DEAR TO THEM, ENDURED
HARDNESS, FACED DANGER, AND
FINALLY PASSED OUT OF
THE SIGHT OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY
AND SELF SACRIFICE, GIVING UP
THEIR OWN LIVES THAT OTHERS
MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM
LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT
THAT THEIR NAME BE NOT FORGOTTEN


Third Inscription on South face

THEY WERE MEN IN THE MIGHT OF THEIR MANHOOD,
OR BOYS IN THE BEAUTY OF YOUTH.
BUT THEY HELD ALL AS DUST IN THE BALANCE
TO BATTLE FOR FREEDOM AND TRUTH.


Names of the fallen from WW1. Arranged alphabetically by surname. Rank, forename, middle initial, surname and regiment/unit are given. Some of the lettering is faded and some difficult to make out as faded/in part missing

Column 1

PTE. HENRY ANDREW A.S.C
L.CPL. JOHN ANDREW K.O.S.B.
PTE. RICHARD H. ARROL 5TH S.H.
2ND LT. GEO. J. BALFOUR 6TH H.L.I.
2ND LT. I. McN. BANNATYNE 6TH H.L.I.
PTE. FRED. T. BARR 9TH H.L.I.
2ND LT. J. LYLE BARR R.F.A.
CAPT. W. SPEIRS BARR 18TH H.L.I.
PTE. ROBERT BARR 15TH H.L.I.
GUNR. JOHN BEGLEY R.F.A.
SIG. WM. BLACKLEY 6TH H.L.I.
PTE. MALCOLM BRODIE G.H.
L.CPL. JAMES BROOKS 9TH R.S.
PTE. JOHN G. BROWN 2ND A.&S.H.
PTE. WALTER I. BROWN 1ST CAN.
SIG. R.M. BROWNING R.G.A.
PTE. JAMES BURNS M.T.A.S.C.
PTE. ROBERT BURNS 10TH I.FUS
PTE. WILLIAM CAIRNS 5TH K.O.S.B.
SGT. PETER CALLIGAN R.G.(possibly A)
CAPT. A.L. CAMERON 6TH A.&S.H.
PTE. WM. G. CANDLISH A.&S.H.
PTE. JOHN CLARK JR. 6TH K.O.S.B.
PTE. DAVID CUMMINGS 5TH C.M.R.
2ND LT. ALISTER DUFF 7TH S.R.
SGT. ARCHD. H. FULTON 17TH H.L.I.
2ND LT. HUGH FULTON 9TH H.L.I.
PTE. ANDW. GARDINER N.Z.E.R.
PTE. HEPNER GIFFEN 16TH R.S.
CAPT. JOHN GRAY 5TH A.&S.H.
LT. H.B. HARDMAN 7TH CMRS.
L.CPL. JOHN HIGGINS 8TH K.O.Y.L.I.
PTE. PETER HIGGINS 7TH R.S.F.
L.CPL JOHN HOLMES 10TH A.&S.H.

Column 2

PTE. JAMES HOOD 7TH R.S.F.
GUNR. ANDW. HOUSTON R.F.A.
ENGR. PETR. W. HOUSTON M. MARINE
PTE. WM. F. HOUSTON R.E.
GUNR. ANDW. B. JACKSON M.M.G.S. (OR M.M.C.S.)
CAPT. GEO. JACKSON 18TH H.L.I.
SAPR. ROBT. JACKSON R.E.
PTE. WM. R. KEITH 8TH A.&S.H.
PTE. WM. KERR 9TH B.W.
PTE. THOS LAWRIE 7TH S.R.
PIPR. NEIL W. McDONALD 5TH C.R.H.
PTE. J.A. MACDOUGALL 6TH H.L.I.
PTE. R. B. McDOUGALL 15TH H.L.I.
GUNR. JAS McGIBBON R.F.A.
PTE. D. A. McGREGOR A.C.C.
PTE. JOHN L. MACINNES 10TH S.R.
PTE WM. J. McKENZIE 9TH B.W.
PTE. ADAM McLEOD 11TH A.&S.H.
SAPR. WALTER McWILLIAM R.E.
PTE. ROBT. MILLAR 5TH A.&S.H.
GUNR. WM. S. MILLAR R.F.A.
PTE. ROBT. MILROY N.Z.F.
CPL. CHAS MORGAN 8TH A.&S.H.
PTE. ERNEST MURRAY 9TH S.R.
LSGT WM NEIL 10TH B.W.
LCPL ROBT NIVEN JR K.L.R. (possibly K.I.R.)
PTE JAS H. POLLOCK 15TH H.L.I.
SGT. JAS. R. F. RESTON 6TH A.&S.H.
PTE. EDWD. SHEDDEN 15TH H.L.I.
(poss)ART. GR.JAS. M.S. SMELLIE R.H. (poss R.N.)
CPL ROBERT SPROUL 5TH (poss) WRS.
PTE. HENRY D. STRANG 16TH H.L.I.
PTE. THOS. J. SPINK 1ST (poss) S.W.BDRS
SAPR. DAVID R. TOD R.E.
PTE. JAMES WOODROW (poss)BxxSHRS.


Names of the fallen from WW2. Arranged alphabetically by surname. Rank, First and middle initial, surname and regiment/unit are given.

1939 . . . 1945

Column 1

PTE A. BARR S. . M.L.S.
SIG P.C. BEATON R.C.OF S.
LIEUT COL J.D.BELL R.E.
F.O. I. BROWN R.A.F.
PO. J. CARMICHAEL R.A.F.
O. SBA. J. CLEGG M.N.
RFMN. J COPLAND S.R.
LIEUT. C.C. (poss G.) CUMMING R.A.
GNR. J. DOCHARD R.A.
A.C.I. D. FRENCH R.A.F
P.O. F.B. GEE R.N.
A.C.I. R. GRIERSON R.A.F.

Column 2

CAPT. W.D. HENDRY H.L.I.
FSGT N.V.HOLMES R.A.F.
LSEA T.JONES R.N.
LAC A.T.KIDD R.A.F.
S.B. G. LYLE C.D.
FO D.C.F. McGRAE R.A.F.V.R.
LCPL W.P.B. McDOUGALL S. HRS.
WBDR. T.S.MACFARLANE R.A.
DVR. P. McGARRY R.E.M.E.
PTE. A. McINNES S. HRS
OSEA A.M. CUNNINGHAM M.N.
LIEU. W.A. McLAUCHLAN R.N.V.R.
L.BDR. D. McMEMEMY R.A.
CPL. J. MALCOLM S.G.
RFMN. W. MOORE S.R.
PTE. J.W. MURRAY S.HRS
A.C.I. J.G. PAUL R.A.F.
A.B. J.A. REYBURN R.N.
PTE. A. ROBERTSON A. & S.H.
F.O. J.A. ROBERTSON R.A.F.V.R.
F. LT J. MACGILL TALMAN R.A.F.V.R.
F.O. (poss P.O)F.B. WRIGHT R.A.F.V.R.
O SEA G. WOOD M.N.


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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the Second World War men was a pupil at Kilmanock Academy and is listed in their Roll of Honour and also the Prestwick War Memorial

John Douglas Bell of Prestwick attended the Academy from 1908 to 1913. He was a Sergeant in the Cadet Corps. His chosen career was mechanical engineering, and he took the degrees of B.Sc. and M.I.Mech.E. At the beginning of the Second War he joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and achieved the rank of Lieut.-Colonel. While arranging the evacuation of his unit from the beaches of Dunkirk, he was killed by an enemy dive-bomber. He was awarded the Military Cross.

BELL, JOHN DOUGLAS
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Unit Text: 7 Army Field Workshop
Age: 43
Date of Death: 27/05/1940
Service No: 20396
Awards: Military Cross
Additional information: Son of William and Elizabeth Bell; husband of Mary Stewart Bell, of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. B.Sc., Eng., M.I.Mech.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 1 Row 1 Joint grave 26.
Cemetery: DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY

Lt Col Bell is also commemorated at the University of Glasgow. From their website:

http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/biography/?id=WH0284&type=P

Lieutenant-Colonel John Douglas Bell, MC, of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, was born in Glasgow. He attended Kilmarnock Academy and studied Engineering at the University, graduating BSc in 1924. He was a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. In 1939 the General Council Registers Of Members recorded that he had been working as an engineer in Margherita in Assam.

Bell joined the RAOC during the war. He was killed on 27 May 1940 in an attack by a German dive bomber, during the evacuation of British Army units from the beaches of Dunkirk. He was awarded the Military Cross.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: SHEDDEN, EDWARD
Initials: E
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 27
Date of Death: 08/05/1918
Service No: 35692
Additional information: Son of Robert Shedden, of Commercial Buildings, Bridge-of-Weir, Renfrewshire, and the late Emily Shedden.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 68 to 70 and 162 and 162A.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:21 pm    Post subject: Sgt. Archibald Holms Fulton Reply with quote

jamiemcginlay wrote:
WWI ROLL OF HONOUR:
Fulton Archibald H. Highland Light Infantry Sergeant


(Glasgow Herald 1st of December 1916)
"Died on 19th last, of wounds received in action on 18th, Sergeant Archie Fulton, H.L.I. aged 21, second son of Mr & Mrs John Fulton, Broxwood, Bridge of Weir."

Name: FULTON, ARCHIBALD HOLMS
Initials: A H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
Unit Text: 17th Bn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 19/11/1916
Service No: 2749
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Fulton, of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. A. 7.
Cemetery: CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 7:57 pm    Post subject: Pte. Frederick Train Barr Reply with quote

WW1
Pte. Fred. T. Barr 9th H.L.I.

(Glasgow Herald 1st March 1915)
"Intimation of the death of Private Fred. T. Barr, of C company, Glasgow Highlanders, was received yesterday at Bridge of Weir. Mr Barr was a Glasgow man and was well known in the city. He was educated at Glasgow Academy, and, entering the engineering profession, served his apprenticeship with Messrs Bow & McLachlan, Paisley. Afterwards he was on the staff of the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering company. On September 7 he enlisted for active service, and he left for the front along with his regiment at the beginning of November. It is understood that Private Barr was killed by the collapse of a wall."

Also listed on the Glasgow Academy memorial.

CWGC
BARR, FREDERIC (Frederick?) TRAIN
Rank: Private
Service No: 2766
Date of Death: 25/02/1915
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 9th (Glasgow Hdrs.) Bn.
Grave Reference: I. H. 6.
Cemetery: GORRE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of James and Mary Barr. Native of Glasgow.

SNWM
Surname: BARR
Firstname: Frederick T
Service Number: 2766
Date Death: 25/02/1915
Other: 9th Bn. (T.).
SNWM roll: THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY
Rank: Pte
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PTE. WM. F. HOUSTON R.E.

I suspect that this is:

HOUSTON, WILLIAM FULTON.
Rank:Private
Service No:50098
Date of Death:14/05/1918
Regiment/Service:North Staffordshire Regiment 9th Bn.
Grave Reference:P. XI. I. 12B.
Cemetery:ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN
Additional Information:Husband of Elizabeth Houston, of Ladebank Terrace, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.

SDGW has him as born and resident in Bridge of Weir, however he is named on his parents' gravestone in Kirkinner Cemetery (page 2) in Wigtownshire.
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/scottishwargraves-ftopic601-0-asc-15.html
Born 1882 in Erskine. Married Elizabeth McIntosh in Paisley in 1911.

I don't know why he is listed on the memorial as a Royal Engineer.

UPDATE - 13 May 2016
William was a joiner when he enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery in September 1916 as Private (3332 and as 116636) He was transferred to the Royal Engineers as Sapper 224132 and then posted to the 9th Pioneer Battalion of the North Staffs in France. He died as the result of being gassed.
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Malcolm Brodie Pte 3/6818 1st Gordon Highlanders b Bridge of Weir 05/02/1883 e Glasgow Age 33 Killed in Action F & F 21/02/1916 Son of Alexander Brodie & Janet Simpson McKendrick. 1901 Census: Occ: Farm Servant. In action at The Bluff. Perth Cemetery (China Wall) Zillebeke B 115 Plot I Row G Grave 17 Bridge of Weir Photo taken 2000 Nov
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert SPROUL

Commonwealth War Graves Commission/Scottish National War Memorial:
Corporal
Cameron Highlanders, 5th Battalion
No: S/43350
Formerly Lovat Scouts. 5th Battalion, No. 125834
Date of Death: 18th July 1918
Age: 25
Additional Information: Son of Arthur James and Mary Hart Sproul. Husband of Annie Ferguson Sproul, Dykehead, Bargeddie. Native of Pollokshaws, Glasgow. Killed in action
Buried: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord. IV. A. 22-24

Commemorated: Bridge of Weir Civic Memorial

Medal Card: Robert Sproul, Acting Sergeant, 2nd Lovat Scouts, No. 125834, Cameron Highlanders, No, S/43350

Service Records: None

Soldiers Died in the Great War: Robert Spraul, Corporal, Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, 5th Battalion, No, S/43350
Formerly Lovat Scouts, No. 5391
Born Pollokshaws, Glasgow. Resided Glasgow. Enlisted Glasgow. Killed in action 18th July 1918

Soldiers Effects: (Record No: 873809)
Sproul, Robert, Corporal, 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders, No. 43350
Death Officially accepted 18th July 1918
Next of Kin: Widow Annie

1901 Census, Living at Bridge of Weir, Kilbarchan, Refrewshire. [Ancestry transcription]
Father Arthur James Sproul, age 33, Baker, born c1868, Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire
Mother Kate? Sproul, age 30, born c1871, Houston, Renfrewshire
ROBERT SPROUL, age 7, Scholar, born c1894, Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire
Beatson H. Sproul (Male), age 5 months, born c1901, Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:04 pm    Post subject: New book and website Reply with quote

The story of the WW1 names on the Bridge of Weir memorial is now available from Birlinn. "Supreme Sacrifice: A Small Village and the Great War". Amazon has copies too. Nice reviews in "Undiscovered Scotland" and "The Scotsman". The book is accompanied by the website which has all the source information in as much detail as can be made available. http://www.bridgeofweirmemorial.co.uk/index.html
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
PTE. WM. F. HOUSTON R.E.

I suspect that this is:

HOUSTON, WILLIAM FULTON.
Rank:Private
Service No:50098
Date of Death:14/05/1918
Regiment/Service:North Staffordshire Regiment 9th Bn.
Grave Reference:P. XI. I. 12B.
Cemetery:ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN
Additional Information:Husband of Elizabeth Houston, of Ladebank Terrace, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.

SDGW has him as born and resident in Bridge of Weir, however he is named on his parents' gravestone in Kirkinner Cemetery (page 2) in Wigtownshire.
http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/scottishwargraves-ftopic601-0-asc-15.html
Born 1882 in Erskine. Married Elizabeth McIntosh in Paisley in 1911.

I don't know why he is listed on the memorial as a Royal Engineer.

UPDATE - 13 May 2016
William was a joiner when he enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery in September 1916 as Private (3332 and as 116636) He was transferred to the Royal Engineers as Sapper 224132 and then posted to the 9th Pioneer Battalion of the North Staffs in France. He died as the result of being gassed.


Extract from War Diaries of 9th North Staffs
"11th May: Work as usual. The enemy began to shell FONQUEVILLERS about 5 p.m. For a little time it was not known that these were gas shells. About 2,000 gas shells were poured into FONQUEVILLERS & shelling ceased about 12 mid-night. During this time great difficulty was experienced in wearing the Box Respirators.
12th May: Work as usual.
13th May: 'A' Coy work on PRUSSIAN AVENUE. 'B' Coy on road work. 'D' Coy on RETTEMOY AVENUE.
14th May: Same as yesterday.
Casualties. May 1918. Killed in action: 1 O.R.; Died of wounds (shell) 1 O.R.; Died of Wounds (Gas) 59 O.R.; Wounded (Shell). F.A. 1 officer, 9 O.R.; Wounded (gas) F.A. 9 officers, 131 O.R."

THis and more on William Houston's page: http://www.bridgeofweirmemorial.co.uk/profile-houstonwilliam.html

His grandson, William F Houston is in touch with us at Bridge of Weir Memorial Society.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that background detail, Gordon.
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David Robertson Tod 406145 51st Royal Engineers Signal Coy 154th Bde b Houston e Johnstone r Bridge of Weir Age 26 Killed in Action F & F 06/04/1917 Son of James and Joan Tod, of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. 1901 Census: Fa Occ: Joiner Foreman. Maybe born Kilbarchan. 1911 Census: 559/B 1/ 1 Age 20. Bridge of Weir. Formerly 1820, A. and S.H. (51St H.D. Signal Coy., R.E.). Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery Fr 0266 Plot I Row A Grave 19 Dundee Courier 05-05-17 Bridge of Earn The Scotsman 05-05-17: Bridge of Earn. Bridge of Weir & Ferryhill Church & RE Memorial St Nicholas Church Aberdeen
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:08 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 57779.


A 70th WW1 name is reported to have been added in 2014. Do we know who that additional casualty was, please?
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