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CAPT. JOHN LINDSAY-KELSALL R.F.A.
John Lindsay Kelsall age 26 Captain, "B" Battery, 86th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
John of Bothendene House, St. Boswells was educated at Ardvreck School in Crieff, Perthshire, at Marleborough College in Wiltshire from 1905 to 1909 and at the Imperial College of Science in London. He was commissioned from a Cadet in the Officer Training Corps in August 1914 and was promoted to Captain in the Army Service Corps in July 1915 before he went to France in August. He was transferred to the RFA in June 1917 but was killed at Zillebeke Lake near Ypres two months later.
Born 1891 in Crieff, Perthshire as John Kelsall. Son of Henry and Mary Eudoxia Lindesay (Dallas) Kelsall of Bothendene House, Bowden, St. Boswells and of Moss Side Estate, Rochdale, Lancashire. Grandson of the late Henry Kelsall of The Butts, Rochdale.
Killed in Action on 28 August 1917 and buried in The Huts Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Bowden Church memorial and on the St.Boswells Parish War Memorial.

His brother was awarded a Military Cross.
The Scotsman 12/6/1916 p.8
MILITARY CROSS FOR CAPTAIN KELSALL, A.S.C. Temp. Captain Hugh Ainsworth Kelsall (Horse Transport), A.S.C, has been awarded the Military Cross. Captain H. A. Kelsall went from the Military College, Sandhurst, to France with the 2nd Division, First Army, in August 1914, and was through the battle of the Aisne. He was mentioned in dispatches in January last. He was promoted permanent Lieutenant and Temp. Captain, Adjutant to Headquarters Train in April 1916; and has now received the Military Cross. He is twenty years of age, and was educated at Ardvreck, Crieff, and Marlborough College. He is the third son of Mr Henry Kelsall, and grandson of Hannah, Ladv Eliott of Stobs.


LT.COL. JOHN McNEILE K.O.S.B.
John McNeile age 53 Lieutenant Colonel, 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University before being commissioned in the Coldstream Guards. He was promoted to Captain in July 1897 and retired as a Major in April 1905. He and his family came to live at Kippielaw House, Bowden and John was appointed as Lieutenant Colonel of the Territorial 4th KOSB in April 1912. The battalion was mobilised in August 1914 and they landed at Gallipoli in June 1915 but John was killed a month later leading his men at the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1862 in Belfast, Ireland. Son of the late Henry Hugh McNeile (died 1904) of Parkmount, Belfast, County Antrim and of Sophia Adelaide (McNabb) McNeile. Husband of Oonagh Edwina Conolly (daughter of Lieutenant Colonel John Augustus Conolly V.C.) who he married in 1891 in Carlow, Ireland.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Bowden Church memorial.

His brother Lieutenant Colonel Henry Donald McNeile, 1st (Royal) Dragoons was killed on 20 December 1915, while his son Lieutenant John Henry McNeile of the Coldstream Guards was wounded and made prisoner of war in January 1915.


L/CPL. WILLIAM PATON R.S.F.
William Paton age 21 Lance Corporal (40899) 1/4th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
William was a ploughman 19 when he enlisted in the King's Own Scottish Borderers in February 1916. He was mobilised in July and posted as Private (25565) to the 7th/8th KOSB in France in November but was transferred to the 1st RSF. He was wounded in March 1917 and, after treatment in the 4th General Hospital at Camiers, he was evacuated to the 4th Northern General Hospital in Lincoln. When he had recovered he was posted to the 1/4th RSF in Egypt in September 1917 and he served in Palestine until the battalion moved to France in April 1918.
Born 1898 in Glanton, Anwick, Northumberland. Son of William Paton, farm steward at Holydean, Bowden and of Helen Paton.
Killed in Action on 19 September 1918 and buried in Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Also named on the Bowden Church memorial.
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Note: All records spell the brothers' family name as Purves.

CPL. ALEXANDER PURVIS R.S.
Alexander Purves age 28 Private (251433) 15th Battalion (1st Edinburgh) Royal Scots.
Alexander was a railway guard with the North British Railway Company, living at Eastfield, Gullane, East Lothian when he enlisted in August 1914. He had previously served for 5 years with the Territorial KOSB and was unmarried.
As Private (1860) he landed with the 1/4th Royal Scots (Queen's Edinburgh Rifles) at Gallipoli in May 1915 but he contracted enteric fever and was evacuated to the 17th General Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt before being evacuated to hospital in Manchester in November 1915. He rejoined his regiment in July 1916 and he was posted to the 5th/6th Battalion Royal Scots in France in December 1916 but was admitted to the 6th General Hospital in Rouen with trench feet and was evacuated to hospital in Birmingham in April 1917. He returned to France in July but contracted dysentery and was again evacuated to hospital in Croydon in September. He was posted to the 15th Battalion in February 1918 but was killed two months later.
Born 1890 in Bonnyrigg, Cockpen, Midlothian. Son of William and Jane (Kemp) Purves of Thorn Street, Earlston, Berwickshire, of Carilaw Mains, Bowden and of East Lodge, Monkrigg, Haddington, East Lothian. Husband of Isabella (Stevenson) Purves of Dingleton Road, Melrose who he married in 1914 in Camlachie, Lanarkshire.
Missing in Action on 16 April 1918 and named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Bowden Church memorial, on the Gullane Parish War Memorial and on the North British Railway Company memorial in Waverley Station, Edinburgh.

and his brother

PTE. MARK PURVIS M.G.C
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Mark Purves age 25 Private (122956) 63rd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps attached to the Royal Naval Division.
Mark enlisted as Private (3605) in the Royal Scots but was posted to the MGC.
Born 1893 in Earlston, Berwickshire. Son of William and Jane (Kemp) Purves of Thorn Street, Earlston, Berwickshire, of Carilaw Mains, Bowden and of East Lodge, Monkrigg, Haddington, East Lothian.
He named his father and his sisters in law Isabella (wife of Alexander) and Gladys (wife of George) as legatees.
Killed in Action on 27 August 1918 and buried in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, France.
Also named on the Bowden Church memorial.

Another brother is named on the Bowden Church memorial but not on the Parish War Memorial:

George Purves age 22 Private (335570) 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion, Royal Scots.
George was living in Essex when he enlisted as Private (8254) in the 1/8th Royal Scots. At some point he transferred to the 1/9th Battalion. He died in the 10th General Hospital in Rouen.
Born 1895 in Earlston, Berwickshire. Son of William and Jane (Kemp) Purves of Thorn Street, Earlston, Berwickshire, of Carilaw Mains, Bowden and of East Lodge, Monkrigg, Haddington, East Lothian. Husband of Gladys Florence (Vince) Purves of Vent Houses, Bures Road, White Colne, Essex who he married in 1917 in Braintree, Essex.
Died of Wounds on 7 April 1918 and buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
Named on the White Colne Parish War Memorial.


PTE. JAS. BALLANTYNE SCOTT CAN.SEAFs.
James Scott age 38 Private (1016013) 72nd Battalion (The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada) Canadian Infantry.
James had been a milk van-man at Redpath, Earlston, Berwickshire before he emigrated to Canada and had for some years been in business as a motor mechanic in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He was living at 129 Cordova Street, Vancouver when he enlisted in February 1917. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in April and landed in France in May 1917.
Born 1879 in Earlston, Berwickshire as James Ballantyne. Son of Alexander Ballantyne and of Margaret Healey, and step-son of William Scott of Clarilaw, Bowden who married Margaret in 1884 in Earlston.
On the 1901 census he was listed as James Scott and was a ploughman living with his parents at New Blainslie Farm. Langshaw, Melrose, Roxburghshire.
Missing in Action on 30 October 1917 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Bowden Church memorial.
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