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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAVID MARSHALL K.O.S.B.
Thought to be:
David Stewart Marshall – age 27 – Corporal (34454) 143rd Company, Machine Gun Corps.
David was a gardener when he enlisted as Private (7233) in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Reserve at Galashiels in November 1914. He re-enlisted in May 1916 at the MGC Depot at Grantham in Lincolnshire and joined his company in France in August.
Born 1890 at Badshalloch Cottage in Kilmaronock Parish, Dunbartonshire.
Son of the late David Marshall (died 1892) and of Agnes (McGregor) Marshall, and step-son of William Campbell who married Agnes in 1895 in Kilmaronock.
The family lived at High Lodge, Parkhill, Balfron, at Camoquhill Douglas, Balfron and at Dunkyan Lodge, Killearn, all in Stirlingshire.
Killed in Action on 23 August 1917 and buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Killearn Parish War Memorial and on the St. Boswell Parish War Memorial.


E. LAWRence MATHERS R.S.
Edward Lawrence Mathers – age 19 – Private (42441) 9th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Edward was captured at Kemmell in April 1918. He died in the Prisoner of War Camp at Les Aubrelles and was buried in the Morieulois German Cemetery in Crepy-En-Laonnois but was re-interred in Vendresse in September 1922.
Born 1899 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of George and Annie (Barclay) Mathers of 3 Plainfield Terrace, Newtown St. Boswells.
George was a railway signalman for many years, and was an elder at Bowden Parish Church.
Died on Service on 8 August 1918 and buried in Vendresse British Cemetery, Aisne, France.
Also named on the Newtown St. Boswell District War Memorial.

Edward's eldest brother George (a railwayman like his father) became a Scottish trade unionist and was a Labour Party Member of Parliament until 1950. He was raised to the peerage as Baron Mathers, of Newtown St Boswells in the County of Roxburgh, in 1952,
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three sons of David Miller, farm manager at Norton Hall, Newton St. Boswell and of Binston Broomfield (Campbell) Miller, known as Robina.
All three are also named on the Newton St. Boswells District War Memorial.


JOHN C. MILLER U.S.A. INF.
John Campbell Miller – aged 26 – Private, United States Army.
John died of pneumonia at Camp Dodge Military Hospital in Iowa, United States of America.
Born 1888 in Ashkirk, Selkirkshire.
Died on Service on 3 November 1918 and buried in Keokuk National Cemetery, Lee County, Iowa.


FR. J. MILLER CAN. F.A.
Francis James Miller – age 23 – Gunner (313926) 4th Division Ammunition Column, Canadian Field Artillery.
Francis was a machinist in Victoria, British Columbia when he enlisted in November 1915 as Driver (706083) in the 103rd Battalion but he was transferred to the 10th Field Artillery Brigade in January 1916. He sailed from Canada in March and joined the 3rd Division A.C. in France in July. He contracted pleurisy in January 1917 and, after treatment at the 3rd General Hospital at Le Treport, he was evacuated to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester. He was discharged to the 1st Reserve Brigade in April and joined the 4th DAC in France in November 1917. Francis died in the 19th Casualty Clearing Station at Boisleux-St. Marc near Arras.
Born 1895 in Ashkirk, Selkirkshire.
Died of Wounds on 26 September 1918 and buried in Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux-St. Marc, France.


ROBt. C. MILLER CAN. MTD.R.
Robert Campbell Miller – age 34 – Sergeant (706001) 2nd Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles
Robert was a carpenter when he enlisted in the 103rd Battalion in Victoria, British Columbia in November 1915. He had had 12 years of service with the King's Own Scottish Borderers and was appointed Battalion Sergeant Major. He sailed with the battalion from Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 1916 and was transferred to the 16th Reserve Battalion In England in January 1917. He joined the CMR in France in January 1918.
Born 1883 in Ashkirk, Selkirkshire.
Husband of Hay Middlemiss (Swinton) Miller of 1716 First Street, Victoria who he married in 1911 in Victoria.
Killed in Action on 29 September 1918 and buried in Crest Cemetery, Fontaine-Notre Dame, France.
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ALEXANDER C. PARK M.G.C.
Alexander Crabbe Park – age 26 – Second Lieutenant, 46th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.
Alexander was a printer with the “Southern Reporter” and had been the organist at Bowden Parish Church since September 1912. He enlisted in the 2/9th Royal Scots but transferred to the MGC and as Corporal (42546) he went to France in July 1916. He was commissioned in July 1917 and served as Intelligence Officer and Assistant Adjutant.
Born 1892 in Selkirk. Son of the late Baillie William Park (died 1907) and Matilda (Jackson) Park of The Glebe, Glenesk, Selkirk.
Died of Wounds on 29 September 1918 and buried in Brie British Cemetery, Somme, France.
Also named on the Selkirk War Memorial.


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 Parish War Memorial.


WILLIAM PITT R.S.
William Pitt – age 22 – Private (375460) 11th Battalion, Royal Scots.
William was brought up in Bowden Village.
He was captured at Messines in April 1918 but died of myelitis in the hospital in the prisoner of war camp at Coblenz and he was buried there.
He was re-interred in Cologne in 1922.
Born 1896 at Lessudden, St. Boswells, Roxburghshire. Son of the late William Pitt (died 1897) and of Margaret (Gilholmes) Pitt of Bowden Village.
Died on Service on 26 May 1918 and buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.


JAMES PORTEOUS C.H.
James Porteous – age 32 – Private (S/10487) 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
James joined the 1st Battalion in France in December 1914. At some point he transferred to the 5th Battalion.
Born 1886 at Newtown St. Boswells, Melrose as James Thomson Stirling Porteous. Son of the late Robert Porteous (died 1914), waggon examiner of Sprouston Cottages, Newtown St. Boswells and of his second wife the late Mary Haig (Stirling) Porteous (died 1890) who he had married in 1883 in Gladsmuir, East Lothian.
He named his youngest brother Peter Stirling Porteous as his legatee.
Died of Wounds on 26 October 1918 and buried in Vichte Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Newtown St. Boswells District War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three sons of William and Jane (Kemp) Purves of Thorn Street, Earlston, Berwickshire, of Carilaw Mains, Bowden and of East Lodge, Monkrigg, Haddington, East Lothian.

Note: all records spell the family name as Purves.

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.
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 Parish War Memorial, on the Gullane Parish War Memorial and on the North British Railway Company memorial in Waverley Station, Edinburgh.


GEORGE PURVIS R.S.
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 Earleston, Berwickshire.
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.
Also named on the White Colne Parish War Memorial.


MARK PURVIS M.G.C.
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 Earleston, Berwickshire.
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 Parish War Memorial.
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JAS. B. SCOTT CAN. SEAF.
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 Parish War Memorial.


WALTER THOMSON K.O.S.B.
Walter Stevenson Thomson – age 28 – Sergeant (570) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Walter was a member of the Territorial 4th KOSB and was mobilised in August 1914. He landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was killed a month later during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1887 in Newton St. Boswells, Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of Thomas and Jane (Gordon) Thomson of Sprouston Cottages, Newtown St. Boswells.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Newton St. Boswells District War Memorial.


JOHN G. WOOD S.H.
John George Wood, Military Cross – age 22 – Captain, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
John was educated at Loretto School in Musselburgh from 1908 to 1914 and was a Corporal in the Officer Training Corps. He was commissioned from there in January 1915 and was attached to the 2nd Seaforths in France later that year. He was awarded the M.C. as “Lt. (temp. Capt.) John George Wood, Sea. Highrs. For conspicuous gallantry in action. Although wounded, he continued to lead his men with great courage and determination. He has on many previous occasions done fine work
During a counter-attack by his battalion, Captain Wood, hearing that one of his Lewis guns was short of ammunition, ran across the open with a fresh supply but was killed as he reached the gun.
Born 1895 in Edinburgh. Son of the late John Philp Wood of Bothedene, Bowden (died 1906) and of Margaret Ellinor (Tennent) Wood of 16 Buckingham Terrace, Edinburgh.
Missing in Action on 4 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on a stained glass memorial window in Bowden Parish Church and on the Loretto School memorial.
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