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Three sons of David Miller, farm manager at Norton Hall, Newton St. Boswell and of Binston Broomfield (Campbell) Miller, known as Robina.

GUNNER FRANCIS J. MILLER, 4th CANADIAN R.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.
Also named on the Bowden Parish Church memorial.


PTE. JOHN C. MILLER, 14th AMERICAN INFANTRY
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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.
Also named on the Bowden Parish Church memorial.


SGT. ROBERT C. MILLER, 2nd CAN. MTD. RIFLES.
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.
Also named on the Bowden Parish Church memorial.
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LT. Wm. MOWBRAY, 9th GURKHA RIFLES.
William Mowbray – age 29 – Second Lieutenant, Indian Army Reserve of Officers, attached to the 1st Battalion, 9th Gurkha Rifles.
William had been a clerk with the North British Railway Company at Newtown St. Boswells before his promotion to the Audit Accountant's Staff in Edinburgh. While there he qualified as an auditor, and subsequently gained an appointment as accountant with the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway in 1908. He was commissioned in the Indian Army in December 1914.
Born 1886 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of William Broadwood Mowbray, chief goods clerk at Newtown St. Boswells Railway Station (previously at Hawick Station) and of Catherine Henderson (Richardson) Mowbray of Sprouston Bank, Newtown St. Boswells.
Died of Wounds on 14 January 1916 and named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
Also named on the Hawick Roll of Honour.


PTE. PETER PATERSON, 10th GORDONS.
Peter Paterson – age 25 – Private (S/7030) 9th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Peter was a groom at the stables of Monksford House, Newton St. Boswells when he enlisted at Galashiels in November 1914. He was posted to the 10th Gordons in December and was transferred to the 1/5th Battalion in June 1916 but contracted diphtheria and, after treatment in the 14th Stationary Hospital at Boulogne, he was evacuated to England in September. He was posted to the 9th Battalion in March 1917 but was killed six weeks later.
Born 1892 Ratho, Midlothian. Son of the late Robert Graham Paterson (died 1911) and the late Agnes (Sommerville) Paterson (died 1913) of Ratho.
His brother John Sommerville Paterson of 4 Canning Street Lane, Edinburgh was his next of kin.
Killed in Action on 25 April 1917 and buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt, France.


PIPER JAMES PORTEOUS, 5th CAMERONS.
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 Bowden Parish Church memorial.
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PTE. JAMES ROBERTSON, 9th ROYAL SCOTS.
James Robertson – age 21 – Private (335688) 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion, Royal Scots.
James enlisted as Private (8376) in the 1/8th Royal Scots but at some point transferred to the 1/9th Battalion. He was buried in the Oulchy le Chateau Cemetery but was re-interred at Villemontoire after the war.
Born 1896 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of Robert and Jessie (Grieve) Robertson of Baillie Memorial Hall, Newtown St. Boswells.
Killed in Action on 1 August 1918 and buried in Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire, Aisne, France.


SAPPER JOHN STEWART, R.E.
John Kinloch Stewart – age 22 – Sapper (28432) 11th Field Company, Royal Engineers.
John joined his company in France in June 1915 which was with the 2nd Division but in December they were moved to the 33rd Division and in July 1916 they attacked High Wood on the Somme. John's remains and those of at least seven other men from the Company killed on the same day were re-interred side by side in November 1919.
Born 1894 in Melrose, Roxburghshire as John Stewart. Son of William and Jessie (Torrance) Stewart of Stanley Place, Newtown St. Boswells.
Grandson of John K. Stewart of North Berwick.
Killed in Action on 15 July 1916 and buried in Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France.

and his brother

PTE. WILLIAM STEWART, 4th K.O.S.B
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William Stewart – age 20 – Private (784) 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William 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 1895 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of William and Jessie (Torrance) Stewart of Stanley Place, Newtown, St. Boswells.
Grandson of John K. Stewart of North Berwick.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
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PTE. JAMES THOMSON, 2nd BLACK WATCH.
Thought to be:
James Thomson – age 39 – Private (3/3095) 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
James had enlisted as Private (6319) in the Black Watch in 1896 and had served in the South African Wars. He was an association footballer and a player with Langholm Rugby Club. The 2nd Black Watch had arrived at Marseille from India in October 1914 and he joined the battalion in France in January 1915.
Born 1876 in Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Son of Isabella Thomson and nephew of Janet Thomson of Drove Road, Langholm, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 11 March 1915 and named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
Also named on the Langholm War Memorial


SGT. WALTER S. THOMSON, 4th 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 Bowden Parish Church memorial.


PTE. JOSEPH WILSON, 7th K.O.S.B.
Joseph Wilson – age 26 – Private (14431) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Joseph was a signalman with the North British Railway Company at St. Boswells when he enlisted and he landed at Boulogne with the 7th KOSB in July 1915.
Born 1889 in Crosby-upon-Eden, Carlisle. Son of Thomas and Mary Grace (Coulthard) Wilson of 32 North Hermitage Street, Newcastleton, Roxburghshire.
Died of Wounds on 8 July 1916 and buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Liddesdale War Memorial in Newcastleton and on the North British Railway Company memorial in Waverley Station, Edinburgh.


PTE. JAMES YULE, POST OFFICE RIFLES.
James Yule – age 35 – Rifleman (4933 & 372341) 1/8th Battalion, London Regiment (Post Office Rifles)
James was a butler/valet at Tertowie House, Kinellar in Aberdeenshire when he married in 1909 in Edinburgh. His wife Mary Macleod was a cook at Sharnbrook House in Bedfordshire. They were living in Tweedbank Cottage, Newtown St. Boswell when James enlisted in November 1915 and he joined his battalion in France in June 1916 but he was killed four months later. His remains were recovered from the battlefield in September 1920.
Born 1881 in Legerwood, Berwickshire. Son of the late James Yule (died 1910) and Annie (Scott) Yule (died 1910) of Fairnington, Roxburgh. Husband of Mary (Macleod) Yule of 6 Eildon Terrace, Newtown St. Boswells.
Killed in Action on 7 October 1916 and buried in Warlencourt British Cemetery, France.
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1939 – 1945


CAPT. WILLIAM R. ANNAN, R.E.
[Connection to Newtown St. Boswells not known]
William Robertson Annan – age 31 – Captain (201235) Royal Engineers attached to the Administrative Head Quarters of Force 136.
William was an architect who had studied at the School of Architecture in Edinburgh and had worked there and in London. He was admitted A.I.R.B.A. in April 1939. William was commissioned to the R.E. from Cadet in August 1941 and served with Force 136 which was the name of a branch of the Special Operations Executive, operating behind the Japanese lines in Burma. They organised native resistance to the occupiers and assisted in many sabotage operations.
Born 1912 in Morningside, Edinburgh. Son of Dr. John Laing Annan and of Margaret Scotland (Hunter) Annan of 314 Lanark Road, Kingsknowe, Edinburgh.
Missing in Action on 5 May 1944 and named on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar.


FLT./LT. WALTER G. CLARK, R.A.F.V.R.
Walter Alexander Graham Clark – age 32 – Flight Lieutenant (116802) 156 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Walter was educated at Dumfries Academy before he became a clerk with the British Linen Bank in the Borders. He joined the RAF at the outbreak of war as Sergeant (974201) and was promoted to Pilot Officer in January 1942 and to Flight Lieutenant in December. He flew over 30 sorties including one of the first raids on Berlin and latterly he served in a pathfinder Squadron. Walter's Lancaster bomber took off from RAF Warboys in Huntingdonshire for a raid on Berlin but was lost without a trace.
Born 1911 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late David Clark and of Mary Latimer (Cairns) Clark of Roselea, Rosevale Street, Langholm. Husband of Doris Irene (Fuller) Clark of Kilburn, Middlesex who he married in March 1943 in East Ham, London.
Missing in Action on 22 November 1943 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the British Linen Bank Memorial in the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh and on the Langholm War Memorial.
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GUNNER HAROLD DOUGLAS, R.A.
Harold Douglas – age 28 – Gunner (821263) 2 Battery, 1 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.
Harold was a machine operator in a motor works in Rubery, Birmingham when he married in 1938. He was fatally injured when his army motor cycle was hit by a truck near Randlestown, County Antrim, Ireland and he died in the Messereene Hospital in Antrim.
Born 1912 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire as Clarence Harold Douglas. Son of the late Harry Douglas and of Margaret (Liddle) Douglas. Husband of Mary Jane (Chapman) Douglas, of Ashley Cottages, Newton St. Boswells who he married (as Harold) in 1938 in Newtown, Melrose, Roxburghshire.
Died on Active Service on 18 June 1942 and buried in Belfast City Cemetery, County Antrim, Ireland.


PTE. JOHN HUNTER, K.O.S.B.
John Hunter – age 23 – Private (3192803) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John had served his apprenticeship as a grocer in St. Boswells but was working with Hall & Sons, wool spinners in Newton when he enlisted. In 1939 a building known as Yates Retreat, in the village of Theydon Bois near Epping in Essex, was requisitioned as accommodation for the 6th KOSB who were engaged on security and other duties in the area. In the early hours of 18 November 1940 a German parachute mine dropped by the Luftwaffe struck the Retreat killing thirty men and injuring many others. John died of his injuries two days later. (See also David Shanks, below)
Born 1917 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of James and Agnes (Cleghorn) Hunter of Langlands Place, Newtown St. Boswells. Husband of Williamina (Addison) Hunter of Galashiels, Selkirkshire who he married in December 1939 in Edinburgh.
Died of Wounds on 20 November 1940 and buried in Melrose (Wairds) Cemetery, Roxburghshire. (CWG)
Also named on a memorial in St. Mary's Church in Theydon Bois.


CADET JOSEPH LOWRIE, MERCHANT NAVY.
Joseph Lowrie – age 17 – Cadet, S.S. Benalbanach (Leith) Merchant Navy.
The “Benalbanach” was conveying troops and equipment on her second trip to the Allied landing area in North Africa when the convoy was attacked by a single enemy aircraft. She was hit by two torpedoes, caught fire, blew up and sank almost immediately taking the lives of 57 crew members and 353 service personnel.
Born 1925 in Melrose, Roxburghshire. Son of George William Lowrie and of Jessie (Wilson) Lowrie of Monksford Stables, Newton St. Boswells.
Killed by Enemy Action/ Lost at Sea on 7 January 1943 and named on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.


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L/CPL. WILLIAM S. SANDERSON, R.A.S.C.
William Smail Sanderson – age 37 – Lance Corporal (T/70965) Royal Army Service Corps attached to the Royal Artillery.
William was a reservist and was mobilised just before the outbreak of war. He was killed during the Allied withdrawal from mainland Greece.
Born 1904 in Wallsend on Tyne, Tynemouth, Northumberland. Son of George and Margaret (Scott) Sanderson of St. Boswells, Roxburghshire. Husband of the late Helen (Bunyan) Sanderson (died July 1938) of Sprouston Cottages, Newtown St. Boswells who he married in 1931 in Melrose.
Missing in Action on between 26 and 27 April 1941 and named on the Athens Memorial, Greece.


PTE. DAVID W. SHANKS, K.O.S.B.
David Wilson Shanks – age 19 – Private (3190784) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
David had joined the Territorials in April 1939 and worked for the London and North Eastern Railway Company at St. Boswells Station. In 1939 a building known as Yates Retreat, in the village of Theydon Bois near Epping in Essex, was requisitioned as accommodation for the 6th KOSB who were engaged on security and other duties in the area. In the early hours of 18 Nov 1940 a German parachute mine dropped by the Luftwaffe struck the Retreat killing thirty men and injuring many others. (See also John Hunter, above)
Born 1921 in Roxburgh. Son of Alexander Wilson Shanks and Nellie (Scott) Shanks of 23 Roxburgh Place, Newtown St. Boswells.
Killed by Enemy Action on 18 November 1940 and buried in Bowden New Cemetery, Roxburghshire. (CWG)
Also named on a memorial in St. Mary's Church in Theydon Bois.


AC/1 JOHN B. STODDART, R.A.F.V.R.
John Bell Stoddart – age 30 – Aircraftman 1st Class (1326554) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John was a Post Office Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist when he enlisted. He had joined the Post Office in February 1929 and had qualified as a Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist in November 1937. John died of ulcerative colitis in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
Born 1912 in St. Boswells. Son of the late Peter Stoddart (died 1936) and of Jane (Bell) Stoddart of Rose Cottage, Newton St. Boswells. Husband of Agnes or Nan (Inglis) Stoddart of Ingleside, Eildon, Melrose who he married in 1941 in Melrose.
Died on Service on 28 November 1942 and buried in Melrose (Wairds) Cemetery, Roxburghshire. (CWG)


CPL. JAMES TODD, H.G.
James Todd – age 42 – Corporal, 10th City of Edinburgh Battalion, Home Guard.
James was a booking clerk with the London and North Eastern Railway Company at St. Boswells Station and was on an exercise with his platoon when he collapsed and died.
He had been was mobilised for service in WW1 in July 1918 as Sapper (207968) in the Royal Engineers (Railway Troops) when he was a booking clerk with the North British Railway Company at Galashiels.
Born 1899 in Glasgow. Son of James Todd (died 1901) and Agnes (Currie) Todd; from 1910 Mrs William Henderson of the Police Station, Eckford, Roxburghshire. Husband of Nellie Mercer (Hogg) Todd of 12 Eildon Terrace, Newtown St. Boswells who he married in 1933 in Galshiels, Selkirkshire.
Died on Service on 27 July 1941 and buried in Melrose (Wairds) Cemetery, Roxburghshire. (CWG)
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NORTHERN IRELAND

L/CPL. J. BARRIE R. GOLD, K.O.S.B., 25.04.1972
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Joseph Barrie Redburn Gold – age 29 – Lance Corporal (23930312) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Barrie was manning a checkpoint on the Donegall Road in Belfast when he was shot in the neck. He was taken to the nearby Royal Victoria Hospital but died there four days later.
Born 1943 in Galashiels, Selkirkshire. Son of James Gold and Martha Ross Strachan (Redburn) Gold. Husband of Elizabeth Margaret (Aitchison) Gold who he married in 1965 in Ladykirk, Swinton and Whitsome, Berwickshire.
Died of Wounds on 25 April 1972 and buried in Melrose (Wairds) Cemetery, Roxburghshire.
Also named on the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
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