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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: FORRESTER, JAMES DAVID
Initials: JD
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps, attd RN Div, Royal Navy
Date of Death: 14/11/1916
Age: 27
Additional Information: Son of James and Davina Forrester, of Peebles; husband of Elizabeth Scott Steel Forrester, of The Cottage, Stobo, Peeblesshire. Born at Kirkcaldy.
Grave Reference: II D 17
Cemetery: Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel

Also named on Peebles War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: GILLESPIE, DOUGLAS VICTOR
Initials: DV
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force, 70th Sqdn
Date of Death: 6/4/1918
Age: 20
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Additional Information: Son of George and Margaret Gillespie, of Dalvey, Callander, Perthshire. Born at Edinburgh.
Grave Reference: XIV F 7
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery

Also named on West Linton, Carlops and Peebles War Memorials .

A photograph of Douglas Gillespie can be seen at: www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205295424
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: CUNNINGHAM, JC
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Private
Service Number: 552264
Regiment/Service: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, (East Ontario Regiment)
Date of Death: 26/8/1918
Grave Reference: VI A 11
Cemetery: Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery, Haucort

Also named on Peebles War Memorial and West Linton War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: THORBURN, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Private
Service Number: 241
Regiment/Service: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Date of Death: 22/3/1915
Age: 32
Additional Information: Son of William and Agnes Macdougal Smith Thorburn of Hearthstanes, Tweedsmuir, Broughton, Peebleshire. Born at Edinburgh.
Grave Reference: S 271
Cemetery: Edinburgh (Newington or Echo Bank) Cemetery

Also named on Peebles and Tweedsmuir War Memorials.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: WEIR, WILLIAM sCOTT
Initials: WS
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 18946
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots, 16th Bn
Date of Death: 1/7/1916
Age: 36
Additional Information: Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Weir. A Solicitor. Enlisted 1914.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 6D and 7D
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial

Also named on Peebles War Memorial and University of Edinburgh Roll of Honour.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: YOUNG, GEORGE SANDERSON HANDLEY
Initials: GSH
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 857
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots, 4th Bn, "C" Coy
Date of Death: 12/7/1915
Age: 25
Additional Information: Son of Jessie Young, of 39, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, and the late Robert Young.
Panel Reference: Panel 26 to 31
Memorial: Helles Memorial

Also named on Newlands and Peebles War Memorials.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Named on the St. Boswells Parish War Memorial as:

A.F. WATSON, BSc, 2nd Lt. R. Hrs.
Alastair Fisher Watson age 25 Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Alastair was educated at Kelso High School and at George Watson's College in Edinburgh before becoming a Student of Science at Edinburgh University in 1910. He studied at the East of Scotland Agricultural College. He had served in the Officer Training Corps in both the College and the University. He graduated in 1914 and enlisted as Private (1429) in the 1/1st Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry, landing with his squadron at Le Havre in September 1915. He was commissioned in the Black Watch in June 1916 but was wounded on the Somme in August and evacuated home. Alastair returned to France in January 1917.
Born 1892 in Renton, Dunbartonshire as Alexander Fisher Watson.
Son of The Rev. Alexander Cameron Watson and Elizabeth R. S. (Fisher) Watson of The Manse, St. Boswells.
Killed in Action on 23 April 1917 and buried in Guemappe British Cemetery, Wancourt, France.
Also named on the Kelso High School and on the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Named on the Kelso War Memorial in Roxburghshire as:

MAJOR JAMES D. L. MELROSE.
James Douglas Leitch Melrose age 33 Major, 29th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
James was educated at George Watson's College in Edinburgh before becoming a Student of Law at Edinburgh University in 1904. He graduated in 1908 and was appointed a Writer to the Signet in Edinburgh in 1909. He was commissioned in the Territorial Forth Companies of the RGA in Edinburgh in April 1913 and was promoted to Lieutenant in August 1914. He was promoted to Captain in June 1916 and went to France in August. James was promoted to Major commanding a Battery in March 1917 but was fatally wounded the following year at Kemmell Hill and died at Boeschepe near Ypres. He was buried in the Churchyard there and was re-interred at Abeele in 1921
Born 1884 in Kelso. Son of the late Margaret (Harvey) Melrose (died 1891) and of former Provost James Melrose of Goshen Bank, Kelso. Husband of Jessie Macpherson (Jenkinson) Melrose of 13 Rutland Street, and of 5 Dean Terrace, Edinburgh who he married in 1916 in Newington, Edinburgh.
Died of Wounds on 25 April 1918. and buried in Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Kelso Trinity Church memorial, on the George Watson's College memorial, on the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen and on the University Old College memorial.
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