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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:06 am    Post subject: Andrew Gilchrist Morgan GH Reply with quote

Andrew Gilchrist Morgan Pte S/20567 MM 6/7th Gordon Highlanders b Dysart, Fife e Perth Age 20 Died of Wounds F&F 25/10/1918 Son of Thomas D Morgan & Margaret S (nee Smith) Morgan. 1901 Census: Nairns St 14 Elgin Cottage. Husband of Catherine L Wallace. Married 1918 Dysart. 41 Anderson St; Kirkcaldy. Son of Mrs T Morgan, Harriet St; Kirkcaldy. Soldiers Effects: Wid: Catherine L. Service Returns: 118/AF 385. Age 219. Vis-En-Artois Memorial M. R. 16 Panel 10 ADJ 15-03-19 P3: MM: Kirkcaldy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:48 am    Post subject: Kirkcaldy War Memorial - Cheshire Regiment Reply with quote

The men honoured on the Kirkcaldy War Memorial serving with the Cheshire Regiment have an interesting story. They served with the first two Bantam Battalions of the British Army. Bantam units were made up of men between 5’ and 5’3” tall. The 15th and 16th Battalions of the Cheshire Regiment were formed in Birkenhead in 1914 and adopted into the British Army in 1915. They arrived on the Western Front in January 1916 as part of the 35th Division.

19448 Private Hugh Riggans died of wounds on July 18th 1916. Riggans was reported by local newspapers as the first man to enlist with the Bantams in Kirkcaldy. He was a miner at the Pannie Pit where he was “greatly respected for his genial character”. He was born in Airdrie and lived at 105 Overton Road with his foster parents and sister. Riggans was a bomb-thrower and died from wounds while fighting in Bernafay Wood. He is buried in Peronne Road Cemetery.

20318 Private William Morton Allan was born in Edinburgh and before the war was employed in the linoleum works of Messrs. Barry, Ostlere, and Shepherd. Ltd. His parents were James and Janet Allan of 9 Maryhall Street, Kirkcaldy.

Allan was reported missing and wounded on July 19th 1916 He died of wounds in a hospital in France on July 25, aged 21. He is buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension

On August 21st, 1916, 20317 Lance-Corporal James Thomson was killed in action aged 20. Thomson was employed at the North British Works of Messrs. Barry. Ostlere, and Shepherd before joining up. Thomson lived with his aunt and uncle at 82 Institution Street, Sinclairtown, Kirkcaldy.

Thomson’s commanding officer wrote to the family to say he was killed by a piece of shrapnel from a shell and died instantly. He said that Thomson had recently been promoted to Lance-Corporal. The letter goes on to say “he was always cheerful, and set a splendid example to all his comrades. We made a nice little cross, with all particulars on it, and have marked on the map the spot where he was buried.” Thomson’s grave was later moved to Quarry Cemetery, Montauban.

Three of the four men, Riggans, Allan and Thomson, served with the 15th Battalion.

21379 Lance-Corporal Alexander Christie was 16 years old when he attested in Kirkcaldy. He was the oldest son of David and Jemima Christie of 12 Berwick Place, Kirkcaldy.

Christie was in charge of a Lewis Gun section in the 16th Cheshires. On August 19, 1917 he was killed in action, aged 19. Christie’s gun team was moving along a communication trench to reinforce an advanced position during a German counter attack on The Knoll, on the Hindenburg Line. He was struck by a shell and killed instantly. Christie’s company commander wrote to the family saying that “when he met his end he was smoking a cigar he had taken from the Huns earlier in the day”.

He was initially buried in Ste Emilie British Cemetery. Casualties from this cemetery were later moved to Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery.

Christie is the only one of the four men on the Kirkcaldy war memorial to serve with the 16th Cheshires.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Pte. James Dalgliesh Daniel D.C.M. and Bar Reply with quote

DelBoy wrote:
James Daniel D.C.M., L-Cpl.

(The Scotsman 9th June 1915)
"Lance-Corporal Daniel, 2nd Black Watch, Meldrum Road, has died from wounds in Oxford Hospital. Early in the year he was awarded the D.C.M. for bravery, while previous to being wounded in the back, legs and arm, he was presented with a medal for additional gallantry, and promoted from the rank of private."

London Gazette entry.
(Glasgow Herald 2nd April 1915)
"1731 Private Daniel, J. 2nd Battalion Royal Highlanders - For gallant conduct on November 4, 1914, in carrying a wounded man into safety."

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 1731
Date of Death: 06/06/1915
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Depot
Awards: D C M (Distinguished Conduct Medal)
Grave Reference: M. 774.
Additional Information: Son of John and Alison Daniel, of 3, Smithfield St., Gorgie, Edinburgh.

It looks as though his second DCM was not awarded as he had died.

Named on the Galashiels War Memorial in Selkirkshire as:
L-CPL. J. DANIEL. D.C.M. Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)
James Dalgliesh Daniel, Distinguished Conduct Medal – age 25 – Lance Corporal (1731) Depot, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
By 1901 the family had moved from Halliburton Place, Galashiels to Kirkcaldy in Fife. James enlisted in the Black Watch in 1911 and was serving with the 2nd Battalion at Bareilly in northern India in August 1914. The battalion moved to France, landing at Marseilles on 12 October 1914.
James was awarded a DCM “For gallant conduct on 4th November, 1914, in carrying a wounded man into safety.” He was recommended for a second award for a similar action in 1915 but he died of the wounds he suffered during that event in the 3rd Southern General Hospital in Oxford.
Born 1889 in Galashiels. Son of John Lees Daniel and Alison (Dalgliesh) Daniel of 3 Smithfield Street, Gorgie, Edinburgh.
Died of Wounds on 6 June 1915 and buried in Kirkcaldy (Bennochy) Cemetery, Fife.
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