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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: SERVICE, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
Unit Text: 43rd Bn.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/06/1917
Service No: 859814
Additional information: Son of John and Elizabeth Service (nee Robertson). Native of Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. A. 37.
Cemetery: NOEUX-LES-MINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY



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Name: SHANKIE
Initials: W T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
Unit Text: 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Bn.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 28/09/1918
Service No: 50461
Additional information: Son of Andrew and Elizabeth Mitchell Shankie, of 1024, Pollokshaws Rd., Glasgow. A Goods Clerk, Caledonian Railway.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: E. 30.
Cemetery: THILLOY ROAD CEMETERY, BEAULENCOURT

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Name: SHIELS, ADAM
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 4th Bn.
Age: 30
Date of Death: 02/11/1944
Service No: 3187512
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 8. C. 21.
Cemetery: BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY

Additional information: Son of James & Mary Izzet Shiels.

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Name: SMITH
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Britannia"
Date of Death: 11/09/1918
Service No: ClydeZ/5795
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. E. 9.
Cemetery: FREETOWN (KING TOM) CEMETERY

Additional information: Son of Thomas & Mary Smith
Age 30?

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Armed Forces Memorial

Surname McGUIRE
Forenames/Initials Stephen Augustine
Rank Gdsm
Service Army
Service Number 24141254
Regiment/Corps SCOTS GUARDS
Date of Birth 29 November 1951
Age 19
Date of Death 04 November 1971
Cemetery Name West Hamilton Cemetery
Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes
Included on Roll of Honour Yes



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Armed Forces Memorial

Surname McNEILL
Forenames/Initials Daniel
Rank Maj
Service Army
Service Number 230386
Regiment/Corps CAMERONIANS
Date of Birth 11 November 1903
Age 51
Date of Death 06 July 1955
Cemetery Name Welhall Cemetery
Cemetery Address Hamilton West
Grave Number A121
Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes
Included on Roll of Honour Yes

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conrad Bona, son of Otto & Letitia Bona, husband of Maud Lang.

Conrad Carl Bona died 20 December 1918 at Great Crosby near Liverpool.
Death is registered in Oct./Nov./Dec/ deaths register. He is listed as aged 35 years, District..West Derby..Volume 8b and page 503.

National Probate Calendar(Index of wills and administrations) 1861-1941 has recorded....
Bona, Conrad Carl of HMS Aquitania, England, Sub Lieutenant RNR died 20/12/1918 at Great Crosby near Liverpool. Confirmation of Maud Elizabeth Lang or Bona widow. Sealed London 20 August.

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A medal record exists for Bona which suggests he was in the Mercantile Marine. Nothing to show him in RNR, although he may have been
RNR men are also simply civilians, unless embodied into the RN. During WW1 civilians do not qualify as war deaths, except members of some organisations, in certain circumstances only.

That being the case Bona could only qualify for war death status if he had died whilst working under Royal Navy control, and only if he died of war related causes, generally this would involve hostile action by an enemy. He died after the war ended.

The probate record also suggests he was a civilian. It mentions HMS Aquitania. This is the Cunard liner RMS Aquitania ( sister ship of Lusitania), which was in government service as a hospital and later a troop transport. It appears she was engaged transporting Americans home immediately after the Armistice.

You would need a DC and service details in order to get anywhere with this.
Gravestones are often wrongly detailed by families, as you will know. Often the facts were " improved " by relatives."


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R.Q.M.S. James W. S. Mears, H.L.I., died 27th July 1918 aged 65.
Husband of Jane Keys.

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Albert E. Slade, Late Cameronians and Lieut. Qr. Mr. 17th S. Bn. H.L.I.
Died at Bangour Hospital 25th March 1920 age 57 years

Albert Edward Slade, M.M., died 23rd November 1932 aged 36 years.

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William Wilson, Late Sergeant, H.L.I., died 1st May 1908 age 49 years.
Husband of Christina Campbell.

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Corporal Jonathan Moore – 2010, Afghanistan



The Daily Record wrote:
THE family of a Hamilton soldier killed in Afghanistan have told how he was doing the job that he loved.

Former Hamilton Grammar pupil Corporal Johnathan Moore (22), known as John, died in bomb blast while commanding his section on a routine patrol in the Sangin area of Helmand Province on Sunday.

His lead man private Sean McDonald was also killed in the explosion.

Johnathan’s parents Ian and Karen and sisters Emma and Heather, who live in Larkhall, are still trying to come to terms with his death.

A family spokesman said: “Johnathan was a proud Scottish soldier who was doing a job that he loved.

“He will be sadly missed by a loving and very proud family.

“The Army and his family were Johnathan’s life. We are devastated at our loss.”

Corporal Moore and Private McDonald were of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS), part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group.

Bob Ainsworth, Secretary of State for Defence, paid tribute to “professional, courageous selfless, committed and true infantry soldiers”.

“I was so very sorry to learn of the deaths of Corporal John Moore and Private Sean McDonald,” he said. “My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with their loved ones.”

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, Commanding Officer, 3 RIFLES Battle Group, said Johnathan was a leader of the “rarest quality” and described his death as a “bitter blow” to the army.

“Another of our brightest stars has given his all before we have had the chance to see his full and undoubted potential unfold,” he added.

Born in Bellshill on July 2, 1987, Corporal Moore went to Hamilton Grammar before enlisting and going to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate in 2004.

He completed a year’s training designed to promote to junior leadership before going to the Infantry Training Centre, Cattrick, for his phase two infantry-specific training.

He joined The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) in March 2005 and since then has been on two tours in Iraq.

Corporal Moore deployed as a Section Commander with B Company, The Royal Scots Borderers 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, to Sangin in October 2009. His company is operating mainly from Patrol Base Wishtan in the Sangin area of Helmand Province, and has been conducting operations to provide security and development to the local nationals, whom they live amongst.

Private Stuart Collins, a close friend of John for one-and-a-half years, said: “John was not only my army friend but he was a true ‘civvie’ friend too.

“We lived near each other in Hamilton and we would meet up at weekends and go for a few drinks. I am truly going to miss John and the dramas at Hamilton Palace.

“I want to give my deepest regards to all his family and my thoughts are with his niece Esmee, whom I know he wanted to get home to see.

“And I best not forget about his dog that I know he loved even though he pretended he didn't.

“I am going to miss John so much and I know that everyone in 4 Platoon will too.”

Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Herbert, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland said Johnathan was destined for the top after being best student on his noncommissioned officer course in 2007 and a star of his Corporals Course in 2008

“Corporal John Moore had all the attributes of the perfect Scottish warrior; bold, charismatic, tough as nails, utterly professional and a born leader of men.”

Lance Corporal Calum Flemming added: “I remember the very first time I met John, it was in Baghdad during Op TELIC 7.

“The last night we had out together was in Glasgow at Corporal Eddie Scott’s stag do.

“It was one of the best nights I have ever had thanks to John.

“But then of course the next morning bright and early he was banging on my door saying let’s go shopping. He is the only person I know to be so hyper first thing in the morning. I will remember him. Rest in peace John.”

Colin Stewart, Hamilton Grammar’s head teacher, said: “Johnathan is fondly remembered by his teachers who describe him as very decent, reliable and friendly young man who was a credit to his family and local community.

“At this difficult time, the thoughts and condolences of the school go to Jonathan’s family, colleagues and friends.”
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