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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:43 pm    Post subject: Newstead (T*) Reply with quote

Newstead - Ettrick & Lauderdale District
The Newstead war memorial is a simple red sandstone cross with the dedication and names of the fallen on pink marble tablets set into the face of the cross shaft and pedestal. The monument stands within a small recess in a wall on the Main Street.




WWI ROLL OF HONOUR:
Dickinson T. Scots Scots Greys Trooper
Gill J.R. Worcester Regiment Private
Gordon C.A. Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders Private
Lang J.G. Kings Own Scottish Borderers Captain
Millar F. Kings Own Scottish Borderers Private
Mitchell J.J. Black Watch Sergeant
Pringle G. Kings Own Scottish Borderers Private
Walker T. Scots Scots Greys Trooper



WWII ROLL OF HONOUR:
Barton A.H. Royal Air Force Flying Officer
McGinnis A.W. Royal Air Force Wireless Operator (D.B.S.) (O.B.S.)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This photograph courtesy of Sapper:


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:45 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) report Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oddly the first and last names on the WW1 section (Dickinson and Walker) although cavalry men, did not serve with the "Scots Greys"


T. DICKINSON, Tpr. SCOTS GREYS.
Thomas Dickinson – age 28 – Private (41078) 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Princess Victoria's Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Thomas had served his apprenticeship and worked as a draper in Melrose before becoming a forester. He was employed at Ravenswood, Melrose when he enlisted as Private (6214) in the 2nd Cavalry Reserve in September 1914. He was attached to the 6th Dragoons in France in March 1916 but became ill and was evacuated to the 2nd Scottish General Hospital in Edinburgh in April. He returned to the 6th Dragoons in June but in September 1917 he was transferred to the North Irish Horse Yeomanry which was then absorbed into the 9th RIF.
Born 1889 in Melrose. Son of the late Joseph Dickinson (died 1906) and of the late Agnes (White) Dickinson (died 1905) of Newstead, Melrose.
Killed in Action on 26 October 1917 and buried in Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Melrose War Memorial.


J.R. GILL, Pte. WORCESTER REG.
John Redpath Gill – age 26 – Private (15093) 9th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
John served his apprenticeship as a draper's assistant in Melrose before moving to London. He enlisted at Finsbury and landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in July 1915. He then served in Egypt before the battalion moved to Mesopotamia in February 1916 to strengthen the force being assembled for the relief of the besieged garrison at Kut al Amara. By 27 March, the Division had assembled near Sheikh Sa’ad and then took part in the attempts to relieve Kut during which John was fatally wounded.
Born 1890 in Melrose. Son of William and Janet (Easton) Gill of Newstead, Melrose.
Died of Wounds on 6 April 1916 and named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
Also named on the Melrose War Memorial.
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G.A. GORDON, Pte. A. & S. H.
George Andrew Gordon – age 35 – Private (S/19074) 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
George became a full-time postman in Melrose in June 1900 and later moved to the same job in Auchterarder, Perthshire. He married there in 1910. He enlisted as Private (7635) in the 2/4th Battalion of the King's Own Scottish Borderers in January 1915 and was a piper. He transferred as Private (37423) to the 2nd Garrison Battalion of the Royal Scots in October 1916 before transferring again to the Argylls in December. George joined the 10th Battalion in France in April 1917.
Born 1882 Melrose. Son of James and Euphemia (Drummond) Gordon of Dingleton, Melrose. Husband of Janet Faichney (Smitton) Gordon of Whittey Bank, Castle Road, Auchterarder, Perthshire.
Killed in Action on 20 October 1917 and buried in Minty Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Auchterarder War Memorial as GORDON GEO. ANDREW Piper 2/4th KOSB
and on the Melrose War Memorial together with his brother Adam Drummond Gordon, Private (S/16468) 7th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders who died on 17 August 1916.


J.C. LANG, CAPt. K. O. S. B.
James Corbet Lang – age 40 – Captain, 1st Battalion attached to the 1/4th (Border) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
James had served with the Black Watch (Lovat's Scouts) in the South African War and was commissioned in the KOSB in November 1900. He was posted as the Adjutant of the 4th Battalion of the KOSB in August 1912 and landed with them at Gallipoli in June 1915 but was killed a month later during the battle at Achi Baba Nullah.
Born 1874 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Son of the Rev. Gavin Lang and of Frances Mary (Corbet) Lang of Inverness. Husband of Mary Lilian (Mustard) Lang of Hazeldean, Newstead, Melrose and of Moira Cottage, Colinton, Edinburgh who he married in 1907 in Bromley in Kent.
Mary was a Nursing Sister at the Edinburgh War Hospital in Bangour, West Lothian.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Melrose War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

F. MILLAR, Pte. K. O. S. B.
Forbes Millar – age 30 – Private/Signaller (202765) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers
Forbes was employed with Messrs Freer & Muir, Solicitors, in Melrose.
Born 1888 in Leith South, Midlothian.Son of the late Councillor John Forbes Millar (died 1909) and of Helen (Briers) Millar of Hawthornsyde Cottage, Newstead, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 23 July 1918 and named on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.
Also named on the Melrose War Memorial.


J.J. MITCHELL, Sgt. BLACK WATCH.
John James Mitchell – age 21 – Sergeant (S/41066) 1/6th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
John was posted as Corporal (9712) to the 10th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in France but was transferred to the Black Watch. At the time of his death John's Battalion, as part of the 51st (Highland) Division, was attached to the French Fifth Army on the River Marne, east of Paris. John was killed at Epernay, near Rheims but was re-interred after the war.
Born 1897 in Newstead, Melrose. Son of Thomas Mitchell and Violet Turnbull (Riddell) Mitchell of St. John's Cottages, Newstead, Melrose.
Killed in Action on 20 July 1918 and buried in La Neuville-Aux-Larris Military Cemetery, Marne, France.
Also named on the Melrose War Memorial.


G. PRINGLE, Pte. K. O. S. B.
George Pringle – age 19 – Private (33108) 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
In 1911 George, aged 12, was living with his grandmother Hannah and with his mother Bella at Roselea Cottage, Newstead. He was living in Edinburgh when he enlisted as Private (16851) in the 56th Training Reserve Battalion and he was posted to the 6th KOSB in France.
Born 1898 in Newstead, Melrose. Son of Anabella Miles Pringle.
Missing in Action on 24 March 1918 and named on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.
(Not named on any other local War Memorial)


T. WALKER, Tpr. SCOTS GREYS.
Thomas Walker – age 38 – Private (32586) 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
In 1911 Thomas was a jobbing gardener, living with mother at Newstead, Melrose. In 1901 he had been a groom with Dr. W, H. Calvert at The Laurels in Melrose and when he enlisted he joined the 1st (Royal) Dragoons in France as Private (3321) in May 1915. At some point he was transferred to the Warwickshire Regiment.
Born 1879 in Melrose. Son of the late Alexander Walker (died 1905) and of Isabella (Hope) Walker of Newstead, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 26 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Melrose War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1939 – 1945

A.H. BARTON, F.O. R.A.F.
Albert Hamilton Barton – age 24 – Pilot Officer (176884) 620 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Albert was a member of the Edinburgh City Police Force and played as hooker for the police team and for Melrose Rugby club. He trained in Canada in the summer of 1942 and was commissioned from Flight Sergeant (1348797) in February 1944.
Albert was the pilot of a Stirling bomber which, together with 22 other Stirlings based at RAF Fulford in Gloucestershire, dropped the Parachute Brigades of the 6th Airborne Division near Caen on the night of 5-6 June 1944 at the start of the D-Day landings. Three of the aircraft failed to return. Albert's aircraft crashed in the grounds of Chateau de Grangues to the west of Caen and the crew of six together with the 19 paratroopers were killed. They were buried in the chateau grounds but were re-interred in a collective grave in Ranville in June 1945.
Born 1919 in Bunkle and Preston, Berwickshire. Son of the late William Robert Barton (died 1941) and of Charlotte Kirkpatrick (Wood) Barton of Mill Cottages, Newstead, Melrose.
Killed in Action on 6 June 1944 and buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Also named on the Melrose War Memorial.


A.W. McGINNIS, W.O. (OBS) R.A.F.
Alistair Walter McGinnis, George Medal – age 23 – Warrant Officer (1344410) 13 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
“Sandy” was educated in Melrose and at Galashiels Academy before he worked in Newton St. Boswells. He played rugby for Melrose when he enlisted in 1940 and after training in America and Canada he joined his squadron in North Africa in 1942. In February 1944 the squadron moved from North Africa to Italy, going operational with the Martin Baltimore light bomber on 1 April 1944. There it took part in attacks on Italian communications, and then switched to the night interdiction role - attacking enemy ground units. In August they were based at Cecina, Tuscany, Italy.

Flight Sergeant Alastair Walter McGinnis and Sergeant Henry Webster were awarded George Medals for rescuing two crewmen from the wreckage of a crashed aircraft. The aircraft was burning furiously and ammunition was exploding. They found the wireless operator in the rear of the aircraft and succeeded in extricating him and in beating out the flames on his clothing. They also extricated another member of the crew who was lying in the burning wreckage but was unfortunately dead. In circumstances of great danger Flight Sergeant McGinnis and Sergeant Webster displayed coolness and outstanding gallantry and undoubtedly saved the life of one member of the crew.
Born 1921 in Morningside, Edinburgh. Son of the late Charles Edmond James McGinnis of the Rhodesian Police who died in June 1923 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia and of Hannah Margaret (Ovens) McGinnis of Claymyres Cottage, Newstead, Melrose.
Missing in Action on 20 August 1944 and named on the Malta Memorial, Malta.
Also named on the Melrose War Memorial and on the Galashiels Academy memorial.
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