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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 2:24 pm    Post subject: Dirleton, East Lothian Reply with quote

Dirleton War memorial
Location: Green in front of Parish Church
OS Ref: NT 513 841













And this plaque is just inside the church seen in the first photo.



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The brothers Aitcheson who appear on the Auchtergaven W.M., Bankfoot:

Surname AITCHISON
Firstname James Hood
Service Number S/3472
Date Death 26/07/1918
Decoration
Place of birth Dirleton Haddingtonshire
Other 1/8th Bn.
SNWM roll THE ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS
Rank Sgt
Theatre of death F.& F.

Name: AITCHISON
Initials: J H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Unit Text: 1st/8th Bn.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 26/07/1918
Service No: S/3472
Additional information: Son of George and Mary Aitchison; husband of Helen Aitchison, of 277, Harvard Avenue, Fort Rouge, Winnipeg, Canada. Born at Bankfoot, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: D. 88.
Cemetery: VERBERIE FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY

Surname AITCHISON
Firstname Peter
Service Number
Date Death 08/05/1918
Decoration
Place of birth Dirleton East Lothian
Other Formerly Royal Scots Greys.
SNWM roll SCOTTISH CASUALTIES EXTRACTED FROM ENGLISH REGIMENTS
Rank 2/Lt
Theatre of death F.& F.

Name: AITCHISON, PETER
Initials: P
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Yorkshire Regiment
Secondary Regiment: 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
Secondary Unit Text: formerly
Age: 23
Date of Death: 08/05/1918
Additional information: Son of George and Mary Aitchison, Berryhill, Bankfoot, Perthshire; husband of Helen Frances Aitchison (nee Tait), of 16, South Road, West Hartlepool.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 52 to 54 and 162A.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:57 pm    Post subject: Memorial Transcription Reply with quote

WW1

A. Burns
J.H. Burnside
J. Calder
P. Campbell
M. Christie
A. Glen
W.J. Gracie
H. Hynds
W. Logan
G. Mackay
R. McDonald
E. McNeill
G. McNeill
J. McNeill
W. McNeill
A. Marr
Jas. Mattison
J. Mattison
J. Moran
J. Moran
W. Peattie
J.E. Selby
J.D. Simpson
C. Smith
R. Smith
G. Souter
A. Wardrop
D. P. Watt
D. Waugh
A. Taylor
W. Taylor

WW2

R. Falconer
Jas. Rennie
H. Tweedie
T. Wood
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:49 pm    Post subject: Memorial Unveiling Reply with quote

The Scotsman of the 11th of October 1920 states it was unveiled on the 10th by Patrick Ford M.P.

Mr Charles Stodart of Kingston was the memorial convener and Mr J.C. Grant of Dirleton the secretary.

The architect was Sir Robert Lorimer and it was made of Northumberland stone built by Messrs Neil McLeod and Sons, Edinburgh.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:31 am    Post subject: Robert Smith GH Reply with quote

Robert Smith Pte 310033 7th Gordon Highlanders Dunbar Age 20 Died of Wounds Home 03/06/1917 Son of Mrs. Catherine Smith, of 23, High St., Dunbar, East Lothian. Soldiers Died has 4th. Whittingehame Parish Churchyard A. D. In North-West part. The Scotsman 02-07-17 P6: Dirleton & Dunbar
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:08 pm    Post subject: D P Watt Reply with quote

David Paterson Watt (1885 25 April 1917) was a Scottish professional golfer. He won the Scottish Professional Championship in 1914. He was one of the few left-handed golfers of the period. Watt was in the Cameron Highlanders during World War I but died following a leg amputation.
Lance Corporal
WATT, DAVID
Service Number S/17265
Died 25/04/1917 Kent
Aged 30
Depot.
Cameron Highlanders
Husband of Elizabeth Watt of 31 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh.
EDINBURGH (NEWINGTON OR ECHO BANK) CEMETERY
Cemetery/memorial reference: G1. 665.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:42 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 53616. The Plaque in the Church is WMR 53639
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This memorial has a full page feature in the Feb 2021 issue of the War Memorial Trust's Bulletin. In 2020 a grant of 1,910 was made towards conservation and repair works from the War Memorial Trust Grants Scheme.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A. BURNS
Andrew Burns age 24 Private (1522) 1/8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Andrew of the Red House, Dirleton was a gardener when he enlisted and he joined his battalion in France in April 1915. During the following year he became ill and he was evacuated to the 1st Scottish General Military Hospital in Aberdeen where he died of a perforated ulcer.
Born 1891 in Haddington. Son of the late Peter Burns (died 1911) and of the late Jamima (Slater or Pearson) Burns (died 1909) formerly of Dirleton.
Died on Service on 31 July 1916 and buried in Dirleton Parish Churchyard. (CWG)


J.H. BURNSIDE
James Hood Burnside age 20 Private (352369) 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion, Royal Scots.
John was living in Clackmannan when he enlisted and he joined the 2nd Royal Scots in France as Private (5700) in October 1915. At some point he transferred to the 1/9th Royal Sccots and he died in the 61st Casualty Clearing Station at Westvleteren.
Born 1897 in Dirleton. Son of John and Isabella Hood (Burnside) Burnside of Park Gardens, Dirleton.
Died of Wounds on 21 August 1917 and buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Clackmannan War Memorial.


J. CALDER
Thought to be:
John Calder age 22 Driver (T4/043385) 32nd Divisional Train, Army Service Corps.
John arrived in France in September 1915. He died in the 48th Casualty Clearing Station and was buried in Dury Hospital Military Cemetery. He was re-interred in 1925.
Born 1896 in Haddington. Son of Alison Calder.
Died of Wounds on 12 August 1918 and buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

P. CAMPBELL
Peter Robertson Bain Campbell age 29 Private (8874) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots.
Peter had been a groom at Nunraw Castle, Garvald, Haddingtonshire. He he enlisted in February 1904 and was posted to the 2nd Royal Scots in India in September 1905. He stayed in India to join the 1st Batalion in February 1909 and was transferred to the Army Reserve in February 1912. Peter was mobilised at the outbreak of war and joined the 2nd Battalion in France in September 1914.
Born 1885 in Dirleton. Son of James Campbell and of the late Annie (Phail) Campbell (died 1901) of Red Row, Dirleton.
Died of Wounds on 17 July 1916 and buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France.


M. CHRISTIE
Martin Christie age 38 Private (18407) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Martin was a general labourer living in Old Square, Georgie, Edinburgh when he enlisted in January 1915. He landed with his battalion in France in July 1915 but he was killed six weeks later during the battle of Loos.
Born 1875 in Dirleton. Son of the late Hugh and Mary (McDonaugh) Christie formerly of Fenton Barns, Dirleton. Husband of Annie (Robertson) Christie of Old Square, Gorgie, Edinburgh who he married in 1914 in Edinburgh.
Missing in Action on 27 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


W.J. GRACIE
William James Gracie age 21 Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment.
William was educated at the North Berwick High School before becoming a student of Science at Edinburgh University in 1913. He was a member of the University Officer Training Corps from where he was commissioned in July 1915. He went to France in July 1916 and was killed at Arras. William was buried in St. Laurent Blangy Communal Cemetery and was re-interred in 1923.
Born 1895 in Dirleton. Son of the Rev. James Gracie, B.D., and of Jane (Shearer) Gracie of the United Free Manse, Dirleton.
Killed in Action on 26 April 1917 and buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.
Also named on the North Berwick High School memorial and on the Edinburgh University Old College memorial and Roll of the Fallen.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A. GLEN
Served as:
Archie Glen � age 29 � Private (9116) 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.
Archie joined his battalion in France in November 1914. He was reported missing in 1917 and was later thought to be a prisoner of war but he had been buried by the Germans, although his grave was lost.
Born 1886 in Ochiltree, Ayrshire as Archibald Kennedy � his birth was also registered in Ayr. Son of Ellen Mary Kennedy who married James Hinds in 1887 in Ayr. In 1916 they were living at Ferrygate, Dirleton as Hynds.
Died on Active Service on 25 November 1917 and named on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.

and his brother

H. HYNDS

Hugh Hynds � age 25 � Private (8065) 1/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Hugh landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915.
Born 1890 in Colyton, Ayrshire as Hinds. Son of James and Ellen Mary (Kennedy) Hynds of Beanston Mains Farm, Haddington. Husband of Elizabeth (Bowie) Hynds of 30 Burnfoothill, Dunaskin, Ayrshire who he married in 1913 in Waterside, Ayrshire as Hynds.
Missing in Action on 12 July 1915 and named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.


W. LOGAN
William Allen Logan - age 31 - Gunner (69043) 22nd Topographical Company, Royal Garrison Artillery.
William was a carter when he enlisted in November 1915. He went to France in February 1916 and was posted to the 20th Division's - Z - Trench Mortar Battery in March. He transferred to the 22nd Topographical Company in February 1918.
Born 1887 in Dirleton. Son of the late William Logan (died 1916) and of the late Mary (Whitehead) Logan (died 1909) formerly of Dirleton and of Athelstaneford, East Lothian. His brothers John and Thomas of Athelstaneford were named as his legatees.
Missing in Action on 13 April 1918 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Athelstaneford Parish War Memorial.


G. MACKAY
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

R. MCDONALD
Robert MacDonald age 33 Private (40850) 6th/7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Robert was a gardener, living with his family at the Old Post Office in Dirleton when he enlisted as Private (2273) in the 8th Royal Scots in December 1915. He was mobilised as Private (112370) in May 1916 and posted to the 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers in France in October 1916 but he became ill with bronchitis and he was evacuated to hospital in London in January 1917. Robert returned to France in June and joined the 6th/7th RSF in August but he was killed three weeks later.
Born 1884 in Penston, Gladsmuir, Haddingtonshire/East Lothian. Son of the late James Macdonald and of the late Mary (Allison) Macdonald (both died 1904) of Abbey Farm, North Berwick. Husband of Elspet (Mitchell) McDonald of 12 Fidra Avenue, Dirleton who he married in 1909 in Edinburgh.
Missing in Action on 22 August 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the North Berwick War Memorial.


Sons of the late Joseph (died ?) and Margaret (Wilkinson) McNeill (died 1900) of Direlton. In all three cases their brother Ralph Wilkinson McNeill and their various sisters are named as their legatees. The spelling of the family name varies from record to record.

E. McNEILL
Edward McNeill age 22 Private (8989) 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.
Edward joined his battalion in France in October 1914.
Born 1894 in Dirleton.
Missing in Action on 15 September 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the North Berwick High School memorial.


G. McNEILL
George William. McNeill age 19 Private (20750) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Born 1897 in Dirleton.
Missing in Action on 30 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.


J. McNEILL
Joseph McNeil age 35 Private (11607) 6th/7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Joseph joined the 2nd Battalion of the RSF in Belgium in November 1914. The battalion had been in Gibraltar and had landed at Zeebrugge on 6 October 1914.
Born 1882 in Haddington.
Missing in Action on 10 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.

All three brothers are also named on the North Berwick War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

W. McNICOLL
William McNicoll age 28 Corporal (309255) 17th Battalion, Tank Corps.
In 1901 William was living with his mother and the rest of the family in Dirleton. By 1911 he was a chauffeur at The Garage, Lympne Castle, Kent. He joined the Royal Flying Corps as Private (23144) in April 1918 but he was posted to the Tank Corps in France.
Born 1890 in Blackford, Perthshire as William Oakley McNicoll. Son of the late Duncan McNicoll (died 1899 in Haddington) and of the late Isabella (Oakley) McNicoll of Dirleton (died 1916) Husband of Annie Susan (Wratten) McNicoll of "The Nest," West Hythe, Kent who he married in 1916 in Elham, Kent.
Killed in Action on 21 August 1918 and buried in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, France.
Also named on the Lympne Parish War Memorial.


A. MARR
Andrew Marr age 20 Private (310031) 1/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Andrew enlisted as Private (26334) in the Cameron Highlanders but was transferred to the Gordons in France.
Born 1897 in Dunbar, East Lothian. Son of James and Mary (Punton) Marr of Newhouse Farm, Dirleton.
Killed in Action on 20 November 1917 and buried in Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres, France.


JAS. MATTISON
James Mattison age 24 Lance Corporal (5415) 14th Battalion, Australian Infantry,
James was farming and living at Princes Street, Warrnambool, Victoria when he enlisted in January 1916. He sailed from Melbourne in April and joined his battalion in France in August 1916.
Born 1892 in Currie, Midlothian. Son of James and Sarah Jane (Graham) Mattison of the Lodge, Carlekemp, Dirleton and of 27 Balfour Street, North Berwick.
Missing in Action on 5 February 1917 and named on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.
Also named on the North Berwick War Memorial and on the North Berwick High School memorial.

and his brother

J. MATTISON
John Osborne Mattison age 29 Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class (M/11441) H.M.S. M15, Royal Navy.
John was a marine engineer when he enlisted in January 1915. He joined the M15 a year later. After bombarding Gaza in Palestine as part of the Third Battle of Gaza the monitor M15 and the destroyer HMS Staunch were torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-38.
Born 1888 in Currie, Midlothian. Son of James and Sarah Jane (Graham) Mattison of the Lodge, Carlekemp, Dirleton and of 27 Balfour Street, North Berwick.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 11 November 1917 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
Also named on the North Berwick War Memorial and on the North Berwick High School memorial.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

J. MORAN
John Moran age 39 Private (43062) 12th Battalion, Royal Scots.
John was a stone mason when he enlisted in the Territorial 8th Royal Scots in March 1916 and he was posted to the 12th Battalion in France in July 1916. Born 1878 in Dirleton. Son of James and Ann (Douglas) Moran of Red Row, Dirleton.
Missing in Action on 12 October 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


J. MORIN
John Morin age 23 Lance Corporal (S/8890) 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
John joined his battalion in France in October 1915.
Born 1893 in Dirleton. Son of Patrick and Annie (Ward) Morin of Castlemains, Dirleton.
Missing in Action on 10 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.


W. PEATTIE
William McGregor Peattie, Meritorious Service Medal age 28 Sergeant (95533) 5th Battalion, Tank Corps.
William was educated at North Berwick High School. He enlisted as Private (12370) in the 6th Cameron Highlanders and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915. At some point he transferred to the Tank Corps and as 95533 Sjt. W. Peattie, Tank Corps (Dirleton) he was awarded a MSM in June 1918. William was buried in Mont-Des-Cats British Cemeteries, Godewaersvelde and was re-interred after the war.
Born 1889 in Pitlessie, Collessie Parish, Fife. Son of James and Agnes (Hodge) Peattie of Archerfield, Dirleton and of Tremont Place, Coupar Angus, Perth.
Died of Wounds on 16 April 1918 and buried in Meteren Military Cemetery, France.
Also named on the North Berwick High School memorial as W.M. Peattie.
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J.E. SELBY
John Edwin Selby age 31 Private (34425) 6th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry.
John had enlisted in his late father's regiment as Private (R/33661) in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.
He was posted to the 6th SLI but he was transferred to the 1st Garrison Battalion when it was formed in January 1917 and he was on his way with them to India when he became ill. John died in a Military Hospital in Durban, South Africa.
Born 1885 in Devonport, Devon. Son of the late Edwin Selby (died 1900) and of Jane (Ness) Selby of Ferrygate, Dirleton.
Died on Service on 1 May 1917 and buried in Durban (Ordnance Road) Military Cemetery, South Africa.


J.D. SIMPSON
James Duncan Simpson age 28 Lieutenant, 1st Tunnelling Company, Canadian Engineers.
James was educated at Ardrossan Academy before serving his apprenticeship as an electrical engineer in Glasgow. He emigrated to Canada in 1910 and was a member of the local militia, the 19th Lincoln Regiment, in St Catherines, Ontario when he enlisted in September 1915. He was commissioned and sailed with his Company in January 1916.
Born 1888 in West Kilbride, Ayrshire. Son of Thomas and Mary Duncan (Cunninghame) Simpson of Highfield, Dirleton, North Berwick.
Killed in Action on 24 August 1916 and buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the North Berwick War Memorial, on the St. Andrews Blackadder Church memorial in North Berwick, on the West Kilbride War Memorial and on the Ardrossan Academy memorial.


C. SMITH
Charles Smith age 38 Private (1920) 1/8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Charles was a joiner when he enlisted in the Territorial 3/8th Royal Scots. He was posted to the 1/8th Battalion in France in 1916 but was wounded and evacuated to hospital in Aldershot where he died.
Born 1878 in Dirleton. Son of Charles and Jane (Tait) Smith of Dirleton.
Died of Wounds on 2 December 1916 and buried in Dirleton Parish Churchyard. (CWG)
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