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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:30 am    Post subject: Newton Mearns Reply with quote

The Newton Mearns war memorial is a grey granite 'mercat cross' style memorial which stands at the junction of the Ayr Road and Gilmourton Crescent, opposite the shopping centre.

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WWI ROLL OF HONOUR:
Aitken James
Anderson Robert T.
Bryson John
Close Robert
Close William
Connoly John
Connoly Thomas
Cunningham Finlay
Downie Nelson
Drysdale Adam
Ferrie Daniel
Fisher James
French James
Hamilton Andrew
Hamilton George
Hamilton Thomas
Hardie William
Harper Robert
Johnston Hugh McC.
Kirkland John
Lang John
McAdam James
McCabe John
McDonald Matthew
McKellar Dugald
McLellan John
McLellan Neil
Melville William
Orr William McK.
Pollock Robert C.F.
Powrie Thomas
Raeside William W.
Reid James
Robertson John
Wren J.L.
Wyllie Frank
Wyllie William E.
Young David
Young John M.


WWII ROLL OF HONOUR:
Ashcroft W.G.
Bryson J.K.
Burns A.J.
Campbell M.B.
Caterer J.
Chandos R.G.
Davie W.D.B.S.
Esson S.G.
Gee F.G.
Hamilton A.
Harvie C.
Herbert E.
Johnstone J.C.
Kennedy J.
Kirkwood J.
Lorimer A.
McGuffie J.
McIntosh J.
McMeechan W.
McPhail W.A.A.
Mitchell I.
More J.C.
Morrison C.G.
Norden D.
Pert D.
Ralston A.C.
Shand J.H.
Shepherd G.B.
Slater A.
Smith W.
Walker G.B.
Walker J.P.
Young R.G.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:18 pm    Post subject: PO. Findlay Bryson Gee Reply with quote

jamiemcginlay wrote:
Gee F.G.


(Glasgow Herald 21st August 1945)
"Gee-
Suddenly, in Australia, on 18th August 1945, Findlay Bryson, aged 20 years, Petty Officer, Fleet Air Arm, dearly loved youngest son of Mr & Mrs Vernon Gee, Chesterlea, 26 Glamis Avenue, Newton Mearns, late Bridge of Weir.
"

Name: GEE, FINLAY BRYSON
Initials: F B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Petty Officer Radio Mechanic
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. Nabthorpe
Date of Death: 18/08/1945
Service No: FX.611358
Additional information: Son of Vernon and Ethel Gee, of Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 2Z. B. 10.
Cemetery: SYDNEY WAR CEMETERY

The Newspaper obituary by the family spell his forename different from CWGC.

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Derek.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following information was compiled by Eleanor Spalding and Anne Robertson of the Mearns History Group www.mearnshistory.org.uk/ with additional contributions from Ken Morrison (SMRG).

AITKEN, JAMES
Private 52467 in 3rd Battalion Army Service Corps.
Transferred to (355488) 397th Home Service Company.
Born Mearns 1868.
Died at home on 24 December 1917, aged 49.
Son of James Aitken, Newton Mearns.
Husband of Margaret Cooper Aitken of 28, Craigmillars Buildings, King Street, Ayr.

ANDERSON, ROBERTSON TOPPING
Lieutenant 9th (Territorial) Battalion (Glasgow Highlanders) The Highland Light Infantry
Born in Shawlands, Glasgow on 17 March, 1896 and educated at Glasgow High School, Robertson was a Clerk in the employ of the Donaldson Line Ltd.
3rd son of Alexander Robertson Anderson of Bendourain, Giffnock (Iron Merchant retired) and Margaret Connell Anderson of 77 Kilmarnock Road.
He joined the Glasgow Highlanders in February 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from autumn 1915; received a commission, and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the same battalion on 25 January 1917. Promoted Lieutenant in January 1918, he was killed in action at Poix-du-Nord on 24 October 1918 during the attack on Englefontain.
He was buried in the British Military Cemetery; near Montay and Le Cateau in Grave reference I.B.1.
He is also remembered on the memorials in the High School of Glasgow, Giffnock, the Donaldson Line and Newton Mearns Parish Church.
His mother gifted a memorial window to Newton Mearns Parish Church in memory of her son and husband.
Robertson was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette, 19 July 1917):
"For gallantry and excellent leadership when carrying out an attack upon an enemy post. Having reconnoitred the position, he led his men in the rear of the post, unnoticed. When challenged, he rushed the post, and forcibly removed the leader, a sergeant-major, thus securing an important identification which was greatly needed."


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BRYSON, JOHN
Private 3/7422 1st Garrison Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Born in Barony, Glasgow in 1887.
Died in Basra, Persian Gulf of meningitis on 9th September 1917 aged 30.
Buried in Basra War Cemetery - Grave reference I. B. 12.
Son of William and Janet Bryson, of 58 George Street, Paisley.
(Father was born in Mearns and worked there as a tailor)


CONNOLY, JOHN (CONNELLY)
Private 3/3613, 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Born in Newton Mearns in 1881.
Killed in France on 26 September 1915 aged 34.
Buried in Lillers Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France - Grave reference IV. B. 47.
Son of Michael and Bridget Connelly.


CONNOLY, THOMAS (CONNELLY)
Private S/242297 1st/5th Gordon Highlanders
Born in Newton Mearns in 1883
Killed on 31 July 1917 at Ypres aged 34.
Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate Memorial, Addenda Panel 59, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Son of Michael and Bridget Connelly.
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CLOSE, ROBERT
Corporal 17431, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers
Born in Newton Mearns in 1891.
Killed on 30 July 1916, aged 25
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France - Pier and Face 3 c.
and the Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
Son of Robert and Sarah Close, of 18 Main Street, Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire.

CLOSE, WILLIAM
Private 4189, 1st/6th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Born in Mearns in 1897.
Killed in France on 31 March 1916, aged 18
Buried in Maroeuil British Cemetery Pas-de-Calais France Grave reference II. A. 10
and commemorated on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
Son of Robert and Sarah Close of 18 Main Street, Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire.

CUNNINGHAM, FINLAY
Private S/10166 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
Born in Shotts, Lanarkshire in 1898.
Killed in France on 4th April 1916, aged 18.
Buried in Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France - Grave reference I. B. 52.
Commemorated on the Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
Son of James & Jane Cunningham, Toll House, Loganswell, Newton Mearns.
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DOWNIE, NELSON
Second Lieutenant Indian Army Reserve of Officers, attached to 1st Battalion, 4th Gurkha Rifles.
Born in Mearns in 1892
Killed in India on 17 May 1917
Commemorated on Delhi Memorial (India Gate) Face 23, Glasgow University War Memorial (see tribute below), Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial and Whitecraigs Golf Club memorial.
Son of John & Marjorie Downie, School House, Newton Mearns.
In 1911 census, listed as an Arts Student.
Nelson Downie, born 5th May 1892, came to the High School of Glasgow in 1904, and became one of her finest scholars. At fourteen he had reached VI. Modern, "and was easily first in all his subjects."
He transferred to the Classical side and when he left school in 1909 was Dux of VI Classical A., and had gained in addition, all the most coveted of the school medals and prizes. Among his other activities he was Editor of the Magazine and President of the School Council.
In October of the same year he entered Glasgow University as third bursar. There his successes were many, but the most notable was his winning the Cunninghame Gold Medal in Mathematics and a Fellowship of GBP 200 for Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. Then with the old versatility which he had shown at school, he turned again to Classics.
In November 1913, he graduated MA, with First Class Honours in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. He gained a distinguished place in the Civil Service Examinations with that most difficult combination, Mathematics and Classics, and later continued his studies at Oxford with equal success.
He went to his province as Magistrate of the Indian Civil Service on 11th November, 1915, and in a short time had so impressed everyone by his brilliance, energy, and character that his Deputy Commissioner could say;
"He was one of the finest young men that had ever come to Burma... All who knew him loved and admired him."
And one of his seniors could write;
"He was what we call a real sahib - a perfect gentleman."
In the early days of the war he chafed at the regulation which prevented him joining the Army, and no one was surprised that he entered the Indian Army Reserve of Officers (IARO) when released for service in August, 1916. After many varied experiences, cheerfully enduring hardships whose existence only peered through his letters; he was wounded during an attack by the Mahsuds on 16th May, 1917, and died next day somewhere in the North-West Frontier Province, India. He was the younger son of Mr. John Downie, MA, late schoolmaster of Newton Mearns.

DRYSDALE, ADAM
Private S/6075, 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Born in Barony Glasgow in 1896.
Residence on enlistment - Home Cottage, Main Street, Newton Mearns.
Killed on 27 September 1915 in France/Belgium, aged 19.
Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France - Panel 125 to 127 and on Newton Mearns Parish Church War Memorial.
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FERRIE, DANIEL
Gunner (166094) 88th Battery, 14th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Born in Newton Mearns in 1887
Killed 20 May 1917 in France, aged 30.
Buried in Fosse No.10 Communal Cemetery Extension, Sains-En-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France - Grave reference I. C. 6
In 1911 census - Occupation - Lace & Muslin finisher at Bleachfield. He was employed at Wallace & Co. Netherplace, Newton Mearns.
Boarder with Mary Dawson, 48 Main Street, Newton Mearns.

FISHER, JAMES
Lance Corporal 29256 6/7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Born in Mearns in 1882.
Presumed dead in Belgium, 31/7/17, aged 35.
Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - Panel 19 and 33.
In the 1911 census, aged 29, he lived at 145 Main Street, Newton Mearns with his wife Catherine & sons Archibald & John.
His occupation was Carter with a coal merchant.

FRENCH, JAMES
Private 22998 2nd Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.
Born in Glasgow in 1899.
Killed on 11th October 1918, aged 19.
Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt Cemetery XIV. C. 13 Somme, France.
In the 1911 census, he was a boarder at 9 Kirk Lane, Newton Mearns with James Paterson.
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HAMILTON, ANDREW
Private S/16481 1st Garrison Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Born in Mearns in 1878.
Died of nephritis in Rawalpindi on 11th January 1918, aged 39.
Buried in Rawalpindi War Cemetery Grave reference 4. A. 29 and commemorated on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
In 1911 census, he was living at 35 Main Street, Newton Mearns with wife Elizabeth and six children. Occupation - Joiner at Bleachfield.

HAMILTON, GEORGE
Private (28188) 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Born Newton Mearns in 1893.
Killed in Belgium on 14 April 1918 aged 25.
Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium - Panel 5 and on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
In the1911 census, he was living with his mother Mary Hamilton, widow, at 89 Netherplace, Newton Mearns. Occupation - Bleacher.

HAMILTON, THOMAS
Private (S/21586) 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Born in Newton Mearns in 1899.
Killed in France on 2 October 1918, aged 19.
Buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France - Grave reference VI. K. 2.
Commemorated on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
In the1911 census, he was living with his mother Mary Hamilton, widow, at 89 Netherplace, Newton Mearns.
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HARDIE, WILLIAM
Lance Sergeant S/4761, 9th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Born in Galashiels, Selkirkshire in 1885.
Killed in France on 25 September 1915, aged 30.
Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France - Panel 78 to 83 and on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
In Evening Times of 12th October 1915, he is listed as living in Newton Mearns.
Mearns Parish Kirk Communion Roll records state that he was employed at the Broom and research would suggest that he was a footman.
Son of Christopher Hardie of Colmslie, Galashiels, Selkirkshire.

HARPER, ROBERT
Private 23553 13th Battalion, Royal Scots Regiment
Born in Newton Mearns in 1894.
Killed at the Somme, France 15 September 1916 aged 22.
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France - Pier and Face 6 D and 7 D and on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
In the 1911 census, he was living at Malletsheugh, son of Robert & Marion Harper.
Occupation - Bleachfield worker. He was employed at Wallace & Co. Netherplace, Newton Mearns.

JOHNSTON, HUGH McCOLL
Captain, Army Veterinary Corps. Attached to 1st The Royal Dragoons.
Born in Eaglesham in 1887.
Killed in France on 4th April 1918, aged 30.
Buried in Picquigny Cemetery, Somme, France - Grave reference C1
Commemorated on Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire War Memorial and on the family grave in Mearns Cemetery.
Son of Robert & Elizabeth Johnston, Parklea, Newton Mearns.
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KIRKLAND, JOHN
Corporal 20362, 1st Battalion, Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
Born 1893 in Mauchline, Ayrshire. Immigrated to New Zealand.
Killed in France on 15 June 1917, aged 24.
Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France - Grave reference XXII. K. 22.
Commemorated on New Zealand War Dead site.
In the 1911 census, he was living in the grieve's house at Netherton Farm.
Occupation - Horseman on farm.
Before enlistment in New Zealand, his occupation was farmer.
Son of Mr Robert & Mrs M Kirkland, Netherton, Newton Mearns.

LANG, JOHN
Private S/41616, 1st/4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Rosshire Buffs Duke of Albany's)
Formerly 21705 Gordon Highlanders.
Born in 1899 in Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway.
Killed in France on 20 July 1918, aged 19.
Buried in Marfaux Cemetery, Marne, France - Grave reference II. A. 10.
Commemorated on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial
Son of Samuel and Annie Lang of Fingalton Mill, Newton Mearns.

MELVILLE, WILLIAM
Private 26188, 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Born in Netherplace, Newton Mearns in 1880.
Killed on 26 March 1918, aged 37.
Buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas-de-Calais, France - Grave reference V. F.3.
Commemorated on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial
Son of William and Margaret Melville of Netherplace, Newton Mearns.
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McADAM, JAMES
Private 350652.Highland Light Infantry 9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion (Territorial)
Originally with 3158 Queens Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry.
Born in Newton Mearns on February 27th in 1898.
His name on his birth certificate is James McAdam Gilmour, but later family records show that the Gilmour name was dropped.
Killed 29th September 1918, aged 20.
Buried in Targelle Ravine British cemetery, Villers-Guislain, France - Grave reference A17
Son of William and Jane Blue McAdam of 23 Robin Street, Glasgow - previously of Main Street, Newton Mearns.

McCABE, JOHN
Private 335251 9th Battalion, Royal Scots Regiment.
Born in Newton Mearns 27 August 1899.
Killed 24 March 1918, aged 18.
Buried in Pargny British Cemetery, Somme, France - Grave reference I. D. 17
Commemorated on the family gravestone in Mearns Cemetery.
Son of Hugh and Margaret McCabe, 49 Barrhead Road, Newton Mearns.

McDONALD, MATTHEW
Private 203189, 7th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders
Born in Mearns in 1880.
Killed in Belgium on 26 August 1917, aged 37
Buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - Grave reference II. A. 12.
Son of Patrick and Annie McDonald, of Newton Mearns.
In the1911 census, he was living at 7 Kirk Lane, Newton Mearns with his mother, brothers and sisters.
Occupation - Boot & Shoe warehouseman.
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McKELLAR, DOUGALD (DOUGALL)
Private 51234 15th Battalion, Royal Scots, Lothian Regiment
Born in Lanark in 1886.
Killed in Belgium 9th April 1918, aged 32.
Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainault, Belgium - Panel 1 and on Newton Mearns Parish Church War Memorial
In 1911 census, aged 25 - living with parents Dougal and Jeannie McKellar at Co-operative Buildings, Barrhead Road, Newton Mearns. Occupation - Bleacher at Bleaching Factory

McLELLAN, JOHN
Rifleman 23/2243, 4th Battalion. 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Born in Mearns in 1894.
Killed at the Somme, France on 15 September 1916 aged 22.
Commemorated on Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, New Zealand War Dead site and on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
Son of Neil and Marion Keith McLellan of Gateside Cottage, Newton Mearns.
Immigrated to New Zealand. Occupation before enlistment - Farmer at Grey Lynn.

McLELLAN, NEIL
Private 21042, 1st/12th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Born at Baillieston, Glasgow in 1898.
Killed in France on 16 April 1918, aged 20.
Buried in Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France - Grave reference IV. F. 8
Commemorated on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial
Son of Neil and Marion Keith McLellan of Gateside Cottage, Newton Mearns.
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ORR, WILLIAM McKAY
Signalling Sergeant 331557, 9th Battalion (Glasgow Highlanders), Highland Light Infantry.
Born in Mearns in 1896.
Killed in France on 12 October 1918, aged 22.
Buried in Selridge British Cemetery, Montay, North France - Grave reference I. B. 9
Commemorated on Newton Mearns Parish Church War Memorial.
De Ruvignyís Roll of Honour, 1914-1924.
ORR, WILLIAM McKAY, Signalling Sergt. No. 331557, 3/9th (Territorial) Battn. (Glasgow Highlanders) The Highland Light Infantry, s. of the late John Orr of Toffs, by his wife Elizabeth (Greenside, Newton Mearns), dau. of William McKay of Aberdeen; b. Newton Mearns, near Glasgow 26 Aug. 1896: educated Public School there and Allan Glenís School, Glasgow: joined the 9th Highland Light Infantry in May 1915: served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from April 1916, and was killed in action at the Battle of the Selle 12 Oct 1918. Buried in Selridge British Military Cemetery, North-West of Le Cateau. He was twice mentioned in Despatches and recommended for a decoration for gallant and distinguished service in the field.

POLLO(C)K, ROBERT CHARLES FERGUSSON
Private 23556, Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Born in Edinburgh in 1880.
In 1891 census living with father William in Edinburgh.
Killed in France 13th April 1917, aged 36.
Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France - Pier and Face 15A and 1 and on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
Son of William and Jean Fergusson Pollok of Pollok Castle.

POWRIE, THOMAS
Private 5342, 1st/6th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Born in Mearns in 1895.
Killed at the Somme France on 28 July 1916, aged 21.
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France - Pier and Face 15 A and 16 C and Newton Mearns Parish Church War Memorial.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powrie of Trees Lodge, Paisley Road, Barrhead, Renfrewshire.
In 1911 census, family was living at 107 Main Street, Newton Mearns.
Occupation - Muslin Drier in the Bleachfield.
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RAESIDE, WILLIAM WILSON
Private 23870, 1st/8th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Born in Mearns in 1898.
Killed in France on 15 April 1918, aged 20.
Buried in Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France - Grave reference IV. F. 12.
Commemorated on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.
Son of Hugh Raeside of Langrig Farm, Newton Mearns.

REID, JAMES
Private 394, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Born in Mearns in 1888.
Killed in France on 20 August 1918, aged 29.
Buried in Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem, Pas-de-Calais, France.
Son of John and Mary Grant Reid of Newton Mearns.

ROBERTSON, JOHN
Sergeant (315776) Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 13th Scottish Horse
Formerly Private (4884) Scottish Horse Yeomanry
Born in Mearns in 1894.
Killed in France on 5 November 1918, aged 24.
Buried in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, North France - Grave reference I. C. 25
Commemorated on Newton Mearns Parish Church War Memorial.
Son of Thomas Robertson.
In 1911 census, living at Tofts Works. Occupation - Grocer with the Co-operative.
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WREN, JOHN LAWSON
Able Seaman Clyde 3/1979, H.M.S. "Laurentic", Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Born in 1895 in Glasgow.
Killed at sea on 25 January 1917, aged 22.
Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial and Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial. Son of Abraham Guthrie Wren and Helen Millar Wren of Newton Inn, Newton Mearns.
On the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the White Star liner R.M.S. Laurentic was requisitioned by the Admiralty as an armed merchant cruiser.
On 25th January 1917, she struck a mine off Lough Swilly on the northern coast of County Donegal, Ireland and sank with the loss of 350 persons.
H.M.S. Laurentic was travelling to New York and her cargo included a substantial amount of gold bullion which was later recovered.

WYLLIE, FRANK (FRANCIS)
Lance Corporal 406209 4th Battalion, Canadian Infantry Regiment.
Born 26th May 1887 in Glasgow.
Immigrated to Canada in 1911.
Killed in France on 10th April 1917, aged 30.
Buried in Carre British Cemetery, Thelus, Pas-de-Calais, France - Grave reference ll. E. 10
Son of Annie Wyllie, 2 Ashview Terrace, Newton Mearns.

WYL(L)IE, WILLIAM EDWARD
Lance Corporal S/10898 5th Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders.
Born in 1885 in Dennistoun, Glasgow.
Killed in France on 25th September 1915, aged 30.
Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France - Panel 119-124.
Son of Annie Wyllie, 2 Ashview Terrace, Newton Mearns.
In 1911 census - Occupation - Clerk at the Gasworks, Newton Mearns.
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