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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject: New Luce Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 44448

Location – outside New Luce church at OS Map Ref: NX 175 645

Apologies for the water on the lens, the weather was atros…. Atrot…. Very bad indeed.

Unusually for a civic memorial in these parts, no KOSB are listed. Just as a confirmation, there are no other inscription panels on the memorial or WW2 names. WW2 names may be in the church but that will have to wait for another day. The McMeekings were brothers.

List of Names:
JAMES HEWITSON 1/8TH A & S HIGHS KILLED 17TH MARCH 1917
JAMES KEATINGS 15TH H L I KILLED 7TH MAY 1916
W J McLEAN ROYAL ENGINEERS KILLED 19TH NOVEMBER 1917
ROBERT McMEEKING R F A KILLED 12TH JUNE 1917
WILLIAM McMEEKING 2ND H L I KILLED 28TH APRIL 1917
ROBERT McWHIRTER 7TH CAMERON HIGHS KILLED 25TH SEPTEMBER 1915
THOMAS MILROY 49TH CANADIANS KILLED 30TH OCTOBER 1917
JOHN MURRAY 1ST BLACK WATCH KILLED 25TH SEPTEMBER 1916
THOMAS NISH ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS DIED 26TH JANUARY 1917





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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: HEWITSON
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 17/03/1917
Service No: 301456
Additional information: Son of Robert and Grace Hewitson, of Awies, New Luce, Glenluce, Wigtownshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. E. 15.
Cemetery: ROCLINCOURT VALLEY CEMETERY

Name: KEATINGS (note discrepancy on date of death)
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
Unit Text: 15th Bn.
Date of Death: 08/05/1916
Service No: 13837
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: A. 11.
Cemetery: AUTHUILE MILITARY CEMETERY

Name: McLEAN
Initials: W J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pioneer
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 14th Div. Sig. Coy.
Date of Death: 19/11/1917
Service No: 418464
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. C. 1.
Cemetery: DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY

Name: McMEEKING
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery
Unit Text: "D" Bty. 256th Bde.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 12/06/1917
Service No: 951578
Additional information: Son of William and Agnes McMeeking, of Waterfoot, New Luce, Wigtownshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 17.
Cemetery: ANZIN-ST. AUBIN BRITISH CEMETERY


Name: McMEEKING, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 28/04/1917
Service No: 35161
Additional information: Son of William and Agnes McMeeking, of Waterfoot, New Luce, Wigtownshire; husband of Mary Ann Matthews McMeeking, of Stairdam, Murthly, Perthshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 8.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

Name: McWHIRTER, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
Unit Text: 7th Bn.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Service No: S/13661
Additional information: Son of John McWhirter, of Barlure, New Luce, Wigtownshire, and Jessie McWhirter (stepmother).
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 119 to 124.
Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL

Name: MILROY
Initials: T
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)
Unit Text: 49th Bn.
Date of Death: 30/10/1917
Service No: 252132
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XIX. B. 8.
Cemetery: POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY

Name: MURRAY, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 25/09/1916
Service No: S/40297
Additional information: Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Murray, of The Smithy, New Luce, Wigtownshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 A.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Name: NISH
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Unit Text: 10th Bn.
Date of Death: 26/01/1917
Service No: 33377
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Near South-West corner of Church.
Cemetery: NEW LUCE PARISH CHURCHYARD
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand that the WW2 names for New Luce were included on the Old Luce (Glenluce) memorial.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Confirmed that there is no WW2 memorial in New Luce.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

JAMES HEWITSON, 1/8th A. & S. HIGHS. KILLED 17th MARCH 1917.
James Hewitson, Private (3708 & 301456) 1/8th (Argyllshire) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age 22.
James was a shepherd for the Duke of Argyll at Glenanuilt, Southend, Campbelltown, Argyllshire. He had previously been employed at Balker, Inch, Wigtownshire. His father was also a shepherd who had worked at Dirniemow, New Luce for about 20 years before moving to Ballantrae, Ayrshire. James enlisted in the 3/8th A&SH in March 1916 and joined the 1/8th A&SH in France in July 1916.
Born 1894 in Dalmellington, Ayrshire. Son of Robert and Grace (Douglas) Hewitson, of Dirniemow Farm, Glenwhilly, New Luce, of Shennas, and of Awies, New Luce and of Little Tongue, Inch, Wigtownshire.
Killed in action on 17 March 1917 and buried in Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, Arras, France.
Also named on the Ballantrae Parish War Memorial and on the Southend Parish War Memorial.


JAMES KEATINGS, 15th H.L.I. KILLED 7th MAY 1916.
James Keatings, Private (13837) 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry. (Glasgow Tramways Battalion) Age 35.
James was a motorman (tram driver) with the Glasgow Corporation Tramways and was living at 29 Winston Street, Parkhead, Glasgow when he enlisted. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in November 1915.
Born 1881 in New Luce. Son of Michael and Elizabeth (Wright) Keatings of Main Street, New Luce. Husband of Daisey (Whyatt) Keatings who he married in 1907 in St. Rollox, Glasgow.
Killed in action on 8 May 1916 and buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, Albert, France.
Also named on the 15th HLI memorial in the Glasgow Museum of Transport, on the GCT Dennistoun Depot Memorial, now at the Parkhead Depot, and on the Glasgow Roll of Honour.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:05 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

W. J. McLEAN, ROYAL ENGINEERS. KILLED 19th NOVEMBER 1917.
William Jackson McLean, Pioneer (418464) 14th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Age 30.
William and his family were living at 2 Yates Street, Camlachie, Glasgow where he had been a policeman in the Eastern Division for 4 years. He enlisted as Pioneer (7075) in the 2/1st Signal Company of the Lowland Division Royal Engineers in November 1915 and was posted to the14th Signal Company in France in September 1917. William died in the 2nd Corps Main Dressing Station, Ypres.
Born 1887 in New Luce. Son of David Baird McLean and of Janet (Jackson) McLean of Main Street, New Luce. Husband of Maggie Girvan (Boyle) McLean who he married in 1910 in Dundonald, Ayrshire.
Died of wounds on 19 November 1917 and buried in Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.
Also named on the City of Glasgow Police Memorial and on the Glasgow Roll of Honour.


ROBERT McMEEKING, R.F.A. KILLED 12th JUNE 1917.
Robert McMeeking, Gunner (951578) 256th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Age 29.
Robert was employed on the Glasgow Corporation Tramways and was living at 145 Holmlea Road, Cathcart, Glasgow when he enlisted.
Born 1888 in New Luce (as McMecking). Son of William and Agnes (Hannay) McMecking of Waterfoot, New Luce.
Killed in action on 12 June 1917 and buried in Anzin-St.Aubin British Cemetery, Arras, France.
Also named on the GCT Langside Depot Memorial, now at the Parkhead Depot, and on the Glasgow Roll of Honour.

and his brother,

WILLIAM McMEEKING, 2nd H.L.I. KILLED 28th APRIL 1917.
William McMeeking, Lance Corporal (35161) 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Age 31.
William had served his apprenticeship as a gardener at Lochinch Castle, Castle Kennedy, Wigtownshire. When he enlisted he was Head Gardener at Craigie House, Ayrshire.
Born 1885 in New Luce (as McMecking). Son of William and Agnes (Hannay) McMecking of Waterfoot, New Luce. Husband of Mary Ann (Matthews) McMeeking of Stairdam, Murthy, Perthshire who he married in 1914 in Auchtergaven, Perthshire (as McMeeking)
Missing in action on 28 April 1917 and listed on the Arras Memorial, France.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

ROBERT McWHIRTER, 7th CAMERON HIGHS. KILLED 25th SEPTEMBER 1915.
Robert McWhirter, Private (S/13661) 7th Bn. Cameron Highlanders. Age 32.
Robert was an ironmonger who had served his apprenticeship with J. L. Davidson in Newton Stewart before working with T. Duff in Annan, Dumfriesshire. He enlisted in September 1914 and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in July 1915.
Born 1883 in Bargrennan, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of the late Helen (McTier) McWhirter. Son of John McWhirter and step-son of Janet McWhirter of Barlure, New Luce, Wigtownshire.
Missing in action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Annan and the Bargrennan War Memorials.


THOMAS MILROY, 49th CANADIANS. KILLED 30th OCTOBER 1917.
Thomas Milroy, Private (252132) 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Age 31.
Thomas was farming at Cantuar near Swift Current, Saskatchewan when he enlisted in January 1916.
Born 1886 in Inch, Wigtownshire. Son of Thomas and Mary (Murray) Milroy of High Mark, New Luce.
Killed in action on 30 October 1917 and buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.
Also named on the Inch Parish War Memorial and on the Lochryan Parish War Memorial in Cairnryan, Wigtownshire.


JOHN MURRAY, 1st BLACK WATCH. KILLED 25th SEPTEMBER 1916.
John Murray, Private (S/40297) 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Age 29.
John joined the City of Glasgow Police Force in 1907 and by 1913 had been promoted as a plain clothes constable in the Detective Department. He was living at 178 Slatefield Street, Dennistoun when, in November 1915, he enlisted as Private (6312) in the Scottish Horse Yeomanry. He was posted as Private (5063) to the 1/6th Battalion of the Black Watch in France in August 1916 and then transferred to the 1st Battalion.
Born 1887 in New Luce. Son of the late John and Ellen (McDowall) Murray of The Smithy, New Luce.
Missing in action on 25 September 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
Also named on the City of Glasgow Police Memorial and the Glasgow Roll of Honour.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

THOMAS NISH, ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS. DIED 26th JANUARY 1917.
Thomas Nish, Private (33377) 10th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Age 38.
Born 1879 in New Luce. Son of James and Mary (Fenion) Nish.
Thomas died of pneumonia in Dumfries Infirmary.
Died on active service 26 January 1917 and buried in New Luce Parish Churchyard (CWG).

The 10th (Works) Bn of the RSF was formed in Ayr in June 1916 and moved to Dumbarton. It remained in the UK throughout the War. It was renamed 4th Bn. of the Labour Corps.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attached is an item in last Thursday's Wigtownshire Free Press about repairs needed to the memorial.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

22 October 2015 Wigtownshire Free Press has reproduced excerpts from the 28 October 1915 edition including a photograph of R McWhirter.



November 10 1915 edition of the Free Press provided more background. "Official intimation has been received by Mr John McWhirter, farmer, Barlure, New Luce, that his son, Private Robert McWhirter, 7th Camerons, was killed in action in Flanders on September 25. Private McWhirter, who was 32 years of age, served his apprenticeship as an ironmonger with Mr JL Davidson, Newton Stewart. After leaving Newton Stewart he entered into the service of Mr Duff, one of the leading ironmongers in Annan, where he remained for nine years before enlistment into the army. He went to Flanders with his regiment in July of this year. Among the many expressions of sympathy sent to his sorrowing parents was one that came from his late employer saying, "He was a faithful servant, upright in all his ways" will not be the least appreciated in their bereavement at this present moment. Mr McWhirter has another son serving somewhere in France at the present time.
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