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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:38 pm    Post subject: Whittingehame, East Lothian Reply with quote

Whittingehame War Memorial
Location: Opposite entrance to the Parish Church
OS Ref: NT 602 737

You are in deepest East Lothian at this memorial. To get to it you have to leave the B6370 and use the back roads. It is directly opposite the entrance to the parish church driveway.

Quite an unusual design. Many East Lothian memorials are of a mercat cross style but this is quite different. Still in the local red sandstone of this area though which is used for a lot of East Lothain memorials but does not stand the test of time.



It's not clear on this photograph but under the dates it says

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE







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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:16 pm    Post subject: Whittinghame (civil war memorial ) Lothians Reply with quote

Listed on this war memorial is

Rev James Whittinghame Robertson , Lieutenant :

He is in fact listed on the Ministers and Probationer Ministers Church of Scotland on the War Memorial at St Giles Church , Edinburgh

2nd Lieutenant James Whittinghame Robertson , 1/7th Bn The Black Watch killed in action 23 April 1917 , aged 29 years the son of the late Rev Dr David R Robertson and Mrs Robertson . Born Dundee . buried Brown's Corpse Cemetery , Roeux , France . 2nd Lieut J W Robertson had attended St Andrews University and was a member of the St Andrews University OTC up to circa 1913 when he went to train as a Probationer Minister . He was commissioned into the Black Watch from the ranks of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders . His elder brother , The Rev Charles Robertson was also a minister in the Church of Scotland and latterly in Edinburgh .

His younger brother , Lieutenant William Stewart Robertson MC, 10th Bn The Black Watch attached 4/5th Bn The Black Watch was killed in action on 3 September 1916 aged 23 years . Son of The Rev Dr David Robertson , "elmslea", 2 Seafield Road, Broughty Ferry Forfarshire . Lt W S Robertson MC is buried in Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel , France . Lieut W S Robertson MC left his St Andrews university course where he was a OTC cadet for War Service in 1914 .

Both 2nd Lieut J W Robertson , Black Watch and Lieut W S Robertson MC are listed on the Roll of Honour for the St Andrews University Officer Training Corps at their H Q in City Road , St Andrews Fife (nowadays Tayforth Universities OTC ) .



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:30 pm    Post subject: Whittinghame , Lothians Reply with quote

I have been informed that there is a Roll of Honour inside the Whittinghame Church showing the 4 flags , Church of Scotland , Parish of Whittinghame : European War 1914 : Roll of Honour

Three columns of Names , the First Column lists the Casualties including JAMES ROBERTSON , the manse , Black Watch ( James Robertson was a probationer minister to his Uncle )

The next column lists those who served .


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From ‘The Scotsman’ of 17th October 1921

Whittingehame

AN IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY

In the quiet seclusion of his home countryside, Mr A. J.Balfour, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, yesterday afternoon [16th October 1921] unveiled a war memorial at Whittingehame, East Lothian. The distinguished statesman, freed for a brief respite from his arduous duties, was among his own neighbours, and the personal note was uppermost in a ceremony that was deeply impressive in its simplicity. The unveiling was preceded by a service in Whittingehame Parish Church, outside the entrance avenue to which the memorial has been erected at the roadside. There was a crowded congregation. Every seat in the little church was occupied, and the congregation overflowed from the wide-open portals into the aisles. Through the doorways a glimpse could be obtained of the trees in which the building is embowered, beautiful in their autumnal brown and green tints. Mr Balfour, who was accompanied by Miss Balfour, the Hon. Mrs Lascelles, and Mrs Robertson, was accommodated in a pew at the rear of the church. Mr J. D. Hope, M.P., was also among those present. The service was conducted by the Rev. Marshall B. Lang, minister of the parish, assisted by the Rev. H. S. Mackenzie of Stenton Parish Church. On the conclusion of the service the congregation formed a procession, and marched from the churchyard the short distance down to the road. The ministers led the way, followed by a party of ex-service men, the children of the parish, Mr Balfour, and the members of the Whittingehame house party, and then the general members of the congregation. It was down an avenue lined by stately trees that they proceded in solemn tread to join a waiting crowd who had gathered on the roadside. The memorial, which is of red sandstone and placed in an enclosure a yard or two off the public highway takes the form of a cross of simple design, inscribed with the sceptre of St Oswald. On the front panel are the inscriptions, "Our Glorious Dead, 1914-18"—" Their name liveth for evermore”—and ' Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." On the side panels are the names of the eleven men belonging to the parish who gave up their lives for King and country. The Rev. Mr Lang invited Mr Balfour to unveil the memorial, which, he said had been erected by the parishioners

A PERSONAL NOTE

Mr Balfour said:- I am deeply grateful for the opportunity which has been given me to take part in this most touching and moving ceremony. Unfortunately I am rarely master of my own movements, and those who had the organisation of this gathering have kindly arranged it so that I should be able to take part. I see before me representatives from the whole parish. Two absences there are which personally come home to me. That is of my two nephews, Frank and Oswald, known to all of you brought up here, and who in the great war bore their share of wounds and of dangers. Unfortunately wide seas separate us now. They are serving their country far from this scene, and though I doubt not that their thoughts are with us, we are denied their bodily presence. Others there are doubtless, of whom I have heard nothing, who are prevented from being here and taking their part in the ceremony, but I would fain hope that not only all the relations of those whose greatness and fame we are here commemorating, but also those who were their brothers in arms during the war, have found it possible to be present. Is it not an occasion which necessarily and deeply moves us to the very centre of our being? All of you have read accounts of the more than regal ceremonies which attended the sepulture in Westminster Abbey of the Unknown Warrior. Unkown indeed he is, but the nation took him as a symbol of all who had perished in the great cause by land or sea, and round his remains and in the ceremony by which the sepulture was accompanied, all Britain expressed symbolically what was felt with regard to those who had sacrificed their lives in the cause of their country. Here we are met together with something of a more personal note. It is not an unknown warrior that we have met here to commemorate; it is those who were known to all of us, who moved in our midst, were our friends or our acquaintances, and who left at one period or another of the Great war—many of them very early in the day, perceiving by a kind of intuition the great services that were required of them. It is for them, and, as it were, in their personal honour, that we are met here to-day, and here we welcome those, their own relatives, who suffered irreparable loss when they were taken away, but who, at all events, have the consolation of knowing that their, names will be recorded, and are recorded, in history, and that their neighbours have shown their deep recognition of all that they did for their country and for us by erecting this memorial in their honour. Time. I trust, has softened the inevitable misery of separation, but no time can efface the outlines or dim the writing which records that their sons' or their brothers have earned for themselves the undying gratitude of those who knew them best

THE UNSHAKABLE FOUNDATION OF VICTORY.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a personal memorial. It is a memorial given by their neighbours to those whom they knew personally and individually , but, believe me, it has a wider reference, a more extended significance. None of us standing here -scarcely even the children whose memories must be a little faint, about what occurred even three or four years ago - are likely ever to have effaced from our memories the trials, the dangers, the anxieties, the defeats, the victories, and the final triumph of the greatest of all wars. Which of us is likely to underrate the share which Scotland has borne, with the whole of Britain and with the whole of the British Empire, in the great struggle which came to an end on 11th November 1918? Which of us, reading these names, can ever have obliterated from our minds the long stories of the hardship and triumphs of the Armies in France, the more distant glories of Mesopotamia, all that was suffered, all that was lost, and, let me add, all that was gained by the sacrifices at the Dardanelles, all that the British Fleet did to sustain the Allied cause? None of us are likely to forget it. None of us, at all events, living, as we do, in sight of the Firth of Forth, are likely to doubt what history will inevitably and amply prove - the great thesis that it was the British Navy which made the victory of the British Army and the Allied Armies possible, and it was upon that unshakable foundation that the whole victory of the Allies rested. That is the broad way, in which we who have lived through those eventful years look at it. As time goes on, as those who took part, either as spectators or actors, in the great drama, one by one are removed from the scene, no doubt these memorials will have their outline somewhat softened, the sharpness of recollection will vanish, and those great things will fall into the charge of the historian. Do not suppose that when that time comes, the value of this memorial will be otherwise than increased. We do not require a memorial to keep us in mind of the devoted men who have sacrificed their lives for us, but when we are gone and when strangers pass along that road, seeing this monument and' reading the names recorded thereon, they will say to themselves one of two things.

A TWO-FOLD ASPECT.

I know not what the state of the world will be when the period that I am speaking of comes upon us, but if our most sanguine hopes are fulfilled, and if the strenuous labours and unfaltering faith of men of goodwill really do contrive to introduce some less barbarous method of dealing with international disputes than international butchery, then the traveller will say, looking at this monument, “These are the names of men who by fighting and suffering and losing their lives in this greatest of all wars have given us and the world perpetual peace." May that happen!
I am one of the sanguine ones, I am one of those who think that as civilisation advances it will become more and more intolerable that the world should go through from time to time anything like the agonies from which, we have just issued.
But supposing that in my sanguine moments I am deceived, as well I may be. Then will monument have lost its value, will its moral be deprived of its essential point? Believe me, no. If so it happens that the infamous passion for domination which was the cause of this war, and which for the moment we stamped but, if that should again raise its head, if that should, again threaten the peace and liberties of the world, if again we are threatened, or our children, out grandchildren, or our great-grandchildren are threatened by a renewal of the horrors from which we have escaped, then men will turn to monuments like this, and will say, "In the time of our fathers or grandfathers all the greatest interests of humanity were threatened and hung for a time suspended in the balance. Then they showed of what mettle they were made; they came forward and threw back the wave of invasion which was likely to overwhelm all that was most valued. And they will say to themselves, "If a like trial comes upon us, if we in our turn have to sacrifice ourselves for a great cause, shall we do less well than those whose immortal memory is preserved upon this monument?”

Mr Balfour after unveiling the monument said: —May this monument which I have just unveiled remain for all time as a record of what the men in this parish, could do and did in the greatest crisis in the-world's history.
Prayer was thereafter offered by the Rev. Mr Lang, followed by the playing of a lament by pipers and the sounding of the “Last Post” by a trumpeter. A large laurel wreath was placed in front of the memorial by Mr. Balfour. Beautiful floral wreaths were, also laid down by the ' ladies from Whittingehame, and other floral .tributes by relatives of those whose names were commemorated.
The singing of the National Anthem brought the proceedings to a close
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arthur Balfour wrote:
It is for them, and, as it were, in their personal honour, that we are met here to-day, and here we welcome those, their own relatives, who suffered irreparable loss when they were taken away, but who, at all events, have the consolation of knowing that their, names will be recorded, and are recorded, in history, and that their neighbours have shown their deep recognition of all that they did for their country and for us by erecting this memorial in their honour. Time. I trust, has softened the inevitable misery of separation, but no time can efface the outlines or dim the writing which records that their sons' or their brothers have earned for themselves the undying gratitude of those who knew them best


Local boy Arthur Balfour, the then Foreign Secretary, did not count on the effects of nearly ninety years of winds off the Firth of Forth on sandstone when he made these comments.

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The unveiling article describes this memorial as a cross of dimple design. I can't see it myself. I wonder if this memorial has suffered some damage in the past?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Whittinghame , Lothians Reply with quote

Keptie wrote:
I have been informed that there is a Roll of Honour inside the Whittinghame Church showing the 4 flags , Church of Scotland , Parish of Whittinghame : European War 1914 : Roll of Honour

Three columns of Names , the First Column lists the Casualties including JAMES ROBERTSON , the manse , Black Watch ( James Robertson was a probationer minister to his Uncle )

The next column lists those who served .


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patrick w anderson


I have some photos of these Rolls of Honour (not very good ones I must add, but I did transcribe the Rolls, so I do have the written information should anyone require it) I will post here at a later date with the information and maybe even some better photos!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whittingehame War Memorial.
In response to Adam Brown - I have an old postcard of this Memorial and yes, it is a tall cross - with a squared 'ring' on arms of cross.
Something appears to have happened to the shaft of the cross at some time - the base of the memorial - from OUR GLORIOUS DEAD down is as it appears now. The top part has been formed from what remained of the cross shaft.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2022 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GEORGE BURGESS

I cannot trace this man.



GEORGE CALDER
George Calder – age 28 – Private (S/11211) 1/6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
George was a gardener at Lemmington Hall, Alnwick, Northumberland when he enlisted in December 1915. He joined the 1st Gordons in France in July 1916 but he was wounded a month later and evacuated to hospital in the UK. After he had recovered he joined the 1/6th Battalion in April 1917 but within a couple of weeks he was wounded again and he was evacuated to the Northampton Hospital where he died.
Born 1889 in Haddington, East Lothian. Son of Mary (Calder) Bisset of Whittingehame Mains and of Luggate, East Linton who married Alexander Bisset in 1894 in Haddington.
Died of Wounds on 18 May 1917 and buried in Whittingehame Parish Churchyard. (CWG)


JAMES GRAY
James Robert Gray – age 20 – Private (S/15464) 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
James was a gamekeeper when he enlisted in November 1914. He joined the 2nd Camerons in France in March 1915 but he was wounded and evacuated to Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow in May. He was posted to the 5th Battalion in March 1916 and he was attached to the 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders when he was killed.
Born 1896 in Whittingehame. Son of Alexander and Robina (Patterson) Gray of Whittinghame Home Farm.
Missing in Action on 10 August 1916 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
James was wounded in April 1915 when trying to rescue a wounded comrade, Alexander Ness (S/15469). Alexander was evacuated to the Military Hospital at Netley in Hampshire but later died of his wounds and is buried in nearby Stenton Cemetery,
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2022 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three sons of Peter and Janet (Mitchell) Jarvis of Papple, Whittingehame, of Spott Mains, Haddingtonshire/East Lothian and of Overfield, Whittingehame.


DAVID JARVIS
David Jarvis – age 23 – Private (S/11047) 8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
David was a farm servant when he enlisted in July 1915. He joined his battalion in France in January 1916. David died in the 7th Canadian General Hospital in Etaples.
Born 1893 Easterton, Kirknewton, Midlothian.
Died of Wounds on 15 April 1917 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France


JAMES JARVIS
James Jarvis – age 21 – Private (S/6625) 11th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
James was a farm servant when he enlisted in November 1914. He joined his battalion in France in September 1915. James died in the 45th Casualty Clearing Station at Dernancourt.
Born 1895 in Ratho, Midlothian.
Died of Wounds on 26 January 1917 and buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France.


PETER JARVIS
Peter Jarvis – age 27 – Private (43088) 12th Battalion, Royal Scots.
Peter was a forester's labourer at Papple, Prestonkirk when he enlisted as Private (4257) in the 1/9th Royal Scots in December 1915 and he was mobilised in February 1916. He joined the 12th Battalion in France in July 1916.
Born 1891 in East Newton, Kirknewton, Midlothian.
Missing in Action on 25 April 1918 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

All three brothers are also named on the Spott Parish War Memorial.
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WILLIAM KEILLER

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WILLIAM McLACHLAN
William McLachlan – age 25 – Private (23410) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William had been a gardener at Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire before taking a post at Whittingehame House, Haddington, the home of the former Prime Minister Arthur James Balfour. William was living in Prestonkirk, Haddington, East Lothian when he enlisted in 1916.
Born 1892 in Penpont, Dumfriesshire. Son of George and Jessie (Kirkpatrick) McLauchlan of Tibbers, Penpont. Husband of Annie (Cravens) McLachlan of Drumshinnoch and of 32 Carronbridge, Thornhill, who he married in 1913 in Morton, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 9 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Penpont Parish War Memorial together with his brother who was killed two weeks earlier - George McLachlan, Lance Corporal (276449) 1/7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Killed in Action on 23 April 1917.


REV. JAMES W. ROBERTSON, LIEUT.
James Whittingehame Robertson – age 29 – Second Lieutenant, 1/7th (Fife) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
James was a Student in Arts and in Divinity at St Andrew's University from 1906-13 and was Assistant Minister at Selkirk before he became assistant to his uncle James at Whittingehame Parish Church. He enlisted as Private (5326) in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was promoted to Sergeant before he landed with the 14th Battalion at Le Havre in June 1916. James was commissioned in January 1917.
Born 1887 in Dundee. Son of Rev. Dr. David Rae Robertson and Jessie Morris (Galloway) Robertson,
Killed in Action on 23 April 1917 and buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, France.
Also named on the Church of Scotland Ministers memorial in St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
His brother William Stewart Robertson, Military Cross, Lieutenant 4th Black Watch was killed on 3 September 1916.


CHARLES F. RUSSELL
Charles Fergus Russell – age 19 – Private (S/12080) 9th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Born 1896 Whittingehame. Son of Charles and Jessie (Ferguson) Russell of West Mains, Whittingehame.
Killed in Action on 17 June 1916 and buried in Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery, Bray-Sur-Somme, France.
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DAVID STODDART
David Stoddart – age 28 – Corporal (S/3029) 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
David was a gardener at Ruchlaw, Stenton when he enlisted in September 1914. He landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915 but he was killed four months later during the battle of Loos.
Born 1887 at Tranent Mains, Tranent, Haddingtonshire/East Lothian. Son of James and Elizabeth (Baillie) Stoddart of Papple, Whittingehame and of Stoneypath Tower, Prestonkirk, East Lothian.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


GEORGE WHITE
George Inglis White – age 23 – Lance Corporal (325076) 1/8th Battalion, Royal Scots.
George enlisted as Private (748) in the Territorial 8th Royal Scots when it was formed in April 1912. He was mobilised in August 1914 and landed with his battalion at Le Havre in November 1914. George was evacuated home in July 1916 and rejoined his battalion in France in January 1917. He was buried by the Germans at Fremicourt Cemetery but he was re-interred at Bancourt after the war.
Born 1893 in Prestonpans, Haddingtonshire/East Lothian. Son of the late Andrew White (died 1896) and of Margaret (Inglis) White of Whitekirk and of Barnay Maine, Haddington.
Killed in Action on 4 December 1917 and buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, France.
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1939 – 1945

JAMES PEACOCK
James William Peacock – age 33 – Sergeant (3056903) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots.
James was a quarryman living at Whittingehame Mains when he enlisted.
The 2nd Royal Scots arrived in Italy from Gibraltar in July 1944 and by August they were near Florence. James was killed near Montecchio and was re-interred at Arezzo in March 1945.
Born 1910 in Govanhill, Glasgow as William James Peacock. Son of the late Margaret Irving (Shannon) Peacock (died 1942 in Penicuik) and of William Erskine Peacock. Husband of Rose (Allan) Peacock of Haddington, East Lothian who he married as James Peacock in 1932 in Athelstaneford, East Lothian.
Killed in Action on 13 September 1944 and buried in Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy.
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