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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:10 pm    Post subject: Lockerbie WW2 Reply with quote

This plaque is inside Lockerbie Town Hall at the top of the stairs. You will need to ask at the office for access.

UKNIWM Ref: 44200

OS Map Ref: NY 138 817

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The woman listed here

OLIVER, ISABELLA McROBERT
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Auxiliary Territorial Service
Age: 19
Date of Death: 28/05/1944
Service No: W/76105
Additional information: Daughter of William Scott Oliver and Esther Smith Oliver, of Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 6.
Cemetery: STOW CEMETERY

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The town hall has been shut on safety grounds so there is currently no access to this memorial.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:56 am    Post subject: Memorial Transcription Reply with quote

Adamson, George
Bell, William
Black, Robert
Burgess, James
Callander, W. Watson
Cannon, William
Cooper, Duncan B.
Currie, William J.
Dymock, John Meikle
Fletcher, Walter R.
Flockhart, John S.
Fyfe, William
Gibson, George T.W.
Graham, James Edward
Grierson, John A.
Johnstone, Peter D.
Lawson, Charles W.P.
Martin, John Andrew
Nicol, William
Oliver, Isabella
Richardson, John B.
Scott, William
Sinclair, Ian H.
Tait, William
Templeton, John
Wightman, David
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The town hall is again open for business and the original WW2 memorial can now be accessed.

The WW2 names are now said to have been added to the WW1 memorial.
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ADAMSON, GEORGE.
George Adamson – age 35– Signalman (2355065) 15 H.Q. Signals, Royal Corps of Signals.
George had his own business as a painter in Lockerbie when he joined the army in 1940. He served in North Africa, Malta, Sicily and Italy but was killed in a motor cycle accident while a dispatch rider.
Born 1910 in Dryfesdale. Son of Robert Graham Adamson and of Jane (Coupland or Gracie) Adamson of Lockerbie. Husband of Agnes Gibson (Gribbon or Henderson or Richardson) Adamson of Athol Cottage, Lockerbie who he married in 1934 in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire.
Died on Service on 5 June 1945 and buried in Bologna War Cemetery, Italy.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.


BELL, WILLIAM.
William Bell – age 29 – Signalman (2335580) Royal Corps of Signals.
“Billy” died in Standish Sanatorium in Gloucestershire.
Born 1916 in Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. Son of David and Agnes (Wilson) Bell of 85 Park Place, Lockerbie.
Died on Service on 7 December 1945 and buried in Lockerbie (Dryfesdale) Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the St. Cuthbert's Church memorial in Lockerbie.


BLACK, ROBERT.
Robert Black – age 23 – Leading Aircraftman (991147) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Born 1919 in Lockerbie, Dryfesdale. Son of William and Janet (Little) Black.
Missing in Action on 14 February 1942 and named on the Singapore Memorial, Signapore.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.
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BURGESS, JAMES.
John James Burgess – age 27 – Corporal (14256600) 10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
The 10th HLI landed at Normandy on 23 June and during their attack on the village of Cheux four enemy tanks infiltrated into a farm within 150 yards of Battalion H.Q. They were engaged by the Anti-Tank Platoon who succeeded in knocking out all four tanks . “Corporal Burgess, who had been particularly conspicuous with his gun, was killed in this action”.
Born 1917 in Dryfesdale as James John Burgess. Son of ???? of Lauderhook, Lockerbie.
John James Burgess married Vera (Hall) Burgess of West Roddymoor, Crook, County Durham in 1942 in County Durham.
Killed in Action on 27 June 1944 and buried in St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, Calvados, France.


CALLANDER, W. WATSON.
William Watson Callander – age 22 – Sub-Lieutenant (A) H.M.S. Nightjar, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
William was employed by a local architect when he enlisted in 1942. He was commissioned in October 1944 and was serving with 763 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm base based at Inskip in Lancashire when was reported missing due to an air accident over the Irish Sea.
Born 1922 in Dryfesdale. Son of William and Joan Young (Little) Callander of The Spottes, Lockerbie.
Missing on Active Service on 7 December 1944 and named on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire.
Also named on the St. Cuthbert's Church memorial in Lockerbie.


CANNON, WILLIAM.
William Cannon – age 22 – Corporal (3197708) 4th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
After they make assault landings on Walcheren Island, at the mouth of the River Scheldt, in the autumn of 1944, the battalion fought through to Germany, taking part in the capture of Bremen.
William was killed at Achim, just south of Bremen but was re-interred in Becklingen in September 1946.
Born 1923 in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire as William Andrew Cannon. Son of William Robert and Jeanie (Halliday) Cannon of Lockerbie.
Killed in Action on 26 April 1945 and buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.
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COOPER, DUNCAN B.
Duncan Balfour Cooper – age 19 – Ordinary Seaman (C/JX 347236) H.M.S. Achates, Royal Navy.
Duncan was an apprentice baker in Lockerbie when he enlisted in early 1942.
The destroyer “Achates” was on escort duty protecting a convoy en route from Loch Ewe to Murmansk when she was sunk by the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper in the Barents Sea.
Born 1923 in Lockerbie, Dryfesdale. Son of the late Albert Edward Cooper and of Agnes Balfour (Davidson) Cooper of High Street, Lockerbie.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 31 December 1942 and named on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.


CURRIE, WILLIAM J.
William John Currie – age 25 – Private (3192217) 5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.
William had been a farm worker at Corriehill when he joined up in 1939. He served in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) before joining the East Yorkshires. William was killed in an accident and is the only WW2 burial in the cemetery.
Born 1919 in Kirkcudbright. Son of Andrew and Isabella Currie of 30 Park Place, Lockerbie. Husband of Isabella (Ella) Annie (McMurdo) Currie of Douglashall, Eccelefechan, Dumfriesshire who he married in 1942 in Dryfesdale.
Died on Active Service on 23 September1944 and buried in Nijmegen (Rustoord) Cemetery, Netherlands.


DYMOCK, JOHN MEIKLE.
John Meikle Dymock – age 33 – Pilot Officer (141016) 25 Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John lived at Sherwood Park in Lockerbie, was a member of Lockerbie Tennis Club and was on the staff of the Commercial Bank in Lockerbie before he joined the RAF in 1941 as Sergeant (1372640) and trained as a Navigator. He was commissioned in January 1943 and was flying his Mosquito on a patrol from RAF Church Fenton in Yorkshire when it was shot down over the Bay of Biscay near Brest.
Born 1910 in West Calder, Midlothian. Son of the late Mary (Meikle) Dymock and of Alexander Dalziel Dymock. Husband of Isobel Daly (Ewing) Dymock of 21 Sydney Place, Lockerbie and of Dalzell Place, Stoneyburn, Bathgate who he married in 1939 at Stoneyburn, West Lothian.
Missing in Action on 13 June 1943 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Also named on the Stoneyburn War Memorial and on the Commercial Bank WW2 memorial now in the RBS Head Office in Gogarburn.
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FLETCHER, WALTER R.
Walter Robert Fletcher – age 20 – Leading Aircraftman (3021603) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Walter was killed when the Douglas Dakota transport aircraft on which he was a passenger crashed near Feni in Bengal. He was buried at Riazmunshir but was re-interred at Maynamati in January 1946.
Born 1924 in Lockerbie, Dryfesdale. Son of Robert and Annie (Lightfoot) Fletcher of Lockerbie.
Died on Active Service on 13 April 1945 and buried in Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie and on an individual memorial in the church.


FLOCKHART, JOHN S.
John Spiring Flockhart – age 28 – Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner (755152) 149 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Jack had been employed at the Blue Bell hotel in Lockerbie before he joined the truck manufacturer Foden Ltd. at Sandbach in Cheshire. He joined the RAF in April 1939, trained as an Air Gunner and flew in several raids on Germany before moving to Lybia in November 1940. He returned to the UK and his Stirling bomber had taken off from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk for a raid on Essen when it crashed at Wanheimerort. Jack was buried in Dusseldorf North Cemetery but was re-interred in Reichswald in December 1946.
Born 1914 in Alva, Clackmannanshire. Son of David Hunter Flockhart and Georgina (Spiring) Flockhart of Crossleigh, Annandale Avenue, Lockerbie.
Husband of Margaret Farish (McGauchie) Flockhart of Annan, Dumfriesshire who he married in 1939 in Annan.
Killed in Action on 6 June 1942 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie and on the Annan War Memorial.


FYFE, WILLIAM.
William Fyfe – age 19 – Able Seaman (C/SSX 27933) H.M.S. Pelican, Royal Navy.
William was educated at Lockerbie Academy and was a member of the Boy Scout troop. He was employed for three years by a fishmonger in the High Street in Lockerbie before he joined the navy in September 1938. He was based at Rosyth in Fife and joined the sloop “Pelican” which began convoy escort duties in the North Sea in September 1939 before taking part in the Norway campaign as an anti-aircraft ship in April 1940. While on her way to the Romsdal Fjord near Narvik she was crippled by a German Ju-87 (Stuka) dive bomber when she was hit aft, setting off her depth charges and killing many of the crew.
Born 1921 in Dryfesdale. Son of Daniel and Mary Jane (Moffat) Fyfe of Mains Street, Lockerbie.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 22 April 1940 and named on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church and the St. Cuthbert's Church memorials in Lockerbie


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GIBSON, GEORGE T. W.
George Tod Wright Gibson – age 23 – Flight Sergeant (977499) 210 Squadron, Coastal Command Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
George was an operator in the Rex Cinema in Lockerbie before he enlisted in 1940 and became a wireless operator and air gunner. 210 Squadron were flying Catalina flying-boats providing convoy protection and a detachment from the squadron was based in Gibraltar to support Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. George's aircraft crashed into the sea off Sagres in the Algarve.
Born 1920 in Lockerbie, Dryfesdale. Son of Alexander and Margaret (Pagan) Gibson of Kintail Park, Lockerbie.
Died on Active Service on 22 March 1943 and buried in Sagres Cemetery, Portugal.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.


GRAHAM, JAMES EDWARD.
James Edward Graham – age 20 – Sergeant/Air Bomber (1555242) Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
James was educated at Lockerbie Academy before joining a solicitor's office. He then served an apprenticeship in the Public Assistance Office of the County Council and qualified there. He was a member of the local Air Training Corps and joined the RAF. He went to Georgia in the USA for flight training in 1940 however illness and an operation interrupted his training which continued later in Canada until he returned to the UK in September 1943. He was fatally injured in the crash of a Wellington bomber of No.14 Operational Training Unit at Orton, Kettering, Northamptonshire.
Born 1923 in Lockerbie, Dryfesdale. Son of John G. Graham of 21 Victoria Park, Lockerbie.
Died on Active Service on 30 November 1943 and buried in Lockerbie (Dryfesdale) Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the St. Cuthbert's Church memorial in Lockerbie.


GRIERSON, JOHN A.
John Archibald Grierson – age 27 – Signalman (2327032) 27 Line Section, Royal Corps of Signals.
John was a reservist and was employed as a telephone linesman at Lockerbie Post Office when he was called up at the outbreak of war. He went to France and was evacuated from Dunkirk before he was posted to Malaya. He was captured at the fall of Singapore and died of malaria. John was buried in Wat Koke More Nong Pla Duk Cemetery but was re-interred in Chungkai in April 1946.
Born 1915 in Dumfries. Son of John Archibald Grierson and of Agnes (Lockhart) Grierson of High Street, Lockerbie. Husband of Mary Laidlaw (Grindall) Grierson of Union Street, Lockerbie who he married in 1940 in Dryfesdale.
Died on Service on 9 February 1943 and buried in Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand.
Also named on the St. Cuthbert's Church memorial in Lockerbie.
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JOHNSTONE, PETER D.
Peter Drysdale Johnstone – age 24 – Leading Stoker (P/KX 90377) H.M.S. Victory III, Royal Navy.
Peter was classified as a Distressed British Seaman (DBS), a man away from his ship and in a foreign port. As such he was assigned to HMS Victory the RN shore base at Portsmouth until he was posted to a new ship. Peter was a DBS passenger on the Canadian passenger ship “Lady Hawkins” sailing from Montreal to Bermuda when she was torpeoded and sunk by the German submarine U-66 off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Born 1917 in Edinburgh. Son of Willie John and Margaret (Drysdale) Johnstone of Lockerbie.
Killed by enemy action/Lost at Sea on 19 January 1942 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.


LAWSON, CHARLES W. P.
Charles William Pagan Lawson – age 26 – Private (3192893) 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Charles was employed at the Lockerbie slaughterhouse when he enlisted in 1939. In March 1944 the 2nd Suffolks were flown to Imphal to attack Japanese positions and by August had cleared the enemy from their area. It is likely that Charles died from one of the many tropical diseases.
Born 1918 in Dryfesdale. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Jane (Clark or Ramage) Lawson of High Street, Lockerbie.
Died on Active Service on 24 September 1944 and buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.


MARTIN, JOHN ANDREW.
John Andrew Martin – age 28 – Private (3187191) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Serving with 3 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, John landed at Sword Beach in Normandy on D-day, 6 June. They then linked up with the Airborne troops holding Pegasus Bridge at Ranville. John was killed five days later and buried at Amfreville but was re-interred at Ranville in June 1945
Born 1915 in Brydekirk, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late Robert Martin and of Mary Elizabeth (Bell) Martin of Low Beck, Lockerbie.
Killed in Action on 11 June 1944 and buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
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NICOL, WILLIAM.
Wiliam Nicol – age 34 – Private (14504107) Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
William had been a vanman with a butcher in Lockerbie before becoming supervisor of abattoirs in the south of Scotland. He enlisted in 1942 and served in North Africa and in Italy where he was killed in an accident.
Born 1910 in Dalkeith, Midlothian. Son of James and Christina Nicol of Trin Mill, Dalkeith, Midlothian. Husband of Agnes Jane “Nancy” (Haining) Nicol of 18 Kintail Park, Lockerbie who he married in 1934 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.
Died on Active Service on 3 October 1944 and buried in Caserta War Cemetery, near Naples, Italy.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie and on the Dalkeith War Memorial.


OLIVER, ISABELLA.
Isabella McRobert Oliver – age 19 – Private (W/76105) Auxiliary Territorial Service.
A camp for French refugees from Normandy was set up at Sompting near Worthing in Sussex and staffed by the ATS. The southern end of the camp was bounded by the railway line and was hit by a high explosive bomb on the 28 May 1944. A number of ATS women were killed and others injured.
Born 1924 in Annan, Dumfrieshire as Isabella McRobert. Daughter of Esther Smith (McRobert) Oliver and step-daughter of William Scott Oliver of Lockerbie who had married in 1932 in Edinburgh.
Killed by enemy action on 28 May 1944 and buried in the family plot at Stow Cemetery, Midlothian. (CWG)


RICHARDSON, JOHN B.
John Byers Richardson – age 41 – Driver (41630) Royal Engineers.
John was well known in various sports clubs in Lockerbie and was employed as a traveller for a local grain merchant. He had served in the Army of Occupation in Germany and as a reservist was recalled in September 1939. He served with the Royal Army Service Corps and was evacuated from Dunkirk. John transferred to the Royal Engineers and was posted to Newport in South Wales where he was accidentally drowned.
Born 1900 in Dryfesdale. Son of Andrew and Grace (Muirhead) Richardson of High Street, Lockerbie. Husband of Janet Reid (Beck) Richardson of Union Street, Lockerbie who he married in 1928 in Dryfesdale.
Died on Active Service on 11 August 1941 and buried in Lockerbie (Dryfesdale) Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.
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SCOTT, WILLIAM.
William Scott – age 26 – Private (3194936) 4th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
William worked in his father's coal merchant business prior to joining the army in 1940. He went to the Netherlands with his battalion in 1944, taking part on the strongly contested assault landings on Walcheren Island, at the mouth of the Scheldt. They then fought through into Germany and William was killed at Issum, north of Duisburg. He was re-interred in Reichswald in December 1946.
Born 1918 in Sanquhar, Dumfrieshire. Son of Thomas and Margaret (Nish) Scott of Lockerbie.
Died of Wounds on 10 March 1945 and buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.


SINCLAIR, IAN H.
Ian Hector Sinclair – age 22 – Lieutenant (240319) 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps.
Ian was educated at Lockerbie and Edinburgh Academies before he joined the Cameron Highlanders in 1940. He was commissioned in July 1942, underwent parachute training at RAF Ringway near Manchester in September and transferred to the Parachute Regiment in November. Ian joined his battalion in North Africa in January 1943 but was killed at the battle at Tamera in Tunisia during Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa.
Born 1921 in Dryfesdale. Son of Dr. George Herbert Sinclair and Elizabeth Anne (Nicholson) Sinclair of The Green, Lockerbie and of Latheron, Caithness-shire.
Missing in Action on 8 March 1943 and named on the Medjez-el-Bab Memorial, Tunisia.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie and on the Edinburgh Academy memorial.
Dr. G H Sinclair was born in Latherton and married in Thurso before joining a practice in Lockerbie, where he became Provost in 1945.


TAIT, WILLIAM.
William Anderson Tait – age 31 – Sergeant/Pilot (1383923) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
During WW2 there was a Royal Air Force Flying Training School at Nakuru in Kenya. “Billy” was flying a Bristol Blenheim of 70 Operational Training Unit when a wing flap failed as he was on approach to landing. The aircraft rolled and hit the ground.
Born 1911 in Lockerbie, Dryfesdale. Son of the late William Vivers Tait, and of Jane Carruthers (Anderson) Tait of 23 Harcourt Place, Lockerbie and of Worsley, Lancashire.
Died on Active Service on 8 May 1943 and buried in Nakuru North Cemetery, Kenya.
Also named on the St. Cuthbert's Church memorial in Lockerbie.
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TEMPLETON, JOHN.
John Templeton – age 19 – Sergeant/Air Gunner (1822885) 166 Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John had lived in Lockerbie, where his late father worked on the railway, since 1934. He also was a railwayman, at Lochmaben station, when he enlisted in 1943. John's Lancaster bomber took off from RAF Kirmington in Lincolnshire for a raid on Karlsruhe but the aircraft exploded and crashed at Wallers-Trellon near Valenciennes in northern France.
Born 1924 in Glenluce, Wigtownshire. Son of the late Jessie McAdam (McClure) Templeton and of James Templeton, and stepson of Sarah T. Templeton, of 27 Bridge Street, Lockerbie.
Killed in Action on 25 April 1944 and buried in Avesner-sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Dryfesdale Parish Church memorial in Lockerbie.


WIGHTMAN, DAVID.
David Wightman – age 24 – Aircraftman 2nd Class/Air Gunner (903325) 141 Squadron, Fighter Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
David was educated at Lockerbie Academy and joined the RAF at the outbreak of war. He had just completed his gunnery training when his aircraft crashed and he and his pilot were killed. Their deaths were registered in Grangemouth and the pilot, Sergeant S.F.H. Keene, is buried there. 141 Squadron had been formed at RAF Turnhouse near Edinburgh in September 1939 and in April 1940 were equipped with Boulton Paul Defiant two-seat fighters. They were still in training during May and became operational in June 1940.
Born 1915 in Lockerbie, Dryfesdale. Son of David and Elizabeth Ann (Whitelaw) Wightman of Ashgrove, Lockerbie.
Died on Service on 15 May 1940 and buried in Lockerbie (Dryfesdale) Cemetery.
Also named on the Trinity Church memorial in Lockerbie.
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly I cannot find this "old soldier" named on any civic memorial.
He is named as THOMAS C. GRAHAM on the St. Cuthbert's Church memorial in Lockerbie.

Thomas Coupland Graham, Distinguished Conduct Medal – age 65 – Major, 1st Dumfriesshire Battalion, Home Guard.
Born 1877 in Kirkmichael, Dumfriesshire.
Son of George and Mary Coupland Graham.
Husband of Isabella Graham of College Street, Maxwelltown and of 28 Victoria Park, Lockerbie who he married in 1906 in Maxwelltown, Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Died on Service on 29 May 1943 and buried in Lockerbie (Dryfesdale) Cemetery.

His lengthy obituary appeared in the D&G Standard 5/6/1943 p.4 and much of the following is from that, plus my own researches.

Thomas was a cabinetmaker and upholsterer who served his apprenticeship in Dumfries. He came to Lockerbie after he left the army in 1919 and set up his own business in the High Street in 1926.
He had served in the South African War with the Galloway Volunteers and he joined the Territorial 5th KOSB in April 1908. He was mobilised in August 1914 and landed with the 1/5th Battalion at Gallipoli as Sergeant (2051) in June 1915. He later served in Egypt and in Palestine, where he was wounded at Gaza, before the battalion moved to France in April 1918.
As Company Sergeant Major (240593) Acting Regimental Sergeant Major T. C. Graham, I/5th Bn. KOSB T.F. (Maxwelltown) he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. The citation reads:
“From 25th February to 17th September, 1918, he has continuously shown cool courage and devotion to duty when under fire. In the woods in front of Parcy Tigny in July, 1918, when his battalion were under heavy shell fire, his example and personality did much to keep his company in good spirits. He was severely wounded on the morning of 28th July at the action of Beugneux.”
(Award, London Gazette 31/12/1918 p.40 – Citation, LG 2/9/1919 p.11121)

Because of his wounds Thomas was discharged from the army in May 1919 and he was awarded a Silver War Badge (No. B233797) He was 40 years old.

With the formation of the Home Guard in WW2 he became a Second Lieutenant and rose to the rank of Major. He became ill during a “Wings for Victory” parade in Lockerbie and died a few hour later.
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