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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:18 am    Post subject: Kirkcowan Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 44434

in the grounds of the parish church, OS Map Ref: NX 327 610

A couple of unusual regiments for WW1; Can Forestry Corps and Sportsman's Batt.




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Palace Barracks Memorial Garden site:

13.12.1989
L/Cpl Michael John Paterson Aged 21 (Sp Coy). (Single)
From Wigtownshire ... One of two soldiers killed during a bomb, grenade and gun attack while manning a
permanent vehicle checkpoint in Fermanagh.
He was awarded a posthumous (MID) Mentioned In Dispatches for his actions during the attack.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This memorial has been researched and details are on the Roll-of-honour website at http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Wigtownshire/Kirkcowan.html
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another one of my favourite memorials. I think this type of cross with a very tall, narrow shaft was common in Northumberland and Cumbria? or does the style originate from somewhere else?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:30 am    Post subject: Pte. Archibald Thom Reply with quote

spoons wrote:
This memorial has been researched and details are on the Roll-of-honour website at http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Wigtownshire/Kirkcowan.html


I don't know how well researched. The first casualty I've checked up on is the wrong man.

(Glasgow Herald 10th Dec 1914)
"Another soldier belonging to Kirkcowan Parish has been killed, the second within three weeks. The relatives of Private A. Thom, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, have received intimation that he has been killed in action near Ypres on October 22."

CWGC
Name: THOM, ARCHIBALD
Rank: Private
Service No: 6313
Date of Death: 22/10/1914
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 19 and 33.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

SNWM
Surname: THOM
Firstname: Archibald
Service Number: 6313
Date Death: 22/10/1914
Place of birth: Partick Glasgow
Other: 2nd Bn.
SNWM roll: THE ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS
Rank: Pte


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derek's post above has reminded me that Pte. ROBERT MORLAN, Scots Guards has now been identified and added to the CWGC Debt of Honour Register. See http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=6406


MORLAN, ROBERT
Rank:Private
Service No:11177
Date of Death:07/01/1916
Age:23
Regiment/Service:Scots Guards
3rd Bn.
Panel Reference
MemorialUNITED KINGDOM BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Additional Information:
Son of Robert and Margaret Morlan of Glasnick Crossing, Kirkcowan, Wigtownshire.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:42 pm    Post subject: Sgt. Robert Barry Reply with quote

WW1
Sgt. Robert Barry Gds.Bde. T.M.B.

Also listed on the Glasgow Police memorial and the one at Sorbie.
The newspaper report of an earlier wounding helps identify he is the Robert Barry on this memorial.

(Glasgow Herald 26th March 1915)
"Intimation has been received in Kirkcowan that Lance-Corporal Robert Barry, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, has been wounded, and that he is now in the Armstrong College Hospital, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Lance-Corporal Barry was formerly a member of the Glasgow Police Force, and joined the Army at the beginning of the war. He has two brothers with the colours on the continent, while another is in training in England."

CWGC
BARRY, ROBERT
Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 10323
Date of Death: 31/10/1917
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Scots Guards 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: XXX. H. 23.
Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information: Italian Bronze Medal for Military Valour. Husband of Mary Barry, of Burnside, Garlieston, Wigtownshire.

SNWM
Surname: BARRY
Firstname: Robert
Service Number: 10323
Date Death: 31/10/1917
Place of birth: Creetown Kirkcudbright
SNWM roll: SCOTS GUARDS
Rank: Sgt
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is significant that the plaque on this memorial refers to "the men of Kirkcowan and District". The River Bladnoch which forms the boundary between parishes of Kirkcowan and Penninghame (Newton Stewart) is just to the east of the village of Kirkcowan and a number of estates/farms which are in Penninghame Parish are connected more closely with Kirkcowan.
The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 8 May 1921 by the wife of Major W. M. Fleming Hamilton of Craighlaw House, Kirkcowan.

1914 - 1919

Sgt. ROBERT BARRY, Gds.Bgd. T.M.B.
Robert Barry, Segeant (10323) 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Attached to the Guards Trench Mortar Battery. Age 25.
Born 1892 in Creetown, Kirkmabreck, Kirkcudbrightshire - as Robert Barray. Son of Patrick and Agnes (Kennedy) Barray of Main Street, Kirkcowan. Husband of Mary (Kennedy) Barry [his cousin] of Burnside Cottage, Garlieston, Sorbie, Wigtownshire who he married in 1917 in Sorbie. Robert was a constable in the City of Glasgow's Southern Division and was living at Cathcart Road, Glasgow when he enlisted in September 1914. He was serving with the 1st Scots Guards when he was wounded in early March 1915. (See above post by Delboy)
He was awarded the Italian Bronze Medal for Military Valour in May 1917.
Died of wounds 31 October 1917 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
Also listed on the Sorbie Parish War Memorial and on the City of Glasgow Police Memorial.
Robert's three brothers (William, David and Jeremiah) also served as did his father, Patrick, who served in a Labour Battalion.


Pte. DAVID BELL, Can. Forestry Corps.
David Bell, Private (100046 or 468) 78th Company, Canadian Forestery Corps. Age 31.
Born 1887 in Kirkcowan. Son of David and Agnes (Gordon) Bell of Kirkcowan. David was farming when he enlisted at Souris, Manitoba in January 1916. He arrived in England in December 1916 and joined the 78th CFC in France in October 1917. He died of pneumonia during the influenza epidemic.
Died on active service 6 October 1918 and buried with three colleagues of the CFC who all died in October 1918, in the Leon (St.Andre) Cemetery, Landes, South-West France.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:53 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

Pte. D.W.McW. BROWN, Black Watch.
David William McWalter Brown, Private (6442 & 292597) 7th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Age 21.
Born 1896 in Penninghame. His father was the school master at Grange School, Kirkcowan/Penninghame. Son of John and Sarah (Hannay) Brown of Grange School House. David had been educated at the Ewart High School in Newton Stewart and was employed in a bank in the town when he enlisted.
Killed in action 25 April 1917 and buried in the Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux, France.
Also listed on the Penninghame Parish War Memorial, on the Ewart High School Memorial and on the St. John's Church Memorial, all in Newton Stewart.


Pte. ALEXr. CAMPBELL, Aus.M.G.C.
Alexander Fairweather Campbell, Private (232) 4th Battalion, Australian Machine Gun Corps. Age 25.
Born 1893 in Kirkcowan. son of James and Elizabeth or Bessie (McNeil) Campbell. Husband of Jessie Small (Simpson) Campbell of Bulimba, Brisbane, Queensland. Alexander was working as a barman when he enlisted in January 1916 in Brisbane. He arrived in the UK in August 1916 and was trained at the Machine Gun Training Centre in Gratham, Lincolnshire before being posted to France. He died of bronchial pneumonia in the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Abbeville just as the war ended.
Died on active service 12 November 1918 and buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, France.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

Pte. ANDREW CANDLISH, A&S.Hrs.
Note: All civil records show his name as McCandlish.
Andrew Candlish, Private (8183) 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age 32.
Born 1883 in Minnigaff, Kirkcudbrightshire as Andrew McCandlish. Son of the late Andrew McCandlish and of Janet (Crozier) McCandlish of Kirkcowan. As Andrew Crozier McCandlish he married Helen Scott in 1905 in Kirkcowan.
CWGC shows his next of kin as Janet Candlish of Kirkcowan and Helen Candlish of Glenluce.
A local newspaper reported that Andrew Candlish was the first man from Kirkcowan to fall in the war and that he left a wife and young family. In 1911 Andrew and Helen McCandlish with Sarah aged 3 and Andrew aged 1 were in Kirkcowan.
Andrew was educated at Stronord School and had enlisted in the Argylls in November 1907. As a reservist he was mobilised in August 1914 and joined his battalion, who had landed at Boulogne in mid-August, on 26 August.
Died of wounds 14 November 1914 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
Also named, as And. McCandlish A&SH, on the memorial of Stronord Primary School, now an Outdoor Centre near Blackcraig.


Sgt. DAVID M. CHESNEY, M.M. Cam.Hrs.
David McMurdo Chesney, Military Medal, Sergeant (S/17708) 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Age 21.
Born 1897 at Craiglarie, Mochrum, Wigtownshire. Son of Robert and Mary (McMurdo) Chesney of Challochglass, Kirkcowan. David was employed at Mark of Shennaton, Kirkcowan when he enlisted in April 1915. He joined his battalion in France in October 1915.
The award of the Military Medal was announced in the London Gazette on 13 May 1919.
Killed in action 25 October 1918 and buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.
Also listed on the Mochrum Parish War Memorial in Port William.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:56 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

Sgt. JOHN CRAIG, A&S.Hrs.
John Craig, Private (9704) 2nd Battallion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Age unknown.
"Soldiers who Died in the Great War" shows that John was born in Stirling, was living in Kirkcowan and enlisted in Stirling - indicating that he was a former soldier and a reservist. The Galloway Gazette of 10/7/1915 reports his death in the No.8 Casualty Clearing Station and that he was well known in Kirkcowan.
Born ???? in Stirling. Son of ?
Died of wounds 4 July 1915 and buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.


GUNNER DAVID CROZIER, R.F.A.
David Crozier, Gunner (126172) 43rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Age 37.
Born 1879 in Kirkcowan. Son of the late David and Jeanie (Grierson) Crozier of Main Street, Kirkcowan. David had been a tailor like his father and his older brother, John.
Killed in action 22 April 1917 and buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France.


Pte. DAVID DRYNAN, K.O.S.B.
David Drynan, Private (4290) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 24.
Born 1892 in Kirkinner, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Agnes (Skimming) Drynan of Kirkinner and, later, of Newton Stewart. David was employed at Barlennan, Kirkcowan when he enlisted in May 1915. He joined the battalion in the October in Gallipoli. He was wounded on 30 December and died two days later.
Died of wounds 1 January 1916 and buried in the Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:31 am    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

Pte. WILLIAM FERRIES, Black Watch.
William Ferries, Private (S/5468) 1st Battalion, Black Watch. Age 27.
William joined his battalion in France in September 1915. He died of illness in hospital in Rouen.
Born 1891 in Glenluce, Wigtownshire. Son of David and Joanna (Hyslop) Ferries of Boreland and of Drumbeg, Kirkcowan.
Died on Active Service 23 October 1918 and buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.


Pte. ALEXANDER McC. GIBSON, H.L.I.
Alexander McCreadie Gibson, Private (41726) 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Formerly Private (24334) King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 31.
He went to France as Private (24334) King's Own Scottish Borderers and was posted to the 12th HLI. Alexander died of heart failure.
Born 1886 at Inch, Wigtownshire. Son of the late Peter Gibson and of Margaret (McCreadie) Gibson of Spittal Bridge, Kirkcowan. Alexander and his brother John were joiners and saw-millers at Tarff Mill in Kirkcowan.
Died on Active Service 25 February 1917 and buried in Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France.


Pte. JAMES GRANT, Royal Fus.
James Grant, Private (65199) 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Age 23.
James was a gamekeeper on the Shennanton Estate, Kirkcowan/Penninghame when he enlisted as Private (4613) 30th (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He went to France as Private (68270) in March 1917 and was posted to the 10th Royal Fusiliers on 18 April 1917. He died three days later.
Born 1893 at Balmenoch, Glen Lyon, Innerwick, Fortingall, Perthshire. Son of the late James Grant of Dalmally, Argyllshire and of Catherine (Anderson) Grant of Glasnick, Kirkcowan/Penninghame.
Died of wounds 21 April 1917 and buried in Hervin Farm British Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy, France.
Also listed on the Pennighame Parish War Memorial in Newton Stewart and on the Glenorchy & Innishail Parish War Memorial in Dalmally.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:33 am    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

Pte. JOHN GRIFFIN, Sportsman's Batt.
John Griffin, Private (Spts. 4614) 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Age 22.
Born 1895 in Wigtown, Wigtownshire. Son of John and Maggie (Adair) Griffin of Bladnoch, Penninghame. John was employed at High Glasnick Farm, Kirkcowan/Penninghame when he enlisted. His service number indicates that he originally enlisted in the 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers - known as the 1st Sportsman's Battalion. (see W.A. Kelly, Pte. 4615 below)
Missing in action 22 May 1917 and listed on the Arras Memorial.
Also listed on the Penninghame Parish War Memorial in Newton Stewart and on the Glasserton Parish War Memorial in Wigtownshire.
John's older brothers Robert and George were also killed.
Robert Griffin, Private (S/5953) 7th Black Watch died 31 Juy 1917 and is listed on the Kirkinner Parish War Memorial.
George Griffin , Private (12125) 2nd Scots Guards died 16 May 1915 and is listed (with John) on the Glasserton Parish War Memorial
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Pte. DOUGLAS F. HAMILTON, Sc.Rfls.
Douglas Finlay Hamilton, Private (31733) 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Age 22.
Born 1895 in Kirkcowan. Son of William James Hamilton and of Elizabeth (Finlay or Findlay) Hamilton of 2 Waulkmills, Kirkcowan and later of Kirkland, Kirkcowan. Husband of Elizabeth Ann (McKenna) Hamilton of Barlunton Cottage, Kirkcowan who he married in 1916 in Kirkcowan. Douglas was a spinner at the Waulkmills in Kirkcowan. He was seriously wounded in early September 1917 and died of his wounds in the White Cross Auxiliary Military Hospital in Warrington.
Died of wounds 8 March 1918 and buried in Kirkcowan Graveyard (CWG)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:56 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

Pte. DAVID KELLIE, Cameron Hrs.
David Kellie, Private (S/23347) 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders. Age 24.
Born 1892 in Kirkcowan (as David Kelly). Son of the late David Kelly and of Jane or Jean Rowan (McDowall) Kelly; later Mrs. David Nicholson of Torhousemuir, Wigtown. Husband of Sarah Findlater (McCulloch) Kellie of Craigmark, Dalmellington, Ayrshire who he married (as David Kellie) in 1916 in Dalmellington. David was a shepherd at Minnievey Farm, Dalmellington when he enlisted.
Missing in action 3 May 1917 and listed on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also listed on the Dalmellington War Memorial.


Pte. WILLIAM A. KELLY, R.Fus.
William Alexander Kelly, Private (4615) 23rd Battalion (1st Sportsman's) Royal Fusiliers. Age 19.
Born 1897 in Penninghame Parish. Son of Andrew and Catherine (McDowall) Kelly of Barrachan Farm, Kirkcowan/Penninghame and later of Corwar Hill, Newton Stewart.
Killed in action 27 July 1916 and buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.
Also listed on the Penninghame Parish War Memorial in Newton Stewart.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:20 pm    Post subject: WW1 Reply with quote

Pte. FRANCIS MARSHALL, Sea.Hrs.
Francis Marshall, Private (1154) 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Age 22.
Francis was a regular soldier and landed with his battalion at Boulogne on 23 August 1914. He was wounded in May 1915 and was wounded again 18 months later. At the time of his death his brother John, serving with the Canadians, was in hospital in Bristol recovering from his wounds.
Born 1894 in Kirkcowan. Son of Francis and the late Sarah (McDonald) Marshall of Low Glasnick Farm, Kirkcowan/Penninghame.
Died of wounds 23 October 1916 and buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, France.


Pte. ROBERT MORLAN, Scots Guards.
Note:on civil records the family name is shown as Morlan or Morland or McMorland.
Robert Morlan, Private (11177) 3rd Battalion, Scots Guards. Age 23.
Born 1892 at Mains of Park, Old Luce, Wigtownshire - as Robert Morlan. Son of Robert and Margaret (Flynn or Stevenson) Morland or McMorland of Glasnick Level Crossing Kirkcowan/Penninghame. Robert had been a constable in the City of Glasgow Police Force for 2 years when he enlisted in September 1914. He was wounded at Festubert and was eventually evacuated to the Stobhill Military Hospital in Glasgow where he remained until early November. Although he recovered from his wounds he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was discharged as no longer fit for active service.
Died 7 January 1916 at home and buried in Glenluce (or Old Luce) Cemetery. (CWG)
Also listed on the Penninghame Parish War Memorial in Newton Stewart and of the City of Glasgow Police Memorial.
As the result of research Robert's name was added to the CWGC's Debt of Honour Register on 4 November 2011, some 95 years after his death.
See http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=6406


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