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David McNay
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:16 pm    Post subject: Gretna Reply with quote

This is the main civic memorial. This is located on the road from Gretna Green to Gretna.

There is another memorial commemorating civilian victims from an air raid, which is listed elsewhere on the Project.

IMG_0666 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

IMG_0675 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

The names as they are recorded on each side:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gretna parish memorial is UKNIWM Ref: 44146

OS Map Ref: NY 319 681

(watch out for the tourist busses!)

Bombing raid memorial is UKNIWM Ref: 44152

OS Map Ref: NY 318 670
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great War names from the gretna War Memorial:

Pte Robert ANDERSON Canadian Scotish
Pte Thomas W. BEATTIE D.L.I
L/Cpl David G BELL KOSB
Cpl Robert BIRNIE R.E
Pte Joseph BLACKLOCK CEF
L/Cpl Joseph BURNETT A&S Hrs
Sgt James CARLYLE KOSB
Pte William COUPLAND RIF
Pte Ames DAVIDSON Scots Guards
Pte Ninian W DAVIS RASC
Pte John G DICKSON Cameronians
Pte James ELLIOT Kings Liverpool
Pte Harold FELL Royal Fusiliers
Pte Christopher GRAHAM KOSB
Pte William HENRY RSF
Pte George JOHNSTONE Canadian Scotish
Pte Herbert J LAVERS Loyal North Lancs
Pte James LUCAS KOSB
Tpr Andrew MACKIE Scottish Horse
Pte John MAXWELL Scots Guards
Pte Samuel McCARL Border Regt
Pte William McCARL KOSB
Stoker George I McKAY RN
Pte William R McKAY RSF
Pte Edward McMURRAY Royal Scots
Pte Peter MERRICK Rifle Brigade
Pte James H MURRAY HLI
Pte Cecil H O'DELL Lancashire Fus
Pte Frederick G O'DELL Royal Fusiliers
Pte John PHILLIPS KOSB
Pte James PHILLIPS Border Regt
Pte John ROME MGC
Lt. Ken J STAFFORD M.C RFA
Pte David STEVENSON KOSB
L/Cpl William TELFORD HLI
Pte James THOMPSON KOSB
Pte Robert WOOD RSF
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm assuming this is the John Brown listed as Pte, Royals

BROWN, JOHN
Rank: Trooper
Regiment/Service: Royal Armoured Corps
Unit Text: 1st Royal Dragoons
Age: 33
Date of Death: 03/06/1945
Service No: 3185357
Additional information: Son of John and Mary Ann Brown; husband of Vinette Irene Drucilla Brown, of Richmond, Yorkshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Compt. A. Sec. 86. Grave 1.
Cemetery: GRETNA CEMETERY, Dumfriesshire
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brothers (I think)

PHILLIPS, JAMES.
Rank:Private
Service No:7543
Date of Death:12/11/1917
Age:35
Regiment/Service:Border Regiment "D" Coy. 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference:A. 8. 2.
Cemetery:GRETNA CEMETERY, DUMFRIESSHIRE
Additional Information:Son of the late James and Jane Phillips, of Creca, Annan, Dumfriesshire; husband of Mary Phillips, of 4, Midnunnery, Ferregles, [Terregles] Dumfries.


PHILLIPS, JOHN.
Rank:Private
Service No:16283
Date of Death:10/07/1915
Age:35
Regiment/Service:King's Own Scottish Borderers 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference:Panel 22.
Memorial:YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Additional Information:Son of Jane Phillips (now Cook), of Springfield, Gretna, Dumfries, and the late James Phillips.

In 1891 James, Jane, John 10 and James 8, plus other siblings, were at Creca, Annan, Dumfriesshire.
In 1901 John 20 and James 18 Phillips were with William and Jane Cook in Greencroft Wynd in Annan.

John is also named on the Dumfries War Memorial but neither are on the Annan War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Phillips family graves are just over half way down page 1 (James) and Page 2 (John) of http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/scottishwargraves-ftopic348-0-asc-0.html
I think the gravestones are actually adjacent in Gretna Cemetery.
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1914 -1918

ROBERT ANDERSON PTE. CANADIAN SCOTTISH
Robert Anderson – age 28 – Private (77270) 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. (Canadian Scottish)
Robert had been educated at Nithside Academy in Dumfries before joining the Canadian Bank of Commerce in November 1907. He was the bank accountant in the branch in Nelson, British Columbia when he enlisted in Victoria, B.C. in November 1914. He sailed from Canada in February 1915 and was posted to the 16th CIF in France on 26 April 1915. Less than a month later he was killed.
Born 1886 in Rigg, Gretna. Son of James and Margaret (Kirkpatrick) Anderson of Rigg, Gretna and of Broadlea, Robgill, Kirtlebridge, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 20 May 1915 and named on the Vimy Memorial, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour, and on the CBC Roll of Honour.


THOMAS W. BEATTIE PTE. DURHAM LIGHT INFY.
Thomas William Beattie – age 22 – Private (4307) 1/9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.
Thomas enlisted at Gateshead, Northumberland.
Born 1896 in Carlisle.
Son of Robert (a railway fireman) and Jemima (Young) Beattie who married in Gretna in 1894.
Missing in Action on 16 September 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


DAVID G. BELL L-CPL. K.O.S.B.
David George Bell – age 39 – Private (29548) 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
In 1911 David was working on his parents' farm at Guards Mill, Gretna, Longtown, Cumberland. He was farming at Raeburnfoot, Gretna when he enlisted in June 1916 and he went to France in January 1917. A well known local musician and athlete, he also a leader of praise at the Gretna United Free Church.
Born 1877 in Arthuret, Longtown, Cumberland. Son of the late John Bell and of Margaret Flora Bell of Raeburnfoot, Gretna, Dumfriesshire. Husband of May (McDonald) Bell of The Hill, Gretna and of Leny House, Muthill, Perthshire who he married in 1916 in Gretna.
Missing in Action on 31 July 1917 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour; and on the Springkell Estate memorial near Eaglesfield in Dumfriesshire.


ROBERT BIRNIE CORPL. ROYAL ENGINEERS.
Robert Birnie – age 35 – Pioneer (146507) 4th Battalion, Special Brigade, Royal Engineers.
Robert was educated at Mount Pleasant school in Gretna and at Girvan in Ayrshire before studying Arts and Science at Edinburgh University from 1906 to 1915. He was awarded his M.A. in 1911 and B.Sc, in 1915. He described himself as an agricultural expert and was living at 94 Bruntsfield Place in Edinburgh when he enlisted in January 1916. He was posted as a chemist to the R.E. at Chatham in Kent in February and joined the 4th Battalion in France in March. Robert died of gas poisoning.
Born 1881 in Gretna. Son of the late George James Birnie and of Williamina (Weall) Birnie of Redkirk Mill, Gretna.
Died on Active Service on 28 June 1916 and buried in Fosse No.10 Communal Cemetery Extension, Sains-en-Gohelle, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour, on the Girvan War Memorial and on the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen.


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JOSEPH BLACKLOCK PTE. 27th CANADIANS.
Joseph Blacklock – age 31 – Private (71351) 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry.
Joseph had had 4 years service with the KOSB before he left for Canada and was a clerk when he enlisted in Winnipeg, Manitoba in October 1914. He sailed with his battalion from Quebec in May 1915 and landed in France on 18 September 1915. He was admitted to 8th Stationary Hospital at Boulogne on 21 October with wounds to his legs but died two days later.
Born 1884 in Gretna. Son of the late James and Mary Elizabeth Blacklock of Springfield, Gretna. Brother of Isaac Blacklock of Springfield, Gretna.
Died of Wounds on 23 October 1915 and buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Boulogne, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


JOSEPH BURNETT L-CPL. A.& S.H.
Joseph Burnett – age 24 – Lance Corporal (276717) 1/7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Joseph was a farmer at Cranberry Farm, Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire when he enlisted as Private (4761) in November 1915. He joined his battalion in France in January 1916.
Born 1894 in Gretna. Son of the late Herbert Burnett and of Mary (Ritchie) Burnett of Cranberry Farm, Ecclefechan, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire.
Missing in Action on 20 September 1917 and named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour; and on the Kirkpatrick Fleming Parish War Memorial.


JAMES CARLYLE SERGT. K.O.S.B.
James Carlyle – age 25 – Sergeant (2472 & 240773) 1/5th (Dumfries and Galloway) Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
In 1911 James was a farm servant at Stonehouse, Gretna. He enlisted in November 1914 but did not go overseas until February 1916 when he served in Egypt, in Palestine and then in France.
Born 1893 Cadgillhead Cottage, Half Morton, Dumfriesshire. Son of Catherine Carlyle. Grandson of Walter and Jane Carlyle of The Hill, Gretna.
Killed in Action on 31 October 1918 and buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.

In 1881 Catherine (7) was in Canonbie with her parents Walter and Jane. In 1891 (17) she was a domestic servant at Cadhillhead Farm and in 1901 she was Mrs William Pool(27) with a family at Langholm.
In 1901 in Dornock James Carlyle (age8) is shown as the son of Walter and Jane; and CWGC has Walter as his father – but Soldiers effects has his legatee as Grandmother Jeannie
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WILLIAM COUPLAND PTE. R.I.F.
William Coupland – age 24 – Private (41834) 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
William had been a farm servant in Clarencefield and in Canonbie before he enlisted as Driver (T/4/05582) in the 164th Company of the Army Service Corps January 1915. He went to France in August 1915. He was transferred to the RIF in January 1918 and was reported missing on 21 March. William had been taken as a prisoner of war and died of dysentery in a German field hospital in Cugny where he was buried. William was re-interred in August 1920.
Born 1893 in Annan, Dumfriesshire. Son of Constable Joseph Coupland and of Mary (Burgess) Coupland of the Police Station, Springfield, Gretna.
Died on Active Service on 29 April 1918 and buried in Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


JAMES DAVIDSON PTE. SCOTS GUARDS.
James Davidson – age 43 – Private (10550) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards.
James was a locomotive fireman in Govan, Glasgow when he joined the Scots Guards as Private (9243) in 1891. He was discharged in January 1900 and seems to have settled in Liverpool as a dock labourer as he re-enlisted from there and joined his battalion in France in November 1914.
Born 1871 at Sarkfoot, Gretna. Son of the late James Davidson of Stoneybridge Cottage, Gretna and of the late Mary Ann (Rodgerson) Davidson of Holle, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire.
Brother of John Davidson, of 356, Springburn Road, Glasgow.
Missing in Action on 25 January 1915 and named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.


NINIAN W. DAVIS PTE. R.A.S.C.
Not listed by CWGC
Ninian Wallace Davis – age 23 – Private (M2/229534) Army Service Corps. (Source:Medal Roll/Card)
Born 1897 in Redding Polmont, Stirlingshire.
Son of Constable George Davis and of Elizabeth (Irvine) Davis who had married in 1887 in Annan.
Died in 1920 in Longtown, Cumberland. Burial place not known.


JOHN G. DICKSON PTE. CAMERONIANS.
John Graham Dickson – age 19 – Private (1992) 1/6th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
John was employed by the Caledonian Railway Company when he enlisted at Motherwell just before the war. He landed with his battalion at Le Havre in March 1915 but was killed at Festubert three months later.
Born 1896 in Gretna. Son of Sarah Dickson of Redkirk Cottages, Gretna.
Missing in Action on 15 June 1915 and named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour; and on the Caledonian Railway Company Memorial in Glasgow Central Station.
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JAMES ELLIOT PTE. KINGS LIVERPOOLS.
James Elliot – age – Private (87930) 13th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
James was wounded and made a prisoner of war at Monchy on 26 March 1918. He was treated at a field hospital at Douai and at a military hospital at Burg but died there. He was re-interred in Berlin in 1924/25.
Born 1898 Longtown, Cumberland. Son of James and Janet Elliot of 22 Police Barracks, Mossband, Gretna and of 165 Central Avenue, Gretna.
Died on Active Service on 1 May 1918 and buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, Germany.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


HAROLD FELL PTE. ROYAL FUSILIERS.
Harold Fell – age 23 – Private (G/87749) 23rd Battalion (1st Sportsman's), Royal Fusiliers.
In 1911 Harold, aged 14 and a schoolboy, was living with his family at 23 Park Terrace Windermere. He enlisted as Private (Spts. 4523) in the “Sportsman's Battalion” and died due to illness at the military hospital in Wesham, Kirkdale, Fylde, Lancashire.
Born 1896 in Windermere, Kendal, Westmorland. Son of John and Helen Fell of 18 Whinfield Road, Windermere.
The 1920 Valuation Roll has a John Fell at 105a Central Avenue Gretna.
Died on Service on 26 December 1918 and buried in Gretna Cemetery.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour; and on the Windermere Parish War Memorial.


CHRISr. GRAHAM PTE. K.O.S.B.
Thought to be:
Christopher Graham – age 25 – Private (42034) 1/9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.
Christopher enlisted as Private (18866) in the Royal Scots Fusiliers but was transferred to the HLI in France. He was severely wounded in April 1918 and died in the 2nd Canadian General Hospital in Le Treport.
Born 1893 in Gretna. Son of George and Jane (Jardine) Graham, of Springfield Village, Gretna.
Died of Wounds on 21 October 1918 and buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


WILLIAM HENRY PTE. ROYAL SCOTS FUSR.
William Henry – age 31 – Private (24069) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
William was a labourer when he enlisted in January 1916. He was mobilised as Private (22945) in the KOSB in March but was posted to the 2nd RSF in France on 13 June 1916. Just over a month later, on 30 July, he was severely wounded and made a prisoner of war at St Quentin. He died of his wounds and was buried in St. Martin's Military Cemetery Extension, St. Quentin but was re-interred in St. Souplet in March 1920.
Born 1885 in Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late William Henry and of Nicholas (McMorrine) Henry of Headless Cross, Gretna.
Died on Active Service on 6 August 1916 and buried in St. Souplet British Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.
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GEORGE JOHNSTONE PTE. CANADIAN SCOTTISH.
George Johnstone – age 11 – Private (420625) 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. (Canadian Scottish)
George was working as a labourer when he enlisted at Winnipeg Manitoba in December 1914. He sailed from Montreal in June 1915 and was posted to the 16th CIF in France in October 1915. George was taken ill at Ypres in June 1916, was diagnosed with rheumatic fever at the Canadian Hospital at Boulogne and evacuated to England where he spent some months in various hospitals until he was posted to a Training Battalion. While serving in the south of England he was granted permission to marry in November 1916. George returned to France on 27 August 1918.
Born 1884 in Hoddom, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late Margaret (Little) Johnstone and of Christopher Johnstone. Brother David Johnstone of Cove Railway Cottages, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. Husband of Ellen (Dodds) Johnstone of 55 Florence Avenue, Kells Lane, Low Fell. Gateshead, County Durham who he married in Gateshead in 1916.
Killed in Action on 12 October 1917 and buried in Sucrerie Cemetery, Ablain-St. Nazaire, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


HERBERT J. LAVERS PTE. LOYAL NORTH LANCS.
Herbert James Lavers – age 19 – Private (2822) 1/5th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
In 1911 Herbert was a junior commercial clerk and living with his family at 3 Lower Wood Lane, Bolton, Lancashire. He was living in Gretna when he enlisted in October 1914 and he joined his battalion in France in June 1915.
Born 1897 in Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Son of Herbert Colston Lavers and of Georgina Lily (White) of Halstead Street, Haulgh, Bolton.
Missing in Action on 6 September 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour; on the Bolton Roll of Honour and on the 5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Memorial in Queen’s Park, Bolton.


JAMES LUCAS PTE. K.O.S.B.
James Lucas – age 34 – Private (31597) 2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
James was a farm servant at Old Graitney when he enlisted as Private (18209) in the KOSB in February 1915. He was posted to the 2nd Scottish Rifles in France in 1916.
Born c.1883 in Carlisle on SNWM. Gretna Green on SDGW but I cannot trace. (At his marriage in 1907 he gave his age as 24)
Son of the late James Lucas and of Elizabeth (Twaits) Lucas. Husband of Margaret Elizabeth (Maxwell) Lucas of Cowdens Farm, Breckonhill, Lockerbie who he married in 1907 in Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. (later Mrs. James Ewing Turnbull)
Killed in Action on 20 June 1917 and buried in Perth Cemetery (China Wall) Belgium.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.
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SAMUEL McCARL PTE. BORDER REGIMENT.
Samuel McCarl – age 22 – Private (18162) 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment.
Samuel was working as a farm labourer in Appleby, Westmorland when he enlisted in the Border Regiment as Private (15306) in October 1914. Initially he was rejected as unlikely to make an efficient soldier but he was later enlisted as Private (18162) and joined his battalion in France in May 1915.
Born 1893 in Gasstown, Dumfries. Son of the late Samuel McCarl and of Annie Jane (Miller) McCarl of Springfield, Gretna.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.

and his brother

WILLIAM McCARL PTE. K.O.S.B
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William McCarl – age 22 – Private (23358) 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Born 1895 in Gasstown, Dumfries. Son of the late Samuel McCarl and of Annie Jane (Miller) McCarl of Springfield, Gretna.
Killed in Action on 27 August 1917 and buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


GEORGE I. McKAY STOKER H.M.S. “CRESSY”
George Irving MacKay – age 20 – Stoker 1st Class (K/13443) H.M.S. Cressy, Royal Navy.
George was a farm servant when he enlisted in November 1911. He had served on the “Renown” the “Bulwark” and the “Invincible” before he joined the armoured cruiser “Cressy” on 1 August 1914. She was one of three cruisers torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by the German submarine U 9. The “Aboukir” and the “Hogue” were sunk in the same attack.
Born 1893 in Headlesscross, Gretna as George Irving McKay. Son of Jessie McKay, later Mrs. Jessie Graham of Toll Bar Cottage, Gretna Green.
Killed in Action/Lost at Sea on 22 September 1914 and named on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


WILLIAM R. McKAY PTE. ROYAL SCOTS FUSrs.
William Robert McKay – age 27 – Private (24057) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
William was a ploughman at Kirtleside, Rigg of Gretna when he enlisted as Private (23097) in the KOSB in February 1916. He was posted to the 2nd RSF in France on 13 June but less than a month later he was killed at the Somme.
Born 1889 in Gretna. Son of Helen McKay. Husband of Mary Ann (Graham) McKay of 7 William Street, Wigton, Cumberland and of Rigg Square, Gretna who he married in March 1916 in Gretna.
His daughter Margaret J. (Madge) McKay was born on 6 October 1916 in Wigton.
Missing in Action on 9 July 1916 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.
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EDWARD McMURRAY PTE. ROYAL SCOTS.
Edward McMurray – age 28 – Private (41513) 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots.
Edward was a carter and was living with his wife and child in Springfield, Gretna when he enlisted in February 1916. He was placed in the Army Reserve and mobilised as Private (4658) in the 53rd Training Battalion in January 1917 before being posted to the 2nd Royal Scots in France in May 1917. He was wounded in June but was able to return to his unit. He was wounded again on 26 September and was admitted to the 14th Stationary Hospital in Wimereaux but died there some three weeks later.
Born 1888 in Rockcliffe, Longtown, Cumberland. Son of Thomas and Rachel McMurray of Todhills, Rockcliffe, Cumberland. Husband of Janet Agnes (McCarl) McMurray who he married in Hesket in the Forest, Penrith, Cumberland in 1915.
His daughter, Semina, was born 14 February 1916 in Gretna but his wife Janet died in Gretna Hospital on 23 July 1918, age 28. He was the brother-in-law of Samuel and William McCarl.
Died of Wounds on 20 October 1917 and buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


ANDREW MACKIE TROOPER SCOTTISH HORSE.
Not listed by CWGC.
Andrew Mackie – age 29 – Private (315899) 13th (Scottish Horse Yeomanry) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Andrew was working on the family farm when he enlisted as Trooper (5825) in the 1/2nd Scottish Horse Yeomanry on 26 September 1914. He landed with his unit at Gallipoli in September 1915 and was seriously wounded. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli the Scottish Horse Battalions were formed into the 13th Black Watch in Egypt and they were sent to Salonika in northern Greece in October 1916. Andrew contracted malaria and Bright's disease and was discharged from the army due to sickness on 26 June 1918. He was awarded a Silver War Badge (412949)
Andrew died at home at Aitchisonsbank Farm, Gretna of endocarditis and pericarditis.
Born 1890 in Gretna. Son of the late Andrew Mackie and of Catherine (Mackie) Mackie.
Died on 2 December 1919. Burial place not known.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.

Andrew was at home on leave on 22 May 1915 when he, his brother John, and other farm workers heard the sound of the initial rail crash at Quintishill where a troop train hit a stationary passenger train. As they made their way across the fields they saw the north bound express plough into the wreckage. They began to rescue injured and trapped soldiers but fire broke out and John set off on his motor-cycle to Carlisle where he persuaded the Fire Brigade to turn out even though they had yet to be informed of the crash by the railway company. (Source: D&G Standard 26/5/1915 p.7)

Andrew was described as a farmer, aged 29, when he died at Aitchisonsbank Farm, Gretna, Dumfriesshire on 2 December 1919. The cause of death is listed as Malaria 2 years, 7 months. Bright's disease 2 years approximately, endocarditis and pericarditis, 5 days. However Andrew's military records have not survived and there is no evidence to support a case for his inclusion on the CWGC Register.
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JOHN MAXWELL PTE. SCOTS GUARDS.
John Maxwell – age 30 – Private (12750) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards.
John was a gamekeeper when he enlisted in December 1914. He joined his battalion in France in October 1915. John was wounded on 18 May 1918 and died two days later in the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital at Doullens.
Born 1887 in Dunscore, Dumfriesshire. Son of James and Janet Maxwell of Blackwood Cottage, Auldgirth, Keir, Dumfries. Husband of Williamina (Whitson) Maxwell of Gretna Green, who he married in 1914 in Dumfries.
Died of Wounds on 20 May 1918 and buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.2, Somme, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour; and on the Keir Parish War Memorial.


PETER MERRICK PTE. RIFLE BRIGADE.
Peter Merrick – age 20 – Rifleman (B/201344) 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade.
Peter was living in Glasgow when he enlisted as Private (M/295577) in the Army Service Corps. He served in France in 1916 before being transferred as Private (B/201344) in the 16th Rifle Brigade. He then served as Private (426626) in the 935th Company of the Labour Corps before returning to the 16th and then the 2nd Rifle Brigade.
Born 1897 in Workington, Cockermouth, Cumberland. Son of William Merrick and Rosina Burns Merrick of 65 Low Glencairn Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Missing in Action on 28 May 1918 and named on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.
The D&G Standard of 16/9/1916 p.6 reporting a garden fete in Dumfries noted that “a houp-la stall was in charge of Mr Merrick a regular visitor to the Rood Fair who is now employed at Gretna


JAMES H. MURRAY PTE. H.L.I.
James Hume Murray – age 19 – Private (42232) 16th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.
James enlisted as Private (2898) in the King's Own Scottish Borderers Territorial Reserves in January 1915 but was transferred to the 16th HLI when he arrived in France in February 1917.
Born c.1898 but I cannot trace.
Son of John and Nicholas Murray, of Prince Charles Cottage, of Rose Cottage and of Bogheads Cottage, Gretna.
Missing in Action on 14 April 1917 and named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.
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Alfred Edward O'Dell came to work as a clerk/accountant at the HM Munitions Factory, Gretna on 7 August 1916 and was employed there until September 1919. He signed up at Carlisle for a year as Private ES/50369 & S/8008 with the Royal Army Service Corps in December 1919 and was discharged from “H” Supply Company in York in December 1920. He named his wife Susan Elizabeth O'Dell of 36 Annan Road, Gretna as his next of kin.

Two of his sons were killed in the War.

CECIL H. O'DELL PTE. LANCS. FUSILIERS
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Cecil Henry O'Dell – age 19 – Private (38422) 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.
Cecil enlisted as Private (26976) in the East Lancashire Regiment at Accrington, Lancashire in December 1915 and was posted to the Lancashire Fusiliers. Cecil was buried in Bell Farm Cemetery, Wytschaete but was re-interred in Messines Ridge in1920.
Born 1898 at Longford Station, Templemichael, County Longford, Ireland. Son of Alfred Edward and Susan Elizabeth (Cooke) O'Dell of 36 Annan Road, Gretna and of 11 Sergeant Street, London Road, Preston, Lancashire.
Killed in Action on 7 June 1917 and buried in Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.

and his brother

FREDk. G. O'DELL PTE. ROYAL FUSILIERS
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Frederick George O'Dell – age 23 – Private (51603) 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
Frederick enlisted as Private (27667) in the East Lancashire Regiment at Accrington, Lancashire in December 1915 and was posted to the Royal Fusiliers.
Born 1893 in Ballirobe, County Mayo, Ireland. Son of Alfred Edward and Susan Elizabeth (Cooke) O'Dell of 36 Annan Road, Gretna and of 11 Sergeant Street, London Road, Preston, Lancashire.
Missing in Action on 23 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.


JAMES PHILLIPS PTE. BORDER REGIMENT.
James Phillips – age 35 – Private (7543) 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment.
James, as a reservist, was mobilised in August 1914 and landed with his battalion at Boulogne in October 1914. He died in the King George Hospital in London from wounds received in action three weeks earlier.
Born 1883 in Annan, Dumfriesshire. Son of the late James and Jane Phillips, of Creca, Annan and step-son of William Cook of The Lea, Springfield Gretna. Husband of Mary (Rule) Phillips of 4 Midnunnery, Terregles, Dumfriesshire who he married in 1912 in Canonbie, Dumfriesshire.
Died of Wounds on 12 November 1917 and buried in Gretna Cemetery.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour.

and his brother

JOHN PHILLIPS PTE. K.O.S.B
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John Phillips – age 35 – Private (16283) 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
John joined the 2nd KOSB in France in January 1915.
Born 1881 in Kirkpatrick-Fleming, Dumfrieshire. Son of the late James and Jane Phillips, of Creca, Annan and step-son of William Cook of The Lea, Springfield Gretna.
Missing in Action on 10 July 1915 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Also named on the Gretna Old Parish Church memorial and Roll of Honour; and on the Dumfries War Memorial.
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