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Walter and Alexander Cliff-McCulloch, Kirkclaugh

 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:04 pm    Post subject: Walter and Alexander Cliff-McCulloch, Kirkclaugh Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM

Location: on Kirkclaugh farm near Gatehouse of Fleet at OS Map Ref NX 5330 5319 (by GPS)

Another of those memorials which is situated in a remote place. To visit this memorial, a GPS would be useful to find it and wellies are a necessity (plus the ability to climb padlocked farm gates).

My thanks to Ken Morrison for the tipoff about the existence of this memorial and then researching the location so I could find it.











And this is the view from the memorial which might explain its location.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is an online version of this memorial at http://www.baronyoffulwood.com/Heroes%20Memorial.htm The online version also mentions a James Doig but he is not named on the memorial itself, nor is he listed on any local memorial that I have been able to find.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both men have individual memorials in the Anwoth and Girthon parish church, both are listed on the Anwoth church memorial and both listed on the parish memorial, albeit one is listed as McCulloch rather than Cliff-McCulloch.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spoons wrote:
There is an online version of this memorial at http://www.baronyoffulwood.com/Heroes%20Memorial.htm The online version also mentions a James Doig but he is not named on the memorial itself, nor is he listed on any local memorial that I have been able to find.

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Sorry Paul I forgot to tell you about James H Doig - his father was a gardener at Kirkclaugh House.

DOIG, JAMES HENDERSON.
Rank:Private
Service No:859249
Date of Death:02/02/1917
Age:33
Regiment/Service:Canadian Infantry
43rd Bn.
Grave ReferenceIV. C. 10.
CemeteryECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY, MONT-ST. ELOI
Additional Information:
Native of Stow, Midlothian. Son of William and Jane Doig, of Kirkclaugh, Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland.

He's listed on the Stow War Memorial.
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?p=1145#1145
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also like a brisk walk in the country - especially when someone else does it and shows me the photos. Great piccies
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walter Alexander Cliff-McCulloch, Lieutenant: 7th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Formerly Trooper (11/221) Wellington Mounted Rifles. Age 29.
Born 1887 in Birkenhead, Cheshire - as Walter Alexander Cliff. Son of Edward Adam Cliff and of his first wife Janet McCulloch Brown, who became Mr & Mrs Cliff-McCuloch when they inherited Kirkclaugh House, Gatehouse. William had been sheep-farming with his brother John in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. He enlisted in August 1914 and sailed from Wellington. He had been a Lieutenant in the KOSB Militia in 1908 and in May 1915 was granted a commission as a Lieutenant in the RIR.
Killed in action 27 February 1916 and buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, France.


Alexander Peter Cliff-McCulloch, Sergeant/Air Gunner (1825003) 138 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 28.
Born 1916 in Chelsea, London. Son of William Edward and Eveline Mary (Howey) Cliff-McCulloch of Kirkclaugh House, Gatehouse.
Killed in action 1 June 1944 and buried in Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery, Netherlands.

Alexander was on board a Halifax bomber, converted for special duties, when it was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed near Hasteren. The aircraft was delivering supplies to Resistance groups in Belgium to support the D-day landings in Normandy.

A transcripition of the stone kindly supplied by Margaret Wright of Gatehouse:

Sacred to the memory of
Janet McCulloch Cliff-McCulloch
The wife of
E.A. Cliff McCulloch,
who died at Kirkclaugh on the 28th March 1911.
in her 59th year
"A woman greatly loved"
and her husband
Edward Adam Cliff-McCulloch
who died at Carlisle on the 31st August 1915,
in his 64th year.
and of their third son
Walter Alexander Cliff-McCulloch
Lieutenant Royal Irish Rifles,
Killed in action in France on the 27th February 1916
and buried in the British Cemetery Vermelles,
Aged 29 years
and of their grandson
Alexander Peter Cliff-McCulloch
Sgt. Air Gunner killed night 31st May - 1st June 1944
on flying operations over North Sea,
Aged 28 years.
and of their eldest son
William Edward Cliff-McCulloch
Father of Alexander Peter
Died 12th Oct. 1957 aged 76 years.
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