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9th NOVEMBER 2015 Agenda

ROYAL BURGH OF WIGTOWN & DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL

AGENDA FOR NOVEMBER BUSINESS MEETING

 Monday 9 November 2015, 7.00 pm, Wigtown County Buildings

First meeting of the newly elected council to be chaired by The Returning Officer

  1. Sederent and Apologies
  2. Appointment of the Convenor
  3. Appointment of the Vice Convenor
  4. Appointment of the Secretary
  5. Appointment of the Treasurer
  6. Dumfries and Galloway Induction
  7. Appointment of Examiners of Accounts
  8. Appointment of Office Bearers
  9. Co-option of voting and associate members
  10. Appointment of Committees

To be followed by the first business meeting of the new Council

  1. Call for any Urgent Business
  2. Police Matters
  3. Approval of Minutes of previous meeting (12 October 2015)
  4. Updates & Reports
  5. Consultations WP
  6. Planning WP
  7. Louis McGuffie Memorial
  8. Tasks from previous meeting:
  • Education issue (Nick);
  • Community Resilience (Matt);
  • Derelict properties (Robin/Cllr Geddes);
  1. Wigtown Fairtrade
  2. Christmas 2015
  3. Wigtown First Responders
  4. Communications, correspondence, etc.
  5. Councillors’ Issues
  6. Other Urgent Business
  7. Next meeting –

Monday 14 December 2015, at 7.30 pm, Wigtown County Buildings

14th SEPTEMBER 2015 Agenda

ROYAL BURGH OF WIGTOWN & DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL

AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER BUSINESS MEETING

Monday 14 September 2015, 7.30 pm, Wigtown County Buildings 

  1. Welcome, Apologies, & Call for Urgent Other Business
  2. Police Matters
  3. Approval of Minutes of previous meeting (10 August 2015)
  4. Updates & Reports
  5. Consultations WP
  6. Planning WP
  7. Louis McGuffie Memorial
  8. Tasks from previous meeting:

Education issue (Nick); Youth representation (Rob/Matt);

Community Resilience (Matt); Wigtown parking & bus stop (Matt); Derelict

properties (Robin/Cllr Geddes); Minutes Secretary;

  1. Wigtown Fairtrade
  2. Remembrance Day
  3. Community Council Elections
  4. Communications, correspondence, etc.
  5. Councillors’ Issues
  6. Other Urgent Business
  7. Next meeting –

Monday 12 October 2015, at 7.30 pm, Wigtown County Buildings

 

Corporal Thomas McCaskie

Photo of a PoppyCorporal Thomas McCaskie

1st/5th Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Died 7 November 1915

Corporal 4102 Thomas McCaskie served with the 1st/5th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers.  He was born on 13/2/1890 at Dunragit Lodge, Old Luce, the son of Margaret and Thomas McCaskie. The family lived at 4 High Vennel in Wigtown before the war and Thomas was employed as a clerk at Bladnoch Creamery as well as playing football for Wigtown Utd. He enlisted with the KOSB at Wigtown.Corporal McCaskie Photo

On 24 May the Battalion sailed from Liverpool for service at Gallipoli, landing there on 6th June. At some time during the campaign Thomas fell ill and was evacuated back to Britain where he was treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley, near Southampton. Some 50,000 patients were treated at Netley during the war. Sadly, Thomas did not survive, dying on 7 November 1915. His body was brought back to Wigtown where he is buried in the cemetery.

On 30 November 1915 the Galloway Gazette reported:

Great regret was felt throughout Wigtown and district this week when word was received that Corporal Thomas McCaskie of the 1/5th KOSB had died at Netley Hospital on Sunday. He had been to the Front, and it is understood that he was suffering from dysentery. Corporal McCaskie, prior to mobilisation, was a clerk at the Creamery, Bladnoch, and was a great favourite of the district. He was about twenty five years of age. The funeral took place on Thursday, and was very largely attended, among those present being several of Corporal McCaskie’s comrades who are at present invalided home from the Dardanelles. The remains were accompanied to Wigtown Cemetery by the Town Band playing the Dead March from “Saul”. The utmost sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents and family. As a mark of respect all places of business were closed during the funeral service.

Thomas McCaskie’s grave can be seen in Wigtown High Cemetery. His brother, David, is also commemorated on the gravestone. David was killed in action in France in April 1918.

Photo of Corporal McCaskie Headstone in Wigtown CemetaryA good number of Wigtown soldiers fought at Gallipoli, one of the British army’s greatest disasters. Brilliant in concept it turned into a classic example of muddle and miscalculation. Of the 489,000 Allied soldiers involved, just over half became casualties, many from disease. Although British, Australian, New Zealand and French troops managed to land the troops failed to penetrate inland and were pinned down on the beaches by resolute Turkish defence. The troops showed outstanding courage and were to be later withdrawn.

 

Private James Todd

Photo of a PoppyPrivate James Todd

7th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Died 27 September 1915

James Todd was born at Kirkurd, Peeblesshire, the son of John Todd, and his wife, Jane Wilson Todd, on 21 June 1891. James Todd’s link with Wigtown comes from the fact that his parents were living at West Kirkland farm at the time of his death. James was living in Castle Douglas when he enlisted in the army.

James served with the 7th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers, which was raised in August 1914 when the war broke out. After training on Salisbury Plain in early 1915 the Battalion landed at Boulogne on 10 July 1915. They fought in the action at Hooge in later in the month, being the first division to be attacked by flamethrowers. On 25 September the battalion were at the Battle of Loos and it is likely that it was here that James Todd, by then an acting Sergeant, received the wounds that were to lead to his death two days later. He is buried in Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery near the French town of Bethune along with 645 other casualties. His outstanding pay of £17 was paid to his mother and she also received a War Gratuity in 1919 amounting to £6 10s.

It was at the Battle of Loos on 25 September that one of James Todd’s fellow soldiers of the 7th Battalion, Piper Daniel Laidlaw, won the Victoria Cross. Prior to an assault on enemy trenches and during the worst of the bombardment, Piper Laidlaw, seeing that his company was shaken with the effects of gas, with complete disregard for danger, mounted the parapet and, marching up and down, played his company out of the trench. The effect of his splendid example was immediate and the company dashed to the assault. Piper Laidlaw continued playing his pipes even after he was wounded and until the position was won.