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Private William Black

Private William Black
6th/7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers
Died 16 September 1916
William McHaffie Black was born on 5/10/1886 at Craigoch Park Farm near Portpatrick, the son of William Black (a ploughman) and Janet Black nee Mann. William snr’s work as a ploughman meant the family moved from farm to …

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Corporal Robert Murray

Photo of Corporal Robert Murray

Corporal Robert Murray
2nd Battalion, The Black Watch
Died 21 January 1916

Corporal 1921 Robert Murray was born at Greenock on 5 January 1883. We know he was living at Kirkcowan in 1891 where his father, Alexander, worked as a woollen dyer. He was probably a regular soldier before the …

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Private Thomas McCheyne

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Private Thomas McCheyne
2nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Died 26 April 1916

Private 81625 Thomas McCheyne was born on 18 August 1889 at Kirkinner, the son of Thomas Candlish McCheyne (a gamekeeper) and his wife, Elizabeth (nee McClelland). He was one of four local men to die in the war who …

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Private John McDowall

Private John McDowall

2nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Died 26 April 1916

John McDowall was born on 12 September 1880 at Elrig, the son of farm labourer John McDowall and his wife Jessie McDowall (nee McCreadie). He was part of a large family with 5 brothers and 2 sisters. His …

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