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Category: 1914-18 Remembered

During World War One hundreds of young men with Wigtown and district connections went off to fight for their country. More than 70 died between September 1914 and April 1920. Wigtown Community Council salutes the bravery of all those who served and remembers those who never came home.
On the 100th Anniversary of each man’s death we will use this notice board to provide information about him.

Private Alexander Paterson Tennant

Photo of a PoppyPrivate Alexander Paterson Tennant

Royal Army Medical Corps

Died 7 January 1915

Born in Renfrew in 1883, Private 18941 Alexander Paterson Tennant was the son of the area weights and measures inspector. He was educated in Wigtown and was employed in the chemist shop of Mr Starke and, later, Mr …

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Private James Loan

Photo of a PoppyPhotograph of Private Loan

Private James Loan

2nd Battalion, Scots Guards

Died 16 May 1915

Private 10634 James Loan, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards, was born in Whithorn, the eldest son of James Loan, a traction engine driver, and his wife, Mary. He had two sisters and a brother and lived in George Street, …

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Private Hugh Jamison (or Muir)

Photo of a PoppyPrivate Hugh Jamison (or Muir)

Australian Imperial Force

Died 8 May 1915

On 23 December 1914 at Rochford, Victoria, Hugh Jamison joined the Australian army stating that he was born in Wigtown, was 40 years old and had no living next of kin. Almost 6 feet tall with a dark …

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Corporal Charles Boyd

Photo of a PoppyCorporal Charles Boyd

 1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders

 Died 14 September 1914

With the war barely two months old, Wigtown heard of the first of many deaths from amongst the young men associated with the town. Charles Boyd was the son of Charles Boyd, a baker in Wigtown, and his wife …

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Private John Briggs

Photo of a PoppyPrivate John Briggs

2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

Died 31 October 1914

The second soldier from Wigtown to die in the Great War was Private 12078 John Briggs, a member of the 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. The battalion formed part of the British Expeditionary Force, which landed at …

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McGuffie Memorial Consultation

Please find, attached, files containing information about Wigtown & District Community Council’s first consultation (supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council) on arrangements to commemorate Louis McGuffie VC at the centenary of his VC award (which will be autumn 2018).

The main file contains an explanatory note, a work in progress …

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