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World War 1 – Those who served

Those from Wigtown Burgh and Parish who served in World War 1

Introduction

It was back in 2013, with the centenary of World War 1 fast approaching, that I began to take an interest in the names on Wigtown’s War Memorial. With the phrase, “We Will Remember Them” in my mind, I was curious to know some of the background of these 54 men who had given their lives long ago. When I found that little (or nothing) was known about a good many of them I decided to find out for myself.

Before very long I started coming across names of others from the town who had gone off to war. I wondered how many more there could be; what had happened to them; where did they live. I was fortunate enough to visit Gatehouse of Fleet to see the exhibition about those from the town who had served their country and bought the book, researched and written by Margaret Wright (“Those From Gatehouse and District Who Served in World War 1”), and decided that it would provide a brilliant template for the work I was considering. As with Margaret, I want to avoid the details of battles and military structures and concentrate on placing the men and women who served their country in the Wigtown community with their families – all who would be affected by the War.

The War Memorial, the Rolls of Honour for the Bladnoch Creamery and United Free Church provided a basis for identifying individuals as well as reports in the Galloway Gazette and Wigtownshire Free Press. Then, using Ancestry and Scotland’s People databases I was able to fill in family background and military records. Information on individuals is presented in data form – I have kept narratives to a minimum. It is for the reader to draw out individual stories from the facts provided: and there are some intriguing pictures to be drawn!

At the time of writing I have been able to provide background, some in depth and some more sketchy, on 250 individuals. But I know there must be many more: I have a further 60 names where I have yet to identify military service … and more crop up all the time. So, of course, the list will soon be out of date. Equally I am sure there are details I haven’t spotted and I’m pretty sure I will have made some errors. So additions or corrections are always welcome.

Mike Morley

May 2019

 

Sources of Information

The information used in this document has come from many different sources. Information from each source type has been presented in a different colour.

Births and Marriages. Scottish Records are taken from www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, in the main, and are signified by GRoS (General Register of Scotland). English and Welsh records are taken from Ancestry.co.uk.

Census Information. For the most part I have used Ancestry for census information. This is mainly because Ancestry can be accessed for free in your local Library and can be a vital source of census data for England and Wales from 1841 to 1911 and for sufficient summary data for Scotland up to 1901. For Scotland’s 1911 census you need to access Scotlands People, for which a small fee is charged for each record.

Military Records. For British soldiers Ancestry, once again, provides a useful source. Around about a half of all Army records were destroyed in the WW2 Blitz but Medal Index cards and Medal Rolls can still be obtained. Other resources on Ancestry include:

  • Soldiers Who Died in the Great War 1914-1919;
  • De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour. Compiled by the Marquis de Ruvigny to honour soldiers who gave their lives for their country. The original intention was to have a biography and a photograph for each soldier but, as the war progressed and numbers of deaths piled up, it became an impossible exercise and only a fraction of the dead are included.
  • Canadian Great War Project. Free searches for all the Canadian personnel who fought www.canadiangreatwarproject.com;
  • National Archives of Australia. Searches are free and provided complete records for Australian soldiers (often up to 30 pages or more). www.naa.gov.au.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission. A database of all who died in two World Wars as a result of military conflict. www.cwg.org.

Gravestones. Stones in Machars kirkyards have been recorded by the late Jock Birchman and can be accessed in the Library. A useful source of biographical information and for identifying individuals who served.

Newspapers. The Galloway Gazette and Wigtownshire Free Press provide an excellent source of information. The Free Press is indexed. Both can be read via the microfiche in the Library. Most of the photographs I have found have been in these newspapers but bear in mind that the photos are over 100 years old and the microfiche versions are not the clearest!

Other Sources of Information. The internet gives you access to school and university rolls of honour. Local history books can also provide a valuable resource.

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Wigtown’s Great War A-L

Wigtown’s Great War M-Z

Names of those who served – A to Z

ADAMS, John
AIRD, Robert
ALISON, William
ANDERSON, George Brown
ANDERSON, Hugh
ANDERSON, James Alexander
ANDERSON, James F
ARMSTRONG, John
BARR, Alexander
BAXTER, John
BELL, Henry
BELL, Henry
BENNETT, Alexander
BLACK, John
BLACK, William McHaffie
BOYD, Charles
BOYD, David A
BOYD, James
BOYD, Robert
BRIGGS, Abel
BRIGGS, Andrew
BRIGGS, James
BRIGGS, John
BROADFOOT, Alexander
BROADFOOT, William Turner
BROCK, James
BURNS, Michael
BURNS, Owen
CAMPBELL, James
CAMPBELL, Samuel
CHRISTIE, Bruce
CHRISTIE, John Kelly
CLARK, Edward
CLARK, Joseph
CLARK, Thomas
COBURN (COCKBURN), John
COCKBAIN, Frank William
CONNELL, Andrew Dempster
CONNELL, David
COPLAND, Hugh
COPLAND, Robert Muirhead
COSKER, Angus
COURT, Peter
CROMIE, Thomas
CULLEN, Alfred
DAVI(E)S, John
DAVI(E)S, Mary Frances Cunningham
DICKIE, John
DICKIE, William
DOUGLAS, Robert
DRYSDALE, Charles
DRYSDALE, David
DRYSDALE, William
DUNCAN, Harry
DUNCAN, W
EDGAR, John Maxwell
EDWARDS, John
EDWARDS, William Thomas
ELDER, William
EWING, Alfred
EWING, John
FALLACE, John Andrew
FINNIGAN, Archibald
FINNINGHAM, James
FLEMING, (or ROSS) James
FLYNN, John
Rev FORDYCE, James H
GIBSON, Charles Lindsay
GILMOUR, James Douglas
GILMOUR, John
GILMOUR, Peter
GOW, John Murray
GRAY, John James
GRIFFIN, Andrew
GRIFFIN, George Adair
GRIFFIN, John
GRIFFIN, Robert Alexander
GRIFFIN, Robert Muir
HALE, Alfred Neal
HALE, Edward James
HANNAH, Alex
HARGR(E)AVES, James
HARVEY, Alexander
HARVEY, Daniel
HARVEY, John
HAUGH, Robert
HILL, John
HODGSON, Charles
HOGG, Thomas
HORNER, Adam
HORNER, Hugh
HUGHAN, Alexander Walker
HUGHES, Robert Higgins
INNES, William John
IRVINE, William
JAMIESON, William
JAMISON, Hugh
JOHNSTONE, William
KELLIE, David
KELLY, Charles
KELLY, James Halbert Dalrymple
KELLY, William J
KENNEDY, Francis William
KENNEDY, John
KENNEDY, Leslie
KER(R), James William Eric Goldie
KERR, James
KILPATRICK, Edward
KILPATRICK, William
KILTIE, David
KILTIE, Robert
KILTIE, Robert
KNOWLES, Alexander
KNOWLES, Robert William
KNOWLES, Robert
LANDERS, Charles
LANDERS, James
LAURIE, Alexander
LAURIE, Thomas
LAURIE, William
LAWSON, Gavin
LAWSON, George
LAWSON, Robert
LEES, Samuel
LILICO, William
LINDSAY, Peter
LOAN, James
LOVE, Alexander
LOVE, James
MALONE, Blain
MALONE, David
MALONE, James
MALONE, Robert
MCADAM, Andrew
MCCASKIE, David
MCCASKIE, Thomas
MCCHEYNE, Thomas
MCCLELLAND, Alexander
MCCLELLAND, David Smart
MCCLELLAND, Ernest
MCCLELLAND, John
MCCLELLAND, Norman
MCCLELLAND, Thomas
MCCLELLAND, Wilfred
MCCLURG or MCLURG, William
MCCONNELL, William
MCCOURT, George
MCCREDIE, Alexander
MCCREDIE, Arthur
MCCREDIE, James
MCCUBBIN, William
MCCULLOCH, James
MCCULLOCH, William
MCCULLOCH, William
MCDOWALL, John
MCGAW, Alexander
MCGAW, David
MCGAW, William
MCGEOCH, Martin
MCGINN, Andrew S
MCGINN, Peter Carroll
MCGOWAN, Alexander
MCGOWAN, John
MCGOWAN, Thomas
MCGOWAN, William
MCGUFFIE, Alexander
MCGUFFIE, Edward John
MCGUFFIE, Louis
MCGUFFIE, Robert
MCGUFFIE, Thomas
MCGUFFIE, Thomas
MCHARRIE, John
MCKEAND, Andrew
MCKEAND, Peter Alexander
MCKEAND, William Ian
MCKIE, William John Scott
MCKINNA, Charles McBride
MCKIRDY, James
MCLORIE, Andrew Briggs
MCMASTER, James
MCMILLAN, Isaac
MCMILLAN, James
MCMILLAN, John Hunt
MCMURRAY, David Simpson
MCMURRAY, John
MCNEIL, James
MCNEILLIE, James Stuart
MCROBERT, James
MCROBERT, Joseph
MCROBERTS, Samuel
MCVEA, William Becom
MELVIN, Charlie
MILROY, James
MUIR, Hugh
MUIR, Robert Erskine
MURCHIE, David
MURRAY, John Herbert
MURRAY, Robert
Nay, David
NAY, Robert
NAY, William
NEIL, Hugh
NICOL, William
NIMMO, John
NIMMO, John Kennedy
NIMMO, Thomas
PARK, Andrew
PATON, William
PAXTON, George
POLLOCK, Hume
RANKIN(E), Thomas
RICHMOND, James Fleming
RICHMOND, Paul Henry
RICHMOND, Wesley William
RODGER, Edward
ROLFE, Stanley Taverner
RONNIE (RONEY), William
ROSS, John Alexander
SANDFORD, Matthew
SCOTT, Thomas McWalter
SKIMMING, Keith
SMITH, John
SMITH, William
SPROUL, William Jardine
STIRLING, John
STRACHAN, Robert
TAIT, William
TEMPLETON, Robert
TENNANT, Alexander Paterson
THOMSON, David
THOMSON, James
THOMSON, Robert Kemp
THOMSON, William
TODD, Arthur Robert
TODD, George Frederick
TODD, Hugh Comrie
TODD, James
TODD, Norman
TODD, William Alexander
TURNER, William John
WADDELL, Robert
WALKER, James
WALKER, James Edgar
WALKER, Mary Broadfoot
WALKER, William
WALLACE, James
WALLACE, James
WALLACE, John (Jack)
WALLS, David
WALLS (or Highet), William
WATT, Harry Stewart
WHITESIDE, James
WILSON, David McNaught
WOOD, William Davies Richard