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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 8:03 pm    Post subject: Crossmichael Reply with quote

Grid Ref NX 73286 66479

Crossmichael War Memorial is a few hundred yards out of the village on the Castle Douglas side on the A713 Ayr to Castle Douglas road and looks over towards the old manse.

The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 11th December, 1921 by Mrs. McLelland of Danevale Crossing, who lost four sons in the war.
It takes the form of a Celtic cross in Dalbeattie granite on land gifted by Mrs. Stewart of Culgruff. The base is approximately 4 foot square and the cross rises over thirteen feet. The design was selected on the recommendation of Mr. E.A. Hornel, artist, Kirkcudbright and the work was executed by Messrs. D.H. and J. Newall, Dalbeattie.
The newspaper report wrongly gives Mr Hornel’s details as Mr. A. E. Hornell.

There is no car parking at the memorial and the road is not safe to park on as there are hidden dips either side and it's busy. Best to park within the 30mph limit and walk up the road.

The link to the photos is
http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/4753099

The links to the larger photos as posted below have broken but they are all still there in the above link to the album.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are they your pics?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes there are - taken this very afternoon - almost broke a leg skidding on the slope. Why do you ask?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So we can do this...














Do you have any location details as well?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've taken the following from Derek Boorman's book At the Going Down of the Sun p.51

Unveiled 11th December 1921 by a Mr McLelland who lost four sons. They are

David, John, Robert and Johnstone.
The cross was from a design recommended by A.E. Hornel of the Glasgow School of art who had local connections.

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N.B. Three of the four brothers mentioned above were in the Gordons
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 5885

This has got to be the worst location for a memorial, well out of the village, on a busy road, with no public footpath, nowhere safe to park the car and with a very boggy grass verge to walk along to get there.
As if that was not bad enough, it is almost impossible to view the name panels on either side of the memorial. The only way I could even see them was to climb on the bench, on the back of the bench(!) and then up onto the wall. Definately not safe and I am reasonably fit and agile. No chance for anyone who is a bit dodgy on their pins.

I suppose that we should not complain when we think what they guys who are named must have gone through, but a more public display of the names should surely have been arranged.

OS Map Ref: NX 73285 66476


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Capt Johnstone is also listed on the memorial in St Ninian's church in Castle Douglas and has an individual memorial there in the form of an original grave cross
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harold Doig on the Second World War panel has a unit of ABRA. Could he have been this man? Airborne Royal Artillery

DOIG, HAROLD EDGAR
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
Unit Text: 1 Airlanding Anti-Tank Regt.
Age: 29
Date of Death: between 20/09/1944 and 21/09/1944
Service No: 6141509
Additional information: Son of Harold Edgar and Georgena Doig; husband of Emma Doig, of Wimbledon, Surrey.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 19. A. 14.
Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
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A set of photos are now at https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/5885
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1914 - 1918


PTE. ALEXANDER ADAIR, 1st CANADIANS.
Alexander Adair, Private (217096) 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. Age 31.
Alexander was a carpenter living in Melfort, Saskatchewan and a member of the local militia, the 100th Winnipeg Grenadiers, when he in July 1916 at Camp Hughes, Manitoba, naming his father, Thomas Adair of Monksmill, Crossmichael, Castle Douglas as his next-of-kin. He arrived in England in September 1916 and was posted to the CMR in France in December 1916. He served at Vimy Ridge.
Born 1886 at Kirkcowan, Wigtownshire. Son of Thomas and Jane (Adams) Adair of Abbey Yard, Crossmichael.
Missing in action on 25 October 1917 and named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.


PTE. JOHN J. BRECKENRIDGE, KOYLI.
John James Breckenridge, Private (38349) King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Formerly Private (23181) King's Own Scottish Borderers. Age 32.
John was an Ironmonger with R.C. Brown of Castle Douglas when he enlisted in March 1916 in the KOSB. He was transferred to KOYLI in France and was wounded at the Somme in January 1917. He had a leg amputated but later died in No.32 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux.
Born 1884 at Crossmichael. Son of William and Agnes (Campbell) Breckenridge of Crossmichael.
Died of wounds on 15 February 1917 and buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France.


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L-CORPL. JOHN T. BROWN, M.M. BLACK WATCH.
John Tweedie Brown, Military Medal, Lance Corporal (5726 & 267661) 1/6th (Perthshire) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Age 35.
Pre-war John was in the drapery business with his brother Thomas in Lansdowne Terrace, Earl Street, Wigan and he enlisted there in February 1916 as Private (10750) in the 9th Black Watch. He was wounded twice and served with the 1st Battalion before joining the 1/6th where he was awarded a M.M. in November 1917 as 267661 L. /C. J. T. Brown, R. Highrs. (Castle Douglas). John was killed at Cambrai.
Born 1883 at Kirkmahoe, Dumfriesshire. Son of David and Janet (Tweedie) Brown of Auchendolly Farm, Crossmichael and of Slogarie Mains, Mossdale. Missing in action on 21 March 1918 and named on the Arras Memorial, France.


L-CORPL. HENRY W. BURNETT, SEAFORTH HRS.
Henry Wilmar Burnett, Lance Corporal (241186) 1/4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Formerly Private (4547) Seaforth Highlanders. Age 28.
Henry enlisted in Belfast as Private (4547) in the 5th Seaforth Highlanders.
Born c1889 at Donaghmore, Co. Down, Ireland. Son of Rev. Lawson Burnett and of Jane Grieve (McDowall) Burnett of The Manse, Donaghmore. Rev. Burnett was a minister in Crossmichael for 3 years while the incumbent, the Rev. James A. Fisher served with the K.O.S.B.
Missing in action on 23 November 1917 and named on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.


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PTE. WILLIAM CHALMERS, SCOTS GUARDS.
William Chalmers, Private (13324) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Age 19.
William enlisted in January 1915 and joined his battalion in France in October 1915.
Born 1897 at Selby, Yorkshire. Son of Thomas and Rachael Chalmers of Auchenskeoch, Southwick, KIrkcudbrightshire of Glenlair, Parton and of High Ardwell, Gatehouse-of-Fleet.
Killed in action on 16 September 1916 and buried in the Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Also listed on the Southwick and Gatehouse War Memorials.


PTE. THOMAS CLUNIE, 1st CANADIANS.
Thomas Clunie, Private (457365) 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) 1st Canadian Brigade. Age 25.
Thomas was working as a painter when he enlisted in June 1915 at Montreal in the 60th Canadians before transferring to 3rd Battalion. He arrived in England in September 1915 and went to France in December. He was wounded in May 1916 and evacuated to hospital in England before being posted in July to a Reserve battalion. He re-joined is old battalion in France in September 1917 and was killed near Boves Wood.
Born 1893 at Townhead of Greenlaw, Crossmichael. Son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Geddes) Clounie of Boyer St. Montreal.
Missing in action 8 August 1918 and listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

and his brother

PTE. WILLIAM CLUNIE, 5th CANADIANS

William Clunie, Private (65185) 24th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) 5th Canadian Brigade. Age 30.
William was working as a carpenter when he enlisted in January 1915 at Montreal. He arrived in England in May 1915, went to France in September and by mid-June 1916 was in the front line at Zillebeek and under heavy shell fire.
Born 1886 at Townhead of Greenlaw, Crossmichael. Son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Geddes) Clounie of Boyer St. Montreal.
Missing in action 18 June 1916 and listed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

By 1901 the CLOUNIE family were living in Dunfermline, Fife but emigrated to Canada in 1907.


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SERGT. JAMES DALZIEL, GORDON HRS.
James Clark Wilson Dalziel, Sergeant (4) 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Age 25.
James was a regular soldier serving with the 2nd Gordons, in 1911 in India and at the outbreak of war in Egypt . The battalion returned to the UK and landed at Zeebrugge in October 1914. He was wounded in December 1914 at Ypres and reported missing after the Battle of Loos.
Born 1890 at Anwoth, Kirkcudbrightshire (as James Clark Wilson McGhie)
Son of Elizabeth Wilson (McGhie) Dalziel and step-son of David Stevenson Dalziel of Balmae, Kirkcudbright and, “for some 9 years previously”, of Crossmichael.
Missing in action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.


PTE. JAMES FISHER, BLACK WATCH.
James Fisher, Private (S/7038) 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Age 22.
James enlisted in November 1914 and joined his battalion in France in April 1915. He was killed by shell fire at Festubert.
Born 1893 at Glasgow. Son of Robert and Jane (Morrin) Fisher of The Masonic Arms, Crossmichael.
Missing in action on 18 May 1915 and named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

and his brother

PTE. JOHN FISHER, CAMERON HRS
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John Morrin Fisher, Private (200398) 7th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Age 29.
Educated at Noblehill School in Dumfries, and at Dumfries Academy. John spent some 9 years in London, working in the Civil Service, before he enlisted in September 1914 as Private (2218) in the 1/4th Battalion and landed with his battalion in February 1915. He served at Neuve Chapelle, Festubert, Loos and Ypres.
Born 1887 at Hoddom, Dumfriesshire. (as John Morrin) Son of Robert and Jane (Morrin) Fisher of The Masonic Arms, Crossmichael. Husband of Edith Valentine (Davis) Fisher of Cheam, Surrey.
Died of wounds on 14 April 1917and buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France.
Also named on the Dumfries War Memorial and on the Dumfries Academy Memorial.


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PTE. ROBERT GEDDES, ROYAL SCOTS.
Robert Geddes, Private (3924 & 301506) 1/7th Battalion, Royal Scots. Age 31.
Robert was a Steam Roller Driver with Kirkcudbrightshire Council when he enlisted in May 1916. He served in Egypt and Palestine before moving to France in April 1918.
Born 1886 at Crossmichael. Son of Nathan and Janet (Campbell) Geddes.
Killed in action on 27 August 1918 and buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, France.


PTE. ANDREW GORDON, SCOTS GUARDS.
Andrew Gordon, Private (11347) 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Age 28.
Andrew had been a constable in the City of Glasgow Police “C” Division for 3 years and was living at 3 Palace Street, Parkhead, Glasgow when he enlisted in October 1914. He joined his battalion in France in April 1915.
Born 1890 at Kirkcudbright. Son of John and Agnes Gordon of Crossmichael.
Died of wounds on 3 April 1918 and buried in Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, France.
Also named on the Glasgow City Police Memorial and Glasgow Roll of Honour.


PTE. WILLIAM HEUCHAN, KING'S ROYAL RIFLES.
William Heuchan, Rifleman (R/41707) 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Formerly Private (DM2/231888) Royal Army Service Corps. Age 35.
In 1911 William was in business as a draper and was living with his sister Lily at 2 St Mark's Terrace, Wrexham, North Wales. He enlisted there in October 1916 in the ASC (MT) but was posted to the KRRC and served at St. Quentin.
Born 1883 at Crossmichael. Son of John and Jane (Milligan) Heuchan. Husband of Anne McGhie (Gordon) Heuchan of Wrexham, North Wales who he married in Kirkcudbright in 1912.
Missing in action on 21 March 1918 and named, together with over 600 men of the Rifle Brigade, on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.


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SIG. ROBERT J. HOEY, MGC.
Robert James Hoey, Pioneer (361050) 52nd Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Formerly Private (25387) and (243512) Highland Light Infantry; and Private (120609) Machine Gun Corps. Age 24.
Robert was a stationer and living at 5 Millpark Terrace, Annan when he enlisted as Private (25387) in the Highland Light Infantry in December 1915. He was posted in February 1917 to the 52nd (Lowland) Division in Egypt as Private (243512) in the 1/6th HLI, joining them in April. In September he was transferred as Private (120609) to the 157th Company of the Machine Gun Corps as a Signaller and in April 1918 he moved with his unit to France. After arriving he was transferred as Pioneer/Signaller to the Royal Engineers.
Born 1894 at Crossmichael. Son of James and Mary Hoey of Danevale Crossing Crossmichael and of Glencaple Road, Dumfries.
Killed in Action on 20 June 1918 and buried in La Targette British Cemetery, Neuville-St.Vaast, France.


PTE. JOHN HOPE, CAMERON HRS.
John Hope, Private (S/14174) 7th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.
John was just 17 and a farm servant at Tinwald House, Dumfriesshire when he enlisted in September 1914. He joined his battalion in France in August 1915.
Born 19 April 1897 at Craigend Cottage in Dumfries. Son of Mary Hope of Maxwellfield Farm, Clarebrand, Crossmichael.
In 1901 John, aged 3, was with his grandparents Robert and Margaret Hope, and his mother Mary at Craigend Cottage.
He was the nephew of Mrs. Janet (Hope) Corson of Tinwald, Dumfriesshire.
Killed in Action on 29 April 1916 and buried in St. Mary's A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes, France.
Also named on the Tinwald Parish War Memorial in Amisfield Village.


CAPT. FREDERICK J. L. JOHNSTONE, KRRC.
Frederick John Lawrie Johnstone, Military Cross, Captain: 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Age 21.
Frederick was educated at Eton College and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned in November 1914 and joined his battalion in France in January 1915. He was awarded the M.C as Lt. (temp. Capt.) Frederick John Lawrie Johnstone “For conspicuous gallantry in action. During heavy fighting he assumed command of two other companies as well as his own, organised a successful counter-attack, kept up the supply of ammunition and bombs, and did fine work generally.” He served at La Bassee, Loos, Nueve Chapelle, Festubert and the Somme where he was fatally wounded at High Wood on 20 August 1916.
Born 1895 at Ernespie Mansion, Crossmichael. Son of Charles Lawrence Johnstone (an East Indies Merchant) and Ellen Stormonth (McKie) Johnstone of Drum Park, Dumfries and of Gelston Castle.
Died of Wounds on 29 August 1916 and buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.
Also named on the Gelston War Memorial, on the St Ninian's Episcopal Church Memorial in Castle Douglas, and on the Kelton Parish Church Memorial.


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