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CAPT. JOHN VIVERS, 5th RSF.
John Vivers – age 25 – Captain, 1/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
John was educated at Annan Academy, where he was dux in 1904, and at Edinburgh University 1906-1910 where he graduated M.A. (Honours, History) He became an English master at Ayr Academy and was living at 23 Fort Street in Ayr when he was commissioned in the 5th RSF in April 1914. John landed with his battalion at Gallipoli in June 1915 and was promoted to Captain in September but a month later he was killed.
Born 1890 at Millburn Farmhouse in Brydekirk. Son of William and Mary Vivers of Millburn Farm, Brydekirk and of Manse Crescent, Brydekirk.
Killed in Action on 27 October 1915 and buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.
Also named on the Annan Academy War Memorial, on the Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen, on the Edinburgh Old College War Memorial, on the Edinburgh Provincial Teacher Training Centre Memorial, on the Ayr Academy War Memorial and on the Ayr Burgh War Memorial


PTE. JAMES WALKER, 1st SCOT. RIFLES.
James Mackay Walker – age 19 – Private (38653)1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
James's mother, who had remarried in 1914, was advised that her eldest son Josiah Walker, Gunner (958) RFA had been wounded in Salonica on 20 April 1918 and that her youngest, James, who had been at the front for just six weeks, had been wounded on 14 April. Sadly he had been killed.
Born 1899 in Brydekirk. Son of the late Thomas Walker and of Agnes (Mackay) Walker (later Mrs James Carrick) of Woodcockair Street, Brydekirk.
Killed in Action on 14 April 1918 and buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, France.


PTE. WILLIAM WARWICK, 10th A&SH.
William Warwick – age 29 – Private (S/6940) 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
William landed with his battalion at Boulogne in May 1915 but four month later was killed at the Battle of Loos.
Born 1886 in Annan. Son of George and Helen Warwick of Brydekirk.
Missing in Action on 25 September 1915 and named on the Loos Memorial, France.
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1939 – 1945


SIGNALMAN J. J. ADAMSON, RCS
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John Johnstone Adamson – age 21 – Signalman (3191032) 80 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery Signals Section, Royal Corps of Signals.
John had been employed at Mossband, Gretna and was a Territorial with the KOSB. He fought in Malaya and was made a prisoner of war with the surrender of Singapore in February 1942. He was transferred to the island of Formosa (Taiwan) and made to work in the copper mine at Kinkaseki. John died there but was re-interred in Hong Kong in July 1947.
Born 1921 in Brydekirk. Son of John Johnstone Adamson and Agnes Lithgow (McDowell) Adamson of Lady Street, Brydekirk.
Died on Service on 14 December 1942 and buried in Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong, China.
Also named on the Annan Burgh War Memorial.


PTE. T. R. HALBERT, KOSB.
Thomas Ronald Halbert – age 21 – Private (3190557) King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Thomas had been brought up with his grandmother, Mrs Halbert, at North Street, Brydekirk and went to school there. He was a mason firstly at Corsehill Quarries and then with a local builder. He joined the KOSB before the war. Thomas was on way home on leave when he was taken ill at Crewe Station. He died in the military hospital in Chester.
Son of Adam Creighton Halbert and Marion (Bell) Halbert of Thorburn Crescent, Annan.
Died on Service on 22 January 1941 and buried in Annan Cemetery. (CWG)
Also named on the Annan Burgh War Memorial.


A.C.2. W. G. JOHNSTON, RAF.
William George Johnston – age 36 – Aircraftman 2nd Class (1120543) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Husband of Annie Johnston, of Brydekirk.
William was made a prisoner of war in Java in March 1942. It is likely that he died on the cargo ship Nichinan Maru whilst being moved to the island of Haruku in the Moluccas Archipeligo. (Source: cepowfe database)
Died on Service on 13 December 1943 and named on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore.

I cannot trace personal details for William. He is not listed on the SNWM, so may have been born outside of Scotland and the Service Return at GRoS gives his age as 26 rather than the 36 on CWGC.
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TROOPER G. A. RAFFERTY, RTR.
George Alexander Rafferty – age 31 – Trooper (330161) 1st Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.
In September 1939, 1st RTR was one of the original units in Egypt that formed what was then called The Heavy Brigade. It fought near the 'Knightsbridge Box' before withdrawing with the rest of the 8th Army to El Alamein in June 1942.
George was wounded on 6 June 1942 and died a month later in hospital in Alexandria, Egypt.
Born 1911 in Brydekirk. Son of John and Isabella (Alexander) Rafferty of High Street, Brydekirk. Husband of Maggie Jane (Wilson) Rafferty of Meadow Bank, Kirkton, Kirkmahoe, Dumfriesshire who he married in 1935 in Kirkmahoe.
Died of Wounds on 8 July 1942 and buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Also named on the Kirkmahoe Parish War Memorial in the parish church in Kirkton village.


L.A.C. J. WALLACE, RAF.
This is the only LAC J. Wallace listed by CWGC/SNWM, but I cannot link him to Brydekirk.
John Hay Wallace – age 26 – Leading Aircraftman (967483) 201 Squadron, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
John was a crew member of a Short Sunderland of 201 Squadron. The flying boat was lost in a take off accident from RAF Mount Batten in Plymouth Sound.
Born 1915 at Bell Street in Renfrew. Son of John Hay Wallace (a dairyman) and of Anna (Holland) Wallace who married in 1911 in the USA.
Died on Active Service on 21 December 1941 and named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
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P.O. W. G. T. WELSH, RN.
William Gracie Tennant Welsh – age 24 – Petty Officer Airman (P/FX. 76532) H.M.S. St. Angelo, Royal Navy.
(Fort St. Angelo was a naval shore base on Malta)
William was educated at Brydekirk School and at Annan Academy before he joined the navy. He served on the cruisers HMS London and HMS Glasgow before he was trained as an air gunner in the Fleet Air Arm. He was on the aircraft carrier HMS Courageous when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-29 south west of Dursey Head, Ireland in September 1939. William was rescued from the sea and taken to Plymouth. He was promoted to Petty Officer and posted to the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious in the Mediterranean. The “Illustrious” was badly damaged by German dive-bombers in mid January 1941 and sailed to the USA for repairs. William joined 830 Fleet Air Arm squadron, which had formed in Malta in July 1940, flying Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers. During 1940–41 the squadron carried out attacks against the Axis supply effort in the Mediterranean. These included torpedo attacks against merchant ships and their Royal Italian Navy warship escorts, and also bomb attacks on port installations in Sicily and Libya.
During one of these attacks William's Swordfish was shot down and he died of his wounds as a Prisoner of War in North Africa.
Born 1916 in Brydekirk. Son of John George and Janet Gilbertson (Tennant) Welsh of Annan Road, Brydekirk.
Died of Wounds on 7 May 1941 and named on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire.
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