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PENPONT WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Eric McQuarrie 2005
Researched Martin Edwards 2007

This is a impressive memorial which stands at the east end of the village. It lists 41 WW1 and 9 WW2 names but no ranks or Regiments. Grave references below relate to the number in the Dumfries and Galloway Family Society MI booklet.

Photograph Copyright © Eric McQuarrie 2005

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOREVERMORE

1914-1919

ALLAN

John McNish

Private 23765, 3rd Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borders transfered to TR2/4253, 53rd Battalion, Training Reserve who died aged 20 on 25th January 1919. Son of Thomas Allan of Brierbush, Penpont. Remembered with honour Penpont Parish Churchyard. Grave 484.

BECK

Alexander

Private 15790, 2nd Bn., Royal Scots Fusiliers who died aged 26 on 16 June 1915. Husband of Nellie Beck of Princes St., Penpont, Thornhill Dumfriesshire. Remembered with honour LE TOURET MEMORIAL.

BELL

William

No further information currently

BLACKLEY

John

No further information currently

BROWN

John

No further information currently

BURNS

William Spier

Sergeant, Royal Sussex Regt., son of John Burns of Tibbers and Mary Spier, killed in action n in France 30th June 1916 aged 36 years. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 447.

CARMICHEAL

Gilbert

Lieutenant 2/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, killed in action in France 21st March 1918 aged 34 years. Eldest son of Gilbert Carmichael and Margaret McMillian. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 482.

CARMICHEAL

William

No further information currently

CARRUTHERS

William

Private 28798, 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers attached to Special Works Park, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 31st March 1918. Aged 41. Born Penpont, Dumfries, enlisted and resident Dumfries. Son of William and Margaret Carruthers, of Mallyford, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire. Buried in LILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 40.

CARSON

Alexander [Malcolm]

Sergeant 40504, Depot, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died in United Kingdom 6th January 1918. Aged 30. Born and resident Penpont, enlisted Lanark. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Carson, of Penpont. Buried in the new ground of PENPONT PARISH CHURCHYARD, Dumfriesshire. Plot A. Grave 17. (Grave no. 479).

COOK

James Alexander Douglas

Private S/18052, 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action in Egypt 8th June 1918. Born Penpont, enlisted Berwick-on-Tweed. Youngest son of William Cook. Commemorated on family gwsrave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 163. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot/Row/Section R. Grave 62.

CRICHTON

John

Private, 18th H.L.I. killed in action in France 25th Aug 1917 aged 31 years. Son of Hugh Crichton and Elizaabeth Wilson of Old Forge Penpont. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 457. Buried in VILLERS FAUCON, EAST OF PERONME.

DOUGAN

Henry

Lance Corporal 9070, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers who died on 30th June 1915. Remembered with honour YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

FINDLATER

Thomas

No further information currently

GIBSON

Steven

No further information currently

HAMILTON, MM

Alfred

Private 201481, 1st/5th Battalion, Princess Louise's (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders). Died of wounds in Egypt 14th November 1917. Aged 26. Born and resident Penpont, enlisted Paisley, Renfrewshire. Grandson of Elizabeth Hamilton, of "Bilboa," Penpont, Dumfriesshire. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 302.

HUNTER

William

Private 29863, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Killed in action 22nd July 1916. Born penpont, enlisted Dumfries, resident Thornhill, Dumfries. Buried in LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot 7. Row E. Grave 5.

HYSLOP

Richard B

Signaller who was killed at Gaza Egypt on 19th April 1917 aged 24 years. Son of Robert and Sarah Hyslop of Bilboa, Penpont. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 271.

HYSLOP

Thomas

Lance Corporal 39301, 2nd King’s Own Scottish Borderers who was killed in France on 9th April 1917 aged 19 years. Son of Robert and Sarah Hyslop of Bilboa, Penpont. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 271.

MATHER

Wilfred

Kanc Sej 3793, 9th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers who died 21st Aug 1915. Remembered with honour HELLES MEMORIAL

MAXWELL

James

Private 44160, 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (The Edmonton Regiment). Killed in action on 9th April, 1917. Born on 8th July 1894 the son of John Alfred Mather and Mary Gemmel Stewart of Hastings Hall, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire. Buried in La Chaudiere Militarty Cemetery, Vimy. Also on Glencairn Memorial at Moniaive and on oak panelling at North Eastern School Barnard Castle School. On Pages 59-61 found full life of him within The Glencairn Memorial Book, published 2007.

McALLISTER

James

No further information currently

McALLISTER

William

Private 132181, 8th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infangtry) who died agde 19 on 30th May 1918. Son of Mrs Jane McAllister of Tibbers Cottage, Thornhill. Remembered with honour SOISSONS MEMORIAL.

McALLISTER

John

No further information currently

McGEOCH

William

Private S/22527, 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action 18th October 1916. Aged 37. Born Penpont, enlisted Langrolm, resident Dunfermline, Fifeshire. Son of James and Margaret McGeoch, of Gowkthorn, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 477. Buried in WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 13.

McLAUCHLAN

George

[Listed on CWGC as G. McLACHLAN] Lance Corporal 276449 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who died aged 23 on 23rd April 1917. Son of Janet McLachlan of Tibbers, Thornhill Dumfriesshire and the late George McLachlan. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 382. Remembered with honour CRUMP TRENCH BRITISH CEMETERY, FAMPOUX.

McLAUCHLAN

William

[Spelt McLACHLAN on SDGW] Private 23419 [SDGW] or 23410 [CWGC], 7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action 9th April 1917. Aged 25. Born Penpont, resident East Linton, Haddington, resident Prestonkirk, Haddington. Son of George and Jessie McLachlan of Tilbbers, Thornhill; husband of Annie Cravens McLachlan of, 32, Carron Bridge, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 382. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.

McLEAN

Thomas

Private 37565, 1st/8th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) who killed in action in France aged 36 on 29th July 1918. Son of Thomas and Grace McLean of Old Cumnock Ayrshire; husband of Ellen McCreadie McLean of Boatford, Thornhill. Late of Boatford. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 521. Remembered with honour OULCHY-LE-CHATEAU CHURCHYARD EXTENSION.

McMILLAN

William

Private 19572, 6th/7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 1st January 1917. Aged 31. Born Penpont, enlisted Dumfries, resident Thornhill. Son of Mary McMillan (nee Browrigg), of Burnhead, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, and the late William McMillan. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 444. Buried in NOEUX-LES-MINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row P. Grave 10.

McNISH

John

John McNish is buried in Willesden, London. He enlisted firstly into the Service Corps then into the Labour Corps (army number 302287) on 15 October 1915 age 42, he was a Draper/Packer. Discharged on 17 March 1919 no longer fit for War Service. He had 'malignant disease of the pharynx', i.e. throat cancer. Info from his pension record which is available on Ancestry. He served in France and was awarded the usual 3 war medals (from his medal index card). Initial information on place of burial, etc., was taken from a family gravestone in Penpont.

[Details kindly supplied by Paul Goodwin]

McVINNIE

John

Private 240092, 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died of wounds 1st August 1918. Aged 23. Born Penpont, Thornhill, enlisted and resident Thornhill. Son of Joseph and Isabella McVinnie, of Tibbers, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 81. Buried in SENLIS FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Oise, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 73.

MILES

John

No further information currently

MURRAY

William A.

Killed in action in the Dardanelles 25th April 1915 aged 36 years. Son of George Murray and Elizabeth Gall. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 374.

ROBERTSON

Matthew

No further information currently

ROBERTSON

Andrew

No further information currently

SHARPE

William

Corporal 81242, Reserve Depot Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died in Bellahouston Hospital, Glasgow, 10th June 1918. Born circa 1897 at Glenwhargen, Penpont, Dumfries, enlisted Dumfries. Son of James Sharpe & Elizabeth Henderson. Formerly 2091, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Buried in SANQUHAR PARISH CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Dumfriesshire. Grave 226. The gravestone inscription includes 'the family of James and Elizabeth Sharpe, William corp. M.C.C. who died in his country's service in Bellahouston Hospital, Glasgow, 10 June 1918 aged 21yr'

SINCLAIR

Frederick William

Company Sergeant Major 26, 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died in the Dardanelles 11th November 1915. Aged 26. Born and resident Penpont, enlisted Dumfries. Son of Serjt. and Mrs. Sinclair of 10, Glebe Terrace, Dumfries. Buried in PORTIANOS MILITARY CEMETERY, Lemnos, Greece. Plot V. Row C. Grave 126.

TELFER

James

No further information currently

VARDER

Robert W.

No further information currently

VARDER

Samuel [Lorimer]

Sergeant 7135, 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action in the Dardanelles 26th April 1915. Born Penpont, enlisted Thornhill, resident Lockerbie. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 84 to 92 or 220 to 222.

WILSON

Thomas R.

No further information currently

1939-1945

BECK

Alexander

Gunner 3184334, 12 Bty., 6 H.A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery who died age 32 between 31 May 1940 and 2 Jun 1940. Son of Mrs M. Beck of Penpont. Remembered with honour DUNKIRK MEMORIAL.

CARSON

David

Driver T/55315, Royal Army Service Corps who died age 31 between 30 May 1940 and 2 June 1940. Son of David and Annie Carson; husband of Janet Carson of Penpont, Dumfriesshire. Remembered with honour DUNKIRK MEMORIAL

EDGAR

Hugh

Sapper 2121759, 204 Field Coy., Royal Enginerers who died aged 34 on 14 November 1944 Remembered with honour BRUNSSUM WAR CEMETERY.

FISHER

William

Aircraftman lst Class WILLIAM FISHER 1365456 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died in Japan a P.O.W. 8th November 1942 aged 31 years, Son of William Fisher and Mary Wilson of Beech Bank, Penpont. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 554. Remembered with honour SINGAPORE MEMORIAL.

LAIDLAW

Francis Angus James

B.1910 In R.A.F. Wellington Bomber Crew, not sure what rank died over Germany 1940-1944. His father and grandfather was both master plasterers. His mother was a teacher her father Angus Cameron was head teacher of Glenzier. Francis A.J. Laidlaw attended the village school in Ecclefechan then went to Dumfries Academy where he was dux of the school. In the Glasgow bursary competition he obtained the Jardine of Thurlisthorpe bursary. He took a B.Sc before going to Jordanhill for teachers training. He taught in Lockerbie and Wallace Hall before coming as Head Teacher to Penpont School. From Sept 1936 to Oct 1940. He volunteered for active service as member of Wellington Bomber Crew and shot down over Germany. No details of war grave.

McCORMACK

Robert

Private 3053676, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots who was killed in action aged 27 on 20 December 1941. Son of Edward McCormack and Jessie McCormack of Penpont. Commemorated on family grave in Penpont Churchyard. Grave 535. Remembered with honour SAI WAN MEMORIAL.

McCREADIE

John

No further information currently

McKAY

Robert

Serjeant T/120847, Royal Army Service Corps who died aged 25 on 18th March 1944. Fourth son of John and Janet McKay. Remembered with honour PENPONT PARISH CHURHYARD. Grave No 534 Inside the church is a brass plaque next to the west door "Dedicated to the memory of Sgt. ROBERT McKAY by friends and comrades of No 4 P.T.F..O.C. – R.A.S.C. who served with him in the MIDDLE EAST. 1943."

McLEAN

Robert R.

No further information currently

Buried in the churchyard but not on the memorial

LOGAN

Thomas Brown Johnstone

Killed in France 11th March 1917 aged 20 years. Son of John Logan and Janet Johnstone.

CHRISTIE

John Greig

Died of wounds at Gallipoli 1915. Husband of Christina MacKay.

MUIR

Robert

Private, 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. killed in action at Loos 25th Sept 1915 aged 24. Grandson of James Muir and Mary Ann Milligan of Carronbridge.

HYSLOP

Robert

Pte, 1st/8th Battalion, Scottish Rifles who died of wounds received in action in Palestine 22nd November 1917 aged 38 years.

Last updated 19 February, 2009

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