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KIRKWALL CATHEDRAL WAR MEMORIALS

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2004

The most striking building in the town is that of St Magnus Cathedral. Construction of this magnificent red sandstone building by master masons from Durham started in 1137, and took about 15 years to complete. The Cathedral is owned by the Orkney Islands Council and the people of Kirkwall, and although used by the Church of Scotland, it is available to all denominations. See Kirkwall web site for more details.

There is a memorial forming the entrance to the Cathedral covering all men from the area for World War 1 (these are marked *) and World War 2 and another inside, on the wall, for those from the congregation who died in World War 1 (52 names); these names are marked †. There are also several commemorative plaques.

Photographs Copyright © Michael Booker 2004

TO
THE GLORY OF
GOD
AND TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
THIS CONGREGATION WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 † 1918

* ALEXANDER Kenneth

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* BARNET[T] Edwin I

[Spelt with 2 T's on outside] Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * BARROW John W

Private, D.E.F.

  * BOXUHOM? James W

Private, A.E.F.

  * BRASS John E?

Private. Seaforth Highlanders

  * BRASS William

Corporal, N.Z.E.F.

  * BUCHAN Alexander

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* BUCHANAN Arthur S

Captain, Royal Engineers

  * BURGESS James

Private, N.Z.E.F.

  * CLOUSTON? John W

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * COOPER Alfred W

Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve

  * COOPER James

Private, N.Z.E.F.

  * COOPER James

Private, Royal Scots

* COOPER John

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

  * COOPER John T

Lance Corproal, Royal Scots

  * CORKER William

Rifleman, F.A.? Rifles

* CORSE James

Corporal, U.S.E.F.

  * COWPER Gordon

Captain, Gordon Highlanders

  * COWPER William P

Surgeon, Royal Navy

  * CRAIGIE James

Private, London Scottish

* CRAIGIE Robert

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

  * CRAIGIE William

Private, Middlesex Regiment

  CUTT John

No further information currently available

* CUTT Thomas

Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery

  * DONALDSON David S

Corporal, K.O.S.B.

  * DREYER Thomas

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * DREYER? John

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* DUNNET James

Corporal, Royal Engineers

  * DYCE William J

Private, Royal Scots

* ECCLES George

Gunner, Royal Marine Artillery

* FINDLAYSON David

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

  * FLETT David A

Lieutenant, M.L.I.

  * FLETT Frederick

Second Lieutenant, Seaforth Highlanders

  * FLETT George T F

S.S. Eha, Mercantile Marine

  * FOUBISTER George

Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery

* FOULIS George

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

  * FOULIS William

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

* FOX James

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

* FRISKEN Ada

Chief Petty Officer, Royal NavY

* FRISKEN William

Private, K.O.S.B.

  * GALOROW? William J

S.S. Cape Cross, Mercantile Marine

  GEORGE David

No further information currently available

  * GORDON David

Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery

* GULLION Albert

Lance Corporal, Seaforth Highlanders

  * GUNN William D

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * HARCUS James

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * HARCUS Robert

Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve

* HARCUS Thomas

Private, Scottish Rifles

  * HARROLD David

Lance Corporal, C.E.F.

* HARROLD James W

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* HAY Robert

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* HAY William

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * HEDDLE? Robert

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

* HOLLAND James W

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * HOURSTON Alexander V

Sergeant, Royal Scots

  * HOURSTON Archibald

Private, N.Z.E.F.

  * IRELAND Anderson

Private, Northumberland Fusiliers

  * JOHNSTON George H

Private, A.E.F.

  * JOHNSTON John

Staff Sergeant, Royal Army Service Corps

  * JOHNSTON William P

Private, Royal Scots

  * KIRKNESS Thomas R

Second Lieutenant, Royal Air Force

* LAIRD George M

Private, C.E.F.

  * LEARMONTH Alfred I

Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve

* LEARMONTH James A

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* LEASK Alexander M

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * LESLIE George

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

  * LESLIE Robert E

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * LESLIE William

Private, Royal Scots

* LINKLATER David S

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * LINKLATER John

Private, N.Z.E.F.

  * LINKLATER Robert

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * MACKAY Edwin

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* MACKAY James

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * MANSON David

Lance Corporal, C.E.F.

  * MANSON Joseph

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* MARWICK Hugh

Saddler, Royal Army Service Corps

  * MARWICK James

S.S. Rook?, Mercantile Marine

  * MARWICK John J

Private, Royal Scots

  * MASON William

S.S. Rook?, Mercantile Marine

  * MAXWELL John K?

Private, Gordon Highlanders

  * MILLER? George

Rev., C.F.

  MILNE Francis

No further information currently available

* MILNE William

Private, Machine Gun Corps?

  * MORDAN Donald

Drums., C.E.F.

  * MOXAT? Robert

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * MUIR John W

Private, A.E.F.

  * NEWLANDS Robert Jr.

Sapper, Royal Engineers

* NICOLSON Andrew Jr.

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* OSBURNE Alfred

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* REID James

Private, Gordon Highlanders?

* RENDALL George

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

* RENDALL George I

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

  RENDALL John

No further information currently available

  * ROBERTSON Archibald Garden

Second Lieutenant, Black Watch attached to Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action near Rouliers, Belgium, 8th June 1917. Second son of Duncan John Robertson and Margaret Keir Garden. Born at Crantit, St. Ola, Orkney 23rd February 1898.

* ROBERTSON James

Cl, R.G.A. ?

  * ROBERTSON William G

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* ROSIE John

Private, K.O.S.B.

* SANDISON George

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * SCARTH John

Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery

  * SCOLLAY Thomas

Corporal, Seaforth Highlanders

  * SCOTT Charles F

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* SCOTT Donald K

A/????, R.W.R.?

  * SCOTT Robert T

Private, Scottish Rifles

  * SEADE? Charles

S.S. Express, Mercantile Marine

  * SHEARER George S

Private, R.S. Fusiliers

  * SHEARER James W

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * SHEARER Leslie

Private, C.E.F.

* SIMISON James

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* SINCLAIR George W

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* SINCLAIR John W S

Sapper, Royal Engineers

  * SINCLAIR Robert

Gunner, Royal Naval Reserve

  * SINCLAIR Thomas

Private, Royal Scots

* SINCLAIR William J

Lance Corporal, Seaforth Highlanders

  * SMITH Alexander

Sergeant, C.E.F.

* SMITH Robert M

Lance Corproal, Royal S. Fusiliers

  * SPENCE John G

Sergeant, highland Light Infantry

* SUTHERLAND Anderson

Major, Royal Field Artillery

* SUTHERLAND Goodwin

Lieutenant, Gordon Highlanders

  * SUTHERLAND James H

Private, Cameron Highlanders

  * TULLOCH James

Seaman, Royal Navy

* TULLOCH James W

No further information currently available

  * TULLOCH John

Lance Corporal, C.E.F.

  * VELZIAN Dick

Private, R. S. Fusiliers

  * VELZIAN George F

Sergeant, Royal Scots

  * VELZIAN John

Private, Royal Army Service Corps

  * VOV James

Private, C.E.F.

* WATSON, MC Willliam Baikie

Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds in France 29th September 1918. Aged 25. Surviving son of the late James Watson, Uddington, Douglas, Lanarkshire and Mrs Watson, Albert Hotel, Kirkwall. Buried in Lowrie British Cemetery, Havrincourt.

  * WATT James

Private, Gordon Highlanders

* WEBSTER J Duncan

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

* WICK John

Private, A.E.F.

* WILLETS James

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * WILSON Stewart

Private, R.S. Fusiliers

  * WISHART James A

Corporal, Cameron Highlanders

  * WORK John E

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * WORK William

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * WORK William J

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

  * YULE Alexander

Private, Seaforth Highlanders

     
1939-1945
 
    BUCHANAN Frederick F/O, Royal Air Force
    CAMPBELL Wilson Sgt/Pilot, Royal Air Force
    CAMPBELL John A F Radio Operator, Merchant Navy
    CHALMERS Thomas H Corporal, Royal Air Force
    COOPER John A Lance Bombardier, Royal Horse Artillery
    CORSIE Edwin Sdr, Royal Artillery
    FIRTH John F Radio Officer, Merchant Navy
    FLETT James S M Petty Officer, Royal Navy
    HARCUS Robert R Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy
    HUME David E S/O, Royal Air Force
    ISBISTER Norman Marine. Royal Marines
    JOHNSTON Thomas Private, Manchester Regiment
    KELDAY Jerry W Seaman, Royal Navy
    LINKLATER David Sapper, Royal Engineers
    MORRIS Geroge S Seaman, Royal Navy
    MORQUOY John Sergeant, Royal Engineers
    PARTNER George Gunner, Royal Artillery
    PEACE Norman J Sergeant/Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force
    RENDALL James D? Gunner, New Zealand Artillery
    ROBERTSON Donald Lieutenant-Colonel, Seaforth Highlanders
    ROBERTSON George Leading Stoker, Royal Navy
    ROBINSON James Gunner, Royal Artillery
    ROBINSON Thomas Private, London Scottish
    SHEARER Charles A Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery
    SINCLAIR James W Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve
    SINCLAIR John Private, Seaforth Highlanders
    STEELE Alastair Major, Royal Artillery
    WALLS Thomas Signalman, Royal Signals

Other Plaques

    BURROUGHS, KCB Frederick W Traill

Colonel, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
Sir FREDERICK W TRAILL BURROUGHS
K.C.B.
OF ROUSAY AND VEIRA
COLONEL OF THE
ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS
IN THE 2ND BATTN. OF WHICH (THE 2ND)
HE SERVED THROUGHOUT THE CRIMEAN WAR,
THE INDIAN MUTINY WAR,
AND THE UMBEYIA CAMPAIGN.
VICE LT OF ORKNEY
DIED IN LONDON 9TH APRIL 1903. AGED 74.

Not on memorial but from the area
   

WATSON

Robert James

Private 6846, 2nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed 6th November 1917. Aged 23. Born Grimbister, Orkney in 1894. Son of Mr. Robert Watson of 26 Union Street, Dundee. He attended Rosebank Public School, Dundee. He became a Merchant Seaman, a ship's cook, and had arrived, aged 18, in Australia and was resident there by 1916. He joined the Australian Army on 17th July 1916. Buried in PASSCHENDAELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIII. Row A. Grave 1.

Last updated 20 September, 2008

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