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OLLABERRY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Michael Peck 2008

The Ollaberry war memorial is to be found inside Ollaberry Cemetery, Shetland. It takes the form of a cross mounted on a tall shaft which stands on a plinth with a single step mounted on a pile of rocks. There are sixteen names for World War 1 and eight names for World War 2 plus one other military burial in the cemetery.
Photograph Copyright © Michael Peck 2008

1914-1919
RESTING IN PEACE
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE OF ALL THOSE IN THIS DISTRICT OF OLLABERRY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

ANDERSON

John

Queyfirth on memorial but unable to identify CWGC and no further information currently.

ANDERSON

Samuel

(Eastwick) Private 997. 2nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF. Died 2nd May 1915, aged 24 years. Son of Charles and Christina Sharp Anderson of Eastwick, Ollaberry, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Lone Pine Memorial. 16.

BROWN

James

Kingland on memorial but unable to identify CWGC and no further information currently.

COPLAND

James

(Fitchens) Possibly Trimmer 6133TS. HM Drifter ‘Southesk’. Died 7th July 1917. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 28.

DUNCAN

Peter

(Colloquoy) Possibly Boatswain, Mercantile Marine. SS ‘Ledbury’ (London). Died 26th March 1917, aged 33 years. Son of Charles and (the late) Ann Duncan. Husband of Hannah Duncan (nee Byrne) of 3 Whitehedge Road, Grassendale, Liverpool, Lancs. Born Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial.

HAY

Gilbert

(Fiblister) Possibly Sergeant 6/58. 1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Died 18th February 1917. Commemorated Cite Bonjean (New Zealand) Memorial.

JAMIESON

Robert

(Swinister) Private 202266. 4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, formerly 26926 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Died home 28th May 1917, aged 27 years. Son of (the late) Robert and Elizabeth Jamieson. Enlisted Fort George, Scotland. Commemorated Ollaberry Churchyard.

JOHNSON

Thomas H

(Hillhead) Private 202717. 4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Killed in action 20th July 1918, aged 35 years. Son of (the late) James and Barbara Jamieson Johnson. Husband of Mary E Johnson of 46 Braewick Road, Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Born Aceness (?), Shetland Islands and enlisted Fort George, Scotland. Commemorated Marfaux British Cemetery. IV.A.10.

PETERSON

Robert

(Grunins) DCM on memorial but no Robert Peterson found with DCM. Possibly Robert Peterson. Seaman 4230B, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS ‘Talbot’. Died 8th September 1918, aged 40 years. Son of Robert Peterson of Burnside, Voe, Delting, Shetland Islands. Husband of Charlotte Peterson of Haggister, Sullom, Shetland Islands. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 31.

PORTEOUS

William Thomas

(Queyfirth) Leading Seaman 17/L, Royal Naval Reserve (Shetland Section). HM Yacht ‘Goissa’. Died 13th July 1917, aged 30 years. Son of William and Margaret Porteous of Queyfirthness, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Ollaberry Churchyard.

RATTER

John

(Kingland) Able Seaman 254, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS ‘Victorious’. Died 20th December 1916, aged 32 years. Husband of Frances Ratter of Upper Ollaberry, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Liverpool (Kirkdale) Cemetery. Screen Wall. IV.C.E.35.

TULLOCH

John C

(Collafirth) Private 34754. 1st (Canterbury) Company, 3rd Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Died 4th October 1917. Son of John and Agnes Tulloch. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial. New Zealand Apse. Panel 2.

WILLIAMSON

Christopher Hawick

(Lubba) No trace SDGW. Private 4199. Gordon Highlanders (Battalion unspecified). Died 4th January 1917, aged 24 years. Son of the late Robert Williamson of Lubba, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Ollaberry Churchyard.

WILLIAMSON

Matthew

(Kingland) MM on memorial but no Matthew Williamson found with MM. Possibly Corporal 14898. 1st Battalion, Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Died 4th November 1918, aged 38 years. Parents given as Peter and Agnes Williamson and so possible brother of Peter Williamson although parents address given as Steele Road, Kaiti, New Zealand (possible mistake and this is sons address?). Commemorated Le Quesnay Communal Cemetery Extension. I.A.28.

WILLIAMSON

Peter

(Kingland) Private 1013432. 1st Battalion, Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Died 15th March 1918, aged 39 years. Son of Peter and Agnes Williamson of Ollaberry, Shetland Islands. Also served in Egypt. See also Matthew Williamson. Commemorated Wimereux Communal Cemetery. VIII.D.6A.

WILLIAMSON

Robert

(Nissetter) Private 374. 7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died 21st February 1916, aged 21 years. Son of Magnus and Charlotte Williamson (Nee Ramsay) of Nissetter, Ollaberry, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Chipilly Communal Cemetery. A.15.

1939-1945

ISBISTER

James Robert

(Collafirth) Ordinary Seaman, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Temple Moat’ (London). Died 23td February 1941, aged 21 years. Son of George and Jemima Isbister. Husband of Mary Isbister of Ollaberry, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 106.

JOHNSON

Peter Fraser

(Gluss) Junior Ordinary Seaman, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Empire Heritage’ (Cardiff). Died 8th September 1944, aged 18 years. Son of Robert John and Margaret A Johnson of Ollaberry, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 42.

JOHNSON

Robert John

(Gluss) Able Seaman, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Giralda’ (Leith). Died 30th January 1940, aged 54 years. Son of John and Elizabeth Johnson. Husband of Margaret Anderson Johnson of Ollaberry, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Kirkwall (St Olaf’s) Cemetery. Plot 2. Joint Grave 11B.

NICOLSON

Andrew Bruce

(Barnsfield) Able Seaman, Merchant Navy. MV ‘Rosewood’ (London). Died 9th March 1943, aged 28 years. Son of James A and Ellen Nicolson. Brother of James Arthur Nicolson. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 88.

NICOLSON

James Arthur

(Barnsfield) Sailor, Merchant Navy. MV ‘Empire Comet’ (Greenock). Died 19th February 1942, aged 25 years. Son of James A and Ellen Nicolson. Brother of Andrew Bruce Nicolson. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 39.

RAMSEY

Christofer

(Collafirth) Merchant Navy on memorial but unable to identify CWGC and no further information currently.

RATTER

Robert

(Kingland) Able Seaman, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Colonel Crompton’ (London). Died 11th November 1940, aged 29 years. Son of Henry and Mary Ratter of Ollaberry, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Ollaberry Churchyard. Grave 61R.

SHARP

Charles Williamson

(Blythoid) Chief Officer, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Marton’ (London). Died 13th January 1941, aged 54 years. Son of Andrew and Marjory of Ollaberry, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Ollaberry Churchyard. Grave 2.

 

Buried in churchyard – NOT on memorial.

DOWELL

W P

(Forenames unknown) Aircraftman 2nd Class 1374824, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th October 1941, aged 34 years. Son of Daniel John and Barbara Grace Dowell of Lochend, Lerwick, husband of Isabella Robina Dowell of Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Ollaberry Churchyard. Grave 3.

Last updated: 16 November, 2008

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