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WHITENESS AND WEISDALE WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Whiteness & Weisdale war memorial is to be found beside the Whiteness to Weisdale Road, Shetland. THe memorial is in the form of a Celtic cross on a three stepped base mounted on a tall plinth which inturn is mounted on a tapered plinth with a three-stepped base; the whole is in a concrete surround with metal railings. There are 21 names listed for World War 1 and 14 for World War 2.

Photograph Copyright © Michael Peck 2008

1914-1918

ALLAN

William

Private S/43389. 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action 7th May 1917, aged 31 years. Son of George and Jane Allan of 3 Menzies Road, Aberdeen, Scotland. Husband of Maire Anderson Allan of West Setter, Weisdale, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 8 and 9.

ARTHUR

Joseph Irvine

Ordinary Telegraphist Clyde Z/7890, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. HM Yacht ‘Conqueror II’. Died 26th September 1916, aged 23 years. Son of George and Mary Arthur of Stromfirth, Weisdale, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 24.

ARTHUR

Leslie George

Rifleman 70080. 4th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Died 5th October 1918, aged 29 years. Son of Leslie Irvine and Mary Ann Arthur of Shetland Islands. Commemorated Marcoing British cemetery. II.B.14.

GREIG

George

Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW and no further information currently.

HUNTER

Andrew M

Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW and no further information currently.

HUNTER

William

Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW and no further information currently.

HUNTER

Michael George

Mate, Mercantile Marine. SS ‘Birkhall’ (West Hartlepool). Died 23rd January 1918, aged 47 years. Husband of Robina Catherine Hunter (nee Abernethy) of Whiteness, Shetland Islands. Born Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial.

HUNTER

Robert

Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW and no further information currently.

JOHNSON

William

Possibly William Johnson (as SDGW but note CWGC has same man as WHL Johnston). Private S/43362. 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action 13th November 1916. Born and enlisted Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps. I.E.6.

MORRISON

Christopher

Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW and no further information currently.

NICOLSON

John Smith

Private S/43378. 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action 26th October 1917, aged 21 years. Brother of Mr J H Nicolson of 9 Belmont Road, Aberdeen, Scotland. Enlisted Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 135 to 136.

PETERSON

John James

Private S/12614. 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Killed in action 15th October 1916, aged 19 years. Son of James and Barbara Peterson of 29 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen, Scotland. Born Whiteness, Shetland Islands and enlisted Kirkwall, Orkney. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 15C.

ROBINSON

Thomas Gifford

Private 2679. 45th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died 6th August 1916, aged 24 years. Son of John and Jane R Moodie Robinson of Lochside, Weisdale, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

SMITH

Andrew Slater

Private 757771. 87th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). Born 31st December 1892 and died 8th May 1920. Son of John and A Smith of Pund Whiteness, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Toronto (Prospect) Cemetery. Sec 7. Grave 678.

SMITH

Andrew Anthony

Able Seaman, Mercantile Marine. SS ‘Perth’ (Glasgow). Died 2nd April 1916, aged 49 years. Son of (the late) James and Barbara Smith. Husband of Catherine Smith (nee Isbister) of Parkfield Road, Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Born South Whiteness, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial.

SMITH

James W

Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW and no further information currently.

TAIT

Christopher

Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW and no further information currently.

WILLIAMSON

John B

Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW and no further information currently.

WILSON

James

Sergeant 249. A Battery, 51st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 5th November 1916, aged 27 years. Son of (the late) John and Elizabeth Wilson of West Setter, Shetland Islands. Born Weisdale, Shetland Islands and enlisted Leven, Fife, Scotland. Commemorated Caterpillar Valley cemetery, Longueval. XI.D.34.

WILSON

John

Unable to identify CWGC/SDGW and no further information currently.

LEASK

James Alexander

Seaman 3165, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Trawler ‘Evadne’. Died 27th February 1917, aged 34 years. Son of William and Catherine Leask of Whiteness, husband of Marion H Leask of Gideonfield Sand, Garderhouse, Sandsting, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 27.

 

To the memory of the men of Whiteness and Weisdale who fell in the
Great War 1914 – 1919.

 

 

In memory
1939-1945

FRASER

Walter

Captain, Merchant Navy on memorial and one only found. Possibly Walter Fraser. Master, Merchant Navy. MV ‘Dryssa’ (London). Died 25th April 1943, aged 47 years. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 36.

GRAINS

Lawrence Christopher

Able Seaman, Merchant Navy. MV ‘Athelcrest’ (Liverpool’. Died 25th August 1940, aged 34 years. Son of Christopher and Mary Grains. Husband of Mary A D Grains of South Shields, Co Durham. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 11.

HUNTER

Robert George

Seaman LT/SR50916. Royal Naval Patrol Service. HM Trawler ‘Sluga’. Died 14th April 1941, aged 22 years. Son of James and Robina C Hunter of Whiteness, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Glasgow (Cardonald) Cemetery. Sec E. Grave 12.

HUTCHISON

Jeremiah

Sailor, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Southern Empress’ (Leith). Died 13th October 1942, aged 21 years. Son of Jeremiah and Margaret Hutchinson (nee Leask). Husband of Josephine Margaret Hutchinson of Whiteness, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 100.

INKSTER

Charles D

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

LEASK

Adam

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

MORRISON

David Goldwin

Leading Aircraftman 1696625, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th July 1945, aged 32 years. Son of Adam and Christina Morrison of Weisdale, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Oslo Western Civil Cemetery. I.D.1.

NICOLSON

James Henry

Master, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Rubislaw’ (Aberdeen). Died 28th November 1939, aged 45 years. Son of Robert and Christina Nicolson of Whiteness, Shetland Islands. Husband of Janet E Nicolson of Aberdeen, Scotland. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 89.

ROBERTSON

Robert H

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

ROBERTSON

William R

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

SINCLAIR

Robert N

Captain, Merchant Navy on memorial. Possibly Robert Nicolson Sinclair. Master, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Rutland’ (Leith). Died 30th October 1940, aged 42 years. Husband of Wilhelmina Sinclair of Edinburgh, Scotland. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 89.

SMITH

John George

Sailor, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Southern Empress’ (Leith). Died 13th October 1942, aged 26 years. Son of John George and Barbara Agnes Smith. Husband of Eileen Barbara Smith of Whiteness, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 100.

WILLIAMSON

Henry

Captain, Merchant Navy on memorial. Possibly Henry Williamson. Chief Officer, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Baron Ruthven’ (Ardrossan). Died 2nd July 1940, aged 59 years. Son of John William and Margaret Williamson (nee Thompson). Husband of Grace Catherine Williamson (nee Smith) of Edinburgh, Scotland. Commemorated Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery. Sec P. Grave 771.

WILLIAMSON

William Magnus

Able Seaman, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Benalbanach’ (Leith). Died 7th January 1943, aged 31 years. Son of John Thomas and Anne Elizabeth Williamson. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 16.

Last updated: 16 November, 2008

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