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DRUMMORE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Eric McQuarrie 2004

It was moved from near Kirkmaiden Kirk in the 1970’s to its present site in the grounds of the village Kirk in the main street to Sandhead. It is made of pink polished granite base with a rough-hewn obelisk and cross on top. It has 35 names of which 5 are the second war. The first war names are inscribed in panels round the base. The second war names are on a bronze plaque at the front bottom. These names unlike the earlier ones do not give ranks or Regiments/units. (Grid Reference NX135366)

Photograph © Eric McQuarrie 2004

“AUT VINCERE AUT MORI”

1914-1918

BALLANTYNE Alexander
Private, 4278, 21st Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 26 August 1916. Aged 25. Born Kirkmaiden, enlisted Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Son of Mr. Alexander Ballantyne of Main Street, Drummore, Wigtownshire. Seaman by trade. Attended Port Logan Public School, Kirkmaiden. Emigrated aged 19. Prior to joining up the ship he sailed in carried troops to the Dardenelles. Commemorated on Villers-Bretonneux Memorial Somme, France. See Australian Government Roll of Honour
BLACKWELL David
Private, S/23423, 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action 16 April 1918. Aged 32. Born Kirkmaiden, enlisted Locherbie, resident Stranraer. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
BRAID James
Deck Hand, H.M. Yacht Adventuress, Mercantile Marine Reserve. Died 24 September 1918. Aged 20. Buried in Kirkmaiden Parish Churchyard, Wigtownshire, United Kingdom
CHAMBERS Alexander
[Listed as CHALMERS on SDGW] Lance Corporal, GS/11735, 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte's Own). Killed in action 26 November 1917 [SDGW states 22 November 1917]. Aged 28. Born Kirkmaiden, enlisted Galashiels, resident Kirkcowan. Son of Alexander Chambers, of Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire. Buried in Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres, Nord, France
CHALMERS William
Lance Corporal 432220, 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). Died 16th September 1916. Aged 33. Born 25th February 1883 in Glasgow. Son of William and Mary Chalmers, of Glasgow, Scotland. Next of kin James Chalmers of Woodford, Queensland, Australia. Fireman by trade. Unmarried. Previously spenmt 2 months with 101st Edinburgh Fusiliers. Enlisted and passed fit 5th January 1915 at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada aged 31 years, height 5 feet 8½ inches, girth 36 inches, complexion dark, eyes grey, hair black; religion Presbyterian. Buried in Courcelette British Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row E. Grave 24. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1602 - 990
CHALMERS William
Sapper 44001, 73rd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Aged 27. Born Drummore (SGDW states Kirkmaiden), enlisted Clydebank, resident Stranraer. Husband of Harriett Chalmers, of 15, Leopold Avenue, West Didsbury, Manchester. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5.
COBBLEDICK aka McCOLM Matthew McC

Corporal 187312, 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Matthew McC Cobbledick enlisted under his name Matthew McColm. Died 9th August 1918. Born 11th November 1883 in Glasgow. Son of Janet McColm (now Cobbledick) and Thomas Cobbledick (stepfather), of Lucas House, Drummore, Wigtownshire, Scotland. Teamster by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 4th January 1916 at Winnipeg, aged 32, heoght 5 feet 8 inches, girth 41 inches, complexion dark, eyes grey, hair dark brown; religion Presbyterian. Buried in Le Quesnel Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Section A. Grave 37. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6639 - 17

Research by Julia MacDonald

CUNNINGHAM John
[Private] Guardsman, 11512, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Killed in action 10 June 1915. Born and enlisted Stranraer. Buried in Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, Pas De Calais, France
ECCLES James

Private, Sutherland Highlanders - two possibilities either:

James Eccles, Private, 1399, 1st Battalion, Seasforth Highlanders, Died 31 May 1916 in Persian Gulf. Born Stranraer, enlisted Glasgow. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

or

James Eccles, Private 42097, 17th (Service) Battalion (3rd Glasgow), Highland Light Infantry. Died of wounds 8 March 1917. Aged 19. Born Port Aptrick, enlisted Stranraer. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Eccles, of 94, McLellan St., Plantation, Glasgow. Native of Portpatrick, Wigtownshire. Formerly 23679, Scottish Rifles. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extensiuon, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

ECCLES James
Private, 14292, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 12 March 1915. Born Kirkmaiden, enlisted Drummore. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
HARVEY John Clunie
Sapper, 2691460, 6th Field Company, Canadian Engineers. Died 30 October 1918. Aged 26. Born 20 August 1891 in Drummore. Next of kin his wife Mrs. John C Harvey, 1003-19th Avenue, South Yakima, Washington, USA. Blacksmith and auto-repairer by trade. Served in the US Armed Forces previously. Enlisted 3rd May 1918 in Seattle, Washington State, USA, aged 27. Height 5 feet 5¼ inches, girth 37 inches, complexion ruddy, eyes blue, hair reddish, hearing normal, vision 20/20, religion Presbyterian. Two scars on left forearm. Buried in Bramshott (St. Mary) Churchyard, Hampshire, United Kingdom. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4136 - 35
JOHNSTON James
Sergeant, 2699, 12th (Service) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action 29 September 1918. Aged 29. Enlisted Glasgow, resident Port Logan. Buried in Zantvoorde British Cemetery Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
LECKIE William
Private, 292652, 1st/7th (Fife) Battalion (Territorial), Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 23 April 1917. Born Gartmore, enlisted Dunblane. Buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux Pas De Calais, France
LITTLE John
Private 281348, 1st/7th (Blythswood) Battalion (Territorial), Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action 20 April 1917 in Egypt. Born and enlisted Glasgow. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel.
McCLUMPHA Matthew N
Private, 8112, 1st/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 30 December 1915 at Gallipoli. Aged 21. Enlisted Stranraer. Buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery Turkey
McCULLOCH James

Sub Lieutenant, H.M. Yacht Kethailes, Royal Naval Reserve. Died 11 October 1917. Aged 30. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Note: The KETHAILES (built 1903), 611 tons, was lost in a collision, off Blackwater Lightship, on 11th October, 1917

McDOWALL David
Private, M2/148976, 618th Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 1 April 1917 in East Africa. Born Kirkmaiden, enlisted Ayr, resident Stranraer. Buried in Morogoro Cemetery Tanzania
McGAW William
Private, 97880, 49th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 16 August 1917. Aged 21. Born Kikmarden, Wigton, enlisted Stranraer, resident Drummore. Formerly 45703, Royal Scots. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
McKEAND Samuel
Private, 13742, 15th (Service) Battalion (1st Glasgow), Highland Light Infantry. Died of wounds 24 July 1916. Born Kirkmaiden, enlisted Glasgow, resident Drummore. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France
McKIE William Alexander
Private, 12143, 19th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 23 July 1916. Aged 22. Born Tunstall, Staffordshire, enlisted Manchester, resident Pulinkum, Drummore. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
McMEEKIN Alexander
[Listed as McMEEKAN on CWGC, Regiment different from East Kent Rifles- actually served under the name John WHITE] Private, G/13260, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 11 October 1917. Aged 36. Born Dundee, enlisted Glasgow, resident Drummore. Son of the late William and Elizabeth McMeekan. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
MONTGOMERY John
[SDGW lists him as James] Private, 201001, 1st/4th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died of wounds 26 September 1918. Born and resident Syewarton, enlisted Kilmarnock. Buried in Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension Nord, France
MORELAND Edwin
[SDGW lists him as Edward MORLAND] Private, 16239, 7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 21. Born Kirkmaiden, enlisted Stranraer, resident Kilumpha, Port Logan. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas De Calais, France
MURRAY James
Private, 10901, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died of wounds 1 October 1914 (SDGW states 17 September 1914). Aged 24. Born Kirkmaiden, anlisted Ayr, resident Port Logan. Buried in Vailly British Cemetery Aisne, France.
PAXTON Joseph J
Private, 4268, 9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion (Territorial), Highland Light Infantry. Died in United Kingdom 18 March 1916. Aged 29. Born Port William, enlisted Glasgow. Buried in Kirkmaiden Parish Churchyard, Wigtownshire, United Kingdom
PEEBLES Charles M
Lance Corporal, 20757, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 14 July 1916. Born and enlisted Stranraer, resident Drummore. Buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz Somme, France
PEEBLES David
Private, 20807, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died 30 July 1916. Born and enlisted Stranraer, resident Drummore. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
STEVENSON Thomas
Private, S/25803, 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Died 25 August 1917 in Salonika. Aged 31. Born Ballantrae, Girvan Ayrshire, enlisted and resident Glasgow. Formerly 2604, Lovat Scouts. Buried in Lahana Military Cemetery Greece
WILSON James Watson
Lance Corporal, 295403, 12th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 30 September 1918. Born Inch, enlisted Ayr, resident Drummore. Buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

“Erected by the inhabitants to the memory of the brave men of this Parish who fell in the Great War 1914-1918

1939-1945

COCHRANE Alexander

Chief Officer, M.V. Caprella, Merchant Navy. Died 19 October 1940. Aged 37. Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial London, United Kingdom.

Note: Sources state that on 20 October 1940 Caprella was sunk by German submarine U-100, captained by Joachim Schepke, at 8.23 while travelling in convoy HX-79. It may be that the date is wrong for his death by one day.

CONLIN Thomas Ramsey
[Listed as CONLAN on CWGC and Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945] Private, 3189648, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died 25 January 1944. Aged 23. Son of Mrs. G. Burden, of Hasland, Derbyshire. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar.
MAXWELL Fredrick Charles
Sergeant 1344526, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 5 May 1943. Aged 20. Son of Elizabeth Maxwell, of Drummore, Wigtownshire; grandson of Mrs. M. Maxwell, of Drummore. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
MCAULAY William

Stoker, P/Kx 126795, H.M.S. Airedale, Royal Navy. Died 15 June 1942. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Note: The Airedale was travelling in a convoy to releive Malta when on 15 June 1942 the convoy was attacked JU 87 (Stuka) divebombers and HMS Airedale was sunk.

MCQUILLAN Andrew Barr
Lance Corporal, 3194887, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died 18 February 1944 as a prisoner of war. Aged 31. bron and resident Wigtownshire. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar
SPROAT John
Lance Corporal, 2931844, 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Died 3 November 1941. Aged 23. Born Wigtownshire, resident Dumfries. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial, Egypt

Last updated 11 July, 2009

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