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We are looking at Archibald Barbour, J Westhall Brown, Andrew Goldie Dunsmuir, Hugh Fraser, James Hannah, Andrew Allan Kerr, Charles Hally Kirkpatrick, John Allan MacDougall, Gilbert McEachran, Peter McKirdy, Robert McKirdy, and Hugh Wilson Paton McLaren.
Archibald Barbour is buried at Bouilly Cross Roads Military Cemetery. Archibald was the son of Martha Barbour of Greenock. He had been married to Mary F. of Loch Thom, Greenock for just 18 months. Bouilly Cross Roads Military Cemetery was created in 1918 for those casualties of the Battle of the Marne.
J Westhall Brown is buried at Beaurains Road Cemetery, Beaurains . A Lieutenant with the Highland Howitzer Brigade he initially served at Gallipoli and Egypt before volunteering for the Royal Air Force. After training he flew on the Western Front from March 1917. He was killed in action near Arras. Major E Gossage wrote ‘He was employed at artillery observation when he was attacked by a hostile machine, and was apparently killed in the air, as his Machine fell in our lines. The hostile machine dived at them seven times, and although they put up a plucky fight he was too much for them... Your son has done exceedingly good work with the squadron … he was one of the type which we can ill afford to lose. All the officers in the squadron tender to you their sincere and heartfelt sympathy.’
Andrew Goldie Dunsmuir is remembered at Thiepval Memorial, France. Andrew was the second son of Mr & Mrs Dunsmuir of 25 Denholm Street. He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The 17th HLI were known as the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion.
Hugh Fraser is buried at Grevillers British Cemetery . Son of Hugh Fraser; husband of Mary E Fraser, 94 Inderwick Road, Crouch End. The 3rd , 29th and 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations were nearby at this time.
James was the son of James and Margaret Hannah, 99 Dempster Street in Greenok. The Evening Telegraph of 25th April 1916 reports he was killed accidentally near Nairn. He was a teacher on the staff of the Finnart Public School and joined the Cameronians. He received a commission in the Bute Mountain Battery and was attached to the Ross Battery. James was the Secretary of the Greenock Burns Club.
Andrew Allan Kerr is remembered at Tyne Cot Memorial. Andrew was the son of Andrew and Isabella Anne Kerr. Andrew, born in 1885, was an architect living at 97 Brisbane Street. He enlisted with the 17th Highland Light Infantry and received a commission to the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. His widow, Mrs A A Kerr went on to live care of Denholm, 529 Sauchiehall Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow.
Charles Hally Kirkpatrick is buried at Cape Town(Maitland) Cemetery. Charles was the son of Mrs M.H. Kirkpatrick, of 5 Sandringham Terrace in Greenok and son of the late John Whitson Kirkpatrick, Postmaster of Elgin. Charles died of pneumonia at Capetown Military Hospital en route to Europe.
Gilbert McEachran is remembered at Helles Memorial, gallipoli.
John Allan MacDougall was born on 15th June 1882 at 5 Lyle Street in Greenok, the sixth of a family of eleven (nine surviving) born to John MacDougall, a doctor of medicine from Jura, Argyll and Martha Park in Greenok. John MacDougall enlisted in the territorial battalion, the 1/6th (City of Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry, which came under orders of 157th Brigade, 52nd (Lowland) Division. On 26th May 1915, the division sailed from Devonport to provide reinforcements for Gallipoli. John first joined a theatre of war on 2nd July 1915 when he landed at Cape Helles. He was posted missing, presumed dead on 16th August 1915. His name is recorded alongside 21,000 of his comrades with no known grave on the Helles Memorial.
Peter McKirdy is remembered at Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Peter was Officer Commanding, A Company, of the Anson Battalion of the Royal Naval Division. He was born on September 1st 1888, the son of Robert McKirdy, sugar broker and Elizabeth. Peter died of wounds at 11.30 am on board a Hospital Ship. He had a twin brother called Robert who was killed with the 5th Argylls at Gallipoli.
Robert, was the twin Brother of Peter McKirdy, also killed at the Dardanelles, Gallipoli. Robert was the son of Robert McKirdy (Sugar Broker) and was born on the 1st of September 1888. Robert was killed at the charge of Atchi Baba.
Hugh Wilson Paton McLaren is remembered at Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. Hugh, a Butcher, was the son of Alexander Duff McLaren and Mary Ann Niven McLaren, of 30, Brisbane Street in Greenock. He was educated at the Glebe Public School. He attested on the 13th November 1914 at Shelbourne, Victoria, with the 5th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements. His mother wrote to the Australian Red Cross three years later, asking if there was a possibility of him being a Prisoner of War. She received a witness statement saying ‘McLaren was in the first reinforcements of the 5th Battalion. During the charge and the retirement, at what afterwards became known as Lone Pine, his body was seen lying dead by several of the men of the Company. McLaren was a big Scotchman.”
Work your way down to the bottom of the path and follow it round to the right till you come to section R
This point of interest is part of the tour: Greenock Cemetery WW1 Memorials Walk