Queensferry Lost Five Men in 1914 (listed by date)
Queensferry's first casualty of the War, Lance Corporal Walter Pearson, a Plumber to trade, of 2nd Battalion Royal Scots, was killed in action, in France, on 26th August 1914, aged 27.
Born 14.11.1886 in West Terrace, Queensferry, he and his younger step-brother Peter (who died by drowning, in 1892 aged 4), in West Terrace, Queensferry, lived with their Grandmother, Euphemia Marshall, who died in 1904. His Mother, Janet Pearson, married Peter's Father, Peter Callaghan Snr, in 1893. Sadly, she died in 1899.
His Aunt Mary Wilson ms Pearson, in Rosshill, Dalmeny was then his next of kin.
Walter's name is commemorated on Panel 5 of the La Ferte- Sous-Jouarre Memorial in Sienne, France.
His name is also on the Dalmeny Memorial, and
Queensferry Primary School Memorial.
Walter was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Private William Ritchie, a Shale Miner, of 2nd Battalion Royal Scots,was killed in action, in France on 15th October 1914, aged 28. Born 8.3.1886 in West End, Queensferry, Father unnamed, he lived in Gas Works Lane with his Mother, Cecelia Ritchie, and Brother Robert, then later in Harbour Head with Mother and Grandmother Mary Ritchie.
He married Agnes Lynch in 1911 in Queensferry.
He is buried in Grave Ref: V111. B. 3., Vieille-Chapelle Military Cemetery, Lacouture,
Pas de Calais, France
He is also remembered on Queensferry Primary School and
St Margaret's Church Memorials.
William was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Guardsman Robert Lapsley, a Shale Miner, of 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, was killed in action, in France on 28th October 1914, aged 21. Born 29.11.1892, in West End, Queensferry he grew up in Harbour Lane with his Parents William and Margaret Lapsley ms Garvie. He had 2 Brothers and 4 Sisters. Sadly his brother William died at 7 months from Whooping Cough and his brother James of 23rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment was killed in action on 15th September 1916.
He is Commemorated on Panel 8 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.
He is also remembered on the Queensferry Primary School and
St Margaret's Church Memorials.
Robert was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Private Daniel Gibson of 2nd Battalion Royal Scots, died of wounds received in Battle, in France on 31st October 1914, aged 33. Born 19.9.1881 in Falkirk, his Father, Daniel Robertson Gibson, died in 1882 and his Mother, Margaret Robertson Wilson Gibson ms Sinton, a School Teacher, married Henry Ross in 1886. Daniel had 2 brothers and 1 sister. Daniel lodged at Viewforth House, Queensferry and he was employed as a Grocer in the Co-operative Society.
Daniel first enlisted in 1899 and served in the Boer War.
He is buried in Grave Ref: 1. A. 10. -Longuenesse (St Omer), Souviner Cemetery,
Pas de Calais, France.
Daniel is also remembered on the Queensferry Masonic Memorial.
He was awarded the Queens and Kings South Africa Medals 1901 -1902 and Clasps, Belfast, Cape Colony and Orange Free State and
the 1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Private John Wilson, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed in action, in France on 22nd December 1914, aged 27.
Born 20.9.1887 in Rosebery Buildings, he grew up in Queensferry with his Parents, Alexander, a Joiner and Mary Wilson ms Pearson.
John had 6 brothers and 2 sisters.
He is commemorated on Panels 2 and 3, at Le Touret Memorial,
Pas- de- Calais, in France.
He is also remembered on the Dalmeny Memorial.
John was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals
Dalmeny losses -
Walter Pearson, above
John Wilson, above
Private Angus Ramage, of 2nd Battalion Scots Guards.
Angus enlisted at least in 1910, as he was in Caterham then and in Cairo in 1912. He left the Army in 1912 and joined Linlithgow Police Force.
He was recalled to Scots Guards on the outbreak of WW1.
Born 13.3.1888 in Dunbar, his Parents were Andrew, a Railway Gatekeeper and Isabella McBain Ramage ms Robertson. They married in Portobello on 7.6.1878. Angus had 8 Brothers and 1 Sister, 3 of them born in Portobello. In 1883 Father, Andrew lost his right arm in a work accident. They grew up in Dunbar, Father a Gatekeeper at Beil Crossing. At some time the family moved to Dalmeny as his father died in 1917, a Retired Railway Gatekeeper in Craigie, Dalmeny.
Angus was killed in action on 26.10.1914 aged 26, in Ypres, Belgium.
He is commemorated on Panel 11 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium,
and was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
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