Queensferry – 12 men
Private Thomas Duncan, of 9th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) enlisted in Kirkliston. He was born on 25.12.1899 in Winchburgh to William, a Mason to trade, and Margaret Duncan ms Hope. They married in 1896 in Kirkliston. Thomas had 2 brothers, Peter and Ebeneezer. In 1901 Thomas was living in Brae's buildings, Kirkliston with his Parents and Brothers. In 1911 aged 12, he is living in 5 Clark Place, Queensferry. Father is a Builder and Brother Peter is a Labourer. His Parents were later living in Plewlands House, Queensferry.
Thomas was killed in action on 28.3.1918, aged 19, during the 1st Battle of Arras, France. He is commemorated on Queensferry, Kirkliston and Winchburgh Memorials and on Panel Ref: Bay 6, Arras Memorial, France. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals
Private Robert Fossett (or Fawcett) of 7th Company Machine Gun Corps, (Formerly of 2nd Black Watch) entered the Theatre of War on 12.10.1914. He is also commemorated on Queensferry Parish Church Memorial. He was born on 17.12.1889 in Brown's Close, Queensferry, to Robert a Shale Miner and Catherine ms McArthur. They married in 1880 in Queensferry. Robert had 2 brothers and 1 Sister. Brother David-born 7.1.1896 (of 1st Black Watch, died in India on 20.11.1921, aged 25).
In 1891 aged 3 Robert was living in West Terrace, Queensferry, with his Parents and Siblings. He is not on 1911 Census but his parents and Siblings are still living in West Terrace, Father is later living in Brown's Close, Queensferry.
Robert died of Pneumonia, on 24.10.1918, aged 29, in Mesopotamia. It is unclear how or when he was returned to Turkey.He is buried in Grave Ref 311, Beirut War Cemetery.
Robert was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War Medals and the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal while serving with the Black Watch. The Distinguished Conduct Medal was regarded as second only to the Victoria Cross in prestige.
The D.C.M. was awarded to Robert for gallantry in the field in the face of the enemy. He was also entitled to use the letters D.C.M. after his name.
(London Gazette, 14.11.1916 - for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty he rescued a wounded man under very heavy fire displaying great courage and determination).
Sergeant Mounsey Robert Gardner, of 13th (Depot) Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian regiment) enlisted in Edinburgh, aged 30, on 18.11.1914. His Resident Address is listed as 4 Forth Terrace, Queensferry. Records show his Wife, Rebecca, was living at 5 Stewart Terrace, Queensferry, in later years. His War- time records show his name as Robert Mounsey Gardner.
He was born in Morecambe in 1886, to Edward and Eliza Jane Gardner, who married in 1873 in Stepney, London. Mounsey had 2 Brothers and 1 Sister. In 1891 he was living in Poulton, Lancs with Parents, Father a Fisherman, and Siblings. In 1901, aged 15, he is a Fisherman living with Parents and Siblings still in Poulton, lancs. On 7.11.1906, he married Rebecca in Silloth, Cumbria. In 1911, aged 26, he is a Sailor, living in Townley Street, Morecambe with his wife and Children, Hilda-8.8.1907 and Edward-17.7.1909.
As Mounsey died at home of wounds, on 30.1.1918, aged 32, it is unclear where or when he sustained these wounds, however he was involved in Phases of the 3rd Battles of Ypres -31st July – 30th Nov 1917, and would have been involved in trench warfare after this time. Mounsey is buried in Grave Ref: 49 - Morecambe Cemetery, and he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Private Robert Cooper Kerr of 4th Battalion Royal Scots, enlisted in Edinburgh. He entered the Theatre of War on 8.10.1915. He is also commemorated on Queensferry Parish Church Memorial, Queensferry Primary School and Masonic Memorials. Robert was born on 8.12.1893 in Buchanan Street, Leith to Robert, a Warehouseman and Jane Kerr ms Cooper. He had 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters. Brother William – 27.12.1892, of Royal Scots, died in 1915 in Galipolli. In 1901 aged 7, Robert is living in Albert Street, Leith with his Parents, Father a Wine Merchants Warehouseman, and Siblings. In 1911 aged 17 and a Spirit Cellarman, as is his Father, Robert is living in Viewforth House, Queensferry, with his Parents and siblings.
Robert was killed in action, on 27.9.1918 aged 24, during the Battles of the Hindenberg Line.
He is commemorated on Panel 3, Vis- En- Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War Medals.
Second Lieutenant Adam Lindsay of the 10th (Cyclist) Battalion (Territorial), Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), is also commemorated on Queensferry Parish Church and Queensferry Primary School Memorials. He was born on 5.4.1885 in Backgate, St Monans, Fife, to James, a Baker, and Jane Lindsay ms McLaren. They married in 1876 in Edinburgh. Adam had 2 Brothers and 1 Sister.
In 1891, aged 6, he is living in Backgate, St Monan's with his Parents and Siblings. In 1901 aged 16, he is an Apprentice Bank Clerk, Backgate, St Monan's, Fife with his Parents and Siblings.
In 1911, aged 25, Adam is a Bank Clerk, living in High Street, St Monan's with his Parents and Siblings. His Father is an Inspector of the Poor for the Parish Council.
Adam was an Accountant in Clydesdale Bank Queensferry before enlisting. He had active interest of Queensferry United Free Church, being Manager and Secretary to the Guild.
Adam married Jeannie Brown Grey on 11.7.1917, in Anstruther.
It is unclear where Adam received the wounds he died of, on 1.8.1918 aged 33, but he is buried in Grave Ref: 11. D. 68. Senlis French National Cemetery, Oise, France. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Corporal Peter Marshall of 11th Battalion Tank Corps, (formerly of Royal Horse Guards) enlisted in Queensferry. He is also commemorated on Queensferry Primary School Memorial. He was born on 8.5.1895 in East End, Queensferry, to William, a Ploughman and Grace Marshall ms McFarlane. They married in 1894 in Lasswade. Peter had 2 Brothers and 1 Sister. In 1901 aged 5 he was living in The Craigs, Queensferry with Parents, Father now a Carting Contractor, and Sister Elizabeth. In 1911, aged 15, he is a Carter still living in The Craigs, Queensferry with Parents and Siblings. Father later a Contractor, living in Ravel Bank, Queensferry.
Peter was married to Isabella Gibson Marshall, of Dalmeny. (record not found).
On 13.9.1918, The W.L Courier reported that Peter was missing. His wife was informed that his tank went into action and was knocked out by shell fire and captured by the enemy. When the tank was recaptured in the British Advance, others of the crew were found killed but there was no trace of Peter. It was presumed he was taken prisoner, probably wounded.
CWG records say 'died', Service Returns say 'presumed dead', 3.9.1918 aged 23.
Peter is commemorated on Panel Ref: Panel 11- Vis En Artois Memorial, France. He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
Corporal William McArthur of 13th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) enlisted in Edinburgh on 18.12.1914, aged 35. His Resident Town was Addiewell, Midlothian. His Mother lived in Brown's Close, Queensferry, at the time. He was born on 7.1.1879 in The loan, Queensferry, to John, a General Labourer and Emily McArthur ms Fossett. They married in 1874 in Queensferry. William had 6 brothers and 3 Sisters. His Brother John, 1st Royal Scots, born 1881 died of Tuberculosis in 1921, aged 39, Brother James, Seaforth Highlanders, born 1895 died of Tuberculosis in 1923, aged 28 and Brother Colin, born 1901 died of Tuberculosis in 1923, aged 22. Sister Margaret was married to Thomas Ley, of 17th Royal Scots, who died of Tuberculosis in 1919, aged 34. (Information on these men will be in May's entry).
In 1901 aged 22, a General Labourer, William was living in Hill Square, Queensferry, with his Parents, Father now a Florist, and Siblings. William married Janet Fossett on 3.10.1903, at South Bridge, Edinburgh,They had 6 Daughters, William's Father died of Stomach Cancer on 10.10.1915 aged 57, in Brown's Close, Queensferry.
William was involved in phases of the first Battles of the Somme. In the Battles of the Marne, 20th July – 2nd August 1918. This seems to be when William lost his life on 24.7.1918 aged 39
William is commemorated on Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France, no panel reference is recorded. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. Also the Distinguished Conduct Medal was awarded on 8.8.1916, for conspicuous bravery when bombarding a dugout. With the assistance of another man who guarded the exit, he entered the dugout alone and forced all the occupants, 40 unwounded and 3 wounded, to come out and surrender.
He was also awarded the Medal of St George 3rd Class on 1.3.1917, awarded by the Allied Powers at various dates, to the British Forces for distinguished services; rendered during the course of the campaign. The awards were published in the London and Edinburgh Gazettes where the King gave authority for the decoration to be worn.
Private Peter Mcleary of 1st Battalion Cameronians, (Scottish Rifles), enlisted in Queensferry. He is also commemorated on Queensferry Primary School and Kirkliston Memorials. He was born on 26.3.1899 in Uphall, Broxburn to James, a Miner and Mary McLeary ms Mccabe. They married in 1886 in Edinburgh. Peter had 4 Sisters and 1 Brother. In 1901 aged 2 he was living in Westerton Rows, Kirkliston with his family and Siblings. In 1911 aged 12, he was living in Carnwath with his Parents and 3 of his Siblings. Living in Craw's Close, Queensferry, he attended Queensferry School from Jan 1906 – March 1913. (Edinburgh City Archives)
Peter was involved in the Final Advance on Picardy, one phase, the Battle of the Selle at the River Selle, close to Le Cateau, 17th - 25th October 1918, is when Peter lost his life on 23.10.1918 aged 19.
Peter is commemorated on Panel Ref: 6, Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas De Calais, France. He was awarded the Victory and British war Medals.
Lieutenant Robert Elder Murray of 5th attending 5th/6th Royal Scots, entered the Theatre of War on 23.3.1918. He is also commemorated on Queensferry Parish Church Memorial. He was born on 14.6.1896, in Gayfield Street, Edinburgh, to William, a Hotel Keeper and Jessie Murray ms Elder. They married in 1888 in Edinburgh. Robert had 2 Sisters and 1 Brother. In 1904, aged 4, he is living in Station Inn, Aberdour with Parents, Siblings and Grandmother, Janet Elder.
His Mother died of Acute Rheumatic Fever and Ulcerative Endocarditis, on 9.9.1910, aged 44, at Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen. In 1911, aged 14, Robert was living in Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen, Stirlingshire, with Father, a Hotel Proprietor and Farmer, and Siblings.
His Father, Proprietor of Stags Head Hotel, died on 16.11.1927 at Stags Head Hotel, Queensferry, age 67. Cause: Paralysis Agitans (Parkinsons Disease) for 8 years, and Obstruction (Paralytic) of the Bowels-6 Days.
Robert was involved in the Battle of Amiens, 8th – 11th August 1918, also known as the third Battle of Picardy, which was the opening phase of the Allied offensive later known as the Hundred Days Offensive that ultimately led to the end of the First World War. This is where Robert lost his life on 11.8.1918, aged 22. Robert is commemorated on Panel Ref: Panel 3, Vis-en-Artois, Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was awarded the Victory and British war Medals.
Private James Sandercombe of 17th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), Lord Rosebery's Bantam Regiment, enlisted in Queensferry.(Read about the Bantam Regiment in 'Interesting Facts' archive march 2015). He is also commemorated on Queensferry Primary School Memorial. His Mother lived in Trafalgar Cottage, Queensferry. He was born on 22.4.1882 in West Terrace Queensferry, to Charles, a Master Grocer and Christine Sandercombe ms Fraser. They married in 1881 in Bo'ness. James had 3 Sisters and 3 Brothers. Brother Charles of 2/10th Royal Scots, was killed age 20, on 18.8.1916 in the Somme. In 1891, age 9, James was living in West Terrace with Parents and Siblings. James’ Father, Charles, died on 22.8.1900 at Royal infirmary Edinburgh, Usual Address- 13 Rosshill Terrace Dalmeny. Cause –Epithelioma of Jaw, a type of Skin Cancer. In 1901, James, age 19,is an Apprentice Cooper, living in 13 Rosshill Terrace, Dalmeny, with his Mother and Siblings.
James’ Mother, Christina, died of Cerebral Thrombosis and Heart Failure, on 9.2.1935 age 76, at 39 Barony Street Edinburgh, Usual Address 2 Rosshill Terrace, Dalmeny.
James was involved in the first Battles of the Somme, 31st August – 3rd September 1918. He lost his life during trench warfare on 25.9.1918, aged 36. James is buried in Grave Ref: XXV. H. 23 – Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
Gunner William Scott of 179th Brigade Royal Horse and Field Artillery, enlisted in Queensferry. He is also commemorated on Queensferry Parish Church and Queensferry Primary School Memorials. He was born on 12.8.1893 in Bank Buildings, Queensferry to James, a Shale miner and Rose Scott ms Norton. They married in 1887 in Edinburgh. William had 4 Brothers. In 1901 aged 7, he is living in Back Row, Dalmeny with Parents, Father a Shale Miner, and Siblings. In 1911, aged 17 and a Coal Miner, he is in Valleyfield Terrace, Culross with Parents and Brothers.
William was involved in the First Battles of the Somme, 21st March – 4th July 1918. This is when he lost his life on 21.4.1918 aged 24.
William is buried in Grave Ref: In Middle of Cemetery - St Fuscien Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
Private Martin Teirney, of Depot, Royal Scots, enlisted in Queensferry. He is also commemorated on Cramond Memorial and St Margaret’s Church Memorial, Queensferry. He was born on 27.7.1888 in West End, Queensferry, to Patrick a Bridge Labourer and Margaret Teirney ms Kennedy. He had 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters.
In 1891 aged 3, Martin is living in Gas Works Lane, Queensferry, with his Parents, Father now a Shale Miner, and Brothers Terrance and John. In 1901, aged 13, he is in West Terrace, Queensferry, with his Parents and Siblings. In 1911 aged 23, he is a Shale Miner in East Terrace, Queensferry, with his Parents, Brother John, 20 and Sister Catherine, 12.
His Father died in 1915. Notification on scottishshale.co.uk website –Patrick Tierney, Miner, 19 East Terrace, South Queensferry, died on 26 January 1915 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 24 January 1915 in Rosshill Shale Mine, Dalmeny, Linlithgowshire, in a gas explosion. NAS Reference: SC41/13/1915/3
Martin was based in Inverness and he married Marjory Matheson on 5.1.1917 at Roman Catholic Church, Huntley Street, Inverness.
Martin died on 5.12.1918, aged 30, of Influenzal Pneumonia, in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 12 hours after admission. Usual address Dowies Mill, Cramond Bridge.
He is buried in Gave ref: 359, South Queensferry Cemetery and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Dalmeny- 9 Men
Private Andrew Campbell of 8th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), enlisted in Paisley. He was born on 12.9.1890 in Blair Castle Mains, Blair Athol, to Archibald, a Cattleman and Jessie Campbell ms Grant. They married in 1875 in Kincraigie, Perthshire. He had 4 Brothers and 1 Sister. In 1901, aged 10, he is living in Woodend Blair Athol, with his Parents and Siblings. His Father and Brothers John and Duncan are Estate Labourers, Sister Kate is a Cook, and his 8 month old Cousin Archie is also there. In 1911, aged 20, Andrew is a Gardener in Dalmeny Park, boarding with a Thomas Wilberforce.
It was likely during the First Battle of Bapaume, Somme, that Andrew was killed in action on 24.3.1918, aged 27.
The 9th Division served on the Western Front throughout the war, and was regarded by many as one of the best fighting formations of 1914-18.
Andrew is Commemorated on Panel 49 & 50 –Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France and he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Private Alexander Hallyburton of 1st/6th Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) enlisted in Queensferry. He was born on 8.5.1888 in East Inchmichael, Errol, Perth, to George, A Ploughman and Mary Ann Hallyburton ms Dick. They married in 1885 in Dundee. Alexander had 2 Sisters and 1 Brother. In 1891, aged 3 Alexander is living in Cothouse Burnside, Angus, with Parents, Father a Farm Servant, with Siblings Eliza -1885, Jemima -1887 and George – 1890.( They do not appear in 1901 or 1911 census).
Alexander, aged 22, an Oil House Worker of 12 Church Row, Dalmeny, married Jessie MacPherson on 26.6.1908 in Edinburgh. They then had 3 children. Jessie moved to Perth after his Death.
Alexander was involved in the Battle of the Tardenois -20 - 31 July 1918, a phase of the Battles of the Marne. Tardenoise is located between the departments of the Marne in Champagne-Ardenne, and the Aisne, in Picardy. This is where Alexander was killed in action on 24.7.1918 aged 30.
Alexander is buried in Grave Ref: 477. Sedan (St Charles) Communal Cemetery, Ardennes, France. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Corporal John Livingston of 2/10th Cyclist Battalion, enlisted in May 1914 aged 19, in Kirkliston. He was a Miner in Dalmeny Oil Works, living in The Rows, Dalmeny at the time. He was born on 4.11.1894 in Cumberland Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, to George, a Shale Miner, and Jane Livingston ms Halkett. He had 5 Brothers and 4 sisters. In 1901 John, aged 6 is living in Bouverie Street, Rutherglen with his Parents, Father a Coal Miner, and Siblings James, 4 and Jane- 5 months.
In 1911 aged 16, and working in Dalmeny Oil Works, He is living in The Rows, Dalmeny with his Parents, and Siblings James -14, Jane -10, William -8, Adam -4, Georgina-1. Father and Brother James also working in the Oil Works.
John aged 23, a Shale Miner attached to Royal Scots, married Agnes Smith Aitchison on 10.1.1918 in Edinburgh, usual Address, Dalmeny Head, presently stationed at Glencourse, Edinburgh. Agnes was living in Dalmeny when he died.
"On 11th November 1918 whilst the cease fire took place on the Western Front the 2/10th Royal Scots Battalion from Linlithgow was fighting a bitter battle against the Communist Bolsheviks in the snow of North Russia. On November 11th 1918, Armistice Day on the Western Front, the Royal Scots of ‘C’ Force were attacked by 1,000 Bolsheviks at Toulgas. Their target was the Canadian Artillery of the Force and bitter hand to hand fighting developed as the Royal Scots struggled to repulse the attacks.
On the day the people of the Lothians celebrated the end of the Great War for Civilisation the 2/10th Royal Scots suffered casualties of 19 men killed and 34 more men wounded." ( Source -The Scottish Military Research Group)
This is where John was killed in action on 11.11.1918 aged 23.
John is Commemorated on Stone No: 3, Archangel Memorial, Russian Federation.
He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Lance Corporal Charles Moodie of 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fussiliers, enlisted in Kirkliston. His resident town is noted as Dalmeny. He was born on 7.10.1894 in North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, to Peter, a Painter and Maggie Moodie ms Davidson. They married in 1877 in Dunfermline. Charles had 2 Sisters and 1 Brother. 1901 they are in 14 Catherine Terrace, Queensferry, Charles aged 6.
In 1911 aged 16, and not working, he is still in 14 Catherine Terrace with Parents and Siblings.
Charles Father, Peter, was living in 7 Rosshill Terrace, Dalmeny, at the time of Charles' death.
Charles was killed in action, on 7.6.1918, aged 24, during the First Battles of the Somme, in France, which lasted from 21st March until 4th July 1918. He is buried in Plot 11.D.3., Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil, Pas de Calais, France and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Sergeant James Reilly of 8th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, enlisted on 25.9.1915, aged 18, in Glasgow, into Lowland Division, Royal Engineers. He was living in 15 Stone Row, Dalmeny at the time. He is also commemorated on St Margaret's Church Memorial, Queensferry. He was born on 20.11.1897 in Napier Street, Linwood, Renfrewshire, to John, a Labourer from Ireland, and Sarah Reilly ms Grant, from Johnston, Renfrewshire. They married in 1893 in Johnston, Renfrewshire. James had 4 Sisters and 1 Brother.
In 1901, James aged 3, they are living in Copperas Row, Barrhead and Levern, Renfrewshire and Father is a Railway Plate Layer. In 1911, aged 14, they are in The Rows, Dalmeny and Father is now a Plate Layer at Dalmeny Oil Works.
James was transferred to the 3rd Reserve Infantry Brigade on 9.12.1916. James arrived in Bolougne 7.1.1917 and transferred to the 8th North Staffordshire Regiment on 1.2.1917.
It would appear he was killed in action during the final advance of Picardy, on 4th November 1918, aged 20, 16 days before his 21st birthday and just a week before the end of the War in France.
James is buried on North Boundary, in Wargnies-le-Grand Churchyard, Nord, France.
He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Private John Duthie Swayne, of the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, enlisted in Perth. He was born on 26.5.1899 in Perth, to William, a Gardener and Mary Swayne ms Duthie. They married in 1891 in Co. Antrim, Ireland. John had 3 Brothers and 1 Sister. In 1901, aged 1, John is living in St Catherine's Road, Perth, with Parents and Siblings. In 1911 aged 11, he is living in Sheila's Place, Perth with Parents and Siblings. In the 1920 Valuation sheets William Swayne (Father) is a Gardener and Inhabitant in Rosshill, Dalmeny Station, later residing at The Lodge, Ashburnam, Dalmeny.
John was involved in the Battle of Messines, 10 - 11 April 1918 – a phase of The Battles of the Lys, Flanders. This is where John was killed in action on 11.4.1918, aged 17, a month before his 18th birthday.
John is Commemorated on Panel Ref: 132 -135 and 162A, Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Private Robert Todd of 9th Battalion Royal Scots enlisted in Queensferry. He was born on 12.9.1887 in Peebles to Robert, a Ploughman and Agnes Todd ms Kerr. They married in 1878 in Peebles. Robert had 2 Brothers and 4 Sisters.
In 1891 aged 3, Robert is living in Cademuir Cottages, Peebles, with his Parents and Siblings.
In 1901 aged 13, Robert was living in Loquhariet Farm and Cottages, Borthwick with his Parents and Siblings, Father a Farm Grieve.
Robert's Mother died on 14.5.1909 in Arniston Mains, Borthwick, aged 52. Cause was Phlebitis in both legs after a bout of Influenza causing a loose blood clot which arrested the Heart Action.
Robert's Father died on 16.7.1915, aged 67, in 3 Clayhouses, Gorebridge. Cause Carcinoma of Stomach with secondary involvement of Liver and other organs.
Robert, aged 30, a Railway Signalman and a Private in 9th Royal Scots, married Mary Murray on 4.8.1917, in 19 Montpelier Park, Edinburgh, his usual address Wester Dalmeny .
Robert was killed in action on 22.3.1918, aged 30, 7 months after his marriage, in the Battles of the Somme, (21 March - 4 July 1918). He is buried in Grave Ref: A. 15. Marteville Cemeterey, Attilly, Aisne, France, and he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Private William Trotter of 1/8th Battalion Cameron Highlanders (Scottish Rifles), enlisted in Edinburgh, living in Winchburgh at the time. He was born on 3.12.1899 in Redhaughs, Currie, to George, a Ploughman and Jane Trotter ms Rutherford. William had 3 Sisters and 2 Brothers.
In 1901 William is aged 1 and living with his Parents and Siblings in Redheughs Farm Cottage, Currie, Midlothian, Father a Farm Servant. In 1911, he is in Craigbrae, Dalmeny with Parents, Father a Ploughman, and Siblings Mary-18, and George -15, who both work on the Farm. On 1915 Valuation Roll, the Family were still there.
His Mother died in 1923 in Cramond aged 59.
His Father died on 24.5.1932 in West Craigie Cottages, Dalmeny, aged 75, through Senile Decay and Bronchitis.
William was involved in Battles of the Marne, and one phase -The Battle of the Soissonais and of the Ourcq, 23rd July – 2nd August 1918 ( where the 34th Division captured the Bagneux Ridge) is where William was killed in action on 29.7.1918, aged 18 years, 5 months before his 19th birthday.
William is Commemorated on Stone No: 16 A. Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.
He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Private George Shearlaw Young of 1st Battalion Scots Guards enlisted in Edinburgh. He was born on 10.10.1896 in Longniddry, Gladsmuir, Haddington, to John, a Ploughman and Mary Young ms Thomson. They married in 1893 in Tranent. George had 2 Brothers and 3 Sisters.
In 1901 aged 4, George is living in Cresswell Cottages, Penicuik with his Parents, Father a Gardener, and siblings. In 1911 he is aged 14, and a Gardener employed by Lord Rosebery, living in Lennie, Cramond, (Dalmeny Park), with his Parents, Father also a Gardener and Siblings.
When George died his Father is listed as living in Hope Street, Corstorphine, Edinburgh.
George was involved in the Cambrai Operations, 20.11.1917 – 30.12.1917 and it was after this that he was killed in action on 27.2.1918, aged 21, as the Germans were preparing to move from the Eastern Front to the Western Front in preparation for the First Battles of the Somme, 1918.
George is buried in Grave Ref: C.4., Fampoux British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
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