Armadale & District War Memorial Association

Registered Scottish Charity No. SC044493

WILLIAM EASTON

8th/10th Battalion

GORDON HIGHLANDERS

Rank                            Private

Service number          S/5122

Date of death             04/07/1916

Place of birth               Armadale

Age                              18

Resided                       Hamilton

Enlisted                       Aberdeen

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal          

Theatre of death          F &F

Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 56

Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery

Son of Henry and Mary Easton, of 91, Albert Buildings, Burnbank, Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

 

William arrived in France on the 9th July 1915, he died of wounds on the 4th July 1916.

JAMES EDMOND

2nd Battalion

SCOTS GUARDS

Rank                            Sergeant

Service number          6567

Date of death              25/05/1918

Place of birth               Prestonpans

Age

Resided                       Prestonpans

Enlisted                       Edinburgh

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal    

Theatre of death          F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Q. I. A. 3.

Cemetery: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN  

 

James Edmond appears on The United Collieries Limited, active service roll 1914-19, this shows him as being employed at Bathville Brickworks and dying of wounds.

THOMAS ELLIOT

11th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                            Private

Service number          13377

Date of death              14/07/1916

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age                              19

Resided                       Avonbridge Stirlingshire

Enlisted                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal          

Theatre of death          F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 D and 7 D.

Cemetery: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Son of George and Rachel Elliott, of Bridge Hill, Avonbridge, Stirlingshire.

 

Thomas arrived in France on the 11th May 1915.

Thomas was one of the first lot of Kitchener’s volunteers, prior to enlisting he was employed as a miner at Roughrigg Colliery.

JOHN ELLIS

10th Battalion

ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS

Rank                            Lance Corporal

Service number          S/6132

Date of death              07/11/1918

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age                              26

Resided                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal          

Theatre of death          F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. H. 10.

Cemetery: WELLINGTON CEMETERY, RIEUX-EN-CAMBRESIS

 

Son of Robert and Leticia Ellis, of 2 Dykehead lane,  Bathgate.

Husband of Annie O'Hara Ellis 26 Russell’s Row, Bathgate.

 

John enlisted in October 1914, prior to enlisting he was employed as a miner with Mosside Colliery in Bathgate.

 

John arrived in France on the 11th May 1915, and he had been previously wounded in September 1916.

 

John’s wife received the following letter:

 

“With very deep regret I have to convey the sad news of the death of your husband. He was killed in action on the 7th November, from a shell burst. He was a very brave NCO, and was respected by all for his cheery ways, and his loss is greatly felt by all who knew him. He was under my command during the past six months, and I found him one of the best NCO’s I’ve had. I shall feel his loss greatly, he was buried with full military honours by his church at hants Lien near Avesnes, and a cross with his inscription has been erected.

 

Lt A Wilson

Signalling Officer

10th November 1918”

SAMUEL EVANS

5th/6th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                            Private

Service number          52936

Date of death              27/02/1919

Place of birth

Age                              23

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal    

Theatre of death          Germany

Grave/Memorial Reference: XII. D. 7.

Cemetery: COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Evans South Street Armadale, Linlithgowshire.

 

Samuel entered the Army in May 1918 and was sent to France in that September, before he enlisted Samuel had been employed at Etna and Atlas Brickworks in Armadale, Linlithgowshire.

 

Sam took part in the heavy fighting during the final battles of War in France.

Samuel’s Company Commander Captain Mann wrote the following letter to Sam’s mother dated 2nd March:

 

Dear Madam,

            I very much regret to inform you of the death of your son, Private S Evans of My Company. He complained on the 20th February of feeling unwell. The doctor examined him and certified him as suffering from influenza, and had him at once taken to Bonn Hospital.  Later the trouble developed into pneumonia and your son died on the 26th February in hospital. He was buried with full military honours on 28th February. He lies in a cemetery on the outskirts of Bonn, and a cross marks his last resting place. His companions and Officers join with me in expressing our deep regret in the very sad loss you have sustained. He did his duty as a soldier and bore himself in an exemplary manner.”

 

 

Samuel Evans appears on The United Collieries Limited, active service roll 1914-19, this shows him as being employed at Etna and Atlas Brickworks.

DAVID FERGUSON

6th Battalion

KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS

Rank                           Private

Service number          28152

Date of death              24/03/1918

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age

Resided                       Edinburgh

Enlisted                       Edinburgh

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal  

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 37.

Cemetery: POZIERES MEMORIAL 

WILLIAM FORGIE

6th/7th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS

Rank                           Private

Service number          43230

Date of death              31/07/1917

Place of birth              

Age

Resided                       Blackridge, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal  

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXIX. C. 5.

Cemetery: TYNE COT CEMETERY 

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Forgie Westrigg.

 

William was last seen leaving the trenches on 31st July 1917 with a dispatch, in June 1918 his parents still had no word about what had happened to him.

 

William’s brother Alex Forgie Royal Scots had to have his right leg amputated below the knee as a result of a severe wound to his ankle, received on 21st March 1918.

WILLIAM FORRESTER

2nd Battalion.

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          13781

Date of death              16/06/1915

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age                              21

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal         

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: A. 8. 38.

Cemetery: ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN  

Son of James and Margaret Forrester, 101 East Main St. Armadale, Linlithgowshire.

 

William left Britain on Christmas Eve 1914 for the front, and he arrived in France on the 28th December 1914, since the beginning of 1915 he had been in continual active service until he was wounded. William was amongst those who volunteered for active service shortly after war was declared.

 

William was wounded in the afternoon of the 11th June, that morning he had started writing a letter to his parents, unable to finish it he asked a comrade to post it for him. In this letter received by his parents he expressed his sympathy with those killed and injured in the Gretna train disaster, he speaks of how he seen Private Peter Johnston a fellow Armadale man fall after being hit with a piece of shell and he states that Peter was a brave lad.

 

Mrs Forrester received a telegram from Hamilton Depot:-

 

Regret to inform you that your son, Pte. William Forrester, 2nd Royal Scots, is lying dangerously ill in no10 General Hospital, Rouen, from gunshot wound in the right thigh. He may be visited.

 

William died at No 10 General Hospital Rouen, following an operation to amputate his leg. His leg having to be amputated due to a gunshot wound to his right thigh that he received in action.

 

 

“Dear Madam,

            I much regret to have to write and say your son passed away this afternoon. He was badly wounded, and his condition very serious practically from the beginning. He died peacefully in his sleep. May I send my sympathy to you.”

I am yours faithfully AE Hobday

10 General Hospital Rouen

 

William appears on The United Collieries Limited, active service roll 1914-19, this shows him as being employed at Bathville colliery.

JAMES FRASER

1st Battalion

GORDON HIGHLANDERS

Rank                           Private

Service number          S/43015

Date of death              13/11/1916

Place of birth               Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Age

Resided                                              

Enlisted                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal  

Theatre of death         F. & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 15 B and 15 C.

Cemetery: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL 

MATTHEW FRASER

2/10th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Attached 7th/8th

KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS

Rank                           Private

Service number          2867

Date of death              18/08/1916

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age                              28

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal  

Theatre of death         F.& F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 D and 7 D.

Cemetery: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL 

Husband of Mrs Mathew Fraser McDonalds Square, East Main Street Armadale.

 

Mathew enlisted in the Royal Scots in October 1915, being a miner he was in a starred occupation but he felt it his duty to join the Army.

Mathew had been in France for seven weeks before he was killed.

 

In August 1916 the 7th/8th Kings Own Scottish Borderers were in the front line at the Ancre sector.

Married and had two of a family.

 

Matthew appears on The United Collieries Limited, active service roll 1914-19, this shows him as being employed at Armadale colliery and being killed in action.

SIMON FRASER

2nd Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          43147

Date of death              06/05/1917

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal  

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. K. 41.

Cemetery: DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN 

Husband of J. Brown, of 51, South St., Armadale, Linlithgowshire, West Lothian.

 

Simon Fraser enlisted in the Royal Scots in August 1915 and was at the front for ten months before his death.

 

A letter from Sister H Santler dated 12th May stated:

 

“I regret to tell you your husband passed away at 5.30 am. On May 6th. He was admitted on 5th suffering from severe wounds in the abdomen and both legs. Everything possible was done for him but he was past our aid.”

 

 

Prior to enlisting Simon was employed as a miner.

WILLIAM FREW

2nd Battalion.

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          40404

Date of death              29/05/1918

Place of birth               Westrigg, Linlithgowshire

Age                              29

Resided                       Blackridge, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Blackridge, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal  

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. D. 29.

Cemetery: PERNES BRITISH CEMETERY 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frew, of Westrigg, Blackridge, Linlithgowshire, West Lothian.

 

William enlisted in 1914, after a recruiting meeting held in Blackridge Public Hall, he had seen eighteen months service in France.

He was wounded and Gassed by an enemy shell on 22nd May and from his wounds a week later.

 

William Frew appears on The United Collieries Limited, active service roll 1914-19, this shows him as being employed at Blackrigg 3 Colliery and dying of wounds.

EDWARD FRIEL

8th Coy.

Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Formerly

4134 ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          17466

Decoration                  MM MiD

Date of death              14/07/1916

Place of birth               Shotts, Morningside, Lanark

Age                              41

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       Military Medal, 1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal        

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C.

Cemetery: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Friel ho resided 69 East Main Street Armadale.

 

Edward Friel joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion Royal Scots in September 1914. He was transferred from the 3rd Reserve Battalion to the 2nd Battalion and landed in France on the 22nd February 1915.

 

Private Charles Smith 2nd Royal Scots in the course of a letter handed to the Courier in 1915 states the following about Edward:

           

“Pte Eddie Friel did a very gallant deed in the last big advance. While in charge of a maxim machine gun something went wrong with one of the parts. Despite the fact that he was under heavy fire he coolly repaired his gun and then, in the nick of time, was able to turn it on the Germans, who were calculating an easy capture of the gun position. He hoped this act of his chum would be brought under the notice of his superiors.”

 

For the above act described by Charles Smith Edward was mentioned in dispatches for his courage in saving his Machine Gun and turning it on the enemy with satisfactory results

 

Edward was a Machine Gunner with his Battalion and on the formation of the 8th Company the Machine Gun Corps 22 January 1916 was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Friel received the following Letter from Capt EF Petie, Edwards Company Commander:

 

“In the field 15th July,

Dear Mrs. Friel,

            I am afraid I have to break the sad news to you that your son, Private Friel, of this Company, was killed in action yesterday evening in the great advance. I am afraid I cannot, with my clumsy pencil, help you much in your bereavement, but you might like to know that he was killed doing his duty like a true British soldier.

            He was, and has been for the past ix months one of my best men, and has nobly upheld the great name of the great regiment to which he belonged; so much so that I have recommended him for special decoration, and I am in the hope that it is likely to come, s that you may have something by which to remember him.

            On behalf of myself and the other officers ad men of this company, we offer you our tenderest and sincerest sympathy at your sons death, and if I can help you in any way don’t hesitate to write me.

Believe me Mrs. Friel, with deepest sympathy.

Yours sincerely, Edward F Petie, 8th Coy., M.G. Corps

 

The “special decoration” Capt EF Petie mentions is in fact the Military Medal that Edward was posthumously awarded. Military Medal London Gazette 27th October 1916.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Friel were presented with Edwards Military Medal in Armadale?

 

 

Edward Friel MM appears on The United Collieries Limited, active service roll 1914-19, this shows him as being employed at Bathville Colliery and being killed in action at Loos 16/07/1916.

FRANCES GILFOYLE

16th Battalion.

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          27071

Date of death              09/04/1917

Place of birth               Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Age                              19

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. B. 5.

Cemetery: TILLOY BRITISH CEMETERY, TILLOY-LES-MOFFLAINES  

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilfoyle Russell’s Row, East Main Street Armadale.

 

Francis was a Machine gunner with the 16th Battalion Royal Scots.

Francis enlisted in November 1914.

WILLIAM GILLON

215th Siege Battery

Royal Garrison Artillery

Rank                           Gunner

Service number          190241

Date of death              23/02/1919

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age                              33

Resided                       Campbelltown

Enlisted                      

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         Home

Grave/Memorial Reference: 3. 108.

Cemetery: CAMPBELTOWN (KILKERRAN) CEMETERY

 

Son of James & Margaret Gillon 6 East Main Street Armadale.

 

William came home from France with influenza which developed into pneumonia, which he later died from at his home in Campbelltown, whilst on Demobilisation Furlough.

 

Prior to enlisting William had an extensive Butchery business in Campbelltown, where he lived with his wife.

DAVID GILMOUR

8th Battalion

BLACK WATCH

Formerly

S/5646 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

Rank                           Private

Service number          S/17594

Date of death              06/01/1917

Place of birth               Westrigg, Linlithgowshire

Age                             

Resided                       Westrigg, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       East Linton

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pelves German Mil. Cem Mem.

Cemetery: VIS-EN-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HAUCOURT 

Son of Mr and Mrs H Gilmore 65 Westrigg, Blackridge.

 

David first served in France as a Corporal with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and he was killed when a shell burst immediately beside him. His body was completely buried by the explosion.

 

Prior to enlisting David was a Drummer with Blackridge Pipe Band.

David arrived in France on the 11th September 1915.

WILLIAM GILMOUR

11th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          25804

Date of death              12/04/1917

Place of birth               Slammannan

Age                             

Resided                       Blackridge, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Edinburgh

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 1 and 2.

Cemetery: ARRAS MEMORIAL

ALEXANDER H GRAHAM

8th Battalion.

YORK AND LANCS

Formerly

15850 17th Highland Light Infantry

Rank                           Private

Service number          34831

Date of death              02/06/1917

Place of birth               Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Age                              23

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Glasgow

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. D. 11.

Cemetery: POPERINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY 

Son of Andrew and Annie Graham, West Main Street, Armadale.

 

Alexander received his early education at Armadale Public School. Leaving school he entered the office of Ceaser and Howie solicitors, where he was making rapid progress. He was genial lad, very clever in his work, and greatly esteemed by his chiefs and fellow workers. In his Law studies he had made splendid progress.

 

Alexander enlisted in September 1914, with the 17th Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion), and he arrived in France on the 22nd November 1915.

His Battalion saw severe action, at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, with more than half of its men were killed or wounded. Alexander was then transferred to 8th York and Lancs. Alexander refused a commission on a number of occasions.

 

Alexander’s older brother David Graham also served in France during the War, he was a Sergeant with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

 

Mr. Alexander was informed by a comrade and by his officer that Alexander was killed on June 2nd. It appears a shell had been sent by one of the German long range guns and landed at a rest camp. The shell landed on the main road and killed an officer and Private Graham, who was standing near the entrance to a hut several yards away, was struck by a splinter of the shell on the head and was killed instantly.

 

The following letters were received by Alexander’s family:

 

Lt A C Calvet wrote,

 

“Dear Mr. & Mrs. Graham,

It is with very great regret that I have to report the death of your son, Pte A H Graham who was killed in action on June 2nd. I assure you, you have the sympathy of all the officers, non commissioned officers and the men of the battalion in your hour of trial.”

 

Pte H Craig Davie, son of Mrs. Davie formerly school teacher in Armadale public School, wrote home:

 

“The Germans were shelling for miles round outside the actual firing line. One shell landed right in the main road and killed an officer who was in a machine. Pte Alex Graham was standing outside one of the huts nearby when a splinter of the shell struck him in the head, death being instantaneous.”

 

Mrs. Davie wrote to Mr. Graham and conveyed to him her deepest sympathy to him and his wife and their family. Pte Davie and Pte Graham had been close chums and had enlisted together.

DAVID GRIEVE

8th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Sergeant

Service number          42

Date of death              15/11/1914

Place of birth               Pencaitland East Lothian

Age

Resided                       Tranent

Enlisted                       Tranent

Medal Entitlement       1914 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. B. 5.

Cemetery: RATION FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D'ARMENTIERES   

 

David arrived in France on the 5th November 1914.

 

 

 

David Grieve appears on The United Collieries Limited, active service roll 1914-19, this shows him as being employed at Southrigg Colliery and being killed in action.

HUGH HART

7th Battalion.

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          2413

Date of death              22/05/1915

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age                              20

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Theatre of death         Home.

Grave/Memorial Reference:

Cemetery:

(KILLED IN THE GRETNA TRAIN CRASH)

 

Son of Charles and Catherine Hart, of 67, Lower Bathville, Armadale, Linlithgowshire, West Lothian.

Born at Armadale, Linlithgowshire.

 

 

 

Hugh enlisted in the 7th Royal Scots on the 9th November 1914 two days after his brother George, on the Sunday Previous to his departure for the front, unable to secure a pass; he walked home from Marine Gardens, Portobello (24 miles), to his parents and bid them Goodbye.

 

Prior to enlisting Hugh was employed at the Atlas Steel Foundry in Armadale.

WALTER WATSON HARVEY

20th Divisional Ammunition Column

ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY

Rank                           Corporal Shoeing Smith

Service number          70855

Date of death              21/02/1916

Place of birth               Woodend, Linlithgowshire

Age                              21

Resided                       Woodend, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Glasgow

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         Home

Grave/Memorial Reference: E. 45.

Cemetery: BATHGATE CEMETERY 

 

Son of Robert and Margaret Harvey of Woodend Armadale, and later of Hassockrigg Harthill.

 

Before he enlisted in the Army he was employed as a blacksmith at Woodend Colliery.

Walter enlisted at the outbreak of War, and he arrived in France on the 22nd July 1915.

 

Walter was invalided back from France and died in hospital in the South of England, Walter took ill on the 14th December 1915, and on New Years Day 1916 his illness assumed a serious turn, and he was conveyed to Hospital. A number of complications set in towards the end of January, and during February he had been very ill. Walter died in England and his parents requested that hi remains be brought to Bathgate to be buried in the Family plot.

 

On the last Saturday of February 1916 Walter’s funeral took place from Woodend to Bathgate Cemetery, in addition to his relatives and friends a large contingent of the 3rd/10th Royal Scots (many of whom were from the Armadale area) under the command of Capt Forsyth paid their final tribute of respect to the deceased. The Rev W G Kirk conducted a service at the house and at the academy.

 

A week or so after his funeral at Walters Grave in Bathgate Cemetery there was placed a memorial tablet from his friends in Woodend. The tablet bore the following inscription: a token of respect and esteem from Woodend friends to Corporal W Watson Harvey, who died 15th February 1916.

 

Note:

Walter is the Great Uncle of my own uncle Lockhart Harvey also of Armadale, and Lockhart had no Knowledge of Walter or his Death during the Great War.

ARCHIBALD HASTIE

2nd Battalion.

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          16238

Date of death              02/06/1915

Place of birth               Kirkfieldbank Lanarkshire

Age

Resided                       Shotts

Enlisted                       Bathgate

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 11.

Cemetery: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL 

 

Archibald arrived in France on the 7th April 1915.

 

Archibald Hastie appears on The United Collieries Limited, active service roll 1914-19, this shows him as being employed at Bathville Colliery and being killed in action.

STEPHEN HASTIE

2nd Battalion.

ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS

Rank                           Lance Corporal

Service number          S/15208

Date of death              18/08/1916

Place of birth               Tranent Haddington

Age                             

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Stirling

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: XII. K. 34.

Cemetery: CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL        

Stephen was the eldest son of William Hastie house painter Armadale.

 

Stephen joined the Argyll’s in mid 1915, and he arrived in France since May 1916, taken part in a good deal of fighting.

 

Stephen was a very diligent correspondent, and when his father stopped receiving letters from him the worst was feared, he was reported missing in August 1916.

 

Stephen’s other two brothers also served in the Great War:

William Royal Highlanders was wounded in the spine and spent a long time in Bellahouston Hospital Glasgow, and David Royal Scots was badly wounded in the face and he to spend a time in an English Hospital.

DAN HEALY

1st/8th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          13350

Date of death              23/07/1918

Place of birth               Kilgarvan, County Kerr

Age                              23

Resided                       Armadale  Linlithgowshire      

Enlisted                      

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F. & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: V C. 6.

Cemetery: MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY        

Son of Patrick and Hannah Healy of Kilgarvan, County Kerr.

Brother of Morris Heally, Bathville Row Armadale.

 

Daniel Healy arrived in France with the 11th Royal Scots on the 11th May 1915.

 

Morris Heally received a note from one of Daniels chums stating that:

“Daniel was killed on the 23rd July, Daniel had been wounded on the leg, which he (the writer) had dressed, and left his side for a minute to find a safe place to put him, as the bullets were flying like rain about them. On returning I found that Daniel had been shot through the heart.”

THOMAS HEWITT

2nd Battalion

ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS

Rank                           Private

Service number          3881

Date of death              14/04/1915

Place of birth               Lauarievalve Co Armagh

Age                             

Resided                       Armadale

Enlisted                       Finner Camp Co Donegal

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 42.

Cemetery: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Husband of Mrs Hewitt Greenfield Cottage, South Street Armadale.

 

Thomas was a second class reservist who came to Armadale from Belfast in 1913. After the war broke out he was looking for receiving word every day to join his Battalion until he found that it had gone to the front, after which he made enquiries, and was at once called up, and arrived in France on the 15th March 1915.

 

Thomas leaves a widow and a young son.

JOHN HICKS

6th Battalion

HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY

Rank                           Private

Service number          2831

Date of death              12/07/1915

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age

Resided                      

Enlisted                       Glasgow

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         Gallipoli

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 173 to 177.

Cemetery: HELLES MEMORIAL

 

John landed at the Dardanelles on the 2nd July 1915.

JAMES HOGG

3rd Battalion.

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          2553

Date of death              3/05/1915

Place of birth               West Calder

Age                              21

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 92.

Cemetery: BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD)        

Son of Grace Hogg, of 2, Forsyth Land, South St., Armadale, West Lothian.

 

 

James joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion Royal, and he was later transferred to the 2nd Battalion and went to France on the 27th November 1914.

 

Mrs. Hogg 61 East Main Street Armadale received a letter on the Wednesday morning

from a friend of her son, Private James Hogg 2553, 2nd Battalion the Royal Scots, in which he intimated the sad tidings that her son had been severely wounded in action on the 14th April and died two days later. Private Jason Cox, the writer that they all thought he had been killed on the spot but had lingered for two days after. In sending the sympathy of his Company to Mrs. Hogg, Private Cox says they all miss him greatly, as he was the heart and soul of the Company, and they all liked him very much.

 

James Hogg appears on The United Collieries Limited, active service roll 1914-19, this shows him as being employed at Etna and Atlas Brickworks and dying of wounds St. Julien Wood 16/06/1915.

ROBERT DUNN HOOD

2nd Battalion.

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          2887

Date of death              14/12/1914

Place of birth               Whitburn

Age                              19

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted

Medal Entitlement       1914 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 11.

Cemetery: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL        

Son of Janet Grant, of 138, High St., Linlithgow, West Lothian.

 

Robert enlisted at the outbreak of war in August 1914, and he went to France in 20th October 1914.

 

Robert died from his wounds, which he received in a bayonet charge on the 14th December.

 

Robert lived at Armadale but later moved to Linlithgow just before war broke out.

WILLIAM HUNTER

2nd Battalion.

ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS

Rank                           Private

Service number          41835

Date of death              18/08/1918

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age

Resided                       Fauldhouse

Enlisted                       Edinburgh

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F. & F.

Grave/Memorial Reference: V. H. 799.

Cemetery: METEREN MILITARY CEMETERY        

Son of Mr and Mrs John Hunter of Blackburn.

 

William and his parents lived at Ashanti Cottage, Station Road Armadale until a year or two before the War broke out, when the whole family moved to Blackburn.