Armadale & District War Memorial Association

Registered Scottish Charity No. SC044493

JOHN WALKER

11th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          14644

Date of death              10/09/1915

Place of birth               Linlithgow

Age

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Edinburgh

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: H. 17.

Cemetery: CAMBRIN CHURCHYARD EXTENSION

 

Mrs. Walker, nee Miss Strang, West Main Street, Armadale, received official information that her husband Drummer John Walker, 11th Royal Scots, had been killed in France. John enlisted in early 1915, and he went to France on the 11th May 1915.

 

The News was conveyed in a letter from Lieut Col RC Dundas who wrote the following:

 

“Dear Madam,

            It is with feelings of the greatest regret that I write to inform you that your husband, Drummer John Walker, B Company 11th Royal Scots, was killed last night (11th September), when in front of the trenches on listening post by the accidental explosion of a bomb he was carrying. Death was mercifully instantaneous.

He was buried this morning by the Church of Scotland Minister in the cemetery adjoining the village church, near where he died. He was a good man, and I regret his loss deeply.

Assuring you my deepest sympathy in your sad loss.”

WILLIAM WALKER

2nd Battalion

CAMERONIANS (SCOTTISH RIFLES)

Rank                           Private

Service number          20916

Date of death              31/07/1917

Place of birth               Torphichen

Age                              22

Resided                      

Enlisted                       Edinburgh

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 22.

Cemetery: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Son of Mrs. Lily Whitelaw Walker, of Gartliston Farm, Coatbridge.

 

William went to France with the 9th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) on the 3rd October 1915.

 

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

 

William’s father Thomas was for a while Colliery Clerk at Blackridge.

William was the grandson of Agnes Walker Craigs Farm Blackridge.

WILLIAM WALLACE

13th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          23428

Date of death             26/06/1916

Place of birth               Bo’ ness, Linlithgowshire

Age                              32

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. B. 41.

Cemetery:  VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY  

Husband of Mrs. Wallace, East Main Street, Armadale.

 

Mrs. Wallace received the following telegram:

 

Much regret to inform you that report received from France states your husband, William Wallace (13th Royal Scots), died of wounds.

 

William Wallace joined the 13th Royal Scots in January 1915, but after several months service he received his Discharge on medical grounds. Not daunted, he again joined the Royal Scots in June 1915, this time the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion. After further training he was transferred to his first Battalion the 13th, and with this Battalion he was sent to France arriving 4th October 1915. William was at the front for nine months, prior to his death.

 

Prior to enlisting William worked as a miner, he moved to Blackridge from Bo’ ness in 1902, and shortly afterwards moved to Armadale. When William enlisted the second time he gave his place of residence as Polmont, Stirlingshire, this may be because he had already enlisted previously as William Wallace from Armadale.

William leaves a widow and four Children.

 

William was the brother of Mrs. French who resided at Bridgehouse, Torphichen.

ERNEST WATSON

2nd Battalion

SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS

Rank                           Piper

Service number          8038

Date of death              07/11/1914

Place of birth               Motherwell

Age                             

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Glasgow

Medal Entitlement       1914 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 9.

Cemetery: PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL        

Husband of Kate Watson, Northrigg, Armadale.

Son of Mrs Watson, Northrigg, Armadale.

 

Ernest a native of Motherwell had 12 years service with his battalion, and who was among the first of the British troops sent to France. Pte Watson for the last nine years was a Piper with his Regiment at Fort George, Inverness.

 

He leaves a wife and three children. His wife Kate who resides with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. McLeish Northrigg.

HUGH WHITE

4th Battalion

KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS

Rank                           Private

Service number          201961

Date of death              13/11/1917

Place of birth               Woodend Linlithgow

Age                              35

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         Egypt

Grave/Memorial Reference: Lothian. O. 41.

Cemetery: RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY        

Son of Hugh and Catherine P White, 2 Holmes Place, North Street Armadale.

 

Hugh was called to the colours in April 1916 and after one months training he was sent on active service to the Palestine front, where he was in time to take part in the advance towards Jerusalem, and must have fallen in the vicinity of the “Holy City”.

In private life he followed the vocation of a baker with the Armadale Co-operative society.

 

He was a most enthusiastic member of Hope Bridge Castle Lodge of Free Masons, and after filling most of the offices he became Master of the Lodge, a position he held with marked distinction. When he became Past Master his interest in the Lodge never flagged, and up to the last his services were often in request. He was also a prominent member of the Armadale Chapter of the Eastern Star, and had the distinguished honour of being the first Worthy Patron of the Chapter.

 

At the meeting of the brethren of Lodge Hope Bridge Castle, Armadale, with  Brother Paterson, RWM, made sympathetic reference to the passing of Brother White.  He spoke of the great work he had rendered to his mother Lodge, and how he would be keenly missed. It was agreed to minute the Lodges sympathy with Mrs. White, and record the member’s appreciation of Brother White’s great services to Free Masonry. It was further agreed that an excerpt from the minutes be sent to brother whites sorrowing mother.

 

Hugh’s brother John also served in the War, he served with the Royal Field Artillery, and he was discharged after being wounded and gassed and no longer fit for the service.

MARTIN WILLIAMS

ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS

Rank                           Private

Service number          34888

Date of death              19/01/1917

Place of birth              

Age                              26

Resided

Enlisted                      

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         Home

Grave/Memorial Reference:

Cemetery:

 

Martin first served in British Expeditionary Force in France 19th November 1914 to 4th December 1914, then he was drafted to serve with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

 

William Martin late of Armadale died in Gateside Hospital Greenock.

He served in France and in Alexandria on a Hospital ship.

In August 1916 he was found to be affected by tuberculosis and discharged from the Army.

JOHN GORDON WILLIAMSON

D Battery

77th Brigade

Royal Field Artillery

Rank                           Acting Bombardier

Service number          22185 

Date of death              30/11/1917

Place of birth               Portobello, Mid Lothian

Age                              31

Resided                       Armadale / Airdrie

Enlisted                       Coatdyke

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         Home

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. A. 1.

Cemetery: HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY

 

Husband of Margaret Williamson, of 60, Drumbathie Rd., Airdrie.

John was a native of Armadale, prior to enlisting in September 1914 he was employed as Foreman with Mr. Frew brick manufacturer Airdrie.

John was stationed in Ireland until February 1915 when he was drafted to France. John leaves a widow and four children. His brother David was serving in Salonica at the time of John’s death.

 

Mrs. Williamson received to letters, one from John Padre and the other one from one of his comrades.

 

The comrade in his letter says

 

“Just a few lines from the men of this Battery, of which your husband was an old hand. He met his death in a brave manner. Death was instantaneous. We offer you and your children our sincere sympathy.”

HENRY CROSS WILSON

8th Battalion

BLACK WATCH

Rank                           Corporal

Service number          S/3428

Date of death              28/07/1916

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age                              26

Resided                       Prestonpans

Enlisted                       Prestonpans

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         Home

Grave/Memorial Reference: Alternative Commemoration - buried in Cork Military Cemetery.

Spec. Memorial.

Cemetery: GRANGEGORMAN (CORK) MEMORIAL HEADSTONES 

Son of Jane Thomson, 126 High Street Prestonpans

 

Henry arrived the 10th May 1915 in France, and he later served in Ireland during the Trouble in 1916.

JOHN DAVID WILSON

ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS

Attached

10th Battalion

Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Rank                           Lieutenant

Service number

Date of death              09/03/1916

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age                              30

Resided                       Hamilton

Enlisted

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. E. 19.

Cemetery: CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ        

Son of the late Provost Adam Wilson, Armadale and Mrs. Wilson of Ochilview Terrace, Armadale

Nephew of Mrs. Scott Gibson, Dreadnought Hotel Bathgate.

 

27th August 1915 John arrived in France, John was home at Armadale in January 1916, where he celebrated his 30th birthday.

John was a graduate of Edinburgh University. Prior to the outbreak of war he was in partnership with Dr Steele, Hamilton.

 

Commanding Officer of the 10th Duke of Wellingtons states that:

 

“At 0930 on March 9th 1916 a message was received that several men were wounded in a central trench. Captain Wilson at once volunteered to go to their assistance, although it was necessary to cross absolutely open ground swept by the fire of hostile trenches. He reached the wounded men, bandaged up those who most required it, and he was on his way back to shelter when he was fired upon by the Germans from their front line trench, and a bullet struck him just above the heart. He died in a few minutes.”     

 

The Colonel adds that Captain Wilson, by his energy and devotion to duty, had earned the appreciation of every man in the Battalion, and the colonel only ten days before had the pleasure of recommending him for the Military Cross.

 

The following tribute was paid by Captain Wilson from the pen of a professional colleague:

 

“It is now four days since official news reached Hamilton that Dr John Wilson had been killed at the front. To his professional colleagues and to those of his friends who knew of the post of danger at which he has made the supreme sacrifice of his life, the news has brought grief and horror, sorrow for the loss of a good brave man, and horror that the conditions of modern warfare have exacted the life of one who entered the arena as a healer amongst those that slay.  

To most of his clientele, his death has brought a sense of loss irreparable and consternation that such a catastrophe was possible. Evidently they were not aware that when a regiment occupies the firing line, the Regimental surgeon goes in with it and remains their till it leaves the trenches. I will refrain from public comment on this arrangement. The man himself I have known for several years, and though we were both too much occupied with professional work to have much leisure for intercourse other than professional, one could not but form a very high opinion of him. Genial and obliging in disposition, intelligent and industrious in the prosecution of his work, transparently honest and straight in all his relations with others, he was a man whom it was good to know. It is one of the senseless cruelties of war that an individual with these characteristics should perish in the noble effort to alleviate the sufferings of his brave fellows. His death is regretted alike by friends, colleagues and patients and not least by a professional brother.”

ROBERT WILSON

5th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Private

Service number          3215

Date of death              28/06/1915

Place of birth              

Age                              32

Resided                       Edinburgh

Enlisted                       Edinburgh

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         Gallipoli

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 26 to 30.

Cemetery: HELLES MEMORIAL  

Son of John and Cristina Wilson, of 5, High St., Portobello, Edinburgh; husband of Catherine Wilson, of 77, Easterhill St., Tollcross, Glasgow.

 

Mrs. Wilson, Robert’s mother was residing Etna cottages Armadale with her daughter Mrs. Imerie whose husband Hugh was also in the fighting line.

 

24th May 1915 Robert landed at Gallipoli.

 

Robert also had the nick name “Portobello Bob” as he had resided there for a couple of years after leaving Armadale.

HENRY WYLIE

7th Battalion

HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY

Rank                           Private

Service number          2547

Date of death              12/07/1915

Place of Birth              St Giles, Edinburgh

Age                              25

Resided                       Bonnybridge

Enlisted                       Glasgow

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 173 to 177.

Cemetery: HELLES MEMORIAL 

Son of Mr. Archibald Wylie East Main Street, Armadale.

 

Henry landed at the Dardanelles on the 2nd July 1915, Prior to going to this Henry was for a time in Egypt, and had some time there under the Pyramids.

 

The last letter received from Henry was dated the 11th July 1915 in which he notified that he was returning to the trenches that same Afternoon. He also notified that he had already had a spell at trench warfare. He proceeds:

 

“We are having an exciting time now and again as the shells are flying around day and night. The only things one has to fear are stray bullets. Our lot were very lucky when landing here. Indeed I believe we were the only Battalion to land without being shelled.

Our Battalion has had a few killed and wounded, but nothing in comparison to what the Turks have had. It is reported that their casualties are terrific. I don’t think the Turks would hold out long if it were not for the German Officers who force them on at every turn. Any Turks we have taken prisoner are happy, they get food and are safe.”

 

 

Before enlisting Henry was a brick – maker, and in following his vocation had in turn resided Armadale, Addiewell and Bonnybridge.

JOHN WYLIE

11th Battalion

ROYAL SCOTS

Rank                           Sergeant

Service number          16322

Date of death              24/03/1918

Place of birth               Newington, Edinburgh

Age                             

Resided                       Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Enlisted                       Bathgate, Linlithgowshire

Medal Entitlement       War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 30.

Cemetery: PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION   

Husband of Mrs Wylie East Main Street, Armadale.

 

At the end of March 1918 Mrs Wylie received a letter from a chum of her husbands stating that he was Missing.    

 

John Wylie 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.

JOSEPH YOUNG

2nd Battalion

SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS

Attached.

179th Tunnelling Company

ROYAL ENGINEERS

Rank                           Acting Corporal

Service number          S/2506

Date of death              24/09/1915

Place of birth               Armadale, Linlithgowshire

Age                             

Resided                       Blackridge

Enlisted                       Dunfermline

Medal Entitlement       1915 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal

Theatre of death         F & F

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 6

Cemetery: ALBERT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION 

Husband of Mrs Young Blackridge.

 

Joseph arrived in France with the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders on the 24th March 1915.

 

Lance Corporal Joseph Young, Seaforth Highlanders, whose mother resides in Blackridge, writing under the date 8th May, from the fighting line, has the following:-

I am quite well. We have had a very hot time lately. In the last engagement we were through we had about 700 casualties in our regiment. The Germans used poisonous gas, and we were forced to retire. In the retirement we lost a good many. Immediately the fumes cleared we rushed back on our tracks, and had sweet revenge. The Germans were in pack formation, and we mowed them down as a farmer mows standing corn. We took the position, and are holding on to it. Fighting goes on daily, the Germans are trying to force a passage through Calais via the Yser Canal. We put a stop to their little game, and more, we drove them back three miles. However it was a stiff job. After the Seaforths’ big fight about 200 came scathe less out of the engagements, some 900 being wounded or killed. We are lying at the moment in the reserve trench.

 

Mrs. Young received the following letter from Sergeant Bartlett:

 

“I take the liberty of writing to you offering my deepest sympathy in your bereavement. I had been a chum of your husband’s for a short while, and as his section Sergeant, took charge of his personal effects, which I have forwarded to base. His burial took place the day following his death. The ceremony was performed by a Presbyterian minister, amongst a number a number of his chums, who knowing I would be writing to you, asked me to tender their sympathy.”

 

In his last letter home Joseph stated that he expected to be home beside his wife and 7 weans in about three weeks and he asked his wife to make arrangements for a photograph of their family.

 

Joseph was a reservist he had served 21 years with the Seaforth Highlanders, he was called to the colours when war broke out.