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John William Wilson

SRoH.       Private John W. Wilson.       Home: Fleet Street, Gatehouse.
Mobilised July 1918, 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
Served on Western Front and Army of Occupation.

1901 Anwoth Census, Fleet Street : John William Wilson (3, born Gatehouse) with grandmother Elsie Wilson and her children (John, Mary Jane, Bella and William).

1911 Anwoth Census, Fleet Street : John W. Wilson (13, born Anwoth) with widowed grandfather John, his aunt (or mother) Christina + 3 uncles: James, John and David Wilson. His grandfather John was a quarryman.

Scotlands People Death Index : 1905 death at Anwoth of Elspet Wilson, John's grandmother.

A Family tree on states that John William Wilson died on 13/02/1941 at Girthon. His mother was Christina - no father given. He married Sarah Scott MacDairmant (1899 - 1948).
Anwoth Banns: John William Wilson of Fleet Street, Anwoth married Sarah Scott McDairmant of Girthon on 30/11/1928.
One of John’s uncles was soldier David McN Wilson above.

Gatehouse link : Born in Gatehouse, lived in Fleet Street.

Robert Alfred Wilson

SRoH.       Sergeant Robert A. Wilson   (169890)       Home: Chapelton Cottage, Borgue.     Enlisted September 1914  in “D” Battery 190 Brigade  41 Division, Royal Field Artillery.     Served in France and Italy.
Killed at Ypres 3rd October1918,  (aged 20).

Borgue War Memorial :  Sgt. Robert A. Wilson      R.F.A.

CWGC : Sergeant R.A. Wilson, 169890, Royal Field Artillery, D Battery, 190th Bde.
Buried Hooge Crater Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XVI.B.2
Parents: Mr & Mrs John Wilson of Overlaw, Kerrick, Castle Douglas. (Actually Overlaw, Rerrick)

Soldiers Who Died in Great War : Sgt. Robert Alfred Wilson (169890) Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery. Enlisted Kirkcudbright.  Born Gatehouse, Kirkcudbrightshire. Killed in action 3rd October 1918 France & Flanders.

Sons of Galloway : Buried Hooge Crater Cemetery.
Born 1898 Anwoth. Father: John Wilson   Mother: Jeannie Stewart.
Before enlisting, he was a farm worker.

Scottish War Memorial website: Robert Alfred Wilson, Sergeant (169890) Born 1898, Anwoth, Gatehouse of Fleet. Parents: John and Jane Wilson.

1901 Anwoth Census, Kirkbride Cothouse, Skyreburn : Robert A. Wilson (3, born Anwoth) with father John (shepherd) and mother Jeannie + 2 siblings.

1911 Anwoth & Girthon Censuses : no Robert A Wilson.

Robert’s mother Jane married James Airley before marrying Robert’s father John Wilson.
Robert had two half brothers - Alexander Stewart or Wilson and Adam Airley who were also soldiers and were killed in the war.

Gatehouse link : Born in Anwoth and lived at Skyreburn before moving to Borgue.

Robert Wilson cameo.

William McNaught Wilson

SRoH.       Private William McNaught Wilson.       Home: Fleet Street, Gatehouse.
Mobilised 4th August 1914, 5th Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers.     Home Service.      Died 28th January 1916.     Served in Territorials.

Anwoth & Girthon War Memorial, Gatehouse inscription  :  William Wilson      K.O.S.B.

Anwoth Church Memorial : William Wilson      K.O.S.Borderers

Girthon Gravestone : 1543 Private W. Wilson  K.O. Scottish Borderers 28th January 1916 age 25.

CWGC : Private William Wilson 1543 K.O.S.B.     Parents: late John & Elspeth Wilson.     Died 28/01/1916 (aged 25)  Buried Girthon Cemetery

Soldiers Who Died in Great War : William Wilson, born Anwoth, Gatehouse. Died 28th Jan 1916. Private 1543 5th K.O.S.B.

1901 Anwoth Census, Fleet Street : William Wilson (10, born Gatehouse) with mother Elsie + brother John + sisters Mary Jane and Bella Wilson & nephew John William Wilson.

1911 Anwoth Census : William Wilson was not at home in Fleet Street.

Scotlands People Index : 1890 birth of William McNaught Wilson at Anwoth.

Gatehouse link : Born in Gatehouse and lived in Fleet Street.

William Wilson ex Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 4th Feb 1916     William Wilson gravestone at Girthon.

William Neil Worrall

SRoH.         Not on Stewartry Roll of Honour.         Initial info. from  family friend.

Girthon Gravestone : In loving memory of Edith MacDonald Cumming beloved wife of William Worrall who died 11th October 1960 aged 64 years. Also the above William Worrall who died 7th Feby 1975 age 80 years.

Medal Index Card : Pte William N Worrall (38280) HLI & (651174) Lab. Corps. Victory & British medals.

1911 Girthon Census, Catherine Street : William Worrall 16, born England) with grandparents William and Janet McNeil.

1911 Anwoth Census, at Rusko Lodge : Edith Cumming (14, born Borgue) with parents James (48, gardener, born Aberdeens.) and Elizabeth (46, born Girthon). Edith was later to become William Worrall’s wife.

Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser, May 4th 1917: Private William Worrall H.L.I. listed as wounded.

Free BMD Marriages: Thomas Edward Worrall to Janet Capstick Neil Q4 1893 in Preston, Lancashire. (William’s parents).

Free BMD Births: may be transcription error, but William is recorded as Walter Worrall  in Q3 1894, Preston, Lancashire.

Girthon Banns : marriage of William Neil Worrall to Edith McDonald Cumming 22/02/1931.

Scotlands People Marriage Index: confirms that William Neil Worrall married Edith McD Cumming in 1931 in Kirkcudbrightshire.

ex 'adopted nephew' Julian Frullani  :  William Worrall served with the Highland Light Infantry and he was born at Barton, near Preston, Lancashire. His father worked on the railway, and his mother's maiden name was Neil. Willie was a Lance-Corporal and seved in France and Germany

Gatehouse link : Born in Preston but lived in Gatehouse.

William Worrall is back right (as seen).

Roland Young

SRoH.       Private Roland Young.        Home: Gatehouse.
Enlisted August 1914, Canadian Contingent.         Served on Western Front.
Awarded Military Medal 14th June 1916.

Canadian Great War Project : Roland Young 8361 Newfoundland Engineers (Forestry Corps). No proof that this is the correct Roland Young.

1891 Girthon Census, Catherine Street : Roland Young (2, boarder, born Glasgow) with James McKinna (agricultural labourer) and wife Mary + other relations.

1901 Girthon Census, Catherine Street : Roland Young (12, born Glasgow) with uncle & aunt, James (retired farm foreman) & Mary Kinna + various cousins.

ScotlandsPeople Index : There are 2 Roland Young’s born in Glasgow in 1888, one in Dennistoun and one in Blackfriars.

Gatehouse link : Born in Glasgow but raised in Gatehouse.

Roland Young ex Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 3rd Nov 1916


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