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SHOTTS DISTRICT FALLEN BY REGIMENT 1939 – 1945

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ARGYLL and SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS

William H. SNEDDON
3326766 Cpl. William H. SNEDDON  Argylls 1st Battalion

William was killed in action on Saturday 10th of July 1943, age 31, during
the campaign in Sicily.  Born in Glasgow he was the son of Mrs Sneddon,
31 Shottskirk  Road, Shotts.  William is buried in –
SYRACUSE WAR CEMETERY, Sicily, Italy. Plot III. Row H. Grave No. 8.

 

 

 

 

ARMY CATERING CORPS

Andrew D. McCALLUM

329357 Pte. Andrew  McCALLUM  Army Catering Corps.

Andrew was killed on active service on 18th of July 1944, in
France, age 24.  He was attached to the Royal Engineers,
born in Lanarkshire, he was the only son of Mrs Isaac Glencorse,
265  Hawthorn Place, Dykehead, Shotts, nephew of William Darling,
of Allanton  Shotts.  Andrew is buried in –

RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France.
Plot III. Row D. Grave No. 6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROYAL ARTILLERY

Walter C. McKENZIE

322028 Gnr. Walter C. McKENZIE  Royal Artillery

Walter died on active service on Tuesday 14th of October 1941, aged 27.

He was part of the 9th Survey Regiment, R.A., and had previously been in the Lanarkshire Yeomanry, born in West Lothian,  husband of Mary Lindsay McKenzie, of Stane, Shotts.  Walter is buried in –

STANE CEMETERY, Shotts, Lanarkshire.  Section B. grave 347.

Gordon STEWART
1098126 Bmdr. Gordon STEWART  Royal Artillery 160 Field Regt
Gordon died on active service on Sunday 21st of January 1945 age 34,
During the Burma Campaign.  He was born in Lanarkshire, the son of
Mr and Mrs John and Isabella Stewart, husband of Agnes Prosser, of Dykehead.
Gordon is buried in –TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar.  Plot 3. Row D. Grave No. 24.

WALKER

David D. SMITH *

Robert SMITH *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMERONIANS (SCOTTISH RIFLES)

Edward CAIN

826268 L/Sgt. Edward CAIN  Cameronians 2nd Btn.

 

Edward was killed in action on Wednesday 31st of May 1944, at Anzio, Italy, age 23. He was the youngest son of
Mr and Mrs Edward Cain, 18 Kingshill Road, Allanton. In May 1944,  L/Sgt. Cain was awarded the first decoration
to come to Allanton in the 1939 – 45 war. Previous to enlistment Edward was a Staff/ Sgt. in No. 1 Coy.Allanton Boys Brigade,
and was a messenger at the Allanton post of Wardens Service, his father was an officer in No. 4 Platoon Allanton Home Guard.
Edward was born in Lanarkshire.  He is buried in –

BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, Anzio, Italy. Plot XX. Row B. Gr. No. 4.

Robert D. CAMPBELL

3248032 Cpl. Robert D. CAMPBELL  Cameronians 10th Btn.

Robert died on active service on Wednesday 2nd of November 1942.
He was the son of Lilias Campbell, Allanton, Shotts. Robert is buried in –

SHOTTS (KIRK OF SHOTTS) Cemetery, Lanarkshire,
Sect. A Northern Part, Grave 203.

Michael O’NEIL

3251070 Rfmn. Michael O’NEIL  Cameronians 2nd Battalion

Michael was killed in action on Thursday 3rd of February 1944, age 27,
During the Italian Campaign.  He was the son of Mr and Mrs John and Mary S. O’Neil, of Shotts. Michael is buried in –

MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy.  Plot III. Row D. Grave No. 12.

George L. RUSSELL

32250407 Cpl. George L. RUSSELL  Cameronians 2nd Bn.

 

George was drowned on Friday 10th of October 1941, whilst on Manoeuvres age 24.
He was the son of Mr and Mrs Russell,  83 Shotts Kirk Road,  born in Lanarkshire, and is buried in –

STANE CEMETERY, Shotts, Lanarkshire.  Section B. Grave 456.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMERON HIGHLANDERS

Frank HAILSTONE

14749067 Pte. Frank HAILSTONE  Cameron Highlanders

 

Frank was killed in action on Friday 17th of November 1944, in Holland
age 18.  Son of Annie and the late Thomas Hailstone, of 8 Windsor Place.
Frank was born in Shotts on the 28th of November 1925, and was educated
at Dykehead and Calderhead Schools. He worked in Shotts Laundry, and
Shotts Iron Works and was a  former member of Shotts YMCA. Boys Club.  Frank is buried in –

MOOK WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands. Plot IV. Row A. Grave No. 12.

 

 

 

 

 

DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY

Robert B. McMILLAN

14588578 Pte. Robert B. McMILLAN  Durham Light Infantry 16th Btn.

 

Robert was killed in action on Tuesday 12th of September 1944, age 20,
during the Italian Campaign. Born in Lanarkshire, son of Alex  C. McMillan, Dykehead, Shotts. Robert is buried in –

CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY, Italy. – Plot IV. Row E. Grave No. 3.

 

 

 

 

 

GORDON HIGHLANDERS

William J. SHEERIN
2883386 Pte. William J. SHEERIN  Gordon Highlanders 8th Btn.

William died on active service on Saturday 1st of June 1940, in the
Shetland Islands. He was born in Glasgow, and is buried in –
LERWICK NEW CEMETERY, Zetland, Shetland. Terrace 9. Grave 27.

Donald ARMIT *

Peter WOOD *

2883945 Pte. Peter WOOD  Gordon Highlanders 2nd Battalion

 

Peter died while a Prisoner of War in the Far East on Thursday 23rd of

September, 1944, age 25.  He was being transferred to a Prisoner of War Camp in Japan, it seems Peter’s ship may have been torpedoed by an American submarine.

Born in Glasgow, the son of Mr and Mrs Robert and Isabella Wood, 17 Hunter Street, Dykehead, Shotts.  As Peter died at sea he is commemorated on –

SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, – Singapore.  Column 80.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY

Hugh HENDRY

219231 2/Lt. Hugh HENDRY  Highland Light Inf. 6th Bn.

 

Hugh died on active service on Sunday 14th of December  1941, age 28.
He had only been commissioned a few weeks  earlier, being the first Shotts
soldier to be commissioned during the war.A soldier of the Regular Army,
Lieut. Hendry served during the Dunkirk action and later entered Sandhurst
where he prepared for his higher post. He died in a Scottish Military Hospital.
Born in Lanarkshire, the son of Mr and Mrs John Hendry of Robert Street, Dykehead. Hugh is buried in –

STANE CEMETERY, Shotts, Lanarkshire. Section B. Grave No. 304.

 

 

 

 

 

ROYAL HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT

William SWAN
5504439 Sgt. William SWAN  Hampshire Regiment 1/4th Battalion
William was killed in action on Friday 2nd of April 1943, age 26 during
The Tunisian Campaign.  He was born in Lanarkshire, the son of
Mr and Mrs James and Jemima Swan, husband of Agnes Swan, Shotts.
William has no known grave and is commemorated on
MEDJEZ – El – BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia.  Face 22.

 

 

 

 

 

ROYAL LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT

Thomas STEWART

1622045 Pte. Thomas STEWART Leicestershire Regiment 2/5th Bn.

Thomas was killed in action on Saturday 23rd of September 1944, during the Italian Campaign,
he was aged 31.  He was born in Lanarkshire, the son of Mr and Mrs Mathew and Annie Stewart of Shotts.
Thomas is buried in – CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY,  Italy.  Plot XV. Row D. Grave No. 4.

 

 

 

 

 NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGIMENT

Albert T. ELLIS

1568157 Cpl. Albert T. ELLIS  Northamptonshire Regiment

Albert was killed in action on Tuesday 17th of April 1944, age 34. He was
killed by a mortar bomb while leading a section in Italy, and had been in
the army five years, serving overseas for three years, having been in North
Africa and Italy.
His Major paid the following tribute to Cpl. Ellis;
“ He served with great coolness, courage, and gallantry”.
Albert was born in London, the son of Mr and Mrs Thomas and Jane Ellis nee Storrie,
husband of Susan Ellis nee Denny of 8 Dee Street, Shotts, they had one child.
Albert was a former pupil of St Patrick’s School, Shotts. He is buried in –

FAENZA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot 11. Row E. Grave No. 6.

 

 

 

 

 ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS

James CAMPBELL

3248032 Cpl. Robert D. CAMPBELL  Cameronians 10th Btn.

Robert died on active service on Wednesday 2nd of November 1942.
He was the son of Lilias Campbell, Allanton, Shotts. Robert is buried in –

SHOTTS (KIRK OF SHOTTS) Cemetery, Lanarkshire,
Sect. A Northern Part, Grave 203.

 

 

 

ROYAL AIR FORCE

Ian AITCHISON

63426 P/Officer Ian McM. AITCHISON  Royal Air Force

Ian was killed in action on Tuesday 30th of September 1941, age 25.
He was part of 58 Squadron, R.A.F. son of Mr and Mrs  Francis Alexander Aitchison, and Irene Mary Aitchison,
husband of Kathleen Iris Aitchison of Stubbington, Hampshire. Ian has no known grave and is commemorated on

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, England. Panel 31.

 

Thomas BOLAND

1558122 Sgt. Thomas BOLAND   Royal Air Force  460 Squadron.

Thomas was killed in action on Tuesday 20th of April 1942, age 22.

As He does not appear in Bomber Command losses for 1942, it can be assumed that 460 Squadron was part of Fighter Command.
Thomas was the son of Mr and Mrs Thomas and Flora Boland nee McCormick of Shotts.  Sgt. Boland has no known grave and is commemorated on –

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, England. Panel 143.

James CRAIG

Sgt/ Pilot James CRAIG  Royal Air Force 255 Sqdn.
James died in action on Friday 29th of August 1941.

He was the son of Mr and Mrs Andrew Craig, 7 Calder  Drive, Shotts,
and had been 10 years in the RAF. James  was a former pupil of Wishaw
High School, where he was a student from 1926 – 1929. James is buried in –

KIRTON-IN- LINDSEY BURIAL GROUND, Lincolnshire, Block A, Grave 92.

John EYRE

173575 P/Officer John EYRE  Royal Air Force
John was killed in action on Saturday 2nd of December 1944 during the Defence of Malta, age 25.
The son of Mr and   Mrs  Mr and Mrs James and Janet Eyre of Shotts, and a former pupil of
Wishaw High School.
John has no known grave and is commemorated on the –

MALTA MEMORIAL, Malta. Panel 13. Column. 1.

James S. GUNN
1343505 W.Op./Gnr. James S. GUNN Royal Air Force 38 Squadron

James was killed in action on Monday 20th of September 1943, in the
Middle East, he was 20 years old. Son of Mr and Mrs Andrew and
Elizabeth Gunn, King Street, Dykehead, Shotts. Previous to enlisting
James was employed as a plumber with Shotts Iron Company Ltd.,
and was part time assistant operator at Shotts Empire Theatre.
He was a young man of likeable disposition and the sympathy of
the whole community went out to his parents and relatives. James is buried in –

BENGHAZI WAR CEMETERY, Libya Plot 3. Row D. Grave No. 32.

 

  1. L. HADDOW
    F/Off./Bomber J. L. HADDOW  Royal Air Force  12th Squadron

F/Officer Haddow was killed in action on Thursday 29th of April, 1943,
age 21. The following official report into his death is as follows,-

Lancaster III ED408 PH-A Bomber took off from Wickenby Airfield on Operation Gardening
in the code-named Elderberry Region. Presumed lost over the target area.
Three bodies were recovered including F/Off. Haddow. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Stephen
and Ann Haddow, 12 Kirk Road, Shotts, husband of Elsie May Haddow, of Southall, Middlesex.
He had attended Calderhead School, and had been a telegraph boy then a postman before enlisting.
F/Officer Haddow is buried in –

MALBORK COMMUNAL WAR CEMETERY, Poland.

 

David HENDERSON

1356436 WOp/ Air Gun. Sgt. David HENDERSON  Royal Air Force

David was killed in action on Thursday 2nd of April 1942, age 28 while
on a mission over enemy territory. The official report states that Sgt.
Henderson’s Wellington Bomber Mk.III X3410 – DX,  57 Squadron,
took off at 2120 hours from Feltwell Airfield, target Hanau, Germany
During which it was lost. all the crew including Sgt. Henderson were killed.
He was the son of Mr and Mrs John and Christina Henderson, of Shotts,
pre – war he had worked at Dykehead and Shotts Co – Op, and was a keen
member of the YMCA.  David is buried in –

RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Germany.

Robert INGLIS

1552301 Sgt/Pilot Robert INGLIS  R. A. F.  61 Squadron.

Robert died on active service on Sunday 13th of December  1942,
age 21. The following is the Official report of his  death in action –

Robert was part of the crew of Lancaster Bomber I  R5699 QR. which took of from
Syerston Airfield at 1716 hours, destination Munchen Germany, returned to Base early due
to failure of intercom system. While approaching the airfield the Lancaster was caught in a
severe downdraft and crashed short of the runway at 2030 hours.  Robert was the eldest
son of Mr and Mrs Robert Inglis, 43 Bon Accord Crescent, Dykehead. He had received his
flying instructions in Canada and U.S.A. where he gained his wings for both the RAF, and
United States Air Corps. “Ronnie” as he was mostly known was a former pupil of Wishaw
High School, and was employed before enlistment in the Laboratory of the Shotts Iron Works,
and was a much-respected young man in the community.

He is buried in –

STANE CEMETERY, Shotts,  Section B. Grave 348.

Thomas LAIDLAW

1343286 Sgt./Pilot Thomas LAIDLAW  Royal Air Force
Thomas died on active service on Saturday 24th of March 1945, age 24, on a bombing raid over Germany.
He was the son of Mr and Mrs William and Agnes W. Laidlaw of 18 Unity Park,

Shotts, husband of Audrey Holland of  Manchester; they were married in 1944.
Tom was educated at Dykehead and Wishaw High Schools, and was employed in
Dykehead and Shotts Co – Operative Society’s Drapery Dept.  He is buried in –

REICHWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany.

Plot 21. Row G. Grave No. 12.

 

John MURPHY (D.F.C.)
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James McCARTNEY

186865  Pilot/ Off. James McCARTNEY  Royal Air Force

James was killed in action on Thursday 10th of August 1944,  age 21. He was shot down during operations
over Normandy, the son of Mr and Mrs Thomas and Margaret McCartney, formerly of 11 Clive Street,
Shotts, the family having moved to 30 Wellwood Avenue, Muirkirk, Ayrshire at the time of James’s death.
Pilot/Officer McCartney was a former pupil of Wishaw High School, and had been an apprentice plasterer
with Messrs McCartney and Reid, Wishaw  He is buried in –

BRETTIVILLE – SUR – LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, –
Calvados, France.  Plot XII. Row H. Grave No. 2.

 

 

Francis G. McVEY

1367705 Sgt/W/oper./Air Gnr Francis G. McVEY   Royal Air Force

Francis was killed in action on Saturday 9th of October 1943, age 22,
over enemy territory.  The official report of his death is as follows –

Sgt McVey’s  Halifax II, LW236  EY – Q Bomber, took off from 78 Squadron RAF Bomber Command
airfield, Breighton at 2236 hours, target Hanover Germany, crashed at Strohen 7 kilometers south east of Wagenfield.

Frank was the only son of Mr and Mrs James McVey, of 52 Belmont Drive, Springhill, Shotts.  Sgt. McVey was a former pupil of St. Patrick’s R.C. School, Shotts and Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell and had been in the RAF for almost three years having taken part in various operational flights. Previous to enlisting he was employed by Messrs D. Bell, & Sons bakers & confectioners Shotts and Wishaw and was well known in both districts.  He was also a popular member of Shotts Coy. Home Guard before joining the R.A.F.  Frank and those of the crew who died were first buried at Strohen, but in 1945 were exhumed and brought to –

HANOVER WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Plot 8. Row D. Grave No. 12.

 

Thomas M. REID

1570318 LAC Thomas M. REID  Royal Air Force
Thomas died on Saturday 22nd of February 1944, age 20,
While on aircrew training in Canada.  He was youngest son
of Mr and Mrs Robert Reid of 14 Robert Street, Shotts and was a
former pupil of Wishaw High School. Thomas is buried in –

DAUPHIN (RIVERSIDE) CEMETERY,  Canada.  Lot C. section 6. Block 6.

 

William C. RODGER

657688 Sgt. Pilot William C. RODGER  Royal Air Force

 

William was killed on 28th of June 1943, when his plane crashed while he

was training in Canada, he was 28. The eldest son of Mr and Mrs William Muir Rodger
and Marion Sneddon Rodger, of Mansefield Place, Shotts. Previous to the outbreak of war
he was employed in the County Council offices at Hamilton, and was a well-known member
of Shotts Iron Works Tennis Club. William is buried in –

PICTON (GLENWOOD) CEMETERY,  Ontario, Canada. Block 1. Row 10. Grave. 17.

 

 

James STANNERS

151190 F/Officer James STANNERS  R.A.F.  143 Squad.

James died on active service on Tuesday 12th of September 1944, age 21. As He does not appear in Bomber
Command losses, its probable he was in Fighter Command. The fact he is named on the Runnymede Memorial,
almost certainly means he was on flight operations when he died. James has no known grave and is Commemorated on-

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, England.  Panel 209.
Robert STEWART

1068916 F/Sgt. Robert STEWART  Royal Air Force  82 Squadron

Robert died on active service during operations on the West India Frontier on Sunday 11th of October 1942
age 27,  He was the son of Mr and Mrs Robert and Lucy Stewart of Windsor Cottage, Shotts.
Prior to joining the RAF Bobby was a C.A. in the firm of Messrs Peacock & Henry Union Street, Glasgow.
His happy – go – lucky disposition made him a firm favourite with all who knew him. Robert is buried in –

MADRAS (ST MARY’S) CEMETERY, Chennai, India.  Plot 19. Grave 80.

 

 

James M. TRAYNOR

139400 P/Off/Navigator James M. TRAYNOR  Royal Air Force

James died in action on Wednesday 28th of April 1943, during flying
operations over enemy territory, he was 23. The official report is as follows –

James’s Stirling Bomber III BF515  HA – N took off at 2055 hours from Downham Market 218 Squadron airfield, on Operation Gardening heading for code sweatpea area.  Shot down by a German Night Fighter flown by (Unteroffizer Berg 111/NJG3) crashing at 0056 hours at Tagerup 4 kilometres N.W. of Dianalund, Denmark. Five of the crew are buried in  Reerslev the other two in Copenhagen.

James was the son of Mr and Mrs John and Annie McLoughlin Traynor, 6 Hill Street, Shotts, he had been in the RAF for over three years. Before joining he was a clerk in the Labour Exchange at Shotts. He took a keen interest in church affairs, and in the activities of Shotts YMCS., of which he was a past president. Well known in football circles, he was a professional for three years with Hibernian Football Club.  He also assisted the crack Juvenile club, Eastfield Heatherbell, at a time when practically all their players graduated to higher circles. At one period he played for Coltness United.

James is buried in – REERSLEV CHURCHYARD, Denmark. Coll. Grave 248.

 

Walter WALKER

1824013 Wop/Air Gnr. Walter WALKER  Royal Air Force

Walter was killed in action while on air operations over Nuremburg

Germany on Friday 16th of March 1945 age 20.  He was the son of Mr &

Mrs George and Janet Walker 123 Main Street, Shotts. A cheery and popular young man Sergt. Walker was educated at Stane and Calderhead Schools, and prior to volunteering for the RAF was employed in his fathers butchers business. He was a member of 498 (Wishaw) Squadron of the Air Training Corps before joining the parent service. Walter is buried in –  DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY,

Bayern, Germany. –  Plot 6. Row J. Grave No. 11.

 

Angus WILSON *

624190 Sgt, W.Op./Air Gnr. Angus WILSON  Royal Air Force

Angus died on active service on Saturday 2nd of November 1940 in an English Military Hospital
from injuries received on duty. He was part of 102 Squadron, son of Mr William Wilson,
10 Southfield Avenue, Shotts.
Angus is buried in – STANE CEMETERY, SHOTTS; Section B. Grave 75.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROYAL NAVY

Andrew W. BROWN

D/KX 82060 Petty/Officer. Stoker. Andrew W. BROWN * Royal Navy

Andrew was killed in action on Saturday 23rd of October 1943, when his Ship, the Anti-Aircraft Dido class Cruiser H.M.S. Charybdis was torpedoed at 0130 hrs, 18 miles north east of Roscoff, Brittany (48-59N 03-39W), by German Torpedo BoatsT23 and  T27, during a sweep of the channel in search of a suspected enemy convoy. Two torpedoes hit H.M.S. Charybdis and she capsized quickly, sinking at 0230 with the loss of 464 men, there were 107 survivors. The Charybdis and seven Destroyers had been picked up by German Radar, which gave their exact position; this led to the German Torpedo boats being able to surprise the British Warships. Andrew was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs James Anderson Brown, and Marion Morton Brown, of 2 Windsor Place, Shotts, husband of Doris Gunborg Brown, of Halsingborg, Sweden. He had joined the navy in 1931. As the sea is Andrew’s last resting place, He is commemorated on –
PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Surrey, England. Panel 81. Column 3.

William M. CONCHIE

Ludovic LAING

Donald McCOLL (Merchant Navy)

William PHILLIPS

Alistair POLSON

David ROBERTSON

 

 

 

ROYAL FUSILIERS

Malcolm HAGGART

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT

Thomas A. EGLINTON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS

James STEWART *

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS

George GIBSON

 

 

 

 

 

BORDER REGIMENT

John WYNN *

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES

  1. WILSON *

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNITED STATES FORCES

  1. CAIRNEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL SERVICE

  1. BROWN *

Andrew QUINN *

 

* NOT ON SHOTTS MEMORIAL BUT WITH A CONNECTION TO SHOTTS

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