In 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, the newly formed Cumnock History Group has been researching the names on the War Memorial plus other men with Cumnock connections mentioned on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in Cumnock Chronicle of the time. The research is not limited to those who died but also to men and women who served, using family history information.
The group would like to appeal to individuals with knowledge of family members for photographs of the soldier, either in uniform or not, and photos of medals or other memorabilia eg letters sent home from the Front. If you would be prepared to share these on this site, please email the web manager cumnockhistory [at] icloud.com The group is willing to share any copies of documents found with the soldier's descendants.
Wednesday, 21 February 2024
The names are organised first by rank, then alphabetically.
Click below for all the names
Scroll over names to find information. Names are being added as they are discovered.
Lieut. Edward Knight, R.S.F.
Lieut. A.J.B. Milne, Gordons
Lieut. William McNaughton, R.S.F.
P.O. James Young, R.N.
C.S.M.Robert W. Brown, A.I.Y.
C.S.M. Robert Orr M.M. & Bar R.S.F.
Sergt. Robert Baird M.M. R.S.
Sergt. George Burns, A.&.S.H.
Sergt. Robert Gilmour, R.S.F.
Sergt. James B. Johnstone, Camerons
Sergt. John Nicol, Seaforths
Sergt. William McCaa, R.F.A.
Corpl. John Black, R.S.F.
Corpl. Hugh Brogan, R.S.F.
Corpl. James Lennox, R.S.F.
Corpl. John McKinnon M.M. R.E.
Corpl. George Neil, H.L.I.
Thursday, 15 November 2018
|L to R brothers Tom, Jimmy, Sam & Alex|
The family moved to Cumnock about 1902 and father Thomas was a chimney sweep.
They lived in 43 Townhead St. in 1911.
James was a sergeant in the RSF.
|Cumnock Chronicle November 1915|
Medal Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal
Regiment or Corps Royal Scots Fusiliers
Regimental Number 240727
Regiment or Corps: Royal Scots Fusiliers, R Sco Fus 5th
Regimental Number: 7856, 240727
Cumnock Connections tree
William James Dillon was born in 1889 to forester Alexander Dillon and Annie Drury.
Dillon 40847 W. Old Cumnock wounded 11 Sep 1917 The Black Watch
His older brother John Dillon served in the KOSB. Both survived.
Monday, 12 November 2018
When war broke out he re-enlisted immediately on 20th August 1914. He was at the upper age limit of 41. He was now a postman. His address was 28 Glaisnock St.
He was 5ft 8 had grey eyes and light brown hair. He served at home for 329 days before he was discharged as no longer fit to serve.
He died in Holmhead Hospital, Cumnock on 26 March 1958. He was 85 and a retired postman. His usual address was Kilwining Rd. Irvine. The informant was a nephew A W MacMillan.
Just 2 weeks ago we had a message on our Facebook Cumnock Family History Group from a chap Tom Inglis in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire. He had found Harry's Cumnock Parish Medal
Sunday, 11 November 2018
Friday, 9 November 2018
|Sgt Robert Gilmour|