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 webmaster 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
Sunday, 23 September 2018
His great granddaughter relates that he died in hospital in 1923 as a result of what we would now call post traumatic stress disorder. His widow received a widow's pension. They had 7 surviving children.
She also had this photo of George Farrell back row left.
On Cumnock Connections tree
Brother-in-law of Niven Withers.
May be on FMP
|G||Farrell||1917||2730||Private||Royal Scots||19th General Hospital|
Saturday, 22 September 2018
He was an Air Mechanic First Class in RAF. Reg No 23093.
His civilian occupation was cycle mechanic.
He survived and lived to the age of 90.
Monday, 10 September 2018
Part of the Cumnock Tryst 2018, Sir James MacMillan has commissioned Martin Travers of the Citizens Theatre to dramatise the stories and pupils from Doon Academy in Dalmellington have been working with him, professional musicians and dancers to create an original work, "The Chronicles of Cumnock" to be played against a backdrop of projected photographs of soldiers.
We have a had a sneak peak at the script and it is very moving and powerful and we are really looking forward to the performance on Friday 5th October 2018 at 2pm in Cumnock Academy. And it is free though you need to reserve a ticket. Don't miss it!
The Cumnock Tryst
Friday, 31 August 2018
He was a soldier from 1906 reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the reserves the 6th Welsh Territorials in 1911. He volunteered for foreign service on the outbreak of war along with the whole regiment. He fell at the Hohenzollern Redoubt at the Battle of Loos on 2nd October 1915.
He was married with four children.
He stood for parliament for Cardiff boroughs in 1910, losing on that occasion but was elected to the same seat in the General Election of 1911.
Cumnock Connections tree
He is not on Cumnock War Memorial. His name is inscribed along with 21 other MPs on the Parliamentary War Memorial known as the Recording Angel Memorial in Westminster Hall and a statue of him was erected in Cathays Park in Cardiff.
Saturday, 18 August 2018
He worked as a baker in the store at Lugar.
He was posted missing at the Battle of Loos on 25 Sep 1915.
His service record survives. He was 5 ft 5 in tall and brown eyes and light brown hair.
His sister Annie McFedries of 137 George St, Ayr was his next of kin and received his medals. She was 16 years older and brought him up after his mother died. (Her husband, William McFedries, turns out to be a second cousin once removed of my husband!)
He is on Lugar War Memorial.
Cumnock Connections Tree
Service Number S/13494
Monday, 16 July 2018
His Cumnock granddaughter Edna supplied these photos showing life in the trenches.
Sunday, 15 July 2018
He served in WW1 and was wounded in the legs. His grandson Billy Anderson still has his parish medal.
In 1901 census he was a seventeen year old slater. He married Helen Samson Findlay in 1905.
He served with Cumnock Fire Brigade. He died in Cumnock in 1969 aged 85.
Cumnock Connections tree
Friday, 4 May 2018
|Death Date:||15 Nov 1915|
|Regiment:||Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps)|
|Battalion:||Ayrshire (Earl of Carricks Own) (Hussars) Yeomanry|
|Type of Casualty:||Died|
|Theatre of War:||Balkan Theatre|
Cumnock Connections tree
Friday, 20 April 2018
1/ 5th KOSB
He wrote a letter home from Moudras Bay on Island of Lemnos in the Dardanelles in 1915
He was in hospital in Alexandria wounded but survived the war.
He was single and a housepainter when he died on 5th May 1924 at Stepends Cottage, Cumnock of tubercle of lungs.
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
They lived in the house on Ayr Road called "Georgeville" which had been John Ballantine's photographic studio. It had a wonderful garden.
His army service record survives and he was an insurance agent and, elsewhere in the documents, a traveller.
He served in both the 2/4 Black Watch, no 7980 and the 14th A & SH.
John died in 1954.
His next of kin was his mother Janet Smith of Waterside Row, Cumnock. He was born in Cumnock.
He served in France.
He was demobbed on 29 Oct 1919. He was of "very good character".
All this from his pension record.
He was born in Cumnock about 1883 the youngest son of Robert Smith and Janet Miller.
John Campbell Smith on the Cumnock Connections tree