In 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Cumnock History Group began researching the names on the Cumnock War Memorial plus other men and women with Cumnock connections mentioned on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in the 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, hen 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.
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
George Findlay was born on 21 March 1871 in Lugar Street, Cumnock to George Samson Findlay and Sarah Hamilton. His father was born at Broomfield farm but by 1865 was the landlord of the Wheatsheaf Inn in Cumnock. George was an engineer and publican at the Wheatsheaf along with his mother Sarah after his father died.
He joined the fledgling RAF in July 1918 when he was 47 making him one of the oldest men to serve. He was 5 foot 9 and a half inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. His civilian occupation was fitter. His mother Sarah was his next of kin. He gave his DOB as 22 March 1871 which is a day later than what's on his birth certificate!
He was discharged on 30 April 1920.
I've not found what happened to him after that. He doesn't appear to have died in Cumnock.
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
|Mathew Muir Advert|
|Cumnock Chronicle announcement 1920|
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Thursday 8th November – Baird Institute. Cumnock History Group present the story of the Cumnock War Memorials and how they were funded.
Drop-in Reminiscence Events
Tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and dancing!
There was a WW1 themed dressing-up box available on the day and people came in their own war outfit and got their photos taken.
Remembrance Service - Lugar Parish Church
Piper played Lament. All Churches rang out their bells across the town for 10 minutes.
Bugler played Reveille then the Benediction.
|Town Hall December 2019 - 100th Anniversary|
|Typical Hall decorations in wartime|
From a Cumnock Chronicle article 1919
|Duncan and John Cameron|
|Duncan Cameron 1964|
Brothers Duncan and John Cameron 1914.
|University of British Columbia Library|
|Crichton Memorial Church build 1899. John is 3rd from left on front row.|
|Lugar Street, Cumnock 1905. John is3rd from left.|
|Cumnock Parish Medal|
|Cumnock Parish Medal Reverse|
|William Reid, George Kirkland, George Reid,|
JamesAnderson, John Laing, Peter Devlin,