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] The group is willing to share any copies of documents found with the soldier's descendants.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Andrew Malcolmson

From the Cumnock Chronicle, October 1918

Pte Andrew Malcolmson

Mr William Malcolmson, Tower Street, has had a letter from an officer informing him that his brother Andrew fell in action on the 8th inst.   (records have the death on 1st Oct 1918)

Pte Malcolmson joined  the RSF in the early months of the war, and was through the Egyptian and Holy Land campaigns, and afterwards came to France, where he was transferred to the Pioneer Coy. of the R.E. He was home last month on a visit. He was 34 years, unmarried and lived a quiet life. He formerly worked at Highhouse Pit.

This seems to be the family in 1901

40 Old School Row, Dalmellington

Bridget Malcolmson 59
William Malcolmson 25
Adam Malcolmson 24
Andrew Malcolmson 16 coal miner hewer b Dalmellington
Mary Malcolmson 3

He is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France and on Cumnock War Memorial.

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