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.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Johnston C Barrowman

Johnston Cameron Barrowman was the son of Robert and Catherine Barrowman of the Hotel Royal in Cumnock. He was born in Cumnock about 1895.

Here is the family in the 1901 census
Square, Cumnock
Robert Barrowman             51 hotel keeper b Coatbridge
Catherine M Barrowman             32 b Glasgow
Johnston C Barrowman             5 b Cumnock
William D Barrowman             4
Georgina Baird             24
Jeanie Crawford             20
Catherine Kelly             19
Annie Bell             17

He served with the  Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) and was 22 when he fell in Belgium on the 18th June 1917.  He had previously been with the RASC.

He is remembered in Aeroplane Cemetery in Belgium, on Ayr Academy's Roll of Honour, Ayr War Memorial  as well as on Cumnock War Memorial.

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