In 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Cumnock History Group began researching the names on the 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.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

John Dillon

I am grateful to Max Espie, a medal researcher in St Andrews, for sending me the pictures of the medals featured below.

John Dillon was born about 1879 in Auchinleck to Alexander Dillon and Annie Drury.
He was a tailor in 1901.  He served in the KOSB and the Labour Corps. He survived the war.

Cumnock Chronicle 1916

His sister, Mary Dillon, lost her husband Thomas Gilchrist in the conflict.
He married Mary Jamieson in 1905.
back of his Cumnock Medal, photoMax Espie

1891 census
Low Brick Cottages, Cumnock
Alexander Dillon 38 forester b Ireland
Annie Dillon 36 b Auchinleck
Alexander Dillon 15
Mary Dillon 13
John Dillon 12
Margaret Dillon 7
William Dillon 2
Annie Dillon 10 Mo

1901 census
High Brick Houses, Cumnock
Alexander Dillon 48 forester
Annie Dillon 46
Alexander Dillon 26
Mary Dillon 24
John Dillon 22 tailor
Margaret Dillon 18
William Dillon 12
Annie Dillon 10
Ellen Dillon 8 

Pip Squeak and Wilfred plus the Cumnock tribute medal

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