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.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

James R Paton

Another man on the plaque in the Congregational Church is Corporal James Robert Paton of the Royal Engineers.

He was the son of Andrew Paton J.P. and his wife Margaret Smith.

He was born in Auchinleck about 1893. His parents were from Galston. He was 24 and sin;ge when he died in Lewisham Military Hospital in London on 21st October 1916. He left a fair bit of money to his family.


1901 census
Main St Auchinleck
Andrew Paton 49 manager and grocer? wholesale provision
Margaret Paton 50
Lizzie Paton 21 shop assistant butcher
Jeanie Paton 19 teacher ex pupil
Andrew Paton 18 engineer mechanical app
Nellie Paton15
Agnes Paton 13
William Paton 11
James Paton 8

Photo by Kevan Aitken

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Robert T Harper

Another soldier remembered on the plaque in the Congregational Church in Auchinleck Road is Lance Corporal Robert T Harper

Photo by Kevan Aitken
Robert T Harper was the son of James Harper and Mary McAnespie of 4 Shiloh Terrace, Auchinleck.

Here is his CWGC record

He was 20 when he died in France in 1918. He served in the First Battalion the RSF.  He  is remembered on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial in France.

He had a brother Henry McAnespie Harper who served in the A.S.C. and survived.  Henry's service record survives. He was 19 years and 10 month when he enlisted in June 1915 as a motor driver. He was discharged in 1919.  He suffered from malaria.

Here is the Harper family on Cumnock Connections tree

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

James G Hastings

This plaque is in the Congregational Church, in Auchinleck Road, Cumnock

photo by Kevan Aitken

Able Seaman died of disease on board HMS Hyacinth. He was 21.

The CWG site  says he is buried in Dar es Salaam Cemetery in Tanzania

Name:James Hastings
Birth Date:6 Nov 1895
Branch of Service:Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Cause of Death:Died from disease
Official Number Port Division:Clyde Z/6139.
Death Date:21 Feb 1917
Ship or Unit:HMS Hyacinth
Location of Grave:28
Name and Address of Cemetery:Kilwa Kivingi Cemetery, East Africa
Relatives Notified and Address:Father: James Belleview Cottage, Auchinleck, Ayrshire

His father James Hastings was born in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire

1901 census
Greenside Place, Coal Road, Auchinleck
James Hastings 33 stone mason
Mary wife 36
Isabella A  dau 7
James son 5
Agnes G dau 1

Cumnock Connections tree

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Campbell Tanner

Cumnock born Campbell Tanner was a bugler in the RSF, was wounded at the Battle of Loos and transferred to the HLI. He was missing in action on the 11th April 1917. 
He worked at Highhouse Colliery.
He was the son of James Tanner and his wife Margaret McCartney, born at Tanyard Lane in Cumnock on 1st October 1889.

He is on Auchinleck War Memorial.

He is on the memorial in Cumnock St Andrew's Congegrational  Church.

picture by Kevan Aitken


Cumnock Connections tree

In July 2015 the Arras War Memorial was visited by relatives and a wreath placed in his honour.