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, 13 September 2017

Dr Robert D Goldie

Robert Dunlop Goldie was born on 4 May 1887 in Cumnock, the son of John Goldie the draper's in the Square.

He graduated as a doctor (MB) from Glasgow University in 1908.

Captain Robert D Goldie
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps - Special Reserve
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: French Medaille D'honneur

He was a Captain in the RAMC

In 1916  he was awarded the Medal of Honour from the Mayor of Corbie in France for devotion to duty regarding contagious diseases in and around Corbie.

After the war he emigrated to Corrimal then Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia where he worked as a doctor.

He died on 1st March 1952

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His death was reported in the
Illawarra Daily Mercury (Wollongong, NSW) in the edition of 3rd March 1952, accessed via Trove

Friday, 8 September 2017

David Ritchie Arthur

David Arthur was a saddler born in Cumnock in 1871.

He married widow Eliza Cockcroft in 1899 in Leeds.

He had previously served 4 years in the Royal Scots Fusiliers when he signed up for the Yeomanry in 1914. He was 43 which was unusually old for a volunteer.  He was 5 ft 4 with grey eyes and brown hair. He was promoted to sergeant.

However was invalided out of the army in 1916. His address on his pension record was 91 South Harbour St., Ayr.

 He died at 29 New Street in Riccarton on 1 November 1918 of phtisus pulmonalis (TB) according to his death certificate.

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Samson brothers

John Samson and Alexander Kerr Samson were sons of Alexander Samson and Elizabeth Richmond.

John was born in Cumnock in 1873 and was employed in the Post Office. His service record survives. He enlisted in the Royal Engineers as a telegraphist.  He was 44 years old when he enlisted in July 1918 which was considerably older than average. He was a gifted telegraphist. His address was Pitlochry Cottage in Glaisnock Street. He was married to Agnes Dow and had several children.

His brother Alexander Kerr  Samson also enlisted in the Royal Engineers (No. 420406)  in 1915.  His service papers survive. Born in Cumnock in 1881 he was 34 and a booking clerk for SW Railway , living at 7 Montgomery Street in Irvine.  He married Susan Ward in Irvine in January 1916. He sailed to France from Southampton in October 1916.  He had 8 days in hospital in 1918.  He was awarded the Good Conduct Badge in March 1918. He was variously described as very good, proficient and skilled as a clerk. His pay doubled from 6d (sixpence)  a day to a shilling when he passed a proficiency test.

Their brother Robert Richmond Samson was also  in the Royal Engineers.
Happily all three survived the war.

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