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.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Adam Begg

Adam Begg was born in Lugar on the 16th February 1885.

Photos from Paul Eedle

He married Mary Kelly on New Year's Day in 1909 in Girvan when he was a baker's van driver and sailed to  St John New Brunswick, Canada on 2 March 1912 on the Saturnia. He was a van man planning to take up farming.

With war looming he returned to Ayrshire in August 1914 on the Letitia. He was an engine driver. 

He enlisted in the Ayrshire Yeomanry in 12 October 1914.

Adam Begg served in the Ayrshire Yeomanry, which landed at Helles Bay in Gallipoli on 11 October 1915, some time after the disastrous initial landings in April. His service record shows that he was discharged because of 'wounds' on 10 April 1916.

He died in Reading in 1957.

His younger brother James Begg died in Palestine.