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, 31 August 2018

Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart

The son of the 3rd Marquis of Bute,  Lord Ninian was born on the 15th May 1883 at Dumfries House, Cumnock.

He resigned from the army in 1906 when he married, he had the rank of Lieutenant, he then joined the Reserve of Officers.  After his election as MP he was approached to become the commanding officer of the local territorials, the 6th Welsh, and was granted the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

He volunteered for foreign service on the outbreak of war along with the whole regiment. He fell at the Hohenzollern Redoubt at the Battle of Loos on 2nd October 1915.

He and his wife had four children.

He stood for parliament for Cardiff boroughs in 1910, losing on that occasion but was elected to the same seat in the General Election of 1911.

Cumnock Connections tree

He is not on Cumnock War Memorial. His name is inscribed along with 21 other MPs on the Parliamentary War Memorial known as the Recording Angel Memorial in Westminster Hall and a statue of him was erected in Cathays Park in Cardiff.

Updated 18 January 2020 with information kindly supplied by his granddaughter Marietta Crichton Stuart.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

William Surgeoner

William Surgeoner was a baker, born in Ayr and aged 24 when he enlisted on 8th September 1914  in the Cameron Highlanders.

He worked as a baker in the store at Lugar.

He was posted missing at the Battle of Loos on 25 Sep 1915.

His service record survives. He was 5 ft 5 in tall and brown eyes and light brown hair.

His sister Annie McFedries of 137 George St, Ayr was his next of kin and received his medals.  She was 16 years older and brought him up after his mother died.  (Her husband, William McFedries, turns out to be a second cousin once removed of my husband!)

Cumnock Chronicle

He is on Lugar War Memorial.

Cumnock Connections Tree


Service Number S/13494

Died 25/09/1915

7th Bn.
Cameron Highlanders