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Kirkmaiden Churchyard & Cemetery

 
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Adam Brown



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:38 pm    Post subject: Kirkmaiden Churchyard & Cemetery Reply with quote

Situated above Drummore and overlooking Luce bay the Churchyard and Cemetery are adjacent to each other and connected so can effectively be treated as two plots of the same burial ground. CWGC lists them separately.

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Number of CWGC burials (cemetery) 1
Number of CWGC burials (churchyard) 8 )

OS Ref: NX 124 369





There are nine CWGC entries for these burial grounds. There are also two unknowns buried here.

Kirkmaiden Cemetery

BEATTIE, Robert
Unknown sailor, Second World War

Kirkmaiden Parish Churchyard

ARLOW, W
BRAID, J
BUCHANAN, J T
MARSH, Walter
PAXTON, Joseph James
RICHARDSON, W
SIMPSON, Carr
WALLACE, G
Unknown sailor, First World War

I have included a few non-CWGC headstones but I didn't manage to cover all the rows so there may be others. Just as you enter and to the right of the churchyard gate is a small maritime memorial and CWGC headstones. The memorial is to the men lost in 1918 on the Steamships 'Rio Verde' and 'Main'. Rather than list the headstones alphabetically and separately I think it makes sense in this instance to list the 'Rio Verde' names first and all together.

Although it is off-topic for this forum this splendid headstone up behind the church at the top of the hill could not be passed without being photographed.



Unfortunately I couldn't make out the inscription, I think the date of death is the 1850s but it is a pretty faithful representation of the Mull of Galloway lighthouse just a few miles down the coast.



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote









I take it the name plaques on the wall behind the graves were originally
grave markers?


ARLOW, W
Rank: Assistant Cook
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine
Unit Text: S.S. "Rio Verde" (London)
Date of Death: 21/02/1918
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN PARISH CHURCHYARD

BUCHANAN, J T
Rank: Second Mate
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine
Unit Text: S.S. "Rio Verde" (London)
Date of Death: 21/02/1918
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 144.
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN PARISH CHURCHYARD

MARSH, Walter
Nationality: Newfoundland
Rank: Seaman
Regiment/Service: Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve
Unit Text: S.S. "Rio Verde" (London)
Age: 26
Date of Death: 21/02/1918
Service No: 1151X
Additional information: Son of Arthur and Sarah Marsh, of Dunfield, Trinity,
Newfoundland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 146.
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN PARISH CHURCHYARD

This man may well be listed in his home area as Walter Mesh? See here

http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/pm.php?id=story_line&fl=0&lg=English&ex=00000106&sl=1633&pos=57

On the Loyal Orange Association No. 12 and the Royal Black Preceptory No. 941 War Memorial in the Church Yard of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Trinity, Newfoundland there is listed this man...

Seaman Walter Mesh of Trinity, Royal Newfoundland Naval Reserve, drowned.

RICHARDSON, W
Rank: Third Engineer
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine
Unit Text: S.S. "Rio Verde" (London)
Date of Death: 21/02/1918
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 145.
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN PARISH CHURCHYARD

WALLACE, G
Rank: Donkeyman
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine
Unit Text: S.S. "Rio Verde" (London)
Date of Death: 21/02/1918
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 148.
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN PARISH CHURCHYARD
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



BEATTIE, ROBERT
Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class (W.Op. [Air])
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
Unit Text: 502 Sqdn.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 19/01/1940
Service No: 521868
Additional information: Son of Thomas and Minnie Beattie; husband of Agnes
Jane Beattie, of Drummore.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. U. Grave 833.
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN CEMETERY
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BRAID, James
Rank: Deck Hand
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine Reserve
Unit Text: H.M. Yacht "Adventuress." (H.M. Yacht "YARTA" according to SNWM)
Age: 20
Date of Death: 24/09/1918
Additional information: Son of Charles Hunter Braid and Ellinor Braid, of Rona Lighthouse, Raasay, Kyle of Lochalsh.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 309.
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN PARISH CHURCHYARD

Listed on the Kirkmaiden War Memorial


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No image of this headstone

PAXTON, Joseph James
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
Unit Text: 9th (Glasgow Hdrs.) Bn.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 18/03/1916
Service No: 4268
Additional information: Husband of Elizabeth Pickering Paxton, of II,
Newlands Drive, Partick, Glasgow.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 321.
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN PARISH CHURCHYARD

Listed on the Kirkmaiden War Memorial


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No image of this headstone

SIMPSON, Carr
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Age: 22
Date of Death: 03/12/1919
Service No: 26169
Additional information: Son of Robert and Elizabeth Simpson, of Damnaglaur,
Kirkmaiden.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 125.
Cemetery: KIRKMAIDEN PARISH CHURCHYARD
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As with many coastal cemeteries there are unknown seamen buried here. One from each world war.

The great war unknown seaman is buried alongside the 'Rio Verde' graves.

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BALLANTYNE, Alexander
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Unit Text: 21st Bn.
Date of Death: 26/08/1916
Service No: 4278
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Memorial: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL

BALLANTYNE, Alexander
Service Number 4278
Other 21 Bn.
SNWM roll AUSTRALIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
Rank Pte

Listed on the Kirkmaiden War Memorial


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





Richard John Cunninghame MC FRCS FZS
Of Lainshaw and Hensol
For 25 years explorer and hunter throughout Africa
Served in the Great War with distinction
Born 4th July 1871. Died at Logan 23rd May 1925
Erected by his wife Helen E McDouall
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wigtownshire Free Press (30/3/1916) reported the death and interment of Joseph Paxton:

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