The following men gave their lives fighting at Passchendaele in 1917.
The information is taken from Ian Devlin’s book “We will remember them”, with his kind permission. **
Private S J Miller
Sydney John Miller, from Union Street, Kirkcudbright, joined the Royal Scots in August 1914. He served on the Western Front, taking part in most of the major battles of the war, including the Battles of Loos and the Somme, where he was wounded. Sydney was killed on 20th September 1917.
Private Henry Hogg
Royal Scots Fusiliers
“Harry” Hogg was from Upper Senwick, Borgue. Although he is mentioned as being in the Fusiliers, he enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders in June 1915.
After seeing action in many areas of the Western front, Harry was severely wounded in August 1917. A letter to his parents, said he was in a South African Hospital in Abbeville. Henry never recovered from his wounds and died in Abbeville on 16th October 1917.
Private Charles McMillan
Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Charles, from High Street, Kirkcudbright, a farm worker, was a Volunteer in the local Territorial Regiment.
Aged 17, he was mobilised on the outbreak of war on 4th August 1914 and sent to Gallipoli where he was wounded and invalided home in 1915. In April 1917, a fully recovered Charles was transferred to the Black Watch and sent to the Western Front where he fell on the first day of the Passchendaele offensive on 31st July, aged 20.
Private Henry McEwen
Henry, from Townend, Kirkcudbright was the son of a forester on St Mary’s Isle Estate. In 1908, on leaving school at the age of 14, having a musical talent, he enrolled as a bandsman in the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment. In 1910, he enlisted in the Regular Army.
On the outbreak of war he was mobilised on 4th August 1914 and sent to the Continent as part of the British Expeditionary Army as a stretcher bearer . In March 1915, he was invalided to Chelsea Hospital, having suffered a bullet wound in his leg at Neuve Chapelle. He returned to the front in May 1915.
During the course of the battle at Passchendaele on 5th October, he was seen to fall wounded and was reported as missing. In August 1918, he was officially pronounced dead.
** “We will remember them” by Ian Devlin is available from The Stewartry Museum, Kirkcudbright.