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Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
23 SEPTEMBER 1870

BIRTH

At Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, on the 20th instant, Mrs Thomas Orr; a son.
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24 SEPTEMBER 1887

MARRIAGE

WATSON – BROWN: At 17 Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, on the 22nd instant, by the Rev. Francis Haldane, Archibald Watson, Partick, to Jessie Muir, eldest daughter of Alexander Brown, wine merchant.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
24 SEPTEMBER 1918

Died on Service, Gunner/Signaller JOHN MILLER (sometimes MILLAR), Royal Horse Artillery – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Word has been received that signaller John Miller, Royal Artillery, died of wounds on 24th September. He was a native of Saltcoats, and was educated at the Public School.

After undergoing six months’ training he was sent to the front nine weeks ago, and died the same day as he was wounded.

Before enlisting he was working at a munitions factory in Birmingham, in which city his widow is at present residing.

Signaller Miller’s mother formerly resided at Raise Street, Saltcoats, but is now at 83 Corsehill, Kilwinning. His uncle, Robert Miller, mason, Saltcoats, was in the Army, but is now discharged. Dan Taylor, cabin boy of the trawler PROVIDENT, who rendered such heroic service on the occasion of the sinking of HMS FORMIDABLE, is a brother of signaller Miller.”
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CASUALTY OF WAR
25 SEPTEMBER 1915

Died on service, Lance Corporal JOSEPH ALEXANDER, 9th Battalion Gordon Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Mrs Alexander, 60 Quay Street, Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Mrs Alexander, 60 Quay Street, Saltcoats, has been notified that her son, Joseph Alexander, Gordon Highlanders, who was previously reported wounded and missing since 25-26th September, 1915, is now presumed dead.

Prior to enlisting he was employed as a miner. The officer commanding his Company in a letter stated that he son’s name had been specially mentioned to him for the gallant work he done.”
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CASUALTY OF WAR
25 SEPTEMBER 1915

Died on service, Private JOHN M. BROWN, 6th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Martha Spiers Brown, 4 Glebe Street, Saltcoats.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
25 SEPTEMBER 1915

Died on service, Corporal DANIEL CAMERON, (23), Service No. S/3234, Seaforth Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Saltcoats; enlisted at Glasgow; son of John and Mary Houston Cameron, 22 Kingsford Avenue, Muirend, Glasgow.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
25 SEPTEMBER 1915

Died on service, Private ROBERT KEEGANS, Seaforth Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Mr James and Mrs Agnes Reid Keegans, Harbour Street, Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald previously reported: -

“Private Robert Keegans, 8th Seaforth Highlanders, whose parents reside in Harbour Street, Saltcoats, is officially reported as wounded and missing.

Private Keegans is a grandson of the late Mr John Reid, fish merchant, and for a long time was engaged on board the fishing steamer owned by his grandfather. Latterly he was employed at the Shipyard, Ardrossan.”
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CASUALTY OF WAR
25 SEPTEMBER 1915

Died on service, Lance Corporal JAMES SPEIR ROBERTSON, (19), Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of John and Annabell Speir Robertson, Winton, Eglinton Street, Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Lance Corporal James S. Robertson, Saltcoats, was killed in action on 25th September, as reported in our issue of last week. He was a member of a well known and much esteemed Saltcoats family, his father being Mr John Robertson, ham curer, Saltcoats. He was in the 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.”

In a letter from the Rev. Charles Lamont intimation has been received that Lance Corporal James S. Robertson, 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, son of Mr J. Robertson, ham curer, Saltcoats, was killed in action on September 25.

Private William Thomson, of the same battalion, son of Hugh Thomson, architect, confirms the sad news in later communications.

It appears that Lance Corporal Robertson had gone to attend to a wound sergeant, and while engaged in bandaging the sergeant’s injuries was himself wounded. The fire was so heavy at the time that the ambulance could not venture out, and it is expected Lance Corporal Robertson has died through not having his injuries attended to at once.

Lance Corporal Robertson left school in September, 1914, to enlist, and had been at the front for two months, and had frequently been in the trenches. He joined with a number of Saltcoats lads of his own age, and was a very popular member of the Company. His death is a cause of sorrow to many friends, and the memory of his singular act of self-sacrifice will not be readily forgotten.”
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CASUALTY OF WAR
26 SEPTEMBER 1915

Died from wounds received in action, Private ALEXANDER WYLIE (sometimes WYLLIE), (25), Service No. 5355, Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – husband of Mrs Wylie, and father of Lizzie, 3 Kirkgate, Saltcoats; and brother of Mrs Montgomery, 4 Kirkgate, Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald previously reported: -

“Private Alexander Wyllie, 5355, joined the Army in 1906. As a reservist he was recalled to the Colours at the outbreak of war. He was at that time a vanman to Ardrossan Co-operative Society.

He went out to the front in October. He was wounded in the foot in November, and after a short time at home recovering he was drafted for duty at Gourock, and is again at the front.”



The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Information has been received by Mrs Wylie, Kirkgate, Saltcoats, that her husband, Private Alexander Wylie, 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on 26 September.

Private Wylie was a reservist, and on the outbreak of war was called up and sent out to France in the opening days of the war. He was wounded in one of the early battles, and was home for some time. He rejoined in June, and was sent to the front shortly afterwards.

Prior to mobilisation he was employed as a vanman with the Ardrossan Co-operative Society.

He leaves a widow and child.”


The Glasgow Herald subsequently reported: -

“Official intimation has been received in Saltcoats that Alexander Wylie, Royal Scots Fusiliers, has been killed in France. He was a reservist, and on the outbreak of war re-joined.

Last January he was wounded, and was in Scotland until June, when he again went to the front.

He was 25 years of age, and leaves a widow and child, who reside in Kirkgate, Saltcoats.”
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CASUALTY OF WAR
26 SEPTEMBER 1917

Died on Service, Private ROBERT BROWN, Service No. 32525, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Nelson, Lancashire; enlisted at Saltcoats; son of Thomas and Naomi Brown, 25 Mosley Street, Nelson, Lanarkshire.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
26 SEPTEMBER 1917

Died on Service, Private GEORGE PATRICK, Service No. 32440, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Saltcoats; resident of Saltcoats; enlisted at Ardeer.
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GLASGOW HERALD
27 SEPTEMBER 1873

SALTCOATS – A PECULIAR FISH

One of the Saltcoats crews, while engaged fishing for herrings on Thursday, caught in the net a large fish, weighing about 20 stones. It belonged to the porpoise class, and measured 7 feet 4 inches in length and 5 feet in circumference.

The net was much damaged.
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