Greenock Cemetery Great War Walk

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Throughout Greenock Cemetery there are memorials to, and burials of, those who died in World War 1. The men and women represent all the services and quite a few varied battalions, but a large number represent the substantial losses suffered by the local Territorial Battalion - the 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, at the Battle of Achi Baba Nullah in Gallipoli, Turkey, on the 12�� July 1915. The two walks provided here give details of just a few. Details of all local casualties can be found on our website as well as a downloadable copy of this booklet. The starting point for the walks is the car park next to the Ivy House at the top of the cemetery drive. The walks will take you within the older parts of the cemetery and we would ask you to be careful underfoot.

This walk was produced by the East End Advisory Group in conjunction with the Inverclyde’s Great War Project at the McLean Museum, funded by the Heritage Lottery. We would like to thank Vincent Gillen, Lilian Newman and Isobel McCully for the research and time given to this project, as well as the staff of the cemetery.

Section E: On the left

John Fowler was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps which was created in 1912. He joined the army on 26 April 1917 at the age of 20; on 20 June he was appointed a temporary commission as a 2ⁿ� Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps and was killed in action 2 months later on 19 August 1917. He was an analytical chemist and is remembered on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, France. The RAF as we know it today was formed on 1�� April 1918 combining both the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.

Follow the road and enter 2ⁿ� path on right then 4�� row on left. Section F:

Ninian Parker Laird was a surveyor born in Greenock, his family were farmers at Bow Farm, the family later moved to England to farm. He enlisted in 1914, and in 1916 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal,. “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of stretcher bearers during operations. Owing to his fine example, all the wounded were collected in spite of shell and machine gun fire”. He was a 2ⁿ� Lieutenant in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and was killed in action in France on 26 March 1918. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France.

Diagonally opposite

Thomas and John Hyslop were two brothers who died within a year of one another. Thomas was the second eldest son; he had three brothers and two sisters. He was in the Merchant Navy and served as a second engineer with the Clan Line on the Clan Leslie. On the 4�� November 1916 while returning to London from Chittagong with a cargo of jute and tea the Clan Leslie was struck by a torpedo. Thomas and two Indian crew members were killed. The ship was able to launch its lifeboats and the remaining crew were picked up safely the following morning, by the hospital ship Valdivia. Thomas is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. John, the youngest of the family, was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Gordon Highlanders and was killed on the 26 October 1917 less than a year after his brother. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

Continue to end of row and turn right up onto main road, turn left carry on up the road bearing right up the hill to signpost for Section R turn right and enter 1�� path on the left, section Q, and then 1st path on right carry on up path. On the left. The MacFarlane brothers Duncan and Tom were in the 2ⁿ� Battalion Princess Louise’s Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Tom, the youngest of the family, was a lance corporal and before the war worked in the office of Rankin & Blackmore. Duncan, the 3�� of 5 sons, was a private; he was in business in Hamilton Street. Tom was killed in action on 23 October 1918 and his brother Duncan died of his wounds the following day. It is quite possible that the brothers were fighting side by side in their final battle. Duncan is buried in Forest Communal Cemetery, France. Tom is buried in Montay British Cemetery, France. Further along the row….

John and Elizabeth Forbes had 4 sons, Donald, James, and twins Robert and Norman. All 4 sons fought in the war Donald and Norman with the Canadian Forces, James, 2�� Lieutenant with the Royal Engineers and Robert a Private with the Tank Corps, only Norman survived. On Saturday the 4 October 1924 around 20 thousand people a mixture of dignitaries and local people gathered in the Wellpark, Greenock. It was a beautiful day. The newspapers report that there was a significant silence for over an hour. The people had gathered for the unveiling of the War Memorial. After the bands had played and the choirs had sung Mrs Elizabeth Forbes unveiled the War Memorial, followed by prayers and a minutes silence broken only by the bugler playing the Last Post. James who died 12 December 1915 aged 26 is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, Turkey. Donald who died 9 April 1917 aged 31 is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, France. Robert who died 23 November 1917 aged 29 is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial, France.

Return to path and carry on up hill to the top and go up the road on the right and take the 1�� left. Section U: The four Brown brothers fought in the war. William was a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and was killed in action 4 June 1915 aged 20. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. He was the only one of the brothers to be born in Scotland, the others were born in Spain. James was a lieutenant in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and he was killed in action 24 March 1918 aged 21. He is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial, France. The two who survived were Ronal the eldest and Robin the youngest. Ronal survived being gassed and was awarded the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre, he was a captain in the 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Territorial Force. He went on to become the managing director and deputy chairman of Scott’s Shipbuilding and Engineering. Robin was in the Royal Naval Air Service and while flying in an open cockpit flying boat a propeller came off and came back into the cockpit removing his arm. He glided his plane into the North Sea and was rescued. When the RAF was formed in 1918 he was transferred into that. His ambition was to be an engineer but with only one arm he found that impossible. But his military career was not over and in WW2 he was in the Army Intelligence Corps. There are not many people who can claim to have served in both world wars and in the navy, army and air force.

Continue along the path Section C2.: 18 year old Robert Denholm was a probationary flight officer with the Royal Naval Air Service, he was killed in an air accident within 6 weeks of joining the service. He was well known at Glenpark Cricket Ground where he played cricket for the Greenock Cricket Club. This is a Commonwealth War Grave.

Lance Corporal Duncan Denny, 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, died of wounds on 16 September 1915 received at Gallipoli, aged 35. He was a crane driver with Scott’s Shipbuilding. He is buried in the Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey

Continue along row to main path turn right up the hill and take left path at Y junction

This memorial was designed by the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield. It was designed to represent the faith of the majority. The design is of a simple cross embedded with a sword mounted on an octagonal base. Cemeteries with more than 40 Commonwealth War Graves have a Cross of Sacrifice. Sir Reginald was the architect of many World War 1 cemeteries such as the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Sir Reginald Blomfield

Retrace your steps and take 1�� path on left, after the Old West Kirk memorial cross path and enter on right side of cross. Section 2 I. Corporal Donald McGilvray, Singapore Volunteer Rifles, was shot and killed in the garden of his home when the 5�� Light Infantry of the British Indian Army mutinied on 15 February 1915. He was aged 25 and is buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.

Private Joseph Adams was employed by the Post Office; he joined the Lowland Cycle Co. Before leaving for active service he was transferred to the King’s Liverpool Regiment. He was killed in action 9 April 1917. He was aged 20 and is buried in Henin Crucifix Cemetery, France.

Private Robert Graham, 1�� Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, killed in action 16 May 1915 aged 21. He is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.

Walk to main path and turn right and take the 1�� main path on right Section W:

Lieutenant Walter Washington Buchanan Rodger, 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action 8 July 1915 aged 20; four days after landing at Gallipoli.. He is buried in the Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey. He was the first officer of the 5�� Argylls to be killed in the War, shot by a Turkish sniper.

2ⁿ� Lieutenant Charles Wilson, Cameronians, Scottish Rifles, died 9 April 1917 he is buried in Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, France.

Dundee Courier 17 April 1917 Official intimation has been received that 2nd Lieutenant Charles George Gordon Wilson, younger son of the late Dr WA Wilson(Greenock) has been killed in action on the western front.

Private Hugh MacPherson and his friend George Waldo Allan enlisted together in the Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Highlanders) at the outbreak of war. They died together on 17 May 1915. They are remembered on the Memorial at Le Touret. Hugh was a trainee accountant and George a medical student. Their families dedicated a bed to both boys at the Greenock Royal Infirmary called the Richebourg Bed named after the battle in which they lost their lives.

Captain Alexander Reid Prentice, was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a raiding party. He was in the Cameronians, Scottish Rifles and died 9 November 1917 aged 22. He is buried in Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, France. Son of Alexander Reid Prentice and Ada Norrish Prentice. Lived at 28 Newark Street, Greenock.

2ⁿ� Lieutenant John Prentice, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, died of his wounds on 17 April 1918 aged 20. He is buried in Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France. Son of John Robert and Annie Carmichael Shankland Prentice. John Robert(Senior) appears to have been involved in the sugar trade. John Robert(junior) was related to Alexander Reid.

Section T There are 21 family memorials and 1 CWWG in this area. On right hand side

James Westhall Brown enlisted 2 October 1914 he served with the Egyptian Expeditionary forces until Nov 1915, he commanded a battery of 4 guns at Suvla Bay. On his return to Port Said he volunteered for Special Forces and trained as an airplane observer. In January 1917 he was appointed as a pilot; he served with the British Expeditionary Forces until his death near Arras on 14 May 1917. His Major wrote “He was employed at artillery observation when he was attacked by a hostile machine and was apparently killed in the air, as his machine fell in our lines. The hostile machine dived at them 7 times, and although they put up a plucky fight he was too much for them......Your son has done exceedingly good work with the squadron; he was one of the type which we can ill afford to lose.... all the officers in the squadron tender to you their sincere and heartfelt sympathy. He is buried in Arras, Beaurains Road British Cemetery, France.

Private John MacDougall, 6�� Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, aged 33 was reported missing, presumed captured by the Turks at Gallipoli, 16 August 1915. Later it was confirmed that he had been killed. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. John was the sixth of a family of eleven, son of John MacDougall, a doctor from Jura. He was born at 9 Lyle Street and worked as a Law apprentice. The family moved to Bridge of Weir and John is remembered on the War Memorial there.

2ⁿ� Lieutenant Alexander Nicol, 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders was killed in action at Achi Baba 12 July 1915 aged 21. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. Charles Nicol graduated from Glasgow University Bachelor of Medicine with distinction. Shortly afterwards he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. When war broke out he was stationed in Egypt and returned home. He went to France and was engaged in the casualty clearing station, he was then transferred to the field ambulance and appointed to the position of Divisional Assistant Director of Medical Service. He was mentioned in dispatches in January 1916, he died of wounds 23 October 1916. He is buried in Couin British Cemetery, France. Another brother John was wounded but returned to active service in the Navy.

Bridge of Weir War Memorial 1921

Alex Nicol

Lieutenant Robert Orkney, 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action at Gallipoli, 20 October 1915 aged 20. He had fought at Achi Baba on the 12�� July. He was killed as a result of a shell burst, as the Turks tried to knock out a trench mortar. He is buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey. He worked at Neill, Clerk and Murray, solicitors and resided with his aunt, Miss Orkney, at 75 Union Street, Greenock. His father, a solicitor at the same firm had predeceased him.

Carry on down to main path turn left and then left again Section P

Helen Denniston’s husband and sons moved to New Zealand after her death, her grandson Thomas a medical student enlisted at the outbreak of war. He had been born in Dunedin. He was assigned to the New Zealand Field Ambulance Medical Corps, he was based in Egypt. Thomas was promoted to sergeant. He landed in Gallipoli in April 1915 and was there for 3 months before taking ill. In July he was sent to Malta where he died of enteric fever on 28 July 1915 aged 23. He is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

Sister Isabel Meldrum enlisted at the outbreak of war, she served in the Territorial Force Nursing Service. She was a nursing sister in the Scottish Territorial Hospital Based in Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow. She was known for her acts of kindness as well as her nursing skills and her devotion to duty. After a short illness she died of pneumonia at Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow on 2 February 1918. She was buried here with full military honours.

Carry on down path on the left against the wall

2ⁿ� Lieutenant William Harms, Northumberland Fusiliers & Royal Flying Corps, worked for the London branch of the National Bank of India. He was killed on 4 March 1917 while out on special duties, aged 19. He is buried in Berles New Military Cemetery, France.

Private Jim Telfer, Gordon Highlanders killed in action 4 October 1917 aged 23. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. His elder brother Colin, a private with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders survived the war. Son of James and Rosa, Ardgowan Street, Greenock.

Continue down the hill, enter path on the right, on the left

Retrace your steps, on the corner at Section C

James Grieve was the 2ⁿ� engineer on H.M. Yacht Kethailes which sank on 11 October 1917 after a collision with an unknown ship off Wexford, Ireland.

Honorary Lieutenant Alfred John Lyle, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Territorial Army, died at Hove in Sussex on 2 February 1919 from illness contracted on active service in France. He was 36 and a wine merchant.

The Kethailes was owned by Liverpool businessman William Johnston who donated it to the Royal Navy in September 1914 to be used as an Armed Naval Auxiliary. It patrolled in the North Sea before transferring to the Irish Sea. James is buried along with 5 unidentified ratings in the churchyard of St. Celynin in the coastal village of Llwyngwril in Wales. It is not known how their bodies came to be washed ashore in Wales as the sinking of the ship happened on the other side of the Irish Sea.

He had been injured with gunshots to the knee, leg and lung at Gallipoli in 1915 with the 5�� Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. and was admitted to the ‘Blue Sisters’ Hospital in Malta to recover. Rejoining his Battalion he served in France from April 1918. His name is on the Roll of honour of Finnart St.Pauls church

Enter path on right and enter 1�� row on left Private Peter Allan, Scottish South African Infantry, was born and educated in Greenock. In 1911 he went to South Africa and settled at South Coast Junction, Natal. He worked as a sugar boiler. He enlisted on 25 March 1917 and served with the expeditionary forces in France and Flanders. He was killed on 22 March 1918 near Cambrai, France and is buried where he fell.

Private Thomas Gray, 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was an apprentice joiner. He joined the local Territorial Battalion in 1909. At the outbreak of war he served in Greenock on garrison duty before moving to Dunfermline in preparation for transport to Gallipoli with the 52ⁿ� Lowland Division. He landed at the Dardanelles on the 4�� July and took part in the charge at Achi Baba on the 12�� July. He died of his wounds on the hospital ship Rewa, on the 17�� July, aged 21. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

After much discussion about the form and location of Greenock’s War Memorial, it was finally unveiled on the 4�� October 1924, at the Well Park. A very imposing memorial but missing a few details - like the names of those who lost their lives. It is presumed that this was due to the difficulty of putting together a definitive list and the practicality of inscribing so many names.

Photo by Colin T Leck

When facing the memorials take the 3�� road on your right, carry on up the road until you reach Section N3 (see map) Section N3: Enter 1�� row

On the left the Commonwealth War Grave (CWWWG) of Stoker 1�� class John J Lloyd, Royal Navy, died of pneumonia on 12 September 1918, age 23. Born in Belfast 28�� December 1895. Son of Mrs. Eliza Jane Lloyd; Husband of Jean Lloyd, of 27, Hamilton Street, Greenock.

Further along the row, on the right, The Peddie Family who were born in Edinburgh and moved to Greenock in early 1900. George known as Dodie married Martha Walker and they lived in Port Glasgow. George, a private in the Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12 July 1915. He was 35 and left 5 children ranging in ages from 18 months to 12 years. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. Matthew emigrated to Canada in 1905; he was a tailor to trade. He lived in Medicine Hat and enlisted with the Canadian Forces on 2 July 1915. He was married with 5 children. He was reported missing in action on 26 September 1916. His body was recovered in 1931 and reburied in Serre Road Cemetery, France. His gold wedding ring was sent to his wife on 31 July 1931. Thomas emigrated to New Zealand, he lived in Port Ahuriri, Wellington, he joined the New Zealand engineers and was killed on 26 July 1917, he was single aged 33. He is buried in Mud Corner Cemetery, Belgium. John was a chief petty officer in the Royal Navy he served on HMS Orpheus; he died on 8 July 1918 and is buried here. The only son to survive was Douglas the youngest of the family.

Cross diagonally to section M3 Section M3 there is 19 CWWG and 8 family memorials in this area. On the corner a pink granite stone the memorial to Lance Corporal William Scott, Royal Army Medical Corps attached to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in January 1918 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. “When his platoon officer had been wounded whilst trying to cross exposed ground he left his sheltered position, and with the assistance of a comrade, brought the wounded officer undercover, setting a splendid example of devotion and complete disregard of personal safety.” He was killed in action on 8 November 1917, aged 23. He is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. His brother Edward was killed in action in France on 26 September 1915, aged 23. He was a private in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and is remembered on the Loos Memorial, France.

Follow path to the right. Private Harry McWhinnie, 11�� Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Machine Gun Section was killed in Loos on 26�� September 1915. He joined Kitchener’s Army in September 1914 and was an apprentice brass finisher in Scott’s Shipyard. In a letter to his parents who lived at Carnock Street an officer says: “It is with deepest regret that I have to inform you that your son Harry was killed in action. His behaviour up until the time he was hit was splendid, and his coolness under fire is being remarked on by his friends in the section. As a soldier he was excellent, and as a man was greatly liked by the personnel of the gun teams. His death was instantaneous, and we are all thankful that at least he was spared the pain of having to lie wounded. The deepest sympathies from the machine gun section and from myself go out to you now at this time of bereavement. “ He was 21 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial.

Private Alexander Massie, Black Watch, killed in action 17 July 1918 age 19. D Coy, Lewis Gun Section, 1st Battalion. Formerly 2521 Scottish Horse. Reported wounded & missing 7/7/18. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial, France. Born Greenock. Son of Agnes Massie, of 9, Florida St., Mount Florida, Glasgow, and the late Alexander Massie. Prior to joining the army he was employed with Messrs JD McGregor & Co.

Enter path on left beside broken pillar and carry on up to 4th row on the left. Private Percival White, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, was serving in France when he was shot in the back and the leg. He was brought to the Military Hospital at Smithston, later called Ravenscraig. He was in the hospital for 2 months before dying from tetanus on 24 November 1916 aged 25. Percival was a widower, his wife Esther dying after 6 months of marriage. He was a native of Yorkshire.

Private John Black, Royal Defence Corps, died 11 October 1916 as a result of a railway accident in Newcastle

Private William Jamieson, Scottish Rifles the Cameronians, died of meningitis in Greenock Royal Infirmary on 9 June 1917 age 24. He was a native of Port William, Wigtownshire and is remembered on the Mochrum War Memorial.

Retrace your steps to the right side of the path Private James Anderson, 52ⁿ� Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps, died from the result of gassing on 5 August 1915 age 36.

Stoker David Isaac, Royal Naval Reserve HMS Attentive III( a shore establishment at Dover), died 28 November 1918, age 46. Born in Greenock 30�� December 1879

Unknown soldier, on the morning of the 25 July 1915 two men out in a rowing boat found a body floating in the water just off the Esplanade. It was thought that the body had been in the water at least 3 months; it was so decomposed it was unidentifiable. The clothes were rotted and apart from knowing it was a khaki uniform there was no other means of identification. On the 27 July two military funerals took place, Corporal John McGowan, King’s Own Scottish Borderers and the other that of the unknown soldier. Crowds lined the streets as the funeral parties made their way to the cemetery accompanied by pipe bands. On the anniversary of the Armistice, 11 November 1930, a group of wives and mothers laid floral tributes at the graves of the servicemen buried within the cemetery including that of the unknown soldier.

Lance Corporal Frank Bigg, Royal Scots Fusiliers, died 29 September 1915. Served with 1st RSF. Probably in Greenock Camp after injury. Died in Greenock Infirmary. A war gratuity of £6 was authorised in 1919. He was born in Canning Town, London.

Turn to main path at the top Section K3 Samuel Graham was an industrial chemist in the sugar industry when he joined the Scots Guards in 1915. Shortly afterwards he was transferred to the Royal Engineers. He served in France for a couple of years. It would appear that Samuel was then transferred out of military service into the Munitions Factory at Avonmouth as part of the Special Brigade. This factory was very hush hush with all employees having to sign the Official Secrets Act. Later discoveries have shown that the factory as well as making bombs and other ammunition manufactured mustard gas. It was the centre for chemical warfare manufacture in Britain. The plant made 20 tons of mustard gas a day. The factory had its own hospital, records show that the hospital dealt with numerous casualties one of whom was Samuel. Samuel died from “general blood poisoning following the accidental inhalation of and burning by hydrogen sulphide gas”. The Royal Engineers presented the plaque on this stone to his family.

Private Peter Fisher, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action at Salonika 30 September 1916 age 20. He was a Draughtsman and his name is on the Greenock High School Roll of Honour. He joined up in February 1915.

Sergeant George Stevenson, Canadian Infantry, died from wounds 29�� October 1917 age 23. A Baker in civilian life. He was born December 27�� 1891. Enlisted September 23�� 1914 in Valcartier Quebec. Next of Kin was a G.H. Stevenson, 12 Ashburn Gardens, Gourock, Scotland.

John G Chalmers was the shipmaster of SS Satrap an Admiralty collier which left Barry on 31 December 1915 bound for naval bases in the north. It is believed that along with her cargo of coal she was carrying secret government orders. She went missing and was presumed lost with all hands. He was 51 years old, and lived at 10 Ardgowan Street. His wife Elizabeth H White.

Private David Phillips, Cameronians Scottish Rifles, died of wounds 16 Aug 1917 age 19. Son of Archibald and Margaret.

Section L3 In this section there are 12 CWWG and 17 Family memorials look out for the following as you go down the path. 2â żďż˝ Engineer Dugald McFadyen, Mercantile Marine, lost at sea 26 May 1918 on SS Princess Royal, sunk by U Boat U-101 three miles off Cornwall with loss of 19 crew. Son of Archibald McFadyen, of Mount Pleasant Street, Greenock.

Private Archibald McNeill, 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, died of wounds at Gallipoli on 18 July 1915 age 20. He was buried at sea. Lived 3 Ford Place, Finnart St., Greenock. Son of Archibald and Margaret McNeil. Archibald McNeill was born on 22 January 1895, the son of Archibald, managing director of preserve manufacturers McNeill's Ltd of Greenock. In June 1911, when he was 16 years old, McNeill went to work for National Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Greenock West End branch. In January 1913 he moved to Greenock branch where, in July 1914, he became a clerk.

Private Thomas Purdie, 10�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action 1 October 1918 age 18. Son of William and Isabella of 1 Kilblain Street, Greenock.

2ⁿ� Lieutenant John Grant, 15�� Battalion, Royal Scots, killed in action at the Somme on the 1�� July 1916. He is remembered at Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mr & Mrs John Grant, 75 Finnart Street, Greenock. He was a chartered accountant with a London firm prior to the war.

Private John Steel, Gordon Highlanders, died of wounds 16 November 1918 age 19. Son of John and Sarah Steel, Clyde View, Bridge of Weir.

Private Malcolm Beaton, 1/8�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. He had been wounded in March of 1918 and died of his shrapnel wounds on 21�� April 1918. His body was taken home from the North Evington War Hospital in Leicester at the expense of his family. Carter/Cartwright Born Greenock. Married 18/4/1916. Husband of Margaret Beaton, of 25, Lyle Street, Greenock.

2ⁿ� Lieutenant Duncan Robertson, Royal Flying Corps, was killed in a flying accident on 11 November 1917 age 18. It was his first individual flight

Private Joseph Baxter, a driver with the Machine Gun Corps, married Duncan ‘s sister Elizabeth on 7 June 1916 their daughter Phyllis was born on 4 June 1917 and Joseph was posted to France on 13 July 1917. He was killed in action on 5 December 1917 one month after his brother in law. He was 27. His wife was awarded a pension of 20 shillings and 5 pennies from 1 July 1918. She later emigrated to Australia.

Section E3 Turn left enter 2ⁿ� row on the right On right hand side Lieutenant Henry Devlin, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action 17 September 1917 age 28. He was a gymnast instructor with the Argylls and then gained a commission with the Royal Flying Corp

William Ross was a private in the 10�� Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, he was reported as wounded and missing in action on 4 October 1915, having been missing since 25 September. On 16 September 1916 a report on his papers states “ in accordance with the decision of the army council this soldier is to be regarded for official purposes as having died on or since 25 September 1915” The plaque on the stone is known as “the Dead Man’s Penny” This was sent to the family of those who died along with a memorial scroll and a letter from the king. William worked in Walkers Sugar Refinery and played football with Overton Athletic.

Return to path, on the left Flight Sub Lieutenant John McLarty, Royal Naval Air Service, died 24 August 1915 aged 23. Sergeant James McLarty, Royal Scots, killed in action 9 April 1917 age 37, The stone shows the emblem of the Royal Scots and Royal Naval Air Service.

Acting Bombardier Thomas Tarbet, D Battery, 276�� Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, killed in action 19�� September 1917 age 18. Prior to the war he had been an apprentice joiner with Smith & McCuaig of Charles Street.

Take path on right, 2ⁿ� row in down from Celtic Cross John Scott was a plater working in Scott’s Shipyard when he joined the Territorial Army, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in 1909; he rose through the ranks and was appointed sergeant in May 1917. In November 1917 he received a gunshot wound to his thigh. He was awarded the Military Medal for his actions in Palestine. Within a month of being injured he was back on the battlefield and was killed in action on 23 July 1918. He fought in the Dardanelles and in France. In January 1919 his father writes looking for the Military Medal, his father is informed the war office has not given the authority for the medal to be released. He also writes to ask about John’s personal effects of a tin box, wrist identity disc, pocket knife, 3 small brooches (Ypres), a watch a bundle of letters and photos, which appear to have gone astray. At the end of January he is writing to the effects branch in Rouen again looking for his son’s possessions. William, his brother dies on 25 February 1919 of illness contracted while on active service. John’s parents received the Military Medal in March 1919. Later on that month his parents write again looking for his personal effects and are past from pillar to post. In November 1919 his parents return the memorial scroll because it is the wrong John Scott. His father died on 9 November 1921 and on 17 November his mother writes looking for John’s war medals; she received the medals on 22 November. There is no note of his family ever receiving his personal effects.

Return to the path, on the left hand side look for Lance Corporal Alexander McEachran Buie, 2ⁿ� Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders killed in action 1�� July 1916 age 24, he was one of 20,000 British killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Prior to the war he was employed with Mr Donald McNiven, butcher, in Ann Street. Alex was one of a group of seven pals who joined the Seaforths at the same time. Two others had been killed by February 1916.





Patrick McNally

Daniel McDade

At end of path cross into path opposite, on the right Section O2.

Hill 60 was one of 3 man made mounds which were built from the excavations of the construction of the Ypres – Comines railway line. It was captured by the Germans during the first battle of Ypres. In April 1915 the British regained control of Hill 60. Both sides wished control of it as it was a good observation point of the area around Ypres and they were able to tunnel beneath it and lay explosives. In the confusion of war the wrong date of death is sometimes given, this would appear to be the case with Patrick McNally as there are no records of a Patrick McNally being killed on or around the 14 August 1916. The Greenock Telegraph however has a death for 30�� September 1915 in France.

At end of path turn left, enter 3�� row on left Section S2

Private John McCartney, 8�� Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, died of wounds at Maida Vale 17 January 1918 age 24. Called up 17/4/16 and posted to 1/8�� A & SH and then to 5�� Reserve and 1/7�� . Joined 19�� Inf Base Depot. Died at Maida Vale as a result of gun shot wounds to the head and meningitis received 4/12/17 near Cambrai.

Daniel McDade, was about 11 years of age when his mother died in 1905 his father having died 5 years previously. In September 1906 aged 12 Daniel went to New York with his sister Margaret who was 22. They were joined in New York by their elder brothers James and John. He enlisted with the American Expeditionary Forces on 20 September 1917 and was sent overseas on 6 April 1918. He was killed in action in France on 7 October 1918 with the 308�� Infantry Regiment. He was 25.



Peter Dugan

Harper Brothers

The Carmania was one of the largest ships in the Cunard fleet, following the outbreak of war she was converted into an armed cruiser, and on 14 September 1914 while patrolling the central Atlantic she engaged in battle with and sank the German armed merchant cruiser Cape Trafalgar. 10 men died and 26 were injured. Peter Dugan a seaman died of his wounds on 16 September. He was 23 and lived at Serpentine Walk in Greenock. A John Hanlon received the Distinguished Service Medal for his actions in the battle. He died in December 1918 and is buried in section T2.

Return to path and enter 1�� row Harper Brothers, 3 brothers who died within 3 years of one another. Private John Harper, Coldstream Guards, killed in action 25 July 1917 is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial Belgium. Private Tom Harper, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action 8 September 1918 is buried at Hagle Dump Cemetery Belgium, but James who died in September 1919 and is buried here was remembered by his companions who put up this stone in his memory.

Walk down on to path and continue down until you reach the Boden Memorial on the right, enter path to the left of the memorial. Section E3

36 Donald Barr Donald Barr joined the 5th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Territorial Army in 1913. He was sent to Gallipoli with the Expeditionary Force in June 1915. He fought through Egypt and Palestine before going to the Western Front in early 1918. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty “When his officers became casualties he took command and handled it with great skill and determination. He achieved all his company’s objectives and by his untiring energy and personal disregard of danger set a fine example to his men” He was also awarded the Croix de Guerre. Donald was wounded in October 1918 and was transferred to the Military Hospital in Cambridge; his mother was able to visit him in hospital before he died on 3 November 1918 age 22.



William Wood

George MacLeod

William Wood was a private in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, he was a slater to trade and joined the army in the early 1900s. In 1911 he is serving in the army in India following in his grandfather’s footsteps as he also served in India. At the outbreak of war he was posted to Belgium and was killed at Ypres on 10 June 1915.

Return to path and walk down and enter last row on right before the junction. George Augustus MacLeod an able seaman was drowned on 19 October 1917 when the SS Australdale was torpedoed of the NW Coast of Spain, 3 lifeboats were launched but one of them was never seen again. He was 20. Born 24�� June 1898 in Greenock. Son of Norman and Mary MacLeod, 10 Mearns Street, Greenock.

39 Henry Harron Henry Harron was a sugar boiler who was a passenger on the Japanese ship SS Hirano Maru which left Liverpool on its way to Yoko Hama in Japan. He was leaving the ship at Hong Kong to continue his journey to China. At about 5.30 am on the 4 October 1918 she was torpedoed by a German submarine. The ship sank within 5 minutes, as the American destroyer Sterret went to the aid of the passengers in the water she was fired upon by the submarine. By the time the Sterret fought off the submarine the majority of passengers had drowned. Around 270 lives were lost, 8 bodies were washed up at Dale on the west coast of Wales, they were never identified. The people of Dale put up a memorial to them and still tend to their graves today.




Donald Rankin

William Justice Patrick

Roderick MacLeod

Private William Patrick, 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders signed up 4 September 1914 and was killed in action at Ach Baba 12 July 1915. He was 24. Was 4 years with Greenock Howitzers then left. No places left to rejoin in August 1914 so joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders instead. Compositor at Storer and Sons. Attended Greenock Higher Grade School. Member of West Kirk (Kilblain St.)

Private Roderick Macleod, 2ⁿ� Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders killed in action 16 April 1918 aged 20

Cross to path and enter on right enter path on left Donald Rankin was the 2ⁿ� mate on the SS Cape Ortegal, which was built in 1911 by Russell &Co. Port Glasgow for the Lyle Shipping Co. The ship was docked at Bakaritza, Archangel, Russia when it was heavily damaged by an explosion on the Russian ship Baron Driesen . Donald died on 8 November 1916 from a wound to his forehead caused by the explosion. A British naval officer wrote “ never before probably has there been such an explosion as this one in Archangel. The death total must have numbered several thousands, although for official purposes, the Russian authorities gave out the number to be only 130. Whatever it was approximately thirty thousand tons of munitions had gone up into the air.” The Cape Ortegal was one of many merchant ships which supplied vital war stores to Russia.




Laurance Arthur Ker

John Campbell

James Cameron

Cross main path and into Section 2B and take 1�� path on left walk down into 1�� row

James Paton Cameron, 6�� Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, killed in action 9 April 1918 age 18.

On the rise opposite Laurance Arthur Ker was a chartered accountant who was born in Glasgow, he joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers and was based at the Fort Matilda Training Camp. He was billeted at Elmhurst 42 Newark St and on the morning of 4�� April 1915 he was posted missing by his fellow officers, after a search his body was found at the bottom of stairs. It was thought that Lieutenant Ker had decided to leave his room during the night and in the dark had missed his footing and fallen down the stairs. Laurance died of a fractured skull. He was the only son of Mr & Mrs Ker of Glasgow.

John Campbell, of the 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was killed by a machine gun bullet on 29 July 1918. His Major in a letter to his parents describes how he was killed in a fierce battle, he then goes on to describe where his comrades buried their son with a bottle containing his papers at the head of his grave. Sadly John’s body was never recovered, he is remembered on the Soissons Memorial. Prior to the war he had been employed with Caird & Co.




Murray Brothers

Elizabeth Gilchrist

Joseph Paterson

At end of path turn right and enter 3�� row on the right.

Walk to end of path and turn left at Lochhead Memorial

Achi Baba - Gallipoli. James aged 17, and Neil aged 30 both privates with the 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders were among those killed there, with Neil killed in action and James dying of his wounds the following day. Their brother Archibald, a sergeant with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, was killed a year later on 30 July 1916 aged 28.

Doctor Elizabeth Gilchrist was one of the first women to study medicine. She was the daughter of a local draper. She studied in Edinburgh and Liverpool before becoming a GP in Greenock. Elizabeth answered an appeal for women doctors to serve at the front and was drafted to a military hospital in Malta. She then volunteered to serve in Salonika where she remained until the end of the war. She returned to Greenock in early 1919, her health was poor and she died of pneumonia on 23 October. She is remembered on the war memorial in the Lyle Kirk, Union St Church.

Private Joseph Paterson, 5�� Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action 12 July 1915 age 21. Sergeant John Paterson, Royal Scots, killed in action 23 April 1917 age 21. He served under his mother’s maiden name of McKinlay. He was awarded the Military Medal.




Jack Wedderspoon

Robert Cuthbert

William Reid

Carry on down onto main path and down into section K

Lieutenant Jack Wedderspoon, Royal Flying Corps, killed in aerial combat 6 April 1917 age 21. Attended George Watsons and studied Arts at Edinburgh University. Had served with the Royal Field Artillery prior to RFC

Continue along path to section B.

Private Robert Lancelot Cuthbert, 2ⁿ� King Edward Horse, killed 7 July 1915 age 47. He lived in New York. His gravestone reads “ From America he came on homeland’s duty call”. He died at 41 Casualty Clearing Station, France. Born Edinburgh he worked in Singapore with Adamson, Gilfillan & Co then Nestle In 1910. He is listed as immigrating to San Francisco on board the SS Asia from Singapore Lieutenant Reginald Cuthbert, Seaforth Highlanders, died of wounds 28 April 1917 age 37. Reginald Vaux Cuthbert name is also on Singapore Cenotaph. He was born in Greenock. His Gravestone reads “His watchword duty.”

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Signaller William Reid, Royal Naval Volunteers, HMS Cardiganshire died from disease on 7 November 1918 age 25. 52 John Monks, Royal Naval Reserve HMS Marksman, died 27 March 1916 53 Petty Officer Thomas Johnstone, Royal Navy, HMS Nonsuch died from disease 28 October 1918 age 36. He was a native of English 54 Seaman Alexander Martin, Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Rugby died from disease 27 November 1918 age 30. He was a native of Stornoway. 55 G Lane, Royal Navy, died 17 January 1916 56 Private T White, Royal Marine Light Infantry, died 7 November 1914 57 R Muller, HMS Nemisis, died 12 December 1914.

Family Memorials in Greenock Cemetery Private LC


Private Cpl Driver Private Cpl Fireman Shipmaster Lieut Serg Lieut Private Lieut Private


Cpl Serg Private Private

Private Private Private Private

Private Private Private Private Cpl

Private Lieut Serg/Major

Robert Thomas Herbert W. Ronald George Hugh Joseph Spence Archibald Archie William Neil William Patrick Michael Hugh Hugh McKinnon James John John G William John Francis Archibald Donald Patrick Henry L Joseph William William Peter Alexander Alexander Andrew Robert D G Thomas John Samuel T George G James John Neil Clark Currie Alexander Macmillan James James John T John James Henry Peter Thomas John H E John Archibald John Robert Alexander James Alexander Kenneth Campbell Alexander William John C Alexander D James William Brand Hector Alexander Alexander D

Aitken Allen Arthur Auld Barbour Baxter Beattie Beith Black Blair Boyd Brown Cairns Campbell Campbell Campbell Caven Chalmers Clark Cowan Cunningham Darroch Darroch Deignan Devlin Dickson Douglas Finlay Fisher Fleck Fleming Forbes Gibb Glenny Goodman Graham Graves Gray Gray Gray Greenwood Greer Grieve Grieve Hair Hannigan Harron Hart Hastings Hitchcock Leitch Logan Logan Lyons Massie McCreath McDade McDonald McDougall McDougall McGee McGregor McIntyre McIntyre McKenzie McKinlay McKinnon McKinnon

Gordons A&SH

Cameronians Royal Fusiliers Gordons

Aust Imperial Force S A Scottish N Z Rifles SS Satrap A&SH Renfrewshire R C A&SH RNR Royal Scots A&SH + RFC Cameron Highlanders P O Rifles A&SH

A&SH Royal Engineers A&SH

Royal Scots A&SH A&SH Royal Scots A&SH A&SH

Scottish Rifles KOSB Scottish Horse Seaforth Highlanders Back Watch

A&SH A&SH Canadian Infantry Seaforth Highlanders A&SH RNVR

25/06/15 11/10/18 13/11/16 03/05/15 04/04/17 05/12/17 08/01/18 20/07/16 01/06/16 16/04/18 30/11/17 01/04/17 07/09/18 12/04/17 25/09/15 16/06/17 01/01/16 23/04/17 27/03/18 12/07/15 15/10/18 09/04/17 28/07/18 17/09/17 26/08/16 02/03/17 08/08/18 30/09/16 01/07/16 09/08/17 12/07/15 01/12/18 01/11/18 12/01/18 12/10/19 12/07/15 25/09/15 28/07/17 17/10/15 17/04/18 25/09/15 23/04/17 10/04/18 12/07/15 25/05/17 04/10/18 20/12/15 04/04/18 Apr-18 29/10/17 12/9/16 22/1/17 9/3/16 7/7/18 20/9/18 12/10/18 13/11/16 11/10/16 12/7/1915 24/5/15 11/4/17 12/7/15 12/7/15 21/8/17 25/8/17 12/8/15 8/7/17

D3 B3 D3 O3 T2 L3 M3 H3 H3 H3 B3 A4 V2 C3 D3 Q3b E3 K3 F3 E3 T2 G3 G3 T2 C3 D3 L3 E3 K3 D3 C3 C3 K3 C3 L3 K3 T2 G3 B3 B3 N3 I3 F3 F3 F3 V2 E3 L3 E3 B3 H3 D3 T2 I3 M3 H3 B3 F3 O3 E3 E3 F3 F3 E3 D3 D3 H3 H3


Private Serg/Major Private Private

Private Gunner Serg Gunner Lieut Private 2ⁿ� Lieut Private Serg Private CPO Private

Private Private Serg Gunner L/Cpl Serg Private Gunner Private

Private Serg Private 2ⁿ� Lieut

Sapper L/Cpl

Private Private 2ⁿ� Lieut L/Cpl Private Private Private

James John Duncan Alexander William James Archibald Henry Daniel Robert John M James R Donald William Robert W James John John James Herbert Thomas Adam George Watt JW Matthew Erskine Robert Thomas Sydney William Edward Graham John William William Crawford Ben Alexander Richard William Logan Neil H William Kerr Robert John George George WC Archibald Thomas John Neilson James Stewart William Robert Agnew Andrew James James H William Foster John Edward Hugh Peter

McLarty McLarty McMaster McNab McNab McNeil McNeill McWhinnie Meikle Morton Munro Nelson Nicholson Nicholson Nicol Nisbet Nugent O'Connor O'Donnell Paul Pearson Peddie Peddie Peddie Peddie Punton Purdie Richardson Ross Scott Scott Scott Scott Shackleton Shannon Simpson Sinclair Slaven Smith Steele Steele Stevenson Sutherland Suttie Tarbet Thomson Thomson Todd Tucker Wallace Weir Weir Weir Whitaker White Whiteford Wilson Wilson

Royal Scots RNAS A&SH Camerons A&SH A&SH A&SH

A&SH Tank Corp A&SH RFA A&SH Gordon Highlanders Scottish Rifles Scottish Rifles A&SH NZ Engineers HLI BC Engineers A&SH A&SH Cameronians A&SH RMA A&SH A&SH North Staff Regiment RFA

RFA Gordons Canadian Contingent A&SH RFA Royal Scots RE A&SH


9/4/17 24/8/15 21/3/18 23/7/16 1.8.1918 12.7.1915 18.7.1915 26.9.1915 12/07/1915 Oct-15 8/3/18 31/7/17 26/1/18 23/10/17 17/4/18 5/5//18 15/11/15 16/17/18 6/1/18 24/11/17 6/7/16 B3 12/7/15 18/07/18 26/9/16 20/8/15 1/10/18 3/11/17 25/9/16 26/9/15 23/7/18 25/2/19 8/11/17 5/10/18 5/4/18 16/2/17 25/5/17 8/8/17 11/1/15 8/9/18 16/11/18 29/10/17 7/11/16 24/11/15 19/9/17 27/3/18 3/8/17 21/3/18 12/7/15 3/7/18 25/2/18 30/1/16 25/10/15 3/5/15 20/10/18 25/3/18 3/9/16 29/8/18

L3 L3 B3 A3 A3 D3 L3 M3 L3 L3 Q3a B3 N3 N3 D3 B3 T2 V2 T2 F3 D3 B3 B3 B3 N3 L3 A3 F3 M3 E3 E3 M3 M3 N3 C3 K3 T2 O3 H3 L3 K3 E3 F3 L3 D3 C3 F3 F3 O3 T2 F3 F3 O3 O3 L3 I3 I3



Date of death



27/01/1919 05/08/1915 03/11/1918 22/10/1914 06/07/1917 21/04/1918 29/09/1915 11/10/1916 11/06/1919 18/11/1917 28/01/1918 05/11/1918 12/01/1915 01/12/1917 18/10/1918 01/11/1918 28/07/1917 24/05/1917 20/04/1919 10/08/1916 28/04/1915 04/04/1916 04/02/1915 04/01/1919 09/03/1918 09/07/1917 20/12/1918 21/04/1916 21/01/1920 06/11/1918 14/01/1916 13/02/1918 03/11/1918 28/11/1918 09/06/1917 28/10/1918 05/05/1916 04/04/1915 17/01/1916 24/04/1918 10/03/1916 06/06/1916 12/09/1918 28/04/1918 08/02/1918 24/05/1917 07/02/1916 01/11/1917 27/11/1918 30/01/1918 02/02/1918 02/11/1918 27/03/1916 22/02/1916 29/10/1916 23/02/1920 28/11/1918 20/04/1917 12/12/1914 14/07/1915 17/01/1918

Commonwealth War Graves rank regiment Lieutenant Private CSM Private Private Private L. Corporal Private Gunner Private Leading Seaman Serjeant Private Private Lieutenant Serjeant Flight Officer Private Private Private Sapper Leading Trimmer Private Private Private Trimmer Leading Seaman 2nd Lieutenant Private Gunner Lance Corporal Private Private Stoker Private PO Stoker Private 2nd Lieutenant Able Seaman Private Private Private Stoker 1st Class Gunner 2ⁿ� Lieutenant Lance Serjeant Gunner Driver Seaman Lance Corporal Sister Private Seaman Private Private Private Private Private Able Seaman Bombardier Private

Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Army Service Corps Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) Royal Scots Fusiliers Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Royal Scots Fusiliers Royal Defence Corps Royal Field Artillery Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Royal Navy Royal Army Medical Corps Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Seaforth Highlanders Royal Naval Reserve Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Royal Naval Air Service Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Royal Scots Northumberland Fusiliers Royal Engineers Royal Naval Reserve Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Highland Light Infantry Seaforth Highlanders Royal Naval Reserve Royal Naval Reserve Royal Garrison Artillery Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Royal Garrison Artillery Seaforth Highlanders Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Royal Naval Reserve Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Royal Navy Royal Army Medical Corps Royal Scots Fusiliers Royal Navy Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Border Regiment Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Royal Navy Royal Garrison Artillery Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders East Lancashire Regiment Royal Marine Artillery Army Service Corps Royal Naval Reserve Royal Scots Fusiliers Territorial Force Nursing Service Royal Munster Fusiliers Royal Naval Reserve Royal Scots Fusiliers Highland Light Infantry Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Royal Air Force Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Royal Navy Royal Field Artillery Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Grave reference A. 234. MMM. 52. EEE. 483. LLL.523. MMM. 443. LLL. 762/3. MMM.59. MMM 330. III. 461. 217 III. 212. NNN. 72. LLL. 552. CC. 188. LLL. 14. TT. 263. CC. 302D. QQ. 5/28. NNN. 289. DD. 135. LLL. 688. MMM. 191. LLL. 650. QQ. 97. TT. 7. 612. MMM. 446. TT. 682. MMM. 2. OO. 698. TT. 593. MMM. 147. SS. 130. TT. 454. MMM. 53. MMM. 330. F. Recess. 40. TT. 461. MM. 430. I. Recess. 9. III. 346. MMM. 147. MMM. 217. NNN. 166. NNN. 91. O. 226. O. 142. F. Recess.39. 3/E. Lair 475 F. Recess. 41. MMM. 443. P. 76A. TT. 668. F. 39. MMM. 147. EEE. 966. LLL. 451. HHH. 628. LLL. 655. I. Recess. 9. 3GS. 236. OO. 613.




Date of death

24/08/1915 24/12/1915 26/10/1918 05/05/1918 24/05/1917 08/07/1918 26/02/1919 06/10/1918 07/11/1918 11/11/1917 15/12/1915 05/10/1916 17/01/1916 25/02/1919 05/01/1916 19/11/1919 16/11/1918 19/05/1919 18/10/1918 02/06/1919 28/09/1918 22/10/1915 24/11/1916 07/11/1914 19/01/1917

Commonwealth War Graves rank regiment Flight Sub-Lit. Private Private Private Gunner Chief Petty Officer Corporal Pioneer Signalman 2ⁿ� Lieutenant Bombardier Private Private Gunner Private Private Private Private Driver Petty Officer Private Lance Serjeant Private Private Private

Royal Naval Air Service Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Royal Scots Fusiliers Gordon Highlanders Royal Field Artillery Royal Navy Royal Air Force Royal Engineers Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Royal Flying Corps Royal Garrison Artillery London Regiment (London Scottish) 1st (Royal) Dragoons Royal Garrison Artillery Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Labour Corps Gordon Highlanders Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Army Service Corps Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Cameron Highlanders Duke of Wellington's Royal Marine Light Infantry Royal Army Medical Corps

Grave reference LLL. 20-21. KK. 371. MMM. 443. NNN. 89. PP. 7. NNN. 136. NNN. 255. QQ. 5. I. Recess. 55. LLL. 765. NN. 663/4. HHH. 420. MMM. 149. EEE. 437. MMM. 569. T. 252-3. LLL. 757. O. 593. LLL. 413. Plot 2S. 2/S.Lair 125 TT. 649. HHH. 19. MMM. 330. I. Recess. 9. MMM. 361.

The War graves of both the First and Second World Wars are scattered throughout the Greenock Cemetery. There are 95 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war. As well as these there are many family memorial stones to loved ones who were killed in the war but buried in the field of battle. This walk takes a look at just a few of the stories of these young men. Greenock Cemetery was opened in 1846. It is just over 31 hectares in size and is believed to be one of the largest municipal cemeteries in Europe. The cemetery was a consequence of the substantial growth of the town in the 19�� century. Previous burials took place at the Old West churchyard as well as the Inverkip Street cemetery. Stewart Murray, curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Glasgow, was commissioned to oversee the laying out of the new cemetery.

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