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The Largs War Memorial
Rottnest Island Cemetery

 
The Largs War Memorial
 
The Fallen of the Second World War
1939 - 1945

 
MEMORIAL PLAQUE No. 1
 
(East facing)
 

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Alexander Stewart AIRD

Pilot Officer Alexander Stewart AIRD was the son of Alexander and Annie Weir Donaldson AIRD, and was born in approximately 1923. Alexander joined the 13th Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, where he worked as a bomber navigator, and was killed on 3 MAY 1944. he was subsequently buried at Sangro River War cemetery in Italy. Alexander's service number was 177565.
 
Alexander was always referred to as "Stewart" by his family. His nephew, Douglas McEwan, contacted me in July 2008 to say that he had recently made a trip to the Sangro River War Cemetery in Italy to see his uncle's grave. As a tribute to him, Douglas has created a web page about Stewart's story within his main family history website, which can be accessed at www.mcewans.uwclub.net/Sangro%20River
 
The site contains a newspaper report in the local Largs press on Friday, May 26th 1944, which stated the following:
Largs Airman Killed
 
Flight Sergeant Stewart Aird (whose picture we give above), previously reported missing and now officially reported killed , was the only son of the late Mr and Mrs Aird of Richardene, Allanpark Street, Largs. Prior to his training in Canada with the R.A.F. he was an apprentice with a firm of chartered accountants in Glasgow. He was 21 years of age. 
Many thanks indeed to Douglas for his contribution.
 
 
William ANDERSON
Able Seaman William ANDERSON was the son of Peter and Elizabeth ANDERSON of Largs, and was born in approximately 1920. William served on board HMS Glorious and was killed on 8 JUN 1940. William's service number was D/JX 148587, and he is also commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devonshire, England.
 
Henry E. BARNETT
Private Henry Edward BARNETT was the son of Hamilton and Eliza BARNETT of Largs, and was born in approximately 1907. He fought with the 2/28th Infantry Battalion of the Australian Infantry, and was killed in Italy on 8 AUG 1942, being subsequently buried at Caserta War Cemetery. Henry's service number was  WX7056.
 
Duncan BLACKSTOCK
Chief Officer Duncan BLACKSTOCK was a member of the Merchant Navy, serving on board M.V. Oakbank (Glasgow). Born in approximately 1892, Duncan was killed on 1 SEP 1945, leaving behind a wife, Helen BLACKSTOCK of Largs. Duncan is buried in Largs Cemetery.
 
Robert W. BLAIR
Joiner 4th Class Robert Wingate BLAIR was a member of the Royal navy serving on board H. M. S. Fraserburgh, who was killed on 31 DEC 1943. Robert was subsequently buried at Largs Cemetery. His service number was C/MX 118398.
 
William J. BLYTH
 
 
James M. BOYCE
Private James Martin BOYCE was the husband of Elizabeth Moffat BOYCE of Largs. Serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, James was killed on 24 OCT 1945.
 
Ian D. BRADLEY
Sergeant Ian Duncan BRADLEY was the son of Thomas and Louisa May Harper BRADLEY of Largs, and was born in approximately 1923. Ian flew with 53 Squadron of the RAF and was killed on 26 MAR 1943. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial on the Thames; his service number was 1374989.
 
James BROGAN
Private James BROGAN was the son of Patrick and Mary BROGAN of Largs, and was born in approximately 1919. He served with 33 Detail Issue Depot of the Royal Army Service Corps, and died on 2 JUN 1941 in Egypt. James was buried at the Port Said War Memorial Cemetery. His service number was S/197240.
 
Francis G. BURGESS
Flying Officer Francis George BURGESS was the son of Francis John and Jessie Ann BURGESS of Kilmarnock, and was born in approximately 1922. He flew with 272 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and died on 4 SEP 1944. Francis is commemorated on the Malta Memorial; his service number was 151037.
 
Thomas R. CAIRNS
 
 
Robert CAMPBELL
 
 
James A. C. CARSWELL
 
 
George CORBETT
 
 
Walter D. COWAN
 
 
Adam CRAWFORD
 
 
John S. CRAWFORD
 
 
William CULLING
William CULLING was the husband of Agnes MARTIN, sister of Gunner John MARTIN, noted as a casulaty on the Largs war memorial for the First World War. Serving as a Commando, William was tragically killed on the raid on the Norwegian ports of Vaagso and Malloy in December 1941, and as such never got to see his only daughter Lillian, who was born shortly after in April 1942.
 
Many thanks to William's great nephew Gerald Martin for supplying this information in September 2007.
 
 
Wilbert CULLY
 
 
Ebenezer M. DEANS
 
 
George H. C. DEANS
 
 
William McK. DELVIN
 
 
John DOUGLAS
 
 
James DUNAN
 

 
MEMORIAL PLAQUE No. 2
 
(North facing)
 

 
 
John DUNAN
 
 
John M. FERGUSON
 
 
Joseph G. FREEDMAN
 
 
John GORRIE
 
 
James HENDRY
 
 
Walter HENRY
 
 
Roy G. H. HERBERT
 
 
Alexander HOLMES
 
 
Frederick HOPKINS
 
 
William L. JACKSON
 
 
Hugh Mc L. MACKIE
 
 
John MAINS
 
 
Fulton MARSHALL
 
 
Archibald MAXWELL
 
 
John McGREISH
 
 
John McGUFFIE
 
 
Alistair MacKAY
 
 
Alexander McKECHAN
 
 
Walter R. MacKINNON
 
 
John K. MacMILLAN
 
 
Archibald MacPHERSON
 
 
William McVEAN
 
 
John NINIAN
 
 
James O' DONNELL
 
 

 
MEMORIAL PLAQUE No. 3
 
(West facing)
 

 
 
James PICKEN
 
 
Ian H. ROBERTSON
 
 
Eric S. ROSS
 
 
Ernest R. SIMPSON
 
 
Alexander P. SMITH
 
 
David SMITH
 
 
Eric SPIERS
 
 
William A. M. B. STEWART
 
 
Alexander THOMSON
 
 
William S. URE
 
 
Godfrey VASEY
 
 
James WATSON
 
 
Hugh F. D. WHITELAW
 
 
John WILLIAMSON
 
 
Thomas WILLIAMSON
 
 
Guy B. S. WILSON
 
 
Joseph B. WITHER
 
 
Douglas E. WOODS
 
 
William G. YOUNG
 
 

 
Sources
 

SCOTLAND'S
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22 Lindsay Crescent, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland, KA30 9JR

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