They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

from
“For the fallen” by Laurence Binyon, 1914

War Memorial – Records of fatalities

We initially consulted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle (SNWM), Imperial War Museum, UK National Inventory of War Memorials, and the 1911 Census.

Other sources are mentioned in the text, but we would particularly like to acknowledge the assistance of the members of the web-based Scottish War Memorials Project. In respect of the actual Memorial we also have had information from the Imperial War Museum.

It is noticeable that all those commemorated here are men. Women played their part in both wars, but this village appears to have been fortunate enough not to have had to record the loss of any.
Naval vessels in the Forth, Rosyth Dockyard and the Forth Rail Bridge were the potential targets of the first aid raid on Britain during the Second World War but the village itself escaped any direct attacks in both wars.

All but a couple of the men from the First World War are also mentioned on Inverkeithing War Memorial, but none of those from the Second.

For those interested in a particular individual, and unfamiliar with such things, it should be noted that during the First World War soldiers were allocated numbers within their regiment and not a unique number allocated by the army, as in the Second World War.

The following details of fatalities are in the order in which they appear on the actual memorial, followed by those who were not included, in a separate section.

We have managed to find a great deal of information about some, rather less about others and sadly, have struggled to correctly identify some at all.

The search has also thrown up some curiosities, not least the presence of several Canadians on our memorial.


1914-1918 plaque
1914-1918 plaque

1914 – 1918 War

Navy

Bedell-Sivright, David Revell, MB, BA

Cuthbert, Henry Kenmore Duff

Thomson, Robert

Monk, Fred

Army

Aikman, Wilfrid Hudson

Anderson, Andrew

Gilmour, James

Kirkhope, James T.

Bald, Robert

Dow, John Mitchell, MA

Lockhart, Archibald Frederick James

Anderson, William Fyfe

Campbell, John Fife

Carmichael, David

Clark, John

Coutts, Albert Julian

Cram, William Anderson

Donaldson, Thomas

Dowie, Robert

Dowie, William

McCulloch, George Haig

Mill, William Guthrie

Morris, William

Rankine, John

Richardson, James Edward

Robertson, Andrew Black

Millar, Robert mis-spelled on plaque as Miller, Robert

Pearce, Herbert Charles


1914-1918 plaque
1939-1945 plaque

1939 – 1945 WAR

Navy

Cruickshanks, Duncan Fairgrieve Stewart

Mitchell, George

Duff, Ronald Walter James

Army

Mathewson, William Kenneth

Cunningham, Thomas Reid

Robinson, Everett Carl

Air Force

McGregor, Francis

McCallum, George Ker Loudon

Merchant Navy

Hardy, David

Watson, James Wilson


Those not listed on the Memorial, but connected

1914 -1918

Army

West, Charles Robert

1939 – 1945

Army

Hadden, John

McGregor, George Gordon

Valentine, David


First World War local fatalities

Army

Paton, George Cyril Olguin

Stewart, Henry Ernest (born Henry Ernest Pinfold)


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
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