Catholic Church Kilsyth

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The War Dead of St. Patrick's - WWII

1939 - 1945

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William Brown

Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit: H.M.S. Bann.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 14/07/1943
Service No. D/JX169407
Grave: 4. K. 1.
Cemetery: Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery south west of Algiers.

Francis Connor

Rank: Private
Regiment: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Unit: 7/10th Battn
Age: 36
Date of Death: 07/03/1943
Service No. 2983500
Additional Information: Son of James and Margaret Conner
of Kilsyth, husband of Winifred Connor
Grave: VII. C. 17.
Cemetery: SFAX War Cemetery

William Docherty

Rank: Sapper
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Unit: 183 Field Company
Age: 23
Date of Death: 29th April 1945
Service No. 14326403
Additional Information: The official record says 'Son of Isaac and Ethel Docherty'. We know however from his family locally that Ethel Docherty was Isaac's second wife after the death of William's biological mother and Isaac's first wife, Jeanie Friel. Isaac and Jeanie were married in Holy Cross, Croy and lived in Auchinstarry. William was subsequently some years later, baptised also in Holy Cross. The family moved to Kilsyth after the death of Jeanie and Isaac had married his 2nd wife Ethel.
Grave: 17. F. 5.
Cemetery: Becklingen War Cemetery

Joseph Gray

No details as yet, still being researched

John McBride

Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers in WW1 and Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in WW2.
Age: 47
Date of Death: 31st Aug 1941
Service No. 13060 in WW1 RDF and then 2988549 in WW2 A&SH.
Additional Information: Born 23rd Jan 1894, baptised at St Patrick's Kilsyth 1st Feb 1894 record No. 2362. Son of Thomas McBride and Mary m.s. Gilligan. Brother of Thomas baptismal record No. 1791, Lawrence No. 1985, Agnes No. 2160, Helen No. 2515 and Catherine No. 2726. Served with Royal Dublin Fusiliers for the whole of WW1 and beyond, 1915-1919 where he served in Galipoli, Salonica, Palestine and France and was discharged after WW1 on 10/1/1919 with 2 gunshot wounds. One to the hand and one to the leg and suffering from Malaria. He enlisted again on 27/10/39 at the start of WW2 to the A. & .S .H. Infantry, service number 2988549 and after having a road traffic crash in an Army truck in July 1941 for which he was hospitalised, the doctors realised during his treatment that he had cancer. He was released home from Perthshire on 15/7/41 and discharged from A.&.S.H. on 20/8/41 after having served 1 year and 298 days. He died at the family home in Kilsyth 11 days later. His family were refused a war pension because technically he died a civilian. He is not listed on the war memorial in Kilsyth for the same reason. The parish of St Patrick's Kilsyth is proud to remember him amongst our war dead and right this wrong.
Cemetery: Kilsyth Cemetery

Andrew Noel Melling

Rank: Pilot Sergeant
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit: 169 Squadron
Age: 21
Date of Death: 21st October 1942
Service No. 1369064
Additional Information: Son of James and Catherine Melling. Brother of William, James, Margaret, Alice, Joseph and Mary. A spitfire pilot, he was killed during a training exercise off the east coast if England. A freak wave hit his plane when they were doing a low flying convoy exercise. His body was washed ashore and was returned to his family in Kilsyth.
His brother Joseph below was also killed on service.
Grave: Extn 2 / 1247
Cemetery: Kilsyth Cemetery

Joseph Melling

Rank: Flight Sergeant Navigator
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 26
Date of Death: 14th September 1945
Service No. 1004951
Additional Information: Son of James and Catherine Melling. Brother of William, James, Margaret, Alice, Andrew and Mary.
He was a navigator in a Lancaster bomber. He was killed in an aircraft accident in Karachi. He wasn't with his normal aircraft as it had developed a fault and the crew were split up. The aircraft was coming into land and they were told to gain height and re approach the landing, but the plane crashed. He is buried in Karachi. His brother Andrew above was also killed on service.
Grave: 1.A.2.
Cemetery: Karachi War Cemetery

Badge of The Royal Artillery

William Turley Mooney

Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Artillery
Unit: 78 Battery, 35 Lt. A.A. Regiment
Age: 26
Date of Death: 9th June 1945
Service No. 1515998
Additional Information:
Grave: L. A. 11.
Cemetery: Labaun War Cemetery

Badge of The Royal Pioneers

Wiliam O’Neill

Rank: Private
Regiment: Pioneer Corps
Unit: 108 Company Aux. Mil.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 17th June 1940
Service No. 13004153
Additional Information:
Grave: 1.B.16.
Cemetery: Escoublac-la-Baule War Cemetery

Daniel Pender

Rank: Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.)
Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit: 8th Battalion
Age: 41
Date of Death: 1st January 1943
Service No.3122744
Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Catherine Pender m.s. Coyle, husband of Mary Pender m.s. Reynolds. DoB 22nd August 1902. Father of Anne, Catherine, Michael, Daniel and John. Died at home of wounds sustained as a casualty of war.
Grave: Extn. 3. Grave 1136
Cemetery: Kilsyth Cemetery

Badge of The Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Daniel O’Rourke

Rank: Leading Aircraftsman
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Date of Death: 1st June 1944
Service No.1011735
Additional Information:
Grave: VII.A.21
Cemetery: Bari War Cemetery.

Thomas Starrs

Rank: Fireman
Regiment: Merchant Navy
Unit: Crew of the S.S. Toward of Glasgow
Age: 37
Date of Death: 7th February 1943
Service No.
Additional Information:
Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial London, Panel 109.

Poppyand "In Flanders Field" poem

Additional Information on Thomas Starrs: Lost at Sea aboard the
"SS Toward of Glasgow" which was serving as a convoy rescue ship.
SS Toward was built by Alexander Stephen and Sons and owned by
"The Clyde Shipping Company". Although she was mainly used  as a
passenger vessel on the Irish shipping routes she was serving as a
convoy rescue ship in a UK bound convoy that was attacked SE of
Cape Farewell, torpedoed and sank on 7th Feb 1943. She had on
board a crew of 47 of which 43 lives were lost.

H.M.S. Bann (K256) took part in operation Huskey (the invasion
of Sicily) in the Mediterranean in July 1943 operating out of Algeria.
Whilst the ship, a frigate, took casualties it went on to serve in other
theatres and survived the war. Is was sold to the Indian Navy and
was eventually broken up in 1979.

Many other parishioners served during the War
Our thanks to George MacDonald, Jack McGovern, Pat Docherty and Anne Russell who researched the information for this page.
If there are any additions, inaccuracies or omissions please let us know.

God BlessYou!