Robert Balderston FIFE (Royal Garrison Artillery, 51 HDAC)
Born 6 May 1886, Paisley; Died 16 Oct 1953, Tarbet
Enlisted Jan 1915; first saw action in France May 1915; invalided home to hospital in Torquay Mar 1917.
Born Robert Balderston, the nephew of William Fife III, he adopted the name Fife in Dec 1914. He joined Fife’s yard in 1901, and became a partner in 1919. He lived at The Place, and he married Mrs Alys Simpson Donaldson in London in 1929.
Daniel Leitch McPherson FLECK (Canadian Infantry, 44th Btn)
Born 29 Nov 1883, Fairlie; Died 10 Aug 1918, France
Enlisted Jan 1916; wounded May 1917 and visited Fairlie Aug 1917 during convalescence. He died in action at the Somme while acting as a stretcher-bearer, killed instantaneously by a bullet from an enemy sniper. He is buried at Fouquescourt British Cemetery, Somme, France
The son of the Rev. William Fleck, he lived at Fairlie Free Church Manse. He emigrated to Canada in Mar 1903 where he became a farmer in Manitoba, and he married Catherine Anderson Fraser there in 1913. He is the brother of Robert Fleck.
Robert FLECK (Canadian Engineers, 6th Field Co.)
Born 26 Jul 1885, Fairlie; Died 26 Oct 1920, Canada
Enlisted July 1916; served in France.
The son of the Rev. William Fleck, he lived at Fairlie Free Church Manse. He emigrated to Canada in Apr 1904 where he became a farmer in Manitoba. He died in a railway accident in Vancouver when he was killed instantaneously by an out of control train while working as an engineer at a lumber camp. He is the brother of Daniel Fleck.
Arthur Nelson FORMAN (Royal Engineers, 85th Field Co.)
Born 1 May 1889, Stirling; Died 16 May 1962, Callendar
First entered theatre of war at Salonika in Feb 1916; was awarded the French Croix de Guerre in 1916 and the Military Cross “for conspicuous good work and devotion to duty” in 1918.
He lived at Fairlie Lodge, and was the nephew of Miss Blanche Forman of Fairlie Lodge, and the son of railway engineer Charles de Neuville Forman. A civil engineer himself, Arthur married Charlotte Rush in Edinburgh in 1920, and Esme Frances Augusta Bridges in London in 1924. He is the brother of George Forman.
George Edward Gibson FORMAN (Royal Highlanders,1st Btn)
Born 22 Apr 1892, Bearsden; Died 6 Apr 1964, Argyll
First saw action in France in May 1915; was invalided home with a severe attack of malaria contracted in the trenches in July 1916. In Nov 1915 it was reported that he had brought the German helmet, rifle and oyster bomb displayed in the post office window direct from the field of battle.
He lived at Fairlie Lodge, and was the nephew of Miss Blanche Forman of Fairlie Lodge, and the son of railway engineer Charles de Neuville Forman. An engineer himself, George married Henrietta Beatrice Grant Tennant in Fairlie in 1916. He is the brother of Arthur Forman.
Joseph Wilson FORREST (Royal Engineers)
Born 3 Jul 1891, Fairlie; Died 1982, Peebles
Reported on leave from Bedford and about to depart for the front in Dec 1917; and on leave from France “where he has had many exciting experiences” in Dec 1918.
He was born and lived at Castlebank, and in 1911 he was a railway clerk.
John McLean FRASER (Royal Army Service Corps)
Born 9 Nov 1886, Inverness ; Died 10 Sep 1917, France
Enlisted Feb 1915; first saw action in France May 1915. He died of gunshot wounds “in the field, France”, and is buried at Dunkirk Town Cemetery.
Prior to the war he was chauffeur to the Earl of Glasgow, and lived at Fairlie Craig. He married Susan Morris Sinclair Lucas at Old Monkland in 1914.
Alexander FYFE (King’s Own Royal Lancaster)
Lieutenant (formerly Royal Scots)
Born 12 Feb 1877, Rothesay; Died 18 Oct 1961, Edinburgh
Enlisted Feb 1916; posted France Sep 1916; commissioned Sep 1917. In Apr 1918 he was hospitalised and invalided home after being blown up by a shell in France.
He lived at Cumbrae View, later moving to Edinburgh where he married Janet Duncan Anderson in 1924. He was a draper.