Fairlie's Men Of

 The Great War

G / H

Rev. Donald Charles Campbell GOLLAN  (Royal Army Service Corps)       

2nd Lieutenant                                                                                   

Born 25 Jan 1874, Inverness;  Died 7 Feb 1931, Glasgow                                                           

Enlisted Feb 1918; commissioned May 1918; served Palestine Aug 1918 to Oct 1919.  Having tried on several occasions to enlist and been turned down because of his age, it was only when the age limit for volunteers was raised to 50 in 1917 that he was successful. 


He became minister at Fairlie United Free Church in 1911, before being called to Dalmarnock in the early 1920s and to Fort William in 1925.  He married Christian Margaret Brander in Kilmallie, Inverness-shire in 1928.



Frank GRAHAM (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Clyde Div) 

Signaller Z/6907                      

Born 4 Oct 1888, Cumberland;   Died 10 Sep 1945, Fairlie  


Prior to the war he lived in Glasgow, but by 1935 he and his brother are living at Hayton, Station Road.  He was a clerk.



James Neilson GRAHAM (Royal Garrison Artillery, Bute MB)           

Gunner 2369 & 300062

Born 18 Dec 1892, Ancrum;  Died 1970, Ayr                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Posted Egypt Aug 1915.  In Jan 1916, in a letter from Gallipoli, he asked if “some of the kind folks of Fairlie might see their way to send this little section of ours a musical instrument of some sort – a good big mouth organ would be lovely for the winter evenings”.  It was reported that his request had been fulfilled, and the mouth organ, along with the football and boxing gloves requested by other soldiers, were on their way to the Dardanelles. 


He lived at Castlepark, and before the war was an apprentice ship carpenter.  In 1928, when he married Jane Gavin at Lesmahagow, he was a dairyman living in Dalserf. 



Dunlop HUNTER (Royal Field Artillery)                       

Gunner 8429 & 656017

Born 3 Nov 1898, Fairlie ;  Died 1975, Edinburgh  


Enlisted Aug 1915; served in Egypt and Palestine.  In Aug 1919 he wrote to the army querying his pay, as he believed he was entitled to 28 days extra leave and ration money "on account of my being over three years on active service without leave". 


He was born at Plaintree House, and later lived at Oakbank.  Prior to enlisting he trained as an architect.  In 1930, when he married Margaret Souter Toward in Glasgow, he was managing salesman for a sewing machine maker and he lived in Kirkcaldy.  He is the brother of Baden, George and Leslie Hunter.



George Webster HUNTER (Royal Scots Fusiliers, 5th Btn)            

Private 7346

Born 12 Oct 1895, Fairlie;  Died 27 Sep 1915, Egypt                                  


First entered theatre of war in the Balkans in June 1915, having travelled south for embarkation on the troop train involved in the Gretna Rail Disaster in May 1915, where 227 died and 247 were injured.  Little more than three months after his arrival at Gallipoli, he fell dangerously ill with dysentery, to which he succumbed hospital in Alexandria, aged 19.  He is buried at  Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.


He was born at Springbank, lived at Oakbank, and prior to the war he was a gardener at Fairlieburne.  In Apr 1915 he married Jean Davidson in Glasgow.  He is the brother of Baden, Dunlop and Leslie Hunter.



John HUNTER (R.S.)                            

Born (not known) ;  Died (not known)                                                                 


No information found.



John Baden Love HUNTER (H.L.I.)       

Born 19 May 1900, Fairlie;  Died 4 Mar 1932, Glasgow  


Known as Baden, he was born and lived at Oakbank.  He married Elizabeth Alexander Smith in Glasgow in 1921, and at the time of his death from pneumonia he was a baker living in Glasgow.  He is the brother of Dunlop, George and Leslie Hunter.



William Leslie Low HUNTER (Royal Garrison Artillery)       

Gunner 2714 & 300645

Born 6 Feb 1892, Largs;  Died 1961, Kirkcaldy  


Posted to the 4th Highland Mountain Brigade in Feb 1916, he served in Salonika where he was hospitalised with malaria in Oct 1918.


Known as Leslie, he lived at Oakbank and was a bank clerk.  In 1934 he married Davina Knox Young in Abbotshall, Fife.  He is the brother of Baden, Dunlop and George Hunter.