David Boyd McAULAY (Royal Engineers)
Sapper 282455 (formerly Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders)
Born 15 Sep 1897, Fairlie; Died (unknown)
He received the British War and Victory medals, so must have served overseas
He was born in Bay Street and lived at Clederion in 1901 and Dunoon in 1911. He is the brother of Stuart McAulay.
Stuart McAULAY (Royal Engineers)
A/Sergeant 406394 (formerly Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders)
Born 30 Dec 1894, Fairlie; Died (unknown)
Enlisted Aug 1914; first saw action in France Apr 1915; hospitalised in France with wound in leg June 1915.
He was born at Bay Street and lived at Clederion in 1901 and Dunoon in 1911, where he was an apprentice boat builder. He is the brother of David McAulay.
James Hugh McCALL (South African Heavy Artillery)
Born 24 July 1886, Dumfries; Died (unknown)
Reported in Oct 1915 to be training in the south of England, having given up an excellent post in Cape Town and joined the S.A.H.A.
Lived in Allanton Park Terrace.
Alexander Meikle McCALLUM (Highland Light Infantry, 16th Btn)
Born 1 Dec 1885, Fairlie; Died 3 Apr 1917, France
Enlisted Mar 1915; commissioned Apr 1915; first entered theatre of war in France in Feb 1917. Only six weeks later at the Somme he died of wounds at 92 Field Ambulance, and was buried at Foreste Communal Cemetery, Aisne, France.
The family lived at Oakbank, and moved to Pollokshields in the early 1900s. Alexander studied at Glasgow University, and became a qualified solicitor. A member of the Cartha Athletic Club, he was a Scottish international hockey player. He is the brother of Andrew, Daniel and Malcolm McCallum, and the cousin of Allan, Daniel, John and William McCallum.
Allan Fife McCALLUM (Royal Highlanders)
Born 4 June 1884, Fairlie; Died 1971, Largs
Enlisted Sep 1914; posted France Sep 1915. Transferred to Salonika Nov 1915, where he remained for almost three years. Wounded Sep 1916, and hospitalised with malaria/dysentery four times from Aug 1918 to Aug 1919.
He lived at Rose Banks and Whin Cottage and in 1911 he was a shipwright. He is the brother of Daniel, John and William McCallum, and the cousin of Alexander, Andrew, Daniel and Malcolm McCallum.
Andrew Lane Wark McCALLUM (Canadian Field Artillery)
Born 23 June 1889, Fairlie; Died 1961, Denbighshire
Enlisted Canadian Expeditionary Force Jan 1916.
The family lived at Oakbank, and moved to Pollokshields in the early 1900s. Andrew emigrated to Canada, and was employed by Canadian National Railways. During WW2 he was Chairman of the Canadian Shipping Board, and sat on international Councils directing war work and providing food relief to Europe. He was awarded the O.B.E. and C.B.E. He is the brother of Alexander, Daniel and Malcolm McCallum, and the cousin of Allan, Daniel, John and William McCallum.
Daniel McCALLUM (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 11th Btn)
Born 18 Jan 1890, Fairlie; Died 23 Apr 1917, France
Enlisted Dec 1914; posted France Jul 1915. Seriously wounded in the foot Oct 1915, and hospitalised in Lincoln for ten months. Returned to the front Oct 1916, where he was killed in action six months later. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
He lived at Rose Banks and Whin Cottage, and was a telegraph messenger at Fairlie Post Office, before becoming a postman at Millport, Greenock, and Toward. He is the brother of Allan, John and William McCallum, and the cousin of Alexander, Andrew, Daniel and Malcolm McCallum.
Daniel McCALLUM (R.E.)
Born 27 Mar 1887, Fairlie; Died (unknown)
The family lived at Oakbank, and moved to Pollokshields in the early 1900s. Daniel, who was a joiner, is the brother of Alexander, Andrew and Malcolm McCallum, and the cousin of Allan, Daniel, John and William McCallum.
John McCALLUM (Royal Navy)
Able Seaman J62398
Born 18 Oct 1898, Fairlie; Died 1969, Aberdeen
Enlisted Nov 1916.
He lived at Rose Banks and Bay Street, and became a Customs Officer after the war. In 1931 he married Mary Matheson McKay in Aberdeen. He is the brother of Allan, Daniel and William McCallum, and the cousin of Alexander, Andrew, Daniel and Malcolm McCallum.
Malcolm McCALLUM (R.E.)
Born 1 May 1879, Fairlie; Died 1958, Ilford
He lived at Oakbank in 1891, later moving to London where he became a civil servant. In 1909 he married Agnes Shedden Hamilton in Elgin. He is the brother of Alexander, Andrew and Daniel McCallum, and the cousin of Allan, Daniel, John and William McCallum.
William Fife McCALLUM (Royal Highlanders)
Born 18 May 1892, Fairlie; Died 1966, Largs
According to family, he served in Salonika.
He was born at Whin Cottage, and later lived at Rose Banks and Bay Street. After the war he worked in his father’s joinery business. In 1926 he married Mary Rutherford at Cumbernauld Village. He is the brother of Allan, Daniel and John McCallum, and the cousin of Alexander, Andrew, Daniel and Malcolm McCallum.
John William McFIE (Royal Navy)
Ordinary Seaman J62050
Born 9 Oct 1898, Glasgow; Died 9 June 1952, Fairlie
Enlisted Oct 1916.
He lived at Arran View, Clyde View and Cumbrae View between 1901 and 1915, and at Springbank in 1952. He was an electrical engineer, and in 1929 he married Jean Barr in Bridgeton, Glasgow.
Duncan Stewart McLACHLAN (Royal Naval Air Service & Royal Air Force)
Aircraftman 2nd Class 244732
Born 7 Oct 1900, Fairlie; Died 29 Aug 1975, Canada
Enlisted RNAS Dec 1917; transferred RAF Mar 1919; extended service for two years and discharged July 1921.
He was born and lived at Fairlie Lodge, where his father was gardener. In July 1921 he emigrated to Canada to join his family. He was a carpenter, and in 1944 he married Janet Gray Reid in Ontario. His cremated ashes were interred in Largs Cemetery, Duncan having expressed his wish to be buried there during a visit to his father’s grave some years earlier. He is the brother of Ian, Robert and Lily McLachlan.
John MacLACHLAN (Royal Garrison Artillery)
Gunner 1194 & 300210
Born (unknown); Died (unknown)
Enlisted 4th Highland Mountain Brigade Aug 1914; entered theatre of war Balkans Aug 1914; aged 27 on discharge in Apr 1919.
Lived Allanton Park Terrace.
John McLACHLAN (Royal Garrison Artillery, Bute MB)
Gunner 5039 & 301600
Born 28 Jan 1894, Fairlie; Died 6 Apr 1972, Canada
Entered theatre of war at Gallipoli Apr 1915; recommended for an honour for conspicuous bravery Aug 1915; publicly decorated with Military Medal while stationed in England Feb 1917. Tried to enlist at the outbreak of WW2, but was rejected because of age and health; joined Veteran’s Guard of Canada and spent that war guarding German prisoners.
Known as Ian, he was born and lived at Fairlie Lodge, where his father was gardener. Before the war he was assistant postman at Fairlie Post Office. In Dec 1919 he emigrated to Canada, where he worked as a carpenter. He is the brother of Duncan, Robert and Lily McLachlan.
Robert Ramsay MacLACHLAN (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
Born 11 Mar 1888, Largs; Died 22 Oct 1940, Canada
Enlisted Sep 1914; embarked to France Apr 1915; was taken prisoner at Ypres May 1915, after being gassed and shot in the chest. Spent the rest of the war in various P.O.W. camps in Germany, before being repatriated to hospital in London Nov 1918, and returning to Canada Aug 1919.
He lived at Fairlie Lodge, where his father was gardener, and in 1911 he was a railway clerk. He emigrated to Canada in 1913, and after the war he became an accountant. He suffered ill health all his life, and his obituary states that he died from the effects of the war. He is the brother of Duncan, Ian and Lily McLachlan.
Alexander McLEAN (Royal Highlanders, 10th Btn)
Born 5 Feb 1884, Fairlie; Died 29 Apr 1938, Fairlie
Enlisted Sep 1914; first entered theatre of war in France Sep 1915, and later served in Salonika.
He lived at Oakbank prior to the war, and at Arran View later. He was a shipyard joiner, and he married Isabella Fraser in Inverness in 1919. He is the brother of Angus McLean.
Angus McLEAN (Royal Highlanders, 9th Btn)
Born 21 Aug 1881, Fairlie; Died 20 Sep 1918, France
Enlisted under the Derby Scheme and called to the colours in June 1916. Posted to France, he was severely wounded in action in Apr 1917. He returned to the front in July 1918, was badly gassed on 13 Sep 1918, and died in hospital a week later. He is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery on the outskirts of Boulogne.
He lived at Oakbank and was a house painter. He married Agnes Adamson Burnside in Paisley in 1909, and they had two daughters. Agnes and her daughters emigrated to America in 1922. He is the brother of Alexander McLean.
John Hendry McLEAN (R.F.A.)
Born 31 Mar 1897, Largs; Died 1965, Largs
It was reported in June 1916 that he’d been wounded in the back, arms and legs, and was in hospital in Edinburgh, having enlisted a year previously and seen considerable service in France.
He lived at Rockland before the war, and at Lilybank in 1925. He married Helen Nicol Hendry in Largs in 1925 and they had two daughters. Prior to the war he was a gardener at Fairlie House, and in 1925 his occupation is surfaceman. He is the brother of William McLean.
William Henderson McLEAN (Seaforth Highlanders, 1st Garr Btn )
Private S/15394 (formerly Royal Scots)
Born 23 July 1893, Largs; Died 4 Aug 1952, Kilwinning
Received the British War and Victory medals, so must have served overseas.
He lived at Rockland before the war, and in Largs in 1952. He was a gardener, and he married Constant Ronia Bell in Edinburgh in 1919. He is the brother of John McLean.
Hugh McLELLAND (Royal Engineers, 20th Light Railway Coy)
Born 13 Dec 1890, Fairlie; Died 9 Dec 1918, France
Served in France, where he died of pneumonia in Dec 1918. He is buried at Denain Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.
He was born and lived at Railway Buildings.
Duncan Rodman McMILLAN (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Clyde Div)
Ordinary Seaman Z/9971
Born 20 Aug 1899, Saltcoats; Died 1993, Largs
He lived at Allanton Park Terrace in 1911. His merchant navy card, stamped 1931, gives his rating as Quartermaster, and his health insurance company branch as Fairlie.
Charles Hutchison McNAIR Jnr. (Royal Field Artillery)
Born 21 Feb 1892, Fairlie; Died 1967, Irvine
Enlisted Nov 1915; commissioned Feb 1918; served in France. In Oct 1919 he was elected captain of the Fairlie Post of the Comrades of the Great War (precursor of the British Legion).
He was born at Springbank, and lived at Laurelbank, where his father owned C.H. McNair & Sons, post office and merchants. He was a post office assistant and stationer, and he married Georgina Strang Morris in Fairlie in 1919. He is the brother-in-law of Hugh Morris.
Robert Nash McNEUR (Royal Scots Fusiliers, A. Coy)
Born 4 July 1891, Fairlie; Died 12 July 1915, Gallipoli
Posted to the Balkans June 1915, he was reported missing at Gallipoli in July 1915. A year later he was concluded to have been killed on that date, although all that could be ascertained was that “at the battle of Achi Baba his company got as far as the second enemy trench. They left it going in the direction of the third trench, but nothing further is known.” He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.
He was born Lily Bank, and later lived at Hawthorn Cottage and Croftend. Prior to the war he was employed as an engineering draughtsman. He is the brother of William McNeur.
William Carruthers McNEUR (Royal Engineers)
Born 16 Jan 1897, Fairlie; Died 7 Jan 1981, Largs
Joined the colours in Nov 1914, and served in France. Among his papers are postcards of Somme villages and towns, an army travel voucher and a pass for Cambrai dated Oct 1918.
He was born at Hawthorn Cottage and later lived at Croftend. An apprentice draughtsman before the war, he later worked for I.C.I., owned a draper’s shop in Largs, and in retirement worked at the putting green. In 1917 he married Elizabeth McNaught in Largs. He is the brother of Robert McNeur.