This extract is taken fro the 1940’s from a Blantyre Gazette. I’ve transcribed it out here listing out the brave Blantyre heroes who had died in WW2 up until that point when it was published.
Its hoped people will remember some of these name, or were related to them.
I.T Robert Hendry, 24 Victoria Street
Seaman, Hugh Anderson, 19 Hardie Street
Stoker John Houston, 94 Auchinraith Road
Stoker Alexander Taylor, High Blantyre
Able Seaman John Cassidy, 41 Logan Street
Gunner Donald McDonald, 101 Station Road
Stoker Patrick Robinson, 9 Rosebank Avenue
AB Peter Dawes, 11 Wallace Place
Marine James Docherty, Caldervale
Pvt Thomas Wilson, 21 Stonefield Road
Pvt Thomas Steven, Welsh Drive
Pvt William Boyce, 60 Morris Crescent
Srgt George S Paul, Greenhall
L/B James Clark, 52 Baird’s Rows
Corporal John Hay, 160 Stonefield Road
Sergeant John Linning, Schoolhouse
Kings Shropshire LI.
Pvt James Barret, 32 Maxwell Crescent
Royal Tank Corps
Serg William Moore, 6 Annfield Terrace
Corp Robert Thomson, 6 Morris Crescent
Royal Army Service Corps
Driver James Higgins, Blantyre
Pvt Arthur Anderson, 181 Main Street
Pvt James Murray, 89 Baird’s Rows
Rfn Neil McCallum, 52 Logan Street
Rfn Peter Johnstone, Forrest Street
Pvt John Hanson, 86 Station Road
Royal Air Force
Andrew Sorbie, 11 Springfield Crescent
Nathaniel Mains, 73 Morris Crescent
Sgt Robert Roger, 94 Logan Street
New Zealand Forces
Corp William R Cunningham (late of Blantyre)
L/Serg Alan Ward, 203 Glasgow Road
Sgt Duncan Mathieson, 4 Rosendale Place
Miss Sarah Kerr Struthers, 14 Priestfield Street
How terrible this must have been to read through Blantyre papers and see this list of dead grow larger each month. This is by no means all of the deceased from WW2 for our town. Far from it.
The story of Miss Sarah Kerr Struthers, the only female on this list will be told shortly on this site.
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Karen Paterson did my family tree and Pte James barret is related to me, died so young, as they all did
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Hello I am researching Rifleman Neil McCallum for a descendant of his so would really appreciate a copy of the newspaper clipping for her family tree if that is possible please
My grandfather Peter Johnstone is on this list
My Grandmother’s brothers, John and Gilbert Stewart of Hardie Street were thought to have died in Italy, 1944 a month apart. There was an old newspaper article about the brothers. Recently though my research has led me to believe Gilbert survived, possibly as a POW. Wondering if anyone knows the large Stewart clan who lived on Hardie at least into the 50’s. Would love to connect with family.