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SALINE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2024

The Saline War Memorial is situated just outside the Saline and Blairingone Parish Church in Main Street, Saline, Fife. The memorial is in the form of an obelisk atop a pediment and a two stepped base with a wreath positioned at the base of the obelisk on each face; there is a Latin cross positioned at top of each tablet on all faces of obelisk with an inscription in black lettering. There are 43 names listed for World War 1, there are 5 names for World War 2. The names here are listed on the memorial by the unit served in but have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of reading and research. The memorial was unveiled by Miss Moubray of Balgonar (estate) and dedicated by Reverends John M'Ara, Saline and J. Fox, U.F. Church, Saline on 17 April 1921.

Photographs Copyright © Russell Edwards 2024

1914
LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER
SEE TO IT
THAT THEIR NAMES BE NOT
FORGOTTEN
1919

ADAMS William
Private 14458, 76th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 26869, Royal Scots (Lothian Reiment). Killed in action 29 November 1917. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Dunfermline. Son of Robert Adams, of 18, Station Terrace Steelend, Saline, Oakley, Fife. Buried in ECOUST MILITARY CEMETERY, ECOUST-ST. MEIN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 2.
ANDERSON David
Private S/11316, 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs). Died on service in the Persian Gulf 8 September 1916. Aged 17. Born Saline, Fife, enlisted Dunfermline, Fife. Son of Robert and Helen Philp Anderson, of Cowshandburn, Carnock, Dunfermline, Fife. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Saline, Fife, son of Robert and Ellen Anderson, resident Cowstrandburn, Saline, Fife. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot III. Row B. Grave 9.
ARNOTT Alexander
[Listed as ARNOT on memorial] Stoker 3186S (PO), H.M.S. "Vanguard," Royal Naval Reserve. Killed or died by means other than disease, accident or enemy action 9 July 1917. Aged 32. Born 3 September 1887 in Beath, Fifeshire. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Arnott, of Saline, Dunfermline; brother of Henry Arnott c/o Mrs McCutchie, of Kingseat, Fife. In the 1901 census he was aged 16, born Beath, Fife, a Baker, son of James and Annie Arnott, resident Goldengrove, Saline, Fife. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 28.
BENNETT James

Second Lieutenant, 129th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 28 November 1916. Aged 30. Son of Margaret Bennett, of "Hillview," Saline, Fife, and the late David Bennett. Architect, Glasgow. In the 1901 census he was aged 14, born Dunfermline, Fife, a scholar, son of David and Margaret Bennett, resident Post Office, Saline, Fife. Buried in MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY, GRENAY, Pas de Calais, France. PLot I. Row L. Grave 13.

Extract from Dunfermline High School Roll of Honour 1914-1919, page 7:

Bennett, James, 2nd Lieut., R.E. Killed in action near
Loos, 28th Nov. 1916, after three months' service in
France. Son of late Mr David Bennett, Hillview,
Saline. [P1. 1].
BOYD Alexander
Lance Corporal S/3625, 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs). Killed in action 16 April 1918. Born Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, enlisted Dunfermline, Fifeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 132 to 135.
COUCH Thomas
Private 16455, 6th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Died of wounds 5 July 1916. Aged 37. Born Loanhead, Midlothian, resident Saline, Fife, enlisted Dunfermline, Fife. Husband of Margaret Couch, of 23, Green St., Stonehouse, Lanarkshire. Buried in DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 4.
CRAIG George
Private S/6569, 6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs). Died of wounds 14 October 1918. Enlisted Dunfermline, Fifeshire. Buried in BOUILLY CROSS ROADS MILITARY CEMETERY, Marne, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 20.
CRAIG William
Private 17489, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 29. Born Tedborough, Roxborough, resident Saline, Fife, enlisted Downpatrick, Co. Down. Son of the late William Craig and of Jessie Craig, of West Rd., Saline, Fife. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B.
FINDLAY John [Tulloch]
Lieutenant, 8th Battalion (Territorial), Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Killed in action 28 June 1915. Aged 24. Son of Mrs. J. E. Findlay, of Greycraig, Saline, Oakley, Fife, and the late Mr. J. G. Findlay. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 93 to 98.
FRASER George
Private 1745, 6th (Perthshire) Battalion (Territorial), Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 23 June 1916. Aged 20. Born Inverness, enlisted Perth. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Fraser, of 22. Princes St., Perth. Buried in MAROEUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 6.
GRANT George
Sapper 121625, 250th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 15 June 1916. Aged 43. Born Polmont, Stirlingshire, resident Saline, Fifeshire, enlisted Dunfermline, Fifeshire. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Grant, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire; husband of Annie Wardlaw Grant, of Blossom Cottage, Saline, Oakley, Fife. In the 1901 census he was aged 29, born Stirlingshire, a Mining Engineer, boarding at Preston Villa, Saline, Fife. Buried in KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row D. Grave 17.
HARLEY William
Piper, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
HASTIE John
Private, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
HIDDLES James
Lance Sergeant 3/3619, 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 9 May 1915. Born and enlisted Dunfermline, Fifeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 24 to 26.
INGLIS Walter
Private 19514, 16th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born Campton, Haddingtonshire, resident Galashiels, Roxburghshire, enlisted Edinburgh. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 D and 7 D.
KEAN George
[Memorial list him as Lance Corporal] Private 43060, 16th (Service) Battalion (2nd Glasgow), Highland Light Infantry formerly 1171, Highland Cyclist Battalion. Killed in action 18 November 1916. Aged 23. Resident Dunfermline, Fifeshire, enlisted Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire. Son of John and Janet Kean, of Sandilands, Limekilns, Fifeshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Dunfermline, Fife, a scholar, son of John and Janet Kean, resident Blossom Cottage, Saline, Fife. Buried in FRANKFURT TRENCH BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Row C. Grave 8.
KEAN Robert
Private 375404, 8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 8 September 1917. Aged 38. Born Saline, Fife, resident Valkyrie, Saline, Fife, enlisted London. Son of George and Christina Kean, of Saline, Fife. In the 1901 census he was aged 22, born Saline, Fife, unmarried, a Slater, resident Saline, Fife. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54.
LITTLE George [Edward]
Private 13760, 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 11 February 1917. Aged 31. Born Flimby, Cumberland, resident Saline, Fifeshire, enlisted Whitehaven, Cumberland. Son of James and Sarah Annie Little, of Bands Cotsdrum, Oakley, Fife. Buried in TEN TREE ALLEY CEMETERY, PUISIEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Row A. Grave 24.
McCURRACH John
Lance Corporal 93605, Royal Engineers. Died in United Kingdom 13 August 1917. Aged 37. Born Bickramside, Saline. Husband of Jessie Murray McCurrach, of Bank Cottage, Bank Place, Crieff, Perthshire. Son of Helen H. McCurrach and the late William McCurrach, of Bickramside Farm, Saline, Fife. Buried in SALINE CEMETERY, Fifeshire. Row/Plot/Section/Area A. Grave 4.
McDONALD Hugh
Private, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
McGROUTHER Robert
Corporal S/3802, 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 18 August 1916. Born Saline, Fifeshire, enlisted Dunfermline, Fifeshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born St Andrews, Fife, a scholar, son of William and Jane McGrouther, resident Drumhead Houses, Saline, Fife. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A.
McINTYRE Henry
[Listed as MacINTYRE on CWGC] Private 8082, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action 18 March 1915. Aged 34. Born, resident and enlisted Selkirk. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry MacIntyre, of Selkirk; husband of B. MacIntyre, of 19, Woodside Terrace, Steelend, Saline, Fife. Buried in CHESTER FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row C. Grave 12.
McLEAN James
Private, Scots Guards
McPHEE John
Gunner, Royal Field Artillery
McPHEE Robert
Private 3/1755, 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died of wounds in the Persian Gulf 24 April 1916. Aged 24. Born Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, enlisted Dunfermline, Fifeshire. Son of John and Robina McPhee, of Millar Pit Cottages, Bo'ness, Midlothian. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVI. Row G. Grave 5.
MEIKLEJOHN Thomas
Private S/17502, 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs) formerly S/17049, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action in Egypt 19 September 1918. Aged 21. Born Saline, Fifeshire, enlisted Perth, Perthshire. Son of William and Helen Meiklejohn, of Drumhead, Saline, Fife. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Saline, Fife, son of William and Helen Meiklejohn, resident Myrichall, Saline, Fife. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Panel 43.
MELLON Patrick
Private 3/2608, 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 9 May 1915. Aged 21. Born Cowdenbeath, Fifeshire, enlisted Lochgelly, Fifeshire. Son of Charles and Agnes Mellon, of North Rd., Saline, Fife. His brother William Mellon also fell (see below). No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 24 to 26.
MELLON William
Corporal 3/1370, 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 25 January 1915. Aged 23. Born Durham, enlisted Dunfermline, Fifeshire. Son of Charles and Agnes Mellon, of North Rd., Saline, Fife. His brother Patrick Mellon also fell (see above). No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 24 to 26.
PHILP John
Company Sergeant Major 7580, 13th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Died of wounds 24 April 1917. Aged 35. Born and resident Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, enlisted Alloa, Clackmannanshire. Husband of Helen Philp, of 39, Douglas Rd., Surbiton, Surrey. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 21.
RAMAGE Andrew
Private 7421, 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Died of wounds 27 April 1915. Aged 25. Born Townhill, Dunfermline, Fifeshire, resident and enlisted Dunfermline, Fifeshire. Son of William Hynd Ramage and Janet Ramage, of 36, Rolland St., Dunfermline. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de calais, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 31.
RAMAGE Andrew
Private S/22873, 6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs) formerly 10189, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 10 April 1918. Aged 19. Enlisted Dunfermline, Fifeshire. Son of Helen Ramage, of Longfauld, Carnock, Dunfermline, and the late Samuel Ramage. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Saline, Fife, son of Samuel and Ellen Ramage, resident Longfauld, Saline, Fife. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 112 to 115.
RITCHIE Laurance
Private, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs)
ROBERTSON, MiD A R Maxwell aka Max

Sergeant 12203, 9th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Killed in action 2 December 1915. Born Saline, Fife, enlisted Glasgow. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born St Andrews, Fife, a scholar, son of Robert and Helen Robertson, resident School House, Saline, Fife. Buried in YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 16.

Extract from St. Andrews Citizen - Saturday 18 December 1915, page 8:

Robertson.—Killed in action on 2nd December Maxwell Robertson, Sergt., 9th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), aged 22 years, younger son of Mr and Mrs Robertson, Schoolhouse, Saline.
RUSSELL Andrew
Private S/9354, 9th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs). Killed in action 16 July 1916. Born Saline, Fifeshire, enlisted Alloa, Stirlingshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 15 C.
RUTHERFORD David
Private S/9432, 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs). Killed in action12 October 1917. Born Musselburgh, Midlothian, enlisted Edinburgh, Midlothian. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 132 to 135.
SCOTT David

Private 9493, 2nd Battalion, Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Died of wounds in a base hospital 3 September 1916. Aged 29. Born Blairhill, Clackmannanshire, resident Cardenden, Fifeshire, enlisted Stirling. Husband of Margaret Scott, of Belmont Cottages, Cardenden, Fife. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot B. Row 24. Grave 17.

Extract from Fife Free Press - Saturday 16 September 1916, page 5:

Private David Scott, A. and S.H.. died of wounds in a base hospital on 3d September. His wife, who resides with her parents at Bellamount Cottages, Cardenden, received information that he was badly wounded and gassed, and that his foot had been amputated. She at once left for the hospital, and was in time to see him alive, but he died while she was there. Mrs Scott had the satisfaction of seeing the little cemetery where her husband was to be laid. Private Scott was a reservist, and prior to enlisting was employed at Bowhill Colliery. He was a native of Saline. Deceased was 30 years of age, and leaves a widow and three young children.
SCOTT William
Private, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
STEVEN Thomas
Private, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
STRONACH Thomas
Private S/22276, 8th (Service) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 14 June 1918. Aged 19. Born Crossford, Fifeshire, enlisted Perth. Adopted son of James and Jane Stronach, of Goldengrove, Carnock, Dunfermline. Buried in LA KREULE MILITARY CEMETERY, HAZEBROUCK, Nord, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 2.
TEMPLEMAN David
Private 21071, 6th/7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, resident Dunfermline, enlisted Glasgow. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, a scholar, son of George and Lizzie Templemna, resident Causewayend Houses, Saline, Fife. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C.
THYNE James
Private, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
WILSON Gavin
Private S/7159, 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action in Persian Gulf 7 January 1916. Born and enlisted Crieff, Perthshire. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 25 and 63.
YOUNG Joseph
Acting Sergeant, Royal Engineers
1939-1945
BURGESS Alexander [Rennie]
Sergeant (Navigator/Air Bomber) 1370149, 12 Operational Training Unit, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Bomber Command). Flying out of Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire in a Wellington III, serial number BK400. he was killed in action when his aircraft crashed near Little Tew 3 miles southeast of Chipping Norton, Oxon when control was lost in cloud during a cross-country exercise 3 March 1943. Aged 22. Native of Dunfermline, Fife. Son of Robert and Christina Rennie Burgess, of Saline. Buried in SALINE CEMETERY, Fifeshire. Grave 65.
HEDLEY Arthur Edgar
Yeoman of Signals P/JX 125790, H.M.S. Acasta, Royal Navy. Died at sea when his ship was fatally attacked while escorting H.M.S. Glorious to Scapa Flow by the German ships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau 8 June 1940. Aged 31. Born 16 May 1909 in Hebburn, Durham. Son of Robert and Elsie May Hedley; husband of Sarah J. Hedley, of Steelend, Fife. Buried in NARVIK NEW CEMETERY, Norway. Plot XI. Row L. Grave 3.
KENT David
Private 2759215, 7th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died of wounds in Tunisia 16 March 1943 (first wounded 7 March 1943). Aged 25. Son of Robert Kent, and of Mary Kent, of Saline, Fife. Buried in SFAX WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 19.
MELLON John Turnbull
Lance Corporal 2754452, 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action in Egypt 21 November 1941. Aged 26. Son of Charles and Isabella Mellon, of Steelend, Fife. Buried in KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA, Libya. Plot 11. Row F. Grave 16.
YOUNG John
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 523927, 30 Squadron, Royal Air Force (North Africa Command). Flying out of Ikingi, Egypt, in a Blenheim IF, serial number K7178, he was killed in actuion when his aircraft was shot down by an Italian AF Fiat CR42 when escorting a Blenheim of 113 Squadron on a recce over the front lines south of El Adem, 28 July 1940. Aged 23. Native of Dunfermline, Fife. Son of David Young, and of Elizabeth Ann Young, of Dunfermline, Fife. Buried in KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA, Libya. Plot 8. Row D. Collective grave 8-9.

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