Gilnockie School

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: White marble tablet set into a sandstone cairn type base. Inscription in black lettering. Relocated from Gilnockie School when it closed. Located on the left hand (north) verge when heading east. An article in the Eskdale and Liddlesdale Advertiser -Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 3:06PM-Gilnockie Boys will never be forgotten- A ROLL of honour was put up in Gilnockie School shortly after the end of World War One ‘in loving memory of the old boys of Gilnockie school who died for their country in the Great War 1914-1918’. Mr Hounam was the headteacher at the time and after morning prayer every morning, he and the pupils would salute the Gilnockie boys. When the school closed, it was sold as a house and two of the local lads retrieved the roll of honour. It was placed in Claygate where it stands to this day. The names inscribed are: Archie Telfer, KOSB; Wm Murray, KOSB; Chris Armstrong, KOSB; Jas. Jackson, KOSB; Tom Yellowlees, Black Watch; Robt. Graham, Black Watch; Sam W Hounam, Black Watch; John Miller, Cameron Hos.; Maur. Robson, Cameron Hos.; Wm Armstrong, Royal Scots Fus.; John Wylie, Royal Scots Fus.; John Glendinning, Border; Jas. Grieve, Australians. The photo of the roll of honour was taken before it was placed in the school. John Wylie, one of the men named, was Arthur Wylie Irving’s uncle. Arthur, who lives in Canonbie, has provided the information and the photos. Arthur said his uncle was born and bred in Claygate and lived in Wylie Cottage with his mum and dad Arthur and Mary Wylie. John was the brother of Arthur’s mother, Ann, who married William Irving and they also lived in Wylie Cottage where Arthur’s older brother John was born. John, who now lives in Ealing, London, visited Edinburgh Castle recently and looked up some information in a book on the Royal Scots Fusiliers (RSF) in the National Memorial Museum. It held this record of John: “WYLIE, John 40556 b. Canonbie, Dumfriesshire. Killed in action (F&F) 30/10/18.” F&F means France & Flanders. There were 319 officers and 5,644 other ranks in the RSF who fought in the war and there were 18 battalions. John was in the 12th battalion. John Irving recalls his mother and aunt Liz Wylie saying that John had enlisted in the KOSB but was later transferred to the RSF and he was the victim of a sniper. He died when he was just 22 during the last two weeks of the war in France. For some unknown reason he was buried in Belgium. This poem Gilnockie Roll of Honour was written by two girls, Jeannie Butcher, 13, and Nannie Telfer, 12, who were pupils at Gilnockie school during the war or shortly after. It was in the month of August,/ Just in the Harvest Time,/ The prime and pride of Britain/ Were called to fill the line./ They fought in France and Belgium/ Against determined foes,/ And many were the tyrants/ That fell before their blows./ In many of the battles;/ Numbers of soldiers fell;/ But still they kept on smiling/ Amidst the shot and shell./ Great numbers of our Allies/ Are fighting hand to hand,/ They are fighting for the honour/ And the freedom of their Land./ “Old Boys” from Gilnockie School/ Are serving the colours gay;/ Some are killed, wounded, and missing/ In the Lands that are far, far away./ Still they’re remembered and thought of at home/ By those who have sat by their side,/ And in the old schoolroom their names may be seen,/ Saluted, with honour and pride./ We’ll give three cheers for our gallant Lads,/ Who are giving their lives for you;/ If it was not for our soldier boys,/ What would our Empire do?/
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