Corporal William Haining

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Reference WMO/274956


Penninghame Old Churchyard

Princes Avenue

Newton Stewart



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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Unknown
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to gravestone, which is a cross fallen face down. The inscription is known from Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society's invaluable booklet "Penninghame Old Kirkyard". Wigtownshire Free Press (8 July 1915): The other day "somewhere in France" four soldiers with Newton Stewart connections met together. Three of them belonged to different regiments - Lance Corporal G Thomson, 1st Royal Scots, greenkeeper of Newton Stewart golf course; Pte William Haining, of the 9th Royal Scots, a member of Newton Stewart Post Office staff; and Pte G Hunter, Scottish Rifles, son of Mr James Hunter, late post master, Newton Stewart. While the three were together, they were joined by Pte Vivian Stewart, son of the Rev Alexander Stewart, late of Creebridge Free Church, and they spent some time pleasantly together over reminiscences of Newton Stewart. [Lt Alexander Vivian Stewart (Gordon Highlanders) was to be reported missing in action on 23 April 1917. There is a memorial inscription on the family grave in Minnigaff cemetery]. Wigtownshire Free Press (15 March 1917): Word was received in Newton Stewart on Saturday that Corpl William Haining had been killed in action at the front the previous Monday, having apparently been shot by a sniper. Prior to the outbreak of war, Corpl Haining was in the employment of the Post Office at Newton Stewart but he early answered the call and enlisted in the Royal Scots. He had been at the front for a long time, and has his second leave in January. He was well known in Newton Stewart and was a great favourite of all who knew him, and highly respected by everybody. He was about 36 years of age, and is survived by his widow, for whom utmost sympathy is felt in her bereavement.
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Erected by his two sisters in loving memory of Corporal William Haining 9th Royal Scots killed in action in France 5th March 1917 aged 35 years, beloved husband of Cissie Brown and youngest son of the late William Haining "Greater love hath no man than this that he should lay down his life for his friends.

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