John and Hugh McCaig

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. McCAIG, JOHN, Private, King's Own Scottish Borderers, 1st Bn., Date of Death: 13 August 1915, Service No: 16165, Memorial: Helles Memorial; McCAIG, HUGH, Lance Corporal, Regiment/Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 89th Coy., Date of Death: 18 October 1916, Service No: 7256, Cemetery: London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval. On 23 November 1916 the Wigtownshire Free Press reported, "Official intimation has been received by Mrs McCaig, Fergusson Inn, Monreith, that her eldest son, Cpl Hugh McCaig, was killed in action in Flanders. This is her second bereavement, her youngest son, Private John McCaig, having gone down in the Royal Edward in August of last year. Corporal McCaig, immediately on receipt of the news of his brother's death, came from Canada and enlisted in the KOSB. Promotion soon came, and he was latterly transferred to the 89th Machine Gun Company, in which service he fell. Mrs McCaig has also received a letter from the Officer Commanding the Company: 'I am very sorry indeed to tell you of the death of your son, Lance Cpl Hugh McCaig, of my Coy, in action on 17th October 1916 ... We are all very sorry to lose any of our original Company, but the loss of your son is a particular heavy blow. He was such a splendid soldier and all who came into contact with him said the same thing. Please accept from the whole Company and myself the deepest sympathy.' The only remaining son, Sergt James McCaig, has seen many months' active service abroad, and is at present in an English hospital, recovering from an illness which necessitated his leaving the trenches for a time. The sincere sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved mother in her time of heavy trial and sorrow.
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