David Govan

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Reference WMO/275304


Kirkcolm Parish Church

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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. Wigtownshire Free Press (9 March 1916) carried a photograph of Pte Govan: Mr Robert Govan, Queen Street, Stranraer, has received official intimation from the War Office, regarding the fate of his son, Private David Govan, 1st Black Watch, who took part in the Battle of Festubert, and has been missing since May 9th 1915. The letter states "that no further news having been received relative to Private D Govan, who has been missing since 9th May 1915, the Army Council have been regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead, and his death took place on 9th May." Private Govan enlisted in the Black Watch on 1st December 1914, and after a period of training went with a draft of his regiment to France in the beginning of April 1915. The only letter received from him was to the effect that he had landed safely. His regiment took part in the Battle of Festubert early in May, and his relatives and friends in Stranraer concluded that he had fallen in action. Endeavours were made to find out any particulars, but these proved futile; the authorities know nothing whatever about his fate. Private Govan was well known in Stranraer, and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was employed for some time at Wigtownshire Creamery and when war broke out he was in the locomotive department at Stranraer Railway Station. He was an enthusiastic footballer and played the game in connection with the Junior League at Stair Park. Another brother, Captain William Govan, is also in the Black Watch, and is at present in training in Richmond. Much sympathy is expressed for Mr Govan and family in their bereavement.
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