Hugh Ross-Adoptive family gravestone

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Reference WMO/275306


Kirkcolm Parish Church

Church Road




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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 Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. See also WMO/275307 for a commemoration on his birth family gravestone. Wigtownshire Free Press (4 January 1917): At Rouen, France, on the 30th December (of appendicitis), Pte Hugh Ross, Cameron Highlanders, (Late of Corsewall, Kirkcolm), aged 22 years. Wigtownshire Free Press (11 January 1917) carried a photograph: Mr and Mrs Thomas Henderson, Corsewall, have been informed that their adopted son, Private Hugh Ross, died at Rouen Hospital, France, from appendicitis on December 30th. Private Ross, who was 22 years of age, joined the Cameron Highlanders on May 30, 1916, and had served four months in France. Before joining the Army, he was employed by Mr C McKay, Kirronrae, as a dairyman's assistant. Interestingly, Hugh Ross is commemorated on two grave stones: one of his birth family and one of his adoptive family. An examination of the inscriptions of the stones reveals a sad story. In the space of 18 months Hugh, then aged about 4, lost both his parents and two infant siblings (a 13 month old brother in February 1897, his mother in February 1898, a 5 month old brother in June 1898 and his father in September 1898). His adoptive family, the Hendersons, had lost three children at the same time: a 4 year old and a two year old on the same day in April 1898 and a 18 month old in November 1899.
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