George Espie

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Reference WMO/275311


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 Granite
Lettering: Leaded
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to his wife's gravestone. Wigtownshire Free Press (20 May 1915): At Stranraer JP Court yesterday - Mr John Cameron on the bench - William and George Espie, privates in the RSF were charged with having on Tuesday, in Main Street, New Luce, behaved in a violent and threatening manner, cursed, swore, and created a breach of the peace, and also assaulted John Copland, Glenluce, and Daniel Wilson, Stranraer, and the police constable while in execution of his duty. The accused, who had both been previously convicted, pleaded guilty. The P-F (Mr JM Rankin) said it was a very bad case of breach of the peace and assault, and particularly of assault against the officer, who had to get assistance to protect himself and vindicate the law. Accused were both the worse for drink, and the reason for the outbreak seemed to have been that they were refused drink at the inn. Under the circumstances he would have asked for a severe sentence, but as the men were both members of the RSF Regiment, stationed at Paisley he asked that a lighter sentence be imposed upon them, so as to enable the military authorities to be communicated with. Accused were each sentenced to five days imprisonment. Wigtownshire Free Press (30 August 1917) carried a photograph of Pte Espie: Mrs George Espie, Kirminnoch, Ervice, has received official notice that her husband, Pte G Sproat Espie, RSF, was killed in action on July 31. Private Espie enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war, and had been over 18 months in France.
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