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Auchtertool Kirk War Memorial

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Auchtertool’s one and only war memorial is not a built structure in the village (like in most places here) but, unusually, a window in the kirk.

The parish of Auchtertool was larger in the past, because of that you find names here  which you might have expected in Lochgelly or Cowdenbeath!

An extract from Fifeshire Advertiser of Saturday 19th Nov 1921: “Memorial Window at Auchtertool 

A beautiful ceremony took place on Sunday (13 Nov 1921) afternoon in Auchtertool Parish Church at the unveiling of a war memorial stained glass window. Rev. JSW Irvine, minister of the church, preached to a specially large congregation. The unveiling was performed by Mr. D Rolland, grieve at Linnhead farm, who lost two sons in the war. The subject of the window is ‘Crowning the Warrior’, a kneeling soldier receiving a crown of laurel wreaths from an angel. There are over 40 names on the memorial of men from the parish who fell in the war, including a large number from Cowdenbeath, a part of which is in the parish of Auchtertool”.

Underneath the window has been added a book sculpted from sandstone engraved with the names of the fallen of world war 2.

Every year on Remembrance Sunday (Sunday closest to November 11th) the service of worship includes our community’s act of remembrance. We reflect on the terrible cost of war and hear of God’s promise that one day “war will be no more”.

Recently we have remembered each person entered on the war memorial on the Sunday closest to the date they fell. Behind each entry is a personal story of a real person, a member of our community.

1914-1918

Name Regiment Age Died Memorial Comments
William Aird 62nd Bn. Machine Gun Corps Unknown 01.09.1918 Bailleulval Communal Cemetery Also on Burntisland WM
William Aitken Royal Scots Unknown 01.12.1916 Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras Enlisted Cowdenbeath
John Anderson See Comments       Could be an alias for D. Sim Two versions of his fate exist. SNWM or CWGC?
Thomas Braid 14th Bn. Black Watch (Fife & Forfar Yeomanry) 20 29.12.1917 Jerusalem War Cemetery  
John Brown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
James Bruce Army Service Corps Unknown 09.03.1915 Burntisland Cemetery There is a James BW Bruce on Burntisland WM
Kenneth Cormack 2nd Bn. Royal Scots Unknown 15.05.1915 Bailleulval Communal Cemetery  
Robert Davidson 11th Bn. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 22 19.08.1916 Thiepval Memorial From Landale Terrace, Cowdenbeath
Ebenezer Duffy 12th Bn. Royal Scots Unknown 19.10.1915 Phalempin Communal Cemetery  
Peter Fairgrieve Black Watch Unknown 17.07.1918 Cologne Southern Cemetery Enlisted Cowdenbeath
Andrew Glancy 106 Brigade Royal Field Artillery Unknown 28.05.1917 Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery From Landale Terrace, Cowdenbeath
David Grierson 4th Bn. Black Watch 30 14.07.1916 Thiepval Memorial Awarded the Military Medal
Harry Griffiths Scots Guards Unknown 10.04.1915 Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery Enlisted Cowdenbeath
Andrew Guthrie Black Watch Unknown 30.05.1917 St. Nicholas British Cemetery Wife from Leuchars
James Hardie E Corps Signal Co. Royal Engineers 26 15.10.1916 Bailleulval Communal Cemetery From Kinghorn
James Hardie 2nd Bn., Scots Guards Unknown 30.09.1918 Grevillers British Cemetery
David Kellock 1st Co. Machine Gun Corps 27 15.11.1916 Dernancourt From Markinch
Thomas Norman MacLean 1st Bn. Machine Gun Corps 27 30.04.1918 St.Sever Son of MacLeans from Honolulu, Hawaii Born Dundee?
David MacKenzie Black Watch Unknown 02.10.1918 Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingerbe Born Dunfermline Enlisted Cowdenbeath
James A Robertson Machine Gun Corps Unknown 04.10.1917 Cement House Cemetery Born Kennoway
John Redpath 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders 22 02.04.1916 Ypres (Menin Gate) From Aberdour Enlisted Inverkeithing
James Robson Staffordshire Yeomanry Unknown 21.10.1918 Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery Born in Fife
David Rolland 1st Bn. Scots Guards 18 27.09.1915 Loos Memorial Newton Farm (assumed younger brother of Robert A.)
Robert Arnott Rolland 6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders 23 06.06.1916 Valenciennes (see W.A.G. Stevenson) Beverkae cottage, husband of Ellen
Alexander Scott Royal Scots 34 30.05.1916 Vermelles British Cemetery 7 Landale Terrace, Cowdenbeath Born Pennsylvania
William A.G. Stevenson 14th Bn. Highland Light Infantry 28 20.12.1917 Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery Son of Rev.William Stevenson, see family details on memorial window and plaque outside
James Thayne Black Watch Unknown 13.11.1916 Y Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel  
Samuel H Turnbull 8th Bn. Black Watch 34 19.07.1918 Meteren military cemetery From Landale Terrace, Cowdenbeath, originally from Hawick. Enlisted Burntisland
Livingstone Waugh 9th Coy. Machine Gun Corps 20 03.05.1917 Arras Memorial Born Newton (farm?) Enlisted Cowdenbeath (another Landale Terrace resident)
James Wilson Black Watch Unknown 09.08.1915 Becourt, Becordel-Becourt Born Lumphinans
OR Royal Scots Unknown 22.03.1917 Abbeville Communal Cemetery Born Burntisland
James Williamson Royal Garrison Artillery Unknown 06.10.1917 The Huts Cemetery  
William Wood Royal Scots Unknown 30.01.1916 Dickebusch Military Cemetery Enlisted Cowdenbeath
Alexander Yates Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Unknown 15.07.1916 Thiepval Memorial Enlisted Cowdenbeath

1939-1945

NameRegimentAgeDiedMemorialComments
Thomas J Fernie5th Bn. Black Watch2512.06.1944Ranville War Cemetery 
John RaeRAF VR2108.11.1943Runnymede Memorial 

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