Niece sees her great uncle for first time

Sergeant Allison
Sergeant Allison

The Galloway Gazette, October 21st, 1916

FAMILY LINKS 100 YEARS ON

Sergeant Andrew Allison, the Black Watch, nephew of Messrs Allison, Littlepark, Palnure, died at Warrington Hospital on October 10th, 1916, from wounds received in action. The funeral took place at Minnigaff Churchyard with full military honours, an escort for the coffin was provided by the local company of the VTC (Volunteer Training Corps) under Lieutenant McKeand. Two pipers preceeded the party playing laments. The funeral was largely attended and every mark of respect was paid to the memory of the gallant soldier who had given his life for his country. Andrew Allison was born on February 18th, 1890, at Kirkmabreck.

On Monday, the 100th anniversary of Sergeant Allison’s death, his great niece, Elizabeth Dudgeon, called at the Gazette office to tell the story of her great uncle. She and her husband had just been to his grave in Minnigaff to lay flowers in his memory.

A quick flick through the pages of the Gazette files from 1916 revealed the picture and report reprinted here. It was the first time Elizabeth, who is originally from Upper Barr, Newton Stewart, but now lives is Dumfries, had seen a photograph of her relative.