Teenage farm hand killed at the front serving with Black Watch

Private Hughes and Sergeant Rennis
Private Hughes and Sergeant Rennis

The weekly excerpts from the Galloway Gazette files in 1917 continue with the latest news from the Great War.

The Galloway Gazette, July 21st, 1917.

TEENAGE FARM HAND KILLED

Nineteen-year-old Private Robert Hughes, from Barsalloch, Newton Stewart, was killed in action on July 2, while serving with the Black Watch.

He joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in October 1916 and after training at Ripon he was transferred to the Black Watch and sent to the front.

Before the war, he was employed by Messrs Lindsay at Carsgowan.

GUNNER PRESUMED DEAD

It is now presumed that Sergeant James Rennie, who had been reported missing on July 23, 1916, was killed on that date.

Sergeant Rennie, who served in the Lewis Gun Section of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, was 28-years-old and was the grandson of Captain William Rennie, Garlieston, and Mr James McTaggart, a joiner from Gatehouse.

Prior to enlisting in the army, he worked in the Board of Trade offices in London.

He joined up in September 1914, a month after the war started.

GAVE UP SAFE DESK JOB TO FIGHT AT THE FRONT

A graphic account was given of the magnificent behaviour of the Northampton regiment who were last seen with their colonel holding the line against overwhelming odds in the sand dunes of Belgium. The Colonel was the Hon Denis Tollemache, whose grandmother was Lady Emma Tollemache, a sister of the 11th Earl of Galloway.

Lieutenant Colonel Tollemache was in the 7th Hussars when war broke out and had a job on the staff at the front in France. But he resigned from that position so he could serve in the infantry and was subsequently given command of a battalion in the Northampton Regiment.