Village suffers as death toll rises daily

Private Alex McNearnie
Private Alex McNearnie

The Galloway Gazette, July 29th, 1916

FAMILY LOSE SECOND SON TO THE WAR

Twenty-two year old Private Alex McNearnie from Creetown was killed on July 1st at the Battle of the Somme while serving with the Highland Light Infantry.

Private McNearnie enlisted at the outbreak of the war, he was working as a tram driver in Glasgow at the time.

His brother James was drowned when the troopship the Royal Edward sank in August 1915.

LIEUTENANT CLIFF-McCULLOCH INJURED

Lieutenant E Cliff-McCulloch, Kirclaugh, Gatehouse, has been severely wounded.

The Lieutenant, who was serving with the South Lancashire Regiment, was carrying a wounded soldier out of danger when he was struck by shrapnel on he foot. He suffered terribly when being taken on a stretcher to the rear of the lines. The men carrying him, due to the rough ground, fell several times. On reaching hospital. Lieutenant Cliff-McCulloch had to have his foot amputated.

KIRKCUDBRIGHT MAN KILLED AT SOMME

A letter was received from a Lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters by Mrs McMillan, Church Lane, Kirkcudbright, telling her that her son, Private William McMillan, was killed in action on July 1st at the Battle of the Somme. Private McMillan was 22 years old, and before the war was employed by Lord Walter Kerr as a footman.