Creetown had its own ‘band of brothers’

The Galloway Gazette, 9th September, 1916


Corporal J Ross, a son of Creetown fisherman Andrew Ross, was seriously wounded on 12th July. That was the fourth time Corporal Ross has been wounded. He went out to France on 27th August, 1914, as a private, and while in the fighting line was promoted, and received a first class certificate as a machine gunner, while serving with the KOSB. He was twice wounded at Ypres, and again at Hill 60. While stationed in Edinburgh his time expired in June 1916 and he joined the North Staffordshire Regiment as a Lance-Sergeant, and gained promotion at the Front. Corporal Ross had two brothers on active service at the Front, another one in the Navy, and another brother who was waiting to be called up, and one who had been rejected for active service.


Thirteen pairs of socks knitted by members of volunteer groups in Kirkcowan were forwarded by Mrs Fleming-Hamilton to the Highland Light Infantry Comforts Depot in Glasgow, and she received the following letter by return:

“Dear Mrs Hamilton - Will you please thank the volunteers on behalf of the HLI Comforts Committee for their handsome gift of 13 pairs of socks, which shall be sent off to the men as soon as they are asked for, and with the cooler weather coming on they are sure to be welcome in the near future.”