Galloway men in the Great War

These two soldiers were both pupils at the Ewart High School and their pictures are kept in the World War One file at Newton Stewart Museum in York Road.

William McGeoch was killed in action on October 13, 1916, aged 29.

He was a Second Lieutenant in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers attached to 8th Trench Mortar Battery, formerly a gunner with the Machine Gun Corps.

William had been educated at the Ewart High School in Newton Stewart and was apprenticed to a solicitor in Newton Stewart before moving to Glasgow and then Greenock. He enlisted in January 1915 and joined the Motor Machine Gun Service.

William was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the KOSB in January 1916 and was seconded to the TMB in the August.

Born in 1887 in Newton Stewart he was the son of James Murray McGeoch and Jane Ramage (McKean) McGeoch of 71 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart.

He is buried in the Commonwealth War Grave at Mailly-Maillet Communal Cemetery, Somme, France and his name is listed on the Ewart High School Memorial and on the Penninghame Parish Church Memorial.

There is no information on his fellow Ewart soldier Thomas McKie, perhaps because he survived the war. If you have any information on him please contact Louise at The Galloway Gazette on 01671 404767 or email