Creetown ought to be proud of her boys in shifting the enemy

Thomas McCaskie
Thomas McCaskie

This week we take a look at the Galloway Gazette from November 13th, 1915 where the main report concerned the town mourning the loss of a clerk at the local creamery.

Deep regret was felt throughout Wigtown and district this week when word was received that 25-year old corporal Thomas McCaskie, 1st/5th KOSB, had died in Hetley Hospital.

He had been at the front but was invalided home after suffering from dysentery. Prior to mobilisation, he was a clerk at the Creamery, Bladnoch, and was a great favourite in the district.

His funeral was well attended and included many of his comrades, currently home on sick leave from the Dardanelles. His remains were accompanied to Wigtown Cemetery by the Town Band playing the Dead March in ‘Saul”. As a mark of respect all the places of business were closed during the funeral service.


Private James Tennant has been gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, 4th Cameron Highlanders. He joined the London Scottish the day after the Lusitania was sunk. Lieutenant Tennant is 19 years old and the son of Mr James Tennant, inspector of weights and measures, Newton Stewart.


Mr Hugh Todd, Procurator Fiscal, has received a letter from the keeper of the Privy Purse, intimating that the King has heard with much interest that Mr Todd has at the present moment five sons serving in the army.

The letter expresses the King’s congratulations, and the assurance that His Majesty much appreciated the spirit of patriotism which prompted this example in one family of loyalty and devotion to their Sovereign and Empire.


The commanding officer of the 1st/5th KOSB in Gallipolli wrote the following letter to a Mrs McNeill in Newton Stewart after parcels of treats for the troops serving in the Dardanelles arrived:

“Dear Mrs McNeill, I have your letter and the shirts, socks and cigarettes have now arrived and have been most gratefully received. As far as possible we have reserved the gifts for the Newton Stewart and District men. I think clothing is being fairly well supplied and perhaps if you send any more consignments I might suggest tinned fruits, cafe au lait, Provost oats and any tinned meats except ‘bully’ beef, of which the men are tired, as suitable comforts which they would appreciate.”


Trooper C S Plumb, late butler with Mr Fox, The Hill, Creetown, writes to his friend Mr J Slevin: “I am regularly receiving the Gazettes you send.

I was much interested in the last one I got with Alex Barr’s letter. It was a good one. Our cavalry division reinforced the Highland Division in the village on Sunday afternoon and we stayed there until Thursday. I never expected to hear of so many Creetown chaps being here. I was very sorry to hear of Jeff Lupton and so sorry to hear of all the missing boys and I hope for the best in their case.

One thing, Creetown ought to be proud of her boys for they share the honour of having shifted the Huns as they have never been shifted before in this war! I knew that Gavin the chauffeur at The Hill was out, and as good luck would have it, I ran across him a few days ago and it was quite a treat to see someone I knew. He was the first Galloway man I had seen since I came out!”