Farmer’s son wounded for a second time

Sergeant R Lawson was wounded for a second time
Sergeant R Lawson was wounded for a second time

The Galloway Gazette continues its series of reports taken for the files of the newspaper during The Great War.

This week we look at the weekly reports of the names of the fathers, sons and brothers, killed, injured or even promoted and their local connections.

The Galloway Gazette, 16th September 1916


Sergeant R Lawson, Royal Scots Fusiliers, the son of Mr and Mrs Charles Lawson, Grange of Cree, had been wounded in action the previous month. This was the second injury that he suffered in 1916, having already been wounded on April 9th. Before he enlisted on 11th August, 1914, he was employed by Mr Smith, Garchie.


Private Robert Guilline, Church Street, Garlieston, was killed by a shell when digging out a trench on 15th August. He served with the Cameron Highlanders, and was formerly employed on a peacetime patrol boat, He left a widow and young child in the village.


With no news for almost a year, it is presumed that Private William Haswell, from King Street, Newton Stewart, was killed on 25th September, 1915. Private Haswell was serving with the KOSB, having worked with Mr James Erskine, a grocer in Newton Stewart, before the war.


Edinburgh University law student Mr Alex Matthews, son of A B Matthews, Newton Stewart, has been gazetted as a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He has been receiving military instruction as a cadet at Exeter and Shoeburyness. His younger brother, second Lieutenant R G M Matthews, who had been on active service in France with the London Scottish, was at that time training with his new regiment, the 4th KOSB, at Catterick in Yorkshire.