Galloway’s Great War

Sergeant McMillan
Sergeant McMillan

The Galloway Gazette continues its look back to the stories making the news 100 years ago, during the First World War.

The Galloway Gazette, August 19th, 1916


Sergeant James McMillan from Newton Stewart, serving with the KOSB, was killed in action on August 4 in Egypt. Sergeant McMillan was the third son of the late Sergeant Alexander McMillan, Wigtownshire Constabulary, and had been connected with the Volunteers and the Territorials for a very long period. He had been a member of the Galloway Rifle Volunteers for 27 years. When volunteer companies were called to go the Boer War he served with the KOSB in 1901-02 and received the Queen’s South African Medal with five clasps. On the outbreak of war in 1914 he was mobilised and sailed for the Dardanelles in the spring of 1915. He came through the action of 12th July, in which so many of the KOSB fell, unscathed. Since the evacuation of the Peninsula he was serving in Egypt. As a keen Territorial he never missed a camp and was rarely absent from the weekly parades in peace time.


A party of 25 soldiers from Glendarroch Convalescent Home were taken by char-a-bang to be entertained by Commander and Mrs Webster at Mochrum Park. The afternoon passed quickly with games and other amusements. The following week, the convalescents had the privilege of visiting the beautiful policies of Monreith, by kind invitation of Sir Herbert Maxwell. The party were conveyed by motors lent and driven by Messrs James Murchie, J Williamson, C McGeoch, P McCormick and J Muir, Glenturk. The party enjoyed a delightful drive past Drumwalt Loch and the Mochrum shore. On arrival, the convalescents enjoyed boating and clock golf before tea was served. Before parting hearty cheers were given for Sir Herbert for his hospitality.