Palnure family lose two sons in three weeks

Private David Milligan
Private David Milligan

From The Galloway Gazette, December 18th, 1915


Private David Milligan. Greddock Cottage, Palnure, has died of a haemorrhage at the General Hospital in Rouen. Private Milligan was serving with the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers and had been with his regiment in France for some months.

Before enlisting he was employed in Cairnsmore Gardens, in the service of His Grace the Duke of Bedford, KG. It is only three weeks ago that his parents received the news that their other son Alex, serving with the 1/5th KOSB, had died at the Dardanelles. Mr and Mrs Milligan’s only remaining son, who was with the Liverpool Police, has now enlisted as well.


Grateful troops in the trenches have written home to thanks Sorbie Work Party for gifts sent recently:

“Just a line to thank you all for the nice parcel. I really am awfully obliged to you all. I tell you the scarf and mittens come in very handy at nights when on guard. The shirt from the Work Party is also a lot warmer than I am in the habit of getting out here. The trenches just now are in a terrible state, up to our knees in water and mud and very cold. You have no idea how bad it is, but the men stick it bravely.

Private A Milroy


The Rhins motor ambulance has been in service in France for some time now, attached to the motor ambulance convoy at Rouen. It was funded by subscriptions raised through entertainment evenings in the area. The ambulance has been doing splendid work conveying injured soldiers from the fighting line to the hospitals. A letter from the convenor of the Scottish Red Cross states: “I had the pleasure of inspecting the ambulance at work some weeks ago and was very pleased with the whole arrangement. During the pressure following the movements on 25th September (the opening day of the Battle of Mons) our ambulances carried, in one day alone, 2549 men, and, during that week, nearly 12,000 in all.

A wonderful coincidence in connection with the Rhins ambulance was a Wigtownshire soldier, injured on the battle field, was carried back from the firing line and put into the Rhins ambulance. He was then placed under the care of a Scottish nurse, and conveyed back to an Ayrshire bed in the hospital where he was attended by Dr McNeill, the son of the late Dr McNeill of Stranraer. The committee now hopes to raise funds to sponsor a bed in one of the hospitals, either in Scotland or France, to be named “The Rhins O’ Galloway Bed”. The sum required to sponsor a bed is £50.