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Special war memorial in Dumfries dedicates three First World War soldiers

21 November 2016

The CWGC has erected a new war memorial in Dumfries (Holy Cross) Roman Catholic Cemetery to remember three men who lost their lives in the First World War.

The three men are Private Thomas Donnelly and Private Augustine Hullin both from the Royal Scots Fusiliers and Able Seaman Andrew Carnochan of the Royal Navy.

Thomas died aged 53 on October 10, 1915 and left behind his wife, Mary Jane Currie Donnelly. Augustine died at the age of 42 on April 10, 1917, and was the son of Daniel and Margaret Hullin, of Harrogate, Yorkshire. Augustine had served in the South African Campaign.

Andrew died aged just 19 on March 3, 1919. He was the son of William Carnochan, of 114 Queensberry Street, Dumfries. His funeral was held on March 8, 1919 with full military honours at Holy Cross Cemetery. The bugler sounded the last post and pipers then played “Lochaber No More”.

All three men are buried in the Holy Cross cemetery, but it is not possible to determine where they are, so the memorial has been erected to commemorate them in place of individual headstones.

Everyone in the UK has at least one CWGC war grave within three miles of their front door. In Scotland, the CWGC cares for more than 9,700 graves of the First World War and 9,760 from the Second World War.

There are 300,000 war graves in over 12,000 locations in total across the UK as a whole.