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Memorial Plaque GEORGE STANLEY STAINROD
George Stanley Stainrod from Cudworth in Yorkshire served with the 7th North Staffordshire Regiment and was killed in action in South Russia on the 26th of August 1918, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tehran Memorial
Plaque slightly stained and in VF condition
WW1 Canadian Memorial Cross 504814 L CPL J PHAIR
John Phair 12th Field Company Canadian Engineer from Inniskillen In Ireland was killed in action aged 39 on the 7th of November 1917 at Abraham Heights SW of Passchendaele
Cross without ribbon and in GVF condition
British War Medal CZ 7389 R MONTGOMERY AB RNVR
Reginald Montgomery from Bridge of Don Aberdeenshire was KIA aboard Hms Begonia ( Q10) on the 6th of October 1917
The following is a possible explanation for the loss of the Q ship HMS Begonia
HMS Begonia was a regular warship, not a conversion. She was one of the "Flower-Q", sloops designed to foster the appearance of a freighter (like the French Amiens class of WWI).
Officially she sank due to an explosion of undetermined origin with no survivors while cruising off Casablanca.
That night, U 151 was cruising in the area, her lookouts reported seeing a "destroyer" charging her and the Captain dived, but the boat was still only at periscope depth when an impact was felt. This was followed by a heavy explosion and on surfacing it was found that there was considerable damage to deck casing abaft the CT. U 151 was able to continue on patrol.
It is believed the collision ripped the bottom off Begonia and either a boiler explosion or friction which caused the explosion of ammunition in the magazine may have caused her immediate sinking. It is also likely some DCs exploded and killed any swimmers in the area.
Medal with original ribbon and is in NEF condition
British War medal CAPT J A B MACHARG
Victory Medal CAPT E M MACHARG
Capt J A B MACHARG 6/Scottish Rifles was killed in action France and Flanders on the 29th of October 1916
Capt E M MACHARG 3rd att 1/Scottish Rifles was killed in action France and Flanders on the 23rd of October 1916
James Anthony Boyd MacHarg was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs E Simpson Macharg, 'The Grove', Ibrox. Like his brother Ebenezer he was educated at the Glasgow High School. After he left school he took an active interest in the Boys' Brigade, and rose to command the 80th Glasgow Company.
For a number of years he was in the employment of J & A Roxburgh, the Glasgow firm of ship-owners. He had just begun to open up a merchant business on his own account with Spain when the war broke out.
He had served in the University OTC with his brother and he too applied for a commission in the army, despite having recently recovered from a serious illness. After a period of service at Hamilton he went to the front as 2nd Lieutenant with the 6th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).
He was killed leading his men into action on 29th October 1916, just a few days after his brother Ebenezer Maitland Macharg had met a similar end. He was 32. The brothers are commemorated on Panel 4D of the Thiepval Memorial.
Born on 18th January 1882, Ebenezer Maitland Macharg was educated at the Glasgow High School, where he excelled in sport and played for both the 1st XI and the 1st XV. Later he played for Glasgow High School FP (Former Pupils).
In 1906 he graduated MA and three years later LLB, having earned a first class certificate of distinction in the class of Forensic Medicine in the course of his studies.
After graduation he spent a number of years in the office of Glasgow firm Messrs. Mitchell, Johnson & Co. Before the war broke out he had served for five years in the University OTC, and was well prepared for military service when the time came. Immediately on the outbreak of hostilities he applied for a commission, but at first, to his great disappointment, he was unsuccessful because of his age.
He was determined, however and his persistence was rewarded. He joined the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). He was initially attached to the 9th Battalion at the training camp of Bordon, and afterwards to the 3rd Battalion at Nigg. His previous experience and general ability quickly procured him promotion to the temporary rank of Captain. He fell, at the Somme, on the 23rd October while gallantly leading his men into action under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. He was 34
Photos of both brothers in uniform are available on-line
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