Castle Primary School Plaques

These plaques sit inside the village school which is now New Cumnock Primary School. Access to view is at the discretion of the headteacher to whom all enquiries should be addressed.

Both plaques are situated on the wall of the ground floor corridor leading to the gymnasium.

The First World War plaque was suggested by a former pupil, Mr Archibald Brown of Liverpool who wrote to Mr Wales the headmaster in July 1920. He offered to erect, in the school, a brass tablet bearing the names of all the old pupils who had not returned. The memorial below was unveiled and dedicated on Saturday the 1st of October 1921 and the proceedings were reported in the Cumnock Chronicle of October the 7th 1921.

The inscription on the First World War one reads

HONOUR
JUSTICE
LIBERTY

IN MEMORY OF THE BOYS OF THIS SCHOOL

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR

1914
 
1919
Barr David
Canadians
  Martin Robert
Scots Guards
  Purdie John
RE
Bell William
MGC
  Melvin John S
Black Watch
  Reid William
Scots Guards
Beatson William
A&SH
  Miller George
Camerons
  Rorrison Alexander
Royal Scots
Brown David
HLI
  Morrison Andrew
Black Watch
  Sharp William
Glasgow Highlanders
Brown George S
MGC
  Muir George
Australians
  Sharp William
Royal North Lancs
Brown Matthew
RSF
  Murphy Walter
HLI
  Sloan George
MGC
Breckenridge David
HLI
  MacDonald George
Camerons
  Sloan William
AY
Buchanan Andrew
MGC
  MacDonald Hugh
Black Watch
  Sloan William
RSF
Corson James D
MGC
  MacDonald William
RSF
  Smith Edward
Black Watch
Dick Thomas S
MGC
  McDonald William
KOSB
  Stevenson James
RSF
Dowie William
Scots Guards
  McCulloch James
RSF
  Stewart James
Black Watch
Ferguson David
Black Watch
  McGill Robert A
RSF
  Stewart James B
TMB
Hamilton John
RSF
  McMillan George
RSF
  Stewart Robert
HLI
Hastings David
RAMC
  McMillan James
RSF
  Sturrock Andrew
RSF
Hose John
RSF
  McNeil Alexander
Scottish Rifles
  Sweden Alexander
RSF
Howat Charles
KOSB
  McWhirter Samuel
Royal Scots
  Telfer Richard
Camerons
Hunter James
RSF
  Park John
HLI
  Tofern Herman
KOSB
Irvine James
Black Watch
  Paton David
RS
  Tweedie William G
Royal Scots
Kilpatrick Thomas
Scots Guards
  Paterson Robert
AY
  Walker George
Camerons
Logan James
HLI
  Peden Hugh
RSF
  Walker John
Black Watch
Martin William
AY
   
   

Walter Murphy HLI is not on the village war memorial. He is there as Walter Scott, the name he fought under. (CWGC)

The Chronicle of 21st October 1921 reported that the name of Nisbet Gray, son of Mr William McKay Gray, Hawtrees had been omitted and was still to be engraved.

It can be seen from the above photograph, that, after 83 years, Nisbet's name is still to be engraved!

The Second World War plaque was sponsored by the Former Pupils Club. Their magazine " Amicitia" of April 1947 has an impression of how the memorial would look. They hoped to have it unveiled and dedicated before the end of that school session. It was, in fact, unveiled and dedicated on the 4th of May and the proceedings were reported in the Cumnock Chronicle of 9th May 1947.

The Second World War plaque reads

NEW CUMNOCK
HIGHER GRADE SCHOOL

IN REMEMBRANCE

1939 1945

Burgoyne Harry GM
Royal Air Force

Nicol William
Royal Army Service Corps
Calderwood James
London Scottish
Nisbet Samuel
Scots Guards
Campbell John
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Pollock James
Black Watch
Galbraith Blair
Scots Guards
Riddall Robert
Durham Light Infantry
Glasgow George
Royal Air Force V R
Robson John
Royal Engineers
Haddow Hugh
Royal Air Force
Rollie Andrew
Argyll & Sutherland Hldrs
Harrison Hugh
Royal Navy
Rorison James
Royal Air Force
Hose Hugh
Argyll & Sutherland Hldrs
Rush Robert
South Wales Borderers
McDonald David
Royal Air Force
Turnbull William
Royal Air Force
McHallam John
Argyll & Sutherland Hldrs
Tweedie Harold
Royal Air Force V R

Rev Gilbert Mason

Their Name Liveth For Evermore

Erected by public subscription
under the auspices of the
FORMER PUPILS CLUB

The names of George Glasgow RAFVR and William Nicol RASC do not appear on the village war memorial.

George Glasgow was a teacher in the Advanced Division of the "Town" School. He lodged with Mrs Auld at Pathhead (Personal memories from Mrs J Houston, Mason Ave., NC along with others, February 2004)

The CWGC database gives the following information

Flight Sergeant, RAFVR, Service No. 1365718, died on the 3rd August 1942 aged 28 years. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 74 and Kilbirnie town war memorial in Ayrshire.

He was the son of George and Agnes Glasgow and the husband of Agnes Brown Glasgow of Cumnock, Ayrshire. He held an MA (Hons).

An article in Amicitia ( the New Cumnock H. G. F.P. magazine) No. 8, April 1947 gives the following "... Mr Glasgow, who was a Flight Sergeant (Pilot) in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, made the supreme sacrifice while flying to Malta to assist that gallant little island during the worst phase of her terrible ordeal." Courtesy of Miss Betty M Lees, Cumnock, March 2004

 

William James Mitchell Nicol, private, S/186055, Royal Army Service Corps, died on the 1st January 1941, aged 27 years and is buried in Ayr Cemetery, Sec R 1931 Div. Grave 2414. He is remembered on the Ayr war memorial.

He was the son of John and Margaret McKervail Mitchell Nicol and the husband of Mary Stewart Cowan Nicol of Newton on Ayr. he held an MA (Glasgow).

In the early 1900's Mr John Nicol (above) was a teacher at Bank School. He became headmaster in 1927 and retired to Ayr in 1938. His son, William (above), would have attended New Cumnock Higher Grade in the late twenties before moving onto higher education. (Personal recollections of Mr and Mrs E Smith, Leggate - February 2004)

Private Nicol's obituary can be read in the Cumnock Chronicle of the 10th January 1941.

 

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