Military History

Sergeant Jonathon G. Marnoch

RAFVR Sergeant Jonathon G Marnoch 3021911 was the son of Jonathan James Marnoch and Mary Marnoch, of Coupar Angus. Sergeant Marnoch was serving with RAF 12 Squadron as an air gunner on board Avro Lancaster Mk I NN741 PH-O operating out of RAF Wickenby, northeast of Lincoln. On 9 February […]

Sergeant Ian Clark Brough

Sergeant Ian Clark Brough was serving with RAF 1660 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit) when he was killed on 10 November 1943 in an aircraft accident. Avro Lancaster III ED812 was reported to have dived into a field near RAF Dunholme Lodge. The mainplanes (wings) falling before it impacted. Avro Lancaster […]

Leading Aircraftman Douglas Carr

Comrie airman Douglas Carr was reported missing at sea in late July 1941. His mother, 9 Glebe Cottage, Comrie was informed he was missing on the same day that she received a letter from him saying that he was well. Leading Aircraftman Douglas Carr RAFVR, 981525, was 24 years of […]

Sergeant Allan Dickson

Sergeant Allan Dickson RAF 1564075 was the son of George Dickson, Hay Street, Coupar Angus. Before joining up Sergeant Dickson was employed with Messrs William Stewart Ltd. Coupar Angus as a baker. On Sunday 23 July 1944, Allan Dickson was part of the crew of Avro Lancaster III PB208 PG-S […]

Sir Alan Smith, CBE, DFC and Bar, DL

Sir Alan Smith, CBE, DFC and Bar, DL was a Battle of Britain hero. Alan Smith also took part in RAF Fighter Command’s offensive over northern France in the spring and summer of 1941. Smith, however, is better known as the wingman of legendary Spitfire pilot Douglas Bader. (A wingman’s […]

Sergeant William Nairn Gardiner

RAF Flying Officer William Nairn Gardiner 754858, was born in Perth on 26 January 1921. He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) a month before Britain declared war against Nazi Germany. William Gardiner was then posted to RAF 3 Squadron, based at RAF Wick and RAF Castletown ( […]

Corporal Robert Stewart

RAF Corporal Robert Stewart 520472 was the son of John and Elizabeth Stewart of Luncarty. He was 30 years old when he was hit by a train at Inverlamond, just north of Perth. The Perthshire Advertiser and the Dundee Courier reported on Monday 13 October 1941 that Corporal Robert Stewart […]

Private William Haggart

Private William Haggart, 108558, declared he was born in Abernethy on 22 January 1872 . On 18 September 1916, he joined the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force, the 242nd Battalion C.E.F. At the time of his enlistment, he declared he was 44 years and 7 months, 5′ 10½” with hazel eyes […]

Lieutenant Courteney Patrick Flowerdew Lowson

Lieutenant Courtenay Patrick Flowerdew Lowson was born at Hollycot, Lasswade, Midlothian on 4 April 1897. His father was James Gray Flowerdew Lowson, Paper Manufacturer, and member of the King’s Bodyguard for Scotland. His mother was Adelaide Louisa Scott, the daughter of Colonel Courtenay Harvey Saltron Scott (1833–1925) of the Bengal […]