The People of WW1 pages provide a lasting memory to all those from the parishes of Girthon and Anwoth who were involved in World War 1. Not all went into battle and thankfully not all those who did were killed. In all cases we have attempted to identify where the information has come from and sometimes this results in duplication. 

Here is a tribute to WW1 soldiers that was sent to us by Pastor Chris Barratt.

Information for each person is arranged into paragraphs with spaces between paragraphs. The colour-coded bars explain where the information came from.

There are 7 primary sources of information and a general "Other Sources" at the end, followed by up to 4 relevant photographs. 'Click' on the photographs to see bigger images. The size of each image will be reduced if you are not using the maximum window size for your screen.  The information sources are listed
below :-

1. Stewartry Roll of Honour
2. War Memorials
3. Gravestones
4. Commonwealth War Graves
5. Army Records
6. Census Returns
7. Newspapers
8. Other Sources


Stewartry Roll of Honour

A publication entitled “Stewartry Roll of Honour 1914-1918” published in 1927 by J H Maxwell Ltd (publishers of the Kirkcudbright Advertiser).

War Memorials
Many of the Anwoth & Girthon soldiers who were killed in action are listed on the war memorial in Gatehouse. Others who may not have lived in Gatehouse for all their lives may be on memorials located in Creetown, Borgue, Twynholm etc. There is a Scottish War Memorials Project whose website is at  and this contains photos and transcriptions of all Scottish war memorials.

There are 2 Girthon graveyards and 2 for Anwoth. Gravestones from all 4 sites have been photographed and transcribed on website, and the transcriptions are searchable.

War graves for other parts of Scotland are available on

Commonwealth War Graves
This information comes from website

Army Records
This information is housed in the National Archives at Kew, website

Another useful site is

Some information has come from relevant family records.

Census Returns
Most soldiers in WW1 would have been alive in 1891 and 1901, but some were alive earlier. We have searched 1891 & 1901 fully and we have a limited amount of detail from 1911. Census returns can be searched on , ,   or

Many of those killed in action were reported in the Kirkcudbright Advertiser or Galloway News. There were also reports of soldiers writing home to let loved ones know their current state of health.

Any other references will be referred to directly in this section.


Margaret Wright : 2013