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From this volume comes the brief details of those N.B.R. Kipps depot workers commemorated as having lost their lives in the conflict. This information has been checked and where appropriate supplemented from the "Register of Honour" of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

From this volume comes the brief details of those N.B.R. Kipps depot workers commemorated as having lost their lives in the conflict. This information has been checked and where appropriate supplemented from the "Register of Honour" of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

  • William Anderson - Signaller - Royal Regiment of Artillery - Died of Wounds 18 August 1916 - Locomotive Fireman

  • George Amott - Private - 9 Battalion The Black Watch. Died of Wounds 28 June 1916 - Prior to enlistment he was a locomotive driver based at Kipps Depot. The son of John and Sarah Amott, "Braefoot" Armadale Road, Whitburn

  • Andrew Clunie - Sergeant - 11 Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry. Missing in Action, 21 March 1918. Stepson of Peter Neilson, 12 Kipps Row, Coatbridge - Locomotive Fireman

  • Charles J. Coyle - Private - 11 Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry. Killed in Action, 22 March 1918
    Locomotive Department Clerk.
    Son of Charles and Mary Coyle, 72 Ronald Street, Coatbridge. aged 23

  • George Dunn - Sapper - 49th Broad Gauge Company, Railway Operations Division, Royal Engineers
    Died of Pneumonia, 7 February 1919

  • Thomas Gardner - Private - 7 Battalion The Black Watch.
    Killed in Action 31
    July 1917

  • James Irons - Sergeant, 11 Battalion' The Highland Light Infantry. Killed in Action, 14 August 1916. Employed at Kipps Loco Works.

  • Dennis Leonard - Sergeant - 6 Battalion, Royal Enniskillen Fusiliers. Died of Wounds, 23 August 1915 at Gallipoli, Turkey - Locomotive Fireman

  • Duncan Storrie

  • David Walker - Private, 9 Battalion, The Black Watch. Killed in action 28 September 1915
    son of James Walker, 77 Burnbank Street, Locomotive Fireman

  • James Walker - Private, 9 Battalion, The Black Watch. Died of Wounds as a Prisoner of War in Germany, 4 December 1915

There is no mention in Rev. Lindsay's book of Messrs Gardner and Storrie. The likeliest reason for this is that they did not live in Coatbridge, perhaps in nearby Airdrie or one of the surrounding villages. The brief details on Thomas Gardner came from the CWGC website, but there is no reference here to Duncan Storrie

Whilst trawling through the volume for the above details I came across the names of several Kipps employees who perished in the conflict but whose names do not, for whatever reason, appear on the Memorial.   For the sake of the posterity, these are,

  • William Baxter - Private - Cameron Highlanders - Killed in Action 16th July 1916 - Labourer in Kipps Locomotive Depot
  • David Hall - Private, The Royal Scots - Killed in Action 16th May 1915. Son of Nicol Hall, 3 Coltswood Road, Coatbridge. Employed at Kipps Depot
  • Robert G. Findlay - Private, Machine Gun Corps - Killed in Action 7th October 1918, Employed at NBR Kipps

The names of other NBR employees from diverse locations on the railway system appear in the pages of the book as having participated in the conflict and one individual stands out, Private John McAlindon of the Machine Gun Corps, who was awarded the Military Medal for "Conspicuous Gallantry and Devotion to Duty." Prior to enlistment he was a porter at Coatbridge Sunnyside Station.

Addendum
The memorial appears to have been treated with respect during the recent refurbishment of the property and as can be seen from the accompanying photograph stands out clearly against the light background of the new paintwork. Whether or not the local authority (North Lanarkshire Council) is aware of its existence is not known but it is suggested that the Study Group should draw their attention to it with a request that the authority make it a condition of any future planning applications that the owners, present and future, take all steps to preserve in good order this historical artefact.

(Note from Webmaster :  Since Grant wrote this article the present owners have disrespectfully covered up the War memorial with a banner advertising cheap meals. They have refused to remove it for Remembrance Week 11/11)

Sources: "Coatbridge and The Great War" - By Rev. Samuel Lindsay. Minister, Coatbridge Baptist Church. Published by the Author in 1919.

"Register of Honour" - Commonwealth War Graves Commission Web Site - www.cwgc.org.uk

Monklands Memories wish to thank Grant Cullen for his research and being allowed to use the foregoing article.

 

 

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