Athelstaneford World War One Memorial




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  1. Corporal John Dempster, 202245,formerly 2033,6344, 7th (Fife) Battalion (Territorial) Black Watch (Royal Highlanders, Born New Monkland, Lanarkshire, Enlisted Cowdenbeath, Fife, residence Cowdenbeath, Killed in action 24th July 1918, Grave reference Soissons Memorial, Aisne, Picarde,France. Commemorated on the Athelstaneford, East Lothian, War Memorial, as Sergeant John Dempster.

    Corporal John Dempster was awarded the British, and Victory, also the 15 Star; awarded the Military Medal, his family would have received the Plaque “Dead man’s Penny” and scroll from King George V. Posted to France 2nd May 1915.
    John Dempster was presented with his MM ribbon on by the Corps Commander. The Bn marched from Roclincourt to a field near Ecurie on 20th June 1918 where he would receive his ribbon. After the presentations the parade marched past the Corps Commander to the massed Pipes and Drums of 153 Brigade.

    John Dempster was born 1891 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, the third of seven children born to David Dempster, occupation Stone Mason, and Adelaide Traynor. After David Dempster died Adelaide married Owen Taylor in 1907 in Haddington, East Lothian.

    In 1911 John Dempster 19 was probably boarding in Dirleton, East Lothian.
    On the 18th July 1917 at 95 Perth Road, Cowdenbeath, John Dempster 25, occupation Miner, Private 4th Battalion Black Watch, stationed North Camp Ripon, married Margaret Kinghorn Adamson 19, occupation Grocers Assistant, address 95 Perth Road, Cowdenbeath, witnesses Joseph Black Dempster, Adelaide Beatrice Towers Dempster.

    Margaret Kinghorn Dempster nee Adamson died in 1987 in Cowdenbeath, Fife, aged 90, she never remarried

    Fife Free Press 17th August 1918.
    Lance Corporal John Dempster whose wife reside with his mother Mrs Adamson 91 Perth Road, is reported killed he was married while home in July.

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