S9: Joshua & Thomas Mathieson

Private Joshua Mathieson
11th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Died 15th September 1916, Age 18
Private Thomas Mathieson
9th King’s Own Scottish Borderers
Died 19th November 1917, Age 24
S09_JoshuaandThomasMathieson
Auld Kirkyard , New Cumnock (Robert Guthrie)

Inscription

ERECTED BY
ROBERT MATHESON
IN MEMORY OF HIS DAUGHTER
MARY
WHO DIED 13TH DEC 1882 AGED 7 YEARS
THE ABOVE ROBERT MATHESON
WHO DIED AT KIRKCONNEL, 1ST JUNE 1909
AGED 57 YEARS
SARAH REID BELOVED WIFE OF
ROBERT MATHIESON
WHO DIED 21ST APRIL 1915, AGED 58 YEARS
ALSO THEIR SON JOSHUA
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE 15TH SEPT 1916
AGED 18 YEARS
ALSO THEIR SON THOMAS
DIED IN WESTERN INFIRMARY GLASGOW
19TH NOVR 1917, AGED 24 YEARS

Note Surname is Mathieson although it also appears as Matheson the headstone

PTE. JOSHUA MATHIESON (killed in action 15.09.1916)

Dumfries & Galloway Standard, Wed 01 Nov 1916

Information has been received in Kirkconnel that Private Joshua Mathieson, Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, has been killed in action. The news was sent by John Cowan, another Kirkconnel lad with R.A.M.C. Private Mathieson was a son of the late Robert Mathieson draper, and was held in high esteem in Kirkconnel. He was 19 years old of age, and before enlisting was engaged as a clerk at Fauldhead Colliery

Dumfries & Galloway Saturday Standard, September 30, 1916

Memorial Service at Kirkconnel, Rev. C. Forbes Charleson

Dumfries and Galloway Standard & Advertiser, November 15, 1916
Dumfries & Galloway Standard, Saturday 15 Sep 1917

PTE. THOMAS MATHIESON (died 19th Nov. 1917)

On Thursday afternoon the remains of Thomas Mathieson, son of the late Robert Mathieson, draper Kirkconnel, were interred in New Cumnock churchyard with military honours. Deceased was in local Territorials when war broke out, and was mobilised in August 1914. After a spell of training he was dsicharged invalided, and resumed his work at the colliery. Since then he has never been in robust health, and last week he was taken to hospital in Glasgow where he expired, 13th November 1917.

His remains were brought to Kirkconneland the funeral took place on Thursday. Accompanied by the local Volunteer company, fully 70 strong, under Captain Samson and Lieutenants W.Forsyth and A. Wilson and headed by the united pipe bands of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel detachments, the cortege proceeded from his residence to Kirkconnel station.

On arrival at New Cumnock the procession was re-formed and marched to the churchyard, where the internment took place in the family burial ground. The firing party was in the charge of Corporal Saddler. After three volleys had been fired, the pipes played a lament. The Rev. C. Forbes Charleson conduccted a most impressive service at the grave. Large crowds of sympathetic spectators lined the route, both in Kirkconnel and New Cumnock. Deceased was 24 years of age. A younger brother was killed in action.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard 24th November 1917]

Both Joshua and Thomas Mathieson are remembered on the Kirkconnel War Memorial and on a Memorial Plaque in St. Conal’s Church.

St. Conal’s Church, Kirkconnel
Kirkconnel War Memorial
Kirkconnel War Memorial

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