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    Weʼve raised £1,070 to help to add Cpl. William Neilson's name, killed in action in France, 1940, to the family memorial in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

    Funded on Friday, 31st August 2018

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    Born to James and Christina Neilson were James, Charles, Rolland and William.

    The three eldest brothers all fought in the Great War with Charles and Rolland enlisting in the Gordon Highlanders and James in the Cameron Highlanders.

    James attained the rank of Sergeant and served in Egypt, Gallipoli and Salonika, where he ultimately lost his life at 29-years-old on the 28th of October 1917 after contracting malaria.

    He is buried at the Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery in Greece.

    When war broke out, his younger brother, Charles, who played for Aberdeen Football Club, enlisted as a Private at Peterhead in September 1914, and after training at home went overseas where he fought with the 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders and quickly rose to the rank of Company Sergeant Major.

    26-year-old Charles took his share in the strenuous fighting of the early days of the war and was killed in action at Neuville-St.-Vaast, France on the 1st of June 1916.

    Charles in buried in the Maroeuil British Cemetery, France.

    The last brother to fall in the Great War, Rolland Neilson served as a Corporal with the Gordon Highlanders in the 5th Battalion.

    He fell in action in Belgium on the 12th of April 1918.

    Sadly, his body was never recovered, and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Hainaut, Belgium.

    All three brothers were awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal in recognition of their time in battle.

    Rolland also received the Meritorious Service Medal and was Mentioned in Dispatches.

    The youngest brother William, was only 14-years-old when the first war ended.

    However, 1939 once again saw the world plunged into conflict with the outbreak of World War II.

    This time, 35-year-old William was called to battle where he also served with the 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders in the rank of Corporal.

    Sadly, William was also to die in war and fell during the Gordons heroic stand against the Germans in the May offensive at Saint Valery-en-Caux, France on the 12th of June 1940.

    William is buried in the Manneville-es-Plains Cemetery, Seine-Maritime in the Normandy region of Northern France.

    Seven years prior to his death, William married Gladys O'Hara in Aberdeen.

    The attached photograph was the last photograph taken of William with his family, wife Gladys, son James (4) and daughter Flo (2).

    Further tragedy was to befall the family between the two wars when, heartbroken at the loss of three of her sons, their mother, Christina, passed away on the 1st of June 1924 at just 54-years-old.

    Christina was interred in Ellon Cemetery and her husband James erected a memorial to his beloved wife, later adding the names of their fallen sons, Charles, James, and Rolland.

    On the 23rd of October 1936, James Sr. also passed away.

    Sadly, following William's death in 1940, his name was never added to the family memorial alongside his loved ones.

    Help us to add William's name to the family memorial in recognition and honour of this war hero's sacrifice, so that his name can be rightly included alongside those of his heroic brothers.

    All surplus monies raised will be donated to the Ellon branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, who are responsible for the upkeep of the town's war memorial.

    Thank you.



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      Hi Folks, Thanks to your very generous donations we have managed to complete all the work to the memorial that we set out to do. The missing link has been added to the memorial. Thank you all so much. Below is a photo of the memorial prior to the work. I will post a second showing how the memorial now looks.

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    • Brian Neilson

      Brian Neilson

      Jul 10, 2018

      Thanks Mike for all your efforts. They are much appreciated by all the family I am sure


    • Elizabeth Robertson

      Elizabeth Robertson

      Jun 26, 2018

      Such a lovely selfish gesture. Well done Mike x


    • Anonymous


      Jun 25, 2018

      Well done in researching this .


    • Karen MacDonald

      Karen MacDonald

      Jun 25, 2018

      Great cause!


    • Lynne Lawrence

      Lynne Lawrence

      Jun 25, 2018

      From Gordon Lawrence 😀


    • Darren Jones

      Darren Jones

      Jun 24, 2018


    • Florence Walterson

      Florence Walterson

      Jun 24, 2018

      Thanks Mike


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