Regiment:               Royal Naval Reserve  

Rank & Number:     
Baker, 819906  

24 December 1885; Kirklee, Fairlie  

Died:                       7 October 1939; Largs  

Brother of Alexander Kirkwood

ADAM KIRKWOOD was born 24 Dec 1885 in Kirklee, Fairlie to parents James, master baker and Margaret Wilson (who married in Largs on 25 Nov 1870).  He was found drowned on 7 Oct 1939 on the foreshore at East Park Home, Largs, having last been seen alive on 6 Oct at 4.44pm (aged 53, single, gardener, of 35 Irvine Road, Largs)  

In the 1891 Census, Adam, aged 5, is living Kirklee House, Fairlie with parents James (42, b. Largs, baker) and Margaret (42, b. Skelmorlie) and siblings Helen (18), Agnes (17), Margaret (15), James (11), John (8), Robert (6) and Alexander (1)  

In the 1901 Census, aged 15, he is living Kirklee, Fairlie with parents James (52, baker) and Margt (52) and siblings Margt (25), Annie (22), James (21), John (18), Robert (16) and Alexander (11)   In the 1911 Census, aged 25 and a baker, he is living Kirklee, Fairlie with parents James (62, baker, employer) and Margaret (62, m. 41 years, 10 children/8 living) and brother John (baker, 27)


The Largs & Millport Weekly News reported on 18 Sep 1915 that Adam Kirkwood had signed on one of H.M. transport ships.  His service card shows his rating as baker, and has the note “Carisbrook Castle 24/11/1918” (the Carisbrook Castle started the war as a hospital ship carrying wounded troops home from the Western Front, but served as an Army Troop Ship in the Mediterranean for most of the war).  No medal index card found

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

18 September 1915
During the past week the following young men have “signed on”:  Adam Kirkwood, baker, Kirklee, one of H.M. Transport Ships;

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