Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 3-2nd Lowland
Rank & Number: 2nd
February 1892; Springbank, Fairlie
Died: 1967; Irvine
of Hugh Morris
JNR. was born 21 Feb 1892 at Springbank, Fairlie to parents Charles
Hutcheson, newsagent, and Elizabeth Ann Ferguson (who married in Largs on 16 Oct
1890). He was christened in Fairlie Free Church
on 27 Mar 1892. He died in Irvine in 1967.
23 Apr 1919 at Kirklee, Fairlie, Charles (aged
27, stationer & 2nd Lt. RFA, of Laurelbank)
married Georgina Strang Morris.
In the 1901 Census,
Charles, aged 9, is living Laurel Bank, Fairlie with parents
Chas H (38, b. West Kilbride, postmaster & stationer) and Elizabeth A (37, b. Edinburgh) with siblings Bessie W (6), Emily G (3)
and Georgina H (2)
In the 1911 Census, aged 19 and a Post Office assistant, he is at Laurel Bank, with parents
Charles Hutchison McNair (subpostmaster &
stationer, 48) and Elizabeth Ann (47,
m 20 years, 5 children/ 4living) and sisters Elizabeth
Wake (16), Emily Greig (13) and Georgina Hay (12)
In the 1920 Valuation Roll, Charles
H. McNair Jnr, merchant, is a tenant at Laurelbank, which is owned by his
father; Laurelbank was the address of C.H. McNair and Sons, post office and
Enlisted 8 Nov 1915 (aged
23, postal assistant, next of kin father); promoted Bombardier in March
1916. Commissioned 2nd
Lieutenant 28 Feb 1918, the first theatre of war entered was France on 31 May
1918. Discharged 28 Feb 1919. His medal index card shows he received the
British War and Victory medals.
In October 1919 he was elected captain of the Fairlie Post of the
Comrades of the Great War (precursor of the British Legion).
Extracts from the Largs &
Millport Weekly News:-
4 March 1916
With much satisfaction
we learn that Gunner Charles H. McNair, 3-2nd Lowland F.A. Brigade, has been
promoted to the rank of Bombardier.
16 March 1918
the London Gazette of 9th inst., Mr. C.H. McNair jnr. is gazetted 2nd Lieut.
R.F.A. (Territorials) as from 1st March.
1 June 1918
of our local officers have been on leave during the weekend. 2nd Lieut. D.C.C. Gollan, A.S.C., and 2nd
Lieut. C.H. McNair. They are both
looking very fit. The former left for
France on Tuesday night, and the latter expects to cross shortly. The best of luck to them both.
26 April 1919
Presentations At Fairlie: In St.
Margaret’s U.F. Church Hall on 14th inst., the choir and Rev. T. Houston met in
a social capacity to congratulate two of its members, Miss Georgina Morris and
Mr. C.H. McNair jnr. on the occasion of their marriage.
On Tuesday evening Mr. McNair was made the recipient of a wedding gift
from the staff of the Post Office, a brass pillar lamp and 2 brass
candlesticks. Mr. Robert Miller, in
making the presentation, explained the cordial relationship existing among the
staff which Mr. McNair’s genial and curteous manner inspired, and warmly
expressed the esteem and good wishes which everyone entertained for him. Mr. McNair suitably replied.
17 May 1919 Demobilized sailors and soldiers belonging to the village met in the
Hall on Friday evening last to present Mr. C.H. McNair jnr. with a silver
cigarette case suitably inscribed on the occasion of his marriage. Mr. W. Ramsay, late of the Bute Mountain
Battery, made the presentation. Many
yarns of the “Old Swaddy” were exchanged during the evening.
4 October 1919 Fairlie Comrades”: A general
meeting of the Fairlie ex-soldiers was held in the Village Hall last Tuesday
evening for the purpose of talking over the desirability of forming a
Discharged Soldiers’ Society. After some
discussion, the meeting unanimously agreed to form a Fairlie Post of “The Comrades
of the Great War”. Mr. C.H. McNair, jr.,
was elected captain of the post, and Mr. Thomas Millar secretary and
treasurer. The following were elected as
members of committee – Messrs. A. Crawford, J.M. Currie, T. Barclay, W. Wilson
and Wm. Ramsay. After the post had been
formally established, it was agreed to seek ground on which to erect a
club-room, and if this could be found, to commence raising funds for the
purchase of an Army hut. At the close of
the meeting, about thirty ex-service men enrolled as members.
16 January 1920 Fairlie Service Men: Last Thursday
afternoon, the people of Fairlie met in the Village Hall to give visible
expression of thanks to the returned sailors and soldiers. There was a full turn out of ex-service men
and a large attendance of the general public. . . . . .
Mr. C.H. McNair, jun., in the name of the sailors and soldiers, thanked
the committee for the kindness and honour shown them