Charles Hutcheson McNAIR Jnr.

Regiment:               Royal Field Artillery, 3-2nd Lowland

Rank & Number:      2nd Lieutenant  

21 February 1892; Springbank, Fairlie  

                       1967; Irvine  

Brother-in-law of Hugh Morris

CHARLES HUTCHESON MCNAIR, 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.  

On 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 merchants    


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
In 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

Two 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

Back to list of soldiers names


Fairlie Community Association SCIO
Scottish Charity No. SC028785