CARRUTHERS MCNEURwas born 16 Jan 1897 in Hawthorn Cottage, Fairlie to parents Alexander, a ship draughtsman and Ann Kirk Fraser (who married in Govan
on 08 Jul 1891). He died in Largs on 07
married Elizabeth McNaught at 46 Nelson Street, Largs on 30 Oct 1917, and they
had five children.
In the 1901 Census,
William, aged 4, is living Hawthorn Cottage, Fairlie with parents Alexander (37,
b. Port Glasgow, yacht draughtsman) and Annie (29, b. England), and siblings Alex (10) and Robert (9).
In the 1911 Census, aged
14, he is living Croftend, Bay Street with parents Alexander (47, yacht draughtsman) and Annie (39, m 21 years, 3 children)
In the 1935 North
Ayrshire Directory, William C. McNeur is at 79 Seamore Street, Largs.
Prior to the war he was employed by Scott's
Shipbuilding & Engineering, Greenock as an Apprentice Draughtsman, who
confirm in a memo dated 10 Jan 1919 that they "are prepared to offer him
employment on his return to civil life".
However, a letter dated 25 Mar 1922 states they have to dispense with
his services owing to shortage of work.
He never worked in the shipyards again - he was employed by I.C.I., he
owned a drapers shop in Largs, and in retirement he worked at the putting
SERVICE DETAILS Named on the Ardrossan &
Saltcoats Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed in Dec 1914 (MacNeur, Pte. William, Croftend, Fairlie,
Royal Engineers); his brother wrote to him on 22 Nov
1914 congratulating him on “joining the colours”. He served in France – family has postcards of
Somme villages and towns, and a pass for Cambrai dated 28 Oct 1918. His medal index card shows he received the
British War and Victory medals.
Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
3 November 1917 Marriage: McNeur/McNaught – At 46 Nelson Street, Largs on 10 October by the Rev
Robert Oswald, M.E., Sapper William McNeur, R.E., Fairlie to Elizabeth, eldest
daughter of William McNaught, Largs.
7 September 1918 Quite a few of our local soldier lads
are on leave from the Western Front at present.
Amongst them we note Dvr. J.M. Currie, H.D.A.C.; Sergt Hugh P. Burden
D.C.M., R.S.F.; L.Cpl. Norman Stewart, 72nd Canadian Seaforths; Sapper William
McNeur, R.E.; Pte. David Boyd (Allanbank); Pte. D. Campbell (Hawthorn Cottage),
A&SH; also Pte. George Miller, H.L.I., from a training camp in England
William McNeur (back, 3rd right)
Brothers William (served with the Royal
Engineers), Robert (died at Gallipoli) and Alexander (exempt from service as he
was a fireman)
Image of 3 brothers courtesy of David McNeur Other images courtesy Liz Gibson