William Graham RAMSAY

Regiment:               Royal Garrison Artillery, 4th Highland
                               Mountain Brigade  

Rank & Number:    
Gunner, 2272 & 301620  

22 February 1895; Rochdale, Lancashire  

Died:                      11 April 1961; Winton Road Irvine  

Brother of James Ramsay

WILLIAM GRAHAM RAMSAY was born 22 Feb 1895 in Rochdale, Lancashire to parents George Graham, French Polisher, and Mary McMahon (who were married in Glasgow on 24 Jun 1892).  He died of cancer of the bladder at home at 179 Winton Road, Irvine on 11 Apr 1961 (aged 66, house painter, married).  

On 20 May 1921 at Fullarton Manse, Irvine, William (aged 26, painter, of 26 Kirkgate, Irvine) married Elizabeth Wilson.  

In the 1901 Census, William, aged 5, is in his grandfather's household at 347 Govan Street, Glasgow with father George (31, French Polisher, b. Glasgow) and siblings James (8) and Margaret (7)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 16 and a house painter, he is living Bay House, Bay Street with parents George (41, French Polisher) and Mary (40, b. Glasgow, m 18 years, 5 children/3 living) and siblings James (18, French Polisher) and Maggie (17)    

Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour in Dec 1914 (Ramsay, Gr. Wm, Bay House, Fairlie, Bute Mountain Battery).  Enlisted 15 Dec 1911; first theatre of war entered was Balkans on 25 Apr 1915.  On 19 Oct 1918, the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that he was dangerously ill in hospital in Salonika.  He was discharged 16 Feb 1919 (Silver War Badge list).  His medal index card shows he received the Silver War Badge, 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

21 November 1914
Local Roll Of Honour:  The following is the first instalment of what we hope will eventually be a complete list of all connected with this district who have at present answered the urgent call to arms in the great crisis of our national history:-    Bute Battery, 4th Highland (Mountain) Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery (T)    FAIRLIE - Ramsay Gr., Wm., Bute Mountain Battery  

18 December 1915    
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:   Up to date, the number of parcels sent out is about 95, and the most recent acknowledgements received are from Sergt. Davis and Pte. Dan. McCallum (hospital), Driver J.M. Fraser (France), Pte. J. Ward, Pte. J. Miller, Gr. Wm. Ramsay, Corpl. Blakley and Sergt. Hugh Burden (Dardanelles).  

17 June 1916

Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.  

28 September 18 
In Memoriam:  Hunter – In loving memory of Pte. George Hunter, R.S.F., who died at Alexandria, Egypt on 27 September 1915, aged 20 years:   

We do not know what pain he bore,   
We did not see him die.   
We only know that he passed on,   
And could not say goodbye.   
He never shunned his country’s call,   
But gladly gave his life, his all.   
He died the helpless to defend,

A British soldier’s noble end Inserted by his chum, William G. Ramsay, on active service, R.G.A.  

19 October 1918        

Mr. George Ramsay, Bay House, Fairlie, has also received notice that his son, Gnr. William Ramsay is lying dangerously ill in hospital in Salonika.  

2 November 1918
We are glad to report that Gnr. William Ramsay, Argyll Mountain Battery, R.G.A., who was recently reported dangerously ill in hospital at Salonika, is now off the dangerously ill list.  May he have a speedy recovery.  

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 o 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.

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