William Speirs

Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 6th Btn;
                               formerly Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1st Btn  

Rank & Number:    
Corporal 202319 (KOSB); 265161 (RSF)  

25 October 1895 in Fairlie  

                       30 September 1918; Belgium  

Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

was born 25 Oct 1895 in Fairlie, to parents William, a joiner, and Janet Sillars (who were married on 04 Jan 1893 in Arran).  He was killed in action in Belgium, initially being reported missing on 30 Sep 1918, and a year later presumed to have been killed on that date. 

He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, and on Fairlie War Memorial.  

In the 1901 Census, William, aged 5, is living Clederion, Fairlie with parents William (43, ship joiner, b. West Kilbride) and Janet (38, b. Arran), and siblings Janet S (7) and Mary M (2)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 15 and a baker's messenger, he is living Winton Place, Bay Street, Fairlie with parents William (53, yacht joiner) and Janet (48, m 18 years, 3 children)    

Named on the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed 21 Nov 1914, and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed Dec 1914 (Spiers, Pte. William, Winton Place, Fairlie, R.S.F.).  His medal index card shows he received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

11 October 1919
Death On Service: Speirs – Reported missing 30th September 1918, now officially presumed killed, Corporal William Speirs, 6th K.O.S.B., formerly R.S.F., only son of Mr. and Mrs Speirs, Winton Place, Fairlie

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

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