WILLIAM SPEIRS 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
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)
SERVICE DETAILS 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