Contributed by: John Stewart, on 2008-11-06
|Year of Birth||1897|
|Year of Death||1915|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Kilmark, Ayrshire and Arran|
Robert Goldie: Bn Liverpool, England in 1897- Died 19th Jan 1915 in Aldershot, England.
The following is taken from the Kimarnock Standard dated 23 Jan 1915.
"On Thursday afternoon the remains of Private Goldie were laid to rest with full Military Honours in Kilmarnock Cemetery, the event created a deep and melancholy interest in Hurlford and Crookedholm and a great crowd of reverent spectators gathered at the vicinity of the deceaseds home to witness the departure of the cortege.The pipe band of the 9th Royal Scots with muffled drums headed the procession and there was also present a detachment of the 4t Royal Scots Fusileers Battalion and members of the Company of the BB.The coffin draped with a Union Jack was slowly borne to the waiting hearse and the solemn procession set out.It was an impressive and touching site and moved many. The inexpressible Flowers o the Forrest wailed from the pipes as the cortege moved slowly onward. All along the rout ( abt 3 miles ) spectators assembled to watch a father and his brothers lay him to rest.A touching incident occurred a short distance from the Cemetery when a detachment of uniformed soldiers came to attention and as one man saluted the cortege.At the grave side the walls and walkways were lined by soldiers and a party of buglers stood at the head of the grave. On being lowered the buglers played " The Last Post"
Letter from the deceaseds Captain:Dear Sir It was with surprise and deep regret that I heard to day of the death of your youbg son in hospital at Aldershot. He was aboy who never gave any trouble and who never came before me specially until I had the occasion to inquire into his illness only a week or so ago.I cannot
tell you how soory I am both on your boys account and yours. I take a great interest in every man in my company and I feel as if it were my fault when anything happens to any of them.In the case of your son of your son nothing I could have done would have saved him as I took every step to have him put in the best hands as soon as his illness was reported to me. I offer you and if any of his brothers and sisters them too my sympathy in their loss though it can do little good I fear but I would ask you to remember that your son has laid down his life in the service of his King and Country just as much as if he had died on the field of battle. All the officers and menof the company are sending a wreath for his grave and some of his special friends are going to Aldershot to morrow to pay your son the last token of their esteem and love for him that they can give.Please accept yhis assurance of my deep regret and sympathy for your boys family. Signed Captain H.F. Munro Comanding B Company.
This a very poignant detailed account of my Great Uncle's demise. Like so many other people of today we seem to forget what the gave up for our future.The most saddening thing about this was that he was only 17yrs and lied about his age to join up.According to death certificate he was 21 yrs at the time of his death. I do know that his father Hugh, who had been a professional footballer with CELTIC and EVERTON to name but a few teams and his mother Grace never recovered from their loss.