Ladykirk Churchyard Section A row 6 – 1 – Dobie/Cruickshank


In memory of MARTHA  ANNE SCOTT CRUIKSHANK wife of the rev WILLIAM DOBIE minister of Ladykirk died 5th February 1861 aged 33 years.The Revererend JOHN DOBIE M.A.B.D. their second son Professor of Hebrew and Oriental Languages in the University of Edinburgh  born in Musselburgh 20th January 1859 died 2nd August 1894. Also of the above WILLIAM DOBIE minister of Ladykirk 1859 – 1904 born at Kirkburn Dumfriesire 22nd September 1824 died at Crieff 26th September 2904.Also in memory of Lieut. WILLIAM  FINDLEY ROBERTSON DOBIE 2nd Gordon Highlanders son of Dr DOBIE Crieff who fell in action 14th Dec 1914 Buired in Irish House Cemetery Kemmell S. W. of Ypres France.WILLIAM CRUICKSHANK DOBIE  eldest son of Rev Wm DOBIE died in Mildura Australia 23rd August 1925

Military record

Lieutenant William Findlay Robertson Dobie, 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in Belgium on 14th December aged 27. He was a Regular Soldier and the son of Dr and Mrs D. Robertson of Earncliff, Crieff, Perthshire. He is buried in Irish House Cemetery, Kemmel, Flanders, Belgium. He is not listed on Coldstream War Memorial but as he had been born in Coldstream we felt he should be included here. He fell in an attack in support of the French which had the objective of capturing Messines Ridge. The Battalion objective was Maedelstede Farm on the Kemmel- Wytschaete Road. The artillery bombardment only last three quarters of an hour and the attack in the face of unsupressed machine gun fire failed. with heavy losses. Lt Dobie was posted missing presumed killed along with two other Officers. Other Rank losses were 120 killed and 123 wounded.

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