West – Row 5 – 2 – Matthew/Foreman/Moffat


Erected by JOHN MATTHEW in loving memory of his son Gunner JOHN MATTHEW R.F.A. who was killed in action at Ypres France on 22nd October 1917 aged 27 years.

Also ELIZABETH FOREMAN his daughter who died in infancy.

GEORGE second son of above who died at Edinburgh 11th March 1921 aged 29 years interred in Saughton Cemetery.

Also, the above JOHN MATTHEW who died 7th February 1933 aged 76 years.

Also ALICE MOFFAT his wife who died 13th October 1935 aged 79 years.

Military record

When John MATTHEW was born on 21 January 1857 in Coldstream, Berwickshire, his father, Joseph, was 22 and his mother, Ann, was 19. He married Alice Swanston MOFFAT on 24 June 1881. They had three children during their marriage. He died in 1932 in his hometown at the age of 75.

Alice Swanston MOFFAT was born on 27 March 1856 in Eccles  Berwickshire. She married John MATTHEW on 24 June 1881. They had three children during their marriage. She died in 1935 in Coldstream, Berwickshire, at the age of 79.


John Matthew lived at 6 Luke’s Brae. Gunner John Matthew is buried at Canada Farm Cemetery. John’s Regiment was the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery and he died in Flanders, France. He was also a Gunner.


John Matthew was born at Eccles, an Agricultural Labourer and lived at Crooks Cottages. His wife Alice was also born at Eccles. George was a Lorry driver in the Army.

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