Sergeant Observer Wilson Paxton, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died of wounds received on an Air Operation over Italy on 1st October 1941 whilst serving with 99 Squadron Royal Air Force, aged 23. He was the husband of Helen Hood of Kelso and is buried in Cockburnspath Churchyard. He was born at Old Nunhead, Cockburnspath and before enlisting he was working with the Bank of Scotland in Crieff. He was the first local in the District to fall in combat. 99 Squadron ( Madras Presidency ) flew Vickers Wellingtons from R.A.F. Waterbeach as part of 3 Group Bomber Command in operations over occupied Europe.