Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

First World War local fatalities.

In addition to all the above, during the First World War, North Queensferry was the scene of the death of two soldiers in separate, although broadly similar training accidents.

Paton, George Cyril Olguin

Rank
Lieutenant, 9 Bn, Royal Scots Fusiliers
Service Number
not allocated
Born
13 Sep 1894 at Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Parents
Robert Paton and Rose Clementine (Olguin) Paton
Date of death
20 June 1916 at Port Laing, North Queensferry (Aged 21)
Grave
Hope Street, Inverkeithing
Other Memorials
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

His family background was both diverse and colourful.

He was a great-grandson of John Trelawny, (friend of the poets Byron and Shelley).

His maternal grandmother was Zella Trelawny, the only surviving child of Trelawny's third wife Tersitza, who was the sister of the Greek warlord Odysseus, with whom Trelawny served during the Greek war of independence (Byron died on the way).

George was baptised in St Johns Anglican Cathedral in Buenos Aires.

His Scottish father worked for an insurance company in that city and had married a local lady in 1890.

They are noted in the 1895 census of Argentina, but in 1901 George and his mother, older sister and younger brother were living at 34 Hove Villas, Hove, Sussex

It is unclear where his father was at the time, but the family subsequently went back to Argentina.

At the centenary of his death, on 20 June 2016, a memorial plaque was unveiled at Port Laing by Vesta Darnell (2nd Cousin of Paton) in the presence of representatives of 2SCOTS, Regimental Association, North Queensferry School and local people.


Scotsman 24 June 1916.

“An Officer’s heroic act.

The remains of Lieut. George Cyril Olgum Paton, Royal Scots Fusiliers, were interred with military honours yesterday afternoon. Lieut. Paton was engaged on Tuesday evening with a number of men who were practising bomb-throwing.

A live bomb was thrown and it fell short of the objective. Recognising the imminence of danger to several men, Lieut. Paton rushed forward for the purpose of throwing the bomb further away. He was in the act of lifting the missile when it exploded.

But for the promptitude with which Lieut. Paton acted, several men, who had got out of harm’s way on being warned by the heroic officer, would have been killed or seriously injured.

Lieut. Paton, who is a cousin of Dr Cairncross, Dunfermline, came to this country from Buenos Ayres to enlist shortly after the outbreak of war.”


Paton Plaque
Plaque at Port Laing
Paton Grave
Grave of George Paton

Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Scottish War Graves Project

Soldiers Died in Great War

National Archives. Service Record. Soldier’s Effects. Medal card

Scottish National Archives. Death Certificate

London Gazette

www.argbrit.org/stjbapts/bapts1893-94.html (Baptism in Argentina)

Daily Record 21 June 1916

Times 22 June 1916

Scotsman 24 June 1916

Ancestry.com

Robin Dunford (Distant cousin)

Vesta Darnell (Distant cousin)

Gordon Best (Distant cousin)

Lyn Schwartz (Distant Cousin)

www.findagrave.com

Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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