From Terry Dunham: 

'In From the Cold Project' is pleased to see that our non-commemoration case of the WW1 soldier, Patrick Tierney, will now have his final resting place appropriately recorded at Hartwood.

We submitted this man as a missed casualty to CWGC in 1921 and our 'Grave Finding' volunteers located evidence proving his grave in your cemetery shortly afterwards.

Our subsequent submission of the burial evidence obtained with the help of North Lanarkshire Council was eventually accepted by CWGC and I see that their area ground staff have visited you recently. Their online records will be amended tomorrow to show his burial location.

Assuming his grave is unmarked, they would normally seek permission to erect an official war grave headstone. Can you confirm whether this is to happen?

We are both pleased to have brought another missing casualty 'in from the cold' and to have found his burial place. That is our mission!

May we congratulate the 'Friends' on their brilliant restoration work at Hartwood. It is good to see a new cemetery added to the 24,000 in which CWGC work and especially as it is a restored institution cemetery. (I am sitting at my desk about 600 yards from a similar hospital site which awaits restoration).

Well done.If anyone is interested, you can see a summary of our work with CWGC at If an official stone is erected in due course, we would welcome a photo if anyone has time to send one to us for our records.RegardsTerry Denham




Lair 15.

Issac Ashwood, a Royal Navy Marine, although he served just before the Great War, he must still be recognised for protecting our ancestors.

Isaac was born in Ireland, his parents were a Samuel Ashwood and Ann Nolan, both Irish nationals who moved to Scotland and records have found them living in Sunnyside Coatbridge .

Isaac had quite a few sisters and brothers and was at first listed as a bugler, which took me a while to make sure he was not a burgler! ,but it all made sense when I found Isaac in the Royal Marines attached to Royal Navy during 1881 based at Portsmouth harbour.

I started to think about how his time in marines may have effected his mind as shell shock etc existed long before it was recognised in the the early 20th century.

So, he returned home and worked in Coatbridge at the tube works as a steel cutler.

Isaac never married but he had lots of family about him all his life.

He died within hartwood on 15/08/1898.


Lair 224

Colin Alexander was born circa 1842 to John Alexander and Mary McQuarrie.

He lived in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth Sime, where he was a Painters Labourer.  Colin was in the army and discharged in April 1875.



Lair 317

Patrick Tieney  born 08/10/1880 in Kildare to Edward Tierney
and Annie Connelly
Patrick is listed in the records as being in the services
Patrick died within Hartwood on 28/02/1921 and was buried on the 02/03/1921


Lair 332

William Freeth was born 06/09/1862 in Old Monklands to Job
James Freeth and Emma Issac. He lived in Coatbridge where he was an Iron Merchant and listed in the records as being in the services.
William died within Hartwood on 25/12/1919 and was buried on
the 27/12/1919


Lair 375

James Thomson Grainger was born circa 1879 to James Kean Grainger and Thomasina Thomson.  They lived in Bengal where his mum died when he was 3.

James died within Hartwood on 06/08/1925 and was buried on the 08/08/1925


Lair 429

Alexander George McLeod born 07/10/1872 in Tradeston to
Neil McLeod and Caroline Morrow. He is listed as being a Royal Engineer rank Pioneer in the Great War. The rank of Pioneer was introduced in the Royal Engineers in 1913 owing to a shortage of tradesmen. During WW1
Pioneers might be trained only in basic field engineering or combat engineering as it is now known,
The pioneers were responsible for maintaining trenches installing South African barbed wire fencing, installing duck boards, building bridges, laying communication cable and communication trenches. As well they constructed
buildings, created and maintained roads for artillery and mules, He married Isabella and they had a daughter sadly Isabella died young Alexander died within Hartwood on 27/10/1930 and was buried on the 29/10/1930


Alexander intrigues me as he was admitted to Edinburgh Royal Asylum before the Great War, signed himself out and enrolled to fight.  On return he was admitted to Hartwood. 

Lair 560

Benjamin Evans was born circa 1894 in Pontypool to Thomas

Evans and Laura Jemiah. He enlisted in the Royal Welsh

Fusilier’s  in 27/08/1914. It looks like he was discharged from the army and

joined the Naval Volunteer Reserve.

Lair 334

James Alexander Fyfe was born 14/11/1855 in Boleskine Inverness to John Brough Fyfe and Flora McCrae.

He is listed as being in the services and left money in his will from a war pension with over £1000.
James died within Hartwood on 16/02/1917 and was buried on the 20/02/1917

Lair 361

William Marshall Lair 362 parent Alex Marshall



Lair 395

William Hyndman enlisted into the 26th Foot (Scottish Rifles) Cameronians when he was 17 on the 18th December 1899 and we later find him in Kirklands around 1910.  This rifle unit was formed in 1881 and recruited in Lanarkshire, Dumfriesshire and Galloway. It served with the Army until 1968, when it chose to disband rather than be amalgamated.

This picture was taken in 1901, so I wonder if William is in here somewhere?


Lair 445

Annie McDonald  parents Duncan McDonald and Maisie Cameron.  Listed as being in the services and after much searching, Annie came from Dundee, and served at the Somme as a VAD, a volunteer aid detachment as a field nurse.


Lair 506

Thomas Shields McCrorie was born circa 1886 in Kilmarnock to Thomas Shields and Agnes Melrose.  He is listed as being a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps and a miner. 

Thomas Cummings born 26/12 1887 in Carluke to John Cummings and Agnes Dyer.

A sailor in the merchant navy serving on HMS Magnificent, where he bought his discharge to assist his family.


Lair 557
Archibald Farrell born 27/10/1881 in Dalziel to James Farrell and Anne Kane. He married Elizabeth McFayden, where they lived in Wishaw. Archibald was a labourer but went onto be a private in the Royal Medical Corps during the great war and
was discharged on 14/06/1919 due to injury.
Archibald died within Hartwood on 21/11/1942 and was buried on the 24/11/1942




Lair 553
Peter Traynor was born 03/1892 in Sligo Ireland to Thomas Traynor and Bridget Gilmartin. He had 2 brothers and 3 sister, where they moved to Govan. He is listed as being in the Great War and discharged from the 09/10/1918. There is a little confusion on his history as there is 2 Peter Traynor listed and some of each other’s history has become mixed up but we will unravel.
Peter died within Hartwood on 07/08/1942 and was buried on the 10/08/1942


Lair 581

Andrew Browning was born circa 1867 in Larkhall. 

Going by records it looks like he was private in the

Royal Artillery during 1887 and later registered at

Omoa poorhouse in 1907.

No doubt there is more who serviced their country within the graveyard, and we will continue to identify them and give them the respect they are due.


'Lest We Forget'