Graveside promise to Scots pilotBreaking News
Flt Sgt Archibald Blyth Kirkwood's headstone read: "Treasured memories of Archie our beloved elder son and brother."
Robert and his wife Elizabeth, from Dalmellington, Ayrshire, also noted the next grave, that of Flying Officer James Arthur MacDonald, from Vancouver.
Concerned that 23-year-old Archie had been buried so far from his home, Robert Taylor later make a pledge to track down his relatives.
Returning to the cemetery a year later they noticed a framed photograph of Mr MacDonald had disappeared and learned the cemetery had been vandalised.
Robert managed to track down Flying Officer MacDonald's family to let them know what had happened. His next mission was to find Archie's relatives so he could put a photograph on the airman's grave.
Robert spent the last two and a half years trying to trace Archie's relatives and within three days of enlisting the help of history detective David Webster, of Ross Genealogy, he was in contact with Alistair Dick, a nephew Archie never met.
comments powered by Disqus
- Black Delegates at GOP Convention at Lowest Level in History
- Richard Moe calls on Obama to make Utah's Bears Ears a national monument. Bears Ears?
- What History Says About Donald Trump’s Convention Speech
- Rep. Steve King doubles down on white supremacy claim
- Does Melania Trump know what plagiarism is?
- Daniel Pipes: “Why I Just Quit the Republican Party"
- Jill Lepore attended the GOP convention
- Ramsay Cook died in Toronto on July 14, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer
- Adam Hochschild says he met the ghosts of his own work at a recent visit to the multiplex
- Colleges are implored to teach their own history