1. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour34C GQS

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Early Life :

Eldest son of Archibald and Margaret Grace (nee Murphy) on 26th February 1888 at Hanwell, Middlesex. In later years he was resident of the Manor House, Yateley, Hampshire. The family had recently settled back in Britain after living in Australia, where John's parents had married and also China where two of his sisters were born.

Family :

Jean Blanche nee Steward-Wilson only child of Sir Charles Stewart-Wilson, a prominent civil servant. They had a son , John Archibald who was born just a few months after his father's death.

Education & Career :

Hampden House (1904) at Brighton College

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 2/King's Own Scottish Borderers 

2nd Battalion August 1914 : in Dublin. Part of 13th Brigade, 5th Division. Landed at Le Havre 15 August 1914.

Action : France & Flanders 

France & Flanders covers all the dates and corresponding locations which are outside the official battle nomenclature dates on the Western Front. Therefore the actions in which these men died could be considered 'normal' trench duty - the daily attrition losses which were an everyday fact of duty on the Western Front.

Detail :

In 1911, he received a commission in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and was attached to the 2nd Battalion based in Ranikhet, India. On the outbreak of war the battalion moved back to Europe and it is mentioned he was subsequently engaged in action at Gallipoli, despite the 2nd Battalion being in France at the time.

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"Following his marriage to Jean, John was posted to the Western Front and fought in the Battle of the Somme before being killed by enemy shellfire on 19 May 1917. He was posthumously promoted to Captain on the same day, possibly as a kind gesture by his commanding officer because it would increase his widow's pension. Hetty Cumnor (Parlour Maid) also recalled his young wife's reaction to the return of his belongings:

"When his belongings were sent home from the war with the filth and gore of the trenches the young lady took them up to her bedroom and shut the door. After some time had passed the parents became worried and opened the door. She had fallen asleep with her arms clasped around his [Ainslie's] coat. She was carrying his child, I believe.""

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Triune Brotherhood No. 2121 E.C.East Punjab
Joined : Chutter Munzil No. 3276 E.C. Bengal

19th March 1913
23rd August 1913
25th November 1913

United Grand Lodge of England records show that John was Killed in Action in May 1917.

Lodge title is Triune Brotherhood (not Tribune) No. 2121 in Kasauli. Initiated as a Lieutenant, referencing the K.O.S.B. He joined Chutter Munzil Lodge in Lucknow, Bengal on 23rd July 1910, showing a resignation on 31st October 1918 (this appears not to be right as he had already been killed).

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