Records of fatalities
We initially consulted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle (SNWM), Imperial War Museum, UK National Inventory of War Memorials, and the 1911 Census. Other sources are mentioned in the text, but we would particularly like to acknowledge the assistance of the members of the web-based Scottish War Memorials Project. In respect of the actual Memorial we also have had information from the Imperial War Museum.
It is noticeable that all those commemorated here are men. Women played their part in both wars, but this village appears to have been fortunate enough not to have had to record the loss of any. Naval vessels in the Forth, Rosyth Dockyard and the Forth Rail Bridge were the potential targets of the first aid raid on Britain during the Second World War but the village itself escaped any direct attacks in both wars.
All but a couple of the men from the First World War are also mentioned on Inverkeithing War Memorial, but none of those from the Second.
For those interested in a particular individual, and unfamiliar with such things, it should be noted that during the First World War soldiers were allocated numbers within their regiment and not a unique number allocated by the army, as in the Second World War.
The following details of fatalities are in the order in which they appear on the actual memorial, followed by those who were not included, in a separate section. We have managed to find a great deal of information about some, rather less about others and have, sadly, struggled to correctly identify some at all. The search has also thrown up some curiosities, not least the presence of several Canadians on our memorial.