Graveside Promise to Scots Pilot

Posted by admin on Jun 17, 2009

During a holiday to Northern France, Ayrshire man Robert Taylor came across the grave of an Edinburgh pilot who died during a wartime mission in February 1944. Catherine Lyst recounts his two-and-a-half-year quest to trace the young airman’s relatives.

Flt Sgt Archibald Blyth Kirkwood’s headstone read: “Treasured memories of Archie our beloved elder son and brother.”

However, unlike other graves at the St Denise cemetery at Poix de Picardie, there was no photograph.

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.

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.

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