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John Innes Gall




Date and place of birth:  1892 Arbroath, Angus, Scotland

Date and place of death:  10th December 1957, Langley Moor, Durham.

Nationality: British

Biography:  John grew up in Arbroath, Scotland with his two sisters:

Rachel Ogilvy Gall 1894

Winifred Bruce Gall 1902

Parents: James Gall married Rachel Ogilvie Gray in Arbroath 1891

Parents occupation:  James was a Shoemaker

Schools Universities attended and years of attendance: Not known

Occupation: Not known

Place of residence at Gretna: Sarkbridge Farm

Job Title at Gretna: Engineer

Marital Status:  John’s wife: Annie Bamlett

Children: John and Annie had one son you sadly died young: Cyril Herriot Gall 1919-1929

Travels:  Before working at Gretna, John Innes Gall worked for the Japanese Explosives Company in Hiratsuka, Japan. There is a newspaper article in The Victoria Daily Times ( 20 Nov 1916, page 13), which is written as he is John is returning home. The article mentions a gold watch, which still belongs to John’s family today and has an inscription:

“Presented to J Innes Gall by The European Foremen of The Japanese Explosives Co Hiratsuka on his leaving Japan.”

Awards/Recognitions: Nil known
Trivia/any other information: Forwarding address in Mossband Farewell: “Blyth Villa,” Largo Road, St Andrews

Mossband Farewell page 27


Thank you very much to a relative of John Innes Gall (John was their great uncle), who got in touch and shared some more information about him with us. As well as information about John’s time in Japan and the newspaper article they shared that,

“After leaving Gretna he went to work for the Tharsis Sulphur and Copper Co Ltd in Huelva, in Spain where he stayed until he retired.”






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Mossband Farewell

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