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Sheriff Johnson arrested Mrs. Thomas Williams....

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale Mar 7, 2017. 0 Replies

The Blossburg Advertiser November 24, 1899, Vol.15, No. 51...Wednesday evening, Sheriff Johnson arrested Mrs. Thomas Williams, charging her with assaulting one Drysdale. Near her house three boys were drumming on a boiler. Drysdale was on his way…Continue

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Deaths Aug 14 1789 , Dr John Drysdale also Mrs Susannah Douglas relict of Patrick Ross Esq

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale. Last reply by William Douglas Nov 14, 2016. 1 Reply

The Scots Magazine :volume 52Deaths Aug 14 1789 At Bombay Lieut James Rattray in the East India Company's service Oct At Madras David Graham Esq Dec On board the Valentine on his voyage from China Mr John Stuart second son of James Stuart Esq of St…Continue

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U-boat victim, Andrew Drysdale.

Started by William Douglas. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Dec 22, 2014. 1 Reply

ANDREW DOUGLAS DRYSDALE M.B., Ch.B. (Edin.).Age: 23Lieutenant 225941 Royal Army Medical CorpsTicket No. 312Destination: Cape TownSon of Peter Finnie Drysdale and Annie Bonar Drysdale, of Edinburgh. Andrew was a passenger who lost his life when SS…Continue

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on November 4, 2018 at 20:18

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John Drysdale, Storekeeper, played a key part in opening up Australia.

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on March 6, 2017 at 0:19

The Petition of John Toshen and Others
March, 1785

John Toshen, William Atkinson, Martin Lyons, John Mark Delesdernier, John Henderson, John Parsons, William Dryesdale, Jonathon Malcolm, Alexander Henderson, James Henderson, John Delesdernier … they are all inhabitants of Miramichie, they are informed that thirty families of Loyalists have obtaned 15,000 acres of land on this River. Your Memorialists claim a small Tract of Salt Marsh Lands on south side of River Miramichie called Kinadian Point, … have cleared, enclosed, and occuped said lands since 1777, and therefore ask that the land be granted to them.                                                                                        

The Petition of Benjamin Marston
August 15, 1785

Alexander Wishart, Ship Master, Robert Reid, Cornel's Place, John Watson, Alexander Henderson, ask that John Tushie, who has acted as Pilot on this River since 1775, never lost a vessel, recommend him for Pilot, very active, sober and industrious man. Francis Harriman, Master of the Ship Viper, certifie that … have been piloted up and downe this River several times by this Mr. John Tushie.

Thomas McKinnon, Ship Builder
Thomas Yeomans
William Drysdale
William Coon
William Brown

(encl.) in a letter, Marston to Jonathon Odell

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 9, 2016 at 1:39

Train Wreckers and Ghost Killers-Allied Marines in the Korean War PCN 19000410700_2.pdf

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 9, 2016 at 1:36

Colonel Douglas Burns Drysdale was born in Hampstead, a suburb of London, on 2 October 1916. He spent the majority of his youth in Argentina, where he developed a life-long passion for horsemanship, polo playing, and hunting. Commissioned a subaltern in September 1935 in the Royal Marines, he was given charge of HMS Renown c Marine detachment. lie remained on hoard the Renown during the first three years of World War II. During the occupation of Iceland, Lieutenant Drysdale served as the staff officer of "Force Fork," the combined force consisting of the 2d Battalion, Royal Marines, and a coastal battery. He was promoted to captain in June 1942 and assigned to the staff of the British Admiralty Delegation, Washington, D.C. Here, Captain Drysdale had his first contacts with U.S. Marines when he was attached to Headquarters United States Marine Corps as a liaison officer until 1943 when he became brigade major of 3 Special Service Brigade. He remained with the brigade for the rest of World War II. Tn September 1945, during the Burma campaign, 3 Special Service Brigade was assigned to carry out Operation Zipper, an amphibious operation that was canceled when the war ended. Major Drysdale was to serve as the commanding officer of 44 Commando during that operation. For outstanding service in that theater, the British government appointed Drysdale a Member of the British Empire (MBE). After the war, Major Drysdale served on the staff of the British army staff college at Camberley. He then joined the staff of the Officer's School where he was promoted to acting lieutenant colonel and assigned to command 41  Independent Royal Marine Commando. His command of 11 Commando in Korea was to be the highlight of a distinguished career. For his actions at the Chosin Reservoir, as well as his leadership of 41st Commando, Lieutenant Colonel Drysdale was awarded two Silver Stars and a Distinguished Service Order. Lieutenant Colonel Drysdale led 41 Commando until late 1951, when he was relieved by Lieutenant Colonel Ferris N. Grant. He then served as the Royal Marine representative at the Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia, from 1952 to 1954. After leaving Quantico, Drysdale was appointed Commandant of the Royal Marine's Non-commissioned Officers School. He was then assigned to the staff of the Commandant General of Royal Marines, where he was promoted to colonel in June 1961. He was selected to command 3 Commando Brigade prior to his medical retirement in January 1962. He moved to Norfolk, England, in 1978 where he died on 22 June 1990 at the age of 73. 

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video of the Thomas Drysdale and his wife Catherine White memorial stained glass window on visit to St Fillan's Church in Aberdour, Fife. John died in January, 1906, and Catherine in December, 1889. This window given by their children.


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