|Date of Birth||November 9, 1900|
|Place of Birth||Govan, Lanarkshire|
|Next of Kin||John Kilgour, father, 19 Drive Road, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Trade / Calling||Apprentice draftsman|
|Service Record||see images below|
|Force||Royal Air Force|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Age at Enlistment||17|
|Theatre of Service||Great Britain|
|Prisoner of War||No|
Andrew Morrison Kilgour was born on 9 November 1900 in Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland. At the time of his birth Govan was going through a rapid expansion period, from a population of 9 000 in 1864 to 95 000 in 1907. In 1912 Govan became a part of Glasgow. Andrew’s father John Kilgour, a tailor, was from Dundee while his mother Mary Morrison Lutton was from Glasgow. The couple married on 14 June 1898, registered in the District of Govan. Andrew had an older sister, Elizabeth, and four younger sisters, Isabella, Christina, Jessie, and Mary.
Andrew entered Boy Service with the Royal Flying Corps on 7 November 1917, two days before his seventeenth birthday. His occupation was given as apprentice draughtsman and his father John at 19 Drive Road in Govan as next of kin. On 1 April 1918 the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service were amalgamated to form the Royal Air Force and he was transferred to the RAF. On May 21st he was sent to the RAF Training Centre in Cranwell, Lincolnshire in England for three weeks and then on to Longside in Aberdeenshire in mid June. On his birthday, 9 November 1918, he turned 18 and entered Man Service with rank of Boy Rigger (Airship). On 1 February 1919 he was transferred to the Dispatch Centre at Edinburgh Castle and was then transferred to the RAF Reserve on March 3.
Andrew immigrated to Canada in 1923, arriving in Halifax aboard the Caronia on August 18th. His occupation was given as draughtsman with intended occupation as harvester out of Winnipeg. However Andrew found work as a draughtsman with the Keewatin Lumber Company, taking up residence in Kenora, Ontario. He returned to Scotland in the fall of 1925 for six weeks, arriving back in Canada on the 17th of October aboard the Marburn.
On 16 August 1926 in Kenora, Andrew married Mary Flora Morrison. At the time of his marriage Andrew was working as a draughtsman. Born in Glasgow on 18 October 1901, Flora was the daughter of Roderick Morrison, shipyard labourer, and Flora Paterson. Flora’s parents married on 10 September 1886 in Glasgow and had a number of children by the time of Flora’s birth. Flora arrived in Canada on August 8th, occupation listed as confectioner on the passenger list of the Metagama, destination given as Kenora and fiancé Andrew. Andrew and Flora had three children, John (Jack), Roderick, and Donald.
In February 1930 Andrew joined the Kenora Branch of the Canadian Legion, membership card giving discharge date from service as May 1919 in Georgetown, Paisley. The 1935 Voters List for Kenora found the family living on 1st Street South with Andrew working as a bookkeeper. The family moved to Winnipeg with Andrew working as an auditor and living on Beaverbrook Street in the mid 1940’s. By the early 1950’s the family had relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Voters Lists giving Andrew’s occupation as civil servant/auditor and address as George Dauphines Avenue. By 1968 Andrew had retired. Both individually and as a family the Kilgours made numerous trips to Scotland. Their dates of deaths and final resting place are unknown.
by Judy Stockham
British Royal Air Force, Airmen’s service records 1912-1939: National Archives, London, England