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Alfred James Arroll, bom 1900 in Dunblane, was a pastry baker. His sister, Mabel
Duncan Arroll, was a baker's assistant. Mabel's son was a butcher. Sheila Arrol, bom
circa 1923, and her husband, William Conn, operated a butchery in the 1970's in Biggar.
William Arrol, bom 1898 in Glasgow, was a produce broker. He is believed to have
owned a bacon and smoked ham factory in Glasgow in the 1920's. George Arrol, bom
1890 in Paisley, was a bread vanman in the 1920's.

Jane Eileen Arroll, bom in 1913, was an office equipment demonstrator following World
War II. Another Arrol involved in sales was John Andrew Arrol, bom in 1924 in
Glasgow, who was a flour miller's traveller in the 1940's and 1950's.

Isobel Neilson Arroll, bom 1895 in Helensburgh, was a shop assistant in the 1930's in
Helensburgh. Bessie Catherine Arroll, bom 1935, was a stationary shop assistant in the
1950's in Helensburgh. Barbara Buchanan Arrol, bom 1924 in Springbum, was a
shorthand typist. Grace Vittie Arrol, bom 1901 in Springbum, was a bookbinder's
assistant. John Arrol, bom 1890 in Glasgow, was a shipping clerk for a steamship
company. Annie McGhee Arrol, bom 1904 in Paisley, was a bookkeeper in the 1930's.
Her sister, Jemima Laidlaw Arrol, bom 1907 in Paisley, was a solicitor's clerkess in the
1930's and 1940's. Robina Hazeldine Arrol, bom 1915 in Cambusnethan, was a canteen
assistant in the 1940's.

Elizabeth Clark Arrol, bom in 1925 in Cambusnethan, was a hospital orderly. James
Camichan Arrol was a deck hand in the Merchant Navy in the 1960's. Alexander
Johnston Arrol, bom in 1927 in Paisley, was a burgh cleansing labourer in Paisley in the


John Scott Arroll, bom in 1899 in Garelochhead, was a Roads Department Foreman in
the 1950's and 1960's.

Alexander Provan Arrol, bom 1900 in Glasgow, was a college mathematics professor in
Troon in the 1930's and 1940's. Barbara Kyle Arrol, bom 1935 in Dunoon, was a school
teacher in Glasgow in the 1960's.

George Arrol, bom in 1915 in Paisley, was a chemical work processman in the 1940's
and 1950's.

Occupations of the Arrols and Arrolls in Scotland in 1991

As heavy industry declined in Glasgow, so the employment of the Arrols and Arrolls in
such industries also declined, if not disappeared. In 1988 the Arrols and Arrolls were no
longer principally involved in only a few industries as they were 100 years previously.
They were now employed in diverse industries acquiring many skills. An overview of
the jobs of the Arrols and Arrolls in 1989 show this diversity.

Post Office

Douglas Arrol, bom 21 March 1933 in Calton, Glasgow was a postman in Glasgow.
Other postmen were John Joseph Arrol, who was bom 6 March 1952 in Paisley, and his
brother, David Alexander Arrol, who was bom 28 Febmary 1954 in Paisley. The
brothers were postmen in Paisley.


Eileen Mary Arrol, bom 20 April 1957, was an assistant principal of foreign languages

and a teacher of French and German in Edinburgh.

Data Processing Related

William Curran Arrol, bom 13 June 1952 in Paisley, was employed as a computer


General Industry

George Arrol, bom 13 October 1915 in Paisley, was a chemical work processman in


James Bathgate Arrol, bom 19 October 1919 in Glasgow, was a retired steel roller and
machine man.

John Laing Arrol, bom 10 September 1936 at Paisley, was a boiler fireman.


Brenda Elizabeth Arrol graduated as a psychiatric nurse from the Royal Infirmary in



Aileen MacDonald Arroll, bom in 1943, was a nurse in Edinburgh in the early 1970's.

Service Industries

Alexander Johnston Arrol, bom 29 January 1927 in Paisley, was a cleansing labourer.

Colin Jolin Nicol Arrol, bom 8 Febmary 1951 in Hillhead, Glasgow, was an insurance

Eileen Wells Arrol, bom 30 June 1957 in Glasgow, was a hairdresser in Glasgow.

James Arrol, bom 5 May 1928 in Paisley, was employed in the training department of
the Sheriffs Department.

Thomas George Arrol, bom 31 January 1952 at Glasgow, was an auto electrician.


James Arroll, bom 1 1 April 1926 in Helensburgh, was a house joiner.

James Arrol, bom 10 Mar 1946 in Glasgow, was a home builder.

James William Arroll, bom 22 January 1930 in Helensburgh, operated a joiner and glazier
business in Helensburgh.


Thomas Gordon Arrol, bom 12 January' 1950 at Paisley, was a heavy goods vehicle


Engineering Related

Alexander Arrol, bom 4 January 1949, was a fork lift operator.

John Arrol, bom 21 May 1937 in Glasgow, was a maintenance engineer.

Anthony Miller Arrol, bom 25 December 1944 in Paisley, was a civil engineer and an
assistant director of engineering for one of the seven Highway Authorities in Scotland.

John Arrol, bom 23 June 1946 at Glasgow, was a former professional football player.
In 1990 he was a planner for a major tool making firm.

John Scott Arroll, bom 15 November 1960 in Helensburgh, was an electronics engineer
in Glasgow.

Martin Campbell Arrol, bom 18 November 1950 in Cambuslang, was a civil engineer.
He was a brother to Stuart Campbell Arrol below.


Stuart Campbell Arrol, bom 8 July 1947, was a mechanical engineer. He was a brother
to Martin Campbell Arrol above.

William Campbell Arrol, bom 1938 in Glasgow, was a civil engineer.

William Arrol, bom 12 April 1924 in Paisley, was a planner.


John Allen Arrol, bom 13 November 1937 at College, Glasgow, was an employee of

British Petroleum in Sullen- Voe, Shetland Islands.

Sales Related

George Arrol, bom 6 February 1946, was a whiskey warehouse salesman.

John Andrew Arrol, bom 8 September 1924 in Glasgow, was a flour millers traveler.


Andrew Joseph Arrol, bom 1969 in Dundee, was a football player with Oldham at

Lancashire, England.



The AttoIs and Arrolls have a long record of serving in the military forces. Records
show that they have served with distinction for many generations. Some of the earliest
written records of the Arrols have been to identify them as being in the service of their
country. In this chapter there are eighty-three Arrols, Arrolls and Errols named who have
been in military service. Nine of these individuals were killed or died as a result of
wounds received from enemy action. At least seven of these Arrol/Arrolls are
immortalized in the records at the War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle and are honoured
by having their names memorialized in the Hall of Honour in the Scottish National War
Memorial in Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh. Every Scottish regiment is allocated a bay
in the memorial in which have been placed red leather-covered books containmg the
names of all members who died serving their country. (Blue-covered for those who were
in Naval Service) Also given are the names of non-Scots who died serving with Scot
regiments or their affiliated Commonwealth Units. Those Arrol/Arrolls who died as a
result of enemy action are listed in the Roll of Honour on the following page. Those
individuals who are listed in the red-bound books in the Hall of Honour in Edinburgh are
identified by an astenk. Over two hundred thousand names are listed within the red
leather books of the War Memorial m Edinburgh.

The Arrols and Arrolls who served in the British Army generally served in one of the
Scottish Regiments. There are ten principal Scottish Regiments:

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. This is Scotland's own Cavalry
Regiment and it is part of the Royal Armoured Corps, It includes
soldiers from all over Scotland.

The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment - the 1st of Foot). This is the
senior regiment of line in the British Army.

The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and
Ayshire Regiment) (21st, 71st, 74th). Area - the City of Glasgow and

The King's Own Scottish Borderers (25th). Area - Selkirk, Roxburgh,
Dumfries, Galloway and Lanarkshire.

The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (26th, 90th). The regular battalion
disbanded in 1968 but Territorial Army and cadet units still flourish in



b 5 Dec 1885 at Dhunhill House, Helensburgh, Parish
of Rhu. Enlisted at Worthing, Sussex, Regimental
Number PS/28. Fought in 1 1 actions from Nov 1915
to Jul 1916. Killed in action 26 Jul 1916 at
Maricourt in Flanders while serving With the 17th
Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. He is buried in
Dantzig Allen, British Cemetary, Maetz, Plot 9, Row
P, Grave 6. WW I.


b 15 Jul 1896. Regimental Number 51509. James
was a private, machine gun (Cavalry) formerly Essex
Yeomanry. Killed in action 11 Apr 1917 at Ypres,
Belgium, His name is on the Arras Memorial, Bay
10. WW 1.


b 24 Sept 1880 at Kairangata, New Zealand.
Regimental Number 25/930. Served in Egypt and in
France. Wounded in France on 15 Sept 1916 and
killed in action in France 10 Nov 1916. WW 1.


b 8 Nov 1918, Camlachie, Glasgow. Regimental
Number 3132211, Private. Killed m action 30 Mar
1943 in Southern Tunisia, North African Theatre of
Action. Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs, The
Duke of Albany's). WW II.




b 1879. Regimental Number 241554, Lance
-Corporal. Wounded in action 15 May 1917, died of
wounds received in action 24 Aug 1917. 5th
Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs,
The Duke of Albany's). WW I.


b 25 December 1890, Possilpark, Glasgow.
Regimental Number 420704, Sergeant. Killed in
action in France 8 Oct 1916. The Queen's Own
Cameron Highlanders of Canada, 43rd Battalion,
Canadian Expeditionary Force. WW 1.


b 1 Nov 1893, Glasgow. Private, Regimental
Number 1711. Killed in action at Gallipoli, 15 Jun
1915. lst/7th Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish
Rifles). WW I.


b circa 1887 at Newcastle-on-Tyne. 21/438, Private
Killed in action, France and Flanders Theatre of
Operations, 1 Jul 1916. 21st Battalion, The
Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Scottish) WW


Captain. Fought at the Battle of Drumclog against
the Covenanters on 1 June 1679. He was killed by
Brownlee, the Laird of Torfoot.

* These names are listed in the Roll of Honour in the
War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh.


Scots Guards. The third senior regiment of Foot Guards is part of the
Guards Division and has two regular battalions recruited from all over

The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) (42nd, 73rd). Area -
Perthshire, Fife and Angus.

The Gordon Highlanders (75th, 92nd). Area - Kincardine, Aberdeen,
Banff and Zetland.

Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Cameron) (72nd, 78th, 79th).
Area - Moray, Nairn, Inverness, Ross, Sutherland, Caithness and the
Western Isles of Orkney.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) (91st, 93rd).
Area - Argyll, Dumbarton, Renfrew, Stirling and Kinross.

Arrols, Arrolls, Arralls, Arrells and Arrals have served in the military as far back as 1650.
They are listed in this chapter:

Patrick Arrall was bom circa 1650 in Scotland. He was married to
Margaret Watson. He was a corporal. (See Page 363.)

Captain Arrol served the Crown during the Battle of Drumclog against
the Covenanters in that year. He was killed by Brownlee', the Laird
of Torfoot, on 1 June 1679.

Robert Arrell was bom 14 Aug 1661 at Cashill, Buchanan,
Stirlingshire. Robert was a soldier in 1686 in Dumbarton. He was
married to Isobell McAlpin. (See Page 363.)

John Arral was bom circa 1661 in Dumbarton. He was a soldier in
1687. He was married to Janet Wright. (See Page 363.)

Robert Arrol was bom circa 1770 in Barony, Lanarkshire. He was
married to Margaret Melvin. He was a soldier. (See Page 345.)

James Arrol was bom 8 Febmar>' 1788 in the Parish of Row,
Dumbartonshire, Scotland. He was a soldier. (Section X, Paragraph I,
Page 197.)

Peter Arrol was bom 11 Oct 1823 at Shorehouse of Shandow, Row.
He was married to Margaret Currey and resided in Hamilton,
Lanarkshire in 1855. Peter was a private in the 1st Royal Lanarkshire
Militia. (Section IV, Paragraph 2-6-4, see Page 155.)


Henry Joseph Arrol was bom circa 1840's in Scotland. He was married
to Jane Armour. Henry was a soldier. (See Page 353.)


The Spanish-American War took place between April and August 1898 between Spain
and the United States, mamly over the issue of Cuba. Many Americans regarded
conditions in Cuba as intolerable and demanded that the United States intervene. On 25
April 1898 the U.S. formally declared that a state of war existed with Spain. In the
Treaty of Paris, signed on 10 December 1898, Spain granted Cuba its freedom. Spain
ceded Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Phillipines to the United States.

James Albert Arroll was bom 29 December 1880 at Maiden, Massachusetts. He
served in the Spanish-American War. (See Page 327.)


The Boer War was fought from 1899 to 1902 between the British and the Boers, or Dutch
Farmers, of the Orange Free State and the South African Republic. Many Uitlanders, or
foreigners, rushed to South Africa after the discovery of gold there in 1884. The Boers
tried to deny them any political rights and power. Great Britain joined the Uitlanders in
protesting against this move. The Orange Free State and the South African Republic
declared war on the British in October 1899. Although the Boers won early victories, the
British eventually captured the capitals of both countries, and the Boers surrendered in
May 1902.

Thomas Arroll, was bom circa 1844. Thomas was in the Royal Army. He resided
at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London and died 20 April 1923 at the Queen
Alexandra Miltary Hospital. He was an army pensioner when he died.

William Arroll, who was bom 1 1 February 1861 in Old Monkland, Glasgow, was
in the Royal Army, 2nd Battalion, Black Watch Regiment. He served in South
Africa during the Boer War and later in Gibraltor. William was in the Royal Army
for twenty -seven years. (Section X, Paragraph 2-4, Page 198).


World War I started as the result of the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand in
Serbia. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, but the conflict spread rapidly with
most of the major powers becoming involved. Britain entered the war on 3 August 1914.
However, the United States did not enter the conflict until 6 April 1917. Arrols and
Arrolls from Scotland, England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia are known to have
served during the war. No Arrols or Arrolls are known to have served from the United
States. Although there were a few Arrols in the United States during WW I, for the most
part the Arrols did not emigrate to the United States until the 1920's.


In addition to the many Arrols and Arrolls who served in the military, other Arrols and
Arrolls served their country in other ways on the homefront. An appeal was made in
April 1916 in Barrhead for women to volunteer as munitions workers during the
weekends. Jessie ArroII was one who answered the call for munition workers. She
traveled by open topf)ed tramcars that were filled, she declared, "downstairs by men when
it rained and upstairs by men when the sun shined, so the women always got off the
worse!" Her husband, Anthony Miller ArroU, meantime, was employed in a textile
factory where normal production was stopped to enable them to scour and finish khaki
for the army and blankets for all of the armed services. Their son, Robert Arroll, recalls
waiting in huge queues for bread. Another individual who served in a munitions works
during World War I was Mary Ellen McCrudden Arrol of Kilbarchan.

Twenty-two Arrols and Arrolls are known to have served during World War I. Eight of
them gave the ultimate sacrifice. The Arrols served in a number of battalions whose
records were unequalled by any other battalion in the British Army. Arrols served in
both major battles at Ypres, Belgium. Ypres was the scene of some of the severest
fighting. Several Arrols and Arrolls served in the Battle of the Somme. The Battle of
the Somme was initiated by an attack on the 1st of July 1916. It had been proceeded by
a bombardment of the German positions by 200,000 shells a day. Within two minutes
of the stop of the bombardment, 120,000 allied soldiers charged. The Germans were
ready. They pulled their machine guns out and hurriedly placed them in position. The
result was 60,000 casualties within the first hour of the battle. The battle took place on
a strip of land 20 miles long and six miles deep. It cost approximately 620,000 allied
casualties and over 500,000 German casualties. (2)

An Arrol served in India and three Arrolls and Arrols served in the tragedy of the
Dardanelles at Gallipoli in 1915. In addition to the eight Arrols and Arrolls who died
as a result of enemy action, another three were known to have been wounded. Another
Arrol was taken prisoner during the war. Thirteen of the fifteen who were sent to the
front were either killed, wounded or taken prisoner. Those who served included:

Alexander Arrol was bom circa 1873 in Scotland. He was a private in the 3/7
Battalion, Highland Light Infantry Division.

Richard Hubbard Arroll was bom 1 8 Febmary 1 879 in Scotland. He held the rank
of Lance-Corporal. Richard was wounded in action 15 May 1917 and died of his
wounds in the Military Hospital, New End, Hampstead, London on Glasgow on 24
August 1917. Richard was a member of the the 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlands.
(Ross-Shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's.) (Section IX, Paragraph 2-6-3, Page 186.)

Walter Arrol (Errol) was bom 27 September 1879 probably in Kirkintilloch,
Scotland. He was a Sergeant Major. (Section XIII, Paragraph 4-1, Page 236 and
Section XIV, Paragraph I, Page 239.)

John Arrol was bom 24 September 1880 in New Zealand. He was in the New


Zealand Expeditionary Force, NZRB, 3rd Battalion. John served in Egypt and in
France in 1916. He was wounded in France on 15 September 1916 and was killed
in action in France on 10 November 1916. (Section V, Paragraph 3-6-3, Page 164.)

Robert Alexander Arrol was bom on 7 April 1882 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland.
He was in the British Army from 1914 through 1918. (.Section XV, Paragraph
6-5-10, Page 263.)

James Stobo Arrol was bom 4 September 1883 at Durham, Sunderland, England.
James was in the Royal British Army, 16th Highland Light Infantry. He was
wounded twice and gassed twice in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and at the
Battle of Paschendale Ridge. (Section XVI, Paragraph 3-3, Page 268.)

Colin Archibald Arrol was bom 5 December 1885 at DhuhiU Home, in
Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, Scotland. Colin fought m eleven actions between
November 1915 and July 1916 and Colin was killed m action at Maricourt, France
on 25 July 1916. Colin is buried in the English Cemetery behind enemy lines at
Mantuabeau, east of Albert, France. (Section II, Paragraph 2-1-1-1-2-4-3, Page

John Arrol was bom 25 April 1886 in Springbum, Glasgow, Scotland. John served
in the Royal Army as a Private. He was in the 5th Battalion, The Highland Light
Infantry and was a machine gunner. John was captured by the enemy and was a
prisoner of war. (Section X, Paragraph 2-4-2, Page 199.)

William Arrol was bom circa 1887 in Glasgow, Scotland. He served as a Private.
William was killed in action while serving in the Dardanelles on 28 June 1915.
He was a member of the 1/7 Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). (T^alph
Arrol Family, Paragraph 4-4-4, Page 335.)

Edward Buchanan Arrol was bom 16 April 1888 in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland.
Edward was a Sergeant in the 7th Canadian General Hospital, Enaples, France.
Edward served in the military for the Canadians between 1916 and 1918 (Section
X, Paragraph 2-5-6, Page 210.)

George Arrol was bom 7 December 1890 in Paisley, Scotland. George joined the
British Army on -7 June 1915. His service number was 9276. George served in
France and Salinika. (See George Arrol and Betsy Wallace Johnston Family,
Paragraph 1, Page 319.)

Robert Arrol was bom 25 December 1890 in Possilpark, Glasgow, Scotland. He
served in the British Army prior to his immigration to Canada. He joined the
Canadian Expeditionary Forces and became a Sergeant. Robert was killed in action
on 8 October 1916 in France. He was a soldier in The Queen's Own Cameron
Highlanders of Canada, 43rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. (Section X,


Paragraph 2-5-7, Page 213.)

Alexander Arrol was bom 24 June 1891 in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He
served in the Royal Horse Artillery and was wounded in action at the Battle of
Somme in France in 1916. When Alexander was wounded, his horse 'Rusty' waited
for him. His horse was spotted, thus saving Alexander's life. (William Arrol Family,
Section III, Paragraph 1-3-2, Page 293.)

William Arrol was bom at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. William was a private and
was killed in the Flanders Theatre of Operations in France on 1 July 1916. He was
a member of the 21st Battalion, The Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Scottish).

John Arroll was bom 29 September 1892 in Helensburgh, Scotland. He was in the
British Army and served in France with the Royal Horse Artillery. (Section VIII,
Paragraph 5-1, Page 182).

James Arroll was bom circa 1894. He lived at 27 Elizabeth Street, Glasgow,
Scotland. James was a chauffeur driver m the Royal Marine Artillery, British
Expeditionary Force, British Army. (Section V, Paragraph 2-1-4-1, Page 158.)

John Charles Duncan Arroll was bom December 1893 at Kennsington, Bourke,
Victoria, Australia. John was a Corporal in the 7th Australian Infantry Battalion,
Australian Imperial Force. John served in both Gallipoli and France. He was in
military service between 17 August 1914 and 23 March 1919. (Section VllI,
Paragraph 2-7, Page 180.)

George Charles Arroll was bom December 1895 in Australia. George was in the
7th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. He served in both
Gallipoli and France. He was in military service between 7 April 1915 and 6 July
1919. (Section VIII, Paragraph 2-8, Page 181.)

James Harding Arrol was bom 15 June 1896 at Peebles, Scotland. James served as
a trooper in the Essex Yeomanry, a cavalry unit. He was killed in action at Ypres,
Belgium, in 1916. James was performing sentry duty on horseback when he was
shot by a sniper. (Robert Arrol and Elizabeth Nap Family, Section II, Paragraph
lA-4-3-l,Page 306.)

James Robert Parian Arroll was bom 18 February 1898 in Garelochhead, Scotland.
James served in the Royal Flying Corp during WW I. (Section VII, Paragraph 1,
Page 175.)

John Scott Arroll was bom 23 November 1899 at Garelochhead, Scotland. He
served in the British Army in Russia with the Royal Scot Fusiliers until 1919.
(Section VII, Paragraph 2, Page 175.)


Alfred James AjtoU was bom 28 May 1900 at Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland. He
served in the Infantry Platoon, No. 16 Seaforth Highlanders. Alfred served in India.
(Section VI, Paragraph 8, Page 172.)

World War II

World War II began as a result of problems left over from World War 1, the rise of
dictatorships, and the desire of Germany, Italy, and Japan for more territory. The war
started in Europe on 1 September 1939 with the invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939.
Great Britain entered the war on 3 September 1939 with New Zealand, Australia and
Canada all entering within a few days. The United States did not enter the conflict until
the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. India also entered the war on
7 December 1941. Before the war ended with the final surrender of Japan on 14 August
1945, most nations in the world were involved.

As during World War I, the Arrols and Arrolls remaining at home volunteered their
services to their countries in many ways They served as aides in hospitals and donated
their time to the Red Cross. They worked in munitions factories and other defense
related functions. They served as air raid wardens and home defense units. They raised
Victory' gardens and clipped coupons for groceries, gasoline and other rationed goods.
They endured many shortages and huge queues.

The Arrols and Arrolls played major roles in all theatres of operations Thirty-five
Arrols, Arrolls and Errols entered military service during World War II. Included were
four women who also served.

Those who served during World War II included:

Richard Hubbard Arroll was bom 19 October 1905 at Glasgow, Scotland. Richard
was a Captain 2/6 Gurka Rifles in the Indian Army. Richard served as a Field
Cashier in Deolali, India, an Assistant Field Controller in Military Headquarters, and

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