James Thomson (Private) – Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 9th Battalion.
James was officially reported to have died of wounds on the 25th of September 1915 during the battle of Loos. It appears that a shell struck a dug out killing two men on the spot and wounding James, who succumbed two hours later.
He was born and lived in Hamilton and prior to enlisting he was a coal miner for ten years at Greenfield Colliery. He left a widow at 7 Ann Street, Burnbank. He is interred in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France Special memorial in front of roe J, Grave 1.
Bill Hunter sent us this picture of his great uncle, Bill wrote:
“My Great Uncle Corp. James Thomson, Udston Square.10th Service Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, Killed missing in action at Loos 1915. Was only 3 months in Theater. Seen with his wife Mary Rodgers and his 2 children.”
Bill went on to tell us:
“Mary moved to the USA in 1921 with her two children to stay with her brother. She did re-marry and I am in communication with her descendants.
James medals went missing during the passage of time but were found 75 years later when an older member of the family passed away and the medals were found in an old rusty tin.
The German War Graves Commission assisted me by searching their records to ascertain if they buried the war dead of this battle when they re-took the line. But the records showed that they had not buried any British soldiers. Documents later showed that the 10th Battalion had in fact carried out the burials.”
25579 Michael Tonner McNamee (MM) (Private) – Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 17th Battalion.
My relative Michael McNamee died of wounds on the 19th of October 1918 at No 2 Canadian Casualty Clearance Station, while his division was engaged in the Battle of Ypres (28th September – 2nd October).
Michael was 22 years of age and was born and raised in Hamilton. He also enlisted in Hamilton and was part of the 106th Brigade 35th Division. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a Coal Miner at Ferniegair Colliery.
During his army service Michael had been awarded the Military Medal (MM). He was five feet four inches tall and weighed 98 pounds and was the son of Thomas McNamee and Jane Rankin Adams and their home address was 35 Church Street.
Michael is interred in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXX Row H, Grave 3.
Robert Dawson (Private) – Lincolnshire Regiment 10th Battalion (Formerly 13613 28th Battalion (Territorial Reserve) and 2279 Army Service Corps 3rd Line Lowland Division Train)
Robert died of wounds on the 27th od October 1917 in France. He was 22 years of age and part of the 10th (Irish) Brigade 34th Division.
He was born and raised in Hamilton and enlisted in Glasgow. He was the only son of John (Ironmonger’s Traveller) and Margaret F Dawson. He lived at Scott Street.
He is commemorated on St. John’s Church, St. John’s Grammar School Rolls of Honour and is interred in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXX Row G, Grave 17.
Edith Bulloch sent us this great picture of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). The picture was taken “Somewhere in France”. In the picture are men from Hamilton and the surrounding areas and it was taken in 1915. Edith told us that her father is the first one sitting in the second row.
William Glass (Private) – Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2/5th Battalion (Formerly 2394 Army Service Corps)
William was killed in Action on the 5th November 1918 in the aftermath of the battle of the Sambre (4th November). During his service, William was awarded the Military Medal (MM).
He was 31 years old and part of the 186th Brigade 62nd (West Riding Division). William was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 184 pounds.
He was the son of the late William Glass (Hamilton Fruit Merchant) and his mother was called Barbara. He was married to Mary Casey and they lived at 45 Baillie’s Causeway. He had two daughters who were Margaret born on the 18th November 1907 and Barbara born 3rd July 1910. Before he joined that Army he was working as a Miner and then a Lorryman.
Private Glass has no known grave and is commemorated on St. John’s Grammar School, Regimental Headquarters, Wellesley Park, Halifax, England.
James Gordon (Private) Highland Light Infantry 12th (Service) Battalion.
James was killed on Saturday the 25th of September 1915 on the opening day of the battle of Loos. He was 19 years old.
He was the son of John & Jane Gordon and they lived at 2 Albert Buildings, Burnbank and later residing at 34 Argyle Buildings, Burnbank. Private Gordon has no known grave and is commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France Panel 108-112.
James Robert Caird (Captain) Kings Own Scottish Borderers – 3rd Battalion- Attached to the 2nd Battalion Highland light infantry.
James applied for a Commission and being a member of the Inns of court officer training corp, was gazetted second Lieutenant in 15th of August 1914 and promoted to Lieutenant on 3rd December 1914.
He was killed in action on the 23rd of April 1915 while leading his platoon over open ground in the advance on St. Julien near Ypres.
Sergeant Hugh McMurchy, in a sworn statement declared, “I saw Lieutenant Caird killed, he was advancing in front of me and was shot through the forehead.” He was killed instantaneously.
James was promoted to captain after his death, as from the 2nd of February 1915. His last letter to his father contained an interesting account of the assault and capture of Hill 60, in which he took part.
James was born on the 4th of November 1892 at Dalhousie, India and he was the son of Major Lindsay Henryson Caird (Late Border Regiment) infantry records office, Hamilton, and his mother was Janet Laura Haunt.
He had been educated at Bedford and Carlisle Grammar Schools. When war broke out James was employed in the office of the Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Co Ltd.
Joseph Burnett (Private) Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 6th Battalion.
Joseph was killed in Action on the 15th June 1915 at the second action of Givenchy. He was 23 years of age. Joseph was the son of John & Christina Burnett and they lived at Low Waters Road.
William Alexander Blair – Highland light infantry. William Died on the 8th of December 1918, he was 20 years old. He and another officer were on duty when a bomb was accidentally struck and exploded, killing the other officer instantaneously and wounding William, who succumbed to his wounds the following morning.
Prior to enlisting he had been a student at the University of Glasgow. He was the son of Malcolm Blair (Headmaster at Beckford Street Primary School) and Annie Hardie. He lived at Allanshaw Street.
Robert Bailey (Private) Highland Light Infantry. Killed in Action on 26th September 1915 on the second day of the battle of the Loos. He was 28 years old, son of Robert & Martha Bailey, 38 Burnbank Road. He was the Husband of Minnie Bailey.