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.”