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  cap badgePrivate James McAulay

12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 8476

James McAulay grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Mary Owens McAulay. James' older brother Private John McAulay (8673) of the 12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry lived, worked, enlisted and fell with his brother. They both resided with Mr Andrew Brannen at 17 Coatbank St. Both fell at the Battle of Loos. James 1 day after his older brother. John is NOT LISTED on the Memorial. From the 1891 Census - Address - 13 Burnbank Crescent, Coatbridge - John McAuley aged 41, Mary McAuley aged 40, John McAuley aged 18, James McAuley aged 16. From the 1901 Census - Address - 31j2 Ellis St, Coatbridge - John McAulay aged 51, Mary McAulay aged 50, James McAulay aged 26. James' and his brother John's Pensions were claimed by Mr Brannen but were refused.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 17 Coatbank St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 26/09/1915 at Loos

Enlisted

Coatbridge 1914

Employed

Puddler in the Phoenix Iron Works

Age

40 / DOB - 05/01/1875

Buried / Remembered

Lens Eastern Communal Cemetery (16),Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Lens was very severely damaged in the war, particularly in the summer of 1917, and it has now been largely rebuilt. The Communal Cemetery was used and extended by German troops. There are now nearly nearly 30, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified. All died in September, 1915, and October, 1916.

Additional Information

James (and his NOT LISTED brother John) were Killed at the Battle of Loos which claimed so many Coatbridge men. 87 men from the Coatbridge Memorial fell during and from injuries from the Battle of Loos. There is just 3 digits difference with their service numbers. James' Grave has the surname as McAULEY as does the Memorial and the CWGC. Also see the brothers Service Medal and Award Rolls and James' Army Register of Soldiers Effects (McAULAY). See Newspaper clipping for letter to Mr Brannen from the Captain of the No 2 District Record Office in Hamilton. James' Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. Also remembered on the St Patrick's Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 3 (brother John listed on 2), his Headstone Report, Lens Eastern Communal Cemetery (James' Grave is the first one in the photo), James' CWGC Grave Registration x 2, James' and his brother John's Pension Records x 2 and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge. Finally I've added John's CWGC Grave Registration and his Headstone Report.

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