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James McBrier cap badgePrivate James McBrier

1/5th (Buchan and Formartin) Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Service No: S/23250

James McBrier grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Robert and Margaret McBrier of Palacecraig Lodge, Airdrie. From the 1901 Census - Address - 283 New Row, Coatbridge - Robert McBrier aged 34, Margaret A McBrier aged 31, Mary J McBrier aged 11, John McBrier aged 9, Margaret A McBrier aged 7, Ellen McBrier aged 5, James McBrier aged 1. James' Pension was awarded to his mother Margaret of 279 New Row, Coatbridge then Palacecraig Lodge, Airdrie.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 279 New Row, Coatbridge


Killed in Action on the 05/10/1918 at Meurchin, northeast of Lens (part of the Final Advance in Artois)




William Baird and Company



Buried / Remembered

Philosophe British Cemetery (III. G. 7), Mazingarbe, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery was started in August 1915. In 1916 it was taken over by the 16th (Irish) Division, who held the Loos Salient at the time, and many of their dead were brought back to the cemetery from the front line. Succeeding divisions used the cemetery until October 1918, and men of the same Division, and often the same battalion, were buried side by side. After the Armistice, this cemetery was one of those used for the concentration of isolated graves from the Loos battlefield. The bodies of 41 men of the 9th Black Watch were brought from positions a little West of Loos, and those of 340 officers and men of other Regiments from different points in the communes of Cambrin, Auchy, Vermelles, Halluch and Loos. There are 1,996 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery, 277 of them unidentified.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 03/05/1915 and were transferred to the 44th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division on the 01/06/1918. They absorbed the 8/10th Battalion a week later. The Battalion were part of the Final Advance in Artois, 2nd October – 11th November 1918 : 1st and 5th Armies continue the advance in the Artois region, liberating the French coalfields, Lens and Douai. Between October the 5th and 10th nothing beyond patrol encounters took place. The enemy were strongly posted on the east bank of the Haute Deule Canal and all parties approaching its western bank came under heavy machine-gun fire. James' Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. He is also remembered on the Gartsherrie Works (as MCBRIAR), and the Maxwell Parish Churches Rolls of Honour (see photos). James' brother John is listed on the East United Free Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his brother's Newspaper clipping, James' Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Philosophe British Cemetery, James' Pension Records x 2 and the Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge.

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