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  cap badgePrivate James McBrier

1st/5th Gordon Highlanders
Service No: S/23250

James McBrier grave

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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

Died

Killed in Action 05/10/1918 at Meurchin

Enlisted

Hamilton

Employed

William Baird and Company

Age

18

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

James' Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. 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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