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  cap badgePrivate James Paton

1st/5th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: A/7962

James Paton grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Peter and Mary Mullen Paton of 2 Cameron St, Coatbridge. Husband of Lena Paton (15/06/1893- ) of 18 Cameron St, Coatbridge. James' older brother Private Peter Paton of the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was Killed in Action on the 21/10/1914 . The Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser dated 01/06/1918 stated the James' mother had lost 3 sons by that time. James, Peter and Alexander (information to follow on Alexander). From the 1891 Census - Address - 17 Burnbank Crescent, Coatbridge - Peter Paton aged 30, Mary Paton aged 30, Daniel Paton aged 13, Peter Paton aged 10, Alexander Paton aged 7, Maggie Paton aged 1. (James was born 05/05/1892). From the 1901 Census - Address - 5 Burnbank Crescent, Coatbridge - Stepfather Edward Mccluskey aged 25, Mother Mary Mccluskey aged 38, Daniel Paton aged 21, Alex Paton aged 11, James Paton aged 8, Rebecca Paton aged 5 and Stepfathers brother John Mccluskey aged 40. According to James' brother Daniel's grandson Thomas Paton he had a brother William who died at a young age and a sister Rebecca (on 1901 Census) who is buried in Old Monkland Cemetery. Rebecca is listed as DAUGHTER of Edward McCluskey and Mary McCluskey on 1901 Census. James' Pension was awarded to wife Lena c/o Mrs Morgan, 16 Canal St, Coatbridge on the 21/11/1918.

Born / Resided

17 Burnbank Crescent, Coatbridge / 18 Cameron St, Coatbridge


Died of Wounds 22/05/1918 at the 7th Casualty Clearing Station, Ligny-St-Flochel


Hamilton 1914


Waverley Iron Works / Reservist


26 / DOB - 05/05/1892

Buried / Remembered

Ligny-St Flochel British Cemetery (I. C. 4), Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery was started at the beginning of April 1918 when the 7th Casualty Clearing Station came back from Tincques ahead of the German advance. At the end of May the 33rd Casualty Clearing Station arrived from Aire and in August, No.1 Casualty Clearing Station from Pernes. All three stations had left Ligny-St Flochel by November 1918. There are 632 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in this cemetery and a further 46 German war graves.

Additional Information

James served in Egypt and France and was wounded once. See Directory for James' brother Peter's page. James is listed as 2ND BATTALION on the Memorial. Also remembered on the Maxwell Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Birth Records, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, Ligny-St Flochel British Cemetery, the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and James' Pension Records x 3.

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James paton peter paton was my grandfathers brothers the 3rd son was called alexander paton born onjuly 20th 1884 peter was born on the 27 feb 1882 and james was born on the may 5th 1892 i have all 3 birth certs peter and james death certs but cannot find alexanders it hase been said that alex was in forfor at the time and joind up there i have a death cert of a private alexander paton age 31 death 9 /5/1915 in france or belguim reg no 9894 1st bat royal highlanders not a 100% shure but still looking into that
Tom paton, Coatbridge, 13/12/2019 10:48PM

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