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  cap badgePrivate James Brady

2nd Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Service No: 5119

James Brady grave





Personal details

Family Information

James had no family. His friend Robina Clark lived at 296a Main St, Coatbridge in 1919 with daughter Minnie, Gracie and son Matthew. James wrote a Will leaving everything to his friend Mrs Robina Clark, White House, Coatdyke. (Mrs Clark's Census Records). From the 1891 Census - Address - Clarks Land 236 Main St, Coatbridge - Daniel Clark aged 43 (Spirit Merchant), Robina Clark aged 33, Jeanie Clark aged 9, Minnie Clark aged 1. From the 1901 Census - Address - 296a & b Main St, Coatbridge - Robina Clark aged 40 (Spirit Dealer), Jeanie Clark aged 20, Archibald Clark aged 13, Minnie Clark aged 10, Gracie Clark aged 8, Matthew Clark aged 6, Donald Clark aged 3, servant Jessie Donald aged 20, Robina's niece Mary Morrison aged 14.

Born / Resided

Ballymoney, Co. Antrim / 16 East Stewart St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 11/08/1916 at Vermelles




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Buried / Remembered

Vermelles British Cemetery (III. M. 14), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Vermelles was in German hands from the middle of October 1914 to the beginning of December 1914, when it was recaptured by the French. The cemetery was begun in August 1915 (though a few graves are slightly earlier), and during the Battle of Loos, when the Chateau was used as a dressing station, Plot I was completed. It was laid out and fenced by the Pioneers of the 1st Gloucesters, and known for a long time as "Gloucester Graveyard". The remaining Plots were made by the Divisions (from the Dismounted Cavalry Division onwards) holding the line 1.6 kilometres East of the cemetery until April 1917, and they incorporated a few isolated French graves of October 1914. From April 1917, to the Armistice, the cemetery was closed; but after the Armistice some graves were re-grouped and others were brought in (to Plots II, IV and VI) from the battlefields to the East. There are now over 2134 First World War casualties commemorated in this cemetery. Of these, 198 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to six soldiers from the United Kingdom, known to be buried among them. This cemetery also contains the graves of 11 casualties of other nationalities.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Le Havre on the 05/11/1914 and were part of the 23rd Brigade, 8th Division when James fell. The Battalion took part on the opening phase of the Battle of the Somme: the Battle of Albert, 1 – 13 July 1916. James fell at Vermelles on the 11/08/1916. A huge thank you to my friend Tom and his father Jim and mother Robina Clark (same name as James' friend mentioned above) who paid respect to James on the 06/11/2020 and the 09/11/2021 at the Memorial (see photos x 11). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his name on the Ireland Casualties of WW1, his Headstone Report, Vermelles British Cemetery and the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Cap Badge.

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