This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 1414
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 40
- Date of Death: 09/05/1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panels 24 to 26.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 110 Victoria Road, Dundee
- Occupation: Victoria Rd, Callender Works, Dundee
Margaret A. Maher (Formerly Angus) 19 St Matthew St, Dundee
George, born 23.04.1901 & James, born 03.12.1907
More about James Angus
James has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.
A BROTHER’S MOURNFUL TASK.
It was the mournful duty of Private Wm. Mitchell, 4th Black Watch, to break to his sister the distressing news of the death in action of her husband, Private James Angus also of “Dundee’s Own.”
The letter, which is dated 10th inst., reached Mrs Angus, whose address is 110 Victoria Road, yesterday. It runs :– “We have been in action again, and our casualties are very heavy. As for myself, I am safe so far, but how am I going to tell you what happened! James has been killed in action. He died a hero’s death. “We were going to take a German trench, and when we got the order to do so we jumped on the parapet. James was one of the first to go, and as soon as he was on the point of going over a German bullet laid him low. “It was horrible the shell and rifle fire that was raging around us. It is impossible to describe it on paper. The Germans had a good many machine guns trained on us and they gave it us very hot. It was hell let loose upon earth. Two bombardments in one day! I can tell you it was hot. I thank God I came through safe. It was pure luck, I think. We have, I reckon, about 200 casualties—the biggest we have yet had.
“Jim has done his duty, and died a noble death.”
Private Angus was 40 years of age. For 22 years he was connected with the Black Watch as Volunteer and Territorial. He was employed in Victoria Road Calender. His loss is mourned by his widow and family of two.
Dundee Courier 20th May 1915
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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