James Baxter

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: Clyde Z/359
  • Rank: Leading Seaman
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: Collingwood Battalion, R.N. Div
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 04.06.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 8 to 15

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 3 Waverley Tce, Dundee
  • Occupation: Meat Salesman
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    Mr James Baxter of 1 Market Street, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    D. K. Baxter, 3 Waverley Tce, Dundee. (brother)

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about James Baxter

James Baxter was the son of Mr James Baxter of 1 Market Street, Dundee and he was a Meat Salesman before he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in September 1914 for service in the Royal Naval Division. He was in the first contingent of Dundee men to travel south to the Crystal Palace in South London for initial training. After this he went to Blandford Camp in Dorset for advanced training and was drafted to the Collingwood Battalion. In May 1915 he was promoted to Leading Seaman and sailed with the Battalion to Gallipoli. The Collingwood Battalion went over the top on 4 June 1915 as part of the second wave and suffered many casualties from Turkish machine gun fire. James Baxter was reported as missing. However, over the next year his father corresponded with RND Headquarters to query this stating he had received a letter from one of his comrades which implied that James Baxter was a Prisoner of War in Constantinople. Checks with the sender found that the information was incorrect and, in July 1916, he was recorded as killed in action on 4 June 1915. His brother was Mr D K Baxter, 3 Waverley Terrace, Dundee. James Baxter is commemorated on the Helles Memorial on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey and in the Morgan Academy Roll of Honour.

Information supplied by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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