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: 3/2891
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death:
- Date of Death: 09.05.1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 24 to 26
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Coatbridge
- Address: 48 High Street, Dundee
- Occupation: Soldier, Royal Marine Light Infantry
Charles & Mrs Burgess (sister) 49 Kirk St, Lochee
More about James Blackwood
James has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.
A VETERAN KILLED IN ACTION.
Mrs Burgess, 19 Kirk Street, Lochee, has received official intimation of the death in action of her brother, Private James Blackwood, 2d Black Watch.
Private Blackwood was killed on the 9th inst. He was wounded in the course of the famous charge made by the gallant regiment at La Bassee on 25th January, and after a spell of leave at home left again for the front on 13th April.
He was 42 years of age, and resided with Mrs Burgess. Although so well on in years, Private Blackwood had a remarkably youthful appearance. For eight or nine years he served with the Royal Marine Light Infantry. Before the war he was employed at the Naval Base, and enlisted in the Black Watch in the early months of the conflict. He was unmarried. A younger brother, Corporal Charles Blackwood, is at Bridge of Earn with the second line of the 4th Black Watch.
Dundee Courier 28th May 1915
Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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