James Ritchie Blues

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 3379
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1/4th Battalion 'A' Company
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 26
  • Date of Death: 22/05/1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuincy
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: VI.F.41.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Lochee, Dundee
  • Address: 3 Campbell Street, Lochee.
  • Occupation: Warehouseman
  • Mother:

    Elizabeth Ritchie Blues, Johnshaven, Montrose

  • Father:

    John Blues, Johnshaven, Montrose

  • Siblings:

    Henderson Blues

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about James Ritchie Blues

On this day: 3379 Pte. James Ritchie Blues, A Company, 4th Black Watch, ‘Dundee’s Own’, was killed in action in France, aged 26. He is buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France, VI. F. 41.
Blues was an original member of the 4th Battalion, which sailed from Southampton onboard the S.S. Rossetti on 24 February 1915, arriving at Havre on 26, with a strength of 30 Officers and 860 Other Ranks.

James Blues   3379   4th Black Watch


Mrs Blues, 3 Campbell Street, Lochee, has received a letter from a second-lieutenant stating that her son, Private James Blues, a member of the 4th Black Watch, was killed in action on 23rd May.

Private Blues, who was 25 years of age, enlisted in “Dundee’s Own” on the outbreak of war, and was formerly employed as a warehouseman.  Mrs Blues’ younger son, Henderson Blues, is a member of the Army Service Corps.  He has served twelve months with his regiment, and attained the age of 21 on the day that his brother was killed.

Dundee Courier 2nd June 1915

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