James Chalmers

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: April 1915
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 4266
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 38
  • Date of Death: 23/10/1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Pier and Face 10 A.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Edinburgh
  • Address: 10 Court Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Carter, D. Horsburgh, Contractor, Dundee
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Mary Ann Michie, 10 Court St, Dundee

  • Children:

    Agnes, born 24.01.1901, Catherine, born 23.10.1903, David, born 24.04.1906, Jessie, born 17.07.1908, Mary Ann, born 23.04.1911, Archibald, born 03.12.1913, William, born 30.05.1916 & 1 other child (name unknown)

More about James Chalmers

James has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

James Chalmers    4266   Black Watch

DUNDEE SOLDIER KILLED BY SHELL.

Private James Chalmers, of the Black Watch, a Dundee man, has fallen on the battlefield.

One of the officers of the deceased soldier’s company writes home as follows :–“The company were holding a piece of line where the war is at its fiercest, and one of the endless shells fell quite close to Private Chalmers, and killed him at once.”

Private Chalmers who was 38 years of age, was married, and is survived by a widow and eight children, who reside at 10 Court Street, Dundee.  He enlisted in April, 1915, and had been at the front for a considerable time.  In civil life Private Chalmers was employed as a carter with Mr D. Horsburgh, contractor, Dundee.

Dundee Courier 7th November 1916

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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