James William Drinkwater

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 7961
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 29
  • Date of Death: 28.09.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: St. Venant Communal Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: II.A.6.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Guernsey, Channel Islands
  • Address: Tealing
  • Occupation: Drummer
  • Mother:

    Catherine Drinkwater, Whitfield, Dundee

  • Father:

    William John Drinkwater, Whitfield, Dundee

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More about James William Drinkwater

James Drinkwater 7961   Gordon Highlanders


Drum-Major James Drinkwater, of the 2d Gordon Highlanders, who has died from wounds received in action on the western front, hailed from Dundee.  His father was at one time also a drum-major in the Gordons, and latterly held the position of inspector of telegraph messengers at the Dundee General Post Office.  Since his retiral Mr Drinkwater has resided out Tealing way.  The deceased Drum-Major was for a period a telegraph messenger in Dundee, but his heart was set on following in the footsteps of his parent, and he subsequently joined the same regiment.  He was in his 29th year.

Dundee Courier 12th October 1915

Notification of the passing away in hospital of Drum-Major Jas S. Drinkwater, 2nd Gordon Highlanders, was received on Saturday.  Drum-Major Drinkwater was the eldest son of Mr William Drinkwater also late Drum-Major of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, and inspector of telegraph messengers at the Dundee General Post Office.  The deceased, who was 29 years of age, had been connected with the Gordon Highlanders for a period extending over 14 years, and had served in Egypt and India.

Dundee People’s Journal 16th October 1915

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