James Forrester

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 9275
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 08/09/1914
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Sablonnieres New Communal Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: 5.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Lochee, Dundee
  • Address: 184 High St, Lochee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Ann Coutts Forrester, 184 High St, Lochee

  • Father:

    James Phillip Forrester, 184 High St, Lochee

  • Siblings:

    Alfred & Harry

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about James Forrester

James was the brother of Cpl Alfred Forrester 23072, 2nd Battalion, Cmeronians, who was killed in action 16.08.1917, and L/Cpl Harry Forrester 27630, 11th Battalion, Royal Scots, who was killed in action 12.10.1917.

On 8 September 1914, 1st Black Watch suffered their first fatal casualties since arrived at Le Havre in mid August. One of those who died was a reservist from Lochee, 9275 Pte. James Forrester, son of Mr and Mrs Forrester, 184 High Street, Lochee.
He is buried in Sablonnieres New Communal Cemetery, Seine-et-Marne, France, 5.

LOCHEE RESERVIST IS KILLED FIGHTING WITH THE BLACK WATCH. Yet another Dundee man has made the supreme sacrifice for King and country. Mr James Forrester, tenter, 184 High Street, Lochee, was yesterday notified by the War Office that his oldest son James, a private in the 1st Battalion Black Watch, was killed in action on the 8th curt. Private Forrester returned from India four years ago, where he had served for six years. Being a Reservist, he was called up on the outbreak of the war. A pathetic circumstance attending the receipt of the news was disclosed to the “Courier.” The soldier’s father and mother had just completed the preparation of a parcel of cigarettes, tobacco, and other little gifts, so welcome on the field of battle, and this parcel was about to be despatched when the tragic news came. The Courier, Wednesday, 30 September 1914, 4

Information supplied by Gary Thomson

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