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: Edinburgh
- Service no: 8456
- Rank: Corporal
- Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
- Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 38
- Date of Death: 09.05.1915
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery
- Grave/Mem Ref no: E.13.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 43 North Erskine Street, Dundee
Margaret Leslie Fyffe, 43 North Erskine St, Dundee
More about James Fyffe
James Fyffe 8456 Royal Scots
DUNDEE SOLDIER’S PATHETIC DEATH.
MARRIED THREE WEEKS BEFORE GOING TO FRANCE.
Pathetic circumstances attend the death in the trenches of Corporal James Fyffe, of the Royal Scots, a Dundee Man.
His wife, who resides at 43 North Erskine Street, has had intimation from Lieutenant Martin that Corporal Fyffe was shot on 9th inst. while bandaging a wounded comrade.
The Lieutenant says :—
“I very much regret having to send you bad news. Your husband, Corporal J. Fyffe, was busy this morning dressing the fingers of a man in the trenches when he was struck by a bullet, and passed away in a few minutes without recovering consciousness. We are all very much distressed at the loss of Corporal Fyffe, who was a brave man, hard-working soldier, and one of my best non-commissioned officers. He was popular with everyone, cheerful, and always glad to help anyone in the difficult and trying work of this campaign.”
A reservist, Corporal Fyffe, who was promoted from the rank of private on the field, had been serving in France since the battle of Mons, and he was married only three weeks before he was called up.
He was 38 years of age, and served three years with his regiment. Corporal Fyffe was well known in football circles. During the nine years he was a member of the reserve he played for Stobswell, a junior combination, while he was also connected with Dundee Wanderers F. C.
Dundee Courier 15th May 1915
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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