James Gaffney

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 9551
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: Iraq
  • Age at Death: 32
  • Date of Death: 07.01.1916
  • Burial Country: Iraq
  • Cemetery: Basra War Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: panel 37 & 64

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 3 John Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: J & J Cunningham Ltd, Dock St, Dundee
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Mary Ann McKee, formerly Gaffney, 3 John St, Dundee

  • Children:

    James (step son) born 17.11.1905 & Marice, born 07.04.1913

More about James Gaffney

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

James Gaffney   9551  1st Seaforth Highlanders


Official intimation has been received by Mrs Gaffney, 3 John Street, Dundee that her husband, Private James Gaffney, 1st Seaforth Highlanders, has been killed in action at the Persian Gulf.

Private Gaffney has been connected with the army for sixteen years, and being a reservist, was called up on the outbreak of war.  He was wounded at Dixmude, but on recovering was again able to take up service with his regiment, and came through the battles of Neuve Chapelle and Loos.  He was with the 1st Seaforths when they were transferred to Mesopotamia a few months ago.

Prior to the outbreak of war, Private Gaffney was employed in the oilcake factory of J. & J. Cunningham, Limited, East Dock Street, Dundee.  He leaves a widow and two young children.  Private Gaffney was 32 years of age.

Dundee Courier 8th February 1916

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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