James Gordon

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 1557
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 5th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 20
  • Date of Death: 09/05/1915
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 7.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Lochee, Dundee
  • Address: 19 Kerr's Lane, Lochee.
  • Occupation: East Brothers Ltd, Lochee Cabinet Works
  • Mother:

    Elizabeth Gordon, 19 Kerrs Lane, Lochee

  • Father:
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  • Children:

More about James Gordon

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


The following letter has been received by Mr Gordon, Kerr’s Lane, Lochee, from a chaplain at the front :– “It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of your son, Pte. J. Gordon , 5th Black Watch, which took place in action on the 8th of this month, in the charge at Ypres.  Will you please accept the sincere sympathy of the officers and men of the regiment and of myself in this sore grief.  It must be a source of pride to you that he died in the manful discharge of his duty.”

Private Gordon was twenty years of age, and previous to the outbreak of war was an employee of East Bros., Ltd., Lochee Cabinet Works.

Dundee Courier 18th May 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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