James F. McKellican

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  • Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine
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  • Date of Birth: 1898
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  • Date of Death: 1956
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More about James F. McKellican

James F McKellican was a pupil at the High School of Dundee 1910-1916 and was an amateur wireless enthusiast being a member of a group that met in the Morgan Tower.

Having sat his Highers and being assured that the results would stand, he enlisted as a wireless operator in the Merchant Navy in 1916. He was involved in convoy duty in the Atlantic, Archangel runs and the far east. His ship was in Gibraltar at the time of the Armistice and on returning to Britain, he removed the current wireless log book from the ship! This log book is lodged in Dundee City Archives.

During his time at sea he did some experimental work passing on radio signals from Marconi and was offered a place with Marconi if he graduated in Electrical Engineering. However he was set on doing Civil and Mechanical Engineering at University College, Dundee (UCD).

In his enthusiasm on joining the Merchant Navy, he said he spoke French – omitting to say ¬†schoolboy French. For some time he was ‘seconded’ to the French Navy, resulting in many humorous tales!

Although matriculated in session 1917-1918, he commenced university in session 1919-20 and graduated B.Sc. (Engineering) in 1922.

Information kindly supplied by James McKellican

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