James Laing

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 1770
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 25
  • Date of Death: 09/05/1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panels 24 to 26.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 18 Kinnaird Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Mill Worker
  • Mother:

    Catherine Laing, 18 Kinnaird St, Dundee

  • Father:

    James Laing, 18 Kinnaird St, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about James Laing

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

“DIED FACING THE ENEMY.”

Official intimation has been received by Mrs Laing, who resides at 18 Kinnaird Street, Dundee, that her son, Private James Laing, of the 2nd Black Watch, was killed in action.  How Private Laing was killed was conveyed to his mother in a letter from a second lieutenant.  The letter says :–“It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the death in action of your son, Private Laing.  It occurred during a gallant but unsuccessful attack on the enemy’s trenches on Sunday 9th May.  Your son was a good soldier and a good man.  He died facing the Enemy.”

Private Laing was 25 years of age, and had served about six years with his regiment, three of which he served in India.  He journeyed to France with the Indian Expeditionary Force, and was previously employed as a millworker.

Dundee Courier 28th May 1915

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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