James McAdams

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Kirkaldy
  • Service no: 11140
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion,
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 26
  • Date of Death: 10.02.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Merville Communal Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: I.E.12.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Strathmartine by Dundee
  • Address: 54 Watsons Lane, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Isabella McAdams, 54 Watsons Lane, Blackness Rd, Dundee

  • Father:

    John McAdams, 54 Watsons Lane, Blackness Rd, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    Bernard, Patrick, John & Joseph

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about James McAdams

James was the brother of Pte Joseph McAdams, 16569, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, who was killed in action 23.08.1918.



A Dundee family has indeed been hard hit by the war.  One of the sons has died of wounds while other two are prisoners.  All belonged to the same Regiment, –the 1st H.L.I.

The parents of the three men reside at 54 Watson’s Lane.  Pte. James M’Adams died from wounds in the chest on 17th February.  He was 29 years of age, was unmarried, and had served seven years with the H.L.I.

The other two brothers, Private Bernard and Private Patrick, 11178, Highland Light Infantry, were taken prisoners in December, Brine having first been wounded.  Bernard, 11792, Highland Light Infantry is 21 years of age, and Patrick 26, and both were unmarried.

Mrs M’Adams has other two sons in the forces, who have not yet been in action, both having enlisted since the outbreak of hostilities.  John, who is 38 years of age and is married, joined the Royal Engineers.  Previous to enlisting he was employed in Barrow-in-Furness, and his wife is now residing with his parents.

The wife of Joseph, who enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, resides at 16 Nelson Street.

Dundee Courier 1st April 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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