James Shepherd

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: October 1914
  • Place of enlistment: Carnoustie
  • Service no: 310080
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 1st/7th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 35
  • Date of Death: 24.04.1917
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: II.D.62.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Helensburgh
  • Address: 4 Taymouth St, Carnoustie
  • Occupation: Iron Moulder, Taymouth Works, Carnoustie
  • Mother:

    Mary Lyell Shepherd

  • Father:

    John Shepherd

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Mary Ann Donald Shepherd, 4 Taymouth Tce, Carnoustie

  • Children:

    John, born 17.10.1908, Ronald, born 28.02.1910, Nellie, born 21.05.1912 & Mary, born 19.04.1916

More about James Shepherd

James was an Iron Moulder in Carnoustie, and enlisted in October 1914 in the Black Watch, but was later transferred to the Gordon Highlanders. For two years he served on Home Defence, and had been at the front four months when he was wounded at the Battle of Arras on the 23rd April 1917. He died the following day, and is buried in the communal cemetery at Aubigny, near Arras. His commanding officer wrote deeply regretting the death of “such an excellent sioldier.” Arbroath Roll of Honour, page 104.

James Shepherd   310080   Gordon Highlanders


Mrs James Shepherd, Taymouth Terrace, Carnoustie, has received word that her husband, Private James Shepherd, Gordon Highlanders, died of wounds in a casualty clearing station on 24th April. He sustained his injuries the previous day.

Prior to the outbreak of war Private Shepherd was employed as a moulder in the Taymouth Engineering Works.  He served for two years with the National Reserve on home defence, and had been four months on active service in France.

Dundee Evening Telegraph 2nd May 1917

SHEPHERDDied at a casualty clearing station, on April 24th, of wounds received in action on 23d, James Lyell Shepherd, Gordon Highlanders, aged 35, beloved husband of Mary Donald, 4 Taymouth Terrace, Carnoustie.

Dundee Evening Telegraph 9th May 1917


Mrs Shepherd, Taymouth Terrace, Carnoustie, desires to thank the many friends for their kind expressions of sympathy in her bereavement by the loss in action of her husband, James Shepherd.

Dundee Evening Telegraph 22nd May 1917

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