James Urquhart Sheret

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 1795
  • Rank: Private
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  • Regiment/Service: Fife & Forfar Yeomanry
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  • Place of Death: Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire
  • Age at Death: 19
  • Date of Death: 25.01.1915
  • Burial Country: Scotland
  • Cemetery: Dundee Eastern Necropolis
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: CC.4.1992.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 1896
  • Place of Birth: Montrose
  • Address: 3 Wellington St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Apprentice Jute Examiner, A.J. Brough & Co, Taybank Works, Dundee
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  • Siblings:

    Andrew Stephen Sheret

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More about James Urquhart Sheret



A sad fate was in store for Private James Urquhart Sheret, a Dundee young soldier. Private Sheret, who was only 19 years of age, was mobilised with his regiment, the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, and shortly afterwards despatched to St Ives.  About a week ago he contracted pneumonia, which resulted in his death on Monday.

A singularly pathetic feature is that negotiations for the gazetting of Sheret as Second Lieutenant just closed the day he met his death.

Private Sheret, who was a “three years’ man,” was apprenticed to A. J. Brough & Co., Taybank Works, Dundee, as a jute examiner, and was about to leave for Calcutta in that capacity when the war intervened.  He is to be buried at St Ives to-day with full military honours.

It may be mentioned that a brother of the deceased, Andrew Stephen Sheret, is at present with the Scottish Horse at Morpeth.

Dundee Courier 28th January 1915

“Nursed to the end by Miss Lucie Strickland Blaydes, Nursing Sister. On Lucie’s British Red Cross card it notes this special care for Trooper James. Lucie received a “valuable services rendered” mention from the Secretary of State for War by the Chairman of the Joint War Committee. James’ stated age at death was only “18”, he died of pneumonia. He death was registered at St. Ives, Huntingdonshire.”

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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