James Spalding

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 2034
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
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  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 22
  • Date of Death: 15/09/1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Rue-Du-Bacquerot No.1 Military Cemetery, Laventie
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: II.B.8.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 7 Morrisons Court, Dundee
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  • Mother:
  • Father:

    James Spalding, 7 Morrisons Court, Wellgate, Dundee

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More about James Spalding

James Spalding   2034   4th Black Watch


Another member of the 4th Black Watch has made the supreme sacrifice on the battlefield, his death being caused by the bursting of a German shell in the trench.

Mr James Spalding, 7 Morrison’s Court, Wellgate, Dundee, has received official intimation that his son, Lance-Corporal James Spalding, attached to the Black Watch, was killed in action on 15th inst.

Mr Spalding has received a letter from Second-Lieutenant R. C. Cunningham, who says :–“I write this from the first line trenches, and much regret to inform you that your son ‘Jimmy’ was killed by a German shell yesterday.  The shell burst right in the trench, and also killed Lance-Corporal M’Nair.  I went out immediately after the explosion, but your son was dead before I reached him.  He was a private when I took over the platoon in May, but I soon spotted him as one of my best men, and sent in his name for promotion.  He was very popular with his fellows as a soldier.”

Lance-Corporal Spalding, who was 22 years of age, previously served four years in the “Fourth.”  He rejoined his old regiment on the outbreak of war.

Dundee Courier 28th September 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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