This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 8538
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 34
- Date of Death: 21/05/1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panels 24 to 26.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 43 Larch St, Dundee
- Occupation: Postal Worker
Catherine Kennedy (formerly Summers, nee Gilhooly) 43 Larch St, Dundee
John, born 23.10.1912, Michael, born 19.02.1914 & 1 other child (name unknown)
More about James Summers
James has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.
8538 Pte. James Summers, a 34 year old Black Watch reservist from Kincardine Street, was killed in action at Vermelles. He was an original member of the B.E.F., having landed at Havre with the 1st Battalion on 14 August 1914. The Battalion’s War Diary records ‘a good deal of heavy shelling on all our trenches – chiefly H.E. Howitzer 4.5 shells’. Summers was one of three men killed.
DUNDEE POSTMAN KILLED. Mrs James Summers, 41 Kincardine Street, Dundee, has received intimation of the death in action on 22d May last of her husband, Private James Summers, 1st Black Watch. The intimation of Private Summers’ death was contained in a letter dated 30th May from Lieut. Hay, B Company, which was as follows: – “I regret to inform you that your husband, Private James Summers, was killed by a high explosive shell on 22d inst. His death was instantaneous. As my company runner he always behaved as well as anyone could wish. His death is a great loss to the company.” Private Summers was 34 years of age. He was connected with the Forty-Second for thirteen years, eight of which were spent in India. Prior to the outbreak of war Private Summers was engaged as a postman in Dundee. He is survived by his widow and three young children. The Courier, Monday, 14 June 1915, 4.
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