James Pringle Thomson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: September 1914
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: N/A
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 6th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Warloy, France
  • Age at Death: 26
  • Date of Death: 15.08.1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: III.D.7.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 21.11.1889
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 1 Hyndford Tce, Dundee
  • Occupation: Sub Editor, Glasgow Herald
  • Mother:

    Helena Christina Pringle Thomson, 1 Hyndford St, Dundee

  • Father:

    James Thomson, 1 Hyndford St, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    David Pringle Thomson

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about James Pringle Thomson

James was the Sub-editor of the Glasgow Herald at the time of his enlistment.

James Pringle Thomson    Lieutenant Cameron Highlanders



By the death from wounds of Lieutenant James Pringle Thomson, of the Cameron Highlanders, Dundee has lost another son whose career promised to reflect much credit on his native city.

The deceased officer, who was the eldest son of Mr James Thomson, solicitor, 1 Hyndford Terrace, Dundee, was in his 26th year.  He was educated at Dundee High School, Morrison’s Academy, Crieff, and afterwards at St Andrews University, where he graduated M.A. with honours in English.  Lieutenant Thomson took a very keen interest in politics, and was secretary, and later chairman, of St Andrews University Liberal Association.  At the last general election he spoke at meetings in various parts of the country.  When he had completed his education Lieutenant Thomson took up journalism as a profession.  After gaining experience in Dundee and on the editorial staff of the Weekly Scotsman, he obtained an appointment on the editorial staff of the Glasgow Herald.  He enlisted in the Cameron Highlanders in September, 1914, as a private, and was shortly afterwards promoted to the rank of lance-corporal.  In November, a month later, he obtained a commission in the same regiment, and was promoted to full Lieutenant this year.

Lieutenant Thomson was wounded at Loos, and did not return to the front till March.

He was the author of several text-books on Scottish historical subjects, and his essay on Alexander Henderson, the Covenanter,” which gained the Chancellor’s prize of £20 at St Andrews, was also published in book form.

Mr Thomson’s second son, Lieutenant David Pringle Thomson, A.S.C., is at present in hospital in England.

Dundee Courier 18th August 1916

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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