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2nd Battalion Royal Scots WWI


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Can anyone suggest a resource for help in identifying a soldier in a photo of several Royal Scots? His name is James Fraser #1015 Lothian Regiment KIA Dec 14, 1914. Thank you.


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Do you know any of his family background - or is he family? His list of soldiers effects gives his beneficiary as wife Agnes. Soldiers died record notes he was born Falkirk, enlisted in Linlithgow and was resident in Denny. Hopping over to Scotland's people shows a marriage of James Fraser in Denny  to an Agnes McCormick on 3/10/1913. He was 19 and she was 17. So he'd be 20 or maybe 21 when he died. I'd probably discount the chap with the moustache as being slightly older. Best chance is if his individual photo appeared in a local paper after he died though at the time he was probably listed as missing. On his medal index card notes presumed dead. CWGC  medal index card and his soldiers effects gives his service number as 1915. Soldiers Died has him as 1015.

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1 hour ago, charlie962 said:

You mean 1915 ?

Definitely 1915 going by his MIC and both medal rolls. Again on the roll he's noted "presumed dead 14/12/1914". Doing a filter search on CWGC Royal Scots lost 54 men that day. Looks like most if not all were 2nd Battalion, and of those 51 are on the Menin Gate.

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Thank you all for your interest. Yes this is my man. Interestingly his memorial scroll shows his # as 1015. On checking the reverse of his star medal it is in fact 1915, thank you for the correction  He is listed on the Menin Gate. There are also newspaper (Falkirk Herald) reports of his death on that date but unfortunately no photo. He is listed in the Scottish National Memorial book in Edinburgh Castle.


Fraser, James death in WWI Falkirk Herald Mar 6 1916.JPG

Fraser, James Falkirk Herald Feb 12 1916.jpg

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