James Thomson (Private) – Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 9th Battalion.
James was officially reported to have died of wounds on the 25th of September 1915 during the battle of Loos. It appears that a shell struck a dug out killing two men on the spot and wounding James, who succumbed two hours later.
He was born and lived in Hamilton and prior to enlisting he was a coal miner for ten years at Greenfield Colliery. He left a widow at 7 Ann Street, Burnbank. He is interred in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France Special memorial in front of roe J, Grave 1.
Bill Hunter sent us this picture of his great uncle, Bill wrote:
“My Great Uncle Corp. James Thomson, Udston Square.10th Service Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, Killed missing in action at Loos 1915. Was only 3 months in Theater. Seen with his wife Mary Rodgers and his 2 children.”
Bill went on to tell us:
“Mary moved to the USA in 1921 with her two children to stay with her brother. She did re-marry and I am in communication with her descendants.
James medals went missing during the passage of time but were found 75 years later when an older member of the family passed away and the medals were found in an old rusty tin.
The German War Graves Commission assisted me by searching their records to ascertain if they buried the war dead of this battle when they re-took the line. But the records showed that they had not buried any British soldiers. Documents later showed that the 10th Battalion had in fact carried out the burials.”
25579 Michael Tonner McNamee (MM) (Private) – Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 17th Battalion.
My relative Michael McNamee died of wounds on the 19th of October 1918 at No 2 Canadian Casualty Clearance Station, while his division was engaged in the Battle of Ypres (28th September – 2nd October).
Michael was 22 years of age and was born and raised in Hamilton. He also enlisted in Hamilton and was part of the 106th Brigade 35th Division. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a Coal Miner at Ferniegair Colliery.
During his army service Michael had been awarded the Military Medal (MM). He was five feet four inches tall and weighed 98 pounds and was the son of Thomas McNamee and Jane Rankin Adams and their home address was 35 Church Street.
Michael is interred in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXX Row H, Grave 3.
Robert Dawson (Private) – Lincolnshire Regiment 10th Battalion (Formerly 13613 28th Battalion (Territorial Reserve) and 2279 Army Service Corps 3rd Line Lowland Division Train)
Robert died of wounds on the 27th od October 1917 in France. He was 22 years of age and part of the 10th (Irish) Brigade 34th Division.
He was born and raised in Hamilton and enlisted in Glasgow. He was the only son of John (Ironmonger’s Traveller) and Margaret F Dawson. He lived at Scott Street.
He is commemorated on St. John’s Church, St. John’s Grammar School Rolls of Honour and is interred in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXX Row G, Grave 17.
Edith Bulloch sent us this great picture of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). The picture was taken “Somewhere in France”. In the picture are men from Hamilton and the surrounding areas and it was taken in 1915. Edith told us that her father is the first one sitting in the second row.
William Glass (Private) – Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2/5th Battalion (Formerly 2394 Army Service Corps)
William was killed in Action on the 5th November 1918 in the aftermath of the battle of the Sambre (4th November). During his service, William was awarded the Military Medal (MM).
He was 31 years old and part of the 186th Brigade 62nd (West Riding Division). William was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 184 pounds.
He was the son of the late William Glass (Hamilton Fruit Merchant) and his mother was called Barbara. He was married to Mary Casey and they lived at 45 Baillie’s Causeway. He had two daughters who were Margaret born on the 18th November 1907 and Barbara born 3rd July 1910. Before he joined that Army he was working as a Miner and then a Lorryman.
Private Glass has no known grave and is commemorated on St. John’s Grammar School, Regimental Headquarters, Wellesley Park, Halifax, England.
William Syme Adam. (Quartermaster Sergeant) William was killed in Action on the 23rd of March 1918 at the Battle of St. Quentin (21-23 March) during the German Spring Offensive.
He was 29 years old and part of the 43rd Brigade 14th Division. He was born 13th December 1888 at James Street, Hamilton and was the second son of William Adam & Jane Lamb.
Before the war, he was a Teacher in Motherwell and was married to Marion B Murray. He had two children.