James Robert Caird  (Captain) Kings Own Scottish Borderers.

James Robert Caird.

James Robert Caird  (Captain) Kings Own Scottish Borderers – 3rd Battalion- Attached to the 2nd Battalion Highland light infantry.


James applied for a Commission and being a member of the Inns of court officer training corp, was gazetted second Lieutenant in 15th of August 1914 and promoted to Lieutenant on 3rd December 1914.

He was killed in action on the 23rd of April 1915 while leading his platoon over open ground in the advance on St. Julien near Ypres.

Sergeant Hugh McMurchy, in a sworn statement declared, “I saw Lieutenant Caird killed, he was advancing in front of me and was shot through the forehead.” He was killed instantaneously.

James was promoted to captain after his death, as from the 2nd of February 1915. His last letter to his father contained an interesting account of the assault and capture of Hill 60, in which he took part.

James was born on the 4th of November 1892 at Dalhousie, India and he was the son of Major Lindsay Henryson Caird (Late Border Regiment) infantry records office, Hamilton, and his mother was Janet Laura Haunt.

He had been educated at Bedford and Carlisle Grammar Schools. When war broke out James was employed in the office of the Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Co Ltd.


Joseph Burnett (Private) Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 6th Battalion.  

Joseph Burnett.

Joseph Burnett (Private) Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 6th Battalion.

Joseph was killed in Action on the 15th June 1915 at the second action of Givenchy. He was 23 years of age. Joseph was the son of John & Christina Burnett and they lived at Low Waters Road.

William Alexander Blair – Highland light infantry.

Willoiam Alexander Blair

William Alexander Blair – Highland light infantry. William Died on the 8th of December 1918, he was 20 years old. He and another officer were on duty when a bomb was accidentally struck and exploded, killing the other officer instantaneously and wounding William, who succumbed to his wounds the following morning.

Prior to enlisting he had been a student at the University of Glasgow. He was the son of Malcolm Blair (Headmaster at Beckford Street Primary School) and Annie Hardie. He lived at Allanshaw Street.

John Hamilton Allan Royal Scots Fusiliers – 1st Battalion. 

John Allan.

John Hamilton Allan Royal Scots Fusiliers – 1st Battalion.
John Died of wounds on the 7th of April 1915 near Dickebusch in the Ypres Salient, Belgium. He was 29 years of age. He was the second son of John & Mary 6 Guthrie Street. He was married to Helen Breakenridge and he lived at 5 Wylie Street. He had one child.