Lest We Forget

In Memory of my great great grandfather Private James Nicholson from Dumfrieshire of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (2nd Battalion) who died on 30/04/1915 at the age of 33. As he died in Flanders and given the dates I believe he died in the Second Battle of Ypres (22 April – 25 May 1915) which included the first use of Gas in the war. His widow remarried a Canadian Soldier at the end of the war and emigrated to Canada with their children.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is a wonderful resource if you are wanting to investigate your family tree and to locate family members who lost their lives in service. I would highly recommend it. I find it interesting that the records have information on his parents who were still in Scotland and show my Great Great Grandmother in Canada. As she did not emigrate until 1919 this suggests records were updated not from his service records but from some contact with the family.

As a Canadian I can’t really get the hang of Remembrance Sunday – I instead take the time to reflect on Rememberance Day itself.


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