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James Bryans

276066 Private

2nd Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 98th Infantry Brigade, 33rd Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 20.11.17

Buried: Tyne Cot Cemetery XII.B.24

Family history: Husband of Agnes, Main Street, Bonnybridge. They had two children born in 1912 and 1914. Son of Isabella he had a brother and sister. Prior to enlisting on 11 January 1915, he was employed by the Scottish Central Foundry Company, Camelon.

The action leading to his death

The battalion was in the Passchendaele sector, in dugouts at Abraham Heights holding the support lines. The War Diary records that some of the dugouts were blown in and casualties ocurred.

(Linesman Map)

In a letter to his wife his Platoon commander wrote: ‘…. On the night of 20 November a shell landed in his dugout, and death would be instantaneous. He would suffer no pain….. He was buried by his comrades on a little hill some miles behind Passchendaele, the grave being marked by a cross…’

After the war his grave was concentrated into Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Square D15 referred to in the above Concentration Burial Return

Medals Awarded

1915 Star, The British War Medal, Victory Medal.

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