Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Kirkhope, James T.

Rank
Corporal, 13th Battalion, Royal Scots
Service Number
16170
Born
about 1896 in Balerno, Midlothian
Parents
James (wood turner) and Isabella Kirkhope
Date of death
23 April 1917 (Aged about 21)
Grave
Has no known grave.
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Bay 1 and 2 Arras Memorial.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Census 1911 at Mount Hooly, James Kirkhope (15) born Balerno, Message Boy in Naval Base Works, boarder with William Reddie, pilot and family.

He first went to France on the 9th July 1915.

The 13th Battalion Royal Scots formed part of 45th Brigade in the 15th Scottish Division.

On the 9th April 1917 the battalion were one of the front line assault battalions taking part in the Battle of Arras.

His battalion attacked near the area of the famous railway triangle stronghold and took severe casualties.

James survived this battle, but sadly was killed in action two weeks later while his battalion took part in what became the 2nd Battle of the Scarpe.

Service record does not appear to have survived.


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Soldiers Died in Great War

Census 1911

National Archives. Medal Card. Soldier’s Effects

Alex Morris


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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