Alfred James JAMIESON

Royal Garrison Artillery  

Rank & Number:    
Gunner, 6288 & 281288  

Born:                      16 November 1886; Curneil Villa, Fairlie,  

                       03 December 1916; 3rd London General Hospital  

Buried at Largs Cemetery

ALFRED JAMES JAMIESON was born 16 Nov 1886 in Curneil Villa, Fairlie, to parents James Paterson (stationer, deceased) and Alice Mary Blake (who were married at Anderson, Glasgow on 5 Sep1884).  He died of tuberculosis on 03 Dec 1916 in 3rd London General Hospital, having been returned to England from France where he’d been hospitalised on 16 Sep 1916.  He is buried at Largs Cemetery, and commemorated on Fairlie War Memorial.  

On 02 Jun 1911 at 70 Nelson Street, Largs, Alfred (aged 24, ship carpenter, of Boyd Street, Largs) married Margaret McCrae.  They had a daughter Margaret, born 1912.  Before the war he was employed at Fife’s shipyard.  

In the 1891 Census, Alfred, aged 4, is a boarder in the household of James Dickie (54, b. Fairlie, saw miller), his wife Catherine and their niece Roseina Dickie  

In the 1901 Census, aged 14 and an apprentice blacksmith, he’s a boarder in the household of James Dickie (66, saw miller)    

Enlisted 19 Jul 1915 (28, shipwright, next of kin wife); first theatre of war entered France on 26 Oct 1915.  In early 1916 he was hospitalised in the field twice, before being invalided to England on 20 Sep 1916.  He was discharged, no longer physically fit for service, and admitted 3rd London General Hospital on 26 Sep 1916.  He died there of tuberculosis of lung on 03 Dec 1916.  He received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.                     

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

9 December 1916       
Toll Of War; Died of Wounds:  The third interment in Largs Cemetery of a victim of the war took place yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, when the remains of Private Alfred James Jamieson, of the H.L.I., were laid in their last resting-place.  Pte. Jamieson was a native of Fairlie, and was employed in Messrs Fife’s yard, where he had served his time as a carpenter.  He enlisted before the end of last year, and was only under training at home for about three weeks when he was sent to France.  He died on Sunday in a London hospital of wounds received in action some four weeks previously.  He was married to a daughter of Mr. Hugh McCrae, Largs, and much sympathy is felt for the widow in the tragic circumstances of her bereavement.                       
As stated, the funeral took place yesterday afternoon, the War Office authorities, as is usual in such circumstances, sending on the remains for interment here.  The funeral was a semi-military one, as the Boy Scouts and the Boys’ Brigade turned out.  A service was held in the waiting room at the station by the Revs. R. Oswald and Arthur Allan, and the funeral procession was headed by the pipe band of the Boys’ Brigade, under Pipe-Major D. Grant.  The Boys’ Brigade companies were in charge of Captain A. Simpson, and Lieut. Boag, while the Scouts were in charge of the deputy Scoutmaster.  At the grave, the two ministers again conducted a short service, and the Scouts’ buglers sounded the “Last Post”.  Among those who attended were a few men at present on furlough belonging to the district.  

9 December 1916   
Deaths: Jamieson – On 3rd December, in the 3rd London General Hospital, Alfred James Jamieson, beloved husband of Margaret McCrae.  

9 December 1916 
Acknowledgements:  Mrs Jamieson and Mr and Mrs McCrae and family beg to return thanks for the many kind expressions of sympathy received in their recent bereavement.  They wish also to thank the Officers and Boys of the Boys’ Brigade and Boy Scouts for providing an escort at the funeral.

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