James Hugh McCALL

Regiment:               South Africa Heavy Artillery  

Rank & Number:     
Not Known  

Born:                      
24 July 1886; Briar Bank, Greenbrae, Dumfries  

Died:
                       Not Known  

Other:                     

JAMES HUGH MCCALL was born 24 Jul 1886 in Briar Bank, Greenbrae, Dumfries to parents Gilbert McFarlane McCall, a railway fireman, and Kate McCowan Graham (who married in Glasgow in March 1886).  His mother died in 1899, and his father remarried the same year.  

In the 1891 Census, James, aged 4, is living 123 Hospital Street, Govan with parents G.M. McCall (27, b. England, locomotive foreman) and Kate (30, b. Greenock)  

His mother was dead by the time of the 1901 Census, and James, aged 14, is living 123 Hospital Street, Govan with his father Gilbert M. McCall (38, railway engine driver) and his father’s second wife Maggie (30, b. Rathven, Banffshire)  

There is no record of James in the 1911 Census, but his father Gilbert is living Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie with wife Maggie (m 13 years; 1 child) and daughter    


SERVICE DETAILS

The Largs & Millport Weekly News reported on 23 Oct 1915 that he was training in the south of England, having given up an excellent post in Cape Town and joined the South Africa Heavy Artillery



Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

23 October 1915
       
Several of the Fairlie boys over the seas have answered the call.   James McCall, son of Mr. Gilbert McCall, engine driver, gave up an excellent post in Cape Town and joined the South Africa Heavy Artillery.  At present, he is training in the south of England.





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