Regiment:               Royal Garrison Artillery, 4th Highland
                               Mountain Brigade  

Rank & Number:    
Gunner, 2262 & 301687  

13 August 1892; Sandyfaulds Street,

                       Not Known  

Brother of William Ramsay

JAMES RAMSAY was born 13 Aug 1892 at 114 Sandyfaulds Street, Glasgow. to parents George Graham, French Polisher, and Mary McMahon (who were married in Glasgow on 24 Jun 1892).   

In the 1901 Census, James, aged 8, is in his grandfather's household at 347 Govan Street, Glasgow with father George (31, French Polisher, b. Glasgow) and siblings Margaret (7) and William (5)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 18 and a French Polisher, he is living Bay House, Bay Street with parents George (41, French Polisher) and Mary (40, b. Glasgow, m 18 years, 5 children/3 living) and siblings Maggie (17) and William (16, house painter)    


Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour in Dec 1914 (Ramsay, Gr. James, Bay House, Fairlie, Bute Mountain Battery).  Enlisted 24 Oct 1911; first theatre of war entered was Gallipoli 10 May 1915 to 08 Feb 1916.  Also served Egypt 12 Feb 1916 to 06 Aug 1916, and Salonika 09 Aug 1916 to 12 Mar 1919.  Suffered recurrent malaria throughout service and discharged 25 Apr 1919 (Silver War Badge list).  His medal index card shows he received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly  News:-  

21 November 1914
Local Roll Of Honour:  The following is the first instalment of what we hope will eventually be a complete list of all connected with this district who have at present answered the urgent call to arms in the great crisis of our national history:-    Bute Battery, 4th Highland (Mountain) Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery (T)    FAIRLIE - Ramsay Gr., James, Bute Mountain Battery           

8 May 1915
Bute Mountain Battery:  list of those transferred to other units for active service and are now overseas: 1st Dardanelles reinforcements:  Gunner J. Ramsay  

17 July 1915
Dardanelles:  A letter from Gunner James Ramsay, Fairlie, from Gallipoli.  After describing the conditions of warfare there and with a few scathing remarks about the gentle young men who stay at home, he complains that they are rather neglected in the way of parcels and comforts there.  

11 December 1915     

In a letter from Suvla Bay, Gunner James Ramsay pleads for the gift of a football.  It is proposed to give the local “sports” an early opportunity of giving their mite for this laudable purpose.  

1 January 1916
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Writing to Mr. Wm. Miller, Fairlie, acknowledging a parcel of cigarettes, Gunner James Graham says:- You must really excuse my delay in thanking you for the splendid gift of cigarettes which I received, . . . . . but really we have been kept “on the hop” for over a month now, learning this new branch of the Artillery to which 23 of us have been attached.  The cigarettes were splendid, and I handed them round the tent the night I received them, and all of us agreed that they were “kings” to the “special” brands made for poor Tommy in the trenches.   . . . . .  We have Jamie Ramsay with us, and he is really a splendid cook.  If you could only sample some of his roast beef, boiled cabbage, potatoes, and a lot of other things he turns out, you would be surprised.   

26 February 1916       
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have lately been received from Trooper Wm. Balchin, Gunner James Ramsay, Private T. McLaughlin (Dardanelles Force), Private Alex. McLean (Salonica), Gunner Tom Messenger, Private John Boyd, Driver John Fraser, Corpl. Duncan Douglas (France), Sergt. A. Davis, Private John McLaughlan, Dan McCallum, and David Thomson (hospital).  

17 June 1916

Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:    Letters of thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.  

11 May 1918
Gunner James Ramsay, R.G.A., who has been in Salonika for over two years and has been home on leave for a few weeks, left to join his unit again on Tuesday.  His native air has wrought wonders and he returns in good spirits and quite fit.  We wish him the best of luck.

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