Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 4th Highland
Rank & Number: Gunner,
2272 & 301620
Born: 22 February 1895; Rochdale, Lancashire
Died: 11 April 1961; Winton Road Irvine
of James Ramsay
born 22 Feb 1895 in Rochdale, Lancashireto parents George Graham, French Polisher, and Mary McMahon (who were married in Glasgow on 24 Jun 1892). He died of cancer of the bladder at home at
179 Winton Road, Irvine on 11 Apr 1961 (aged
66, house painter, married).
20 May 1921 at Fullarton Manse, Irvine, William (aged 26, painter, of 26
Kirkgate, Irvine) married Elizabeth Wilson.
In the 1901 Census, William,
aged 5, is in his grandfather's household at 347 Govan Street, Glasgow with
father George (31, French
Polisher, b. Glasgow) and siblings James (8) and Margaret (7)
the 1911 Census, aged 16 and a house painter, 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 James (18, French Polisher) and Maggie (17)
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. Wm, Bay House, Fairlie, Bute Mountain Battery). Enlisted 15 Dec
1911; first theatre of war entered was Balkans on 25 Apr 1915. On 19 Oct 1918, the Largs & Millport
Weekly News reported that he was dangerously ill in hospital in Salonika. He was discharged 16 Feb 1919 (Silver War Badge list). His medal index card shows he received the
Silver War Badge, 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., Wm., Bute Mountain
18 December 1915 Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund: Up to date, the number of parcels sent out is about 95, and the most
recent acknowledgements received are from Sergt. Davis and Pte. Dan. McCallum
(hospital), Driver J.M. Fraser (France), Pte. J. Ward, Pte. J. Miller, Gr. Wm.
Ramsay, Corpl. Blakley and Sergt. Hugh Burden (Dardanelles).
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
28 September 18
In Memoriam: Hunter – In
loving memory of Pte. George Hunter, R.S.F., who died at Alexandria, Egypt on
27 September 1915, aged 20 years:
We do not know what pain he bore,
We did not see him die.
We only know that he passed on,
And could not say goodbye.
He never shunned his country’s call,
But gladly gave his life, his all.
He died the helpless to defend,
A British soldier’s noble end
by his chum, William G. Ramsay, on active service, R.G.A.
19 October 1918 Mr. George Ramsay,
Bay House, Fairlie, has also received notice that his son, Gnr. William Ramsay
is lying dangerously ill in hospital in Salonika.
November 1918 We
are glad to report that Gnr. William Ramsay, Argyll Mountain Battery, R.G.A.,
who was recently reported dangerously ill in hospital at Salonika, is now off
the dangerously ill list. May he have a
17 May 1919 Demobilized
sailors and soldiers belonging to the village met in the Hall on Friday evening
last to present Mr. C.H. McNair jnr. with a silver cigarette case suitably
inscribed o the occasion of his marriage.
Mr. W. Ramsay, late of the Bute Mountain Battery, made the
presentation. Many yarns of the “Old
Swaddy” were exchanged during the evening.
4 October 1919
Comrades”: A general meeting of the Fairlie ex-soldiers
was held in the Village Hall last Tuesday evening for the purpose of talking
over the desirability of forming a Discharged Soldiers’ Society. After some discussion, the meeting
unanimously agreed to form a Fairlie Post of “The Comrades of the Great
War”. Mr. C.H. McNair, jr., was elected
captain of the post, and Mr. Thomas Millar secretary and treasurer. The following were elected as members of
committee – Messrs. A. Crawford, J.M. Currie, T. Barclay, W. Wilson and Wm.
Ramsay. After the post had been formally
established, it was agreed to seek ground on which to erect a club-room, and if
this could be found, to commence raising funds for the purchase of an Army
hut. At the close of the meeting, about
thirty ex-service men enrolled as members.