1920 (1)

These are the stories behind those who fell between 1920-21

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James Speirs

Cameronians

Cameron Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 53.

The family home was 18, Maitland Street, Helensburgh. The son of William and Agnes Speirs.
Siblings: James had three sisters, Mary, Annie and Agnes.


James Speirs was born in Glasgow and lived briefly in Helensburgh before the family returned to Glasgow, where his father was a barber.

Moving to Helensburgh, he married Annie and worked with Andrew Spy, coal merchant, in the town. He was living at 37, Grant Street, and was bringing up 4 children, when he enlisted at the outbreak of war. Having served with the Cameron Highlanders he later transferred to the Labour Corps.

James was being treated, post war, for shell shock by electric treatment when he died of an aneurism. He was 40 years old and wa buried in Helensburgh Cemetery.