James Scott Service Number PLY/16410 Private Royal marine Light Infantry
James was born on 30 June 1896 of parents William and Margaret Scott, 42 Cheviot Avenue, Belfast. They had 5 children namely Alice, James, Emily, John Stewart and Walter. According to the 1911 census Mr. Scott was a joiner foreman.
James enlisted in Belfast on 24 September 1913. He saw action at Dunkirk and at the defence of Antwerp in 1914. The McQuiston church magazine in December 1914 records that James fought in the trenches and was one of 40 men who volunteered to hold a bridge in the face of the German attack, and thus enable Belgium troops and his comrades to escape. Of the 40 who volunteered to hold the bridge, 30 were killed or wounded but our young friend escaped without a scratch, though the water bottle at his side was shot away.
He was killed in action at Kum-Kale on Thursday, 4 March 1915 as part of the Naval Brigade at the forcing of the Dardanelles and is remembered at the Helles Memorial, Turkey
James’ name is included on the Presbyterian Roll of Honour.