Private James Carruthers

Private James Pirrie Carruthers 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. He was killed in Belgium, aged 29, on the 1st December 1914. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of James and Elizabeth Carruthers of 44 Ochil Street, Tillicoultry. He had enlisted as a Regular soldier in the Scots Guards in Galashiels in 1905.At the end of his Service he re-joined his family who were in South Africa at this time. As a Reservist he was recalled to the colours on the outbreak of War and joined his Battalion in Belgium in November 1914 but was killed only three weeks later. His identity disc and some letters and postcards were sent back to his parents. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Flanders, Belgium. The photos show troops in Belgium in late 1914 where conditions in the winter were wet and miserable.

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