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13024 Private James Hood

7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

died of wounds 30th October 1915

aged 26

Kilbarchan Cemetery
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir
Kilbarchan Cemetery

Son of John Hood and Janet Whyte
Clachan Buildings, Bridge of Weir

His Life

James Hood was born on 20th February 1889 in Bridge of Weir, one of a family of seven born to John Hood and Janet Whyte, both from Bridge of Weir, who had married there on 27th April 1877.

In 1881 John (27), Janet (25), and their first two children John and George were living in Boghead, Beith, Ayrshire where John was a currier.

In 1891 the Hood family of five including young James (2) had moved to Patrick's Land, Bridge of Weir. John was a currier and there were two boarders living with the family, Alex Liddle and Hugh Mangwall. John junior was no longer with the family.

In 1901 eight of the Hood family were in Blackbull Buildings, Bridge of Weir. John was still a currier, George was a plumber, Jessie a laundress, and Alexander was an apprentice joiner. The three younger children including James (12) were at school. William was no longer in the family home.

James became a professional golfer at St Andrews, while working as a golf club maker. In 1911, aged 22, he was boarding in the family home of William Fairful, also a golf club maker, in Glamis Road, Kinghorn, Fife. He enjoyed success in his time at St. Andrews, finishing third in the Scottish Professional Championship in 1911.

In 1912 he became Professional at the Muskerry Golf Club in County Cork, Ireland and was employed there until the club's financial position forced them to dispense with his services with three months' notice from 9th May 1914.
The Hood Wood trophy The Cork Muskerry Club still competes for "The Hood Wood" trophy - incorporating a club probably made by James.

By the time he served his notice, war had been declared and James returned to Scotland and volunteered. He joined the 7th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers in September 1914, part of Kitchener's Second Army of volunteers (K2). He later won a golf competition at Aldershot which was open to all enlisted men in his Brigade.

Private Hood first joined the theatre of war on 10th July 1915 in France. His battalion came under orders of 45th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division which took part in the Battle of Loos. He was wounded on 25th September 1915, the first day of the advance on Loos, and he was repatriated to the Old Mill Hospital in Aberdeen.

Shrapnel had forced bits of his uniform into his chest and right arm. Medical staff progressively removed pieces of cloth and metal from his wounds but by the end of October a haemorrhage was identified from the lacerated arteries in his right arm. On 30th October the arm was amputated but James Hood never recovered from the operation. He died with one of his sisters at his bedside.

His body was transported to Bridge of Weir for his funeral and burial in Kilbarchan Cemetery, officiated by Rev. A.M. Shand. His coffin was born on the shoulders of soldiers with hundreds of people lining the streets of Bridge of Weir. A detachment of Royal Scots Fusiliers came from Greenock and a pipe band with muffled drums played the Dead March.

Less than three months later his older brother Alexander enlisted in January 1916 and joined the Royal Engineers.

Battle of Loos The 15th Dvision's advance on 25th September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos. The furthest advance of the 7th Royal Scots Fusiliers is shown by the red circle. James Hood received his ultimately fatal wounds that day.


1881 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age Name Age
John3 Beith, Ayrshire
George1 George11George21Beith, Ayrshire
William9Beith, Ayrshire
Janet F7Jessie17 Bridge of Weir
Alexander5Alexander15 Bridge of Weir
James2James12James*22 Bridge of Weir
Annie8 Bridge of Weir
Nellie6Bridge of Weir

* = not in John and Janet Hood's family home - see text for details


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