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S/21660 Private James Woodrow

8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

killed in action 22nd August 1917

aged 26

Tyne Cot Memorial
Freeland Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Son of James Woodrow and Elizabeth Gilmour
Ladeside Place, Bridge of Weir

His Life

James Woodrow was born on 19th April 1891 in Bridge of Weir, the eldest son of James Woodrow from Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire and Elizabeth Gilmour, daughter of a publican, who had married in Bridge of Weir in July 1890.

In 1901 James (34) and Elizabeth (31) were living with their four children, James (9), Sarah, Henry and John in Gateside Cottage, New Street, Kilbarchan. James senior was employed as a joiner.

By 1911 the Woodrow family of five had moved to Burngill, Bridge of Weir. Sarah was a cloth printer in a calico print works, and Harry was a butcher. James junior was not in the family home and neither was John, but another daughter Jessie had been born. By 1915 the family had moved again to Ladeside Place.

As well as his service with the Seaforth Highlanders, James's Medal Index Card states that he served in a Training Reserve Battalion (with Regimental No. 1/12941). The Card does not record when he first joined the theatre of war but he was not awarded the 1914 -15 Star. The 8th Seaforth formed part of 44th Brigade in the 15th (Scottish) Division.

His death is recorded as 22nd August 1917 on the Tyne Cot Memorial, which commemorates nearly 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom and New Zealand who died in the Ypres Salient after 16th August 1917 and whose graves are not known. The date is consistent with the Division's participation in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). On 22nd August 1917 8th Seaforth sustained 393 casualties (having earlier lost 203 in July) in the Ypres Salient. They were then reduced to just over 200 strong.

James's younger brother Henry Gilmour Woodrow, a butcher to trade, survived the war. He had volunteered at the age of 18, served in the Machine Gun Corps, but suffered multiple gunshot wounds in July 1918 and spent the next 40 days in hospital.

Battle of Third Ypres

The field of battle where James Woodrow fell on 22nd August 1917. The 8th Seaforths were attacking Beck House and Borry Farm.


1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age
James9 Bridge of Weir
Sarah7 Sarah17 Bridge of Weir
Hendry G5 Harry G15 Bridge of Weir
John1 Bridge of Weir
Jessie G3 Bridge of Weir


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