Wednesday, April 27, 2016

James Alexander Webster Prentice

Alexander was the son of the Rev. Arichibald Prentice and Jane Ann Russell.

He was born on the 29th May 1885 in Joppa, Midlothian, Scotland

James enlisted for the duration of the war in London.

On the night of the 1901 census of Scotland, Alexander was living at the Newbraighall Manse, Brunstane Road,Duddingston, near Edinburgh in the Scottish county of Midlothian.  Alexander's elder brother William David Russell Prentice was a living-in pupil at Fettes College, Edinburgh. Midlothian, Scotland.  Alexander was living with his mother and father Archibald and Jane Anne Prentice, his sister MaryGlasgow Dymock Prentice aged nine and his brothers William David Russell Prentice and Archibald Hepburn Gardiner Prentice aged twenty three and twenty.

James emmigrated to South Africa in 1905.  He resided at the Johannesberg Golf Club in South Africa.

James arrived at Plymouth, Devonshire, England from Capetown, South Africa on the 26th Aug 1914, on the Kildonan Castle (s ship of the Union Castle line).  His occupation was given as secretary. 

James was a Lance Corporal in the 'B' Squadron, 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales Own) Regiment.

He entered the French theatre of war for the first time on the 4th Dec 1914.

James was injured at Ypres and would have been passed through the medical chain of evacuation, untill he reached one of the Hospitals at Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas de Calais, France.

James died of woulds recieved at Ypres on the 6th Jun 1915 and was buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Boulogne, was one of the three base ports that were used extensively by Commonwealth armies on the Western Front throughout the First World War. There were extensive medical facilities available in Boulogne.

Sources:
UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1878-1960
England and Wales National Probate Calender of Wills and Administrations 1858-1966
UK Commonwealth War Graves 1914-1921
UK Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

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