Death of James Moir

[James Moir is named on the Cairneyhill War Memorial, second from the top]

Dundee Evening Telegraph 13 October 1915

Black Watch Officer who has fallen – hero in the struggle

Second-Lieutenant J M Moir, 1st Black Watch, has been killed in an attack on a German position. He was a son of the late Rev John Moir, BD, Cairneyhill, Fife, and was born in 1889. Educated in Glasgow, he graduated in arts in 1908, and in same year he entered the service of the Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society. On the outbreak of war he enlisted as a private in the Glasgow Highlanders (Territorial Force) and went to France with the battalion at the beginning of November. In June he was sent to the Cadet School at Headquarters, and received his commission in the 1st Black Watch, being gazetted early in August. His sisters reside in Doune Terrace, Glasgow.

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour

(James Moir’s entry in the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour gives us a few different details.)

James McMurchy Moir was the son of the late Reverend John Moir, BD, Cairneyhill, he was born on 17th October 1889 and attended Hillhead High School.

After leaving school he entered the University of Glasgow, where he graduated in arts in 1908. In the same year he entered the service of the Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society, and in 1912 gained the degree of FFA [Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries]. he had rapid promotion, and in 1914 was appointed inspector of the Manchester branch of the Society.

On the outbreak of war he enlisted as a private in the Glasgow Highlanders, and went with the battalion to France at the beginning of November 1914. He served there until June 1915, when he was given a commission in the 1st Black Watch. He was twenty-five years of age when he fell leading his men into attack in the German positions on the 25th September 1915.

In his obituary it is written:

Lieutenant Moir was clearly marked out for a high place in his profession, and he was greatly beloved by all who knew him.

This is the family grave in Cairneyhill graveyard:

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