James Connel


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Reference WMO/275816

Address:

Sheuchan Cemetery

Leswalt High Road

Stranraer

DG9 0AB

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
Materials:
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. Wigtownshire Free Press, 3 June 1915, carried a photograph of Pte Connel and reported: Mr James Connel, 19 New Row, Coylton, who for many years represented the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Stranraer and district, has received intimation from the War Office that his son, Private James Connel was killed in action on 1st May. In a letter from a comrade, it appears that the regiment went into the trenches on 30th April, but on the following day the position became untenable owing to enemy guns having found the range, and orders were given to retire. This order was being carried out, and Private Connel was making to secure his rifle and equipment when a shell burst wounding him and three others so severely that they died shortly afterwards. Deceased enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war, and after undergoing training at Cromarty and Fort George, he crossed over to France in March. Private Connel was well known in Stranraer, where his boyhood was spent. He was educated at Lewis Street School, and his death at the early age of twenty will be much regretted by his old school companions. Prior to enlisting, Private Connel was employed at Kilmarnock Corporation Tramways.
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....../ALSO HIS SON/JAMES CONNEL/WHO FELL IN ACTION IN FRANCE/1ST MAY 1915 AGED 20 YEARS/.....

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