Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Gilmour, James

Corporal, “V” 32nd Heavy Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery
Service Number
about 1892 in Burntisland.
Andrew and Charlotte Gilmour of Battery Cottage, North Queensferry.
Date of death
3 June 1917 (Aged 25)
P 14 Pond Farm Cemetery, Vest-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Census 1911 at Brunton’s Buildings. North Queensferry, James Gilmour (19) born Burntisland, Boatman, son of Andrew (63) born Granton, Pilot and Agnes (54) born Tongue, Sutherland.

His Service Record does not appear to have survived, but his unit provided the divisional artillery close support fire for units of the 32nd Division. Generally the heavy mortar was the preserve of the Royal Garrison Artillery rather than the RFA, but this appears to be an exception.

They may have had the 9.45 inch mortar designed during the war and nicknamed the “Flying Pig”. The projectile weighed 150 lbs and hence was awkward to load. The battery would have had four of the weapons. The effective range was in the bracket 600 to 2,400 yards, meaning that the crews were well within range of their German opponents.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

National Archives. Medal Card. Soldier’s Effects

Census 1911

Alex Morris

Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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