Captain James Scott Marr

Biography of Captain James Scott Marr

James Scott Marr was born on the 10th September 1890 in Hornsey, Middlesex, England. James had one brother (William) and two sisters (Margaret and Elsie) born to James Brown MacLaurin Marr (1856-1911), a Mercantile Clerk, and Mary Margaret Marr (née Harrower) (1865-1940), who had married on the 7th July 1886 in Middlesex, England. The family returned to Glasgow between 1893 and 1896 and lived at various addresses in Glasgow, including 20 Ann Street and 386 Byres Road, Hillhead, Glasgow.

It is not known which primary school James attended, but it is known that he attended Glasgow Academy in his teenage years. He never enrolled at the University of Glasgow, but was involved in the Officers’ Training Corps, being a cadet there in 1914. In the 1911 Census, James was recorded as being a Clerk at the United Turkey Red Co. Ltd. in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

James was gazetted to the 17th Bn. Highland Light Infantry on the 1st September 1914. He was commissioned as Captain the following year, on 29th November 1915. James’ name was Mentioned in Despatches, an honour reserved for soldiers who had shown great bravery and courage. At twenty-six, James was killed in action, on 18th November 1916. He is commemorated at Thiepval, Picardie, France. His name appears on both the University of Glasgow and the Evening Times’ Rolls of Honour. He is also commemorated on memorials at Glasgow Academy and Kirkside Church.


Captain James Scott Marr
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 17th Bn. Highland Light Infantry
Degree: N/A
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Comments: Killed in action, 18 November 1916.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/795
Photo ID: N/A

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