Captain James Ewing

Biography of Captain James Ewing

James Ewing was born on the 23rd December 1892, at the Laggan farm in the parish of Monzievaird, Perthshire. He was the youngest son of Duncan Ewing and Grace Ewing (nee Rettie), and was educated at Morrison's Academy, Crieff.

He went on to the University of Glasgow to study Medicine and did well, gaining merit certificates in the Practice of Medicine and Clinical Medicine in the session 1913-1914. After graduating MB ChB in 1916 he acted as an assistant for a few months in Glasgow Royal and Perth Royal infirmaries before enlisting.

Dr Ewing served in Mesopotamia with the Royal Army Medical Corps attached to the 8th Bn. Welsh Fusiliers. He attained the rank of Captain. Captain James Ewing sustained mortal wounds in the field and died on the 12th April 1917.

He was Mentioned in Despatches (MID) posthumously (15th October 1917), by Lieutenant General Sir Stanley Maude, for gallant and distinguished service.

His brother William served in the Royal Artillery. Captain James Ewing's name is recorded on the Basra Memorial and at home, on the Monzievaird and Crieff War Memorials, in Crieff Parish Church and in the Memorial Hall of Morrison's Academy.


Captain James Ewing
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 8th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 12 April 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1023
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/72


Biography: Biography contributed by Mrs A C Johnston from: The Strathearn Herald, 12th May 1917, and Campbell, A, Crieff in the Great War (Edinburgh: Constable, 1925).

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry Records.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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