Private James Chaplin

Biography of Private James Chaplin

James Chaplin was born in 1899 in Govan, son of James and Agnes Chaplin, of Clarian Cottage, Maryland Gardens, Cardonald, Glasgow. By the time he went to University, his father was registered as a Provision Merchant, and had premises at 47 Eglinton Street.

He went to Cardonald School and then on to Govan High and Bellahouston Academy. He was accepted for the University of Glasgow to study Medicine, and in 1916 and took courses in Chemistry and Zoology, in both cases with associated practical classes.

Despite the ability to apply for study exemption, he enlisted and was posted to the 14th Battalion Highland Light Infantry as a private, and died at Arras on 27th March 1918. He was only 19 years old. As sometimes happened, due to the nature of these battles, the initial notice the parents were given had the date of death spread over the period 21st-27th March.

He was commemorated initially in his church, the Church of Christ in Great Wellington Street, but the church has now gone, and even the street has been renamed Admiral Street.

However, surviving memorials, in addition to the University Roll of Honour, are the memorials in his two schools, Govan High and Bellahouston Academy.


Private James Chaplin
Rank: Private
Regiment: 14th Highland Light Infantry
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action. Attended Govan High.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
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With thanks to Ian McCracken for additional information.

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