1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

James Cairns

Contributed by: Margaret Donaldson, on 2008-11-06

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Rank
First Name James
Surname Cairns
Year of Birth Unknown
Year of Death Unknown
Regiment Royal Scots
Place of Wartime Residence Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway

James's Story

My uncle was a medical auxiliary in the trenches during the 1914-18 war. I have 2 of his diaries written in pencil in tiny writing (difficult to decipher) He was awarded the DCM for bravery when he spent (I think) 2 nights in "No Mans' Land" with a wounded man. Until they could be rescued. I was told that he would have received the V.C but there were no officers left to certify this. He was also mentioned in dispatches. This is not in the 2 diaries I have. I am endeavouring to write them up on the computer to preserve them. The only photo of him in regimental uniform is in the Dollar School Magazine where he was a pupil. My mother had his kilt apron to protect the kilt from the mud. I know he said their legs were raw with the mud on the bottom of their kilts which became hard. He was in poor health after the war as he had been gassed.

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