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James was married to a Miss Jean Anstruther, who previously lived at 21 Birchdale Road, Waterloo, Liverpool. He was born in Anstruther-Easter, Fife, Scotland. His father was Alexander Hay, an Anstruther merchant, and his mother was Sarah Julia Webster. According to the National Probate Calendar, his last known address was 61 Endborne-road Orrell Park, Liverpool. James attained the rank of Captain in the Seaforth Highlanders, 9th Battalion. According to the Fife Library Newspaper Index Cards, James joined the Army at age 16, and served for 21 years with the Seaforth Highlanders in India, Egypt, and South Africa. He retired and re-enlisted on the outbreak of WW1. In the East Fife Record, 17 December 1914 there was a report of his promotion t Adjutant and Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. James was killed in action in Ypres, Belgium on 30th November 1915 aged 41.
High Street, Anstruther Easter, Fife, Scotland (place of residence as entered in the 1881 Census)
James is buried in the Poperinghe New Military Cemetery in Poperinge West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The War Graves Photographic Project. The University of Durham Roll of Service 1914 – 1919. Durham University Gazette, Vol II, 1912-1929.
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