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James was the eldest son of Mr. P.S. Maclagan, a solicitor, and Mrs. Maclagan, who lived at Rothbury, Northumberland. He was also a great nephew of Archbishop Maclagan, of York. At 21, he was educated at Appleby Grammar School, Westmorland. He went on to be a Science Student at Armstrong College, where he gained a BSc. James attended the University Officers' Training Corps whilst at Armstrong College. James served as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and then as a Second Lieutenant in the King's Own Lancaster Regiment from 26th January 1916. He was later seconded to the 5th Battalion where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. James was killed in action on 1st August 1918.
James was buried in the Duisans British Cemetery Etrun, in Pas De Calais, France.
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. The Northerner, Vol. XIX, no. 1, December, 1918. London Gazette, 1st February 1916 (.
Sophie Anderton (Newcastle University).
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