A First War Memorial Plaque; Killed by German Mine 1916
A First War Memorial Plaque; Killed by German Mine 1916 - Bronze, (JAMES LENNOX), partial maker mark "WA" (Royal Arsenal, Woolwich) on the reverse, 120.5 mm, scattered green oxidation evident on the obverse, edge nicks, cleaned, better than fine. Accompanied by two reproduction newspaper articles and a census report. Footnote: James Lennox was born in Maybole, Scotland in 1891, the son of Alexander Lennox and Elizabeth Lennox, where his father was employed as a rural postman. In 1901, the Lennox family had grown to seven in size and were residing in Cumnock: his father (age 34) listed as an Insurance Agent, his mother (age 35), his older brother Thomas (age 14) listed as a Coal Miner Shiftman, James (age 9), Jennie (age 5), Alexander (age 3) and Alfred (age 11 months), all of whom were born in Maybole. James had a strong interest in football (soccer), playing on the local merchants' team and was also a member of the Cumnock Bowling Green. Lennox was employed by a baker, Mr. Shedden, when he enlisted with the Royal Scots Fusiliers, serving in the 7th Battalion with B Company. Upon completion of his training, he entered the French theatre on July 1, 1915. 13263 Corporal James Lennox had only returned to France after a few days' furlough, and was placed in charge of a party in the trenches, when he was Killed in Action, along with the others, upon the explosion of a large German mine, on February 27, 1916, at the age of 23. His father, Alexander Lennox, received a letter from 2nd Lieutenant J.J. Scandreet, Royal Scots Fusiliers, stating that James Lennox had been killed in France and describing the events surrounding his death: "Dear Sir, - I very much regret to inform you of the death in action of Corporal James Lennox, 13263, C Coy., 7th R.S.F., on Sunday, 27th February. Corpl. Lennox was in charge of a party of bombers in a sap in our lines, and on that day the Germans exploded a very large mine, and the sap was completely demolished, the bombers all unfortunately being lost. We sent out rescue parties to find them and to dig them out, but without success. I am afraid their bodies will not be recovered, and under the circumstances I cannot send you any of the personal effects he had with him. His comrades in No. 8 Platoon send their condolences and their deep sympathy with you in your great loss. Corporal Lennox was quite the best of my N.-C.O.'s, and was noticeable for the great respect in which he was held by the men, and for his splendid steadiness at all times. May I add my deepest sympathy to that of his comrades, and I hope you may have the consolation of knowing he did his duty magnificently. Yours, J.J. SCANDRETT. 2nd Lieut." He is remembered with honour on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 46 to 49. The Loos Memorial forms the sides and back of Dud Corner Cemetery.