Private, 24914, James Pirie Thorburn – Died of Wounds

‘D’ Company, 2nd South Wales Borderers, 7th May 1917

South Wales Borderers Cap Badge, similar to the one which would have been worn by James Thorburn.

Banffshire Herald

The following is an extract from the Banffshire Herald dated the 5th May 1917 – Mr James Thorburn, Shoemaker, Banff, has received word that his son, Private James P. Thorburn, South Wales Borderers, has been severely wounded by gunshot. He has been for over a year at the front, and also served in Gallipoli.


He enlisted at Crieff, Perthshire into the South Wales Borderers, serving in the 2nd Battalion, number 24914, having previously served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, number 54517. He initially served in the Balkans (2b) (Gallipoli) commencing 21 July 1915 before being transferred to France / Flanders.

He later received a gunshot wound and died within the 26th General Hospital, Etaples, Pas de Calais, France aged 24 years, and was buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.


Private James Pirie Thorburn was born at Banff, Banffshire (now Aberdeenshire), Scotland about 1894.

In the 1901 Census and later in the C.W.G.C. documents his family was shown as:-

  • Wife: Margaret Patricia Thorburn
  • Father: James Thorburn, born c.1860 at Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire – Shoemaker.
  • Mother: Elizabeth Thorburn, born c.1855 at Leswalt, Wigtownshire.
  • Sister: Sarah J., born c.1885 at Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire.
  • Sister: Violet, born c.1853 at Banff, Banffshire.


In the 1901 Census, the family is shown as residing at 57 Boyndie Street, Banff.

Following his death, the address of his wife was shown as Nurses Home, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.


Following his death, James Pirie Thorburn was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory Medal and British War Medal for his war service.


He is remembered on the Banff War Memorial, Aberdeenshire.

A Panel of the Banff War Memorial with the name of James Thorburn – © Vincent Stuart.

Links to Additional Information


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Medal Index Card
  • Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
  • Register of Soldiers Effects (a)
  • Register of Soldiers Effects (b)
  • Medal Roll – South Wales Borderers – 1914-15 Star
  • Banffshire Herald dated 5th May 1917
  • Pension Ledger
  • 1901 Census



  • Vincent Stuart
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