Private, 242487, James Horne (22), Killed in Action

1st/5th Gordon Highlanders, 11th April 1917

Gordon Highlander Cap Badge, similar to the one which would have been worn by James Horne.

The Banffshire Herald dated 5th May 1917

The following is an extract from the above publication :- Mr Horne, 24 Fife Street, Fife-Keith, has been notified from the War Office that his son, Private James Horne, Gordons, has been killed in action. Prior to enlistment Private Horne was a farm servant in the Rothiemay district. He was 22 years of age.

Further Military and Civilian Research

  • James was born at Rathven, Moray, circa 1895, he was 22 years old when he died on 11th November 1917.
  • James enlisted at Aberdeen, his initial service number was 5672, which was later changed to 242487.
  • He is shown in the Army Register of Soldiers Effects as being killed in action sometime between the 9th and 11th November 1917, but on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site as date of death as 11th November 1917.
  • He was buried at Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
The Grave of James Horne at Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France – © International Wargraves Photography Project.


James Horne was born in circa 1895. The following family information is taken from the 1901 Census where their address was given as Old Toll House, Botriphnie, Moray.

His family is shown as follows :-

  • Father – Francis Horne, born c.1866 at Marnoch, Banffshire, Farm Servant Ploughman.
  • Mother – Jane Legge Horne, born c.1865 at Seafield, Banffshire.
  • Brother – William, born c.1892 at Fordyce, Banffshire.
  • Brother – Francis, born c.1894 at Fordyce, Banffshire.
  • Sister – Jane B., born c.1898 at Rathven, Banffshire.
  • Sister – Catherine, born c.1900 at Morayshire.
  • Step-Sister – Elizabeth McLeay born c.1890 at Seafield, Banffshire.


  • In the 1901 Census, his parental address is shown as Old Toll House, Botriphnie, Banffshire.
  • The address of his father given at the date of his death was 24 Fife Street, Fife-Keith, Keith, Banffshire.


James Horne was awarded the Victory and the British War Medals for his service in the Great War.


James Horne is honoured and remembered on the Keith War Memorial, Moray.

Links to Additional Information


  •  Banffshire Herald dated 5th April 1917
  •  Medal Index Card
  •  Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  •  Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19
  •  Lives of the First World War Site
  •  Army Register of Soldiers Effects 1901-1929
  •  Gordon Highlanders Service Medal and Awards Rolls
  •  1901 Census



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