James Neil was born on 22 October 1888 in Glaisnock Street, Cumnock to James Neill a life assurance agent and his wife Elizabeth Kerr.
He died on 16th June 1915 in Belgium. He served with the Gordon Highlanders. He had previously worked in Burma.
This from the Aberdeen Evening Express, 24th June 1915
James's record on CWGC He was 28. He is remembered on the Menin Gate at Ypres. His name is just below the poppy.
|Menin Gate, from Phillip McGhee|
His brother was also lost. He was Corporal George Neil (George Henry Neil)
From the Cumnock Chronicle 6 Sep 1918
Died of wounds at a Clearing Station in France on 25 Aug 1918 Corpl George Neil, H.L.I., youngest son of Councillor James Neil and Mrs Neil, Lugar Street, in his 25th year.
James Neil 39 commercial traveller b Auchinleck
Elisabeth Neil 36 b New Cumnock
Agnes Neil 18 draper's assistant
John Neil 15 app baker
James Neil 12 app draper
Maggie Neil 10
George H Neil 8
Bessie Neil 6
children b Cumnock
He is buried in Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, France.
Cumnock Connections tree
Both men are on Cumnock War Memorial.