Roll of Honour

Lance Serjeant

James Cunningham McNaught

James Cunningham McNaught was born on the 2nd April 1893 in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, to Angelina McOwat and David Craig McNaught, a merchant. He attended Garsharrie Academy before come to the University of Glasgow in 1901 to study Scots Law. He only attended the university for one year and then became a junior partner in the law firm of Bishop, Boyd and Russell.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

James enlisted to fight in Glasgow on the 13th September 1914, at the beginning of the First World War. He started as a Private in the Highland Light Infantry but quickly attained the rank of Lance Serjeant. He volunteered to be a Scout and underwent special training to become Chief Scout. From March 1915 he was fighting in France and Flanders. A fellow soldier wrote of him:

"The Chief is a marked man in the battalion, and no matter what troubles or difficulties we have to face, he is always smiling."

Lance Serjeant James Cunningham McNaught was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. His will, written prior to his departure for the army, left money to provide an annual treat for the children of Coatbridge soldiers and sailors who had died in the war. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Comments and Citations

Biography: Information kindly provided by Stephanie Allan.

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry Records.

Memorial Place: Commo