Private James Francis Quigley

Biography of Private James Francis Quigley

James Francis Quigley was born on the 29th March 1889 at 228 Saracen Street, Possilpark, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. His father was John Quigley, a Pawnbroker, and his mother Margaret Quigley (née Kelly), who had married on the 24th of June 1879 in Blackfriars, Glasgow.

When he began studying at the University in 1906, his older brother Edward was already close to graduating. The pair both studied Medicine; Edward graduated in 1908, and James in 1912. During his time at the University James Quigley performed particularly well in Gynaecology, earning a first class certificate in Professor Murdoch Cameron’s class. Quigley seems to have been fond of merriment, as his classmates chose the following line from Samuel Butler’s Hudibras to describe Quigley in the Medical Final Year Dinner Booklet:-

‘For he, by geometric scale / Could take the size of pots of ale’

When James Quigley enlisted as a Private in the 14th Bn. London Regiment (the London Scottish) on the 8th February 1917, his enlistment papers recorded his trade or calling as a Chemist and his address as the Waterloo Hotel, York Road, London. In August 1917 the battalion took part in the Third Battle of Ypres, fighting in the Battle of Langemarck from the 16th to the 18th August. The conditions at this part of the line were particularly poor, with none of the support tanks seeing action.

Private James Francis Quigley was killed on the last day of the Battle of Langemarck, the 18th August 1917. He was 28. He is buried in Perth Cemetery (China Wall, east of Ypres (Ieper) town centre, in Belgium.


Private James Francis Quigley
Rank: Private
Regiment: 14th Bn. London Regiment (the London Scottish)
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 18 August 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

Burial Place:Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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