James Melvin


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    Royal Field Artillery


Signaller James Melvin was serving with the 321st Brigade Royal Field Artillery, based at Worsted Park, when he passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on 3 July 1916.

James Melvin attested in Dundee on 16 April 1915, as a Driver in the 3/2nd Highland Brigade Royal Field Artillery, the 2nd City of Dundee Battalion. The City of Dundee Battery, was a territorial unit of the Royal Field Artillery, part of the 2nd Highland Brigade Headquartered at Dudhope Drill Hall, Brown Street, Dundee. He gave his home address as 41 Rosefield Street, Dundee. James was aged 19 years and 10 months and gave his occupation as a grocer.

He served in France from 25 September 1916 to 30 September 1918. Whilst in the field he was posted to the 31st Divisional Ammunition Column from 23 January to 18 March 1917 and was attached to the School of Mortars with the Fifth Army. On 9 February 1918, he was awarded seven days field punishment and four extra picquets for neglect of duty whilst on stable picquet. He was admitted to 55 General Hospital on 11 November 1918, suffering from influenza, returning to his unit on 2 January 1919. He returned to the UK on 12 June 1919, and was discharged on 11 July 1919. Whilst with the Royal Field Artillery he attained the qualification of Signaller. He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory Medals.

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