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New name added to Rothesay war memorial

Members of the Brown family and the RBLS Isle of Bute branch following Sunday's unveiling of a plaque on the Rothesay Cenotaph recording the name of James McDonald Brown, who lived in Rothesay and died in action in Flanders in 1918.

Members of the Brown family and the RBLS Isle of Bute branch following Sunday's unveiling of a plaque on the Rothesay Cenotaph recording the name of James McDonald Brown, who lived in Rothesay and died in action in Flanders in 1918.

A new name was added to Rothesay’s war memorial on Remembrance Sunday - that of James McDonald Brown.

Mr Brown was born on November 28, 1886 to James Brown and Margaret McDonald, and lived with his family in Rothesay, latterly in West Princes Street.

Called up to the armed forces in 1915, he joined the 12th battalion of the Royal Scots (Lothian) Division as a private, and was promoted to the rank of sergeant, being awarded the 1915 Star, Victory Medal and British War Medal.

James was posted missing on April 25, 1918, at what is now known as the second Battle of Kemmel, in the hills of Flanders.

On discovering James’s name was missing from the ranks of those from Bute who lost their lives in the First World War, the Brown family, several of whom live nearby in Cowal, enlisted the help of the Royal British Legion Scotland’s Isle of Bute branch and of Rothesay craftsman Malcolm Johnston in arranging for a plaque to be made and added to the Cenotaph in the centre of the town.

The addition of James’s name to the Rothesay memorial was marked by a short service at the Cenotaph on Sunday, led by the Reverend Michael Evans and attended by members of the Brown family - whose name lives on locally through the Dunoon construction firm of Brown of Strone, contractors on several major building projects on Bute in recent years - and by representatives of the logal Legion branch.

 

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