L Cpl James Daun, 6th Gordon Highlanders
James Daun was born at Brackla in the Parish of Premnay on 12th July 1889, the son of William and Ann Daun. Known to family and friends as Jimmy he was the 4th eldest of a family of ten he had five brothers and four sisters. His father was tenant in the farm of Brackla on the Brindy Hill. Brackla was on the Leith Hall Estate and it is known that James was working as a farm servant at Leith Hall Home Farm when he went off to fight in The Great War.
The photographs above were clearly taken at the same Midland Road studio in Bedford. Service Dress was the standard issue for daily wear with No1 being worn when the highest standard of dress was called for. The one on the right, sent to his sister Maggie, is dated 25th February 1915 and was likely sent home during preparations to leave Bedford for the Western Front three weeks later.
Following Neuve Chapelle the 6th were next into action in the attack on the German line in front of the village of Festubert, 16th-18th May.
It is known that James came unscathed through The Battle of Loos, 25/9/1915. During October 6 GH were in the line south of the La Bassee Canal near Cambrin or alternating in billets. He fell sick and eventually found himself in one of the medical facilities in Rouen.
80 miles back from the front Rouen was the Base Supply Depot for the 6th Gordons in The British Expeditionary Force (BEF). The 3rd Echelon of General Headquarters was also established there. Supplies, equipment, new drafts, etc destined for 6 GH at the front passed through their base at Rouen. They then went "up the line" to the front. " Down the line" meant movement back from the front to the Base.
Several British camps and hospitals ( hospitals included eight General, five Stationary, one British Red Cross, one Native Labour Hospitals and No. 2 Convalescent Depot) were established in, and around, the race course on the Southern outskirts of the city. It was in No 9 General Hospital that James died due to pericarditis on 2nd November 1915 having been passed "down the line" from a Dressing Station or Field Hospital at the front.
These hospitals all buried in the nearby St Sever Cemetery throughout the war. Over 3,000 casualties are buried at St Sever, including James Daun.
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was awarded these medals for serving his King and Country in The Great
The Daun family headstone at Premnay Kirkyard
Also of their
Photographed February 2002
name does not appear on Kennethmont War Memorial but he is remembered
on The Roll of Honour, having left Leith Hall to take up arms.