Pte James A Barclay
James Alexander Barclay was born at Turriff
on 25th May 1914, the eldest son of John Barclay and Eleanor
Smith. His father, a farm servant, was brought up on the family
farm of Newton of Dunlugas, King Edward, his mother came from
Turriff. John spent his working life in farm work on farms
in the Turriff, Cornhill and Huntly areas. This accounts for
the families connection with Kennethmont.
James had five brothers and six sisters
and was known to his family and friends as Jim. On leaving
school at 14 he too began in farm service. In 1932 his father
was living and working at Claymires at Ordiquhill while Jim
was working at nearby Auchip, Fordyce. It was from here that
Jim joined the Regular Army c 1932. It is known that his seven
years with the colours was due to end shortly after war was
declared in Sept 1939.
The family were at Wraes, Wardhouse when
they were advised that Jim was missing in 1942 having moved
there from Kirkton Mill, Drumblade.
When his death was finally confirmed to
his parents the family had moved to Braeside of Wartle.
His brothers Bill and Jake also saw war
service. Taken prisoner with the 1st Gordons at St Valery
in June 1940 Jake spent the duration as a POW.
His parents later moved to Kemnay.