James Christie MCINROY
Rank: Private
Number: S/9519
Unit: 9th Battalion BLACK WATCH
Date of Death: 9 October 1917
Age: 32
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

James had been born in Perth so it was, perhaps, no surprise that when he volunteered for the Army, he wanted to join the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) as it was the local regiment.

His parents were John and Margaret. It's not known if they lived in the Stockport area, nor is it known when James came to Stockport. In the autumn of 1910, he married Annie Lloyd and the marriage is registered in the town. She was later living at 2 Ford Street, in the Chestergate area, but it's not known if this was the home she and James shared.

None of the details of James' military service are known. His service number indicates he had enlisted only for the duration of the War and was not a regular soldier. The records at the National Archives confirm James had an entitlement to service medals, indicating he must have served abroad during the War. His grave is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which indicates his death was a direct consequence of his military service and the fact he is buried at home means he must have died in this country. However, he does not appear in the Black Watch's volume of the publication "Soldiers Died in the Great War", published in the early 1920s.

This suggests that James had been invalided back to Britain, either due to wounds or illness. This was probably a considerable time before his death and, as such, he may have been discharged from Army service and no longer on the records of the Regiment.

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