James Ranald Beckett

RankSecond Lieutenant
Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentHighland Light Infantry, 17th Battalion ‘A’ Company
Military Service

Beckett enlisted in the 17th HLI as a private (15838) and was given a commission in December 1914.  He went to France with the Battalion in November 1915 but nothing further is known about his service


6th July 1884, Ardrossan

Death4th July 1916
Circumstances of Death

On 1st July, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ companies advanced towards the enemy front line at 7.30am.  Beckett was wounded before he reached the enemy front line and died as a result of his wounds on 4th July.

BurialPuchevillers British Cemetery, I. A. 30
CWGC Information

Son of Hugh and Margaret Russell Beckett. Born at Ardrossan, Ayrshire.


Hugh Beckett (1824-1905) & Margaret R Anderson (c1844-1888), married 1862 New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire

Father's Occupation

Calico printer


Elizabeth C (1863-1958), Janet D (1864-), Hugh (1865-1936), Margaret A (1866-), William A (1868-1935), Robert H (c1878-), Jane H (c1880-)




Kelvinside Academy


Stockbroker, partner in Messrs Beckett Bros, West Nile Street, Glasgow.

1891 Census

South Crescent, Ardrossan

1901 Census

7 Windsor Terrace, Partick

1911 Census

7 Windsor Terrace, Partick

Home Address

1916 – 7 Windsor Terrace, Partick

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Epsilon Lair 296
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial (listed as Lieut James Ronald Beckett)
Ardrossan War Memorial
Royal Troon Golf Club War Memorial

Other Information

Beckett left personal estate in the United Kingdom to the value of £44,128.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), Findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org

Family Search – www.familysearch.org

The Long, Long Trail – http://www.1914-1918.net/

Scotlands People – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

The Scottish War Memorials Project – www.warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com

The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion), Record of War Service, 1914-1918.  1920.

War Diary of 17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry, Nov 1915-Jan 1918 (TNA WO/95/2403/3)



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

Back to top