James Bell Foulis

Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentCameron Highlanders, 5th Battalion
Military Service

Foulis enlisted in the Cameron Highlanders as private S12238 and reached the rank of Corporal before being commissioned into the 5th Battalion of the same regiment on 16th May 1915.  This battalion was serving in the 26th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division.  By December 1915 he was commanding a Company and as a result was promoted from Temporary Second Lieutenant to Temporary Captain. The battalion spent much of the first two weeks of the Battle of the Somme in reserve before going into action at Longueval and Waterlot Farm.   After a time away from the front the Division returned to the Somme in October and took part in the Battle of the Transloy Ridges.  At the time of his death Foulis was commanding ‘D’ Company.


4th April 1883, Glasgow

Death18th October 1916
Circumstances of Death

Killed in action.
He was shot in the head at the Battle of Warlencourt.

MemorialThiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 15 B.
CWGC Information



Alexander Foulis (1844-1897) & Agnes S Bell (c1845-1920)

Father's Occupation

Writer [lawyer]


Bethea S (c1881-), William A (c1882-1927), Eupham A (c1889-)




Glasgow Academy
University of Glasgow 1900-1905, BL 1905


Partner in John F Wilson and Foulis, writers, Glasgow

1891 Census

Woodside Place, Glasgow

1901 Census

26 Woodside Place, Glasgow

1911 Census

30 Hilllhead Street, Glasgow – James and his brother William were boarding with a family called Wright

Home Address

30 Westbourne Gardens, Glasgow.

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Primus Lair 169/170
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Royal Troon Golf Club War Memorial

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 the Highlanders Museum, Fort George, The University of Glasgow, Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project



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

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