John Alexander Jack

RankPrivate 200768
MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentCameronians (Scottish Rifles), 5th Battalion
Military Service

Unusually it is not noted on Jack’s Medal Index card when he first served in a theatre of war but, as he was not awarded the 1914-15 Star, one assumes that he did not go until the first half of 1916.  The 5th Cameronians, part of 19th Brigade, 33rd Division did not participate in the early actions of the Battle of the Somme. However on the 20th July they took part in an early morning attack on High Wood, part of the battle Bazentin.  They captured most of the wood and held it against several German counter attacks until they were relieved on the evening of the 20th.  Casualties were very heavy and Jack was amongst the 217 other ranks reported missing.


c1896, Glasgow

Death20th July 1916
Circumstances of Death

Missing, killed in action.

MemorialThiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 4 D.
CWGC Information

Son of Alexander Jack, of 159, Cathedral St., Glasgow.


Alexander Jack (c1857-1929) & Margaret Groundwater (c1858-1926)

Father's Occupation



Margaret (c1889-), George (c1900-), Mary (1901-)




Not known


Not known

1901 Census

Taylor Street, Glasgow

1911 Census

159 Cathedral Street, Glasgow

Home Address

159 Cathedral Street, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Quartus Lair 481
Other Memorials

Scottish National 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 Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project

5th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), War Diary December 1915 – September 1918. (TNA WO 95/2422/3)



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

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