A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- CWGC Headstones -
- Ventnor Cemetery : James Lorimer -

Location

In Ventnor Cemetery, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
 
Description

Grave location K 1564.
Headstone

Ventnor Cemetery : James Lorimer : no photo available
 
Photo by Mick McCann, British War Memorial Project
Inscription


IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JAMES LORIMER
WHO DIED MAY 7TH 1917
OF TUBERCULOSIS FOLLOWING
GAS POISONING SUSTAINED
AT YPRES 1915
ERECTED
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
BY HIS SISTER MARY TOWNEND


 
Further Information
 
CWGC record ...
 
Gunner J. Lorimer, 5th "C" Reserve Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, died on home service on 7 May 1917.

One of Gnr Lorimer's medals was sold at auction on the 5th April 2006, described as follows : British War Medal 1914-20 (45394 Gnr. J. Lorimer, R.A.)

Information taken from the Dix Noonan Webb Auction House website

ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, May 18, 1917 Page 1

A funeral took place at the Cemetery last Friday which was impressive by reason of its simplicity and of the sad circumstances associated with it. Just after war broke out a finely built young Scotchman from one of the Northern counties joined the Army. He went through the hardest part of the earlier fighting and for nearly two years came through unscathed. He was then gassed by one of the most horrible poisons the Germans were the first to introduce. From this he partially recovered. Going to the front line again he was gassed on two further occasions, and had to be sent home. Consumption rapidly supervened, and reduced a fine stalwart form to a mere shadow. He died at Ventnor last week at the age of 29. Watching the simple funeral, at which there was only one mourner, and he a stranger, one could not help realising that here was one of the silent tragedies of this awful conflict, which of course, has had its counterpart in hundreds of similar ceremonies in other places.

 
Ventnor Cemetery Burial Register entry :
 
James Lorimer was buried on 11 May 1917. Described as Soldier, aged 29 whose abode was given as R N Hospital, St Lawrence. [Royal National Hospital].
 
Acknowledgments :
 
Janet Griffin for newspaper and other research


 
 

 
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