Remembering Sergeant James Armour and all Kintyre war heroes

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Down Memory Lane

No parish in Kintyre remained untouched by losses during the First and Second World Wars.

Among the many sons of Kintyre who never returned home from battle, and whose memories were honoured on Armistice Day and Remembrance weekend, was Sergeant James Armour, who died during World War I.

Sergeant Armour’s great-nephew, Councillor John Armour, said it was ‘an honour’ to place a wreath at the foot of Campbeltown War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council.

Sergeant Armour's great-nephew, Councillor John Armour, laid a wreath at Campbeltown War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.
Sergeant Armour’s great-nephew, Councillor John Armour, laid a wreath at Campbeltown War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

‘As always my thoughts went back to my grandfather John Armour and his brothers who served in the First World War but especially to my grandfather’s brother James who sadly never returned home,’ Councillor Armour said.

An obituary for Sergeant James Armour was published in the Campbeltown Courier in 1918.

It read: ‘Mr and Mrs John Armour, Kilkeddan Farm, Campbeltown, recently received word that their son, Sergeant James Armour, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was killed under shell fire in a retirement from a counter-attack on 24th March last.

‘Sergeant Armour was the eldest of five sons, three of them are with the colours.

‘He went to Canada in 1911, returning in the spring of 1915 to rejoin his old company of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

‘He soon rose to the rank of sergeant and was retained as musketry instructor till December 1916, when he was sent over to France.

‘He was 28 years of age. He was a fine soldier and, on all occasions, gave an admirable account of himself, and as a non-commissioned officer he was highly esteemed and respected and set a splendid example to his men.

‘The deepest sympathy is extended to the family circle in their grievous loss.’

Sergeant Armour is among the 32 World War I and II heroes whose names are recorded on Southend War Memorial.