QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA 1899, 5 CLASPS, MODDER RIVER, PAARDEBERG, DRIEFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 ‘2800 PTE. J. SUTTIE, A. & S. HIGHRS:’
James Suttie, aged 18 joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Stirling on 7th Feb 1888. He served at Home 1888-1890, Hong Kong 1890 -1892 and East Indies 1892- 1896, before transferring tothe Army Reserve on 6th Feb 1896. Suttie was recalled to service on 9th October 1899. Serving with the 1st Battalion Argyll’s during the Second Boer, and was wounded at Magersfontein, 11 December1899 and discharged again on 20th May 1901.
He rejoined Army again at the outbreak of WW1. He was described as 44 years of age, 5 foot 5 ½ inches in height and under distinctive marks; ‘Highlander and American girl on right arm, Japanese girl and head left forearm’! Initially serving with the 4th Battalion Argyll’s from 22nd Sept 1914 until 23rd March 1919. He transferred to 1st Garrison Battalion Scottish Rifles in Jan 1916 and during the War his service was at Home and in India so no medal entitlement.
He died in Edinburgh in 1944, aged 73.
Condition GVF, unofficial rivets between 3rd and 4th clasps, initial ‘J’ officially corrected.