In Memory of

James DAUN

Lance Corporal
1st/6th Bn., Gordon Highlanders
who died on
Tuesday, 2nd November 1915. Age 26.

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Son of William and Annie Daun, of Brackla Premnay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
William Daun d 31/12/1929 aged 76. Ann Jamieson d 17/2/1945 aged 86
Interred Premnay CY. James recorded on headstone d France 2/11/1915 age 26

James Daun, Cpl, 6 GH, Leith Hall on Roll of Honour, not listed on War Memorial.

Only Daun in GH, enlisted Huntly, died, served France & Flanders.

PRO 1914/15 Star, War & Victory Medals, France 10/3/1915, a/l/cpl

He did not proceed to France with BEF in Nov 1914, book 6GH in F & F.

He was a farm servant at Leith Hall Home Farm at the outbreak of war. It is known that three farm servants from Leith Hall went to fight in the war - none of them survived.

James fought at The Battle of Loos, 25/9/1915 and during the following five weeks became a patient in one of the medical facilities in Rouen. It is known that he died of pericarditis at No 9 General Hospital. During October 6 GH were in the line south of the La Bassee Canal near Cambrin or alternating in billets. He may have become ill here or been affected by gas at Loos.

6 GH War Diary entry.
2/11/1915 On the day of his death 6GH were out of the line and in billets at Le Quesnoy. The diary entries are not at all detailed and gives no casualty details for September or October 1915, No mention of actions at Loos.

1/4/1908 The original Volunteer Battalions was reorganised and the 4th became the 6th Batt ( Territorial Force) comprising 8 companies centred in the following areas;
'A' Coy - Banff
'B' Coy - Dufftown, Aberlour and Glenlivet
'C' Coy - Keith
'D' Coy - Buckie
'E' Coy - Inverurie

'F' Coy - Alford, Kildrummy and Strathdon
'G' Coy - Buckie
'H' Coy - Huntly

During 1914 the 8 Company system of the entire British army was changed to 4, usually 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D'
'H' Company became part of the new 'A' Company. This became the official designation in 1915. This did not prevent the men using the original lettering which related to their home areas.

Service notes
1/6th Gordons, 1/6th (6th) Banff and Donside Battalion Gordon Highlanders.

4/8/1914 at Keith: Gordon Brigade, Highland Division.
16/8/1914 arrived Bedford, part of Highland Territorial Brigade
9/11/1914 left Bedford by train to Southhampton, there boarded troopship " Cornishman" for France.
10/11/1914 Landed Havre ( Le Havre)
13/11/1914 Left Le Havre, travelled to St Omer, 4/12/1914 at Sailly.

5/12/1914 to 20th Brigade, 7th Division.
Was the 1st Btn of Highland Division to reach the Front.
6/12/1914 In trenches

5/1/1916 became Line of Communication Troops.
1/6/1916 to 152nd Brigade, 51st Highland Division.
6/10/1918 ammalgamated with 1/7th (Deeside) Gordons to form 6/7th Gordons
11/11/1918 in same near Thun l'Eveque, North of Cambrai.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery: ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France
Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
A. 14. 19.


Headstone of Jas Daun


Daun family headstone at Premnay Kirkyard


St. Sever Cemetery and Extension is situated about 3 kilometres south of Rouen Cathedral and a short distance west of the road from Rouen to Elbeuf. Coming from Elbeuf/Caen on the N.138 follow Avenue Des Canadiens right down to the roundabout. Take fourth exit into Rue Stanislas De Jardin, and the cemetery lies 150 metres on the left. If coming from station Rive Gauche, Gare St Sever, follow Quai D'Elbeuf, Quai Jean Moulin, Quai Cavelier De La Salle into Avenue Jan Rondeaux, Av. De La Liberation, Bd. Du 11 Novembre to the roundabout. Take first exit into Rue Stanislas De Jardin, and the cemetery lies 150 metres on the left. St. Sever is part of Le Petit Quevilly. The first CWGC signpost is just when you get to the entrance of the cemetery.


Historical Information: During the 1914-18 war British camps and hospitals were placed on the Southern outskirts of the city; a Base Supply Depot and the 3rd Echelon of General Headquarters were established at Rouen. The Hospitals at Rouen remained there in almost all cases for practically the whole of the war. They included eight General, five Stationary, one British Red Cross and one Native Labour Hospitals and No. 2 Convalescent Depot. A number of the dead from these Hospitals were buried in other cemeteries, but the great majority were taken to St. Sever; and in September, 1916, it was found necessary to begin an Extension. There are now over 3,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.