James Park remembered on Anzac Day

A wreath is laid in memory of James Park at Crimond War Memorial
A wreath is laid in memory of James Park at Crimond War Memorial

A wreath was laid at Crimond War Memorial on Saturday, April 25, in honour of James Park.

The small ceremony was held on Anzac Day and also the centenarary commemoration of the beginning of the disastrous campaign at Gallipoli, Turkey, during the Great War from 1914 - 1918 where 131,000 soliders were killed.

James Park was born on 31st January 1882 at Millhill, Crimond.

His father was Alexander Park and his mother Ann Henderson.

He had a brother, John, who died in 1948 at Savoch, and also had two sisters.

Ellenirra, who died in Longside in 1939, married George Morgan from Fraserburgh who also died in 1939.

James’ elder sister Margaret Ann Park, was married to Charles Dunbar and she died in 1939.

In 1891 James lived at Mill of Crimond Cottage and in the 1901 Census he had moved to Fetteresso in Kincardineshire.

His job is stated as a gardener apprentice.

He married Mary Barron at Ardlaw Mains, Pitsligo.

In 1911 at the age of 29 he emigrated to Australia, setting sail in the steam ship ‘Armadale’ where he disembarked in Fremantle, W. Australia.

He served in the Australian military as a Private in the 16th Battalion G Company in Helena Vale.

James was killed in action on May 2 1915 aged 33 at Gallipoli, Turkey, where there was 131,000 fatalities.

He has no known grave but is remembered at Lone Pine Memorial in Gallipoli and also at Crimond War Memorial.

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