In 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Cumnock History Group began researching the names on the War Memorial plus other men and women with Cumnock connections mentioned on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in the Cumnock Chronicle of the time. The research is not limited to those who died but also to men and women who served, using family history information.

The group would like to appeal to individuals with knowledge of family members for photographs of the soldier, either in uniform or not, and photos of medals or other memorabilia eg letters sent home from the Front. If you would be prepared to share these on this site, please email the web manager cumnockhistory [at] The group is willing to share any copies of documents found with the soldier's descendants.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

L/Cpl James Begg

Born in Lugar on 8th May 1887, Lance Corporal was the son of James Begg and Mary Robertson.

In 1901 the family was at 45 Front Row Auchinleck

James Begg             48 coal miner
Mary Begg             45
Robert Begg             22
Thomas Begg             20
James Begg             13
Mary Begg             11
Annie Begg             9

He enlisted in Cumnock  in the RSF

He died in Palestine on 1st December 1917. He was 30 and unmarried.
His cousin William Begg also died in the war, but his older brother Adam Begg survived.

photo from Paul Eedle

He played for Lugar Boswell. He is in the striped shirt.


Cumnock Connections tree

He is remembered on Cumnock War Memorial and Lugar War Memorial as well as in  Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel.

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