World War 2 (1939 - 1945)

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James Hay Shand

Service: Army
Regiment: 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service number: 2829363

James Shand was born in Newton Mearns in 1923, son of Alick and Margaret Shand of Newton Mearns. He was killed on 2 May 1945, aged 22 during the last days of the allied campaign. The exact location of his death is not known but he is buried in Becklingen War Cemetery. The cemetery was established in 1951 and burials were brought into the cemetery from isolated sites in the countryside, small German cemeteries and prisoner of war camp cemeteries, within a radius of about 80 kilometres. Most of those buried in the cemetery died during the last two months of the war. The site of the cemetery was chosen for its position on a hillside overlooking Luneburg Heath where Field Marshal Montgomery accepted the German surrender from Generaladmiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg on 4 May 1945. James is also commemorated on the Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.


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