Armadale & District War Memorial Association

Registered Scottish Charity No. SC044493

James Keddie

Distinguished Conduct Medal & French Military Medal

46188 Sergeant James Keddie

84th Battery

11th Brigade Royal Field Artillery


DCM. (LG 19/08/1916)

For conspicuous gallantry in continuing to work his gun, under shell fire, in a badly damaged pit for three days and nights. His courage and example on many occasions greatly encouraged all ranks with him.


Sergeant Keddie was awarded the DCM for his actions on June 3rd 1916, on the Ypres salient.



French Military Medal (LG 14/07/1917)

Sgt James Keddie DCM RFA

On the 24th April 1917, whilst the gun pits were being heavily shelled with lachrymatory shells, Sergeant. Keddie and five men endeavoured to save the position by throwing out the burning shells. The five men were all killed, and Sergeant. Keddie was wounded in the breast.

An official letter was received saying that the French Military Medal would be sent to his home address.

Capt E W Busk MC


James was born in Haddington, East Lothian in 1891, he came to Armadale as a very small boy with his uncle Thomas Watson, hairdresser, with whom he became an apprentice.

Later he became a carter for the late Thomas Johnston, where he gained knowledge of horses, in 1906 at age 15 and shortly after he had passed his 15th birthday James left Armadale to join the Army, he enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery.

During his ten years service up to 1916 he has spent a large part of it in India.

After being awarded the DCM he was offered a commission but this he declined.


Medal entitlement of Sergeant James Keddie

Distinguished Conduct Medal

1914 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

French Military Medal


James left the Army in the early 1920’s, he became a school attendance officer, and later Janitor at Kilmarnock Academy until he retired in 1959.