Private James Rarity
Private James Rarity, Service Number 6511, served with "A" Company, 1st Cameron Highlanders. He was the first Airdrie serviceman to be killed in action in the Great War at the Battle of Aisne on September 14th 1914, aged 31.
Private Rarity was the son of John Rarity and husband of Martha Strachan Rarity. He had been born in Airdrie and still lived there when he enlisted in Glasgow. He appears to have been a regular soldier at the outbreak of war.
Private Rarity is commemorated on Airdrie War Memorial located on Centenary Avenue. He was awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.