Captain James Lochhead Jack

Captain James Lochhead Jack

On 7 November 1914, the Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette reported that "the London Gazette of Tuesday night announced that the President of the French Republic had bestowed the decoration of the Legion of Honour on a number of officers, with the approval of His Majesty the King, for their gallantry during the operation between August 21 and 30.

"Among those receiving the Croix de Chevalier appears the name of Captain James Lochhead Jack of the 1st Battalion Scottish Rifles, a son of the late Mr Peter Jack of Ronald, Jack & Co. Ltd, carpet manufacturers, Nethercommon. There are no restrictions as to the occasions on which the honour may be worn.

"Provost Robertson at a meeting of the Town Council said, 'I am sure it caused a thrill of pride in Paisley when it became known that one of her sons had received for an act of conspicuous bravery the much coveted decoration of the Legion of Honour. This Council in the past has thanked many men for acts of bravery but I am convinced that there has been none more worthy of notice that that of Captain Jack. I move that a record be placed in the Minutes and a letter of congratulations sent to him. I hope we shall have to record many more acts of bravery by Paisley Sons of whom so many are now serving the King and country at home and abroad'."

Captain James Lochhead Jack, 1st Battalion Scottish Rifles, receives the Legion of Honour
Captain James Lochhead Jack, 1st Battalion Scottish Rifles, Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette, 7 November 1914