James Jude

7255057 Serjeant James Jude Royal Army Medical Corps 22nd January 1946 aged 43.

CWGC: Serjeant James Jude, RoyArmy Medical Corps, Service No. 7255957; d. 22 Jan. 1946, a. 43; son of Alexander and Mary Jude; husband of Mary Ann Jude, of Edinburgh.  Y 614

James Jude was born in Stirling in 1902, the son of Alexander Jude, a house painter, and his wife Mary Jane McKenzie.  He was working as a window cleaner when he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps for 12 years service in 1921, aged 18.  When he was transferred to the reserves in 1928 and then discharged in 1933 his character was described as exemplary. He re-joined the RAMC at the beginning of September 1939 and was discharged on 9 November 1945.

Jude married Mary Ann Smith Roy (1897-1974) by licence in Berwick-on-Tweed Register Office on 12 April 1927.  At that time he was 24 and a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps based at the Military Hospital in Berwick.  Mary Ann was 30, the third child and the second of seven daughters of James Roy, a telephone linesman, who died in 1915, and his wife Louisa Heatherell.  Mary Ann worked as a printer’s machinist, and was living in West Richmond Street, Edinburgh, when she married.  Intriguingly she had been to Canada for a year in 1920-21. By 1930 James and Mary Ann were living in Clearburn Crescent in Edinburgh but probably in 1932 they moved to 138 Nicolson Street, the address given as Jude’s usual residence when he died in 1946 and where Mary Ann was still living in the 1960s.

James Jude died in the City Hospital in Edinburgh on 22 January 1946 of Pneumococcal Meningitis Acute Bronchitis Pneumonia.  His occupation on his death certificate was given as Dental Clerk.  Mary Ann died in Edinburgh in 1974, aged 77.