The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant J M Crombie


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Second Lieutenant James MacHattie CROMBIE, 10th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, 2nd July 1917, age 20.

Son of Dr. James and Mary Marshall Crombie, of "Highden," Sidcup, Kent.

Educated at Merton Court, (established in 1899 in Sidcup) and then from about 1908 he attended Epsom College which was originally founded to help the sons of medical practitioners. Belonged to the Epsom College Officer Training Corps for five years and was a cadet officer and head prefect during his last year there. In June 1916 he gained a Military Exhibition at Christ Church, Oxford. Following officer training at the cadet school he was gazetted to the Royal West Kent Regiment.


1911 Census - 20 Hatherley Road, Sidcup - James Crombie, head, age 54, married, general medical practitioner, born Melrose, Roxburghshire; Mary Crombie, wife, age 48, married 21 years, 4 children, all still alive, born Londonderry, Londonderry; Gladys Crombie, daughter, age 19, single, born Sidcup, Kent; Ian Crombie, son, age 16, single, school, born Sidcup, Kent; James Crombie, son, age 13, school, born Sidcup, Kent; Edith Hoy, servant, age 20, single, domestic cook, born Sidcup, Kent; May Rich, servant, age 16, single, domestic housemaid.


His brothers also fell:

Captain Ian Osborne Crombie aged 21,11th Bn. Middlesex Regiment - died 28th July 1916. Buried at Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave Reference II. F. 5.

Captain William Maurice Crombie,aged 25, Indian Medical Service - died 17th February 1919. Buried Sidcup Cemetery, grave reference E. 28. 1.


19th November 1917, Probate - Crombie James MacHattie of Highden, Sidcup, Kent. Second Lieutenant, 10th Service Battalion,  Royal West Kent Regiment died 2nd July 1917 in Belgium, Administration London 19th November to James Crombie, medical practitioner. Effects £266 6s 6d.

Buried at  Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, XIII. H. 8., Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium & Commemorated on the Sidcup War Memorial & Merton Court Preparatory School Memorial.


Christ Church College, Oxford University - 2nd Lieutenant James Machattie Crombie, 10th Battalion Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)

Date of birth: 1897. Date of death: 2 July 1917. Died of wounds aged 20
Buried at Lussenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium; Grave Reference: XIII. H. 8. 


James Machattie was born in Bromley, Kent, the third son of Dr James Crombie, a general practitioner trained in Edinburgh, and his wife Mary Marshall Crombie of “Highden“, Sidcup, Kent. He was killed in Belgium.

 Source: The TIMES 07/07/1917 - Second Lieutenant James MacHattie Crombie, Royal West Kent Regiment, who died on July 2 of a wound received on June 25 while wiring in front of the line, was the third and youngest son of Dr and Mrs Crombie, of Sidcup, Kent. He was educated at Merton College, Sidcup, and the College, Epsom. He had belonged to the Epsom College O.T.C. for five years and was cadet officer and head-prefect during his last year there. In June 1916, he gained a Military Exhibition at Christ Church, Oxford. After his training at the cadet school he was gazetted to the Royal West Kent Regiment and went to the front last January. His death took place a few days after his 20th birthday. His elder brother, Captain Ian Osborne Crombie, Middlesex Regiment, was killed on the Somme in July, 1916.

The third brother, William Maurice Crombie, Captain, Indian Medical Service died on 17 February 1919, and is buried in Sidcup

All three are commemorated in Bexley.

His Estate amounted to £266 6s 6d, administration granted to his father.

 Their father died on 30 March 1918 leaving a daughter.


London Gazette 8th December 1916.

War Office, 8th December 1916. SPECIAL RESERVE OF OFFICERS.

The under mentioned, from Officers Cadet Units, to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation): 

Royal West Kent Regiment - James McHattie Crombie.


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