Next of Kin Project: The Scouller Family

Killed in action in the battle of Cambrai


    • New Testament; letter.
    • Private James Scouller, from Paisley, Renfrewshire was serving with 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders when he was killed in action in the battle of Cambrai on 20th November 1917. His family’s most treasured possession was the pocket New Testament which he was carrying the day he died. It was sent to them by Erich Alfrogge, a German soldier who had found the mortally wounded Scouller and stayed with him to comfort him when he died. Alfrogge contacted the Scouller family through the police in Glasgow and wrote to them describing their son’s last moments. This token of humanity and reconciliation between enemies was sent from Germany in 1939, shortly before war between Britain and Germany broke out again.




  • Date:

    • 1939-08-13
    • 1917-11-20
  • Temporal:

    • 2016-01-05 17:29:15 UTC
  • Place/Time:

    • Western Front


  • Source:

    • User contributed content
  • Identifier:

    • 20250
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  • First published in Europeana:

    • 2016-07-27
  • Last updated in Europeana:

    • 2016-07-27


  • Rights:

    • http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

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  • Location:

    • #50.173538,3.2366329999999834
  • Place/Time:

    • Western Front
Longitude: "3.236633"
Latitude: "50.17354"

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