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James Mars was born on the 30th of October 1892 in the Blythswood area of Glasgow, one of 7 sons and 3 daughters to Eliza McEwan Mars (nee McEwan ) and James Mars (Snr.), a sign painter. The family resided at 20 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow.
By 1911-12, the family had moved to 19 Rosehall Street, Glasgow, and James (Jnr.) attended evening classes at The Glasgow School of Art in 1911-1912, citing his occupation as an Apprentice Signwriter. The classes he attended were in Drawing & Painting under the tutelage of Mr. Ogilvie.
In August 1914, James enlisted in the 8th Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) at 149 Cathedral Street, Glasgow. The battalion moved initially to Grangemouth before sailing from Liverpool on 24 May 1915, going via Egypt to Gallipoli, arriving there 14 June 1915.
After taking heavy casualties in the Gallipoli campaign, the 7th battalion temporarily merged with the 8th battalion before both resumed their identities on 21 February 1916.
Then in January 1916, both battalions moved via Mudros back to Egypt.
Sergeant James Mars was killed in action on 24th November 1917 in Egypt, aged twenty-five.
He is buried in Jerusalem, Israel.
James Mars is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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