James Campbell Hurry AM

b. 01/09/1867 St Nicholas, Aberdeen, Scotland.  d. 01/09/1938 Dyce, Aberdeenshire.

DATE OF AM ACTION: 08/11/1916 Archangel, Russia.

James was one of four children of Captain Andrew and Barbara Hurry (nee Campbell). Tragically, his brother Andrew, was lost at sea, aged 28 in 1888. In 1921, he married Ann Yule Anderson in Aberdeen, and they settled in Dyce, Aberdeenshire, when James retired from the sea.



On the 8th November, 1916, while the steamship Earl’of Forfar, of Glasgow, was lying .at Archangel, a fire broke out on a Russian steamship and spread to the Earl of Forfar which was lying immediately ahead. Captain Hurry, who was on shore, attempted to return to his vessel, but he was unable to do so. He proceeded, however, to render assistance to other vessels which were in danger of being burnt. While doing so, he heard voices coming from his own ship, which was burning and exploding furiously. Calling for volunteers, he led them on board his steamer, and seven injured men were rescued, some of whom he personally carried to a tug. While thus engaged considerable risk was incurred by Captain Hurry, who had to lift several live shells from the deck of the vessel in order to get at the wounded. Within ten minutes of the last man being rescued the deck blew up.