James Renny

Bank: National Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Head Office, Edinburgh

Died: 26 September 1917


James Renny was born in Aberlemno, Forfarshire, on 7 February 1890, the second son of William Renny, a police sergeant with Fife Constabulary, and his wife Jane Ann. He was educated at Webster's Seminary, Kirriemuir.


In January 1905, when he was 18 years old, Renny went to work for National Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Kirriemuir branch. In June 1909 he became a teller there, and in February 1911 he moved to the accountant's department in the bank's head office in Edinburgh.


In June 1915 Renny left the bank to join the army, becoming a Private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He later rose to the rank of Corporal, and in April 1916 transferred to an Officers Training Corps. In August 1916 he was commissioned into the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Second Lieutenant Renny was posted to the Western Front in October 1916, and was killed in action there on 26 September 1917. He was 27 years old.


James Renny is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Gogarburn campus, Edinburgh

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