James Laidlaw Huggan (La Ferte Sous Jouarre 77)

12 mars 2018

James Laidlaw Huggan (11 October 1888 – 16 September 1914) was a Scotland rugby union player. He was killed in World War I at the First Battle of the Aisne.

James Huggan was born in Jedburgh on 11 October 1888. He was educated at Darlington Grammar School before reading medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

Huggan played for London Scottish RFC, and had taken part in the last rugby international before the war, the Calcutta Cup match at Inverleith (Edinburgh) in March 1914, scoring three tries in the game.

Huggan was a lieutenant of the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards. He died two days after Ronald Simson, another Scottish player, who was the first rugby international to die in the conflict, and who was also at the Aisne.