James' father killed himself at the family home at 50 Glebe Street in East Kilbride in 1939 when James was 15 years old.
In 1956 James was working as a grocer's assistant and living with his mother at 18 Lefroy Gardens in the Westwood area of East Kilbride. He died four days after his 32nd birthday at Law Hospital in Carluke of acute myeloid leukemia. He never married.
Law Hospital was built during World War II to receive and treat soldiers. It consisted of 83 structures, mostly of the prefab variety. It was eventually demolished to make way for a housing estate.
|Law Hospital before it was demolished by E. Nicholson and Sons;|
photograph courtesy of Nicolson (Contracts)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1956 Cherrie, James (Statutory Deaths 629/00 0515)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, Extract of an entry from the Register of Births in Scotland 6501287 CE