The Great War Roll of Honour – Strathbungo’s fallen

In 2017 on Armistice day I wrote of Corporal Aitken, a former resident of my house who gave his life at the Battle of Loos in the Great War.

Glasgow honoured all its fallen in a Roll of Honour published in 1922. It is available to view at City Chambers, with a copy in the Mitchell Library, and on line. It may not be entirely accurate or complete, but it has enabled me to compile a Roll of Honour for Strathbungo. Over 60 local men gave their lives during the First World War, and they are listed below.

With research I have managed to learn a little more about some of them, and include their biographies. Many are taken in part from local projects to research church and school memorials, notably those on the Pollokshields Heritage site.

A similar Roll exists for the Second World War; I hope to reproduce it here in time for the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020.

Strathbungo’s Roll of Honour

Person Rank Unit No Street
Lewis McDonald Private Royal Scots 12 March Street
Alexander Blair Petty Officer Royal Navy – HMS Patia 18 March Street
Robert Lowry Able Seaman Royal Navy – Royal Naval Division 28 March Street
William Brown Lieutenant Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 10 Moray Place
James Waddell Lance Corporal Hampshire Regiment 15 Moray Place
Gilbert Fairley 2nd Lieutenant Royal Scots Fusiliers 16 Moray Place
Dixon Provand 2nd Lieutenant London Regiment 18 Moray Place
George H Herriot Sub-Lieutenant Royal Navy 24 Moray Place
William Aitken Corporal Cameron Highlanders 25 Moray Place
Allan Cameron Maclean Private Australian Imperial Force 25 Moray Place
A Manson Trooper Yeomanry 31 Moray Place
David Trench 2nd Lieutenant Royal Scots Fusiliers 10 Nithsdale Drive
Robert Pollock Private Highland Light Infantry 18 Nithsdale Drive
Rennie Hall Private Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 40 Nithsdale Drive
John B Thompson Lance Corporal Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 65 Nithsdale Drive
Andrew I Fleming Private Cameron Highlanders 65 Nithsdale Drive
J A Mitchell Private Cameron Highlanders 73 Nithsdale Drive
Andrew M Brighton Lieutenant Canadian Expeditionary Force 81 Nithsdale Drive
George M Brighton Private London Regiment – London Scottish 81 Nithsdale Drive
Charles Barrie Sergeant King’s African Rifles 5 Nithsdale Road
John Laing Private Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 6 Nithsdale Road
Samuel Thorburn Chief Refrigerator Engineer SS Verdi 30 Nithsdale Road
William G Henderson Private Cameron Highlanders 30 Nithsdale Road
David W Struthers Lance Corporal Highland Light Infantry 33 Nithsdale Road
James A MacGregor Private Australian Imperial Force 40 Nithsdale Road
Archibald McAlpine Lance Corporal Royal Scots 49 Nithsdale Road
Donald McAlpine Private Highland Light Infantry 49 Nithsdale Road
Albert E Murphy Private Highland Light Infantry 68 Nithsdale Road
Neil Currie Sailor Royal Navy – HMS Vanguard 68 Nithsdale Road
Hugh Wright Sapper Royal Engineers 7 Nithsdale Street
George R McConnell Private Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 30 Nithsdale Street
John McLean Private Highland Light Infantry 46 Nithsdale Street
David John Munro Lance Sergeant Cameron Highlanders 58 Nithsdale Street
George S Munro Lance Corporal Cameron Highlanders 58 Nithsdale Street
George Perrins Private Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 58 Nithsdale Street
J Perrins Company Sergeant Major Canadian Expeditionary Force 58 Nithsdale Street
William McLerie Private Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 706 Pollokshaws Road
Robert Alexander Burnside Private Cameron Highlanders 714 Pollokshaws Road
Edward McCafferty Private Royal Scots Fusiliers 714 Pollokshaws Road
R Gibson Logan Private Royal Fusiliers 19 Princes Square
Thomas S Jenkins Private Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 25 Princes Square
John Muir Martin Lieutenant Trench Mortar Battery 25 Princes Square
William A Ure Lance Corporal Cameron Highlanders 9 Queen Square
James Alexander Captain Highland Light Infantry 17 Queen Square
Robert S L Forret 2nd Lieutenant Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 23 Queen Square
David Colburn Private Highland Light Infantry 36 Queen Square
Alexander J T Swann Medical Officer West African Field Force 37 Queen Square
Stanley W F Steven Private Lowland Division Cyclist Company 43 Queen Square
Charles G Gordon Private Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 45 Queen Square
John F McNeil Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery 1 Regent Park Square
Gavin W Sinclair 2nd Lieutenant London Regiment 7 Regent Park Square
J A Macrae 2nd Lieutenant Black Watch 19 Regent Park Square
Frederick B Muir Lieutenant Highland Light Infantry 24 Regent Park Square
John N McNaught Corporal Highland Light Infantry 43 Regent Park Square
Robert McNaught Telegraphist Royal Navy – Royal Naval Division 43 Regent Park Square
James Sneddon Private Seaforth Highlanders 44 Regent Park Square
Peter Thomson Private Australian Imperial Force 7 Regent Park Terrace
Alexander McGlashan 2nd Lieutenant Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 7 Regent Park Terrace
Alfred Thomas Logan Captain Royal Army Medical Corps 10 Regent Park Terrace
David Leed Lieutenant Royal Air Force 13 Regent Park Terrace
John S M Leslie Private Army Cyclist Corps 14 Regent Park Terrace
John S M Leslie Snr Private Highland Light Infantry 14 Regent Park Terrace
Edward Turner Private Australian Imperial Force 16 Regent Park Terrace
George Turner Lance Corporal Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 16 Regent Park Terrace

Lewis McDonald

Possibly, given he worked in Glasgow:
Lewis McDonald
Pte 45935
Died 9/10/1917
Age 25
3rd (Reserve) Bn. The Royal Scots (Lothian Regt.)
Son of the late James McDonald, of Coltfield, Alves, Farm Manager, by his wife, Annie (3, Abbey Street, Elgin, co. Moray), dau. of William Whyte, Contractor Drainer, of Lossiemouth: and brother to Pte. 265840, J. McDonald, 6th Battn. Seaforth Highlanders, who was killed in action, 9 April 1917, at the Battle of Arras:
b. Elgin, 1 November 1893: edu. Alves Public School.
Was employed as a Driver by the Glasgow Corporation.
Enlisted in the Royal Scots 1 March 1917.
Served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 1 October following, and was killed in action at Ypres eight days later, on the 9th.
Buried where he fell.

Alexander Blair

Petty Officer, HMS Patia.
HMS Patia was an armed mercantile cruiser, sunk by a German U-Boat in the Bristol Channel on 13 June 1918, with 12 casualties, but not Alexander Blair amongst them. His link to HMS Patia remains unclear. A Leading Seaman Alexander Blair, from Lancashire, died when the SS Rio Verde was torpedoed off the Mull of Galloway with the loss of 20 lives, but this is unlikely to be him.

Robert Lowry

Able Seaman
Service Number ClydeZ/7726
Died 12/02/1917
Drake Bn. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

He was born on the 9th November 1885 at Richieston, Erskine, Renfrewshire to Robert and Sara Jane Lowry (ms Monteith).
In 1901 he lived, age 15 at 28 March Street Strathbungo, Glasgow with his Father Robert (56), mother Sarah (47) and sister Elizabeth (18).
He enrolled 29/11/15; entered 22/6/16; drafted for BEF 21/11/16, joined Drake Bn. 12/12/16-4/2/17 GSW Legs, Invalided to UK 7/2/17
He died of wounds at 9.50pm, 12th February 1917, in Military Block, Salford Royal Hospital from Shrapnel wound right leg, Gangrene, Malignant Oedema (also described as “Died this morning in 2nd Western General Hospital Manchester from Haemorrhage.”)
He was a clerk. His father lived at 28 March Street, Strathbungo
He is buried in Cathcart Cemetery. Grave Reference: N. 811.
He was awarded The Victory and The British War Medals.

Although originally naval reservists, Drake Battalion was actually an infantry unit that fought in France, and he likely died from gunshot wounds to the legs sustained during operations on the Ancre, in the Somme region.

William Wallace Brown

Died 28/06/1915
Aged 27
“B” Coy. 1st/7th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Son of the late Mr. A. Kirkwood Brown and Mrs. J. M. Brown. Of Glasgow.

He was born on the 30th June 1887 at 60 Victoria Road, Govanhill.
In 1891, aged 3, he lived with his parents and siblings John K (19), Mary S (18), Alexander K (14), Stuart (13), Frank B (9), Charles A (5) at 7 Moray Place.
In 1901 the family lived at 10 Moray Place.
He is buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. Cemetery/memorial reference: Sp. Mem. A. 60
He has an entry in the “Evening Times Roll of Honour” of the 2nd November 1916, P5 with a photo.
He is commemorated in the The High School Glasgow Roll of Honour and on the Albert Road Academy War Memorial.
He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, The Victory and The British War Medal.

The 7th Battalion of the Cameronians was formed from the Third Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers at Victoria Road/Coplaw Street, founders of Third Lanark FC.

The Brown family also feature in 7 Moray Place.

James MacLagan Waddell

Lance Corporal
Service Number 2007
Died 10/05/1915
Aged 26
1st/6th Bn. Hampshire Regiment
Son of H. J. Waddell, of 15, Moray Place, Glasgow, and the late James Waddell. Most likely died at the Second Battle of Ypres. He appears on the Memorial at Titwood Parish Church (now St James, Pollok).

Gilbert Fairley

Second Lieutenant
Died 09/04/1917
Aged 19
1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers
Son of George and Margaret Anne Buchanan Fairley, of 306, Bath St., Glasgow.
Beaurains Road Cemetery, Beaurains

Gilbert Fairley was born on the 21st January 1898 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire. His father was George Fairley, and his mother Margaret Ann Fairley (nee Buchanan). He grew up in a large household, with five brothers (including his twin brother Douglas) and at least two sisters.

By 1905 the family had moved to Glasgow, when his older sisters Elizabeth Fairley and Margaret Buchanan Fairley began their studies at the University. They graduated in 1910 and 1911 respectively, Elizabeth going on to become a Schoolteacher. During this time their father was working as an Ironmonger and a Colliery Furnisher, whilst Gilbert Fairley was at Hutchesons’ Grammar School. There, he was a member of the School Cadet Corps, then the University of Glasgow Officer’s Training Corps and finally the 4th Officer’s Cadet Battalion at Oxford.

Gilbert and Douglas Fairley both took the University’s preliminary examinations in March 1916. However, the twins received an identical mixture of passes and fails, and neither re-sat the exams. Instead they joined the Armed Forces; all six brothers held a commission in either the Army or the Navy during the First World War.

Gilbert Fairley became a 2nd Lieutenant of the 1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers. He had only been deployed to the Front for a short while, arriving in France on the 17th March 1917, when his battalion took part in the Battle of Arras, a major offensive designed to draw away German reserves in preparation for the larger attacks of the Nivelle Offensive. Lieutenant Gilbert Fairley died on the first day of his first engagement, on the 9th of April 1917. He is buried in Beaurains Road Cemetery, Beaurains, near Arras, France, and remembered on the memorial plaque at Hutchesons’ Grammar School.

Dixon Provand

Second Lieutenant
Died 15/09/1916
Aged 22
19th Bn. London Regiment
Son of the Rev. W. S. Provand and Mary Provand, of 18, Moray Place, Glasgow.

The Provand family came originally from Greenock. Dixon’s father, William Seath Provand, went in to the Ministry. His uncle Dixon, after whom he was named, became an Engineer in Chile. The Reverend Provand and his wife Mary settled in Glasgow where Dixon was born in 1894. His brother Ninian was born three years later, on 22nd December 1897. The brothers later attended the University of Glasgow together and served in the Great War. Ninian served in the Royal Navy and survived. Dixon served in the 19th Bn. London Regiment and was killed at the Somme.

Dixon’s early education was at Albert Road Academy. He went up to University in 1912 and enrolled in Ordinary Mathematics. Returning for a second year in the autumn of 1913 he enrolled in Moral Philosophy and Latin. He stayed long enough to pass his degree exam in Moral Philosophy but his sights were set on more urgent matters and he was quick to enlist as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps in September 1914.

Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 19th Bn. London Regiment in November 1915 he went to the Western Front in June 1916. 2nd Lieutenant Dixon Park Seath Provand was killed in the thick of a fierce action at High Wood on the Somme. The Major in command wrote that he was killed outright when he was gallantly leading his men, on 15th September 1916. His commanding officer and company commander also fell. 2nd Lieutenant Provand was buried at the London Cemetery, High Wood. He is remembered on the Albert Road Academy War Memorial and Pollokshields Church Book of Remembrance. He was 22.

George Hodges Herriot

Flight Sub-Lieutenant
Died 06/11/1917
Aged 20
Royal Naval Air Service
Son of John Scott Herriot and Jane Herriot, late of Belfast.

George was from Belfast, the son of John Scott Herriot and Jane Herriot, and both he and his brother flew in the Royal Naval Air Service. The family were originally from Glasgow, and they were born there, though his link to Glasgow (and Moray Place) at the time of the war is less clear.

He died on 6th November 1917 while test flying a Fairey Hamble Baby seaplane, N1327, off Westgate on Sea.

Flight Magazine reported on the inquest.

An inquest was held on November 8th on Flight Sub-Lieut. G. H. Herriot, of the R.N.A.S., who was killed by falling into the sea off the South-East Coast while testing a single-seater machine. A witness of the accident stated that the pilot attempted to turn the machine whilst travelling slowly and fell. He was found floating near the aeroplane, but he died two hours later from concussion of the brain. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”

George was a good friend of Captain JM McCleery, a pioneer of aircraft carrier flying, and appears in his diaries. He recounted a previous incident:

George seems to be all right, I don’t know whether I told you, he crashed a Maurice [ Farman ] some time ago. Undercarriage I think, so of course he was all right … As a matter of fact it’s one of the most difficult things to do, to crash a Maurice.

He then wrote about his death:

SUNDAY, 11 NOVEMBER It is true about George. How I will miss him if I get out of this war. He was the finest, straightest and best hearted friend I’ve ever had or ever can hope to have. I couldn’t sleep last night much for thinking of him, the times we had together and the times we were both looking forward to and now he’s gone. There is a blank in my life now and it will take some filling.

He is buried at Minster-in-Thanet cemetery, Kent. His father, who died in 1943, is also listed on the gravestone.

William Aitken

Service Number S/13487
Died 25/09/1915
Aged 25
7th Bn. Cameron Highlanders
William died on 25th September 1915 at the Battle of Loos. There is a separate post about him.

Allan Cameron MacLean

Service Number 853
Died 25/04/1915
Aged 21
1st Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Son of Norman and Jessie Stephens Maclean, of Aguilas, Province Murcia, Spain.

Allan Cameron MacLean was born on the 23rd August 1893 in Aguilas, Murcia, Spain. He was the eldest son of Norman MacLean and Jessie MacLean (nee Stephens). Allan lived with his grandparents, Mr W. A. Stephens the late Mrs Stephens in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, England. He attended the Birkenhead Institute for six years, before going on to the High School of Glasgow, where he was a member of the Cadet Corps. Later, he spent three years with the University of Glasgow OTC without being a student at the University, and who nevertheless wrote to offer him a commission at the outbreak of war.

However, in the meantime, Allan had gone to Australia to study farming, and without waiting for news from the University OTC, he immediately joined the Sydney Light Infantry and was sent to Egypt with the first Australian contingent. He is supposed to have reached the Dardanelles around May 1915, but no further news was received of him until the official notice of his death reached his parents on 24th June 1915.

Private Allan Cameron MacLean had been killed on the day of the landing of his Division at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915. He was 21 years of age. He is memorialised on Panel 15 in the Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey. He is also commemorated on the High School of Glasgow war memorial.

His exact link to 25 Moray Place (now 52 Marywood Square) is unclear; he might have lived there when attending the High School.

A Manson

Reverend (Professor) William Manson lived at 31 Moray Place in 1915, and he may have been his son, but I can find no matching record.

David Trench

Second Lieutenant
Died 23/04/1917, Battle of Arras
Aged 23
4th Bn. attached to 2nd Bn.
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Arras Memorial
Son of David and Isabella Trench, of 10, Nithsdale Drive, Glasgow.

Robert Pollock

Private 32414
Died 21/08/1916
Aged 21
9th (Glasgow Hdrs.) Bn.
Highland Light Infantry
Thiepval Memorial

Killed in action on the 21st August 1916.
He was born on the 17th May 1895 at 5 Leslie Street Pollokshields, Tradeston, Glasgow to John Pollok and Mary Jane Orkney Pollock (ms Bell).
In 1901 he lived, aged 5, at 5 Leslie Street, Pollokshields, Renfrewshire, with his mother Mary (43) and sisters Janet Orkney (6) and Eliza Smith.
In 1911 he lived, aged 15, at 18 Nithsdale Drive Strathbungo with his mother and sisters. He was a clerk and part-time student.
In the Glasgow Roll of Honour, he is listed as being in the Highland Light Infantry. In the “Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929” there is only one entry for Robert Pollock with Mary as mother.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 15C of the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
He is commemorated on The Albert Road Academy and Titwood Parish Church (now St James, Pollok) Memorials.
He was awarded The Victory and The British War Medals. The 9th Battalion (Glasgow Highlanders) was one of the pals brigades, and he probably died fighting at Delville Wood.

Rennie Hall

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 15th Bn
Service number S/15302
Died 25/06/1916
Aged 20 years
Buried in Newhaven Cemetery, Newhaven, East Sussex – grave Reference: M. 82. (Lair M82 marked by small granite stone).
Son of Agnes Arthur Shaw Hall, of 40, Nethsdale Drive, Glasgow, and the late Rodger Hall.

The Sussex History Forum has this to say:

When I photographed Private Hall’s resting place I did notice a small piece of granite by the foot of his headstone. I thought that it was a bit of an attempt at some form of repair or support, however, it appears to form part of his original memorial.

Private Hall’s entry on the CWGC site states “Grave Reference: M. 82. (Lair M82 marked by small granite stone). Cemetery:NEWHAVEN CEMETERY” and on the graves registration page it describes the ‘Type of Memorial’ as “slab only”. I would assume it was placed there at his funeral. I can’t find reference to his death or funeral in the newspaper archives. The CWGC headstone has clearly been added later.

The last entry on the graves registration page of the CWGC site entry for Private Hall sates “Reg. or address of next-of-kin not known. Died in hospl. at Newhaven. A native of Glasgow”.

It goes on to quote his army records:

Name: Rennie Hall

Birth Place: Govan, Lanarks 1896
Death Date: 25 Jun 1916
Death Place: Home
Enlistment Place: Glasgow, Lanarks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 15th Battalion
Soldiers Effects:- died of disease. £3.0.04 & war Gratuity £3 to mother Agnes A
Service Record:-
Residence Place: 40 Nithdale Drive, Pollockshields Glasgow
A clerk when he attested 25.11.1915, Glasgow.
Posted 4.12.1915.
Died from Abscess in Cortex

In 1901, with parents Rodger & Agnes & 3 elder brothers. At 184 Hospital Street, Glasgow. Father a foreman Boot Top Cutter.

John Bedford Thompson

Lance Corporal
Service Number 301440
Died 21/03/1918
1st/8th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pozieres Memorial
Killed at St Quentin, France (Memorial at Lambhill Cemetery, Maryhill)

Andrew Fleming

Service Number S/11037
Died 27/09/1915
5th Bn. Cameron Highlanders
Loos Memorial

Died at the Battle of Loos. See also William Aitken, who died two days earlier.
Born Duntocher, Dumbartonshire

John Archer Mitchell

Service Number S/13913
Died 22/03/1918
Aged 21
6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders Son of John Archer Mitchell and Isabella Mitchell, of 73, Nithsdale Drive, Strathbungo, Glasgow.

Andrew Melville Brighton

Died 27/09/1918
Aged 26
102nd Bn. Canadian Infantry Son of John and Margaret Brighton, of 81, Nithsdale Drive, Strathbungo, Glasgow, Scotland, and brother to George, who died almost two years earlier.

George Melville Brighton

Service Number 8301
Died 07/10/1916
1st/14th Bn. London Regiment (London Scottish)
Son of John and Margaret Brighton, of 81, Nithsdale Drive, Strathbungo, Glasgow, Scotland, and brother to Andrew.

Charles Barrie

Service Number 242012
Died 17/11/1918
Aged 29
5th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), attached 1st/7th King’s African Rifles
Son of Peter and Agnes Barrie, of 5, Nithsdale Rd., Strathbungo, Glasgow.
Dar Es Salaam (Upanga Road) Cemetery

The armistice was on November 11th, but the hostilities in East Africa continued until November 25th. Charles died one week from the end of the war.

John Laing

Laing, John
Service Number 1883
Died 12/07/1915
7th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Arras Memorial There was also a John Laing from Port Glasgow, but this John from the local regiment, the 7th Cameronians, seems more likely.

Samuel Thorburn

Chief Refrigerator Engineer
Died 22/08/1917
Aged 23
S.S. “Verdi” (Liverpool)
Mercantile Marine Son of Robert and Mary Thorburn (nee McEwen), of 30, Nithsdale Rd., Glasgow. Born at Glasgow.
Lost at sea but commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Also on the family grave at Cathcart Cemetery.

On August 22, 1917 whilst she was on a voyage from New York to Liverpool, the S.S. Verde was suddenly attacked and was torpedoed by the German U-Boat, the U-53, around 115 miles northwest of Ireland. Six members of the crew were killed due to the attack for they were precisely where the torpedo hit the ship. Thankfully all others were able to get to and into lifeboats and survived.

William G Henderson

Henderson, William Gordon
Service Number 13255
Died 10/08/1918
Aged 28
7th Bn. Cameron Highlanders transferred to (401086) 799th Area Employment Coy. Labour Corps
Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille No known link to Glasgow, but the 7th Cameronians was the local regiment. Terlincthun was used by the local hospitals around Boulogne, suggesting he died in hospital. His presence in an Area Employment Company likely meant he had been declared medically unfit for his regiment for some reason.

David W Struthers

Lance Corporal
Service Number 44025
Died 19/10/1916
Aged 24
6th Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers attached Highland Light Infantry
Son of John and Margaret Struthers (nee Wright), of 134, Arisaig Drive, Mosspark, Glasgow. Born at Govan, Glasgow.
Bazentin-le-Petit Military Cemetery Note John Struthers was living at 33 Nithsdale Road in 1915 and 1920.
There is a memorial to him, erected by his parents in Sandymount Cemetery, Springboig.

James A MacGregor

Service Number 1588A
Died Between 07/08/1915 and 12/08/1915
3rd Bn. Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force His enlistment papers 12 Dec 1914 gave his occupation as Grocer, and mother Annie MacGregor’s address as 40 Nithsdale Drive, not Road – this appears to be an error in the Glasgow Roll of Honour. He was posted missing in action during the invasion of Gallipoli, and was thought to have died in the charge at Lone Pine. He is commemorated at Lone Pine Cemetery.

Archibald McAlpine

Service Number 41176
Died 15/09/1918
Aged 26
13th Bn. Royal Scots
Son of William and Margaret McAlpine, of 49, Nithsdale Rd., Strathbungo, Glasgow.
St. Mary’s A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes .
Presumed brother of Donald McAlpine.

Donald McAlpine

Service No: 41748
Died: 11/10/1917
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots 15th Bn., ex Highland Light Infantry, Pte 5980.
Solferino Farm Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium.
Donald appears in the Glasgow Roll of Honour as Highland Light Infantry, but his Commonwealth War Graves record puts him in the Royal Scots 15th Battalion. He appears with his brother Archibald on the Shawlands Academy Memorial (now the Primary School), and the link is made by the Scottish Military Research Group, though I am not sure how.
Presumed brother of Archibald McAlpine.

Alfred Edward Murphy

Service Number 2785
Died 18/11/1916
Aged 20
17th Bn. (3rd Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry
New Munich Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel
Son of James Hilary Murphy and Jessie Duncanson Small Murphy, of 68, Nithsdale Rd., Glasgow.
Died at the Battle of the Ancre, the final action of the Battle of the Somme.

Neil Currie

Ordinary Seaman
Service Number J/63904
Died 09/07/1917
Aged 22
H.M.S. “Vanguard.” Royal Navy
Son of Sarah Currie, of 68, Nithsdale Rd., Glasgow, and the late Daniel Currie. Died on HMS Vanguard when it exploded and sank in Scapa Flow, killing all but two of the 845 aboard. A fire in a magazine was the presumed cause.

Hugh Wright

7 Nithsdale Street
There was one Pioneer called Hugh Wright, and two Sappers, H. and H.R.S. Wright, all in the Royal Engineers. I am unable to distinguish them at present.

George R McConnell

Service Number 13377
Died 16/07/1916
Aged 28
14th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Son of James and Mary McConnell, of Glasgow.
Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay .
Mary MacConnell lived at the same address in Salisbury Crescent in 1915.

John McLean

Service Number 3104
Died 03/07/1916
Aged 30
15th Bn. Highland Light Infantry
Son of Colin and Helen McLean, of 46, Nithsdale St., Strathbungo, Glasgow.
Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille
The 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow) was originally known as the Glasgow Tramways Battalion, also as the “Boozy First”, and was formed in Glasgow on 2 September 1914 by the Lord Provost and City, with many recruits from the Tramways Department. The Battalion landed in France on 23 November 1915 and saw action at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. John likely died when his Battalion were involved in the Battle of Albert, the opening of the Somme offensive, which began on 1 July.
He might even have been caught on film.

David John Munro

Lance Serjeant
Service Number S/12836
Died 16/07/1917
Aged 23
6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders
Son of William and Mary Munro, of Glasgow.
Dozinghem Military Cemetery. Died at the front near Ypres. Dozinghem was one of three casualty clearing stations, and associated cemeteries, set up in the area. The name is from Tommy humour, the three stations being called Dosinghem, Mendinghem and Bandaghem.

George Munro

Lance Corporal
Service Number S/12819
Died 17/07/1917
Aged 32
6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders
Son of William and Mary Munro, of Glasgow
Dozinghem Military Cemetery. Died the day after his younger brother of the same address.

George Perrins

Service Number 2043
Died 12/07/1915
7th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. The 7th Battalion were based in Coplaw Street.

John Walter Perrins

Company Sergeant Major
Service Number 457432
Died 09/04/1917
Aged 29
14th Bn. Canadian Infantry
Nine Elms Military cemetery, Thelus. John was born in Glasgow on 23rd July 1887, but lived in Quebec with his wife Annie, at 15 Drolet St, Valcartier, and worked as a shipper. He enlisted on 6th June 1915. He died in an attack South East of Neuville-St Vaast. This was likely the opening action of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on Easter Monday 1917, which saw a major (and some claim, nation-defining) victory for Canadian troops, but at a cost of 3,598 killed.

William McLerie

Service Number 1570
Died 28/06/1915
Aged 20
7th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. Another member of the local battalion, which served at Gallipoli from 14 June 1915.

Robert Alexander Burnside

Service Number R/8028
Died 15/07/1916
Aged 27
6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders
Son of William Burnside; husband of Violet Littleales Burnside, of 714, Pollokshaw Rd., Strathbungo, Glasgow.
Vermelles British Cemetery, near Lens, Pas-de-Calais. Probably died in the early days of the Battle of the Somme.

Edward McCafferty

Unable to identify

Robert Gibson Logan

Service Number 129594
Died 10/08/1919
Aged 25
45th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Son of John and Grace Logan, of 19, Prince’s Square, Strathbungo, Glasgow.
Archangel Memorial. This would be the Battle of Troitsa, on the Dvina River in Russia, where the 45th Battalion fought, and lost 25 men on the day. They were part of an expeditionary force fighting against the Russian Revolutionaries, in the Russian civil war, a year after the Great War had concluded.

Thomas S Jenkins

Service Number 1806
Died 28/06/1915
Aged 18
1st/7th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Son of Allan S. and Catherine C. Jenkins (nee Muir), of 16, Glencairn Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow.
Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery
Thomas Stuart Jenkins: Son of Allan S. and Catherine C. Jenkins (nee Muir), of 16, Glencairn Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow.

He was educated first at Albert Road Academy, and afterwards at the High School, which he left to take up work in the business of his father, a well-known member of the Glasgow Meat Trade. He spent August of 1914 on holiday with his parents and sisters at Pirnmill, Arran. Immediately on their return home he joined the 7th S.R., and trained with them until they left for Gallipoli on 20th May, 1915. They landed on Gallipoli on 18th June, and went into action against the Turks on the 28th, on which date he was posted missing. Having been unable to find any further trace of him, the War Office has reported him as killed on that date.

(High School of Glasgow Book of Service and Remembrance. Note the Book of Remembrance is no longer on the High School web site; a copy was found in Google cache.)

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory & British War Medals.

John Muir Martin

Died 06/11/1918
7th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Son of William Martin, of Glasgow.
Berlaimont Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

John (Jack) Muir Martin was born on the 2nd January 1896 at 11 Herriet Street, Glasgow to William Martin and Frances Bain Cooper Martin (ms Muir).
He died on the 6th November 1918, 5 days before the armistice.

Lieutenant John Muir Martin, 19th T.M.B. (attached the Cameronians) was the son of the late Mr. William Martin, headmaster of Strathbungo School. On leaving school he continued his studies and in March, 1914, became an apprentice civil engineer in the offices of the Caledonian Railway Company and remained with them till January, 1915, when he enlisted as a private in the Gordon Highlanders. With this battalion, in the summer of 1915, he went to France. After a course of training at Gailes [Ayrshire] in 1916, he received a commission in the 7th Scottish Rifles. In September he again went to France attached to the 1st Cameronians, but was transferred to the 19th T.M. Battery. On 6th November, 1918, while leading his battery to capture a German position in front of Berlaimont he was killed. He was three times mentioned in despatches, his last mention being in the New Year’s Honours list, published shortly after his death. He was 22 years of age.

(from the Bellahouston Academy Roll of Honour)

He is buried in the Berlaimont Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.
He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory & British War Medals. His address on the Glasgow Roll of Honour, 25 Princes Square, is the same as that for Thomas Jenkins, above.
He is also mentioned in the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College (now University of Strathclyde).

William Alexander Ure

Lance Corporal
Service Number S/10920
Died 25/09/1915
5th Bn. Cameron Highlanders
Loos Memorial
Died at the Battle of Loos on the first day. See also William Aitken, who died the same day, and Andrew Fleming, who died two days later.

James Alexander

Died 02/12/1917
Aged 37
“C” Coy. 16th Bn. Highland Light Infantry
Son of James and Catherine Yeoman Alexander, of 17, Queen Square, Glasgow. Gazetted Sept., 1914.
Tyne Cot Memorial

He died in the failed night action of 1/2 December, an aftermath of the Battle of Passchendaele. He is described in a detailed account of the action, last seen dug in at Teal Cottage, then disappeared, possibly caught by a shell while visiting the shell hole posts.

His Glasgow University obituary reads:

James Alexander was the son of James and Catherine Yeoman Alexander of Glasgow. He attended Hutchesons Grammar school before becoming a student of the Law department at the University of Glasgow.

Though he attended university in 1899 and 1900, there are no further records of his attendance, or the completion of his law degree. It is likely that he took classes either as part of an apprenticeship, or as that he found employment, as he later became a partner in the firm Alexander and Martin.

Alexander had a keen interest in football, and served as both a committee member and Treasurer on the board of the Queen’s Park Football Club in Glasgow. When war broke out, Alexander joined up as a member of the 16th Highland Light Infantry, also known as the Glasgow Boys Brigade. A number of other Queen’s Park members and players joined the same battalion.

James Alexander became Captain in December 1914. In July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, Alexander got shell-shock and had to return home to Britain for a year to recover. He returned to the Western Front in July the following year.

He died at the age of 37 years old during the battle of Passchendale on the 2nd December 1917. He is memorialized at the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, a site dedicated to those who passed away with no known grave in the area of Ypres-Salient.

Robert Smith Leiper Forret

Second Lieutenant
Died 15/05/1918
Aged 27
5th/6th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Son of Andrew and Jane Forret, of Glasgow.
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

Robert Forret was awarded the Military Cross, his citation in the London Gazette of 16 September 1918 reading “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During severe fighting he took over command of a platoon and by his courage and determination showed a fine example to his men and beat off heavy enemy attacks. He also sent in clear and valuable reports of the situation.” The MC was not awarded posthumously, so he likely died later from his wounds, in the hospital at Boulogne. He also apparently served at Gallipoli.

David Colburn

Service Number 64
Died 05/09/1915
Aged 19
52nd Bn. Army Cyclist Corps
formerly (3236) Highland Light Infantry
Son of Alexander Colburn, of 24, Second Avenue, Cathcart, Glasgow.
Cathcart Cemetery

The 52nd Division saw service in Gallipoli in 1915, and he may have been a casualty of that campaign. Two other locals from the same division are listed here.

Alexander J T Swann

One of over 70 who died when the SS Apapa, returning from Lagos to Liverpool, was torpedoed off Angelsey.

Alexander James Thompson Swann was born on the 29th of August 1873 in Cathcart, Renfrewshire. He was the son of John Wesley, a commercial traveller.

Swann enrolled at the University in 1892 to study for an MB ChB at the age of 19. In his first year, he enrolled to study Anatomy and Physiology. In his second year (1893-1894), he enrolled in Practical Anatomy and Clinical Surgery, third year Clinical Medicine and Practical Anatomy, fourth year Pathology, Materia Medica and Surgery, fifth year Practice of Medicine and Midwifery and finally in his sixth year from 1897-1897 he enrolled in Clinical Surgery and ‘Skin Diseases.’ Swann graduated M.B and C.M in 1898 – the start of a successful career in medicine. During his years as a student, he resided at 50 Cadder Street, Pollockshields. He later took a D.P.H of the Scottish Colleges (The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons) in 1913.

He joined the West African Medical Staff in Nigeria as a Captain (Medical Officer) during WWI, after serving as surgeon to His Majesty’s Transport ‘Jelinga’ and as a civil surgeon in the South African War from 1900-1902. During his time in the West African Medical Staff he served on the S.S Apapa which was unfortunately torpedoed by a German submarine. The British Medical Journal, 1917 states he was on “his way home on leave when lie lost his life.” He was unfortunately lost at sea on the S.S Apapa on the 28th November 1917, at the age of 44 years. He left behind a wife Effie J. Cassels, LRCP of Eastwood Avenue, Giffnock, Glasgow. He is remembered in the Glasgow University Roll of Honour.

He is also remembered on his wife’s gravestone in Cathcart Cemetery.

Accounts of the sinking of SS Apapa are available from The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and the Great War Forum.

Stanley Watson Ferguson Steven

Service Number 174
Died 12/11/1915
52nd Div. Cyclist Coy. Army Cyclist Corps
Son of Mrs. Stanley, of 43, Queen’s Square, Glasgow.
Portianos Military Cemetery

He is buried on the island of Lemnos, Greece, likely a casualty of the fighting at nearby Gallipoli.

Edwin and Stanley were the sons of Grace W and Alex F. Steven, a “commission agent”, and lived at Camphill Avenue.
Before the War Stanley Steven worked for Geddes and Co., an oil merchant. He then served with the Highland Light Infantry, and then the Army Cyclist Corps, in the 52nd Lowland Division Cyclist Company. He died on 12th November 1915 in Lemnos Hospital in the Dardanelles, and was buried at Portianos Military Cemetery in Greece. He was 19 at the time of his death, by which time his parents were living at 43, Queen Square.
There is a medal roll for an Edwin Steven who was a Sergeant with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers (Reg. No: 30779).
Listed on the St Ninian’s Church Memorial (as is Edwin, who survived), and Albert Road Academy.

Charles George Gordon

Service Number 326301
Died 23/09/1918
2nd Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Villers Hill British Cemetery, Villers-Guislain

He was born on the 1st August 1894 at 42 Leslie Street, Glasgow.
In 1901 he lived, age 6, at 45 Queens Square, Strathbungo with his parents Alexander (50) and Janet Munro Gordon (ms Munro) (49) and his siblings Alexander F. (11), David R. (10), Sybyl J (9).
In 1911 he lived, age 16, at 45 Queens Square, Strathbungo with his parents Alexander (60) and Janet M. (59) and his siblings David R. (10) and Sibyl J M (19). He was a warehouseman.
He was a Private (Service No: 326301) in the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
He died on the 23rd September 1918.
He is buried in Villers Hill British Cemetery, Villers-Guislain, Nord, France. Grave Reference: I. F. 3.
He was awarded The Victory and The British War Medals.

John Fraser McNeil

Second Lieutenant
Died 09/09/1918
Aged 31
“D” Bty. 256th Bde Royal Field Artillery
Son of Jeanie and the late Peter McNeil, of Glasgow.
Ligny-St Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, Pas de Calais, France

He was born on the 2nd January 1886 at 31 Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow to Peter and Jeanie McNeil (ms Fraser).
In 1891, he lived, age 5, at 37 Bentinck Street, Glasgow with his parents Peter (34) and Jeanie (29) and siste Gertrude.
In 1901, he lived, age 15, at 32 Gibson Street, Partick with his parents and sister. He was a clerk.
In 1914, he lived at 1 Regent Park Square, Strathbungo, Glasgow. He was a flour salesman.
He was a Second Lieutenant in the “D” Battery 256th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
He was awarded The Victory and The British War Medals. He also appears on the Hillhead High School memorial, and at Arlington Baths.
His father, Peter McNeil, was one of the four founders of Rangers Football Club.

Gavin Wilson Sinclair

Second Lieutenant
Died 07/12/1917
Aged 22
19th Bn. London Regiment
Son of James Fulton Sinclair and Mary Ann Wilson Sinclair, of 7, Regent Park Square, Glasgow.
St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen
He was awarded the Victory & British War Medals.

Report in the Scotsman 11/12/1917:

Sec. Lt. GAVIN WILSON SINCLAIR, London Regiment, late of the H.L.I. (died from wounds), was the younger Son of Mr James Sinclair, 7 Regent Park Square, Glasgow. He was educated at Albert Road Academy, Pollokshields, and afterwards in the service of a firm of chemical merchants. In November 1914 he joined the H.L.I., passed rapidly through the non-commissioned ranks, and on obtaining his commission was attached to the London Regiment.

He may have been a victim of the German counterattack at Bourlon Wood in the Battle of Cambrai on 30 November. Out of 15 officers and over 600 men of the battalion who took up position in the wood, only 5 officers and 65 other ranks remained in the line by the end of the day, and many of these were later evacuated to hospital suffering from the effects of gas.

John Alexander Macrae

Second Lieutenant
Died 18/07/1916
11th Bn. attd. 8th Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Thiepval Memorial

He is commemorated on a memorial in Glasgow Necropolis, in The High School of Glasgow Book of Service and Remembrance, The Glasgow Roll of Honour and in the Evening Times Roll of Honour on page 2 of the edition of the 18th July 1917 and on page 8 of the edition of the 18th July 1918. The High School record reads:

Second Lieutenant Macrae was the eldest son of Mr. J. C. Macrae, 19 Regent Park Square, Strathbungo, Vice-President of the Clan Macrae Society, the deceased being an active member of the Clan Society Committees. On leaving the High School he took a trip to the Argentine to visit relations there. On his return to Glasgow he joined the staff of Messrs. Boyd & Dunn, Stockbrokers. On the outbreak of war he joined the Stock Exchange Company of the Camerons, and trained with them at Aldershot. He was gazetted Second Lieutenant in the Black Watch in April, 1915. He was chiefly employed as instructor in musketry and sniping. He took part in the Somme advance. On the 18th July, his battalion took over trenches which were being violently bombarded by the Germans preparatory to a counter attack, and two 5.9 shells landed in them and caused many casualties. Lieutenant Macrae was killed by concussion.

Born 3rd June 1889 to John Cameron Macrae (c1863-1930), Wine & Spirit Merchant, & Catherine Macmillan (c1862-1939) at 7 Wilton Gardens, Kelvin. Siblings Donald (c1893-), William F (c1894-), Catherine F (c1897-). He was unmarried.
He attended the High School of Glasgow and was employed by Boyd & Dunn, Stockbrokers, St Vincent Street, Glasgow. He lived with his family at 19 Regent Park Square.
1914 Enlisted in the Stock Exchange Company of the 5th Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders.
1915 Gazetted Second Lieutenant in 11th Black Watch in April. This battalion, formed in October 1914, remained in Britain for the duration of the war and was designated a ‘Reserve’ battalion. This fits with the information that Macrae was employed as an instructor in musketry and sniping.
From 16th June 1916 Macrae was serving in France and it may have been at that point that he was attached to the 8th Battalion part of 26th Brigade (Highland), 9th (Scottish) Division. At the time of Macrae’s death the battalions of this brigade were heavily involved in the Battle of Bazentin Ridge and the efforts to capture and hold Longueval and Delville Wood.
Macrae died during the fighting of 14th – 18th July.

He was awarded The Victory and The British War Medal.

Frederick Bennie Muir

Died 15/11/1916
Aged 25
3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn.
Highland Light Infantry
Son of the Rev. John Muir and Mrs. Margaret Picken Muir (nee Sim), of Govanhill Parish Church, Glasgow.
Thiepval Memorial

Possibly died at the Battle of the Ancre, towards the end of the Battle of the Somme.

John Nisbet McNaught

Service Number 15945
Died 01/07/1916
17th Bn. Highland Light Infantry
Thiepval Memorial

He was born on the 14th October 1893 at 59 Abbotsford Place, Glasgow to Duncan McNaught and Jeanie McNaught (ms Nisbet).
In 1901 he lived at 50 McCulloch Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, with his parents Duncan A and Jeanie and his siblings Annie C (16), Bessie G (15), Jeannie M (13), James (12), Duncan (9), and Robert (5).
In 1911 he lived at 43 Regent Park Square, Strathbungo, Glasgow with his parents and siblings. He was an Apprentice CA.
His address is given as 43 Regent Park Square, Strathbungo, Glasgow in the Glasgow Roll of Honour.
He was a Corporal (Service No: 15945) in the 17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
He is commemorated on Pier and Face 15 C on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
He is commemorated on The Albert Road Academy War Memorial.
He was awarded The Victory and The British War Medals.

The 17th (3rd Glasgow) Battalion arrived at Boulogne in November 1915. He died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, probably in the assault on the Leipzig Salient.

Robert Glasgow McNaught

Leading Telegraphist
Service Number Clyde Z/22
Died 19/11/1917
Aged 22
H.M. Trawler “Morococala.”
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Son of Duncan and Jeanie McNaught, of 43, Regent Park Square, Strathbungo, Glasgow. Brother of John Nisbet McNaught, who also gave his life in the war, see above.
Portsmouth Naval Memorial

On November 19th, 1917, Morococala, while sweeping mines was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-31 (Kurt Siewert), 3m SExS of the Daunt Rock lightvessel, near Cork. 12 persons were lost. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory & British War Medals. He is commemorated on The Albert Road Academy War Memorial.

James Sneddon

Service Number S/24581
Died 03/06/1918
1st/5th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension

Son of Andrew Sneddon of 44 Regent Park Square (now 49), recorded on Wellcroft Bowling Club Memorial, Queens Park, and Albert Road Academy Memorial.

He is also remembered by the High School of Glasgow, thus:

Private James Sneddon was the son of Mr. Andrew Sneddon, 44 Regent Park Square, Strathbungo, and was born in Glasgow on 16th March, 1899. He left the High School in 1914, and, for reasons of health, was sent for some time to reside in the country. Returning to Glasgow in 1916, he joined his father in business. In August, 1917, he enlisted, crossed to France in April, 1918, and was wounded by shrapnel on 29th May. He died of his wounds on 3rd June, and was buried in the little cemetery at Aubigny.

(High School Book of Remembrance no longer available on line).

Peter Thomson

Service Number 7328
Died 04/10/1917
Aged 26
1st Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Son of John Henderson Thomson and Elizabeth Lindsay Thomson; husband of Ada Pearl Thomson, of King St., Lancurrth, New South Wales. Native of Glasgow, Scotland.
Peter’s parents lived at 7 Regents Park Terrace (now 802 Pollokshaws Road).
7328 Private (Pte) Peter Thomson, 1st Battalion from Tamworth, NSW. A 25 year old dealer prior to enlisting on 14 November 1916, he embarked for overseas with the 24th Reinforcements from Sydney on 10 February 1917 aboard RMS Osterley. Following further training in England, he joined the 1st Battalion in France in September 1917. Later in Belgium, he was killed in action on 4 October 1917 at Passchendaele. Pte Thomson is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium with others who have no known grave.

He likely died in the Battle of Broodseinde, assaulting the German lines, as part of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Alexander McGlashan

Second Lieutenant
Died 27/09/1918
Aged 24
7th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William McGlashan, of 7, Regent Park Terrace, Strathbungo, Glasgow.
Queant Communal Cemetery British Extension

He is listed on the Queens Park Baptist Church Memorial. The 7th Battalion of the Cameronians was formed from the Third Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers at Victoria Road/Coplaw Street, founders of Third Lanark FC. They arrived in France at Marseilles, from Egypt, on 17 April 1918.

Alfred Thomas Logan

Died 16/09/1916
Aged 28
Royal Army Medical Corps
attd. 3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards
Thiepval Memorial

Son of Thomas and Mary Bisset Logan, of 10, Regent Park Terrace, Strathbungo, Glasgow.
He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, Victory & British War Medals.

Alfred Thomas Logan was born on the 3rd September 1888 at 122 South Portland Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. His father, Thomas Logan (1843-1930), a Mercantile Cashier, married his mother, Mary Logan (née Bissett) (1857-1950) on the 21st November 1878 in Blythswood, Glasgow. The family later lived at 10 Regent Park Terrace, Strathbungo, Glasgow.

Alfred was 22 years old in 1910 when he first attended the University of Glasgow to study Medicine. Alfred graduated MB ChB in 1915 and in the same year entered the Royal Army Medical Corps and served as Lieutenant then Captain in the Special Reserve – 3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards. Captain Alfred Thomas Logan was killed in action on the 16th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in Somme, France.

The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

He also received an obituary in the Glasgow Medical Journal.

David Leed

Second Lieutenant
Died 12/08/1918
Aged 20
209th Sqdn. Royal Air Force
and 1st/2nd Bn. Hampshire Regiment
formerly 10th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders.
Son of Robert & Helen Leed, of 12, Tremaine Rd., Giffnock, Glasgow.
Arras Flying Services Memorial

David was born in Greenock c 1898, and lived in Eastwood in his early years.
Robert Leed lived at 13 Regent Park Terrace (now 1 Marywood Square) in 1913.

The Airhistory website database records his loss.
Leed,Lt,D,209Sq,12.08.18,missing [B7471 Sopwith Camel] Last seen in combat with Fokker biplanes E of Peronne on HOP. Lt D Leed missing,CasRep,AIR 1/858,15099,180812 His plane, B7471, appears to have been the second of four Sopwith Camels shot down by Lothar von Richtohofen’s squadron in an action around Peronne. His Captain, JK Summers was shot down 25 minutes later by the flying ace Lothar (and brother of the Red Baron), his last victory in the war.

He is recorded on the Giffnock United Free Church memorial. His death was also recorded in the Scotsman of 30th August 1918:

Lieut. David Leed, R.A.F. (missing since 12th August, and now reported killed), was a son of Mr. Robert Leed, 59 Kilmarnock Road, Giffnock, near Glasgow. He was employed by Messrs. William Graham & Co., Cathedral Street, Glasgow, and was studying with a view to entering the medical profession. He was 20 years of age.

John Stein Morrison Leslie

Service Number 110
Died 26/09/1915
Aged 21
52nd Lowland Div. Cyclist Coy.
Army Cyclist Corps
Son of John S. M. and Jean Leslie, of 14, Regent Park Terrace, Strathbungo, Glasgow.
Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

John was born 29 August 1894 and attended Strathbungo Higher Grade Public School.

Malta was used for hospitalised troops from the Gallipoli campaign, and there are two other men listed here who died in service in the 52nd Division, one near Gallipoli, so it is likely he was a casualty of the Gallipoli campaign.

John Stein Morrison Leslie, Snr

There is no record for this individual’s death. I presume this is John Leslie’s father, who also served, but survived. There is a JSM Leslie still living in Strathbungo in 1939.
John Senior was a tailor. The Glasgow Trades House lists members and sons who died, and lists John SM Leslie of the 6th Highland Light Infantry, but perhaps meant his son.

Edward Turner

Service Number 700
Died 09/10/1917
17th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Edward was born in Glasgow, to Mary, at 16 Regent Park Terrace, and presumably brother to George Turner, above. He spent two years in a volunteer battalion of the Highland Light Infantry in Glasgow. He signed up in Liverpool, New South Wales on 24th February 1915. He was reported wounded and missing in action, Ypres, 9th October 1917.

George Turner

Lance Corporal
Service Number 28855
Died 05/09/1918
Aged 39
7th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Son of Mr. G. Turner, of 16, Regent Park Terrace, Strathbungo, Glasgow.
Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy
Presumably the brother of Edward, above.

The 7th Battalion of the Cameronians was formed from the Third Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers at Victoria Road/Coplaw Street, founders of Third Lanark FC. They arrived in France at Marseilles, from Egypt, on 17 April 1918.


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  1. With regard to Hugh Wright, he was 192915 Pioneer Hugh Wright of G Special Company Royal Engineers. The Special Companies were chemical warfare troops introduced in 1915. Hugh had previously been 7879 Driver, Royal Field Artillery. On 21st March, 1918, G Special Company, was tasked with the local defence of the village of Vaulx-Vraucourt , on the Bullecourt, front South of Arras. This action is described in the company war diary, which can be download, free, from the National Archives:

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