WW1 - Former Pupils' Obituaries (L to Y)

Short Biographical Notices of the Old Boys that
fell in the Great War.




2ND LIEUTENANT GEORGE LAMBERT, M.A., Cameron Highlanders, one of the Academy's most gifted sons, was the elder son of the Rev. John C. Lambert of Braeheads, Fenwick. He commenced his career in the higher grade department of the school in 1904. From the outset he was a pupil of brilliant promise, showing special aptitude in literary and classical pursuits. Of a quiet, reserved disposition he early won the esteem of his teachers and the affection of his fellows, which he retained throughout his life. In the activities of the Literary Society he took a very keen interest, in its administration he did yeoman service on committee; and having a facile pen he delighted the members of the Society with many contributions on most varied subjects. Possessed of a ready wit and a quiet but convincing manner in debate, he was a capable speaker and a tower of strength to the side which he championed. In 1909 he was dux in classics, and that distinction, together with his manner, which was that of a “very parfit gentil knight,” made him a popular figure in his remaining year at school. In 1910 he matriculated at Glasgow University where he followed an arts course, which he completed successfully by taking an honours degree in classics in 1914. It was his intention to enter the Church, and he was arranging to take up the divinity studies when war broke out. Like many others of similar disposition who gloried in striking a blow for the cause of right, he laid aside his scholar's gown and donned the soldier's uniform, exchanging the peace and quiet of the divinity classroom for the roar and bustle of a training camp. Through the University Officers' Training Corps he obtained a commission, and was gazetted to the 7th Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders. In 1916 he proceeded overseas to France, and after nine months' active service, in the memorable fighting which followed the historic struggle for Vimy Ridge and the neighbouring district in the second attack of the battle of Arras, on the 23rd April, 1917, he fell as he had lived, a gallant soldier and a perfect gentleman, a noble example of all that is best in Britain's young manhood and of the profession which he had adopted .


2ND LIEUTENANT WILLIAM FAIRLIE LAMBERT, Cameronians, was one of the outstanding figures of his time at the Academy. During his five years with us he added lustre to a name which his brother George had already made distinguished for very high scholarly ability, especially on the classical side. His name inscribed on the walls of the school as winner of the Walker medal for classics shows how finely he rounded off a career of consistent excellence. He took a live and active interest in the work of the Literary Society, where his clear-cut and effective speeches always commanded the attention of the house. Willie Lambert in the chair meant a well conducted and interesting meeting. His quiet and winsome personality was also reflected in the pages of the “Gold Berry,” and there were few spheres of academic life to which he was a stranger. On entering Glasgow University in 1914 he took second place in the open bursary competition, and when he immediately joined the O.T.C., and afterwards received a commission in the Cameronians, he laid down a career of the very highest promise. He went to France in 1915. Nine months after he was severely wounded while on night duty between the trenches near Armentieres . He was taken into the German trenches and died the same night of his wounds in a German camp on 22nd March, 1916 .


PRIVATE HUGH LAMBIE, K.O.S.B.—Hugh Lambie, a Mauchline boy, was at Kilmarnock Academy for two years. He had no chance to settle down from the time he left school to the date of his enlistment in the K.O.S.B. He was on active service in France , but was killed on 31st October, 1918 , at the early age of eighteen .


PRIVATE ANDREW ALLAN LAMBIE, Canadians, was for two years a pupil in the Higher Grade Department of Kilmarnock Academy about 1899. He left to enter the Royal Bank at Newmilns, where he remained for five years, and then went out to Canada to take up farming. He had been there seven years when the war broke out, and he enlisted in the 48th Canadian Highlanders on 9th August, 1914 , and came over to England with the first Canadian contingent of 32,000 men in October of that same year. He was drafted to France in February, 1915, and was in the first gas attack at the second battle of Ypres in April, 1915, after which he was reported missing .


Kilmarnock - Glencairn Square

Kilmarnock - Waterloo Street


GUNNER MATHEW LAMONT, R.F.A., was born on the 29th June, 1898 , entered Kilmarnock Academy in September, 1909, and left at the close of his third year. He formed many classmate friendships there, the most outstanding being with R. H. Smith. On leaving school he went to his home at Low Wardneuk, Craigie, where he spent five years working on the farm. He was called up in April, 1917, underwent military training with the R.F.A. at Maryhill, and in November of the same year was sent to France to join the 79th Brigade R.F.A. where he speedily made many friends. He was killed in the village of Mailly Mallet by a shell on the 30th May, 1918 , and is interred in Englebelheiner Cemetery , near Albert .


PRIVATE WALTER LANDSBOROUGH, Canadians, a son of the Rev. Dr. Landsborough, left Kilmarnock for New Zealand in 1894. On the occasion of his departure a complimentary dinner was arranged among his old school friends. The chairman was Mr. David Lang, and among those present were Colonel John Smellie, D.S.O. ; Dr. John Muir, London; Dr. Dickie, Morpeth; Mr. Tom M‘Culloch, Mr. J. Findlay Robertson, and Mr. Thomson Millar. On arriving in New Zealand Mr. Landsborough spent four years learning sheep farming. The sheep farm was on the very borders of the cultivated ground, and much work was spent in the rough work of clearing the scrub. The work was heavy and monotonous, but it was not the arduous nature of the task that made him give it up. He was of the type of which our pioneers are made, and could not remain long in one place. Accordingly he left New Zealand for Australia , where he toured the country and visited the principal cities. Ultimately he crossed the Pacific to California , where he spent some six months. Later he wandered north to Oregon , and again engaged himself to a sheep farmer. He returned home to this country on the occasion of his father's jubilee, and he and his brother James arranged to go to the Argentine to start farming on their own. Unfortunately disease attacked their stock, and Mr. Landsborough's entire capital was lost. He, however, found his way to Rio de Janeira and, to show the independence of the man, although there were many Kilmarnock people in the city who would gladly have advanced him money, rather than beg assistance he took a post as stoker on a German liner bound for Hamburg . For his trip across he obtained sufficient money to pay for his passage back to America where he rejoined his brother. A legacy left to himself and James at this time enabled the brothers to start farming in British Columbia , where both were engaged at the outbreak of the war. James immediately joined up, and Walter too offered himself. He was, however, turned down by the army authorities on three occasions, and the medical officer, in reply to his protestations, told him that only an operation would fit him for acceptance in the army. The operation was duly performed, and Walter joined up. After the short training he crossed to England for the few weeks' intensive preparation before being sent to the front. He crossed to France in the spring of 1916, and was killed by a shell while operating a machine gun at Courcelette on the 14th September, that same year .


2ND LIEUTENANT GRAEME G. LANG, K.O.S.B. The tall, genial form of Graeme Lang lives green in the Academy, for not only was he a boy of most attractive disposition but after leaving school he visited his favourite classrooms regularly till the day he embarked on his last journey to France. As a pupil Graeme was very happy in his class, but his innate love of freedom did not find its most congenial atmosphere amid the demands of school exercises. Thus in ordinary workaday lessons he did not aspire to excel, but when the critical moment came for concentration and close reasoning he rose to the occasion. In his Intermediate Examination year on H.M.I.'s visit he bore the brunt of the examiner's attack in geometry, and rose to great heights. The war interrupted his newly begun course in medicine at Glasgow . He joined the University Officers' Training Corps in November, 1915, and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the K.O.S.B. in June, 1915. His war visits to the Academy are vividly recalled—the handsome young officer, yet still the boy, pawky, straightforward, carefree, wholly unafraid of the fate which met him at Monchy-le-Preux, near Arras , on 11th April, 1917 . His classmates studying these little biographies will find a proud and sacred interest in counting their own little band of absentees—Eric Barrett, Archie Baxter, Gordon Boyd, Andrew Brown, James Kerr, Graeme Lang, Archie M‘Lelland, Inglis Wyllie .


PRIVATE ALEXANDER LEARMONT, A. I. F., was born in 1887 in Mauchline, where the village dominie guided his early studies. He entered Kilmarnock Academy in 1900, where he soon made friends as only boys can. His constant chum was Joe Wilson of Howard Street . On the completion of his third year he decided on a commercial career, and accepted an appointment as a clerk in the Clydesdale Bank, Kilmarnock . While at the bank his energy and devotion to duty with his courteous bearing found much favour with his employers, and promotion was rapid. He was soon appointed to the National Bank of India in London , but while there his health failed, and he left the confinement and sedentary occupation in the bank for a life in the open. Looking for “pastures new” he made Australia the land of his adoption, and settled as a farmer in New South Wales , where his health improved, and prosperity was smiling upon his labours when the European war broke out, and answering the call to arms he turned aside from his plough to wield the sword. Joining the 56th Battalion A.I.F. he came to England , where he finished his military training. He was then drafted to France , and there with several of his schoolfellows took part in the historic battle of the Somme on 1st November, 1916 , where, after two months in France he was killed in his twenty-ninth yea .



LANCE-CORPORAL WILLIAM C. LIGAT, R.S.F., son of Hugh L. Ligat, Mansefield, Newmilns, was a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy for seven or eight years, one of his classmates being James Barnett. He left school in 1912, and was apprenticed in the engineering shop of the G. & S.-W. Railway Works at Kilmarnock . Much of his spare time was occupied with the Boy Scout movement, in which he took an enthusiastic interest, he himself holding the King's Scout badge. He joined the 1/4 R.S.F., and went with the battalion from Stirling to the Dardanelles and Egypt . He was killed at Gaza on 19th April, 1917 .


CORPORAL ALEXANDER M. LYON, Canadians, was at Kilmarnock Academy from 1896 till 1906. His attendance was much broken owing to his delicate health, but his progress suffered less than might have been expected owing to the devoted assistance of his younger brother Gavin. On leaving school he entered the Kilmarnock branch of the Clydesdale Bank, and in 1912 went to Vancouver , British Columbia , in the service of the Royal Bank of Canada . Rejected by the military authorities seven times on medical grounds he was successful in his eighth attempt to enlist, and with the 72nd Seaforths (Canadians) he arrived in France in August, 1916, and was in much fierce fighting during the following year. Aged twenty-eight years, he was killed in action at Passchendale on 28th October, 1917 , while in charge of a Lewis gun. His brother, Lieutenant Gavin W. Lyon, Tank Corps, died in 1920, soon after being demobilised.


PRIVATE JAMES LYON, Royal Scots, son of Mr. John D. Lyon, schoolmaster, Glen of Luce, Glenluce, Wigtownshire, was born at Glenisla, Forfarshire, on 25th October, 1898 . Before coming to Kilmarnock he had attended Wallacehall Academy , Closeburn, for two years. He entered the services of the National Bank in Kilmarnock in 1913, attested in October, 1916, and was called up in March, 1917. He joined the Lothian and Border Horse and trained at Haddington. For some weeks near the end of 1917 he attended the Castle School , Edinburgh , and went through special training in tactics and kindred subjects. In the last days of February, 1918, he was drafted to France where he was joined up with the 13th Royal Scots and hurried to the front. He reached the fighting trenches on the 26th of March, and was reported missing on the 28th, presumably in the Arras district. It was ascertained later on that he had never been a prisoner in Germany, and that so far as is known he had not been buried by German soldiers. Nothing more has been discovered as to his fate .


SERGEANT GEORGE McCRONE, Seaforths, a son of Mr. George M‘Crone, M‘ Kinlay Place , a well known builder in town. At Bentinck School under Mr. Walker, George won the dux medal of the school in 1906. After spending two years at the Academy he joined his father in the building trade, and had just completed five years' apprenticeship when the war broke out. Happening to be at work at a place where he could see the Territorials marching past to entrain at Riccarton, he downed tools, and before war had been declared three weeks he was in training at Fort George . Early in 1915 he embarked for France . As bombing corporal he was wounded at Loos and invalided to England . After a period of convalescence extending over six months he was again sent to France as company-sergeant. After seeing much service he was mortally wounded at Martinpuich on the Somme on 10th September, 1916 , and died at the age of twenty-two .


Kilmarnock - King Street

Kilmarnock - College Wynd


SERGEANT ALEX. M‘CURDIE, A. & S. H., Burngrange, Mauchline, was of the Class VI. whose school course finished in 1914. He will be best remembered as a member of the football team. His play having attracted the attention of the secretary of the Kilmarnock F.C. he was persuaded to join their reserve eleven as centre forward, and even played many games for the “A” team. After continuing his studies for a short time at Glasgow University he joined the 14th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, where his reliability and fearlessness made him a favourite with both officers and men. He was killed in France in April, 1917, at the age of twenty. Shortly before his death he had been recommended for the D.C.M .


PRIVATE JAMES MACFARLANE, D.C.M., Scottish Highlanders, of 62 York Place , Kilmarnock , entered the Academy in 1903, and left at the age of fourteen to enter the Post Office as telegraph messenger and later on became postman. Immediately on the outbreak of war he joined Kitchener 's Army, enlisting in the Black Watch. Wounded at the battle of Loos he was invalided home, but rejoined his regiment in May, 1916. He was awarded the D.C.M. for good work done at Langueval at the start of the big advance, and was killed there on the 24th of March, 1918 , at the age of twenty-eight .


PRIVATE ADAM M‘GREGOR, Liverpool Scottish, son of Mr. A. M‘Gregor, photographer, Ellis Street , spent ten years at the Academy, and left school in 1907. He was a woollen importer in Denver , Colorado , U.S.A. , when war broke out, but came home by the “ Lusitania ” in December, 1914, to enlist with two friends in the Liverpool Scottish. At school he was a very enthusiastic cadet, a good shot, and one of the team that won Colonel Grove's Cup at the Scottish Command Naval and Military Tournament, 1905. The news of Adam's death at Hooge in Flanders meant sad hearts for many .


PRIVATE ALEXANDER TAYLOR MACGREGOR, Seaforths, an old pupil of the Academy, was on holiday when war was declared in August, 1914. Anxious to serve his king and country he came home and joined the Seaforth Highlanders on the 1st of September. After hard training at Cromarty his company was drafted to France on the 23rd of January, 1915 . So great was the need for men in the fighting line that neither he nor any of his companions were allowed home leave before going abroad. At the battle of St. Julian on 25th April his company suffered very severely, and he was one of the many who fell on that stricken field .



CAPTAIN DAVID M‘GREGOR, A. & S.H., was an Academy pupil in the North Hamilton Street days, and previous to enlisting was a clerk with Messrs. D. Law & Sons, brass founders, Sturrock Street. He served nearly eighteen years in the army, and was engaged in the South African War and in India , where he spent twelve years and was present at the great Durbar held at Delhi . In September, 1914, he went to France with Indian troops, and was Staff-Sergeant at the Adjutant-General's office at the base. Latterly he volunteered to go up the line, was accepted, and soon promoted Captain. He was four years in France and had seen hard fighting, but escaped scatheless, till the end came through a sniper's bullet. He was about thirty-three years of age .


PRIVATE WILLIAM B. M‘HOUL, Camerons, son of Mr. Robert M‘Houl, Kilmaurs, was a pupil in Grammar School under the late Mr. David Murray, and entered the Academy about the same time as his headmaster. When he left school he entered the service of Mr. John Sturrock, C.E., and later transferred to the firm of Messrs. Arrol, bridge and roof builders. When he joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in September, 1914, he was in the employment of Sir William Arrol & Co. as a structural draughtsman. Just a year later he was killed at Loos .


2ND LIEUTENANT WILLIAM M. M‘INNES, M.A., Wiltshire Regiment, son of Mr. John M‘Innes, formerly of Grange Terrace, Kilmarnock . came to the Academy in 1903. During his six years there he took a leading part in all school activities. His energy and initiative made him a prominent member of the Literary Society, of which he was treasurer in 1907-8. As a Junior Student he showed marked aptitude and capability. In 1909 he proceeded to Glasgow University , where he graduated M.A. with honours in Latin and French in 1914. His university course was interrupted for a session which he spent in the Lycée at Douai . Throughout his whole course his attention was turned specially to French, and for a time he acted as secretary to the University French club. On leaving the university he received an appointment as principal French master in the County Boys ' School, Cambridge . Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities ha enrolled in the University O.T.C., from which he was gazetted to the Wiltshire Regiment. He left for the East about the middle of 1916, and was in action in Mesopotamia only a short time when he met his death in the attack on Kut on 25th January, 1917 . It is difficult to realise that one who was so full of the joy of life was called upon to lay it down at the early age of twenty-six .


CAPTAIN S. F. H. MACKAY, M.A. (Glasg.), B.A. (Oxon.), Ph.D. ( Jena ), East Lancs ,. for some time head of the Classical Department in Kilmarnock Academy , was the youngest son of the late Mr. Martin Mackay, writer, Glasgow. He received his earlier education at Glasgow Academy , where he took the dux medal in classics. He entered Glasgow University in his sixteenth year, and obtained the first place in the University Bursary Competition. He was Blackstone medallist in Greek and Latin and was elected Snell exhibitioner at the age of eighteen. The following year he graduated with first class honours in classics and passed on to Oxford University , where he took first class honours in classical moderations, was awarded the George A. Clark fellowship, and graduated in 1902. After studying abroad for some time he was appointed head of the Classical Department in Kilmarnock Academy on the 5th of September, 1905 , and shortly after that completed the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Jena . Towards the close of the following year he accepted a nomination as junior inspector of schools, and left Kilmarnock Academy on the 9th of November, 1906 , to enter upon his new duties at Aberdeen , under Mr. Jamieson, H.M.I. A few years later he was transferred to the Glasgow district. Early in 1915 he was gazetted 2nd lieutenant, 2/5 East Lancs., and was promoted to the rank of acting captain in 1916. He was reported missing on the 13th of June, 1917 , near Givenchy, having gone out in the early morning to seek for a wounded brother officer. Later on it was reported that he had died of wounds in Germany . He is survived by his wife and one child .


Kilmarnock - Morton Place

Kilmarnock - Titchfield Street


GUNNER DONALD HUGH M‘KENZIE, R.F.A., one of the four sons of Mr. James M‘Kenzie, Bank Street, who fought in the great war, after attending the Academy for several years left in 1905, and for some years was his father's “right hand man.” “Dan,” as he was familiarly called, had a wide circle of friends by whom he was greatly esteemed and admired, alike for his big burly form, his breezy unconventional manner, and his genial wit and humour. He had a kindly word and a cheery salutation for everybody. Always bright and happy his presence radiated sunshine wherever he went, and his coming into any company was the signal for the brightening up of everyone there. He enlisted on the 3rd of February, 1917 , and received his training at Maryhill and Dalkeith, afterwards undergoing a special course in signalling at Swanage, Dorset. He was sent out to the fighting line as signaller and gunner in January, 1918, and was killed near Lillers by a shell on 22nd April of that year when going up to the guns with munition waggons, and was buried behind the lines in the cemeterly at Gonnehiem. He was twenty-nine years of age when he fell. Of his three brothers Archie was twice wounded and got his M.C. at Zonnebeke, James was wounded at Loos, and Forbes went through the campaign in Mesopotamia and Persia .


PRIVATE MALCOLM MACKINTOSH, R.S.F., son of Mr. J. D. Mackintosh, solicitor, Kilmarnock , was a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy , Irvine Royal Academy , and Glasgow High School , and later on a student of law at the University of Glasgow . He was an enthusiastic cricketer, a fine golfer, and a keen student of English literature, with a scholarly knowledge of the English and French essayists. He enlisted in 1915 as a private in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, and passed over into the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was killed in action in the Passchendaele sector at Ypres on 26th September, 1917 . One of his last acts was to dress the wounds received by 2nd Lieutenant M. A. M‘Kenzie, of Kilmarnock , whose platoon he had joined that morning after having been separated from his own in the mist and smoke of battle. Sensitive, big-hearted, and absolutely fearless, he did not advertise. Yet without effort the charm of his personality strongly gripped all who knew him. The manner of his death was as he had lived. He died “playing the game.”


CAPTAIN SAMUEL M‘KNIGHT, Royal Scots, entered Kilmarnock Academy in 1906 as the dux of Hamilton School . He left school in 1908 to enter his apprenticeship in the Royal Bank, Kilmarnock , and was subsequently promoted to the inspector's department of the head office in Edinburgh . He enlisted in March, 1915, in the Cameron Highlanders, and three months later received a commission in the Royal Scots. Wounded in November, 1916, he was mentioned in despatches, and in 1917 was promoted captain. He was killed in action in France in September, 1918, only five weeks after his marriage. He was twenty-five years of age. Those who knew his work in the Royal Bank regarded him as a most promising young man. He had initiative and ability, and was a natural leader of men, while his cheerful, energetic disposition carried him happily through all that he undertook in work and play .


PRIVATE DUNCAN M‘K. MACLARTY, H.L.I., was born on the 24th December, 1893, and left Kilmarnock Academy in 1910 to enter the office of Messrs. Mitchell & Findlay, St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. He passed his intermediate C.A. examination in 1913, and in company with many of his old classmates joined the army in 1914 with the first rush of young recruits after Mons . He entered the 9th H.L.I., and in January, 1915, was drafted to France . Wounded in July of 1915 he returned to France in January, 1916. He took part in the action at High Wood ( Somme front) on the 14th July, 1916 , was reported missing, and is presumed to have been killed in battle. “Kinnon,” as his friends called him, was a zealous supporter of his school in all its social activities. One remembers his enthusiasm in the cricket club and his criticism and many drolleries in the literary society. After leaving school his love of sport drew him to the local Rugby club, where he gained his place among the 1st XV. forwards. Kinnon's good footwork made him a valuable asset to his side, and his chums delighted in his characteristic breakaway from the scrum with the ball at his feet and a scowl of concentration on his face. Outspoken honesty, keen sense of humour, and strong commonsense were to many the outstanding features of Kinnon Maclarty .



PRIVATE ARCHIE M‘LELLAND, Gordons, was at Kilmarnock Academy for about six years, and left in 1911. He joined the Lovat Scouts in 1915 when seventeen years of age, his height and general physique giving him an older appearance. Thereafter he was attached to the Cameron Highlanders, and finally, after training in Lincolnshire , was sent to France with the Gordons. He fell at Anzin on 10th April, 1917 . Among his class friends were Inglis Wyllie, John Rogerson, and Graham Lang, all of whom were among the “unreturning brave.”


PRIVATE JOHN M‘NAY, H.L.I., was the only son of Mr. David M‘Nay, chemist. He spent ten years at Kilmarnock Academy . On leaving school he entered a shipbroker's office, and on 30th May, 1915 , joined the 9th H.L.I. with his friend, Andrew Alexander. After a period of training in Glasgow he was sent to France in March, 1916. Here he met his death at High Wood between the 14th and 15th July, at the early age of nineteen. While at school John was a member of the Cadet Corps. He was a keen golfer. His chief hobby was photography, in which he was most successful. He had the unassuming, courage and quiet determination of the best type of Scot, qualities which won for him the respect of his comrades in the firing line. But it was his affectionate and unselfish nature which endeared him to those who knew him intimately, and appreciated him as a staunch and devoted friend .


PRIVATE ALEX. M‘MURRAY, Northamptonshires, eldest son of Mr. G. M‘Murray, draper, Portland Street , first came to the Academy in 1899, but later went to Prestwick School . From 1908 he worked with his father for a number of years, but afterwards went to London to gain further experience, and he was there when war broke out. Immediately he offered himself for service in one of the Northamptonshire battalions. He was twenty-two years of age, and had been a soldier twenty-three months when he was killed in France on the 11th of July, 1916 .


2ND LIEUTENANT GEORGE WILSON M‘QUAKER, R.S.F., was mobilised with the Territorial Force in which he was a colour-sergeant at the outbreak of the war. He came safely through the Gallipoli campaign, and was promoted to quarter-master-sergeant and then to sergeant-major, and held the rank of 2nd lieutenant for about a month. He was killed in action in Palestine on the 13th November, 1917 , in the 27th year of his age. Lieutenant M‘Quaker enlisted in the Territorial Force in 1908, when he was seventeen years of age, and soon made a reputation for himself as a clever marksman. In 1909 as a junior he won two spoons in the spoon shoots, and was a member of the company's team, taking part in all the competitions with success. In 1910 he was one of the Ayrshire team that took part in the Queen Mary competition at Bisley, and in 1911 he won several prizes at the Ayrshire Rifle Association meeting at Irvine , besides taking fifth place in the county championship. In season 1911-12 he won the Scottish Twenty Club championship. He also competed at Darnley with success, and was a member of the Ayrshire team which took part in the international match at Irvine , when Ayrshire came out on top and the London Scottish took second place. In 1913 he won the Walker medal, finished top scorer in the Lanfine cup competition, headed the merchants' prize list, and was fourth in the Ayrshire championship. He was the youngest colour-sergeant in the brigade, having been appointed to that rank when only twenty-two years of age. He took very enthusiastically to soldiering and had made up his mind, if spared, to remain in the army after the war was finished. Before going on service he was prominently identified with the Boys' Brigade, and acted as drill instructor to the Laigh Kirk corps. Lieutenant M‘Quaker was the third son of Mr. Robert M‘Quaker, 18 Charles Street . He attended the Academy from 1903-1906 before serving his apprenticeship as an ironmoulder with his father in the Holm Foundry. He is survived by his wife and two little girls .


Kilmarnock Cross

Kilmarnock - King Street


PRIVATE JAMES MAIR, Gordons, son of Mrs. Mair, Waterside, was educated at the village school, and later at Kilmarnock Academy . Prior to his enlistment he was engaged as a milk tester in the Central Ayrshire Division of the Scottish Milk Record Association, and in the discharge of his duties came into close contact with the farmers of the Kilmarnock and Fenwick districts. He was killed on 20th September, 1915 , on the eve of his twentieth birthday .


PRIVATE THOMAS MAXWELL, Royal Fusiliers, was the son of Mrs. Maxwell, Titchfield Street . He was among the pupils of Kilmarnock Academy who came over from the old building in North Hamilton Street to the new in 1898. A young man of versatile accomplishments he was a well known football player in the district, an excellent violinist, and a member of the Society of Musicians. Some years later he was appointed secretary to the Orient Bonded Warehouse, Mincing Lane , London , and in his leisure hours took an active interest in the London Caledonian F.C. Joining the Royal Fusiliers during the war, he was reported missing at Aveley Wood, Albert, 27th March, 1918 , and since that date nothing further has been heard of him .


CORPORAL H. MILLER, Scots Guards, the son of Mr. Hugh Miller, Trinidad, West Indies (formerly of Mauchline), came to Mauchline as a child, and was educated at Mauchline Public School and Kilmarnock Academy. He left the Academy in 1910, and when war broke out was learning farming. He enlisted in the Scots Guards in January, 1915, and went with the battalion to France in October of the same year. On 1st May, 1916 , when the battalion was stationed at Ypres , Corporal Miller, with two comrades, was surprised by the Germans and killed in a listening post. He had been in the same post on previous nights, and did not require to go on 1st May, but had volunteered to do so .


LANCE-CORPORAL WILLIAM MILLER, Cameron Highlanders, entered the Academy from Hurlford in 1910. During his Junior Student course he entered enthusiastically into the life of the school. In the Literary Society he often intervened in the debates with an effective speech or a well timed and often humorous question. His cheery greeting in the corridors as we passed from one class to another is one of those wistful bits of himself which he left lying in the memory of those who knew him.. In 1913 he entered Glasgow University to complete his training as a teacher. In 1914 he joined the O.T.C., and in April, 1915, he volunteered for active service. After training at Tain joined the Signal Section and was drafted to Richmond , where, after distinguishing himself in an examination in signalling, he acted as Signal Instructor for some time. Going to France on 1st April, 1916 , he took part in several heavy engagements, and on July 28th, 1917 , while retiring from the trenches, he was so severely wounded that he died the following day, at the age of twenty-two .



2ND LIEUTENANT JOHN SYDNEY MORTON, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), was the second son of John Morton, J.P., Blackhall, Midlothian . Born at St. Hilliers, Kilmarnock , 24th November, 1895 , he was for three years a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy , afterwards attending the Edinburgh College of Arts. He was an architect's apprentice and one of the most brilliant students of his year at college. Enlisting on 7th September, 1914 , in the 9th Battalion Royal Scots, he obtained a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in March, 1916. From February, 1915, he served in France and Flanders , taking part in the second battle of Ypres , the fighting at St. Eloi, and other engagements. He was killed by a shell on 25th April, 1917 , at Monchy-le-Preux during the second battle of Arras . By officers and men alike he was esteemed a capable and fearless officer, ever foremost to face danger, one who always played the game .


SERGEANT DUNCAN M‘NICOL MUIR, Canadians, son of the late James L. Muir and of Mrs. Muir, Bank Street, Kilmarnock, attended the Academy, 1896-1906. Early attracted to the Cadets he continued throughout school life to show the greatest enthusiasm in all pertaining to the corps. His soldierly bearing bore eloquent testimony to the ardent spirit with which he received his training. It was quite a natural result that in 1906 he should win the cadet cup and the gold medal. His success in the classroom, too, was such as would have made easy his entrance into any profession, but having set his mind on a banking career he entered the Bank of Scotland. Pressing on with his customary singleness of purpose he became in due course an Associate of the Institute of Scottish Bankers , while in his spare moments he kept in close touch with the R.S.F., attaining to the rank of sergeant. Eager for a wider field he accepted a colonial appointment in Vancouver , where he soon became well known as a fine shot in the 77th Canadian Rifles. Here in 1914 Duncan heard the call of the Motherland. For him, disciplined to a degree by his lifelong admiration of soldierly attention to duty and detail, to hear was to obey at once. Leaving his post as teller in the head office of the Royal Bank, Vancouver, he sailed to Britain with the 1st Canadian Contingent, and trained on Salisbury Plain. Within six months of the beginning of the war Sergeant Duncan Muir was standing a strong unit in the great defence wall at the second battle of Ypres , and fell at St. Julien on 24th April, 1915 , aged twenty-four years. “Sic itur ad astra.” .


LANCE-CORPORAL WILFRED MUIR, Seaforths, was killed in action on 10th December, 1916, aged twenty-two. His early education was obtained at Galston, and after two years at the Academy he left in 1908. At the age of eighteen he went to Toronto , but after only a year there he returned home to take up an appointment as junior reporter on the staff of “Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald.” He was afterwards reporter to the “Annandale Times,” Lockerbie, and had received a good appointment on the staff of the “Kirkintilloch Herald,” which he gave up to become a soldier in the 7th Seaforths. He saw much hard fighting in France, both he and his younger brother James taking part in the battle of Loos, and as a result both were out of action for a time. Wilfred was home on leave at the beginning of December, 1916, and on the first day of his return to the trenches he was shot through the head by a German sniper. His youngest brother Joseph, Tank Corps, was killed in France a fortnight before the Armistice.


GUNNER ROBERT M. C. MUNN, Canadians, had for his chum at the Academy Stewart Thomson, whose name also appears in this Roll of Honour. When he left school he had made up his mind for a career as a farmer, and after spending some time as a student of agriculture went to Canada , where he intended to settle when he had acquired more knowledge of Canadian methods. He was in Canada two years when war broke out, and joining up he came to this country with the 1st Canadians. Crossing to France in February, he died of wounds received at the second battle of Ypres on the 26th of April, 1915—just two weeks before his twenty-first birthday—and is buried at Hazibrouck. Bertie—his friends will remember him best as Bertie Munn—was the eldest son of Mr Robert Munn, Dumfries Arms Hotel, Cumnock .


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Kilmarnock - High Street


PRIVATE WILLIAM MURDOCH, H.L.I., Fairyhill Road , was in the Intermediate Department from 1910 to 1913. He then entered the engineering offices of Messrs. Glenfield & Kennedy, Ltd., which he left to join the 6th H.L.I. in November, 1914. Going out with the 52nd Lowland Division to the Dardanelles the following May, he was killed in the heavy engagement of the 12th July, at the early age of seventeen and a half. While at school his bright, cheerful disposition made him a favourite with his classmates, whose applause he also won for his prowess in swimming under water .


PRIVATE JAMES NAIRN, R.S.F., son of Mr. Andrew Nairn, tailor and clothier, formerly of Rennie Street , came to the Academy as a small boy, and after nine years' attendance left in 1910 to join his father in business. He enlisted in the 1/5 R.S.F. in October, 1914, and went with the battalion to Gallipoli in May of the following year. He came through all the fighting in the peninsula until the very last encounter with the Turks in which the Ayrshire battalions covered preparations for evacuation by making a furious attack on some advanced Turkish trenches. This final action began on the night of the 29th December, 1915 . The 5th R.S.F. captured a trench, but they were heavily shelled during the next two days, and Private Nairn was killed on the 31st. His commanding officer writes, “He was at all times cheerful, even when we were surrounded by difficulties.” He was only nineteen at the time of his death .


GUNNER WILLIAM M‘KAY NEIL, R.M.L.I., of 54 South Hamilton Street, was three years in attendance at the Academy, and left in 1912 to become a bank apprentice. Two years later he volunteered for service in the R.M.L.I., which was stationed first at Deal and then at Chatham . Transferred afterwards to H.M.S. “ Queen Mary,” he conscientonsly discharged his duties and was recognised as a clever and energetic gun trainer. His career was cut short at the battle of Jutland by the sinking of the above warship on 31st May, 1916 .


PRIVATE GEORGE PATON A. & S.H., a son of Mr. Paton, gardener at The Mount, Kilmarnock , entered the Higher Grade Department of the Academy in 1911, and left to join the army five years later. He was a very modest and unassuming lad all through his school career. In the classroom things seemed to come easily to him, and he was an outstanding figure in the field of sport. The quality however by which he is most likely to be remembered was his cheerfulness. As one of his friends said a few weeks ago, “Geordie was never without his smile.” He enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in June, 1916, and after a hasty training was sent over to the western front where he was reported missing in March, 1917 .



PRIVATE HUGH PATON, R.S.F., son of Mr. Alexander Paton, of Craigie, received his elementary education at Craigie School , and was the first boy there to win a county bursary. He entered the Higher Grade Department of Kilmarnock Academy in 1911, and left school in 1914 to take up work in the Post Office. In May, 1916, he joined the 1st R.S.F., and underwent special training as a signaller. During the big retreat in the early spring of 1918 Private Paton was on duty at the company's headquarters near Arras . On the 27th of March his brother and he, overcome by the fatigue of the ceaseless fighting, lay down for a few minutes' sleep before “stand to.” An enemy shell burst over them while they were lying on the ground, and both were killed. Hugh was twenty years of age at the time of his death .


LANCE-CORPORAL WILLIAM PICKEN, H.L.I., elder son of Mr. Daniel Picken, Glebe Avenue , was of that band who, a month after the outbreak of war, joined the Glasgow Highlanders. His previous training as a member of the Academy Cadets, as well as his abilities as a crack shot, caused him to be sent to France with an early draft, and six weeks after enlisting he took his place in the firing line. On the 15th of July, 1916 , he was shot by a sniper while engaged in attending to a wounded comrade. He was twenty-three years of age when he fell. Before the war Willie was employed in the Glenfield Works .


GUNNER JAMES S. RENNIE, M.M.G.B., head of the Art Department in Kilmarnock Academy , was the son of Mr. Thomas Rennie, acting superintendent of Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove. He was a student in the Glasgow School of Art for about six years, and took the diploma in design and decorative art in June, 1907. In the same year he was awarded the “Haldane” travelling scholarship, and was the only student in design who ever achieved that distinction. When acting as a temporary assistant at Dumfries he was appointed assistant art master in Kilmarnock Academy , and began his duties there on the 4th of October, 1909 . When Mr. C. B. Millar retired on superannuation on the 31st of July, 1913 , Mr. Rennie was appointed head of the Art Department . His work as a teacher was remarkably successful, and on more than one occasion at Kilmarnock every intermediate student presented passed the examination in art. In 1915 he volunteered for service in the Motor Machine Gun Battery, and after spending some time in France was sent to India , where he died of meningeal hæmorrhage at Quetta , on the 6th of August, 1918 . Mr. Rennie was married shortly before he went abroad on service, and is survived by his wife and a baby girl .


LIEUTENANT J. H. ROBERTSON, Black Watch, the second son of Mr. Matthew Robertson, was born at Beansburn, 1886, so that he was in his thirtieth year when he fell in the battle of Longueval, 18th July, 1916 . His early education was received at the Old Academy which he left in 1897 to go to the High School, Kirkcaldy, where he was for three years. His last school days were spent at Irvine Royal Academy . In civil life he was an engineer. He received his training in the works of Messrs. J. Brown & Co., Clydebank , and in the works and drawing office of Messrs. J. Dickinson & Sons, Sunderland . When he left the latter firm he went to sea in a vessel owned by Messrs. Milburn of Newcastle-on-Tyne , and trading to and from the Colonies. He paid several visits to Australia and to various South American ports up to July, 1914, when he came home to sit for his final examination. He was attending the Marine Engineering College with that objective in view when war was declared on 4th August, 1914 . Four days later Jim handed his books to his mother “for keeping,” and left in the afternoon with his brother Andrew for Edinburgh to enlist. Enrolled as private in the Gordons, Jim was soon transferred to the Black Watch and sent to Aberdeen for training. Later he was passed on to Nigg, where he was promoted 2nd lieutenant, and then to Salisbury Plain where he was made full lieutenant. Under Colonel M‘Crae Gilstrap, at Catterick, he was assistant adjutant, and in 1915 was sent to France as a specially trained signalling officer, and attached to the headquarter's staff. It was when on this duty that he fell in July, 1916. James Robertson's classmates will remember him as a fair-haired blue-eyed boy; those who were privileged to know him later in life will remember the big stalwart soldier—a man and a gentleman. It was decided that ten of the bravest and most popular Black Watch officers from among the glorious band of five or six hundred that had passed during the war should have their photographs hung upon the walls in the rooms of the Black Watch Memorial Halls, Broughty Ferry, and on the recommendation of his commanding officer, Colonel M‘Crae Gilstrap, Lieutenant J. H. Robertson was selected as one to be thus honoured .


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Kilmarnock - Riccarton Toll


LANCE-CORPORAL JAMES MUIR ROGERSON, H.L.I., and PRIVATE JOHN ELLIOT ROGERSON, H.L.I., were sons of Mr. Robert Rogerson, provision merchant, King Street . It is impossible to think of them apart. They were both in the Commercial Battalion of the H.L.I. They joined up in September, 1914, and trained at Gailes and in England . Quiet and reserved boys, they were always fast friends, and in death they were not divided. They were both killed on the 1st of July, 1916 . James and John Rogerson were general favourites wherever they went. They were of those who find their happiness in their homes and, though fond of most sports, did not take a very active part in any. James was his father's right hand man in business to which he devoted himself wholeheartedly. John's energies in his father's business were directed to the outside work—goods delivery by motor to which he gave his vigorous activity. James was twenty-six years of age, while John was twenty-one .


2ND LIEUTENANT JAMES ROME, 5th H.L.I., was killed in action near Beaumont Hamel on 18th November, 1916 , in his thirtieth year. His whole school life was spent at the Academy. After leaving school he was articled to Mr. W. B. Whitie, architect, Glasgow, where he was employed till he joined the army. During his career he assisted at the carrying out of many important buildings in Glasgow , the principal of which was the Mitchell Library in Bath Street . He joined the Glasgow University Officers' Training Corps in 1915, and was afterwards transferred to the Cambridge University Officers' Cadet School . After being stationed for a time in England he was drafted overseas and attached to the 15th H.L.I. He met his death after being six weeks in France and only two days in action. A quiet, reliable boy at school, he showed the same characteristics in business and in service .


PRIVATE WILLIAM ROXBURGH, A. & S.H., Howard Park Drive, for nine years attended the Academy, and was in the same class with Archie M‘Lelland, Inglis Wyllie, Mathew Lamont, and William Murdoch, all of whom made the supreme sacrifice. William Roxburgh was a member of the Cadet Corps and also of the Kilmarnock Rifle Club. He was very fond of athletics, and as a member of the Academy Swimming Club took a distinguished place, especially in the diving competitions. After leaving school he entered the office of Mr. A. Cairns Smith, solicitor, where he remained for a year. His inclination, however, being towards engineering, he commenced more congenial work at the “Glenfield.” When war broke out he could not bear to see so many of his comrades volunteering to fight in their country's cause without doing his share. So while still a boy in his teens he enlisted in the A. & S.H. In due course he passed over to France . Temporarily drafted to the Gordons he took part in the battle of Arras , near Fampoux, but after the battle was not there to answer the roll call. He was in his twentieth year .


2ND LIEUTENANT ARCHIBALD SCOTT, Gordon Highlanders, was killed in France when only twenty-two. He spent six years at the Academy, and from the first he won a warm place in our hearts by certain delightful little mannerisms which are often associated with an attractive personality. Even a wave of the hand from Archie was distinctively characteristic, and very seldom indeed was his eye without a twinkle. This genial presence he gave generously to the service of the Literary Society, which he often addressed, and he contributed to the pages of the “Gold Berry” articles and verses of outstanding merit. In class he displayed an English style which was the envy and despair of us all. At Glasgow University he joined the Officers' Training Corps, and in April, 1916, he volunteered for active service, and later gained his commission in the Gordons. He fell in action on 25th April, 1917 , at Calvary Farm near Guemappe .



PRIVATE GEORGE RUSSELL SCOTT, Cameronians, came to the Academy from Galston in August, 1914. During his school career he evinced a strong artistic bias, and for a time thought of adopting art as his profession. Later he determined that art must be reserved as a pastime, and on obtaining the Leaving Certificate in 1916 was eager to begin at once the study of medicine. At that time, however, men were urgently demanded for the army, and in August, 1916, he joined the Cameronians. Stationed in Ireland amid uncongenial surroundings he found solace in his painting and carving, and when more suitable material failed he would fall back upon the rationed biscuit which possessed decided advantages when thus utilised. In May, 1917, he crossed to France , where he was in the thick of the fighting till his death on 31st July, 1917 , at the early age of nineteen. In all his classes George Scott was noticeable for the heartiness with which he devoted himself to his work, but he was in his true element in the art room .


LANCE-CORPORAL ROBERT W. SHANKLAND, Cameronians, was a younger brother of Mr. William Shankland, of the firm of Dunlop & Murray , C.A. , Glasgow . He was an Academy pupil for three years, leaving on completion of the Intermediate Course. He was then sixteen years of age, and commenced his business career by joining the clerical staff of the G. & S.-W. Railway Co. at Kilmarnock . The city seemed to him to hold out greater attractions from a business point of view than the country, and “Bob” a few months later was fortunate enough to gain admission to the well known firm of Arthur & Co., warehousemen, Glasgow . After ten years with this firm of world-wide repute he joined the army, and was sent to France a few months later. On the continent he was often in action. Three times he was wounded, and three times he was sent back to the fighting line. He seemed to bear a charmed life, but on the 20th May, 1917 , when acting as a Lewis gunner, and after his company had successfully repelled the charge of the enemy, he was hit by a stray shot on his way to rest camp .


SERGEANT JOHN SHIELDS, R.F.A., of 25 M‘ Kinlay Place , was a pupil of the Academy from 1910 to 1912. After leaving school he became apprenticed to Mr. John D. Wyllie, solicitor. He joined the R.F.A. in September, 1914, at the age of sixteen, was retained in the army office till May, 1917, and was on active service from then till September, 1917, when he died of wounds received in action in Flanders .


CORPORAL GEORGE P. SMILLIE, M.G. Corps, was a pupil at the Academy for three years, leaving there in 1910. He was goods clerk at Gatehead Station for some time, but gave this up to start farming at Newfield Mains, Dundonald, where he remained until 1916, when he joined the colours. He was gassed and invalided home in 1917, but returned to France early in 1918, and died of wounds in October of that year. He was twenty-three years of age. One of his officers in a letter said:—“He was one of the best, and for his good work I recommended him for the Military Medal.”


Kilmarnock - Strand Street

Kilmarnock - Sandbed


2ND LIEUTENANT JOHN SOMMERVILL, R.S.F., was a son of Mr. Sommervill, of Messrs. Cameron & Sons, jewellers, King Street . He received all his education in Kilmarnock , for the first eleven years at the Academy, and later for two years at the evening classes in the Technical School . Quiet and retiring in disposition, his inclinations lay towards mechanics, and he spent most of his leisure time in making boats and sailing them on the Kay Park Lake in the summer. On leaving school he was apprenticed to the watchmaking trade under his father, and at the same time, as a help to greater proficiency in his calling, he attended the proper classes at the Technical School . In 1915 he enlisted in the A.O.C. at Devonport, and in due course passed through training as a cadet at Rhyl. On receiving his commission he was transferred to the R.S.F., and was sent to France about the middle of 1918. He was all through the fighting which took place when the Germans were being driven out of East Flanders . At Courtrai he was billeted in the schoolhouse, and so delighted was the schoolmaster to see English officers that he unearthed a bottle of wine and other articles which he had hidden away in his garden against the probable advent of the Germans. On his way from Courtrai to Oudenarde he was shot by machine gun fire after the village near Vichte had been almost taken. He was in his twenty-third year .


PRIVATE JOHN LOUDON STEVENS, A.S.C., was the younger son of Mr. David Stevens, Reay, Thurso, so long associated with the Laigh Kirk. Beginning his education at the Academy in North Hamilton Street he remained there a short time after the change in 1898, but, soon rejoined his old friends, James Rome and Joe Wilson, on the hill. As boys of twelve, fired by the South African victories, he and his classmates were ardent recruits of the Cadet Corps when it was raised in 1900, and in time John Stevens attained to the rank of sergeant. On leaving school he trained as a solicitor, and for two years conducted the business of Messrs. Donaldson & Blair, Glasgow, while one partner was ill and the other on military service. He himself had been rejected by the military authorities and his second application bringing only the offer of clerical work in the army he preferred to carry on his civil occupation. On his third, application he was offered and accepted service in the motor transport, and after training was attached to the Australians in France . He was killed on the 11th October, 1917 , when entering Ypres on his return from the front with walking wounded, a service for which he had volunteered. Many of his old schoolfellows will remember his nimble wit which found food for jest at every turn .


SERGEANT GEORGE STRATHDEE, Seaforths, son of Mrs. Strathdee, 32 Craigie Road , Riccarton, attended the Academy for several years. Having served his apprenticeship as an engineer with Messrs. Glenfield & Kennedy, he enlisted shortly after the declaration of war. After a brief training he was sent forward to the fighting line, and was wounded at the battle of Loos. After his recovery he was sent over to France a second time. He was wounded in the Somme offensive on 12th October, 1916 , and later on posted as missing.


2ND LIEUTENANT ANDREW STURROCK, R.S.F., son of Mr. David Sturrock, Mossmark, New Cumnock, entered the Academy in 1907. With the dux medal of New Cumnock School and the Arthur Trust Bursary he had laid the foundations of a career which did not belie its early promise during the six years he was with us. Unassuming by nature, he took a live if unofficial interest in the Literary Society, and his fine musical intuition was invaluable to the Junior Student music class. Proceeding to Glasgow University he joined the O.T.C., and received a commission in the R.S.F. in June, 1915. April, 1916, saw him with his battalion in France , and after having been slightly wounded he fell on July 14th, 1916 , as he led his men toward the German lines. He was only twenty-one years of age .



LIEUTENANT GEORGE STURROCK, R.S.F., born 6th May, 1886 , a son of the late John Sturrock, writer, spent about ten years at the Academy, leaving in 1902 to take up the study of law at Edinburgh University . On passing his final law examination he served for a number of years with Messrs. M‘Grigor, Donald & Co., solicitors, Glasgow , and thereafter started business in Kilmarnock in partnership with Mr. James Robertson. Prompt, methodical, and courteous in all his relations at school, he showed most zeal in games and in the Cadet Corps, of which he was one of the first recruits. Later he was one of the keenest players in the Kilmarnock Rugby Club. When war broke out in 1914 as an officer in the 4th Battalion R.S.F. he volunteered for active service, and proceeded to Gallipoli in 1915. He was one of four officers and nearly one hundred men of the battalion who were reported missing in an attack on the Turkish positions on 12th July, 1915 . None of these officers or men ever returned, and they were later reported killed in action. An early maturity of character and a quiet thoughtfulness for others marked George Sturrock even as a boy, and the self-devotion which led him to his death was in harmony with the unassuming manliness of his life .


PRIVATE QUINTIN JAMES TANNOCK, K.O.S.B., was a pupil in the Academy for two sessions, from 1908 to 1910. He was the son of Mr. Hugh Tannock, Kirklands, Kilmaurs, and after leaving school was engaged in work on the farm. He enlisted in June, 1915, and after three months' training was drafted to the Dardanelles . There he remained until the evacuation of Gallipoli in January, 1916, when his regiment formed the rearguard and was the last to leave. After two months in Egypt he re-entered the fighting line, this time in France . He was posted missing on 26th October, 1916 , and after the lapse of six months was presumed killed .


PRIVATE JAMES KERR, 9th H.L.I., son of Mr. John Kerr, J.P., Muirkirk, was three years in the Higher Grade Department, leaving in 1912. After taking his Intermediate Certificate he entered the Trongate branch of the Clydesdale Bank. He joined the army on 14th September, 1914 , and after seven weeks' training left for France . During the next nine months he took part in much fighting. On 9th July, 1915 , he was killed at the age of nineteen, when about to receive a commission. His short training took place at a time when army material was scarce, and his despatch to the front was so hurried that, as a correspondent writes, “None of his friends even saw him in uniform.”


CAPTAIN ADRIAN C. TAYLOR, M.A., 15th H.L.I., youngest son of Mr. Arch. Taylor, Myrtlebank, Kilmarnock , became pupil at the Academy in 1898, and remained there till 1911, when he went to Glasgow University . Before leaving school he was awarded the Craig medal for excelling in all class subjects and the Fortune medal for the best essay on Alexander Smith. Many of the pupils of that day will remember the visit of “George Umber” to present the prize and the unstinted praise he bestowed on the winner for his literary appreciation and style. To most of his contemporaries, however, the name of Adrian Taylor will be chiefly associated with the Literary Society and the “Gold Berry,” which were his chief hobbies. He was secretary of the Society in 1909-10 and editor of the “Gold Berry” 1910-11, and during his term of office the magazine reached a high level of literary excellence. The Christmas number was unique, and contained articles from many distinguished former pupils. He strove unceasingly to make the Society and the magazine live forces in the school. When the war broke out he had finished his arts course, and had entered on the study of medicine. At the graduation ceremony in October he was one of the first two students to be capped in khaki. He died of wounds at Zuydcoote , France , on 24th September, 1917 , at the age of twenty-five. In the Alexander Smith competition he chose as his nom-de-plume the line “In the armour of a pure intent.” The complete verse, which remained his favourite quotation, seems to epitomize his life and his death.

“I will go forth 'mong men, not mailed in scorn,

But in the armour of a pure intent;

Great duties are before me and great songs,

And whether crowned or crownless when I fall

It matters not, so that God's work is done.”


Kilmarnock - Park Street

Kilmarnock - John Finnie Street


PRIVATE ARTHUR A. THOMSON, A.S.C., was the only son of Mr Thomson, Glebe Road , Kilmarnock . For many years he was an Academy pupil, and finished his education at a boarding school in England . On leaving school he entered the law office of Messrs. J. & J. D. Wyllie, Bank Street , and later the office of the Clan Line Shipping Company, Glasgow. As soon as war was declared he applied to the War Office for enlistment, but owing to a weakness of the right arm his application was turned down. Nothing daunted he applied again and again, till the nation's need was his opportunity. In 1915 he was accepted and joined the R.A., being transferred later to the A.S.C. under the Derby scheme. In September of the same year he was sent out to Sierra Leone in the “ Galway Castle .” When only two days out the vessel was torpedoed by the Germans, and so Arthur Thomson, on his twenty-first birthday, was posted “missing, believed drowned.” One of his fellow-pupils writes, “We have many pleasant memories of Arthur. He was a plucky, helpful classmate, and a happy companion.”


PRIVATE MATTHEW S. THOMSON, Cameronians, was the son of Hugh Thomson, Esq., J.P., Newhouse Farm. He received his first schooling at Crookedholm. He was a game, sporting fighter in the schools' football competition, and was one of the best players in the Crookedholm team. When he left the Academy in 1911 he began to assist in the farm work, and was an expert in the dairy department. In May, 1916, he joined up in the R.F.A., and was afterwards transferred to the Cameronians, with which regiment, after training at Kinghorn and Nigg, he went to France . The very bad winter of 1916-1917 he spent in the trenches. Near Ypres on a Sabbath morning, 27th May, 1917 , he took part in a sortie and was never seen again. “One of the missing”—saddest of tidings to parents in the dark days—was the only report ever received .


LIEUTENANT STEWART ARMOUR THOMSON, South Notts Hussars, died of wounds on 24th September, 1918 , in France , and was buried at Doingt, near Peronne. He was twenty- four years old. A son of Mr. W. F. Thomson, King Street , he had been nine years at the Academy when his family went to London . He entered the service of Morton Bros., stockbrokers, Bartholomew Lane . For two years prior to the war he was in the City of London Yeomanry Rough Riders . On the outbreak of hostilities he volunteered for foreign service, and was soon drafted to Egypt , taking part in the fighting on the Suez Canal and in the desert. On the Yeomanry being dismounted he was transferred to the Dardanelles . Landing at Suvla Bay he took part in the charge across Salt Lake and was wounded on Chocolate Hill. On his recovery he received his commission and proceeded through France to Salonika , where he was engaged in some of the battles in the Shuma Valley . Again in Egypt he assisted in the trek across the desert which brought our forces up to the main Turkish camp at Beersheba and the outskirts of Jerusalem . Later, when so many troops were drawn from Palestine , his regiment enbarked at Alexandria for France . The transport was torpedoed, but Lieutenant Thomson was among those who were picked up and taken back to Alexandria . When he eventually arrived in France he was sent to hospital with malaria. On recovering he was attached to the Machine Gun Corps. He met his death while giving covering fire for an infantry attack .


BOMBARDIER ROBERT THOMSON, R.F.A., son of Mr. R. L. Thomson, fish merchant, left the Academy in 1906 to assist his father in the business. Early in 1917 he enlisted in the R.F.A., and after a brief training was drafted to France . He was immediately sent to the Passchendaele sector, but after only a few days in the firing line was killed by a German shell. His cheerful disposition made him a great favourite among his happy band of associates in Kilmarnock .



PRIVATE PETER TRAVERS, Gordons, was a son of Mr. Edward Travers, 29 Hood Street , Kilmarnock . At school he was of that kind that call out the best in their fellows. In his work at the Academy he gave great promise, and earned the affection of his classfellows by his independent spirit, and of his teachers by his manly attitude to his work and his duty. He was three years at the Academy, leaving in the year 1913. Thereafter, as an apprentice in the Commercial Bank under Mr. Balfour, he was diligent in the pursuit of his business, and was elected an Associate of the Institute of Bankers. He joined the army on the 9th of July, 1916 , and was only four months in France when he was killed at Ypres on the 31st of July, 1917 .


2ND LIEUTENANT ELLIOT D. TURNER, H.L.I., was at Kilmarnock Academy in 1903-04, and was a classmate of Robin Brockie, D. Cameron, J. V. Smellie, and James Wyllie. He finished his education at Sedbergh School in 1910, and was articled to the late Mr. W. Middlemas, solicitor. When war broke out he enlisted in the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion (17th Service Battalion H.L.I.) in September, 1914, and soon became corporal. He went to France in 1915, and was wounded in the Somme Battle in July, 1916. In 1917 he received a commission and was sent to Egypt in January, 1918. Returning to France in April, he was at the front until he was killed in action at Henin Hill on August 24th, 1918 . He was twenty-four years of age. One who knew Elliot Turner intimately speaks with affection of his modest and lovable nature, and in these simple words describes his faithfulness and reliability, “ Elliot was a boy you could trust absolutely to the very end.”


CAPTAIN JOSEPH WILSON, M.C., B.Sc., 6th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action at Pelves, near Arras , 30th November, 1917 . The eldest son of Mr. Joseph Wilson, formerly organist in the Laigh Kirk, he received all his early education at the Academy, gaining the science medal in his final year. Thereafter he followed the engineering course at Glasgow University . After some time with Messrs. Grant, Ritchie & Co., he became inspector of agents for Skepko Ball-bearing Company, Luton , until he joined the army in September, 1914. An old member of the first Cadet Corps and of the 4th R.S.F., he had gained many medals for shooting, and in 1911 had been in the King's Hundred at Bisley. He captained the 15th Division team in shooting for Kitchener 's Army at Aldershot , and was top scorer of his team. His training in England as private, corporal, sergeant lasted till July, 1915. At Loos, September, 1915, he was awarded the Military Cross for “collecting and rallying stragglers and leading them through troops of another division who were returning. With these men he remained in the most advanced position during the night.” He was twice mentioned in despatches, and was acting G.S.O. on the 15th Division Staff when he was killed. He was thirty years old at his death, and is survived by a widow and one daughter. Though his school days were long past he was no stranger at the Academy, where his geniality and ready wit always ensured him a welcome among his old teachers and school-fellows .


CAPTAIN A. INGLIS WYLLIE, R.S.F., was the youngest son of Mr. Andrew Wylie, Enrick, London Road . He left Kilmarnock Academy in 1913, where he had received all his education, and went to Messrs. Arthur & Co., Ltd., Glasgow , to gain experience before joining his father in business. Having joined the army and undergone training in Ireland and elsewhere, he received a commission in the 4th R.S. F. He was later transferred to the tanks and went to France in January, 1918. In March, 1918, he was gazetted captain, but fell in the “great battle” of 2nd September, 1918, near Vaux Vraicourt, at the age of twenty-one. A keen footballer at school Inglis represented his battallon—2/4 R.S.F.—in the regimental football team. He flung himself into the army life with a sort of boyish glee, and the very day before his death spoke happily of the idea of “going over the top” as a new and stirring adventure.

“Here, a boy, he dwelt through all the singing season,

And ere the day of sorrow, departed as he came."


Kilmarnock - Glencairn Square

Kilmarnock - Waterloo Street


LIEUTENANT ANDREW YATES YOUNG, R.S.F., the youngest son of Mr. Alexander Young, Muirhouse, Crosshouse, attended Crosshouse Public School for three years before entering the Academy. While there he had as class-fellows Andrew Gibb, Dundonald, his lifelong friend, Bertie Innes, and Robert, now Dr. Lindsay. Fond of athletics, he was a successful competitor at the annual school sports. After his apprenticeship in the “ Glenfield,” he took the full use in engineering at the Glasgow Technical College , and secured the dliploma of A.G.T.C. On completion of his training he was employed by the British Electric Plant Company at Alloa, and at the same time did excellent work as a lecturer on electrical engineering in the evening classes of Alloa Academy . He enlisted in the R.E. towards the end of 1914, and received a commission shortly afterwards. Training in military schools at Norwich and Fort Matilda on the Clyde followed in quick succession. He saw much active service and was less than three months in France when word came of his death. In an appreciation written soon after, the O.C. said :—“ Lieutenant Young was in command of a company at the time, and had been doing extraordinarily well and I have recommended him to H.Q. for his gallant conduct."


PRIVATE ROBERT YOUNG, Seaforths, was the youngest son of the late Mr. Robert Young, of the Glenfield; the eldest member of the family being Miss Kate—afterwards Mrs. James Barr—at one time teacher in the infant department of the Academy. He was a pupil of the Academy for six years, but not being “fond of books” he left at the age of fifteen, and entered the office of Messrs. James Finlay & Son, where he remained about a year. Deciding to follow the trade of his father he was apprenticed at the “Glenfield,” where he worked till the beginning of the war. He joined the Seaforths, and was sent for training to Cromarty. After spending the winter there he was despatched to France early in 1915. As soon as he arrived in France he was sent into the firing line, and was wounded at La Bassée. “Blighted” in May, on arrival at Boulogne the first news he received was of the sinking of the “ Lusitania ” by the Germans, on board of which were Mr. and Mrs. James Barr, whom he expected to see when he reached home. After spending three months in hospital at Beckenham he was again in action in France , and a chest wound sent him back to Cromarty for convalescence. This “beautiful wound” kept him eight months in Scotland , after which he was again in France and again in the fighting line. “Wounded” was the first word which reached his mother after details of the battle of the Somme came through, but “missing” was all she ever knew of her son .


R.S.M. JAMES YOUNG, D.C.M., R.S.F., was an old Academy boy, leaving the school in North Hamilton Street about the year 1887. He was by profession a soldier, and joined the R.S.F. when little more than sixteen years of age. At the time of his death he had served his country in different parts of the world for the long period of 32 years. He was in India for several years, went through the South African campaign, and was engaged at the headquarters of the 4th R.S.F. at Kilmarnock when war broke out. With the regiment he went through the arduous campaign in the Gallipoli Peninsula , and with it passed on to service in Egypt and Palestine . He earned the D.C.M. “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a lengthy period of operations; he performed particularly distinguished service upon one special occasion in maintaining the supply of ammunition until he was wounded; he has continuously set a splendid example to all.” Sergeant-Major Young died at sea on board an hospital ship on the 29th of January, 1917 . Smartness and exactness characterised all his work. He was loyal and faithful in his friendships, while his geniality and kindness won him favours with all ranks .