Roll of Honour

Lieutenant Colonel

William Sandilands Harrison


William Sandilands Harrison was born 15th March 1872 in Hawes, Yorkshire. William was one of ten children, born to Jonathan Atkinson Harrison (1843-1905), a General Practitioner and Justice of the Peace, and Margaret Harrison (nee Whitaker) (1847-1916), residing in Haslingden, near Manchester, Lancashire, England. They had married on the 8th December 1869. William's father had also studied Medicine at the University of Glasgow, graduating MB CM (1867) and MD (1870).

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Aged only fifteen, in 1887 William followed in his father's footsteps and started his studies in Medicine at the University of Glasgow. He was a successful student and won two first class certificates, one for Midwifery and the other in Pathology. He also won a prize in Diseases of Women. William graduated MB CM from the University of Glasgow on 2nd March 1893.

William had married Edith Emma Harrison (nee Bennell) in 1901, and had three children, Margaret, John and Barbara. They were living in Lambeth, London, England prior to the war. During the First World War he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps. William returned to Haslingden, near Manchester, where he died on 12th April 1915.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register