Roll of Honour


William Thornton Bird

Mentioned in Despatches


William Thornton Bird was born in Glasgow on the 1st April 1882 to Eliza and Robert and lived at 5 Park Grove Terrace, Glasgow. William was educated at the High School of Glasgow before coming to the University of Glasgow.

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

He studied English Literature at the University for one year between 1899-1900. He was a day student of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College (GWSTC - now the University of Strathclyde) for three years, attending from session 1899-1900 to session 1901-1902. In his first year, he enrolled for a Chemical Laboratory course and for Inorganic Chemistry lectures. In session 1900-1901 he continued his studies of Inorganic Chemistry and also took theoretical and practical courses in Organic Chemistry, and in session 1901-1902 he again studied Organic Chemistry, along with a course on Oils and Fats.

The GWSTC student registers record no occupation for Bird during his first two years, but in session 1901-1902 he is listed as a Clerk (presumably employed in his father’s business based on West Regent Street, 'Robert A Bird & Co, Oil and Colour Merchants', where he eventually became partner).

Major William Thornton Bird joined the 7th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and was Mentioned in Despatches. He died on the 12th July 1915, aged 33, at Gallipoli. Major William Thornton Bird is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, and is buried in the Cathcart Cemetery, Glasgow.

Comments and Citations

Records of the University of Glasgow Registry.

Records of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College (GWSTC - now the University of Strathclyde). Information provided by Dr Anne Cameron, Archives Assistant, University of Str