Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

John Hamilton Dickson

John Hamilton Dickson was one of a successful class that included Captain George Melven Harley, Bertie Christison, and F B Davidson. He was described in the Hillhead High School Memorial Album:

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

"He was a pupil of rare promise. Nature had showered her gifts upon him - vigour of body, strength of character, keenness of mind. To these he added industry and perseverance. At school he was an enthusiastic Cadet, and has left the reputation of being the best bugler the corps ever had. He had, indeed, a passion for music, and for many years was rarely found absent from the orchestral concerts. On leaving school he enrolled as a student at the University and the Dental Hospital, and at the close of the session 1914-1915 he graduated as LDS.

Immediately war broke out he was posted to the 1st Camerons, and was probably the first of the schoolboys to see actual fighting in France. The story of it cannot be better described than in the simple words of a private soldier of his company;

"I saw Mr Dickson early in the fight advance from the firing line and carry a private of the regiment on his back, under fire, to cover behind a haystack. He was then wounded slightly on the head. I saw him later bandaging a Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards who was wounded on the right forearm. He then advanced with about a dozen men, and I saw him get wounded with a bit of shell."

This happened on the 14th September 1914, and the gallant John Hamilton Dickson was later reported as "killed in action". "

 

Comments and Citations

Obituary: Hillhead High School War Memorial Volume (War Memorial Committee, 1921)

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of H