Roll of Honour


William John Peden


William John Peden was born in Barony, Glasgow, Lanarkshire in 1888, son of Maria and William Peden who lived at 73 Springburn Road in Glasgow. His father was Superintendent of the local corporation laundry.

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William attended Albert School in Springburn, and on leaving school became a Missionary for the St James’s United Free Church in London Road. To further his studies in 1915 he enrolled at the University and studied English and Moral Philosophy.

William enlisted in 1916 as a Private in the 1st Bn. Cameron Highlanders. While on active service, Private William John Peden contracted meningitis and died on the 8th March 1917, aged 29, at the No. 12 Stationary Hospital situated on a racecourse on the outskirts of the town of St Pol, north west of Arras. He is buried in the St Pol Communal Cemetery extension.

His parents and family inserted a notice in the local newspaper, which ended with the following quotation:

“Some day we hope to meet him

Some day we know not when

To clasp his hand in the Better Land

Never to part again

‘Tis sweet to know we’ll meet again

When partings are no more

And that the one we love so well

Is only gone before”

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead