Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

David Forsyth


David Forsyth was born on the 27th October 1886 in Govanhill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, son of William and Mary Forsyth of Monaruadh, Lochbrae Drive, Burnside, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. David went to Fettes College in Edinburgh in 1899 at the age of 12 before studying at the University of Glasgow between 1909-1912.

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He was a brilliant Divinity student, who won prizes in Hebrew, Church History, Arabic, Aramaic, Divinity and Biblical Criticism, culminating in winning the McFarlan and Cook Testimonial Prize in his final year of study in 1912. This prize was founded in 1847 in memory of Duncan Macfarlan, Principal of the University of Glasgow from 1823 to 1858, and George Cook, Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of St Andrews. It is available to matriculated students in the Faculty of Divinity who are members of the Church of Scotland, and awarded annually to the most distinguished candidate in Greek, Moral Philosophy, Hebrew, Ecclesiastical History and Divinity.

David was appointed Assistant in Hebrew at the University of Glasgow in 1914, however, at the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Bn. (Blythswood Battalion) Highland Light Infantry on the 28th May 1915.

David Forsyth died on the 17th June 1915, aged 28, and is buried in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission-maintained grave in Rutherglen Cemetery.

Comments and Citations

Biography: Records of the University of Glasgow Registry

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