Roll of Honour

Lance Corporal

James Lindsay Brown


James Lindsay Brown was born on 3 July 1894 at 134 Pollok Street, Glasgow. His parents, Donald Brown, a Fire Insurance Surveyor, and Sarah Campbell Lindsay had three children - Hector, James and Fiona - and the family subsequently lived at 15 Waverley Gardens in Crossmyloof, on the south side of Glasgow. James was educated at Shawlands Academy, followed by Allan Glen’s School for boys, which specialised in the teaching of science and engineering and was part of the Royal Technical College of Glasgow. The latter reveals he was a talented individual - Allan Glen’s was reputably selective in choosing its students.

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

In 1912, he went on to become an evening student of the Royal Technical College, which is now the University of Strathclyde. The College register records James’s occupation as ‘Engineer’ and his subjects of study as Mechanics Lectures, Mechanics Laboratory, and Motive Power Engineering. He did particularly well in the latter subject, gaining a first-class certificate of merit.

James enrolled at the University of Glasgow in 1913, at the age of nineteen. His decision to study Marine Engineering may have stemmed from his time at Allan Glen’s - the school was particularly focused on the sciences and engineering. In his first year of study, he took a range of classes: Mathematics, Physical Laboratory, Chemistry, Mechanical Drawing, and Natural Philosophy. In all of these, he succeeded; but in some, he excelled. In Chemistry, he was awarded a certificate of merit; for his work in Engineering, he claimed the third prize; and in Ordinary Physical Laboratory, he was awarded a first-class certificate. It is clear that James was a very promising student.

Following the outbreak of war, James enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 17th Bn. Highland Light Infantry. His rank was a Lance Corporal. This battalion was part of the 32nd Division of the Fourth Army, and was involved in the Battle of Albert, the first offensive of the Battle of the Somme. On this first day of July, 1916, James was recorded as missing, presumed killed. This would not be confirmed until March of the following year. He was twenty-one.

James is commemorated in two places around the university: on the Roll of Honour in the University Chapel and on another which remembers the Faculty of Engineering’s fallen (a plaque now located in the James Watt Building). He is also remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College. A memorial in Shawlands Academy bears the name ‘Lindsay Brown’and Allan Glen’s School also remembers James on their memorial. Lastly, James appears on the St Columba’s Church Roll of Honour which was presumably his local parish.