Roll of Honour


William Sandilands Brown


William Sandilands Brown was born in Bellahouston, Glasgow on 20th October 1891. He was the son of the Very Reverend Dr Brown of Bellahouston Parish Church, and Margaret Brown. William was the second son of the couple, and he had three brothers - John, George and Harold. William attended Bellahouston Academy and the High School of Glasgow, where he was both an excellent student and an brilliant sportsman. He was heavily involved in athletics, winning prizes such as the School Championship Cup.

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

William joined the University of Glasgow in 1909, where he matriculated as an Arts student. He was awarded the King William's Bursary of £15 a year, which would likely have paid his fees and other expenses for his time at University. In William's first year he studied Latin and Greek, followed in his second with classes in Maths, Logic, and English. In his final year he studied English and Political Economy, and completed University without the need for a single resit. William's interest in sports also continued during his time at University, where he gained distinction as an athlete - especially in hurdle racing. He was also a member of the University's Cricket Club for three years, and won prizes in University and Inter-University Sports. He was awarded full Sports Blues for Athletics in 1911. He graduated on the 18th June 1912 with an MA.

Having graduated from Glasgow, William joined Edinburgh University to study Law, and served an apprenticeship with the firm Melville & Lindsay. After the outbreak of war, he joined the 15th Royal Scots as a private, and within seven months had been commissioned to the 3rd North Staffordshire Regiment.

In 1916, William was sent on active service to France, where he was attached to the 1st Battalion as Lewis Gun Officer. In the summer of 1917, he was sent as instructor in Machine Gunnery to the 2nd Army School of Instruction at Wisque. After a year there here was transferred to the King's Own Scottish Borderers, where he was given command of the company. Ten days later Lieutenant William Sandilands Brown was killed during the capture of Uniform Farm. He is buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery.

William's three brothers all fell in the war, and all four are remembered on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour.