Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

William Barr


William Barr was born in 1893, in Larkhall, Lanarkshire to Marion and William Barr of Barr & Sons, Coalmasters. The family lived in Kelvinside, on Westbourne Gardens. William attended the High School of Glasgow where he was a prominent rugby player.

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

After leaving school, he served an engineering apprenticeship with James Howden. He also enrolled for evening studies at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College (known from 1912 as the Royal Technical College), forerunner of the University of Strathclyde. In session 1909-1910, William took evening classes in Mathematics, Mechanics and Mechanics Laboratory; in 1910-1911 he studied Motive Power Engineering; in 1911-1912 he enrolled for Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Laboratory; in 1912-1913, he studied Electrical Engineering, Motive Power Engineering and Motive Power Engineering Laboratory, and in 1913-1914 he took further classes in Electrical Engineering and Motive Power Engineering. By that time, he was living at 35 Westbourne Gardens in Kelvinside.

In 1914, William enrolled at the University of Glasgow with a view to obtaining a BSc in Engineering. He took classes in Natural Philosophy, Mathematics, Chemistry, Laboratory and Engineering Drawing, but never completed his degree. Upon the outbreak of war he joined the army and received a commission in the 13th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers. He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal during his service. In some sources his date of death is given as 13th July, but this is far from certain and the Commonwealth Graves Commission gives the dates 11th-18th July 1916. He is buried in the Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, plot 1, row B, grave 40. His headstone reads:

"To memory dear"

2nd Lieutenant William Barr was 25 years old and married to Jane Forsyth Pollock. He is remembered on the World War One memorial plaque at Glasgow High School and on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College.

Comments and Citations

Biography: Additional information and image provided by Tom Lang. Further information provided by the University of Strathclyde Archives.

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry Records.

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