Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

James Cossar


James Cossar was born on the 12th January 1894 in Strathblane, Stirlingshire, to William Brown Cossar and Margaret Gordon Cossar (nee Ballingall), who married on the 13th September 1892, also in Strathblane. His father worked as a quarry foreman, and the family lived at Yew Cottage in Cambusbarron, by Stirling. He attended Stirling High School and was Lieutenant of the 1st Ninians Company Boys' Brigade.

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He won the Adamson's Bursary, awarded by the Carnegie Committee in 1913 and came to the University of Glasgow. Although it appears that he intended to take a BSc, he started off by taking Science subjects on the MA course. He took both Higher Mathematics and Chemistry, winning a certificate in the latter. He also enrolled concurrently for teacher training at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. He never finished the course, the College student register indicating that he joined up on the 19th July 1915.

James had been a member of the Officer Training Corps since 1914 and, after enlisting, was gazetted to the Highland Light Infantry. In May 1916 he was sent to France, where he died of wounds on the 16th August 1916, aged 22. 2nd Lieutenant James Cossar is buried in the St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, northern France. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers.