Roll of Honour


George Little Sommerville

George Little Somerville was born on the 16th August 1893, the younger son of James Sommerville of Ardvar, Lansdowne Avenue, Anniesland and attended Hillhead High School. At school he did very well in Science and Mathematics, and excelled in sport.

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

He was a keen Cadet, and on leaving school transferred to the University OTC (Senior Section). Prior to the war he was an analytical chemist in the employment of Messrs Brotherton & Co, Glasgow and Leeds.

When the call to service came he responded instantly, joining Lochiel's Camerons as a Private. Through his OTC connection he was soon offered a commission. He saw much service and gained rapid promotion, being gazetted Captain shortly before his death. He was wounded at Ypres and Loos, and had briefly returned to France for the third time when he fell in an attack on the German trenches at the Somme on the 16th August 1916, his twenty-third birthday. His commanding officer said:

"I came to look upon your son as a brave and capable soldier, and I promoted him to command a company only the other day. He possessed the courage and coolness characteristic of his nationality."

Captain George Little Somerville is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Comments and Citations

Obituary: Hillhead High School War Memorial Volume (War Memorial Committee, 1921)

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commis