Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Dixon Park Seath Provand

Student

The Provand family came originally from Greenock. Dixon’s father, William Seath Provand, went in to the Ministry. His uncle Dixon, after whom he was named, became an Engineer in Chile. The Reverend Provand and his wife Mary settled in Glasgow where Dixon was born in 1894. His brother Ninian was born three years later, on 22nd December 1897. The brothers later attended the University of Glasgow together and served in the Great War. Ninian served in the Royal Navy and survived. Dixon served in the 19th Bn. London Regiment and was killed at the Somme.

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

Dixon’s early education was at Albert Road Academy. He went up to University in 1912 and enrolled in Ordinary Mathematics. Returning for a second year in the autumn of 1913 he enrolled in Moral Philosophy and Latin. He stayed long enough to pass his degree exam in Moral Philosophy but his sights were set on more urgent matters and he was quick to enlist as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps in September 1914.

Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 19th Bn. London Regiment in November 1915 he went to the Western Front in June 1916. 2nd Lieutenant Dixon Park Seath Provand was killed in the thick of a fierce action at High Wood on the Somme. The Major in command wrote that he was killed outright when he was gallantly leading his men. His commanding officer and company commander also fell. 2nd Lieutenant Provand was buried at the London Cemetery, High Wood. He is remembered on the Albert Road Academy War memorial and Pollockshields Church Book of Remembrance. He was 22.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry records (GUAS Ref: R8/3/33/6, R8/5/34/6).

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Hono