Roll of Honour

Private

Charles Edwin Whittet

Student

Charles Edwin Whittet was born on the 27th October 1896 (his twin brother Alfred Gordon Whittet sadly passed away in 1897) at 86 Hill Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. His father James Whittet was an India Rubber Merchant, and his mother, Maria Whittet (née McKenna), married on the 29th June 1887 in Kirkintilloch. The family later lived at 27 Scott Street, Garnethill in Glasgow. Charles set out to be a doctor and at 18, he entered the Medical Faculty at Glasgow in the autumn of 1915, enrolling in the classes of Zoology and Chemistry. He also joined the Officer Training Corps, a commitment that had become a requirement for medical students of enlistment age.

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

By the end of 1915 students in their senior years in Medicine were to be encouraged to complete their medical courses before enlisting, a recognition that keeping up the supply of qualified doctors was essential to meet the needs of both the army and the civilian population. But the rules introduced in November 1915 did not apply to students in the first three years. They were encouraged to enlist.

Trooper Charles Edwin Whittet joined the Lanarkshire Yeomanry. He served as a Private with the 7th/8th Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Private Charles Edwin Whittet was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme on the 15th September 1916, just a year after starting his medical course. He is remembered, aged 19, at Thiepval, among the 72,000 officers and men with no known grave. News of his death would be sent to his parents at 13 Huntly Gardens, Glasgow. Towards the end of the war, in 1918, students with even one year of medical school behind them could apply to return to their studies.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records (GUAS Ref: R8/5/36/5.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register