Roll of Honour

Captain

Thomas Paterson Wingate

BSc

Thomas Paterson Wingate was born on 7th February 1875 in Partick, Lanarkshire. He was the only son of Paterson Wingate, a Glasgow Shipbuilder and Engineer (retired by 1891), and Jessie Crawford Wingate (nee Murray), who were residing at 18 Westbourne Terrace, Glasgow by 1891. Thomas was educated at Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow.

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Thomas came to the University of Glasgow in 1891 to study a variety of subjects. He graduated with a BSc in 1897 although did not matriculate from 1895 and perhaps only took exams after this point. He was living at 14 Westbourne Terrace, Glasgow, whilst at University.

Thomas was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the 2nd Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers, then in India, 4th May 1898. He was promoted to Lieutenant on the 21st April 1900, and Captain on the 24th January 1906. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, with the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Captain Wingate was Mentioned in Despatches, (London Gazette, 8th February 1901), and received the Queen's Medal (2 clasps) and the King's Medal (two clasps).

After this war, Captain Wingate joined his regiment in India and returned with it to Glasgow. Between March 1912 and March 1915 he was Adjutant to the 3rd (Reserve) Bn. stationed in Berwick-on-Tweed, and in Portland after mobilisation in August 1914.

He was posted to France on the 16th March 1915 in charge of a draft for the 2nd Bn., part of the first Expeditionary Force (13th Brigade, 5th Division). Captain Thomas Paterson Wingate was killed on the second day of fighting at the Battle of Hill 60, south of Ypres, on 18th April 1915. He is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (now Ieper), Belgium.

The commanding officer of the 2nd Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers wrote:

"He was such a brilliant soldier and made a good comrade in every way. His loss is a great loss for the regiment, and the Army can ill afford to lose such as he was. Hill 60 has indeed taken a heavy toll on this regiment."

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, 1914-1919, p382.

Memorial Place: Commonweal