Roll of Honour

Private

William Kemp Low

Student

William Kemp Low was born in Glasgow on 8 May 1892, to Peter and Janet Low. His father was a blacksmith and the family lived at 40 Claremont Street. William was educated at Kent Road Higher Grade Public School, where he achieved Lower Grade passes in Latin, French and Drawing, Higher Grade passes in English, Mathematics and Experimental Science, and qualified for the Junior Student’s Certificate. In 1910 he enrolled at the University of Glasgow where, over a four year period, he took classes in Mathematics, Natural Philosophy (Physics), Chemistry, Geography and Geology. From 1912-1914, William also studied concurrently at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde, to qualify as a primary school teacher. Having gained the Teacher’s General Certificate, he was appointed to Rockvilla Primary School in Glasgow from 1 September 1914.

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William Kemp Low served as a Private in the 9th Battalion (Glasgow Highlanders) Highland Light Infantry. He was killed on the 15th July 1916, aged 24, on the first day of the Battle of Delville Wood as part of a general series of engagements known as the Battle of Bazentin Ridge. He died on the same day as fellow Glasgow students, Charles Gage Watt and John Brown, who also fought in the battle.

Private William Kemp Low is buried at the battle site in Delville Wood Cemetery. He is also commemorated on the Jordanhill Teacher Training College Memorial, and the Glasgow Education Authority Memorial to teachers, which now resides in their John Street Office.

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With thanks to the University of Strathclyde Archives.