Roll of Honour

Sergeant

William Davie

Military Medal

Student

William Davie was born in Alexandria to Mary Jane Partington. His father, also named William, was a merchant. In 1909 he came to the University of Glasgow to study the arts, although his matriculation slip suggests he wanted to study Law as this is crossed out. In this year he took History and Latin. In 1912 he was finally able to study Law. He turned out to be reasonably good at the subject, winning a prize for being 'Eminently Distinguished' in Conveyancing and a certificate of merit in International Private Law.

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

Instead of going on to graduate and become a lawyer, William enlisted in the army upon the outbreak of war in August 1914. He was killed at the Battle of the Somme and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. He was later awarded a Military Cross.