Roll of Honour

Captain

Eoin Leitch

BSc

Eoin Leitch was born on the 23rd September 1891 in Greenock, Renfrewshire. He was the son of John Leitch, a Sugar Merchant, and his wife Jessee. The family lived at 15 Ardgowan Square in Greenock. Eoin came to the University in 1909 to study for a Bachelor of Science degree.

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

His principal subject was Chemistry but he also took Mathematics, Geology and Natural Philosophy. In session 1912-1913, he studied concurrently at the Royal Technical College, now the University of Strathclyde. Under a scheme of affiliation between the Royal Technical College and the University of Glasgow, students aiming for a University degree in science or engineering were permitted to take a proportion of their classes at the College. Eoin enrolled at the College for a summer course in Mathematics, plus evening classes in Organic Chemistry and Mathematics, gaining a second-class certificate of merit for the latter. He graduated BSc from the University of Glasgow on the 20th June 1913.

Having joined the Officers’ Training Corps at the University, Eoin was commissioned in 1911 in the Territorial Force. On the outbreak of war he became a Lieutenant in the 5th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and left Greenock for Gallipoli in May 1915. He was subsequently invalided home and trained troops but returned to France in 1917 as a Captain attached to the 11th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Captain Eoin Leitch was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele on the 31st July 1917, aged 25. His battalion was ordered to deploy a defensive flank between the 15th and 8th Divisions along the railway line. It is recorded that:

"The support Company, under Captain E Leitch, realizing the 8th Division were not in line successfully formed a defensive flank. With this attempt, to touch personally with Battalion on right, Captain Leitch was himself killed, a real loss to the Battalion."

He left behind his wife, Margaret Alexander Graham and one child. They had married on the 7th December 1915 at the Mid Parish Church in Greenock. Captain Eoin Leitch is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium, and on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College of Glasgow.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

Biographical information: Records of the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education - now the University of Strathclyde). Inf