Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

William Galbraith King

Student

William Galbraith King was the youngest son of David King, Justice of the Peace (JP), 'Tigh-Ruadh', Possilpark (Messrs David King & Sons Ltd, Keppoch Iron Works). He was educated at Glasgow High School, where he developed a considerable athletic talent. He was especially keen on rugby, and played for the school first XV in the 1913-1914 season, earning his 'cap'. He was an enthusiastic scout with the 1st Glasgow Troop, and joined the University OTC when he went up to study Medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1914. He enrolled for classes in Zoology and Chemistry, but had no time to test his academic mettle before war broke out and he was gazetted to the 8th Bn. Royal Fusiliers in January 1915.

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

After excellent service in the early days at Maryhill Barracks, he was posted abroad, attached to the 9th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers. Early in November 1915 he was attached to the 1st Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers and sailed for Gallipoli. He took part in both evacuations - Suvla and Cape Helles. Afterwards he saw service in Egypt (Suez and the Sinai desert). Leaving Egypt with his Division (29th), he next saw service on the Western Front. On the 6th July 1916, 2nd Lieutenant William Galbraith King was killed instantaneously while speaking to a wounded man. He was nineteen years old. 2nd Lieutenant William Galbraith King is buried at the Philosophe British Cemetery in Mazingarbe, France.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry Records

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour Records (GUAS Ref: Ch 4/4/2/3/731)

Obituary: The High School of Glasgow: the book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jac