Roll of Honour


David Thomas Crichton Frew


David Thomas Crichton Frew was born on 30th July 1887 at Edzell, a small village that snuggles peacefully among the hills of North Forfarshire. The first seven years of his life were spent in Arbroath. He came with his parents, David Allison Frew (1846-1927) and Anne Elizabeth Frew (née Berrey) (1847-1929), to Glasgow in 1894, and was sent first to Woodside, afterwards Albany Academy, and later to the High School of Glasgow. He entered the latter in 1899, and left it for the University in 1905. He entered whole-heartedly into all the school activities: was a cadet, an active member of the literary club, and an enthusiastic football player.

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

At the University he won the Rainy Bursary, was medallist in several classes, gaining First Class Certificates in Anatomy, Physiology, Materia Medica and Therapeutics (Medal), Practical Pharmacy, Pathology, Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health, Surgery, and a Commendation Certificate in Operative Surgery. He graduated MB ChB with Honours in 1911, taking first place among those who graduated in July.

In addition he contributed his course verses to the University Magazine, and took a great interest in University cricket. After graduating he spent several months in the Glasgow Maternity Hospital as Outdoor Surgeon. Then he was for twelve months in the Western Infirmary, first as House Physician and then as House Surgeon.

David joined the Royal Army Medical Corps early in 1915, and went to France in June 1915. He was wounded in September 1915. Subsequently he acted as Medical Officer to the London Rifle Brigade. Captain David Thomas Crichton Frew died on the 29th September 1916, aged 29, while on leave, in Farnham, Surrey, south-west of Aldershot, after an operation for appendicitis. His home address was given as 9 Burnbank Terrace, Glasgow, and he is buried in the Glasgow Western Necropolis.