Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Alexander Fulton


Alexander Fulton was born on 23 May 1894 to Charles and Mary Fulton. His father was a chair maker and the family lived at Janefield Place in Beith, Ayrshire.

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Alexander was educated at Speir’s School, where he took the Junior Student’s Certificate course. He completed this in 1912, obtaining Higher grade passes in English, History, Geography, Mathematics, Latin and Greek, and Lower grade passes in Science and Drawing. He clearly enjoyed his time at school and was a prominent member of the Old Spierians Football Team after he left.

In 1912 he came to the University of Glasgow to study for an arts degree, graduating on 21st June 1915. He was a good student, particularly in Philosophy, winning first class certificates in Logic and Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy. During his time at university he was on the four-year ‘University Students’ course at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. Alexander studied concurrently for his degree at the University of Glasgow whilst taking professional classes at the College. However, he did not complete this part of his course, the College register indicating that he withdrew in session 1913-1914.

During the First World War, Second Lieutenant Alexander Fulton served with the 13th Battalion Royal Scots, having been a member of the Officer Training Corps whilst a student. He was killed in action at the Somme on 19 August 1916, aged 22, and is buried in the Becourt Military Cemetery at Becordel-Becourt. His headstone reads:

"The parting was so bitter the meeting will be sweet when, our dear one, we meet"

He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers and the University of Glasgow.