Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Gavin Lawson


Gavin Lawson was born on 16th October 1890. His father, also named Gavin, worked as a station master and the family lived in Station House, Maryville in Uddingston. Gavin attended Uddingston Grammar School.

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

In 1908 Gavin came to the University of Glasgow to study for a degree in the arts. He took History and Political Economy, winning a class prize in the latter. He also won two first class certificates for Greek and a certificate of distinction in Humanity. On 16th November 1912 he graduated MA with 2nd Class Honours in Classics.

In October 1914, Gavin enrolled for teacher training at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. He intended to become a teacher of Classics, but war intervened and he never completed his course.

During his time at university Gavin was a member of the Officer Training Corps and in December 1914, not long after enrolling in teacher training, he was gazetted to the Cameronians. He died in Egypt on 4th August 1916, aged 26 and is remembered on the Kantara War Memorial.