Roll of Honour

Lieutenant

Robert Wallace Lees

Robert Wallace Lees’ connection to the University was through the Officer Training Corps, in whose ranks he served as a cadet officer from 1912 to 1914. His older brother, James Wallace Lees, was a student in the Faculty of Arts from 1910 to 1914. Robert was the third son of Captain Robert and Mrs Agnes Lees. At one time the family had been resident in India and James’s matriculation details disclose that he was born at Jamalpur. Later, however, the family lived at Ferguson Avenue, Milngavie.

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

On the 14th November 1914 Robert took a commission into the Royal Scots Fusileers. He was transferred to the King's Own Scottish Borderers after the battle of Loos, as a 2nd Lieutenant. There is a photograph of Lees with British and French officers who were probably participants in a joint training course around January 1916 in Gosnay, France.

Robert fought at the Battle of the Somme where he was killed on the 3rd September, 1916. He is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial. He was twenty three.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

Biography: Email correspondence with Victor Wallwork. Robert Wallace Lees was his wife's great uncle.

London Gazette, 16 November 1914.

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