Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

James Hunter Lawrie

James Hunter Lawrie was born on the 27th July 1896 to Margaret Lawrie and her husband Ephraim, a slater and plasterer. James had four siblings: Andrew (born in 1891), Jane (born in 1893), Catherine (born in 1895) and Ephraim (born in 1899), and the family lived at 27 St. Mungo Street, Glasgow.

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Following school, he became an apprentice civil engineer with the firm of Kyle, Dennison & Laing. In session 1914-1915, James also enrolled as an evening student of the Royal Technical College, forerunner of the University of Strathclyde. By this time, he was living at 317 Onslow Drive. The student register records his occupation as ‘Civil Engineer’ and his subjects of study as Mathematics, Mechanics Lectures and Mechanics Laboratory. These comprised the first-year curriculum of the five-year course for the Certificate in Civil Engineering. However, war intervened and James was never to complete his studies.

As a member of the Officers Training Corps at the University of Glasgow, he was commissioned into the 3rd Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers. He landed in France with the 7th/8th Bn. of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers on the 11th May 1916. The 7th/8th Bn. previously fought in the Battle of Loos in 1915, and also participated in the Battles of Ponzieres, Flers-Courcelette, and Le Transloy in 1916.

2nd Lieutenant James Hunter Lawrie was killed in action on the 9th August 1916 at the age of 20. He is buried in Dartmoor Cemetery, where his headstone bears the inscription: ‘He died for us’. He is also memorialised in the Glasgow Necropolis, and on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College, Glasgow.

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Burial Place: Commonwealth Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register