Trooper John Watt Jack

Biography of Trooper John Watt Jack

John Watt Jack was born on 5th January 1894 in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. His father, William Jack, was a master draper and his mother was Jessie Jack, nee Watt.

The family moved to Gowanfold in Old Kilpatrick and John attended Clydebank School, before enrolling at the University of Glasgow in 1912 to study for a BSc in Engineering. In his matriculation slip for the year 1912-1913, John lists his term time address as Dalnair Street, and his home address as Queen Street, Peterhead. By 1913, he had left the University of Glasgow and began working as a draughtsman. In session 1913-1914, he enrolled for evening classes at the Royal Technical College of Glasgow, forerunner of the University of Strathclyde. He took four subjects and was a good student, achieving a first-class certificate of merit for Naval Architecture I and second-class certificates of merit for Naval Architecture Drawing I and Mechanics: Strength of Materials. He also studied Mechanics of Structures, but did not return to the College in the following session, war having intervened.

During the war John served as a Trooper with the Scottish Horse Battalion, attached to the Black Watch. Trooper John Watt Jack was killed in action on 4th October 1918, aged 25. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, and is buried in Peterhead Cemetery.


Trooper John Watt Jack
Rank: Trooper
Regiment: Scottish Horse
Degree: Student
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