Captain William Boyd Jack

Biography of Captain William Boyd Jack

Captain William Boyd Jack (1881-1918) was a graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1900-1905, 1908, and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War. He was born on the 7 March 1881 in East Lothian, Scotland. His parents - Alexander and Elizabeth Jack - lived in the town of Longniddry based in Haddingtonshire, East Lothian.

William attended Glasgow High School before commencing in 1900 “a distinguished career” as a student of medicine at the University of Glasgow. He graduated with an M.B., Ch.B. in 1905. During his five undergraduate years he earned high marks in nearly all of his subjects, notably in Physiology, Clinical Surgery, Practice of Medicine and Clinical Medicine. He was also a regular prize-winner in classes such as Surgery and Pathology, whilst in Embryology he was awarded a prize microscope. He later went on to gain an M.D. in absentia on the 12 November 1908, for work on a series of neuritis cases, (his thesis is entitled ‘Neuritis: clinical and pathological study’).

After graduation William went on to become an honorary surgeon at Westmoreland County Hospital, a police surgeon at Kendal, and a poor-law surgeon for several districts in South Westmoreland. He went to France in May 1916 as a member of the R.A.M.C. In June 1918 he was gassed but shortly returned to the Front following recovery. He died from wounds at the age of 38 on the 11 October 1918. He is buried in France at the Memorial Cemetery of Fresnoy-le-Grand.


Captain William Boyd Jack
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps - 5th Leicestershire Regiment
Degree: MD
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1073
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/108a


Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

Registers of Date of Birth (R3/1/1)

Graduate Schedules Medicine


Matriculation Slips, 1900-1905, "H-L"

University Calanders, (SEN10/44-47)

General Council Register, (DC183/11/39)

Photograph, CH4/4/2/2

Press cutting, CH4/4/2/3

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