2nd Lieutenant James Hannah

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant James Hannah

James Hannah was born on the 14th February 1884 at 7 Brachelston Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire. His father, James Hannah Senior, a Locomotive Driver at the time, married his mother Margaret Hannah (nee Gilchrist) on the 11th April 1873 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. James studied at the University of Glasgow from 1903 to 1905, taking courses in Moral Philosophy, Logic, and Constitutional History. It is likely that he progressed to teacher training at the Glasgow Church of Scotland Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde, but the College’s student registers for this period have not survived.

Hannah subsequently taught at Finnart Public School in his hometown of Greenock. During the war he was commissioned in the 2nd/4th Highland Mountain Artillery Brigade of the Royal Garrison Artillery. In the spring of 1916 he was stationed at the Ross Battery at Invergordon. 2nd Lieutenant James Hannah died in an accident on the 21st April 1916 at the age of 32, when he drowned at Nairn while on an outing with friends. His last address was recorded as 99 Dempster Street, Greenock. He was an active member of the Greenock community, belonging to the Greenock Burns Club and Masonic Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII. His death was widely reported in the local press, which can be read via Inverclyde’s Great War.

James Hannah is buried in Greenock Cemetery. His name is recorded on the University of Glasgow's memorial tablets and the Glasgow Provincial Training College War Memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill Campus.


2nd Lieutenant James Hannah
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 2nd/4th Highland Mounted Artillery Bde. Royal Garrison Artillery
Degree: Alumnus
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died accidentally, 21 April 1916.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Registry records.

Inverclyde's Great War

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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