Captain George Melven Harley

Biography of Captain George Melven Harley

Captain George Melven Harley was one of a successful class that included Lieutenants Hamilton Dickson, Bertie Christison, and F B Davidson. While he was at Hillhead High School, Captain Harley was an enthusiastic Cadet, and when he went to University he transferred to the OTC there. When war broke out he quickly volunteered, and was given a commission in the Highland Light Infantry, being attached ultimately to the 12th Battalion. He attained rapid promotion, being gazetted captain a few months after joining. He was a student of the Anderson Medical College, the Dental Hospital, and the University, and was in the final year of his studies when the war broke out.

He quickly volunteered, and was given a commission in the Highland Light Infantry, being attached ultimately to the 12th Battalion. He attained rapid promotion, being gazetted captain a few months after joining. Like so many soldiers, he died on the opening day of the Battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915. His commanding officer in a letter to his parents says,

"It is with the greatest sorrow I write to tell you that your dear son was killed in action while gallantly leading his company against the German trenches. He died a hero's death, and I hope this may in some measure console you. He was an officer in whom I placed the greatest reliance, and I indeed sympathise in your loss."

Summary

Captain George Melven Harley
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 12th Highland Light Infantry
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

Obituary: Hillhead High School War Memorial Volume (War Memorial Committee, 1921)

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register

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