Lieutenant Alexander Calder

Biography of Lieutenant Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder was born on 10th July 1890 in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. His father, also named Alexander Calder, was a Marine Engineer, and his mother was Agnes Bain Calder (nee Barclay). The family lived at 4 Cathkin Avenue in Rutherglen.

Alexander was a member of Glasgow University’s Officer Training Corps and attended the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, known from 1912 as the Royal Technical College, now the University of Strathclyde. He enrolled at the College in session 1908-1909 when he was 18 years old, and studied there until session 1910-1911, taking the three-year Diploma course in Civil Engineering. Alexander performed well during his first two years of study, gaining first or second-class certificates of merit for most of his subjects. However, his marks for the third and final year were not quite so good, and he did not feature among the successful candidates for the final Diploma examination.

During the First World War, Alexander served as a Lieutenant with the 8th Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and was attached to the Royal Air Force. He was reported as missing on 10th August 1917.

Alexander Calder is commemorated at Arras Flying Services Memorial in Pas de Calais, France. He is remembered on the Rolls of Honour of the University of Glasgow and of the Royal Technical College, Glasgow.


Lieutenant Alexander Calder
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 8th Oxford And Bucks Light Infantry
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Comments: Member of University of Glasgow OTC
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With thanks to Anne Cameron for providing information from the University of Strathclyde records.

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