2nd Lieutenant Stuart Gordon Cunningham

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Stuart Gordon Cunningham

In 1912, Stuart Gordon Cunningham, or Gordon as he was known, came to the University of Glasgow from his home in Campbeltown to study for an Engineering degree. He had previously been educated at Campbeltown Grammar, Edinburgh Academy and Sedbergh School.

By coming to Glasgow, he was following in his father’s footsteps. John Cunningham graduated with a medical degree in 1871 and practiced in Campbeltown where he was also a Justice of the Peace. Gordon passed his exams in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in 1913 and volunteered for service, receiving a commission as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry.

He later transferred to the Regular Army, entering Woolwich Military Academy where he completed his training and became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery. He was initially sent to France and remained in Europe on active service until his death at the Battle of Passchendaele on 22nd October 1917. A shell landed on his battery position and he and six others were killed instantaneously.

His obituary in the Campbeltown Gazette reads:

"The day before his death he was recommended for a Military Cross (MC) for twice rescuing wounded under heavy fire. His Colonel writes that his courage and sang froid in action were most remarkable, and that his life was not laid down until he had shown a shining example of the virtues of a true man."

He was buried at the Huts Cemetery, Dikkebus, Belgium.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Stuart Gordon Cunningham
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action 22 October 1917
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/548
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/57

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry, the Campbeltown Gazette and Roll of Honour Records

Service information contributed by Jan Van der Fraenen, The Passchendaele Archives of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele

Place of Commemoration: Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Debt of Honour Register

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