Lieutenant Harold Arthur Cruickshank

Biography of Lieutenant Harold Arthur Cruickshank

Harold Arthur Cruickshank was born on 30th September 1892 in South Africa. His father, William, worked as a Hospital Superintendent and his mother, Mary, was from Kimberley in South Africa. Initially Harold studied at the Christian Brothers' College but was sent to Aberdeen to live with his uncle, Alexander, a pharmacist, as his father was unable to support the family. Here he studied at Robert Gordon's College.

In 1911 he came to the University of Glasgow to study the arts and later studied medicine, winning prizes in both areas. His time at university can be read in more detail here.

During his time at university Harold had been a member of the Officer Training Corps and so postponed his studies to join the war effort, enlisting in the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers in February 1915. On 27 May 1915, the Supplement to the London Gazette reported that he was promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant on 13th April 1915. Sadly, four months later, on 28 September 1915, at 23 years of age, he was killed in action at Flanders. He was buried in France, in Bethune town cemetery, Bethune-Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

His death was marked by his former classmates, who chose to commemorate him with a Longfellow quote: His signal deeds and prowess high; demands no pompous eulogy. Ye saw his deeds.

Summary

Lieutenant Harold Arthur Cruickshank
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 3rd Royal Scots Fusiliers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action on 28th September 1915
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/336
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

See his biography on the University of Glasgow Story site.

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