Private Peter Storm Ross

Biography of Private Peter Storm Ross

Peter Storm Ross was born on 24th January 1885 in Govan, which is now part of the city of Glasgow. He was the son of John Ross, an Engine Fitter, and Barbara Ross, a Sewing Machinist, who had married on the 30th June 1882 in Govan, and who lived in Lambhill Street. He entered the University in 1902 in the Arts Faculty, studying Mathematics, English, Latin, Logic and, in his final year, Education, before graduating with his MA on the 18th April 1905.

While attending the University, Peter took a concurrent course of teacher training at the Glasgow United Free Church Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. He was recognised by the Scotch Education Department as a Certificated Teacher in July 1905. Peter went on to take an evening class in Mathematics at the Royal Technical College, antecedent of the University of Strathclyde, in session 1907-1908. The student register records his occupation as ‘Teacher’ and his address as 8 Ibrox Place, Ibrox. He subsequently left Scotland for South Africa, where he pursued his teaching career. By the time war broke out, he was Vice-Principal of the Boy’s High School in Graaf-Reinet, in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

South Africa raised 4 regiments in response to the outbreak of war - the first three from South African states and Rhodesia. The 4th Regiment was rather different: it was the South African Scottish, raised from the Transvaal Scottish and the Cape Town Highlanders, and wearing the Atholl Murray tartan.

It was this regiment that Peter joined as a Private, and it was with this regiment that he died on the 20th September 1917 at Passchendaele, aged 32. Like so many others, he has no named grave but is commemorated on the Walls of the Menin Gate in Ypres.

He had two other brothers who died in the conflict; brother John Munro Ross was a Private in the Highland Light infantry and died on 1st July 1916, aged 27, on the first day of the battle of the Somme, and like so many that day, has only a listing on the walls of the Thiepval Memorial. He is also listed on Govan High WW1 memorial. One can only imagine Peter was omitted because he had left Glasgow so long before the War. His brother Robert Storm Ross, a Lance Corporal, who was 19, died only 10 days later on the 10th July 1916, at Loos. His father died early in the war, and so, like so many women at this time, his mother had to suffer the loss of husband and then three sons in a short period of time.

As well as appearing on the University Roll of Honour, Peter is listed on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College, and on the City of Glasgow Roll of Honour, under the address at 12 Whitefield Road, Ibrox where his brother John lived. He is also remembered on the Glasgow Provincial Training College War Memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill Campus.

Summary

Private Peter Storm Ross
Rank: Private
Regiment: 4th Regt. (Inf.) South African Infantry
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 20 September 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry records.

Biographical information: Records of the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education - now the University of Strathclyde). Information provided by Dr Anne Cameron, Archives Assistant, University of Strathclyde Archives.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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