2nd Lieutenant Colin Hunter Stein

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Colin Hunter Stein

Colin Hunter Stein was born on the 25th November 1893, in Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. He was the son of John Gilchrist - head of the firm of Messrs John Gilchrist Stein & Co. Ltd., brick manufacturers, of Castlecary and Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire - and Annie Stein (nee Henderson), of Millfield, Polmont, Falkirk, who had married on the 23rd November 1883 in Cumbernauld, Stirlingshire.

Colin was educated at the High School of Glasgow (see The Scottish War Memorials Project entry for the High School of Glasgow memorial), came to the University of Glasgow in 1913 and was studying for a BSc degree in Engineering at the time of the outbreak of the war.

Colin had been connected with the University of Glasgow OTC for about five years, and he joined the University contingent of the 6th Cameron Highlanders.

Colin was gazetted to the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Territorials) on 1st January 1915, and on the 2nd May 1915, he went over to France.

2nd Lieutenant Colin Hunter Stein was killed in action at Ypres on the 24th May 1915, aged 21. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in the province of West Flanders, Belgium, as well as the Bonnybridge Civic Memorial, Polmont Cemetery Memorial, the High School of Glasgow memorial, and on a family gravestone in Cumbernauld Village Cemetery.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Colin Hunter Stein
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 7th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 24 May 1915
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/341, 897
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/273

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty and General Council Records

Biography: The High School of Glasgow: the book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson, 1921), with further contribution from Anne Anderson.

Photograph: University of Glasgow Archive Services (GUAS Ref: CH 4/4/2/2/273). Other images supplied by Anne Anderson depicting memorials and cemetery gravestone.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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