Lieutenant Thomas Stout

Biography of Lieutenant Thomas Stout

Thomas Stout was born in Glasgow on 27th May 1892. His father was Major and Hononary Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Stout, a larger than life role model for a son to follow. Colonel Stout had three degrees from the University of Glasgow.

In addition to being a successful lawyer and businessman he was a champion archer, a crack shot and the enthusiastic mainstay of the 1st Lanarkshire Volunteers. The family lived at 16 Huntley Gardens. Thomas was educated at Glasgow Academy and Fettes College. He was a quite outstanding young sportsman and very much his father's son.

Among his many awards and achievements as a schoolboy were Glasgow Academy's Wordie Cup for shooting in 1906 and 1907, and Fettes College's Bannerman Rescue Prize and the Anderson Memorial Prize for Swimming as well as another shooting award, the Macleod Challenge Cup. He was astonishingly versatile. A top athlete and gymnast, he was also a talented rugby player, chosen as Reserve for Scotland in 1912 and 1914 after successful seasons with Glasgow Academicals, Fettes and Glasgow District.

He matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1910 to study Latin in the Arts Faculty for one year, although Thomas did not return to the University after this. He was employed in the office of Glasgow solicitors McGrigor, Donald & Co, no doubt with the intention of following his father into the legal profession.

Thomas had been a member of the OTC at both Glasgow Academy and Fettes. When war was declared he immediately joined up and in September 1914, he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Battalion Cameronians. He was promoted to temporary Lieutenant in May 1915 and was Battalion Signalling Officer when they sailed for the Dardanelles. They landed in Gallipoli on 14th June, 1915. Two short weeks later, he was killed in action.

The Medical Officer attached to the 6th Battalion Cameronians described the awful losses sustained under heavy bombardment and the heroic manner of Tommy's death. He had succeeded in rescuing his severely wounded Major, who was lying in the communications trench, exposed to the bombing. He wrote;

"It will be some little comfort to you to know that he met his death while bravely assisting a comrade. He died a true British soldier."

The Major he rescued also wrote to the family in glowing terms;

"Tom was a good soldier and a great favourite with all of us. I do not suppose there was an officer in the Battalion who knew his job better than he did."

Thomas Stout is commemorated on the panels of Helles memorial in Turkey, one of 21,000 men who died there.

Summary

Lieutenant Thomas Stout
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 1st Bn./8th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 28 June 1915.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/280

Sources

Obituary: The Bonds of Sacrifice Vol II, courtesy of Robert N Smith

University Registry and Roll of Honour Records

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

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