Lance Corporal David Wright Struthers

Biography of Lance Corporal David Wright Struthers

David Wright Struthers was born in Govan on 6 November 1892, to Margaret and John Struthers. His father was a commercial traveller and David was educated at Bellahouston Academy, where he stayed on until 1911 to complete the three-year Junior Student’s Certificate course. This qualification had lately been introduced by the government for school pupils aged 15-18, as one route to enter teacher training.

After leaving school, David enrolled at the University of Glasgow to study for a degree in the arts. He took classes in Latin, English, French, Higher Maths and Higher Natural Philosophy, and graduated MA on 21 November 1914. He then commenced a one-year primary teaching course for graduates at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. At that time, David and his family were living at 33 Nithsdale Road in Strathbungo. He was due to finish his training on 15 October 1915, and would have qualified for the Teacher’s General Certificate with an additional qualification to teach drawing in primary schools. However, war intervened, and the College register of students confirms that he enlisted on 17 March 1915.

David served with the 6th King's Own Scottish Borderers and was attached to the Highland Light Infantry. He fought at the Battle of the Somme and died of wounds received there on 19 October 1916, aged 24. Lance Corporal David Wright Struthers is buried in Bazentin-le-Petit Military Cemetery, where the inscription on his headstone reads:

"The greatest of these is love."

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers.


Lance Corporal David Wright Struthers
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds 19 October 1916
Note/Press Clipping: CH 4/4/2/3/889
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