Lieutenant Francis William Stuart Teggart

Biography of Lieutenant Francis William Stuart Teggart

Francis Teggart was born with his twin brother John on 14th June 1890 to Mr and Mrs Hamilton Teggart, then of Hillhead, Glasgow. The boys were educated at the High School and later went up to the University of Glasgow together in 1907 where Francis studied for an arts degree. By that time their father, Hamilton, was a Supervisor of Inland Revenue and the family lived at Baliscate, Tobermory. Away from home, Francis and his shared accommodation in Glasgow at 49 Arlington Street, Woodlands.

Francis had been a gifted student at school and had shown considerable literary talents as a contributor to the school magazine. In his first year at university first year, he studied Latin and German. After a successful undergraduate career he graduated Master of Arts with Honours in 1911. Thereafter he entered the Divinity Hall of the United Presbyterian Church and had almost completed his theological course when war broke out.

The brothers enlisted in the army. Francis served as a Lieutenant in the 14th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and acted for some time as a recruiting officer to the 14th and 15th Battalions. Attached to a Regiment of the Gordons, he was in command of the leading company of the Highland Brigade in the advance on Passchendale on 26th October 1917 and was killed in action.

His brother John, who graduated MB ChB in 1912, served as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He too was killed in action, just a few months later, on 21st July 1918. Their younger brother, Hamilton George Bryce Teggart, followed in their footsteps to the University of Glasgow in autumn 1917 to study Medicine and was, mercifully, spared their fate in war. He graduated MB ChB in 1922.

Lieutenant Francis Teggart is buried in Perth Cemetery (China Wall). The cemetery is near the town of Ieper. It was begun by French troops in November 1914 and adopted by the 2nd Scottish Rifles in June 1917. Named Perth after the Scottish town it was also called China Wall after the communication trench known as the Great Wall of China.



Lieutenant Francis William Stuart Teggart
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 14th Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
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Obituary: The High School of Glasgow: The Book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson, 1921)

University of Glasgow Archives, Faculty and Registry Records

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

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