Private William Randall Clunas Mill

Biography of Private William Randall Clunas Mill

William Randall Clunas Mill was born in Glasgow, at Bellahouston Terrace, Govan, around the year 1894. He was the son of William Alexander Mill – a minister at Summertown Church, Govan – and Isabel Clunas Mill, and the family lived at 278 Nithsdale Road. He grew up with his brother James, who was also a student at the University of Glasgow.

In 1912 William enrolled at the University of Glasgow, matriculating in the College of Arts and taking classes in Latin and Greek in his first year. While he had successes in Latin, and in his second year classes of English and Moral Philosophy, he struggled with Greek, and was due to resit the subject until the impact of the War intervened. Rather than completing his studies, he joined many of his fellow students on the battlefields.

William was part of the Royal Army Medical Corps, specifically, the 2nd Lowland Field Ambulance. His battalion had their headquarters in Yorkhill, Glasgow, but spent much of the war in Egypt. In April 1918 the battalion was transferred to France, and it was there that William lost his life, on the 27th of May 1918. His headstone reads "Glad did I live and gladly die" - words chosen by his parents from Robert Louis Stevenson's poem 'Requiem'. William was buried at the Ecoivres Military Cemetery, in Pas de Calais, and is remembered on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour.

Summary

Private William Randall Clunas Mill
Rank: Private
Regiment: 2nd Lowland Field Ambulance
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry Records: R8/5/33/6, R8/5/34/6, R6/66

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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