Captain Donald Saunders Laurie

Biography of Captain Donald Saunders Laurie

Born in Cardiff, Wales, on the 12th July 1888, Donald Saunders Laurie was the son of Donald Laurie, a Surveyor of Taxes (who was born in Barbados) and Leonora Cornwall, from Aberdeen. He had two brothers, William Joseph Cornwall Laurie and George Archibald Laurie.

Donald Saunders Laurie first matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1907-08 aged 19, and graduated with a BSc in 1912. He studied subjects such as Chemistry, Electricity, Engineering and Natural Philosophy. He was a very good student and is listed as having won joint second place in Engineering in his last year, being awarded a ‘Walker Prize’.

During the War, Donald was a Captain of the Royal Engineers, serving with the 215th Army Troops Coy., and was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his service. He survived through the war, only to die of pneumonia in France on the 11th February 1919. He is buried in the Tournai Communal Cemetery, in Belgium. Along with his brother 2nd Lieutenant William Joseph Cornwall Laurie, Captain Donald Saunders Laurie is remembered on a memorial in the University of Glasgow Chapel.

Summary

Captain Donald Saunders Laurie
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 215th Army Troops Coy. Royal Engineers
Degree: BSc
Awards: Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Comments: Died of pneumonia, 11th February 1919.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/739
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty and General Council Records

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Search for War Dead

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