Lance Corporal Robert Sheridan

Biography of Lance Corporal Robert Sheridan

Robert Sheridan was born on the 4th June 1883 to Peter Sheridan and Mary Mackenzie of 69 High Street Paisley, Renfrewshire. His father was a Shoemaker.

Between 1899 and 1901 he undertook preliminary exams in English, Maths, Latin, Greek and French to enter the University of Glasgow as an Arts student at age 18 in 1901. He took Senior Greek, Latin and Humanity classes in his first year. He took Moral Philosophy, Mathematics and Greek in his second year. In Professor John S Phillimore’s Greek class he placed fourth in the senior class. In his third year he took Logic, History and English Literature. He won a first class certificate of merit in Professor Robert Latta's Logic and Metaphysics class. In his final year he took Roman Law. He graduated on the 19th April 1907 with an MA. While attending university, Robert enrolled concurrently for two years of teacher training at the Glasgow Church of Scotland Training College, forerunner of the Glasgow Provincial Training College (later known as Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde). He completed his professional studies in July 1904 to be recognised as a certificated teacher.

In his first year he lived at Church-hill House, Paisley. In his second year he moved to 50 Causeyside Street where a James Sheridan, MA 1899, also lived. This was most likely a relative as James Sheridan also wrote to the university after Robert Sheridan’s death to contribute details for his inclusion in the roll of honour. They both worked as teachers. Robert remained at this address until 1917 and James Sheridan moved to Stirling in 1914.

In June 1917 Robert Sheridan joined the 1st Cameronians Scottish Rifles “D Company”. He received a Military Medal in June 1918. Lance Corporal Sheridan died in France on the 21st July 1918, aged 35. He is buried at Perth China Wall cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium with an inscription “Thy Will Be Done” chosen by a Miss Jeanie Sheridan. He is remembered in the University of Glasgow’s Roll of Honour and on the Glasgow Provincial Training College war memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill Campus.


Lance Corporal Robert Sheridan
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: 1st Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
Degree: MA
Awards: Military Medal
Comments: Killed in action in France 21 July 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/876
Photo ID: N/A


University Archive Sources:

R3/1/1 Registrar’s Roll of Graduates and Dates of Birth

R8/5/22-25/7 Matriculation Record

R4/1/4 MA Graduate schedule

Ch 4/4/2/3/876 Roll of Honour form

CWGC sources

With thanks to Anne Cameron for providing additional information from the University of Strathclyde Archives.

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