Sergeant William Leo McGairy

Biography of Sergeant William Leo McGairy

William Leo McGairy was born in Glasgow on 16th September 1888. His father, Edward, a house painter and decorator, was no longer alive by the time his son began his studies at the University in 1908. As a student William lodged at 10 Partickhill Road in Partick but his home address was Drummond Road in Shettleston.

In his first year he took Logic and Mathematics. In the following three years he went on to take English, Education, French and Natural Philosophy. He passed his Arts subjects without difficulty but struggled with Mathematics, making nine unsuccessful attempts to pass. Under War Service regulations he was given special permission to graduate from the University and was awarded an ordinary MA degree on 23rd June 1920.

He was a Sergeant in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War and was awarded a Military Medal (MM). When he came home from the war he became a teacher at the Wycombe Technical School in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He was a talented artist. 'Leo' as he was known to his family died in 1928. His widow survived him for over sixty years and died in 1989, cherishing her memories and a set of wonderful letters which he had written home from France between 1915 and 1917.


Sergeant William Leo McGairy
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Degree: Student
Awards: Military Medal
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