Lieutenant William Allan Laird

Biography of Lieutenant William Allan Laird

Lieutenant William Allan Laird was born on the 17th July 1892, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, to Captain and Mrs William Laird. Laird was a good all round academic, studying Mathematics, Latin, Greek and Chemistry in which he was awarded a 2nd class Certificate of Merit in his final academic year. He graduated MA on the 22nd November, 1913.

Prior to enlisting in the Officer Training Corps, Laird had decided to pursue further studies whilst living in Stenenston in Ayrshire. During this time he also married. Laird put his studies on hold on the outset of war and served in the 3rd Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers attached to the 1st Bn.

Sadly, Laird would not return to his wife and go on to completing his further studies since he died on the 18th September 1915 at the age of 23 in a hospital at Boulogne after months of suffering from wounds received at Hooge on the 11th of June. Lieutenant William Allan Laird is buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery. On his cross are the words ‘He died so that we might live.’ He was dearly remembered by his wife, Mrs Marion Laird who was only 26 at the time of her husband’s death.


Lieutenant William Allan Laird
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds, 18 September 1915
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/336
Photo ID: N/A


Biography: University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

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

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