2nd Lieutenant George Lambert

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant George Lambert

George Lambert was born on the 25th November 1891 in Cathcart, Renfrewshire, son of the Reverend John Chisholm Lambert, DD Emeritus Minister of Cathcart United Free Church, and Catherine Swanson Lambert (nee Fairlie), who had married on the 2nd January 1899 in Fenwick, Ayrshire. He attended school in Fenwick, before going on to Kilmarnock Academy where he led the school debating team with distinction, and was dux in Classics in 1909. He then went on to the University, where he studied for an MA in Classics, and graduated in 1915 with honours. He had intended to enter the ministry like his father, but the War intervened, and he did not take up his place at the United Free College, and instead enlisted.

George was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in "D" Coy. 7th Bn. Cameron Highlanders on the 16th August 1915, and died in the offensive known as the Battle of Arras, on the 23rd April 1917.

His younger brother William Fairlie Lambert who was also a 2nd Lieutenant in the Cameronians, had died on the 23rd March 1916 and is buried in London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval. His father had died on the 1st January 1917, aged 60.

George is commemorated on the University Roll of Honour, and in an extensive and glowing tribute, in the Roll of Honour of Kilmarnock Academy. In addition, he appears on the Cathcart South War Memorial Plaque, and in a Memorial Book of Remembrance in that church, now called Cathcart Trinity. George’s mother who had lost two sons and a husband in such a short time, asked that a quote from the book of Isaiah Chapter 33, verse 17 be added to his gravestone "Thine Eyes Shall See the King in his Beauty".

Summary

2nd Lieutenant George Lambert
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: "D" Coy. 7th Bn. Cameron Highlanders
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 23 April 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/746, 1086
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/119

Sources

University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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