Surgeon Probationer John Hislop

Biography of Surgeon Probationer John Hislop

John Hislop was born on 2 June 1896 to the late Peter Hislop, formerly a grocer, and Mary Shaw-Hislop, of Miller Place, Wishaw.

In 1912 Hislop enrolled at the University of Glasgow in order to study Medicine, taking the subjects of Chemistry, Zoology and Anatomy in his first year. His studies were interrupted with the outbreak of World War One, when he enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, as a Surgeon Probationer.

John served on board HMS Nessus, a M-Class Destroyer, and took part in the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, widely considered to be the greatest naval battle, both in the First World War, and of all time in terms of number of battle-cruisers and armed battleships engaged. It was during this battle, on 31 May 1916, that John perished, aged 20, along with four other members of the crew. His death has been commemorated at the Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devon.

Surgeon (Prob) John Hislop is listed in the University's WWI Roll of Honour.


Surgeon Probationer John Hislop
Born 2 June 1896.
Died 31 May 1916.
University Link: Student
GU Degree: Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, 1911-1912;
Occupation categories: military; students
Record last updated: 10th Feb 2014

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