Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

William Alexander Blair

Student

William Alexander Blair was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, and was the youngest son of Malcolm - headmaster of Beckford Street School - and Annie Blair.

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William enrolled at the University of Glasgow in 1916 when he was 17 years old, to study in the Faculty of Arts. In session 1916-17, his only year at the university, he registered for classes in Latin and Greek.

In August 1917 he was commissioned and joined the 2nd Highland Light Infantry. He was appointed Second Lieutenant in November 1917, while stationed with his battlaion at Maryhill Barracks, where he was acting as Regimental Gas Officer. During this time William's brother R. Hardie Blair, was also involved in the war effort - serving as a Second Lieutenant with the Gordon Highlanders.

He fought in France, where he was wounded in action in July 1918. He survived, and returned to France on the 22nd November. While assisting in post-war duties, William and another officer accidentally struck a bomb, which exploded. The other officer was killed outright, and William died of his wounds on 8th December 1918. He was 20 years old.

William Alexander Blair is buried at Solesmes British Cemetery in Nord, France.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry records

Burial place: Common Wealth War Graves Commission

British Newspaper Archive sources - The Hamilton Adver