Roll of Honour


John Eglinton Cameron


John Eglinton Cameron was born on 17th December 1886 in Glasgow, to William S. Cameron, a Warehouseman.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

He began studying Medicine at the University of Glasgow in the summer of 1905, when he was 18 years old. In this summer session he was signed up for classes in Botany, Botany Laboratory and Physics, and in his first full year at the university, session 1905-1906, he enrolled in classes in Zoology and Chemistry.

He studied at the university until 1914, taking classes such as Surgery, Anatomy and Pathology. By the time Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914, he had passed all but one of the classes he needed to graduate.

The university held special final medical examinations in August 1914, outside of the normal timetable, for students who wanted to volunteer for active service. John was one of 19 students who passed this exam. He graduated MBChB on 15th August 1915, in a special graduation ceremony with the 18 other medical graduates who were about to go to war.

John enlisted in the First World War and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps Special Reserve. Though he lived past Armistice Day, John died on 18th February 1919, at the age of 32. He is buried at Cathcart Cemetery in Renfrewshire and remembered on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Faculty, Information and Publicity, and Registry records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission