Roll of Honour


James Barr


James Barr was born in Glasgow around 1891, and was the eldest son of James - a Commercial Traveller - and Isabella Barr. James was educated at Mount Florida Public School and, from 1904, Allan Glen's School, before matriculating at the University of Glasgow.

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

James enrolled at the University in 1911, in the School of Law. His studies were combined with a working apprenticeship, and as such James was not required to graduate in order to gain employment as a lawyer. In his first year, James took a class in Scots Law, followed by a class in Conveyancing in his second. In 1913, James qualified as a solicitor, and was working when war broke out in Europe.

Upon the outbreak of war, James joined the Highland Light Infantry. He received a commission in July 1917 to the 121st Brigade Royal Field Artillery, and his active service was entirely spent on the Western Front. He was likely involved in the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917, and in defending against the German Spring Offensive in 1918. He received a full lieutenancy at the end of the summer of 1918.

In the final months of the war, the Allied Forces launched a series of advances known as the Hundred Days Offensive. It was in one of these attacks that Lieutenant James Barr lost his life - he was injured in action and died at a casualty clearing station on 16th October 1918. He is buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery in France, and is remembered on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour, and on the Roll of Honour of Allan Glen’s School.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry Records: Matriculation slips

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With thanks to Anne Cameron for providing additional informatio