Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Robert Thomas Ross

MA

Robert Thomas Ross was born in Methil, Fife, on the 30th September 1896, and was the son of United Free Church missionary William and his wife Agnes Ross. He was educated at Oban High School, where he was a gold medallist in the year 1914-15. When he began his studies in the Faculty of Arts at Glasgow in 1915 his family home was at Rosslyn House, Lairg, and he boarded with a Miss Guthrie at 39 West End Park Street near the University. Robert had little time at University to explore his academic potential, but his professors were impressed enough by his work to award him passes in Ordinary Latin, Political Economy and History under a Senate Minute of 4th February 1916. This minute permitted those joining the armed services to be credited for reaching the required standard for the degree if their work satisfied the examiners in advance of the final exam.

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Robert enlisted as soon as he was able, joining the Ordinance Corps, and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the 5th Royal Scots Fusiliers in December 1917. He was with his regiment in the vicinity of Armentieres, around Nieppe, which had just been recaptured from the Germans, when he was severely wounded. He died the same day, the 29th September 1918. It was the day before his 23rd birthday. He was buried at Pont d’Achelles Military Cemetery near Nieppe. Pont d’Achelles was the main dressing station to which he would probably have been taken from the front line. His father died the following year and his widowed mother was living at Glasphein, Staffin on Skye when she chose the inscription ‘In Hope of a Glorious Resurrection’ for her son’s headstone.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry R/8/5/36/4 , R6/83

University of Glasgow ROH Ch4/4/2/3/841,886

CWGC Debt of Honour