Roll of Honour


James Crawford Robertson


James Crawford Robertson was born on 18 July 1891 and lived at 30 Reform Street in Beith, Ayrshire. He was educated at Spier’s School, where he achieved Higher Grade passes in English, Mathematics, Latin and Greek, and obtained the Junior Student’s Certificate in 1909.

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In the autumn of that year, James enrolled at the University of Glasgow. He graduated with an MA (Hons) in Classics in 1913. He then applied for teacher training at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. The College registers indicate that James did not seek any maintenance allowance, but was a ‘fee paying student’, unlike most of his colleagues. He took the one-year General Certificate and Higher Subjects concurrent course, which qualified him to teach in primary schools and also to teach Classics in intermediate and secondary schools. James was recognised as a certificated teacher from 1 August 1914 and appointed to a teaching post at Shawlands Academy in Glasgow from 3 September 1914.

James Crawford Robertson served as a Corporal with the 17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry, and was killed in action on 14 July 1916. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers.