Roll of Honour

Captain (Temp Comm)

Arthur Turnbull


Arthur Turnbull graduated from the University of Glasgow MA in 1904, BSc in 1907 and MB ChB in 1909. He was born on 20 July 1884 in Glasgow, the son of John Shaw, an iron merchant.

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

Turnbull first matriculated at the University aged 17 in 1901 to study for an arts degree. He took classes in subjects such as Greek, Latin and Moral Philosophy. Towards the end of his MA he turned to concentrate on the sciences, taking classes in Natural Philosophy and Chemistry. After graduating MA, Turnbull continued in this direction and enrolled to study for a BSc. During this time he won various prizes for his work in Embryology, Practical Pharmacy and Anatomy.

After completing his BSc, Turnbull remained at the University of Glasgow to embark on a MBChB. A highly successful medical student, Turnbull won first class certificates in the Practice of Medicine, Midwifery and Diseases of the Ear. He particularly excelled in Clinical Surgery, receiving a medal in 1908 for his efforts, as well as a commendation certificate from the clinical registrar. In his final year, Turnbull received the Mackintosh Bursary.

After graduating in 1909, Turnbull became a doctor and resided in Glasgow. During the First World War he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, taking a commission in 1914 as a Lieutenant and rising to Captain over the course of the war.