Roll of Honour

Lieutenant

Thomas Macmillan

Student

Thomas Macmillan (entered as Arthur Thomas Macmillan on birth certificate with note of alteration) was born on the 12th July 1894 in the United Presbyterian Manse on Queen Street in Nairn, Nairnshire. Thomas Macmillan was the eldest son of the Reverend James Macmillan and Catherine Macmillan (nee Forbes), who had married on the 20th June 1893 in Inverness. The family, including younger brother, John Forbes, later moved to 23 Monreith Road in Newlands, Glasgow, where Thomas’s father was Minister of Newlands South Parish Church. Thomas was educated at the High School of Glasgow and Glasgow Academy.

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In session 1911-1912, he completed a summer course in Surveying at the Royal Technical College of Glasgow (now the University of Strathclyde), for which he earned a second-class certificate of merit. Thomas returned to the College in session 1913-1914 for a summer course in Mathematics. In the autumn of 1914, he took up a place at the University of Glasgow to study Engineering. During his first year he studied a variety of subjects, including Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, Mathematics, and a laboratory course in Physics. Unfortunately, the outbreak of war put an end to any further academic ambitions, and Thomas left the University to join the newly established Royal Flying Corps.

He quickly moved up the ranks, gaining both the status of Lieutenant and his pilot’s licence. In 1915, Thomas was wounded and gassed, but recovered to return to war service. Lieutenant Thomas Macmillan was killed in a flying accident near Montrose, Angus, on the 12th February 1917 when a strong wind overturned his plane. He was 22 years old.

Lieutenant Thomas Macmillan is buried in Eastwood Old and New Cemetery in Thornliebank, Glasgow. He is remembered in the University of Glasgow’s Memorial Chapel, on the World War 1 memorial at Newlands South Parish Church, and on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College of Glasgow.