Roll of Honour

Lance Corporal

William Sidney Mathie


William Sidney Mathie was born in 1888, in Bilston, Staffordshire, second son of John Park Mathie, a physician. He attended Wolverhampton Grammar School where he was a prominent sportsman, especially in long distance running. Academically, he attained a 1st Class in the Cambridge Senior Local Examinations and won a Staffordshire Major Scholarship of £90. He passed the entrance examinations for the University of Glasgow and again was distinguished enough to be awarded a scholarship. That he chose Glasgow was probably due to his older brother already being a student at the university, albeit in the medical faculty rather than the sciences.

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

William studied Physics, Chemistry and Maths in his first year and later specialised in engineering subjects. It is not clear why he did not graduate but his interests were in motor engineering and he pursued this by going back to the Midlands and entering the Sunbeam Motor Works.

At the outbreak of war he enlisted with 5th South Staffordshire Regiment. William was wounded in the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt on October 13th 1915. His wounds were serious and although treated in King George’s Military Hospital, London he died there on 27 May 1916. He was returned to his home town of Bilston for burial.