Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

James Morrison McChlery

James Morrison McChlery was born in Glasgow on 4th September 1899, and was the youngest son of George and Ellen McChlery. The family lived at 20 Hamilton Drive, in Pollockshields, and James received his early education at Albert Royal Academy and Hutchesons' Grammar School. He later attended the High School of Glasgow, until he transferred to the University of Glasgow Officers' Training Corps in the Spring of 1917.

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

James received his training with the OTC, and subsequently joined the newly formed Royal Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. As a member of the 6th Squadron, he was trained in various centres in England, before receiving his commission and being sent to France.

James' was killed only six weeks into active service. The particulars received from the Major commanding his squadron are as follows:

"He had been out on contact patrol, and in getting his very valuable information got his machine very badly shot about from the ground. He dropped a very valuable report on the Corps Headquarters, and just as he was going off again one of his wings fell off, and he crashed. I examined the machine, and found that his wing had been practically cut through by machine-gun bullets, and must just have been hanging on by a thread."

2nd Lieutenant James Morrison McChlery is buried at Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery near St Helene, and is remembered on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour and in the High School of Glasgow Book of Remembrance.