Roll of Honour

Captain

Dugald Smith

Military Cross

MA

Dugald Smith was born on the 19th August 1890, and was the fourth son of Dugald - a fisherman - and Margaret. The family lived at McPherson's House, Tarbert, and young Dugald attended Tarbert High School, where he served as a Pupil Teacher. Pupil Teachers were boys or girls of at least 13 years of age, who were indentured and paid to teach younger children throughout the school day and received their own lessons from the school teacher before or after school hours. These lessons were intended to prepare them for progression to teacher training college.

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

In 1909, Dugald entered the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde, for a three-year course to become a primary school teacher. Students on this course were required to matriculate concurrently at the University of Glasgow and to take some of their classes there and others at the College. Those who completed successfully were rewarded with two qualifications: the Teacher’s General Certificate and a University degree.

Dugald accordingly joined the University in 1910, enrolling in the Faculty of Arts. In his first year he took University classes in Latin and Maths, followed by classes in Maths and English in his second year. In his third year, he took Logic, English, and Education, and he went on to graduate from the University on the 22nd November 1913. Meanwhile, Dugald completed his professional training at the College and was recognised as a Certificated Teacher from the 1st August 1912. After briefly teaching at Garrioch Public School and Washington Street Public School in Glasgow, he was appointed to a post at Milton Public School in Glasgow from the 25th November 1912.

When the war broke out, Dugald volunteered for active service and enlisted with the 8th Royal Scots Fusiliers in December 1914. From September to November 1915, he served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, before proceeding to Salonika.

In January 1917, Dugald returned to Britain to train for a commission, and in July 1917 was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant of the Royal Fusiliers. A month later, on the 4th August 1917, Dugald married Audrey Wait at St Mark's Church in Bristol. He joined his battalion at the Western Front in September 1917, and was awarded the Military Cross and made a temporary Captain in September 1918. His Military Cross citation stated:

For conspicuous gallantry and skilful leading in command of a company, which he led down a sunken road to a ridge parallel to his objective. This move would have been severely harassed by enemy barrage if it had not been for the spirit and determination with which he carried it out. From the ridge he rushed his objective, capturing about fifty prisoners and several machine guns with the loss of two men to his company.

Captain Dugald Smith died on the 8th October 1918 at Feronville near Arras as a result of wounds received in action. His only child, Zoe Jean, was then four months old. In a letter to Dugald's wife, his Commanding Officer wrote: "I have only been in command of this battalion a short time, but long enough to find out what a fine officer your husband was. I had a high opinion of him and his death is an enormous loss to me and to the battalion."

Captain Dugald Smith is remembered on the Loch Fyne War Memorial, the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour, the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers, and the Glasgow Provincial Training College War Memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill Campus.