Roll of Honour


John Duncan Milne


John Duncan Milne was born on the 29th September 1886 at 18 High Street, Musselburgh, in the county of Edinburgh. His father, George Milne, was a Master Grocer at that time, and his mother, Janet Milne (nee McFarquhar), who had married on the 9th December 1885 in Inverness. The family lived at 30 Derby Street in Glasgow. In 1906, when John matriculated in the Arts Faculty at the University of Glasgow to begin studying for the degree of MA. John took classes in Latin and Mathematics in his first year, and studied Natural Philosophy, Logic and Special Botany in the following year. In his third year, he took English and Education.

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

While attending the University, John studied concurrently for a teacher training qualification from the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. John completed his professional training on the 30th June 1909, gaining the Teacher’s General Certificate with additional qualifications to teach Drawing, Woodwork and Physical Exercises in primary schools, and was appointed to John Street Higher Grade School on the 23rd September.

He later taught at Maryhill Public School. John graduated MA from the University of Glasgow in November 1909, but returned in session 1909-10 to take Ordinary Geology. That same session, he enrolled for an evening course in Physiology at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, later known as the Royal Technical College, now the University of Strathclyde. He also took evening lecture and laboratory courses in Zoology at the College in session 1913-14, gaining first class certificates of merit for both.

John was one of the original members of the University Officer Training Corps. When war came, he enlisted immediately. He served as Corporal and later, according to the University Roll of Honour, as Sergeant-Instructor with the 1st/5th Bn. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). In the desperately cold winter of 1916-17 his regiment was still dug in not far from the Somme, at the Ancre, where they were trying and failing to capture Serre. John was killed on the 16th February 1917 by a bursting trench mortar. He is buried at Serre Road Cemetery and commemorated on the Rolls of Honour of the University of Glasgow, the Royal Technical College, and the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers. His name is also inscribed on Sir John Burnet’s memorial in Wellington Church, and on Inverkip War Memorial.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

The Scottish Military Research Group - Commemorations Project

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