Roll of Honour


Matthew Craig Fitch

Military Cross, Mentioned in Despatches


Matthew Craig Fitch, son of James Fitch, was born on 4th June 1889 in Linlithgow, Scotland. He lived at 14 Springfield Road in Glasgow.

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

In 1907, Matthew enrolled at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde, for a three-year course of teacher training. Students on this particular course were required to take some of their subjects at the College and others at the University of Glasgow, therefore Matthew enrolled concurrently at the University. Successful completion of the course led to two qualifications: the Teacher’s General Certificate, entitling the holder to teach in primary schools, and a University degree.

During his first year, Matthew took University classes in Latin and Mathematics. In his second year, he took University classes in History, English and Logic, and in his final year, session 1909-10, he took University classes in Natural Philosophy and Education. He completed his professional training at the College on 30th June 1910 and was recognised as a Certificated Teacher from 1st August 1910, with additional qualifications to teach singing and physical exercises in primary schools. He was appointed to a post at Mathieson Street School in the East End of Glasgow on 19th September 1910, and went on to graduate with an MA on 17th November 1910.

Following the outbreak of war, Matthew was commissioned and sent to France with the East Lancashire Regiment. He was engaged in heavy fighting, and was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Military Cross. He was injured twice, and after recovering from his second injury was sent to Russia.

Captain Matthew Craig Fitch died, aged 29, while on military service in Archangel, Russia, on 9th December 1918. He is buried at Archangel Allied Cemetery in the Russian Federation. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers, and on the Glasgow Provincial Training College War Memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill Campus.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty records

Memorial Place: Common Wealth Graves Commission

With thanks to Anne Cameron for providing additio