Captain John Gordon Hart

Biography of Captain John Gordon Hart

John Gordon Hart was born on the 20th May 1884 at Mains of Cowie, Fetteresso, Kincardineshire. He was the son of John Hart, a Farmer and Factor, and Amy Catherine Hart (née Gait), who had married on the 25th August 1891 at Dunnottar. John was educated at Mackie Academy in nearby Stonehaven.

In 1912, aged 18, John passed his preliminary exams in English, Mathematics and Dynamics and moved to Glasgow to begin studying towards a BSc in Engineering. In his first year he took classes in Mathematics and Chemistry, followed in his second year by classes in English, Natural Philosophy and Laboratory Physics.

The outbreak of war meant that John’s second year at the University of Glasgow was to be his last. He served as Captain with the Highland Light Infantry, 7th Battalion, or what was called the ‘Blythswood Battalion’ formed in Bridgeton’s Main Street. The Highland Light Infantry served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine.

Captain John Gordon Hart was killed in action on the 28th August 1917 at the age of 23. He is commemorated on the 42nd and 43rd panels of the Jerusalem Memorial, which stands in the Jerusalem War Cemetery. The memorial serves to commemorate 3300 Commonwealth soldiers who died during the operations in Egypt and Palestine.


Captain John Gordon Hart
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 7th Bn. Highland Light Infantry
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 28 August 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/92; 93


University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records (GUAS Ref: R8/5/33/4, R8/5/43/4, R10/1/3.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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