Captain William Thomson Currie

Biography of Captain William Thomson Currie

William Thomson Currie was born in 1897 in Glasgow at 31 Westbourne Gardens, Kelvinside. He was the son of John and Rachel Currie, and his father was a Cotton Merchant.

William attended Kelvinside Academy before joining Fettes College in 1911. In 1914, he enrolled at the University of Glasgow to study in the Arts Faculty. In the Year 1914/15, he studied Latin and Greek, but this was to be his only year of study.

By the end of William's first year, the War was in full swing, and he enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders in March 1915. He was not gazetted a Lieutenant until 21st June 1917, but by the time of his death, 31st July 1918, he was a Captain.

He is buried in Senlis French National Cemetery which is a combined British and French Cemetery. This area was not in the front line after the Germans were repulsed in 1914, so it is likely William was wounded and brought to the dressing stations here, and died of his wounds.

His father had died before he enlisted, and after William was killed, his mother moved south to live in Worplesdon in Surrey.

William is remembered on the Kelvinside Academy War Memorial in the school and Kelvinside pupils who died are remembered by a set of Bells installed in a local church, which is now the Oran Mor restaurant and bar, at the top of Byres Road in Glasgow.

Summary

Captain William Thomson Currie
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 3rd Gordon Highlanders
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/59

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