Private George Cunningham

Biography of Private George Cunningham

George Cunningham was a member of the University of Glasgow Officers’ Training Corps.

He was born on 17th November 1897 in Dennistoun, Glasgow. His father, James Cunningham, was a mercantile clerk, and his mother was Bethia Cunningham, nee Crosbie. The family lived at 126 Ingleby Drive, Dennistoun.

In session 1914-1915, George enrolled as a day student of Chemistry at the Royal Technical College of Glasgow, antecedent of the University of Strathclyde. He passed most of his first year subjects and gained a first-class certificate of merit for Mathematics IA. However, he never attended the classes in Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Laboratory which he was due to take in the summer of 1915, having by then left to join the forces.

During the First World War, George served as a Private with the 9th Highland Light Infantry. He fought at the Somme, and died on 15th July 1916, aged 18. Private George Cunningham is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, and is also remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College of Glasgow.

Summary

Private George Cunningham
Rank: Private
Regiment: 9th Highland Light Infantry
Degree: Student
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Sources

With thanks to Anne Cameron for providing information from the University of Strathclyde Records.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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