2nd Lieutenant Arthur Hamilton Collyer

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Hamilton Collyer

Arthur Hamilton Collyer was a student at the University of Glasgow when war broke out. He was born on the 4th March 1892 in Dollar, Clackmannanshire. His father, also Arthur Hamilton Collyer (1856-1913), was a Music Teacher but died before seeing his son go to University. Arthur senior married Annabella Collyer (nee Macrae) (1858-1936) on the 2nd August 1883 in Aberdeen. After her husband's death, Annabella made her home in the north-east. When Arthur matriculated at University in 1913, his family home was at Norwood, Peterhead, and he had found term-time accommodation at 80 Barrington Drive, c/o Campbell. He was, at twenty-one, a little older than most of his fellow students. Arthur planned to take a Law degree and signed up for classes in Scots Law.

Like many more young men, he put his studies on hold to go and fight for his country. He joined the 5th Bn. Gordon Highlanders right away and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Arthur Collyer served in France with the battalion at Arras. 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Hamilton Collyer died of his wounds on the 23rd April 1917, aged 25. He is buried, and his short life commemorated, at Athies Communal Cemetery Extension, 5 kilometres east of Arras.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Arthur Hamilton Collyer
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 5th Bn. Gordon Highlanders
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds, 23 April 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Find War Dead

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