Captain Robert Walker Reid

Biography of Captain Robert Walker Reid

Robert Walker Reid was born on the 19th October 1889 at Jamaica Place, Main Street, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire. He was the oldest son of Adam Reid, an Engine Fitter (Journeyman) and Cycle Agent, and Margaret Reid (née Walker), who had married on the 15th June 1886 in the Gorbals, Glasgow. The family later lived at Devon Cottage, 22 West Coats Road, Cambuslang. After completing his basic-level education at West Coats Higher Grade School, Robert became a Pupil Teacher in nearby Kirkhill to prepare himself for entry to teacher training college.

In the autumn of 1909, Robert 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 offered in conjunction with the University of Glasgow. Students on this particular course were required to study concurrently at the University. If successful, they would obtain two qualifications: the Teacher’s General Certificate, entitling them to teach in primary schools, and an Arts degree. Robert took University classes in French and Mathematics and, despite a weakness in the latter subject, qualified for the Teacher’s General Certificate in the summer of 1912.

Upon completing his professional training, Robert was appointed to Whitehill Higher Grade Public School in Dennistoun, Glasgow, from the 2nd September 1912 to the 7th January 1913, and then to London Road Public School in Glasgow from the 8th January 1913. He subsequently taught at Milton Street Public School in Glasgow. Robert was well known in Cambuslang as a motor cyclist, founding a motor cycling club in the area and acting as its secretary. He was also an enthusiastic golfer, and was a member of the Kirkhill Golf Club.

The outbreak of war saw Robert sign up straight away. He had been a member of the University of Glasgow Officers' Training Corps, and was immediately commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant for the 10th/11th Bn. Highland Light Infantry in August 1914. After undergoing training at Camberley College in Sandhurst, he was gazetted to Captain.

Robert was sent to the Front in May 1915. He was gassed during the Battle of Loos, and was sent home to recover. Upon his return to France, he took part in the Battle of the Somme, where he was killed in action on the 13th August 1916, aged 26. Captain Robert Walker Reid is buried at the Peake Wood Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme, France.

Captain Robert Walker Reid is remembered on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour; 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.


Captain Robert Walker Reid
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 10th/11th Bn. Highland Light Infantry
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 13 August 1916.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1206a
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/229


University of Glasgow Registry records (GUAS Ref: R8/5/30/7).

Biographical information: Records of the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education - now the University of Strathclyde). Information provided by Dr Anne Cameron, Archives Assistant, University of Strathclyde Archives.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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