Lieutenant Evan Nicholas Ross

Biography of Lieutenant Evan Nicholas Ross

Evan Nicholas Ross was the only son of Reverend John and Catherine Ross. Evan grew up in Pollokshields with his three sisters, where he attended Bellahouston Academy.

Evan matriculated at the University of Glasgow in the 1914/15 session, attending for only one year before joining the forces. He enrolled to complete an M.A. - with the intention of later training as a Minister - and took classes in Latin and Mathematics. Despite his precarious health, Evan was keen to enlist immediately. He trained with the University OTC while studying, and enlisted as a private in the 17th Highland Light Infantry on the 7th July 1915.

By December Evan had applied for a commission and was gazetted on the 4th January 1916 to the 2nd Black Watch. He was involved on a tour of India in October 1916, spending time in Peswar, Ambala, and Bengalore. During the summer of 1917 he was at the front in Mesopotamia, and was gazetted Lieutenant on the 4th July. In December he had been transferred with his Battalion to Egypt.

In 1918, the Black Watch was sent to Palestine to partake in the Middle-Eastern Theatre of World War 1, a four year series of battles against the Ottoman Empire and Central Powers. It was during the tail end of this engagement that Evan was killed by a Turkish Shell at the age of 25 years old. He is buried at Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel and Palestine. His gravestone bears the inscription, “Son of John and Catherine Ross / Glasgow Risen With Christ.”

Lieutenant Evan Nicholas Ross was awarded the Victory and British War Medals, and is remembered in the Bellahouston Academy Roll of Honour, in the Pollokshields Church Book of Remembrance, and in the University of Glasgow's Memorial Chapel.

Summary

Lieutenant Evan Nicholas Ross
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 11th Black Watch
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
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Photo ID: N/A

Sources

Bellahouston Academy Roll of Honour

Pollokshields Church Book of Remembrance

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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