Gunner James McArthur

Biography of Gunner James McArthur

James McArthur was born on 26th January 1882 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, son of William and Margaret McArthur. His father was an Engineer, in the company A. McArthur and Sons of Poeckland Engine Works, Johnstone, but his father died while he was quite young, in 1888.

He attended Paisley Grammar and achieved the qualifications to enable him to enrol at the University in the Art faculty studying English, Latin and History as his main subjects. He was a gifted student and, in his final year, achieved a 1st Class Certificate in Logic and Metaphysics, 3rd Prize in English Literature, and the Early English Text Society Prize.

On Graduating with an MA (hons) in English, in 1906, he entered the teaching profession. He continued to live in the family home, Elmbank, and when he married, lived there with his wife.

When war broke out, he was keen to do his bit, and on 15th November 1915, he enlisted. However, it was not until 5th July 1916 that his application was formally endorsed, when he was enrolled in the Royal Garrison Artillery. The battle front was somewhat fluid in the rapid advances the Allies were making by May 1918, and on 27th May he was taken prisoner. He died in a Prisoner of War camp on 27th September 1918, aged 36.

He was survived by his wife, and a son, also called James. As well as the University Memorials, he is commemorated on the Paisley Grammar School Memorial and Roll of Honour.

Summary

Gunner James McArthur
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died as prisoner of war in Germany 17 September 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/760
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/137

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