2nd Lieutenant Samuel George McClelland

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Samuel George McClelland

Samuel George McClelland was the fourth son of Alexander McClelland, an Electrical Engineer whose career took the family to Argentina, where Samuel was born on the 28th April 1896. He was educated in Scotland, however, at Dollar Academy. There he joined the school’s OTC and took part in its training for four years before going up to Glasgow University in 1913 to study Medicine. He had a successful first year, studying Zoology and Chemistry, returning in the autumn of 1914 to matriculate for a second year. He did not complete the course, however.

He had joined the University Officer Training Corps and received his commission to the 8th Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers on the 23rd December 1914. In the early stages of the war, no attempt was made by the War Office or the University to dissuade medical students from enlisting on the grounds that they might be more useful as trained doctors. In late 1915 the necessity of keeping such students on course became clearer but even then, only for students in their senior years.

Many, like Lieutenant McClelland were eager to serve and to do so immediately. By 1916, twenty-seven Glasgow medical students had been killed in action. 2nd Lieutenant Samuel George McClelland was one of them. His regiment engaged in battle at Loos. He went missing on the 25th September 1915 and was presumed dead. His parents would have been waiting for news at their home in Fotheringay Road, Pollockshields. His life and sacrifice are commemorated at Loos memorial, along with 20,000 officers and men who fell there but have no known grave.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Samuel George McClelland
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 8th Bn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 25 September 1915.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/758, 1118
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry records.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register.

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