Corporal Ronald McIver

Biography of Corporal Ronald McIver

Ronald McIver was born on the 24th October 1890 in Stoer, in the parish of Assynt, Sutherland. He was the seventh and youngest child of Neil McIver, a Teacher, and Jane McIver (née McDonald), who had married on the 4th December 1874, also in Stoer. The family lived on a small croft.

At the age of 18 he enrolled at the University of Glasgow having taken preliminary exams in English, Mathematics, Latin and Greek. Over the next three years he studied a series of courses including History, Moral Philosophy and even Geology. Ronald graduated MA from the University of Glasgow on the 16th November 1912, aged 22. While studying at the University he lived very close by at 10 and later 20 Church Street.

The following year, he enrolled for a postgraduate teacher training course at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde. He was then living in lodgings at 47 Esmond Street. Ronald qualified for the Teacher’s General Certificate in August 1914 and was appointed to Hayfield Public School in the Gorbals, Glasgow, on 1 September that year.

At the outbreak of the First World War he was working for the Glasgow Education Authority. He later joined the 14th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and rose to the rank of Corporal while serving on the Western Front as a Physical Training Instructor. He had arrived in France on the 16th June 1916. In July of 1917, Ronald and the 14th Battalion occupied the front-line trenches near the village of Villers-Plouich in the Nord Department of the Hauts-de-France region. On the night of the 4th July, the Battalion repulsed a German raid on their trenches and although the next day was relatively quiet,

Corporal Ronald McIver was killed on the 5th July 1917, aged 25, and is buried in the Fins New British Cemetery, in the district of Sorel-Le-Grand, Somme, France, and his tombstone bears the inscription ‘Peace Perfect Peace’. He is remembered on the Stoer Roll of Honour, a mural tablet to be found in the Stoer Library, as well as on the Assynt War Memorial in Lochinver. He is also remembered 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 (now held by the University of Strathclyde). His name also appears on the Glasgow Education Authority Memorial to Teachers

During his time with the 14th Battalion, Ronald served alongside William Landell and John William Mowat, all of whom were killed in the same area within a period of less than two months.

Summary

Corporal Ronald McIver
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: 14th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 5 July 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/785
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/157

Sources

University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

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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