Private James Gray Milne

Biography of Private James Gray Milne

James Gray Milne was born in Glasgow on the 21st April 1884. His father, James Milne, was a Clerk at the Caledonian Railway Register Office.

Young James attended Hutcheson's Grammar School. He then enrolled in session 1903-04 for a two-year course of teacher training at the Glasgow Church of Scotland Training College, forerunner of the Glasgow Provincial Training College (later known as Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde). Students on this particular course were required to take some of their subjects at the University, and others at the College. Accordingly, James matriculated concurrently at the University in 1904, aged 20. In his first year, he took University classes in Logic, History and English. Despite an unsatisfactory examination result in Mathematics, the College student register shows that James came joint top in two of his other subjects – Laws of Health, and History. He completed his professional training in July 1905 to be recognised as a certificated teacher, with additional qualifications to teach drawing, singing and manual work. He went on to graduate from the University with an MA in 1907.

During his student years he resided at his home address of 40 McCulloch Street, Pollokshields. He later married Mary E. Milne and the couple lived at 15, Woodview Terrace in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

During the war, James served as a Private with the 12th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers (Service Number 295970). He was killed in action on the 26th July 1918, aged 34. Private James Gray Milne is remembered with Honour at Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbecque. He is also named on the Glasgow Provincial Training College war memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill campus.


Private James Gray Milne
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action. Attended Hutchesons Grammar School
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University of Glasgow Registry Records

With thanks to Anne Cameron for providing additional information from the University of Stirling Archives

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