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Captain Thomas Barrie Erskine

Biography of Captain Thomas Barrie Erskine

Thomas Barrie Erskine was born on the 16th November 1889 in Parkhead, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. His father, James Erskine, was an Insurance Canvasser, and his mother was Janet Penman Barrie Erskine, living at 8 Deerpark Gardens, Tollcross, Glasgow.

Thomas first studied at Allan Glen's School in Glasgow, starting in 1902 and winning two bursaries, before coming to the University of Glasgow in 1908. He took a great many subjects in his time at the University, spanning the Arts and Sciences. It appears he was considering a career in Medicine, as he took classes in Anatomy and Physiology. In 1915 he graduated with an MA in absentia as he was away at war.

As well as studying Thomas was an athlete and was a member of the Clydesdale Harriers with his brother, Ralph, and at one point held the post of secretary. He competed in many local sports meetings and occasionally won prizes.

During his time at University he was a Sergeant in the Officer Training Corps, taking after his father, Captain James Erskine, who was also a military man with the 7th Bn. Gordon Highlanders and the Royal Air Force. Upon the outbreak of war Thomas was gazetted to the 4th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was attached to the 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders as Captain. He was Mentioned in Despatches and won the Military Cross. Thomas fought at Flanders and died at Hooge on the 20th July 1915, aged 25, and is buried in Brandhoek Military Cemetery, west of Ypres (now Ieper), Belgium. Thomas's brother, Captain Ralph Erskine, also went to war and died in 1918.

Summary

Captain Thomas Barrie Erskine
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 4th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - Gordon Highlanders
Degree: MA
Awards: Military Cross, Mentioned in Despatches
Comments: Killed in action, 20 July 1915
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/343
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register.

Information from the Clydesdale Harriers and Allan Glen's Old Boys.

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