Univer­sity to recog­nise dec­o­rated Tar­bert soldier

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A Tar­bert soldier awarded the Mil­i­tary Cross for gal­lantry dur­ing the First World War is to be hon­oured with his name be­ing added to Glas­gow Univer­sity’s roll of hon­our.

Archibald Camp­bell Brown was born on March 4, 1886, in Tar­bert, the son of James, the late vil­lage post­mas­ter, and Mar­garet Brown, liv­ing at Du­nalas­dair, Tar­bert.

Re­search by John Hous­ton of the Scot­tish Mil­i­tary Re­search Group states he at­tended Tar­bert High School then Glas­gow Univer­sity, ma­tric­u­lat­ing in 1904/05, and grad­u­at­ing with a Mas­ter of Arts in 1906.

Archibald at­tended teacher train­ing col­lege and is com­mem­o­rated on the Jor­dan­hill Teacher Train­ing Col­lege me­mo­rial. He en­listed in the 17th Highland Light In­fantry in Septem­ber 1914 and served with the Ex­pe­di­tionary Force in France and Flan­ders in 1915.

Af­ter re­turn­ing home in De­cem­ber 1916, he was gazetted sec­ond lieu­tenant, 14th (Ser­vice) Bn, Princess Louise’s, Ar­gyll and Suther­land High­landers on April 26, 1917.

Af­ter a pe­riod of train­ing in Eng­land, Sec­ond Lieu­tenant Brown went back to France that Septem­ber, and was killed in ac­tion on April 20, 1918, aged 32.

He was awarded the MC (Lon­don Gazette, Septem­ber 16, 1918) for gal­lant and dis­tin­guished ser­vice in the field.

An of­fi­cer wrote: ‘He was one of the bravest men who joined Kitch­ener’s Army.’

His ci­ta­tion, dated Septem­ber 13, 1918 read: ‘T./2nd Lt. Archibald Brown, Arg. & Suth’d Highrs, For con­spic­u­ous gal­lantry and de­vo­tion to duty.

‘This of­fi­cer, in com­mand of a fight­ing pa­trol, was or­dered to clear the en­emy out of a strong point in an ad­vanced trench.

‘On reach­ing the trench the pa­trol came un­der very heavy ma­chine-gun fire; he at once dashed for­ward with his men and suc­ceeded in putting three guns out of ac­tion, killing the teams, and bring­ing back a pris­oner.

‘Though wounded, he con­tin­ued to do duty dur­ing the re­main­der of the op­er­a­tions.’

Sec­ond Lieu­tenant Brown is buried at Agny-les-Duisans, Etaus near Ar­ras, north­ern France.

As well as the Jor­dan­hill me­mo­rial, Sec­ond Lieu­tenant Brown is com­mem­o­rated on the Tar­bert Me­mo­rial.

Oth­ers be­ing hon­oured along­side Archibald are a Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional rugby player, a doc­tor and a gro­cer’s son.

Th­ese men were among the fallen of the First World War whose names, un­til now, were miss­ing from the Univer­sity of Glas­gow’s roll of hon­our.

Re­searchers at the univer­sity iden­ti­fied 19 ad­di­tional names by us­ing dig­i­tal re­sources and con­firmed their con­nec­tion to the univer­sity us­ing stu­dent records.

Now, 100 years af­ter the war, their names will be carved in stone in the univer­sity Me­mo­rial Chapel, and their fam­i­lies in­vited to me­mo­rial ser­vices on Re­mem­brance Sun­day, on Novem­ber 11, 2018.

Katie McDon­ald, re­searcher with the Col­lege of Arts, Univer­sity of Glas­gow, said: ‘We are still piec­ing to­gether the sto­ries be­hind the names of the fallen and ask any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion about them and any pic­tures of them to get in touch.’

If you have any in­for­ma­tion or a fam­ily con­nec­tion with Archibald Camp­bell Brown, you are in­vited to email the univer­sity at chap­laincy@ glas­gow.ac.uk or call 0141 330 5419. To view the records the univer­sity holds on the fallen, con­tact ar­chives@glas­gow.ac.uk or call 0141 330 5515.

Archibald Brown’s 1904-5 Univer­sity of Glas­gow ma­tric­u­la­tion slip.

Archibald Brown’s name will be added to the list of the fallen in the univer­sity me­mo­rial chapel.

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