Claude Boyle May MC

Claude Boyle May MC
Rank: Captain
Service No: N/A
Date of Death: 19/11/1917
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment (6th Bn.)
Cemetery: Loos British Cemetery
Additional information: Son of James and Elizabeth G B May of 47 Johnstone Drive, Rutherglen.

Rutherglen Lore information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. James May, 47 Johnstone Drive, Rutherglen.
Soldier’s Effects information: Executor James May Esq.
Scotland, Select Births information: 01/06/1891 in Bridgeton, Father James May; Mother Elizabeth Glen Boyle May.
1901 census information:
Address: 367 Dalmarnock Road, Bridgeton.
Father: James (42) master blacksmith, born about 1859 in Cambuslang.
Mother: Elizabeth Glen (40) born about 1861 in Rutherglen.
Sister: Jeanie (17) iron work clerkess, born 1884 about in Glasgow.
Sister: Jemima (12) born about 1889 in Glasgow.
Self: Claude B (9) born about 1892 in Glasgow.
1911 census information:
Address: 11 Melrose Avenue, Rutherglen.
Father: James (52) manager of rubber tyre works, born in Cambuslang.
Mother: Elizabeth Glen (50) born  in Rutherglen.
Sister: Jenny Allan (23)  clerkess in a carpet works, born in Glasgow.
Self: Claude Boyle (19) arts student, born in Glasgow.

Newspaper transcript – Private To Captain. Rutherglen Officer’s Notable Career. Killed in action, Captain Claude B. May, Border Regiment, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. James May, 47 Johnstone Dive, Rutherglen.
Joining the Army in August, 1914, he was commissioned in November of the same year. He was wounded at Suvla Bay, mentioned in Sir Ian Hamilton’s despatches, and given his second star. After having served in Egypt, he was wounded in France in 1916, and was awarded the Military Cross, and promoted Captain.
Captain May was a student at Glasgow University.

The Scotsman 30/11/17

Newspaper transcript – Capt. Claude B. May MC., Border Regiment (killed), was the only son of Mr.  James May, member of Rutherglen School Board,47 Johnstone Dive, Rutherglen.
Captain. May joined the Army as a private in August, 1914, and received a commission as Sec. Lt  in November 1914. He went to Gallipoli in 1915, where he was wounded in the Suvla Bay operations. He was  mentioned in Sir Ian Hamilton’s despatches, and was made a Lieutenant. He was wound a second timing in 1916, when he was acting Captain. Capt. May was a student in Glasgow University at the outbreak of the war, and had nearly completed his subjects for the B.Sc. degree. He was 26 years of age. 

Also commemorated on the memorial at West Parish Church, Rutherglen.