Rev. David Forsyth
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Date of Death: 17/06/1915
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry (7th Bn.)
Cemetery: Rutherglen Cemetery
Additional information: Son of William and Mary Forsyth of Monaruadh, Lochbrae Drive, Burnside, Rutherglen.
Rutherglen Lore information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Forsyth, 3 Blairbeth Terrace (Burnside House).
Soldier’s Effects information: Mother Mrs. Mary Forsyth.
Glasgow University information: David Forsyth was born on the 27th October 1886 in Govanhill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, son of William and Mary Forsyth of Monaruadh, Lochbrae Drive, Burnside, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. David went to Fettes College in Edinburgh in 1899 at the age of 12 before studying at the University of Glasgow between 1909-1912.
He was a brilliant Divinity student, who won prizes in Hebrew, Church History, Arabic, Aramaic, Divinity and Biblical Criticism, culminating in winning the MacFarlan and Cook Testimonial Prize in his final year of study in 1912. This prize was founded in 1847 in memory of Duncan MacFarlan.
David was appointed Assistant in Hebrew at the University of Glasgow in 1914, however, at the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Bn. (Blythswood Battalion) Highland Light Infantry on the 28th May 1915.
David Forsyth died on the 17th June 1915, aged 28.
1891 census information:
Address: Rosebank Cottage, Rutherglen.
Father: William (29) teacher, born about 1862 in Muirkirk, Ayrshire
Mother: Mary (30) born about 1861 in Glasgow.
Self: David (4) born about 1887 in Govanhill.
Sister: Christina M (2) born about 1889 in Rutherglen.
*In 1901 David is a pupil at Fettes College, Edinburgh.