Gordon McLeish

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Type of entity

Person

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Gordon McLeish

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Dates of existence

c. 1893-1918

History

Gordon McLeish was born around 1893. After education at Harris Academy in Dundee, he enrolled at the Dundee Technical Institute to study Electrical Engineering in 1909. He undertook a course of study that included Maths, Machine Sketching, Engineering Geometry and Drawing, Electricity, Chemistry, Mechanics and Steam. He won the Armitstead Prize 3 times, also winning the Armitstead Medal in 1914 after completing his last course.

On the outbreak of War in August 1914, he joined the Scottish Horse (later 13 Battalion Black Watch), but in 1915 he was transferred to Elswick Ordnance Works in Newcastle to work in munitions using the skills he had gained at the Technical Institute. For the next 2 years he served as a plant electrician gaining a good knowledge of plant machinery and also high calibre naval and military guns.

He contacted the Principal of Dundee Technical College and School of Art in 1917 to request a reference for a transfer to become a sub-engineer in the Royal Navy and also to apply for his full Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Certificate. A note in his student record shows he was given the full certificate in October 1917, but later events show that his intentions did not go to plan.

At a date after October 1917 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, and was stationed at 51st Training Depot Station, Training Squadron based at Shotwick. He died on 31 July 1918 when his aircraft a Sopwith Camel, E9973, crashed following a flight test.

Places

Dundee - birth, education, and service in armed forces: c. 1893-1915
Newcastle-upon-Tyne - work at Elswick Munitions Factory: 1915-1917
Shotwick - service and death in the Royal Air Force: 1917-1918

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Functions, occupations and activities

Student: 1909-1914
Soldier: 1914-1915
Plant Electrician: 1915-1917
2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force: c. 1917-1918

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Relationships area

Related entity

Dundee Technical Institute

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Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Dundee Technical Institute

is the provider of

Gordon McLeish

Dates of the relationship

1909-1914

Description of relationship

Gordon McLeish was trained as an Electrical Engineer at the Dundee Technical Institute (which later became the Dundee Technical College and School of Art in 1911).

Related entity

Dundee Technical College and School of Art

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Dundee Technical College and School of Art

is the provider of

Gordon McLeish

Dates of the relationship

1909-1914

Description of relationship

Gordon McLeish was trained as an Electrical Engineer at the Dundee Technical Institute (which later became the Dundee Technical College and School of Art in 1911).

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Authority record identifier

P0001

Institution identifier

Abertay University Archives

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR (CPF) 2nd Edition

Status

Final

Level of detail

Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

2019/11/15

Language(s)

  • English

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Sources

Letter from Gordon McLeish to John S Lumsden, 4 July 1917
Entry about Gordon McLeish on Great War Dundee Roll of Honour - https://www.greatwardundee.com/entry/mcleish-gordon/ (consulted 15 November 2019)

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