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241554 Private Richard Hubbard Arroll

5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

died of wounds 24th August 1917

aged 39

Hampstead Cemetery
Ranfurly Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir
Kilbarchan Cemetery
Arlington Baths Memorial, Glasgow

Son of Richard H Arroll and Annie McLay
Husband of Annie Bilsland White
Father of Annie, Maymie and Jane
Beaumaris, Torr Road, Bridge of Weir

His Life

Richard Hubbard Arroll was born on 18th February 1879 at 19 Gardner Street, Glasgow, the third of a family of six born to Richard Hubbard Arroll, from Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire and Annie Walker McLay, from Glasgow, who had married in Glasgow on 19th June 1874. Richard senior was originally a housepainter but later became a landscape artist and exhibited in Paris.

In 1881 Richard (28), Anne (30), and three of their children Mary, Richard and Ellen were living in Partick, Glasgow. Another son, Walter, was staying that night with grandparents in Helensburgh. Richard's business employed 7 men, 2 boys and a girl.

In 1891 the Arroll family was at 14 Wilson Street, Partick. Mary (15) was a milliner. The family employed a general servant, 17 year old Christina McDonald from South Uist. Richard junior was at school.

In 1901 the Arroll family was still living in Wilson Street, Partick at No 18 (possibly a re-numbering of No. 14). By then Mary was a schoolteacher, Walter a law student, and Richard junior (22) was a decorator.

Richard Hubbard Arroll junior married Annie Bilsland White, daughter of James White, a commercial traveller, and Annie Bilsland, 11 Holyrood Crescent, Glasgow in the Windsor Hotel, Glasgow on 12th June 1906.

In 1911, Richard (32), Annie B (25), and their daughters Annie M (2) and Maymie H (1) were living in Beaumaris, a 6-roomed house in Torr Road, Bridge of Weir. Richard was a master painter, and they employed a domestic servant Annie M Reid (19). The girls were both born in Glasgow suggesting they had moved to Bridge of Weir within the previous year. A third daughter, Jane, was born in 1913.

Richard Arroll attested under the "Derby" voluntary registration scheme on 1st December 1915, before the Military Service Act of 2nd March 1916 introduced conscription of single men between the ages of 18 and 41. An attraction of the Derby scheme to married men was that a promise was given that they would not be called up until the supply of single men had been exhausted. But conscription was extended to married men in May 1916 and Richard was mobilised on 21st June 1916 into the 3/5th Seaforth Highlanders, regimental number 5072. He was 37 years old and father of three girls of 3, 6 and 7. He served as acting Lance Corporal during his training, but had reverted to Private when he was posted to the British Expeditionary Force between 23rd December 1916 and 28th May 1917. The 5th Battalion formed part of 152nd Brigade in the 51st (Highland) Division which fought in the Arras offensive, notably the First and Second Battles of the Scarpe in April 1917, and in the capture and defence of Roeux on 13/17th May 1917. Richard was wounded in the perineum and right thigh on 15th May, repatriated to the Military Hospital in Hampstead but died of complications on 24th August 1917, leaving a widow, Annie, and three young daughters, who were by then living in Byres Road, Glasgow.


1881 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age Name Age
Mary A5 Mary15Mary Agnes25Glasgow, Lanark
Walter*4 Walter14Walter24Glasgow, Lanark
Richard H2 Richard12Richard Hubbard22Richard H jr*32 Glasgow, Lanark
Ellen1 mo Helena10Helena Hubbard20Hillhead, Lanark
Jeanie8 Jeanie18Hillhead, Lanark
Annie4Annie14Hillhead, Lanark

* = not in Richard and Annie Arroll's family home - see text for details


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