Gilroy, George Bruce


He was the son of George and Annie Gilroy of Clatto, Cupar, Fife, and one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Lieutenant Kenneth Reid Gilroy (H, 1905-1910), Black Watch, was killed in action on March 12th 1915 (see individual entry). He entered Culver’s Close from Ardvreck School and became Head of House, a Commoner Prefect and Captain of Commoner VI; he was a member of Lords in his last year and later played cricket for Forfarshire.

After his timeĀ at Magdalen College, Oxford, he went into his father’s business at Dundee, and when war broke out he immediately enlisted in the New Army. Within a few months he obtained a commision in the 8th Batttalion Black Watch. He went to France in May 1915 and won the M.C. at the Battle of Loos. He fell, mortally wounded, at Longueval on July 14th 1916, at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme and died the following day.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Gilroy
  • Forenames or initials: George Bruce
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1902-1908
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Black Watch
  • Date of Birth: 16th September 1889
  • Date of Death: 15th July 1916
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C2
  • Decoration: M.C.
  • Burial Site: CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION: Grave I.D.26