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David Arthur Carmichael was born in Greenock on 5th June 1890, one of seven children of Nina Jane Isabella Carmichael (nee Arthur) and Thomas Carmichael, a shipowner underwriter. Carmichael, an architect's apprentice, attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1909 to 1914 as a student of architecture and was taught by Professor Bourdon and Professor McGibbon. According to the Dictionary of Scottish Architects, he served his apprenticeship at Salmon, Son & Gillespie in Greenock. He then worked as a draughtsman and was admitted to the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1915. During the First World War, Lieutenant Carmichael served in the 7th and 9th battalions and 25th battalion Machine Gun Corps of the Royal Fusiliers. He was reported killed in action at Croix du Bac (Armentières) in April 1918. Carmichael is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour and at Tyne Cot Memorial Cemetery in Belgium.
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Sources: Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; Commonwealth War Graves Commission: http://www.cwgc.org; Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk; Inverclyde's Great War: http://www.inverclydeww1.org.