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.Archibald Graham Crombie was born on 10th May 1885 in Partick, Glasgow, the youngest of 3 surviving children of Rachel (nee Reddie) and William Reid Crombie, a bank agent. Although Crombie's father died when he was just a few years old, his mother had sufficient means to allow the family to remain in their elegant home in Ashton Terrace and to allow Crombie to attend art school. Crombie attended The Glasgow School of Art between 1903 and 1914, following the footsteps of his elder sister, Frances, who had studied there in the mid 1890's. For his first two years, he studied architecture as an evening student whilst working in an architect's office. After two years absence, he returned as a full time student between 1908 and 1914, initially as a student of drawing and painting and also of design. Crombie was also a volunteer with 5th Battalion Scottish Rifles at this time and was appointed Second Lieutenant in April 1908. He continued serving with the Scottish Rifles during World War One, possibly still with the 5th Battalion and was promoted to Captain in June 1916. After the war he married Jean Chalmers on 10th August 1921 in Perth, by which point he was working as a school master. He continued to work as a school teacher but had retired before his death at 53 in 1938. A.G. Crombie is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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