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Peter Dennistoun (Denniston) was born in Saltcoats on the 9th of October 1896 to Jessie Denniston (née Lambert) and John McLaurs Denniston, a commercial clerk. The 1901 census reveals that Denniston had two siblings, an older and younger sister. Denniston attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1913 to 1914 as a part time student of drawing and painting. He then dropped out of the 1914 to 1915 semester to serve in the First World War as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Scots Fusiliers/Royal Regiment of Artillery. At this time, he was also an architects apprentice in Glasgow which he was due to finish in 1917. Before the war, he spent two years in the O.T.C (Officer Training Corps). Denniston enlisted in Glasgow on the 5th of September 1914. His Short Service Report provides details such as his height of five feet 6 inches and his weight of 137lbs. He is also noted as a Presbyterian, with a fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair and a mole on the right side of his back. After the war, Denniston returned to GSA to study from 1921 to 1922 as a part time student of drawing and painting as well as design. Denniston died on the 22nd of June 1926, aged 30, in Glasgow. His death was confirmed by his father John McLaws (McLaurs) Denniston, a branch manager, James Denniston, a cashier and James Thomas Orr, a solicitor. His death follows the possible death of his younger sister Jeanie Denniston from Newlands on the 2nd of June 1926, listed above his own. Denniston is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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