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James Allen Frew was born on the 3rd of September 1883, one of four children (Robert D B, born 1886, William born 1889, and Jeffrey P, born 1892) of Janet (née Brown) and David, an architect. Frew attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1901 to 1911, to study for a diploma in architecture, after being articled to Baird & Thomson in February 1900, and returned for his post-diploma in 1913-14. He remained as an assistant with Baird & Thomson until 1914. In 1909 he moved to Bath Street, Glasgow - previously he had lived in Burnbank, Kilsyth. During the First World War, Frew served in The Cameroonians (Scottish Rifles) battalion, and in July 1915 was made 2nd Lieutenant. After the war, in 1921, he was admitted to the Royal Institute of British Architects. He died in August 1963. Frew is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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