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William Riddell Glen was born c1885 in Glasgow, to Maggie Glen (née Riddell) and James Glen, a grocer's shopman. Glen won a studentship to The Glasgow School of Art, where he studied part-time in architecture from 1900 to 1905, taking on an architectural apprenticeship at the same time. He began an independent practice in Glasgow in 1912. During the First World War, Glen served as a Lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry, where he won a Military Cross. After the war, he worked as an architect in Glasgow, designing multiple cinemas around Scotland. His expertise won him a position as Architect to Associated British Cinemas Ltd, and he moved to London to fulfil this role. He retired early and died in 1950 after a short illness. William Riddell Glen is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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