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William Bartlet Hossack was born in Airdre on 3rd February 1889, one of 3 surviving sons to Catherine (née MacLeod) and William Bartlet Hossack senior. William Bartlet Hossack senior was born in Banff, Scotland to William Hossack, a draper and clothier and Mary (née Bartlet), daughter of the owner of Banff brewery. William Bartlet Hossack senior later moved to Aidrie where he became a successful engineer with his firm Inglis, Hossack and Company, and where he brought up his own family including his son William. William commenced his studies at The Glasgow School of Art as an evening student in 1905 studying drawing and painting while working as an architectural draughtsman. He continued with evening classes between1907-09 but transferred his studies to architecture. During WW1, William served with the Royal Engineers, initially in Egypt, with the 1st/2nd Field Company. Although recorded as Lieutenant on the Roll of Honour, his medal card for the 1914-15 Star lists him as 2nd Lieutenant but his card for the British War Medal and Victory Medal records him as Captain. William married a South African, Mona Leonie van Ryneveld, who had been married previously to Francois Jan Jacobsz and who married again after William's death. They had one son William Antony Hossack and William was step father to Mona's son, Jan Francois Jacobsz. Mona died in 1989 but it is not known when or where William died. It is possible though that he met his wife while serving in South Africa and that he made his home there after the war. William Bartlet Hossack is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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