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William Farquhar Ireland was born in Glasgow on the 29th May 1894, one of two children of Margaret Ireland and Matthew Hendrie Ireland, an Inverness agent. Ireland attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1910 to 1915 as a part time student of Architecture. During the First World War, Ireland served as a second lieutenant in the 8th Gordon Highlanders battalion where he died on 9th April 1917, aged 22. The 9th of April marked the beginning of the Battle of Arras which lasted until the 16th of June 1917 and is likely to have been the battle in which Ireland fell. A memorial stands for him in Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, France. Ireland is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/; The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/; Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; Lives of the First World War: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/ Every Man Remembered: http://www.everymanremembered.org/profiles/soldier/190208/; The Long, Long Trail: http://www.1914-1918.net/gordon.htm; http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/the-arras-offensive-1917-battle-of-arras/